The Scottish Bride (Bride Series)

The Scottish Bride (Bride Series)

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by Catherine Coulter
     
 

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A Vicar, widower, and father, Tysen Sherbrooke is unprepared for the courageous spitfire who comes into his life when he becomes a Scottish baron.

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A Vicar, widower, and father, Tysen Sherbrooke is unprepared for the courageous spitfire who comes into his life when he becomes a Scottish baron.

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From the Author:
Dear Reader:

All the Sherbrooke clan are alive, well, and in rip-roaring spirits in August of 1815. Two months after Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo, Tysen Sherbrooke, the youngest of the three brothers, now thirty-one years old, a vicar, a widower, and the father of three children, has just been told by the earl that he's become the new Baron Barthwick of Kildrummy Castle in Scotland.

Tysen feels it is his duty to visit his new holdings. His ten-year-old daughter, Meggie, insists she should accompany him. Tysen refuses, but Meggie is blessed with a full measure of Sherbrooke resolve, and a wily plan of action.

Devout, thoughtful, honorable to his soul, Tysen's narrow sober world explodes when he steps into a bee hive of complications-facing down dreadful people who would as willingly slit his English throat as look at him. Then the Local Bastard, Mary Rose Fordyce, a remarkable young woman blessed with a soft steady heart and a courageous spirit, comes unexpectedly into his life, in desperate need of his protection.

This is the fourth and final book in the Bride series, and I like it the best of all. Tell me what you think.



Catherine Coulter

Write me at P.O. Box 17, Mill Valley, CA 94942 or e-mail me at ReadMoi@aol.com

St. Louis Post Dispatch
What we're really celebrating in the romance of Night Ride Home is how to find yourself, not lose yourself.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
What we're really celebrating in the romance of Night Ride Home is how to find yourself, not lose yourself.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Coulter completes her quartet of Regency-set historical romances (The Sherbrooke Bride, etc.) about the Sherbrooke family with a refreshing twist. In contrast to the rakish men featured in the three preceding books, the hero here, Tysen Sherbrooke, is a dour vicar and a widower with three children who arrives in Scotland after inheriting a barony and a castle. With admirable bravado, he rescues Mary Rose Fordyce from the clutches of a local man who will do anything, including rape, to force her into marriage with him. Tysen is outraged at this turn of events, and is surprised as well to discover he has feelings for Mary Rose, feelings that don't conform to his piousness. Unlike many romances where the heroine reforms a rake, here the heroine brings chaotic light into the ordered life of a prudish and seemingly humorless hero. The sheer number of characters in this finale is staggering, but loyal fans will be thrilled to note that many of the protagonists from Coulter's earlier installments are included in the cast. While there are some inconsistencies in character, particularly involving Mary Rose's mother, Coulter's rich development of Tysen and Mary Rose more than compensate. (Jan. 30) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
Coulter has written many stories about the large and extended Sherbrooke family (Sherbrooke Bride, Sherbrooke Twins, etc.), and here are two more. The Scottish Bride focuses on Tysen Sherbrooke, a minister and the youngest of the three Sherbrooke brothers. Tysen, a widower with three young children, has inherited a title and a castle in Scotland, so he travels there to investigate. Among other things that happen to him, he meets up with Mary Rose Fordyce, and eventually a romance and marriage ensue. The Courtship features characters who have had roles in other novels: Spenser Heatherington (Lord Beecham) meets Lady Helen Mayberry at the Sherbrooke home. She needs a partner to search for a treasure that she calls King Edward's lamp. The obligatory steamy romance is a big part of this story. Anne Flosnik is a competent reader for both books and does not intrude too much in the tales. Optional purchases for libraries with a strong demand for historical romance and Coulter fans.-Mary Knapp, Madison P.L., WI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Youthful passions still burn strong as Esstman, in a second novel that tries hard to tug the heartstrings but only occasionally succeeds, profiles a woman who finds the courage to reclaim her life after losing her son. Set on a farm on the banks of the Missouri River shortly after WW II, the story limns in self-consciously lyrical prose a woman's belated discovery, in the aftermath of a tragedy, of unsuspected strengths and middle-aged passion. Events before and after the tragedy are recalled and analyzed by family members, as well as by Ozzie Kline, the wrangler who has loved horses—and Nora—since he and she were both teenagers. Nora, who was especially close to her son Simon, breaks down completely; husband Neal has her hospitalized and subjected to electric shock treatment. He tries to sell the farm, though it's been in Nora's family for 70 years. Ozzie, who'd been working on the farm, disappears after the accident but soon returns to help Nora, who refuses to give up the farm. While Nora slowly recovers, Neal, using daughter Clea as a pawn, continues his verbal abuse of Nora: But Nora, with her mother's and Ozzie's help, finds the strength to stand up to him. In this moving and lyrical story of overcoming loss, a man and a woman wage the fight of their lives for a second chance at love.

From the Publisher
“A good storyteller…Coulter always keeps the pace brisk.”—Fort Worth Star-Telegram

“Ms. Coulter is a one-of-a-kind author who knows how to hook her readers and keep them coming back for more.”—The Best Reviews

“Coulter is excellent at portraying the romantic tension between her heroes and heroines, and she manages to write explicitly but beautifully about sex as well as love.”—Milwaukee Journal

“Coulter instinctively feeds our desire to believe in knights in shining armor and everlasting love—historical romance at its finest.”—BookReporter.com

“One of the genre’s great storytellers.”—Kansas City Star

“One of the masters of the genre.”—The Newark Star-Ledger

“Catherine Coulter is one of the best authors of exciting thrillers writing today.”—Midwest Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101214367
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/01/2001
Series:
Bride Series , #6
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
58,552
File size:
543 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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Night Ride Home


By Barbara Esstman

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2006 Barbara Esstman
All right reserved.

ISBN: 006097754X

Chapter One

Clea Mahler

My brother Simon died with his eyes open, staring blue into the sky. Out of the corner of my eye I had seen him fall, but at first when I turned I thought he was joking, splayed out like a snow angel in the grass. No blood, no marks on his body. I didn't believe he could be hurt, let alone dead. My mother's mare, Zad, the gray Arab he had been riding, turned back, nuzzled his hand, and snorted. Then the morning pulled tight and held so quiet that I could hear the horses breathe and shift and rustle.

"Simon," I said.

My little gelding tossed its head and mouthed the bit.

"Simon," I said again, angry that he would frighten me. It would be just like Simon to pretend for a second that something was wrong, just to get me to laugh in relief a minute later. Then I went sick deep in my belly that this might not be a trick.

"Simon, stop it," I said.

When he wouldn't answer, I dismounted but stayed a few steps away, afraid that he would leap at me or grab my hand. When I finally worked up the nerve, the warmth of his skin made me jerk back. His head rolled sideways as if he had turned to tell me something.

I knew in that instant he was dead. I mounted and kicked the bay hard, riding low over its neck withmy legs banging and its sides lathering. I could not find its rhythm and gripped the edge of the saddle for balance. What I thought about then was not that I might be thrown and killed, as apparently had happened to Simon, but that my fingers pressed between the blanket and ridge of the horse's back were warm in that space between its shoulders.

The day broke into odd pieces: Black mane whipping and green grass blurring. The stripes of the saddle blanket, and the bright, hot air like a solid through which I was only dreaming I made my slow, thick way. And always Simon's blue eyes staring down from the sky and up from the ground and out from inside me.

When I came galloping up from the low fields with Zad trailing behind the way she always followed like a dog, my mother, Nora, stood up from the rosebushes she was pruning, her hand shading her eyes. Then she ran, her head back and fists pumping like a sprinter. She got to the gate before I could unfunible the latch and stood with her hands against the bay's rump and withers as if trapping me in her arms for just long enough to see if I was all right.

"Where's Simon?" she asked. "Did Zad throw him?"

I nodded yes, and she grabbed for Zad's reins. As she mounted, one foot in the stirrup, Zad turned in an excited circle around her.

"Get help." She slapped the mare's haunches to knock it out of its turning and threw her leg over its back.

I watched until she disappeared down the trail at the edge of the pasture. Then I left the gelding in the paddock and ran to the house to call my father, Neal, at work, and the feedstore, where Ozzie Kline, the hired man, had gone. My voice was shaking so I could hardly give the operator the numbers or explain clearly when I got through.

"Stop blubbering, Gea," my father shouted. "Is Simon hurt?"

"Yes," I told him, afraid to say more and make it certain.

Ozzie arrived at the same time as my father with the doctor, driving fast down the lane one behind the other. I'd saddled each a horse. My father hesitated a second before mounting his, but he followed silently as I led the men down the bluff. I rode at a fast trot down the middle of the trail so none of them, especially Ozzie Kline, could come even with me. As we came out past the tree line, I could see my mother as she leaned over Simon, her body shielding his. I could only think of a photograph I'd seen of a Civil War battlefield, with bodies arranged like frozen dancers in beaten-down grass, arms flung out and backs arched against the sky.

The men rode past me, and I reined in the bay. I wouldn't go near Simon, though I watched the doctor pass his hands over the eyes to close them. I turned my horse to face the river, hidden down the slope of its banks at the edge of the pasture, my back to the men, whose voices sounded like the baying and yelping of pack dogs.

But I had already seen, too much and remembered too clearly: Simon and I on our way to the river to see how high the last rains had brought it and how it was leaking over its channel into the lowest spots of the bottoms land. Simon asking questions I didn't want to know the answer to and then staring up at me from the grass.

My father had told my mother that this year the water would reach the house and make us sorry we lived on the floodplain between the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. He'd also told her not to let Simon ride Zad, that she was too spirited. But my mother didn't listen any more than Simon to what she didn't want to hear.

My father was right about Simon riding Zad, but for the wrong reasons. It was not Zad's fault. She had stumbled over the rock and slid on the wet ground. I'd heard her hoof strike with a hollow ring and turned just in time to see her knees bend as if she was dropping to prayer. It wasn't her fault, but Simon's for riding with the reins loose and one knee up on the saddle, even after I'd warned him that the trail was slippery.

Continues...


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In this richly layered love story, Barbara Esstman reminds us of the power of first attachments, and the peril of leaving them behind. -- Author of National Book Award-winner Ship Fever
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From the Publisher
“A good storyteller…Coulter always keeps the pace brisk.”—Fort Worth Star-Telegram

“Ms. Coulter is a one-of-a-kind author who knows how to hook her readers and keep them coming back for more.”—The Best Reviews

“Coulter is excellent at portraying the romantic tension between her heroes and heroines, and she manages to write explicitly but beautifully about sex as well as love.”—Milwaukee Journal

“Coulter instinctively feeds our desire to believe in knights in shining armor and everlasting love—historical romance at its finest.”—BookReporter.com

“One of the genre’s great storytellers.”—Kansas City Star

“One of the masters of the genre.”—The Newark Star-Ledger

“Catherine Coulter is one of the best authors of exciting thrillers writing today.”—Midwest Book Review

Carolyn Banks
"Simply and wonderfully told."
Cathy Sova
"A gripping novel about love, loss, and betrayal... I highly recommend Night Ride Home. Nora will linger in your thoughts for a long time to come."

Meet the Author

Catherine Coulter is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 70 novels, including historical, contemporary romantic suspense and her wildly popular FBI thrillers The Cove, The Maze, The Target, The Edge, Riptide, Hemlock Bay, Eleventh Hour, Blindside, Blowout, Point Blank, Double Take, TailSpin, KnockOut, Whiplash, Split Second, Backfire, and Bombshell.  She lives in Northern California.

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The Scottish Bride (Bride Series) 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Several books in this Bride series were written some time ago but still very good reading. Should read the entire series to enjoy each and every book. Did not want to put the book down to get other things done. Good reading. This author is a very good author. Would recommend reading other books which I will do.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Overall this had to be in the top five of worst books I have ever had the displeasure of reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good storie
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This was such a boring and unexciting book. There were no sparks between Tysen and Mary Rose. This book is not worth reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ms. Bailey has a beautiful voice and brings individual depth and reality to each character. I loved hearing the name Mary Rose spoken by her characters. I loved the characters, especially little Meggie, Mary Rose, and Tyson Sherbrooke. I felt there to be more reality of character in the man, Tysen Sherbrooke. After all, how many rakes are there in the world...although I suppose both my husbands were before I married them. I believed the love making between Mary Rose and Tysen to be more realistic. This according to me is a tender and warm-hearted story not only between two people, but also family. I loved it! I did not read any of the other bride series by Ms. Coulter.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this series and just learned of this fourth installment. It did very little for me. I believe Ms. Coulter to be a great writier but she missed the boat with this one. I mean there were things in the last book that should have continued with this one and they didn't. I mean where's Alex's baby? If you read the previous bride books you know what I'm talking about. But every author has to have one bomb. I guess this was it for Ms. Coulter. She's a magnificent author and love tons of her stuff.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is very good if you have already read the first three'bride' series. If not then you should read those first because if you started with this one, you will most likely to find it boring. This book is the last book of the bride series. You could follow the outcome of those first three couples and any children they had. And you will also follow the romance of the new couple. I like this book because most romance I read I was left hanging. I only knew that they got married or have a child, but almost never know about afterward.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After reading 'Mad Jack' 2 years ago, I have never purchased another Catherine Coulter book. A friend of mine gave me 'The Scottish Bride', and now, having read it, I'd never let anyone even GIVE me one of her books. My time is much too valuable to me to be wasted so thoroughly! Catherine Coulter used to be one of my favorite writers, and I'm sorry to say this, but she's completely lost the magic. If this group of pathetic nitwits is all she can come up with, she needs to retire--And right away, before another person flushes 7 bucks down the toilet on her garbage! To insult the intelligence of your readers so badly is unconscionable at the very least, and a blatant rip-off in my estimation. What must Catherine Coulter think of us, the readers, when she's writing this idiotic drivel? Obviously she's not thinking of us at all...Is she thinking...anything? Avid Readers, do yourself a favor, don't waste your money or your time on this book, it's very nearly as stupid, shallow and bad as 'Mad Jack' was.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first Catherine Coulter book I have read and I throughly enjoyed it. The book started out a little slow but picked up about mid-way. Although I thought the ending was predictable I did enjoy an old fashion romance.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought it was great. I wish she could put more book out a year. Keep up the good work
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK WAS SO BORING, I LITERALLY FELL ASLEEP. I ADORE CATHERINE COULTER AND WOULD NOT DREAM OF GIVING ANY OF HER BOOKS AWAY. BUT THIS ONE I THROUGH IN THE TRASH. TYSEN WAS A WOOSE FROM THE FIRST PAGE. AND THE STORY WENT DOWN HILL FROM THERE.DON'T WASTE MONEY, IF YOU LIKE A PAGE TURNER, THIS AIN'T IT!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I must confess I had looked forward to this book, but I only got half way through it before I simply couldn't stand it anymore. The gentleman was a wimp, his daughter acted way too old for her age, and the woman in the story was simply pitiful. Tysen couldn't even command his own house, much more his daughter. Mary Rose didn't even have a Scottish accent. I was so disappointed I wish I had waited on my turn at the library instead of buying it. Catherine Coulter is an excellant writer, but her writing here seemed forced, like she just wanted to get it done.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you loved the other Bride series,you'll love this one to. Tysen the devote vicar finall fall in love. Though it takes Mary Rose to make him finally admit it, he thanks that it is a sin to love anyone or to enjoy anything. The right woman does the trick and makes him admit that he can love and be loved
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm simply amazed at how much Tysen changed in this book. I really enjoyed this one and the children were absolutely charming. The only thing I didn't really appreciate was that in the last 40 pages or so, there was a little too much action and I would have enjoyed more of an ending, but that is the only reason I didn't award this book with 5 stars. This is a must read.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1815 Vicar Tysen Sherbrooke learns he has inherited a Scottish barony. The widower leaves behind his two small boys, but his little girl Meggie, fearing to leave her kind father alone, disguises herself as his tiger and accompanies him to the new estate. The Scots greet Tysen with bias bordering on loathing due to his English background.

Tyson also meets and rescues Mary Rose Fordyce, born on the wrong side of the sheets. She brings laughter into his staid life. Meggie finds Mary Rose acceptable as her stepmother. Tysen agrees as he falls in love with Mary Rose. He marries Mary Rose and they return to England where his parishioners reject her as being too happy and Scottish. Tysen chooses his flock over Mary Rose and his three children.

The final novel in Catherine Coulter¿s Sherbrooke Bride trilogy, THE SCOTTISH BRIDE, is a wonderful Regency romance. The story line allows the audience a deep look into prejudice as the Scots dish out to Tysen and the English likewise deliver to Mary Rose. The characters make the plot work as the lead couple, his three children, and the numerous secondary players make the tale enjoyable to read yet stay focused on its core value. Ms. Coulter scores big time with this fabulous Regency romance that will leave readers wanting Meggie¿s story told next.

Harriet Klausner