The Scottish Bride (Bride Series) [NOOK Book]

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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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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.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
What we're really celebrating in the romance of Night Ride Home is how to find yourself, not lose yourself.
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101214367
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 1/1/2001
  • Series: Bride Series , #6
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 60,421
  • File size: 530 KB

Meet the Author

Catherine  Coulter

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.

 

Biography

The author of dozens of bestsellers, Catherine Coulter made her Romance debut with 1978's The Autumn Countess, a fast-moving story she describes as "a Gothic masquerading as a Regency." Six more Regency romances followed in quick succession; then, in 1982, she penned her first full-length historical novel, Devil's Embrace. She counts several trilogies among her most popular historicals, notably the Bride Trilogy -- which, in turn, spawned an ongoing story sequence featuring the beloved Sherbrooke family of Regency-era England.

In 1988, Coulter tried her hand at contemporary romance with a twisty little page-turner called False Pretenses. Her fans ate it up and begged for more. Since then, she has interspersed historicals with contemporary romantic thrillers (like the novels in her bestselling FBI series) in one of the most successful change-ups in the history of romance publishing.

Good To Know

Suspense writer Catherine Coulter tells us her top ten sleuths and her top ten heroes. We think you'll be as intrigued by her answers as we were ...

TOP TEN SLEUTHS:
Hercule Poirot
Jane Marple
Columbo
Inspector Morse
Jack Ryan
Indiana Jones
Pink Panther
Sherlock Holmes
Sid Halley

TOP TEN HEROS:
Harry Potter (Every Single Book)
Colin Firth as Darcy
S.C. Taylor from Beyond Eden
Lucas Davenport
Dillon Savich
James Bond (Sean Connery)
Jack Bauer
John McClain (All Die Hard)
Shrek (l & 2)
Arnold Schwarzenegger

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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...


Excerpted from Night Ride Home by Barbara Esstman Copyright © 2006 by Barbara Esstman. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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Plot Summary
Set in a small town outside of St. Louis shortly after World War II, Night Ride Home is the story of a family coming to terms with the death of its eldest child, Simon. Simon's mother Nora boards and trains horses on a farm inherited from her grandmother, though Nora's husband Neal resents her passion for them. After Simon is killed in a riding accident, Neal shoots the horse that Simon was riding. The horse was Nora's favorite--a beautiful and spirited Arabian. Neal then sends the rest of the horses away, and tries to sell the farm. When Nora refuses to leave, Neal moves to Chicago and takes their daughter Clea with him. Neal seeks to define the life Nora will take up in the wake of Simon's death. But another man, Nora's teenage love, Ozzie, returns to the farm in an attempt to help Nora piece together a life of her own choosing.

In five alternating voices, Night Ride Home examines both the bitter grief and the binding love of the extended Mahler family. Neal's voice rationalizes his desire to control his family. Nora's voice stumbles through the maze of her sorrow. Clea, the daughter, walks a fine line between her parents. Nora's mother, Maggie, examines decisions made in her own her life. And, finally, the ranch hand Ozzie opens his battle-weary heart to love.

Topics for Discussion
1. Simon Mahler's grandmother Maggie laments: "A child should not die before his parents. A terrible disorder was at large in the world." But Simon's death creates a "disorder" that goes beyond the tragedy inherent in the loss of a child. In many ways, Simon was the hub that connected the characters who narrate the novel. What didSimon mean to the other characters?

2. The novel reveals a variety of responses to grief. The townspeople admire Neal for his restrained response to Simon's death, and shake their heads at Nora's "hysterics." But experts tell us that an emotional response to loss is a normal, healthy response. Contrast how Neal and Nora respond to Simon's death. Are there "right" and "wrong" ways to grieve? What are they?

3. When the tragedy occurs, Clea is a girl on the brink of becoming a woman. She retreats to her room and both literally and figuratively attempts to disappear. What has been modeled for her by the women in her life? Does she repeat or rebel against what she has seen?

4. While some experts contend that electroshock therapy has been used effectively to control depression, Esstman's research revealed that shock therapy was also used during the time period of Night Right Home on women deemed too independent by their husbands. What do you think was behind Neal's decision to subject Nora to shock therapy--a desire to help Nora or to subdue her independence? What responses to "undesirable behavior" occur today?

5. Ozzie was wounded in W.W.II and spent years wandering. He tells us that he "had dreams a lot, about dead men that I believed I could have saved." Today we might say that a veteran like Ozzie suffered from post-traumatic stress syndrome. How does the war appear to have affected Ozzie in ways of which even he is not aware?

6. Farm life is tied closely to the natural cycle of the seasons. The four sections of the novel correspond to the four seasons--spring through winter. What happens in each season? Do the events of each season reflect our common notions of spring, summer, fall and winter?

7. Late in the novel, Nora breaks down in Ozzie's truck after he has brought her to see an Arabian filly, Malaak. Why does Ozzie bring her back to talk to the filly's owner? What is he asking her to do? How is this the turning point of the novel for Nora?

8. Quotations from Chilean poet Pablo Neruda precede each section of the book. How do the epigraphs reflect the events and the themes of the novel?

9. Five characters take turns narrating the chapters of this book. Esstman has said that these are "all characters who have buried part of the truth." What do various characters see that others have "buried"? How would this novel be changed if it had a single narrator?

About the Author
Barbara Esstman was born in Carroll, Iowa, and grew up in St. Charles, Missouri. Like her character Nora in Night Ride Home, Esstman broke off a relationship at age nineteen to a young man who went off to war. Decades after her former boyfriend returned from Vietnam, Esstman reconnected with him. Much of her character Ozzie--his love of horses, his battle scars, and his long silence--Esstman says she learned from his real-life model. The book's dedication, "To 'Naldo from Rosie," refers to this relationship. "The novel," says Esstman, "is true in the deepest sense, though Oz and Nora are invented out of air and exist on a farm that never was."

After graduating from St. Louis University, Esstman taught high school English. During the years that her three children were young, she left teaching and the family moved frequently. For the last 15 years, Esstman has lived outside Washington, DC in Oakton, Virginia. Today she teaches occasionally but devotes most of her time to writing. Her three children come home often and fill the house with friends and pets.

Esstman's first novel, The Other Anna, was published in 1993 and was adapted for a television movie, Secrets. She is now at work on her third novel.


A Note from the Author:
The first image of what would become Night Ride Home was of a woman very alone in the center of Missouri farmland with something of death around her. I didn't know her, nor why she was paralyzed by grieving. I wouldn't suspect for two years that she might fall in love. But I did recognize the place: St. Charles, the small town outside of St. Louis where I grew up. The town of St. Charles was transformed into the place of the novel, Lacote--built on low hills along the Missouri River and surrounded by farmland, much of which was on flood plain. One of my earliest and most powerful memories is standing with my father on a day in 1953 when the river was so high that it overran the river's steep bank.

Rivers and floods, whether real or imagined, shape those people who live with them. While some humans are arrogant enough to believe they can control whatever they put their minds to, floods give a lesson in humility and respect for forces greater than our own.

When the land begins to reappear after a flood, we see it piece by piece, the way we do the parts of an answer to a problem we are working out. Or the scenes of a novel being written. Nora, the woman in Night Ride Home, has to try to rebuild her life bit by bit after the death of her son, a death she can no more stop than the Missouri River that floods her land.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2012

    Very good reading just like the other in this series.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2012

    This cannot have been written by Catherine Coulter.

    Overall this had to be in the top five of worst books I have ever had the displeasure of reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2011

    Very good

    Good storie

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2004

    Great book.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2004

    Boring, Boring, Boring

    This was such a boring and unexciting book. There were no sparks between Tysen and Mary Rose. This book is not worth reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2004

    Have it read to you by Josephine Bailey

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2003

    Missing Links

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2001

    GOOD SEQUEL

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2001

    Can Catherine Coulter Write any Worse?

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2001

    Excellant

    I thought it was great. I wish she could put more book out a year. Keep up the good work

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2001

    Old Fashion Romance

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2001

    WHAT HAPPENED????????

    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!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2001

    Disappointing

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2001

    wonderful

    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

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Excellent historical romance

    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. <p>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. <P> 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. <P>Harriet Klausner

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