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The Sherbrooke Bride (Bride Series) [NOOK Book]

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The first book in Catherine Coulter's beloved Bride series. Douglas Sherbrooke, Earl of Northcliffe, marries the wrong woman-only to find himself haunted by a bride of an entirely different kind.


Douglas asks his cousin Tony to serve as proxy in his wedding ceremony. When Tony and the bride fall in love and elope, Tony uses ...

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Overview

The first book in Catherine Coulter's beloved Bride series. Douglas Sherbrooke, Earl of Northcliffe, marries the wrong woman-only to find himself haunted by a bride of an entirely different kind.


Douglas asks his cousin Tony to serve as proxy in his wedding ceremony. When Tony and the bride fall in love and elope, Tony uses his writ of proxy to wed Douglas to the bride's sister. 2 cassettes.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In a display of what poses as wit in this Regency novel, the first of a trilogy, Douglas Sherbrooke, Earl of Northcliffe, tells his wife Alexandra that she is ``as amusing as a boil on a backside.'' Unfortunately, he's right. Worse, bestselling romancer Coulter's ( Earth Song ) lame story is no more amusing. The tale begins when Douglas is dispatched to France on a secret mission for the British government just as he is to marry the beautiful Melissande Chambers. He sends his cousin Tony Parrish to act as his proxy during the ceremony, but the bride and substitute groom fall in love and elope. They return to carry on with the proxy wedding, making Melissande's younger sister Alexandra the bride. Douglas is predictably annoyed when he returns and arrogantly makes this very clear to his unwanted wife. He rebuffs Alexandra's attempts to earn his favor until she wises up and tries to run off; then he decides to keep her. To prevent things from getting too cozy Coulter resurrects the poorly developed spy subplot and has Alexandra kidnapped. Douglas and Tony take off in pursuit, evil is vanquished and everybody who is supposed to be happy ends up that way. (Apr.)
Library Journal
In this first in a trilogy of Regency romances, Douglas Sherbrooke, the Earl of Northcliffe, must marry to produce a legitimate heir. Because he needs to be in France on the day of his marriage, he sends his cousin to wed Melissande, his chosen bride, by proxy. The cousin, instead, marries her for keeps. Douglas ends up with her less-appealing sister Alexandra, who coincidentally has been in love with Douglas for several years. Both couples are together in the Sherbrooke household after the wedding, so Douglas has plenty of opportunity to compare the two women. Of course, as is to be expected, all ends well, and Douglas and Alexandra overcome a number of pitfalls, including her kidnapping, and fall in love. Some listeners may have trouble finding the humor here and will consider parts of the plot preposterous and silly. Read by Anne Flosnik, this novel is recommended where Regencies are popular.-Mary Knapp, Madison P.L., WI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101214084
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 4/1/1992
  • Series: Bride Series , #1
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 42,702
  • File size: 421 KB

Meet the Author

Catherine  Coulter
Catherine Coulter is the author of sixty-five novels, almost all of them New York Times bestsellers. She earned her reputation writing historical romances, but in recent years turned her hand to penningwith great successcontemporary suspense novels. The Cove spent nine weeks on The New York Times paperback bestseller list and sold more than one million copies. The Maze was Coulter's first book to land on The New York Times hardcover bestseller list.A review of The Maze in Publisher's Weekly stated that it "was gripping enough to establish Coulter firmly in this genre." Coulter continues to live up to that promise with twelve more New York Times bestselling FBI thrillers, including her most recent title Whiplash. Coulter's 15th FBI thriller Split Second will be released in 2011.



Catherine Coulter's first novel, The Autumn Countess, was published at the end of 1978 when she had just reached puberty. It was a Regency romance because, as she says, "as any publisher will tell you, it's best to limit the unknowns in a first book, and not only had I grown up reading Georgette Heyer, but I earned my M.A. degree in 19th century European history."



Following The Autumn Countess (a Gothic masquerading as a Regency, she says), Catherine wrote six more Regency romances. In 1982, she published her first long historical, Devil's Embrace. She has continued to write long historicals, interspersing them with hardcover contemporary novels, beginning with False Pretenses in 1988.



She pioneered the trilogy in historical romance, each of them very popular. They include: Song, Star, Magic, Night, Bride, Viking, and Legacy trilogies. She enjoys trilogies because she doesn't have to say good-bye to the characters and neither do the readers.



Catherine grew up on a horse ranch in Texas. She graduated from the University of Texas and received her masters at Boston College. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, she worked on Wall Street as a speechwriter for a company president. She loves to travel and ski, reads voraciously, and has a reputation for telling jokesbelieving the publishing business is too crazy not to laugh. Catherine lives in Marin County, California with her physician husband and her three cats.



Catherine Coulter loves to hear from readers. You can e-mail her at ReadMoi@aol.com.





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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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2001

    breathtaking

    the first time i read it,i cried beacuse it was such a nice story and very different from others that i read.catherine became my favorite author since then.i love her and the book.my friend is going to buy it for me for my birthday

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 25, 2012

    I have read the whole Sherbrooke series, could not wait till the

    I have read the whole Sherbrooke series, could not wait till the next book came out!. Now, you have to read in order for they read as a movie!
    I loved each book, enjoyed all the little lives adventures! I laughed and cried at each turn! The Women are strong women with lots of Character to be able to handle these strong Men! Each story shows that women were Strong, independent long before their time! Now after some time, I Am ready to re-read the series. So just pick up the first book, {I keep a stack of books, same author, same series by my bedside and when I finish with one, I pick up the next book in order! So! sit back, Pick up this book and as you read put yourself into the story! You'll be able to picture {in your mind} each and every scene.


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  • Posted January 27, 2010

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    The Sherbrooke Bride

    The Sherbrooke Bride is the first book in the Bride Series by Catherine Coulter.

    Douglas Sherbrooke the Earl of Northcliffe is in need of an heir to carry on the family name. He decides to wed the beautiful, Melissande daughter of the Duke of Beresford. Unfortunately, duty comes first and Sherbrooke must send his cousin to wed his new bride by proxy while he is away on a mission.

    But, when the Earl returns he is married to the wrong sister. His cousin has married Melissande and stuck him with Alexandra the younger, less attractive daughter. He must not only contend with the high spirited Alexandra, but a ghost resides at Northcliffe hall as well, the Virgin Bride.

    What is the Earl to do? Remain married to the wrong bride or return her to her father? Will Douglas find love with Alexandra? You'll have to read to find out!

    My Thoughts:

    The Sherbrooke Bride was not my first read from highly acclaimed author, Catherine Coulter. Coulter has a very wide range in writing, from Regency style romances to FBI thrillers. I prefer her historical fiction and The Sherbrooke Bride did not disappoint.

    I identified with the high spirited and stubborn, Alexandra who has always been in the shadow of her sisters incomparable beauty. Her reactions to Douglas' attitude are refreshing for a Regency romance. I enjoyed the banter that she and Dougas shared. Her love for him was very deep.

    Douglas' character was very masculine. He did not come across as a gameplayer or a playboy. He seemed very honorable though a little tight laced. It is nice to see how he starts to loosen up as he begins to deal with Alexandra. The reader will feel his shock and betrayal when he finds he has married the wrong woman, but they will also feel his gradual acceptance of what's happened and the realization of what it means.

    The subplot of the story involving Douglas' mission as a spy and the kidnapping it later causes, was a little predictable, but it did add an element of surprise and intrigue.

    I liked this one, not one of my all time favorites, but definitely a good romance.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2009

    GR8 READ!!

    This was my 3rd novel by Catherine Coulter (in the space of 2 weeks) and my favorite so far - I borrowed it from the library but would purchase it for myself to add to "favorites" collection. Definitely a book to read again and again. The main characters were well matched and the love/sex scenes were hot!! Add to that a wicked sense of humor throughout and you'll be hooked.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2004

    A great read

    I'm an avid fan of Catherine Coulter, but this one was not my favorite. I mean, it was a great story and I would read it again, but the only thing I have against it was that the ending wasn't as gripping as all the other books I've read of her. Usually, I'll just about cry and I'm so happy for them, but this one I just chuckled and put down. But hey, still good right?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2014

    LOVED IT!

    One of my favorite novels. The others in the series are just as good. LORRAINE

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    Wonderful Read

    This a great read - the plot and story entice you to complete the entire Bride Series.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    Still one of my favorites.....

    First "Coulter" book I ever read and still my very favorite. It's completely outrageous but aren't all romance novels? Especially Regencies??

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2012

    I highly recommend it! Could not put it down.

    The story was full of action, emotions. I could actually imagine the characters, the outfits and the emotions each one experienced. It made me laugh, cry, and cheer for the characters. I could not put the book down until I finished the book (4 times). Great story!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2011

    Great storie

    Live it

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  • Posted April 21, 2011

    my kind of love story

    it has everything. romance, mystery, anda passionate love. also a heroine who will make you laugh.

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  • Posted January 14, 2011

    Lend Me

    Highly Recommend

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2008

    I love this book!!

    This is my very favorite book of all time. I have read many different romance novels, and I am always drawn back to this one and to Catherine Coulter. She really knows how to make the characters come to life in your mind and hearts. I fell in love with Alex right away, and with the whole Sherbrooke family. This will always be a classic in my book!! I hope future readers will enjoy it as much!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2008

    Unforgettable!

    I've read this book almost a year ago.this is the best romance book i would say. the characters are adorable and their personalities so distinct and unforgettable especially douglas and alex that in every book of the series i just can't help but locate and memorize douglas' and alex's moments. you still could recognize that familiar wit and romance in every scene that they are in. it's not too good to be true its too good that it should not be missed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2004

    Loved it

    I had this book for a long time before i started reading it, my mom gave it to me. Well I finally started reading it on an Airplane and i finished it before the plane landed! I LOVED IT! But whats with having Black Hair and Blue eyes? It seems like in every one of her books those are the women that are the most beautiful. Like in Wyndham Legacy and this one. Mellisande and Duchess had black hair and blue eyes and were pale and all the men thought they were beautiful. lol, all in all this was a good book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2004

    Best of the Best

    This book is the best one. I never thought that Alex and Douglas will end up loving each other. This is the best book out of my Romance collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2004

    Great Book!

    I absolutely loved this book! There are some parts that are 'adult' but overall, the book is great. This is my first book that I have read by Catherine Coulter, and it is absolutely great! At some points, the book made me nearly cry, but it was overall a aboslutely wonderful book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2003

    MY TOP 5

    This book is soooooo good! I loved it. The characters were easy to love I absolutley loved the story. Catherine Coulter is one of my favorites. She writes beautiful books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2002

    Hilarious

    Catherine Coulter has done it again. 'Sherbooke Bride' was a romantic comedy. I laughed throughout the whole book. Especially when Alex hit Douglas with the rake when she was trying to leave. The characters in this book will have you laughing hard, but even thoughyou laugh it is still a romance book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2001

    funny story

    I really enjoyed this book. It was a page turner from begining to end. You'll love the characters, which to me is the most important factor. Sometimes you'll want to just knock the main male character, Douglas, on the head. But it is an amusing, sweet story that will make you want to read more of her books.

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