The Sherbrooke Bride (Bride Series)

The Sherbrooke Bride (Bride Series)

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by Catherine Coulter
     
 

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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.

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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.

Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101214084
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/01/1992
Series:
Bride Series , #1
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
51,754
File size:
430 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

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.





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Sherbrooke Bride (Bride Series) 4.2 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 65 reviews.
Storieteller More than 1 year ago
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.
Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
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.
NikkiSimone More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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?
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
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I recommend this book it is funny and sexy.
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One of my favorite novels. The others in the series are just as good. LORRAINE
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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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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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