The Bride Says No: The Brides of Wishmore

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New York Times bestselling author Cathy Maxwell returns with a delicious new series, The Brides of Wishmore

What happens when a bride says no?

He is the bastard son of a duke, arrogant, handsome, a little bit dangerous, and, of course, one of the most sought-after bachelors in London. He is also about to be publically jilted by some chit of a girl! Blake Stephens' pride isn't...

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Overview

New York Times bestselling author Cathy Maxwell returns with a delicious new series, The Brides of Wishmore

What happens when a bride says no?

He is the bastard son of a duke, arrogant, handsome, a little bit dangerous, and, of course, one of the most sought-after bachelors in London. He is also about to be publically jilted by some chit of a girl! Blake Stephens' pride isn't about to let him be humiliated, so he charges after his bride to the wilds of Scotland, determined to bring her to the altar.

What happens when the heart says yes?

He is promised to one woman, but discovers his soul stirred by . . . the chit's sister! Lady Aileen Davidson's reputation was ruined ages ago, which is why she's buried herself in the country, but her fiery spirit and bold beauty threaten to bring Blake to his knees, making him wonder if he has proposed to the wrong lass.

And now he must make a choice: marry for honor . . . or marry for love?

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“Maxwell brings great family dynamics, along with an appealing and sensual love story, to this historical charmer. Fans of [...] smart and independent heroines will enjoy Maxwell’s romance, and all readers will look forward to Tara’s story.”
Library Journal
02/15/2014
A public jilting is more than wealthy, arrogant Blake Stephens can stand. When his fiancée, Lady Tara Davidson, flees to Scotland three days before the wedding, Blake sets off to bring her back. But although Tara eventually agrees to the marriage (even though she secretly loves another), it's not Tara who ends up capturing his heart but Tara's divorced and disgraced older sister, Lady Aileen. Aileen fascinates Blake as no other woman has before, creating a dilemma he'd never envisioned. A delightful supporting cast, solid Regency country detail, and insightful character development just add to the fun. VERDICT With humor, grace, and a breezy, refreshing style, Maxwell puts a spirited spin on a classic plot that is guaranteed to please her fans. Maxwell (The Devil's Heart) lives in Virginia.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781482991406
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2014
  • Edition description: Unabridged

Meet the Author

Cathy Maxwell spends hours in front of her computer pondering the question, "Why do people fall in love?" It remains for her the great mystery of life and the secret to happiness. She lives in beautiful Virginia with children, horses, dogs, and cats.

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  • Posted January 28, 2014

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    This book reminded me very strongly of a certain quote: "Oh

    This book reminded me very strongly of a certain quote: "Oh, what a tangled web we weave." There was certainly a very tangled web trapping all of the characters in this book. And that turned out to be a wonderful historical romance. I really enjoyed reading this book, tangled web and all.

    Aileen was a lovely heroine. She was a bit of a shrew at first, but she had reason to be bitter with her cruel ex-husband and society's scorn at her for being a divorced lady. Underneath that, though, she was a wonderful character. She was loyal to those she loved and would do anything for their happiness. At the same time though, she was determined to get her own. I thought she was great.

    Blake was also wonderful. He was a very strong man. As the bastard son of a duke, he had to deal with a lot of obstacles to get to the success that he achieved. He built himself up and earned society's respect. And, he was also very sweet. When he fell in love, he really fell in love. He was utterly devoted to Aileen and would have done anything for her, which I thought was really sweet. He was a perfect hero.

    The romance was good. I thought Aileen and Blake were very sweet together, falling in love despite the many obstacles in their way. And the chemistry between them was constant. I thought they were lovely together.

    Tara was Aileen's sister. Damn, this girl irritated me. She was very spoiled and determined to get what she wanted, disregarding anyone else's feelings. She ran away from her engagement to Blake because she still had a crush on the stablehand she had a fling with. Then, when things looked bad there (and she almost ruined the poor man's life) she decided to save face by hanging on to Blake, almost ruining her own sister's happiness. She redeemed herself a little at the end, but I'm still annoyed with her. I believe the next book in the series is about her, so we'll see how that goes.

    The was was well paced. I was kept interested the entire way through, though there were some moments where the plot dragged a bit. I still really enjoyed the story . There were tons of twists and turns along the way as the characters tried to work through that tangled web. And the ending was lovely.

    The Bride Says No was a lovely historical romance. I really enjoyed reading it. Romance lovers, this is a book you'll want to check out.

    *I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2014

    Fantastic story

    I truly enjoyed this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 2, 2014

    The Bride Says No is a terrific read. It will surprise you here

    The Bride Says No is a terrific read. It will surprise you here and there. I love that!!
    Don't imagine that you know how its going to go from the beginning.
    The only predictable thing is the girls father. Blah!
    Its a very enjoyable read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 7, 2014

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    THE BRIDE SAYS NO by Cathy Maxwell is an exciting Regency Histor

    THE BRIDE SAYS NO by Cathy Maxwell is an exciting Regency Historical Romance set in 1807- 1816 Annefield, Scotland. #1 in her latest release “The Brides of Wishmore” series. What a beginning! Bring on the brides, please!

    Meet Lady Aileen Davidson,who has a scandalous past, a widow, and been abused and Blake Stephens,who is the bastard son of a duke,wealthy, trying to gain his father’s affection and Aileen’s younger sister’s fiancee.

    Will Blake marry for love or honor? You see, he has become attracted to the passionate,scandalous Aileen instead of her sister, who has a few secrets of her own. His betrothed is in love with someone else! And a bit selfish, I believe, she believes everything is about her and her feelings. A little spoiled, to say the least, but likeable also.

    Ms. Maxwell is a constant storyteller who adds a grand mixture of romance, deceit, passion and love in her stories. I can hardly wait to see what’s next for this series. What a wonderful way to start a series, with two brides, with different ideas on love and marriage. But will they marry for love or let love slip them by for honor? You must read ” The Bride Says No”! You will not regret your choice of reading material. It keeps you on your toes right up to the very last page. A great read! Received for an honest review from the publisher.

    RATING: 4.5

    HEAT RATING: MILD

    REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 28, 2014

    Meet Aileen and Tara Davidson. Well-to-do sisters from the b





    Meet Aileen and Tara Davidson. Well-to-do sisters from the beautiful Scottish countryside. Unfortunately for these ladies, their father is a reckless gambler who is always looking for a way to get out of debt only to jump right back into it. When Aileen leaves for her season in London in hopes of finding love and then marriage, Tara is devastated. She didn't want things to change, but life is continual change.
    Years later, a divorced and disgraced Aileen is back on the childhood estate after doing the unthinkable and the most scandalous things a lady of the ton could do, she has divorced her abusive husband and has been accused of having an affair with his friend. So Aileen is relegated to a lonely existence while the now engaged Tara is days away from her wedding to the recognized bastard of a duke, Mr. Blake Stephens. Once again change comes to Annefield when Tara appears on the estate's doorstep dressed as a boy, running away from her wedding to Stephens. The selfish Tara has left London days before her wedding to seek out her true love, but all is not as it seems in her idea of paradise.
    When Blake appears on the manor's doorstep with Tara and Aileen's father, things do not bode well for the sisters, for Stephens will not be slighted and the Earl needs his daughter married off. Tara is in love with Ruary, an expert with horses, but a commoner, and she only realized how much when being faced with a marriage to a man she does not love. Mr. Stephens is no man to be trifled with and Aileen realizes that from the first meeting with her sister's would be husband. What Aileen does not count on is her attraction to the broodingly handsome man. 
    Once faces with the guilt her determined father riddles her with, Tara back peddles and begrudgingly agrees to marry Mr. Stephens, leaving Aileen aghast with her foot in her mouth from defending the weakened Tara. Blake Stephens quietly admires the steel of Aileen's manner, and so begins the debacle of if Tara will marry or not marry Blake. 
    The Bride Says No, the first book the the Brides of Wishmore series by the indomitable Cathy Maxwell, is a brilliant and exciting start to her latest series. Aileen Davidson is now one of my all time favorite heroines of romance with her spine of steel and her understanding of the world she lives in. No longer jaded by the illusion of a happily married life, Aileen's abuse by her former husband transform her into a force to be reckoned with. At first I disliked Blake Stephens for his aloof manner and his slightly facetious personality, but that is a facade that Aileen gradually and unknowingly chips away. Cathy Maxwell's books are always so engaging, so full of humor, so very hard to put down. The Bride Says No is perfection from cover to the final words. I so thoroughly enjoyed Cathy Maxwell's, The Bride Says No and I highly recommend it to all.
    ~ KIMBERLY ~

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 9, 2014

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    3.5* I enjoyed the book but at times it was slow but still kept

    3.5*
    I enjoyed the book but at times it was slow but still kept my attention. The book blurb talks about Blake and Aileen but the story was more about Tara the bride who said no and her actions that ultimately effect so many. I loved Blake and cheered for Aileen but until the end I did not like Tara. There were some really great secondary characters Ruary...*sigh*, Jane, Sabrina and Breccan. I'm looking forward to dean the next book The Bride Says Maybe.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2014

    A lovely read

    This novel is a relaxing read. If you are looking for steamy love scenes this is not for you. I enjoyed the book and the characters. Looking forward to the next.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2014

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    Good read

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2014

    Great Read

    Amazing book! All the characters were very in depth.....this story was highly emotional and a lot of unexpected surprises that had my jaw dropping! This book was only 200 pages on my Nook and usually I like longer books than that but this author does an admirable job of putting so much story in those pages. I will definitely be on the look out for her next installment!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2014

    Recommend

    Like this series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2014

    I really wanted to like this book and the characters, but I foun

    I really wanted to like this book and the characters, but I found the book joyless, and just didn't like most of the characters.  This didn't change from beginning to end.   I found myself skipping parts because the dialog and characterizations were tedious.  I understand what Maxwell was trying to do in inventing complex characters, but just didn't pull it off in the way that Elizabeth Hoyt has done in her Maiden Lane series.  The story had great potential, but just fell flat.

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  • Posted May 12, 2014

    Note: I listened to the e-audio version read by Mary Jane Wells.

    Note: I listened to the e-audio version read by Mary Jane Wells.
    Book #1 in Cathy Maxwell’s Brides of Wishmore series.
    This book is delightfully read with a lilting Scottish brogue by Mary Jane Wells. The narration is crystal clear and easy on the ears, and her nuances and inflections were spot-on; her higher pitched voice for Tara is perfect as is her sluggish, drunken reading of the wastrel Lord Tay. And the lower, deeper, and austere voice for Blake is quite seductive.
    Cathy Maxwell is a new-to-me author who has written quite a few historical romances. As I like to read series in order, I picked up this one through my public library’s wonderful collection.
    This is a wonderful dual romance of sorts which are unusual and challenging to craft—think of Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen or A Most Scandalous Proposal by Ashlyn Macnamara—about two sisters, Aileen and Tara Davidson, daughters of a drunken Scottish earl, and their rough roads to romance.
    Years ago, eldest sister Aileen traveled to London to find a husband but instead endured heartbreak in an abusive marriage that ended in a scandalous divorce when she was accused of adultery. For three years, she has lived quietly back at home in Scotland with a  thoroughly ruined reputation as Lady Aileen Hamilton. Now it is Tara’s turn to make a match, but she has run away from London and her engagement to Blake Stephens back home to declare her love for her father’s handsome horse master, Ruary Jamison, only to find him betrothed to another.
    Blake Stephens is the proud and haughty eldest son of a duke, but he’s also a bastard, and determined not to be made a laughingstock by the ton he so despises due to Tara’s running away. He has worked hard for his father’s acknowledgement and, with it, the ton’s. He pursues Tara to Scotland with her father, the unsavory Earl of Tay, and the betrothal is hastily renewed to avoid scandal. But as soon as Blake meets Aileen, he fights a growing attraction to her. He also suspects Tara’s tendre for the horse master, a circumstance he finds humiliating.
    Meanwhile, rumors swirl around Aileen since her marriage ended; did she really cuckold her husband? Only she knows the truth.
    I especially enjoy how Aileen and Blake get to know each other. The way he helps coax her beloved and troubled mare, Folly, to eat is endearing. He wishes to know all about Aileen and she in turn is fascinated by him even as she knows it’s wrong.
    Tara is a very spoiled and immature debutante, used to getting her own way. She is annoying at times but, as women were often treated second best by men during this time, I could empathize with her plight to make herself happy. It is interesting to see her have to fight for Ruary’s love when she is used to getting whatever she wants.
    The Earl of Tay is a rude, boorish aristocrat. He only wants the money Tara’s marriage will bring to his household so he can continue his gambling and whoring lifestyle. That he would do such a thing at the expense of his own daughters’ happiness is appalling.
    There is a nice sense of time and place in this story which comes to life read aloud, with humorous descriptions of how Blake’s patient valet dresses him nattily for church in the latest extravagant London fashions, country life in a quaint Scottish village, the hierarchy and everyday life in a laird’s stables as well as horsemanship, and the terrible vulnerability of women as they are manipulated by men.
    The secondary character of cousin Sabrina is one I’d love to read about in a future story. Her good sense, wisdom, patience, and kindness to both Tara and Aileen is lovely to read.
    A delightful and unexpected cliffhanger ending will definitely find me reading The Bride Says Maybe.
    Note: a modified version of this review first appeared on the Romantic Historicals Review blog.

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    Posted February 24, 2014

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    Posted February 24, 2014

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