The Bride Says No (Brides of Wishmore Series #1)

The Bride Says No (Brides of Wishmore Series #1)

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by Cathy Maxwell
     
 

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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

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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 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?

Editorial Reviews

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.
Booklist
“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.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062219268
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/28/2014
Series:
Brides of Wishmore Series , #1
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
13,086
File size:
837 KB

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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The Bride Says No 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
WorldsCollide More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed this book.
krazymama_98 More than 1 year ago
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.
stanhope3234 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
KimRocha More than 1 year ago
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 ~
Shortstride More than 1 year ago
Great book
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
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
Queenbethanny 3 months ago
An absolutely charming read! Aileen, living a quiet life in the Scottish countryside after a scandalous English divorce, sends her younger sister, Tara, off to England for the Season. Tara lands a wealthy but illegitimate son of a duke. She practically jilts him and runs home days before the wedding, hoping her "one true love" back home will still want her. Blake follows Tara home and immediately becomes smitten with Aileen. This is a story of the struggle of love and honor. I promise you the ending with bring you joyful tears.
Anonymous 11 months ago
A very well written and entertaining story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Two thumbs up!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Way too short to handle the story of 3 couples.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*An excellent beginning to a new series..
Berls More than 1 year ago
The Bride Says No was a book club selection that I ended up loving. After finishing The Bride Says No, I almost immediately picked up copies of the other two books in the series. As much as I like Victorian historicals, I'm a sucker for the regency era. So already The Bride Says No was at an advantage. And even though the story was somewhat predictable, I loved the characters and breezed through The Bride Says No in just a few sittings. When we meet Aileen, she's leaving her small Scottish town and her sister Tara for London to spend a season in search of a groom. She's young and idealistic, planning to find love and return home happy. We skip ahead several years, to a new Aileen - one who has lost her belief in love. We don't know all the details off the bat, but my heart immediately went out to her. Its so relatable - even if you haven't been burnt by love, I think most of us know something about disappointment as we grow older and dreams don't quite work out the way we would have liked. I so wanted Aileen to find happiness, especially as I got to know her. She's a genuinely good person, so incredibly self-sacrificing. You see it in the way she cares for her sister, the things she would give up, and the way the servants care for her. She's not weak either - the things she's lived through could have crushed a weaker woman (in ANY time, but even more so back then) but she's remarkably resilient. I admit, I got really fed up with Aileen's sister Tara. How Aileen could be so incredibly selfless and have such an incredibly selfish sister confounded me for a while. But as The Bride Says No unfolded, I started to understand Tara better and, while she's not my favorite character YET, I did see growth and see the potential for lots more as the series progresses. Like her sister, Tara is a strong woman and that quality could take her a long way yet. Maxwell is a contradiction of sorts. On one hand, he behaves very much like I would have expected of a Regency Lord. And yet he's an illegitimate son - raised and treated as a bastard until he made his own way in the world. He has a lot he thinks he needs to prove and marrying Tara is the next step. Too bad she doesn't love him - hence the title The Bride Says No. I really enjoyed seeing this tangled web get messier and messier, wondering when and how it would fix itself. It was a fun romance and it ended on a bit of a twist, so I'm eager to see what happens next!
loverofromance More than 1 year ago
Lady Aileen has suffered from being married, to a man who was conceited and selfish and a brute. She has no wish to even come close to that type of suffering ever again. Now that her sister is engaged, she is happy for Tara even though Tara can be selfish and full of herself. Then suddenly her sister comes back home saying she has decided not to marry after all. Then her betrothed comes after her, and somehow Tara decides to commit herself back to her fiancee. Aileen knows that Tara is almost acting like a child, but loves her and is willing to do whatever it takes to make her happy. But what surprises her most is the attraction that builds between Aileen and Blake. Blake has worked his whole life building respect from others and refuses to lose everything to a fleeing fiancee, and if her actions are known could ruin him. So he goes after her, even though she is a beauty and would look good on his arm, he doesn't feel anything for her. But when he meets Aileen, for the first time in his life, he sees a woman he could admire and even love. Even though there is a barrier between Blake and Aileen, sometimes love does conquer but only if the two hearts involved are willing to fight for it with everything they have... The Bride Says No is the first in Maxwell's latest series the "Brides of Wishmore". I was given this ARC in return of a honest review. This is your typical forbidden lovers type of story. The hero is locked into a marriage agreement, one that could cause scandal and ruin if he steps away from it. The heroine is forced to fall in love with a man that will be her sisters husband soon. I have always been a big fan of this author, and I enjoyed the unique style of the plot and the way the story pans out in the end. This is quite a romantic setting. It is set in the countryside of Scotland, in the Regency era. I have read many Scottish romances, and this seemed on the border of a very lightly tinted Scottish romance. There was only a bit of the Scottish Brogue--that makes my body tingle. :) So this seemed more on the regency genre. I did enjoy the first meeting between Blake and Aileen, boy the room sparked I thought a explosion would occur with the heated exchange that begins. Definitely brings a smile to your face when a heroine isn't humble and meek, but is a fighter. Aileen's past divorced marriage, has forced her to look at things in a different light and I would put her in the "Bluestocking" category of heroines. She was a delight though. Blake has a commanding presence, arrogant in his own way, and sexy as sin. *sigh* loved every part of his characters. Now another key player is Tara, I had some serious issues with this gal. She seemed to have this superior attitude toward her sister I disliked and it was very tasteless, I kept thinking she needed a good kick in the rear or be tossed in the lake or something. Even though at the end she somewhat proves herself, it took over 300 pages to do it. However despite my frustrations with that character, I immensely enjoyed the chemistry between Blake and Aileen. At times it was sweet and tender, but then at other times it was hungry and passionate. One of my favorite aspects of this authors writing is how she blends those two aspects into her stories so perfectly. It is never over done. I always end with a satisfied sigh, and this book was no different. Overall this story seemed to be packed full of everything that makes a winner of a romance. Beautiful setting, magnificent characters, vivid detail, sweet romance, and a HEA!!! You can't get any better than this! LOVED IT!!
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Like this series
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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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Good read
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Bai