Trouble at the Wedding: Abandoned at the Altar [NOOK Book]

Overview

Annabel is about to marry the perfect man . . .

The last thing Miss Annabel Wheaton desires is true love. She learned the hard way that love makes a woman foolish and leads only to heartache. That’s why she agreed to marry an earl who needs her money. He’s got a pedigree and a country estate, and he won’t ever break her heart. There’s only one problem . . .

Christian isn’t about to let her marry that pompous ...

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Overview

Annabel is about to marry the perfect man . . .

The last thing Miss Annabel Wheaton desires is true love. She learned the hard way that love makes a woman foolish and leads only to heartache. That’s why she agreed to marry an earl who needs her money. He’s got a pedigree and a country estate, and he won’t ever break her heart. There’s only one problem . . .

Christian isn’t about to let her marry that pompous prig . . .

Christian Du Quesne, Duke of Scarborough, thinks the stubborn heiress is about to make the biggest mistake of her life, and he’s determined to stop her. Tempting beautiful women is Christian’s forte, after all. When her family offers him a nice sum of money to stop the wedding, he’s happy to accept.

Falling in love with Annabel was never supposed to be part of the bargain . . .

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062096326
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/27/2011
  • Series: Abandoned at the Altar Series , #3
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 48,349
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Laura Lee Guhrke spent seven years in advertising, had a successful catering business, and managed a construction company before she decided writing novels was more fun. A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Laura has penned more than twenty historical romances. Her books have received many award nominations, and she is the recipient of romance fiction's highest honor: the Romance Writers of America RITA® Award. She lives in the Northwest with her husband (or, as she calls him, her very own romance hero), along with two diva cats and a Golden Retriever happy to be their slave.

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  • Posted December 30, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    At what point do we cease with all these rules of engagement?

    At the turn of the 20th century having old money was treated with respect, but having new money put you in a state of being caught between the world you came from and not accepted in the one you long to be part of. For Miss Annabel Wheaton a newly moneyed Southern Belle the only way out of this rut is to marry a titled English man. No one thinks this is a good idea but Annabel is a determined steel magnolia who knows how to get her way.

    Annabel¿s uncle is determined to stop a relationship doomed for disaster and hires a rake to make it all go away. The idea was for Christian du Quesne, the Duke of Scarborough to use his charm and make the wedding come to a screeching halt. What no one expected was for a complete explosion. Christian may be desperate to fill his family coffers but not enough to marry and yet here was Annabel now seeking a husband due to his action, which Christian is remiss to explain even to himself. Neither of them wants to depend on the other but the resolution to the issue appears to be the road of most resistance from both of them. Annabel and Christian will walk the correct path but where it will lead is the question right now.

    Christian knows he should never love again but perhaps Annabel will be the salve to heal his heart and set him free. If wishes were hopes than the one answer both of them is seeking shall be found.

    This is a wonderful combination of the still under development American life with established English culture. This book is a reflection of changes that happened in the colonies but still show the problems and how class order issues remain regardless of your side of the pond. Annabel is the best of what women have become and Christian is a man who knows change is coming and looks to embrace it.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 27, 2011

    Very nicely done Ms. Guhrke

    The third installment of the Abandoned at the Alter series is just as lovely as the first two. The story begins with Christian, Duke of Scarborough getting paid by Annabel Wheaton's Uncle Arthur to dissuade Annabel from an (in)convenient marriage. Annabel is an American heiress who believes she can marry an Earl to become accepted into society. I won't spoil it for you but Annabel's perceptions change as the story progresses.
    Ms. Guhrke's is a master at characterization. I have to admit I fell a bit in love with Christian. He was the perfect combination of tortured hero and irreverent bad boy. Annabel was wonderfully strong and independent while being feminine. The story is set in the early 1900's which is an unusual time period for historical romance but I loved it. Author's please think of writing in this time period. I think it offers a new world of opportunities with the advancements that had been made since the regency period.
    This was a wonderfully entertaining read and I am truly sorry this series is at an end. Ms. Guhrke how about Dinah's story someday? She could be a flapper in the twenties.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 28, 2012

    Strong American heroine makes this a must read.

    Miss Annabel Wheaton grew up a poor Southern girl who unexpectedly inherited a fortune in gold mines. She doesn’t fit into the world of the privileged and has decided that the best way to be accepted is to marry a British lord. Her uncle thinks the marriage is a mistake and hires Christian Du Quesne, Duke of Scarborough, to persuade her to stop the wedding by telling her the truth about arranged British marriages. Christian soon cares about Annabel and wants her to avoid the type of marriage he had with his own American wife. This story provides an unflinching look at the marriages between new American money and the British aristocracy. The characters are strong ones that you quickly care about and find yourself rooting for, especially when a scandal forces Annabel to take matters in hand.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2012

    very sad

    This could be a wonderful book, if the author didn`t lost romance in the end. Who want`s to read in a love szene the encounter with an other lover. No duke would marry a girl with a past.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    Liked it

    It was good i liked the personalities of everyone, nice read!

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  • Posted April 29, 2013

    Annabel Wheaton is determined to marry a titled peer to get the

    Annabel Wheaton is determined to marry a titled peer to get the respect she has always deserved, so when the Earl of Rumsford proposes, she thinks her prays have been answered. She knows he is marrying her for her ample fortune and is completely okay with it because she is mainly marrying him for his title. A week before the wedding, everything is going divinely, save her uncle constantly nagging her to put more thought into this decision before she makes a big mistake, when Christian Du Quesne, Duke of Scarborough shows up and turns her world upside down. Not only does she feel an instant attraction to him but he starts planting doubts in her mind that weren't there the week before. The morning of the wedding she must choose, follow the path to become a countess which she has worked so hard to achieve or call off the wedding for a tryst with Christian who is not the marrying kind of man. Sounds like a simple choice, right? But it never is.

    Christian is almost out of options. His brother died unexpectedly leaving him to take over as Duke, a job he is far from suitable for, and as soon as the title is changed he learns that they are completely run into the ground. Every property not entailed is mortgaged and the rest don't earn enough to break even annually much less pay off massive debts. Determined never again to marry for money as he did 12 years ago, he goes to America to try to make his fortune because that seems to be where all men make it big but having no capital to invest in new ventures, he cannot really do much. So when Arthur, Annabel's uncle, offers him half a million dollars to dissuade his niece from marrying that pompous ass, he accepts immediately. A week before the wedding his insinuates himself into Annabel's life and starts covertly planting doubts in her mind and mocking her intended.

    All this culminates in a passionate kiss the night before the wedding leaving them both off balance. Annabel's marches on and still makes it to her nuptials fully intending to become the Countess of Rumsford despite Christian's best efforts and then he shows up and objects to the wedding in the middle of the ceremony, implying that something has happened between Annabel and himself. So what happens next? How do they salvage her possibly ruined reputation? Well, that is one spoiler I won't give away, and no it isn't the simple she marries the duke immediately to avoid the scandal approach.

    I seriously must be going to a phase of some sort because it seems like I am drooling over every male character I read right now. St Clair from Anna And The French Kiss, Mr Darcy from Pride And Prejudice, Colin from 20 Times A Lady, Alec from Forbidden, Peeta from The Hunger Games, Loki from Switched, the list goes on and on and on (and on and on and on and on and on). I LOVED Christian. He was cocky and confident and handsome and had a sense of humor and a hiding sense of honor and just DAMN.

    Annabel was pretty good too, stubborn and hard headed and kind of the typical American Heiress which I am good with.

    I have yet again proven to myself that historical romance novels (written by the proper authors, naturally) are the balm to my soul and I strive to read more of them. Especially when so many YA novels right now end with horrid cliffhangers and have stupid love triangles and have idiot heroines that anger me to the point of blinding rage.

    But that's a bit off topic. This novel is well written and will definitely make you laugh and probably cry and hope the happily ever after that seems impossible. It was nearly perfect. My only real complaint is that the ending felt rushed. I could have used an extra chapter (or even few paragraphs) to see that they were settled properly before finishing the novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2012

    Enjoyable and a quick read

    This book is a fast read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2012

    really enjoyed this book

    I thought this book was just as good as the first two.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    It really wasn't the author's fault... From reading the book des

    It really wasn't the author's fault... From reading the book description provided above, I thought the story line would take place circa 1800. So of course I was disappointed when I found out it takes place a century later. That being, the story was written nicely and the sappy ending was perfect for a night in. There were times when I wanted to hit the heroine+hero on the head for her/his stubbornness, but that comes with almost every story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2012

    Recommended Book

    This is another well written, enjoyable book written by a very good author. She takes the time to develop the depth of the characters, helping the reader better understand their actions. I didn't feel that it was quite as good as some of her others books that I've read but it is still recommended and interesting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2012

    Good

    It's a fairly good read, although it has spots that are a little predictable and others that seem rather rushed. A pretty unique timeframe for the standard historical romance, which helped to keep things interesting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2012

    Loved the book

    Love to get away to one of those novels that is full of romance. Good story, especially since I'm from the south.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 7, 2012

    Awesome

    Great book. Starts of with some suspense but I loved how everything played out. Loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    Fizzles out

    The story starts out well, but the ending is disappointing. Several loose ends are not tied up, and the last chapter or two seem rushed. Just an okay read.

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