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Posted April 5, 2003
The Wedding Escape could have been no more than a runaway bride/reverse Cinderella story, but once again author Karyn Monk takes us below the surface, into the hearts and souls of her characters. The result is so much more satisfying this way! At first, we could consider Amelia and Jack a case of opposites attracting, but its the similarities and inverted aspects of their lives that I found most compelling. She, a pampered American heiress has to go into Cinderella-before-the-ball mode to find work and survive as her own person to discover her worthiness as a woman, not just a rich man's daughter. He, rescued from prison as a child of the streets and raised as the adopted son of good-hearted nobles, must overcome deep-rooted insecurity and disgust at his baseborn heritage to recognize his worthiness as a man. The journey of these two characters is anything but stodgy. Again, Ms. Monk imbues her stories with equal parts humor and intensity. There's no such thing as a smooth trip for readers as we go along for the ride. We laugh, cry, cheer and fear with these people. If we have to dive into some very dark lows, it only makes the bright triumphs that much more rewarding for Amelia, Jack and us. Ms. Monk always surrounds her main people with the most colorful clans of supporting characters. Jack's siblings, also all adopted from jails and the streets, return from the previous book The Prisoner, as do the funniest servant family you've ever read. These people make the landscape even richer and you'll fall in love all over again with each of them. (Thank goodness, the next book tells the story of sister Charlotte!)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
In 1883 Scotland, Jack Kent would rather be at sea than sit in the hot church awaiting the arrival of the wealthy American bride marrying the elderly groom with a title. Finally after what seems eternity, he steps outside for some air only to see the runaway bride tumble out a window. Amelia Bedford first tries to take his coach and then offers money for its use, but Jack rejects both. He was going to do nothing to abet her escape until Amelia¿s pleas about helpless imprisonment reminds him of his own past so he enables her to flee from her fate. Though he wants to go to Inverness before setting out for sea, Jack feels responsible for Amelia. He agrees to take her to her betrothed Lord Percy Baring in London. On the way they fall in love, but folks who want to control Amelia¿s money thwart the couple¿s path to happiness. Fans of Victorian romances will gain much pleasure from the delightful THE WEDDING ESCAPE. Though the story line reads similar to a recent bevy of tales focused on American heiresses seeking English titles, the lead couple serves as the key to the freshness of the plot. Readers will appreciate the shared commonality that Jack and Amelia almost obsess over, as both desperately need personal freedom to thrive. Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 13, 2003
Set in England, 1883. Amelia Belford was an American heiress. Her parents arranged for her to marry Lord Whitcliffe. They wanted his title and he wanted their fortune. However, Amelia wanted none of it! Amelia and Whitcliffe found each other to be disgusting. Only minutes before she was to march down the aisle, Amelia leaped out of a church window and into the coach of Jack Kent. ..... Jack Kent was a seafaring Scotsman who was only in town long enough to see his family and then take off again. The damsel in distress put a chink in his plans but he felt honor bound to help her out of her mess. Jack planned to keep his family OUT of it though. He would deal with it himself. Problem was his family was a lot like his servants, most wee thieves and orphans hired right out of prison and put to work. So of course they would stick their fingers into the mix. In addition, Jack was having trouble with his ships. A saboteur was at work and Jack needed to capture him before he lost his business. ..... ***** Author Karyn Monk is a master at turning madness, mayhem, and chaos into an exciting story that readers are unable to put down. I read only for a few minutes and was surprised to look at the clock and find out that hours had flown by. Exciting story from an amazing author. *****
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Posted October 6, 2010
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