The Wife He Always Wanted

The Wife He Always Wanted

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by Cheryl Ann Smith
     
 

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The next irresistible romance in the School for Brides series from the author of A Convenient  Bride...

Sarah Palmer is impoverished, desperate, and alone. Her father was murdered years ago, and her only sibling is now dead. When an unkempt man turns up on her doorstep, he claims a friendship with her late brother, and the desire to fulfill her

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The next irresistible romance in the School for Brides series from the author of A Convenient  Bride...

Sarah Palmer is impoverished, desperate, and alone. Her father was murdered years ago, and her only sibling is now dead. When an unkempt man turns up on her doorstep, he claims a friendship with her late brother, and the desire to fulfill her brother’s dying wish that they marry. Sarah sees no other solution for her situation but to wed the roguish stranger.
 
Although it’s not apparent from his gruff appearance, Gabriel Harrington comes from one of London’s finest families. However, he is not the man Sarah’s brother intended her to marry. Overcome with guilt at his hasty lie, Gabriel must begin a life with the chilly Miss Palmer, who appears content with their passionless marriage.
 
But Sarah is not as immune to Gabriel as he thinks. Driven by the desire to learn the truth behind her father’s murder and committed to a make her unexpected marriage successful, she fights to win Gabriel’s affections. Once he begins to see the passion in her, he isn’t that hard to convince…   

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Praise for the School for Brides romances:
“Chockablock with plot twists…plenty of passion and intrigue.” —Publishers Weekly

“A charming, sexy, innovative tale that sparks the imagination. There’s a bright future ahead of Smith.” —Romantic Times

"A fast-paced amusing romantic historical filled with fun and a delight to read. Cannot wait for the next "bride's school" story." —Fresh Fiction.

“An unusual premise and an interesting story…Readers are in for a treat. It has… everything readers want in a romance.” —Romance Reviews Today

Kirkus Reviews
2013-10-01
Abandoned and impoverished, Sarah is completely alone in the world and facing an uncertain future, until a scruffy man appears on her doorstep and offers to marry her, claiming to fulfill her brother's dying wish; despite some misgivings, Sarah accepts his proposal, eager to start a new life and perhaps shed some light on the mysteries of her past. Ten years ago, Sarah's father was murdered, and her brother, Albert, spirited her and their aunt away from London into a small cottage in the middle of nowhere. Now, her aunt and brother are dead, and Sarah has no means of survival. Just when her future looks particularly bleak, Gabriel Harrington knocks on her door and announces that on his deathbed, Albert asked him to marry her. The man looks like he's walked across the colonies--which isn't too far from the truth--but promises her that he's from a good family and will be able to take care of her. Despite some serious reservations, Sarah agrees. She has long yearned to return to London to see if she can find some clues as to what happened to her father. As Albert's friend, Gabe has some insight into what happened, but together, the husband and wife will search for answers and come into the cross hairs of a dangerous adversary. However, along the way, Sarah will be welcomed into the loving embrace of Gabriel's family, an experience that completes her in a way she never expected. Thrown together in an unorthodox way, Sarah and Gabriel nevertheless realize that they were meant to be together. Now, they must stay alive and vanquish their enemy in order to win their happily-ever-after. Smith pens an engaging follow-up to The Convenient Bride (2012) in her School for Brides series. Despite a continued penchant for occasionally whipping up annoying conflict where none actually exists, and writing inconsistencies into the text (one moment he sees spirit in Sarah's eyes, and two pages later, he is surprised to see spirit in the eyes of the seemingly meek woman), this book is significantly more balanced than the last one. With an intriguing mystery and a sense of shared purpose to bring Sarah and Gabe together, the plot moves forward quickly and keeps the reader interested in the romance and the investigation. A novel hook, a touch of intrigue and a well-plotted storyline will keep most romance readers engaged.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425260661
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/03/2013
Series:
A School For Brides Romance Series , #5
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
842,089
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher

Praise for the School for Brides romances:
“Chockablock with plot twists…plenty of passion and intrigue.” --Publishers Weekly

“A charming, sexy, innovative tale that sparks the imagination. There’s a bright future ahead of Smith.” --Romantic Times

"A fast-paced amusing romantic historical filled with fun and a delight to read. Cannot wait for the next "bride's school" story." --Fresh Fiction.

“An unusual premise and an interesting story…Readers are in for a treat. It has… everything readers want in a romance.” --Romance Reviews Today

Meet the Author

Cheryl Ann Smith became hooked on historical romance at age fourteen when she first discovered the appeal of handsome heroes in waistcoats and breeches. Once she decided to write her own novel, she quickly discovered a new passion and now writes sexy Regency romances full time. Cheryl lives in Michigan with her family and an assortment of pets. Her other School for Brides titles include A Convenient Bride; The Scarlet Bride; and a novella, The Bride Who Fell in Love with Her Husband.

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Wife He Always Wanted 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The events of the story read like a laundry list. The characters were trite. It was too poorly written to be enjoyable. Was this a rough draft?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have really enjoyed reading this series. I enjoy watching the way the women blossom and grow throughout the books. They are feisty and independent, but they also need the men in their lives, who are stubborn yet devoted. I definitely recommend this series to fans of historical romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a wonderful story with plenty of passion and intrigue. A very romantic read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago