Brandon's Bride (Family Secrets Series #3)

Brandon's Bride (Family Secrets Series #3)

by Lisa Gardner

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Brandon's Bride 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
Lisa Gardner is a well known crime novelist who has several books to her credit. A lot of people may not know that she started out her career writing under the pseudonym Alicia Scott with Silhouette Intimate Moments. Signet is now releasing three of the Alicia Scott novels as the newly renamed Family Secrets series. Brandon's Bride is the third novel in the series and the conclusion. Gardner's trademark sharp writing style and knack for suspense is definitely present, along with the sizzling romance and well defined characters of Alicia Scott. It's a great combination from a very talented author, that you won't want to miss. What I liked: Having been a fan of Lisa Gardner's writing for awhile now, I was somewhat skeptical of this series because I was worried it was before Gardner had honed her craft and might be less like the author I had grown to enjoy. But that was not the case. Brandon's Bride was still very much a Lisa Gardner-esque story. It still have all the urgency, the suspense and nail biting moments I longed for and it had something new, a little more romance and sizzle than some of Gardner's later offerings.  Though I have not read the first two novels in the Family Secrets series, I am now intrigued to find out how the stories with Brandon's other siblings factor into the outcome of this one. Gardner did an amazing job of making this a stand alone novel, without giving too much away from the other books, while still giving the reader enough background to keep them from feeling lost.  The characters in this book were simply enjoyable to read about. Victoria is a single mom with a young son to raise and a ranch to make successful. I liked the fact that Gardner did not make her into a hard woman. She had a lot on her plate and could have easily come off as bitter, but Victoria is anything but... She knew what she wanted and she wasn't necessarily afraid of it, but maybe a bit gun shy since her former husband turned out to be what I would call a dud! Brandon is the real star of this book though. He hasn't had it easy. With the lose of his wife still much on his mind, he delves into trying to find out what happened to his father. I liked the fact that Gardner allows the reader to see that Brandon is seeking a lot more than just a reason for his father's absence, he is also looking for keys to learning about himself as well. I liked all of the information about Brandon's job as a hotshot and it was even more poignant considering this summer's tragedy with the deaths of nineteen hotshots overrun while fighting a fire. It brought a few tears to my eyes, but this part of the book was well written and gave insight into what these guys go through to serve and protect. I may have had more sympathy for Brandon's father's past, had I read the other books. I 'm not sure. Max was a bit too over-the-top for me. His backstory was just a little to unbelievable. I was glad that Brandon and his siblings got the closure they needed with finding out what really happened with Max. But I did feel like it was a bit too much.  Bottom Line:  Other than that, I don't have any complaints about the book. It was good. It had good balance, great characters and the suspense was certainly present. I liked the fact that Victoria was drawn into the action and that Brandon got the closure he needed in more than one area of his life. It's a good one, don't miss it!
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J: This was sooo good. Every single bit of it. The right amount of everything: a little drama, lots of action and suspense and believable romance developed.
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Miamilagro More than 1 year ago
Lovely book for pleasure reading. A great summertime poolside type book and part of a similar series. Fun plot, just complicated and romantic enough to be sweet and hold the readers attention!
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MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
Lisa Gardner, a well known crime novelist, is the author of Brandon's Bride writing as Alicia Scott. It is the third book in the "Family Secrets Trilogy." Brandon's Bride can be read as a stand alone novel. I read it as a stand alone without realizing it was part of a trilogy until after I began it. Since I was already hooked, I continued reading and found I enjoyed it very much as a stand alone. In the "Family Secrets Trilogy," Brandon Ferringer and his two siblings have been on a quest for several years trying to untangle events leading to their father's disappearance. In Brandon's Bride, Brandon follows a lead to a small town in Oregon and becomes a "hotshot" so he can secretly search for information about his father. While in Oregon, Brandon needs housing and rents a room at a local ranch. Brandon finds the ranch owner very attractive. The feeling is mutual for owner, Victoria. As their love affair grows, they become entangled in the mystery. I found the plot of Brandon's Bride predictable - but not in a bad way. I feel that there is so much going on in this story with Brandon and Victoria individually, that making their love story twist and turn would have caused the plot to become so complicated, the reader would have lost enjoyment. Yes, it was predictable that two attractive people who are put together on a remote ranch would fall in love. Thus, we have the love story of Brandon and Victoria. With that being a "given," readers can focus on the individual complications each character brings to the story. I found myself intrigued in both the danger Victoria and her family encounter from her ex-husband, and in the mystery of Brandon's father's disappearance. Both story lines move along on individual threads that become intertwined in the end. The love story between Brandon and Victoria becomes "icing on the cake" to the suspenseful mystery that climaxes as Brandon completes his quest. RATING: 4 Heat Rating: Sweet REVIEWED BY: Monique Neaves Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
deedeemarie More than 1 year ago
Lisa Gardner outstanding with her tales of Murder and Mayhem, takes a break and goes to the softer side. Her "Family Secrets" Series were warm and delightful. She brings to the reader a different kind of family, three siblings unknown to each other brought together through circumstance. Ms. Gardner manages in this series to share the familys hardships and disappointments, we see their pleasure and joy. Suspense yes, but not nail biting as most of her books. An absolute great series for a relaxing read!
DoodieMB More than 1 year ago
A little too "romance novel" for me.
RRPNC More than 1 year ago
Great story and series.  Recommend Highly!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It about this bride of a groom whos about to get married
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