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The Bride Stripped Bare: A Novel
     

The Bride Stripped Bare: A Novel

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by Nikki Gemmell
 

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A woman disappears, leaving behind an incendiary diary chronicling a journey of sexual awakening. To all who knew her, she was the good wife: happy, devoted, content. But the diary reveals a secret self, one who's discovered that her new marriage contains mysteries of its own. She has discovered a forgotten Elizabethan manuscript that dares to speak of what women

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A woman disappears, leaving behind an incendiary diary chronicling a journey of sexual awakening. To all who knew her, she was the good wife: happy, devoted, content. But the diary reveals a secret self, one who's discovered that her new marriage contains mysteries of its own. She has discovered a forgotten Elizabethan manuscript that dares to speak of what women truly desire, and inspired by its revelations, she tastes for the first time the intoxicating power of knowing what she wants and how to get it. The question is: How long can she sustain a perilous double life?

Editorial Reviews

San Francisco Chronicle
“Titillating…like an artful striptease, The Bride Stripped Bare ensnares us with its rawness.”
Suzanne Finnamore
“Unremitting, elegant and dark. I believe every woman should get married at least once, and read this novel twice.”
Jill Davis
“Escapist fiction as its intriguing best. ‘The Bride Stripped Bare’ is sexy with a capital X.”
Vogue Australia
“Simply too beautiful...a mesmerizing and disquieting novel that will deserve to be read again.”
Independent
“Wonderfully sensuous...witty in its construction...a subtle portrait of a modern marriage.”
Time Out New York
“One of the few truly original voices to emerge in a long time.”
London Times Literary Supplement
“Superbly executed: suspense, psychodrama, anger, tenderness and terror mingle with the restlessness of a vast , overpowering landscape.”
London Times
“A powerful novel that does not flinch from strong emotion or description...luminous.”
Baltimore Sun
“A jazzy, nonlinear...narrative style as compelling and exotic as the landscape itself.”
Booklist
“A fierce, white–hot read.”
Tatler
“Sexual awakening for the dark horse in us all.”
Elle
“The sex is rude and raunchy and exactly where you want it.”
Dallas Morning News
“An intensely honest look at a woman’s inner thoughts and desires.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062191472
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/29/2012
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
515,836
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Nikki Gemmell is the internationally bestselling author of The Bride Stripped Bare and With My Body, as well as Shiver, Alice Springs, and The Book of Rapture. She lives in Sydney, Australia, with her family.

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Bride Stripped Bare 2.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For the dumba$$es complaining about the sexual content of this novel...what did you *think* it was about? To each their own in terms of what appeals to you regarding sex or reading material, but don't trash a book simply because you find the subject content taboo or inappropriate for your morals, etc. I personally think you're a bunch of hypocrites for reading a book that is clearly described as a tale of a woman's "sexual awakening" and then complaining about graphic sex scenes. One woman had the nerve to preach that what happens between her and her husband behind closed doors is sacred...then why are you reading about another woman's sex life??? And no one asked you about your own sex life anyway, prudie. Sheesh.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I could not believe how well written this book is. I thought I would be upset on the diary style writting but no it put a nice twist on things. Women who are willing to open themselves up and look inside their mind, heart and body, will see themselves in these pages. What a delightful, thought provoking book!!! The end will leave you wanting more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book will stir emotions -happiness, sadness, angst, sympathy, empathy, and leave you longing for more. Your heart will pound and it will break. The beautifully written prose is simple and yet, complex. There are words that you want to go back hang on to...nourish and dissect. Unforgettable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This should be labeled a graphic or erotic novel.
playlojloreal More than 1 year ago
I found this when I was looking around for books and picked it up, opened it, and was completely sucked into it. There are so many reasons why I love this book and I feel a major one is that she just lets go. She lets herself be free to sensuality, to try new things, to be erotic, and out of her normal comfort zone. To give into her mind and desires.

Parts of this book will also leave you with feelings of sadness and confusion, and bits of anger. I think the way it was written as a journal really made you feel like you were the character, like you were reading your own diary. I loved every bit of it. Borrowed it to a friend and never got it back. I am going to get it today so I can read it again = )
Guest More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down. Intriguing and so graphic, I identified with many of the emotions and actions of the 'bride.' Evokes memories of an intensely erotic past relationship and a present yearning for the feelings and adventures long gone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book - the title alone caught my attention. Few days later, I finally got around to reading this. I couldn't peel myself away from the book. The diary captivated in her journey of sexual awakening and how I despited her husband Cole for denying her the ultimate sexual satisification and I hated her so-called best friend Diz for not being a true friend to her. But above all, I fell in love with Gabriel. It was really amazing how Nikki Gemmell was able to corporate an ancient Elizabethan manuscript with her 'diary'.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I find graphic sex boring. I prefer the emotional space to create my own fantasy. In addition, does anyone out there realize HOW filthy the Elizabethans were????? They had no teeth for God's sake because they had all rotted out! Henry the VIII's queen lost all her babies not because she was infertile, but because of her disgustingly poor hygeine. This is not my idea of "hot". Try Daphne du Maurier for hot. Or maybe Jane Eyre.
charmgirlMD More than 1 year ago
I have to admit, this book grew on me... At first, after reading a few "lessons", I felt like I was getting a bit lost... I found myself re-reading a few lines for it to "sink in"... But, it soon picked up! The book is raw and explicit! I would and have recommended it to my friends!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So many lessons to learn! Very differently wrtten and yet holds my attention to the very end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just finished the bestseller GONE GIRL, so thought would enjoy another "diary entry" type book. So very wrong. This book only cost $3.99 from Nook; but it wasn't worth it. The characters were boring and flat, the plot was thin. And- the sex scenes were fairly tame compared to some others (such as FIFTY SHADES). Caught myself speed reading just to finish it. Sign of a bad book for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down! The character explores aspects of her inner being and her relationships with those close to her with stark honesty. Many us do not consider ourselves to be sexual, sensual beings, never mind exploring our sexuality and pushing it to the limit. This is not a book for.prudes! Emotionally gripping and very well written. I loved it! Highly recommended!
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sunnycee More than 1 year ago
A lot of these people leaving reviews haven't even read the novel! How can ANYONE judge a book's worth without at least reading a sample? That is ridiculous and anyone who hasn't read the book should not have written anything. Expressing your distaste over a book with graphic sex is NOT a review of the book. I understand some people may not like it and that is your choice but you are hurting an author's livelihood by leaving one and two star posts with no basis for your opinion on the content, which you have not read, based SOLELY on your own strict morals. That truly offends me.
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The writing style was hard to follow and the story was boring. There was very little character developement and it was hard to care for this very dishonest emotionally segmented woman. I did not find the sex to be overly graphic nor hot. This book bored me practically to tears!
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