His Impassioned Proposal (Bridgethorpe Brides Series #1)

His Impassioned Proposal (Bridgethorpe Brides Series #1)

by Aileen Fish
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His Impassioned Proposal 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
NavyWave62 More than 1 year ago
My how I disliked the character of Jane. She didn't have a compassionate bone in her body. She says she has loved Stephen for 6 years that he was off fighting in the war. He is severely wounded - loses an eye, scares on his face and trouble with hearing. He then spends 2 months recovering before coming home, only to discover both his parents died in a fire a few days before. What does he do, but get drunk. Jane has trouble with this for over 90% of the story. I was screaming at my Nook, how she could be so cruel? Stephen overcame so much and why he continued to want the uncaring Jane is beyond me. Thank goodness this was free! I would have been upset if I paid for it. This is not a romance story at all. Only a few kisses at the end of the book. (ljb)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story line
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*I really love this author's other works but this book is not one of her best... The h and H do get their HEA but they spend most of the story apart contemplating their feelings..
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Sometimes a girl has doubts.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fell short of my expectations..... Having read one other novella by Aileen Fish (A BRIDE FOR CHRISTMAS) and finding it enchanting, I fully expected to adore this one every bit as much. To my disappointment, I found HIS IMPASSIONED PROPOSAL lacking. The book description (blurb) deserves an A+ for capturing the essence of the novella so perfectly. In brief--Jane and Stephen were childhood friends who loved each other with the kind of purity only young love has. She was still a child when he left for war, to defend King and country and ensure England's safety for his one-day wife and children. Honorable reasons. Stephen was completely loveable, honorable, and facing the worst possible life experiences, responds in believable ways. This novella neatly fits in the "sweet" category....free of coarse language and free of sexual content. A very sweet, exquisitely timed kiss. =) MY EVALUATIONS AS TO WHY THIS NOVELLA FELL FLAT for me, a single reader: * Stephen and Jane spent so much time apart...too many scenes were about each separately, rather than the two of them together. This made it hard to believe Jane's ongoing hesitancy. I would've preferred to see them interact more, and have something happen that fed her insecurities to strengthen her motivation to resist Stephen. * Regencies are a perfect setting for pining (love that can't be expressed, even verbally, hesitations, etc.)....and the lack of pining in this one fed the lack of romance. It's so darn sweet when we see the strictures of Society contributing to reasons why our hero and heroine can't simply declare themselves. * The story thread begins where Stephen, a broken and scarred war veteran doubts his own value, his own ability to support a wife, yet we never really see him heal from this self-doubt. Yes, the rebuilding happens, the limp fades, but we never see in Stephen's POV the awareness that he's whole and worthy of this cherished woman's love. COMPLIMENTS: * Nearly perfect formatting, nearly error free (I found only one 'breath' that should've been 'breathe')--I'm impressed! * I LOVED the Impassioned Proposal when it came about! And the 'Impassioned Response'. Fiercely romantic. * Adequate time passes from the opening scene to closing scene. I liked that the novella wasn't rushed time-wise. Very appropriate given the baggage our hero was dealing with...not only the war, but the devastation he discovers the moment he arrives home. * Era-appropriate dialogue, concerns, conversation between family members. I liked this novella well enough, and LOVED the Christmas one (mentioned above) that I still intend to seek out more of Aileen Fish's writing. Recommended (with minor reservations) to fan of Regency Romance. ~Kristin
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Miss Jane Warwick has waited for Stephen Lumley to return from war for 6 years. She is disappointed in Stephen because he does not remember a promise. He has lost his family in a fire but does not hear of it till after he returns. There is lots of romance and intrigue in this story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good short read. Story was well written, but lacked more vivid details.
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Tess95 More than 1 year ago
I love historical romance and this book didn't disappoint me. From the first page I loved Stephen. Such angst he has to overcome, but before he can catch his breath from all that has happened while he was away at war, his childhood love, Jane, enters the room. If only she had stayed away until he was sober and ready to face the world. The story is a battle for both Stephen and Jane, and their love. Ms. Fish does a wonderful job with the time period, her descriptions are rich and intriguing.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story is about Stephen, a scarred war vet, and Jane, his childhood friend whom each other always thought would marry each other someday. His first day back, he is drunk and she runs into him. This turns her away from him throughout the story because she has memories of an abusive drunk uncle. There are no racey scenes in this book. The most you get is a kiss at the end. The story dragged and was kind of boring. I find it hard to reccommend.
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Good story