Moonraker's Bride

Moonraker's Bride

by Madeleine Brent


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Born in a mission in China, Lucy Waring now finds herself with 15 small children to feed. How she tackles this task gets her thrown into the grim prison of Chengfu, where she meets a man about to die. He asks her a cryptic riddle, and its mystery echoes through all that befalls Lucy in the months that follow, even when she is brought to England, trying to make a new life with the Gresham family. Unused to English ways, she is constantly in disgrace and is soon involved in the long and bitter feud between the Greshams and the family who live across the valley in the house called Moonrakers. In England Lucy discovers danger, romance, heartache, and mystery as strange events lead her to doubt her own senses. It is only when Lucy returns to China that she finds the answers to the mysteries of her past. It is there, at the moment when all seems lost, that she finally finds where her heart belongs.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780285641693
Publisher: Souvenir Press
Publication date: 07/01/2012
Series: Madeleine Brent Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 354
Sales rank: 498,750
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Madeleine Brent was the pseudonym used by Peter O’Donnell, who also created the legendary thriller heroine Modesty Blaise. Madeleine Brent’s real identity was one of publishing’s best kept secrets. The nine Madeleine Brent romances include Tregaron’s Daughter, Moonraker’s Bride, Kirkby’s Changeling, Merlin’s Keep, The Capricorn Stone, The Long Masquerade, A Heritage of Shadows, Stormswift, and Golden Urchin.

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Moonraker's Bride 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Kateingilo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dark, rather Gothic romance.
justchris on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Moonraker's Bride by Madeleine Brent is a romance set during the time of the Boxer Uprising in China (sometime during 1898-1903). So it is later than most of the historical fiction I read. The heroine, Lucy Waring, has grown up in rural China in a mission orphanage. At the beginning of the story, as the oldest of the orphans, she tries to keep everyone fed when the elderly lady who is all that remains of the original staff falls ill and money runs out. However, she soon meets not one (Robert Falcon), but two (Nicholas Sabine), English men, both apparently trying to solve a riddle that will lead to treasure. Her life becomes entangled in theirs and the quest, as she is sent to England to help still a third gentleman (Mr. Gresham) solve the riddle from the comfort of his own home, thanks to his awful deductive powers.It is an interesting blend of romance, comedy, drama, and scenery. Being unfamiliar with Chinese history and culture, I can't speak to the accuracy of her portrayal of turn-of-the-century peasant life, sociopolitical context, British colonial situation, etc. I can say that it certainly all appeared good to me; nothing struck me as particularly jarring or unrealistic. When confronted with the foibles and hypocrisy of a well-bred Victorian family of leisure after being bundled halfway around the world, her culture shock and grievous social missteps (and accompanying isolation and loss of identity) were both amusing and sad. The contrast with the local Bohemian family was also quite vivid.In all, it is a charming story with a sympathetic protagonist. The plot has a few twists, and it all resolves quite neatly with a bow on top (not that I really consider this a positive). In fact, it practically feels like predestination, how everything in her life seems to lead inevitably to the resolution. It was generally worth reacquiring. I have one major pet peeve with it, which I can't really reveal without a spoiler. I think this is what motivated its departure from my life earlier (well, okay, an intertwined pet peeve).
intarsia More than 1 year ago
I read this book many, many years ago and I still remember it!
goodbookloverFL More than 1 year ago
My mother gave this book to me when I was young and I've treasured it ever since as she did. As soon as I finished it, I remember dashing to the library to find as many more books by Ms. Brent as possible. They are very hard to find nowadays and I sincerely hope that they will soon be available on Nook. I look forward to someday sharing them with my own daughter. They have every thing a good story needs- mystery, romance, suspense, humour and nothing it does not!
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I found this book at a used book sale in hardcover but missing the jacket. I bought it anyways, for 50 cents, just because I liked the title. For nearly a year I had it nicely displayed on my bookshelf until one day I wanted something new to read. From the first sentence I was hooked, and read it in less than 2 days, cramming in a few paragraphs before heading to work, or during a paused movie while my husband used the toilet. I devoured this book! The end was satisfying, and worth every word. Highly recommended! I only hope this book with continue on through the generations. I know I'm keeping mine!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book many years ago, and it's been a favorite ever since. It's more than your typical romance: The reader learns about Chinese and British culture, and a little bit of history. I've even put it on my 16-year-old daughter's required summer reading list!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Read this book many years ago & was glad I could get a copy of my own to read it all over again. Not disappointed. At last a True Heroine & lots of Adventure with Lucy Waring as the main character starting from China & moving to England & back again!