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Book Review: Never a Bride

Reviewed By: Harriet Klausner

[4 stars]

Never a Bride     Amazon US PB Amazon Canada PB
Amelia Grey
Class/Genre:   Romance   Historical
Jove, Jun 2001, $5,99, 300 pp.

After six years in which her betrothed, Viscount Stonehurst, Camden Brackhurst, left her behind in a single state and went off to America, Lady Mirabella Whittingham adapts to remaining on the shelf. She even finds spinsterhood quite enjoyable that is until her best friend Sarah committed suicide. Sarah’s diary blames her troubles on an aristocrat with a scar on the back of his neck. Mirabella plans to uncover the culprit’s identity and take him to task. However, to do so requires kissing all the eligible bachelors in town for the season to inspect their necks because Sarah never names anyone.

As Mirabella makes the rounds and shocks the Ton, Camden finally returns from across the ocean. He is appalled at his fiancee’s behavior, but finds he is very attracted to her. She is stunned to observe the telltale scar on his neck.

Though NEVER A BRIDE requires a plausibility leap, Regency romance fans will enjoy the tale. Readers must accept Mirabella’s way out character behavior, but at the same time will admire her spunk and loyalty. The story line is fun especially when an outraged Camden makes his feelings known. On the other hand, six years waiting for someone who deserted you before you ever met makes his present day behavior seem inappropriate, but perhaps that is a modern day perspective by this reviewer. Still sub-genre fans will receive pleasure from Amelia Grey’s gender war historical romance.

Harriet Klausner

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