The Bride

The Bride John Bonner is tall dark handsome and incredibly rich so why does he buy himself a bride sight unseen Eleanor Fiske is the uncomfortably shy daughter of one of the most socially prominent families

  • Title: The Bride
  • Author: Christine Dorsey
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 367
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • John Bonner is tall, dark, handsome and incredibly rich, so why does he buy himself a bride, sight unseen Eleanor Fiske is the uncomfortably shy daughter of one of the most socially prominent families in Newport, Rhode Island and New York Her domineering mother plans to marry her off to a British peer before the summer is over But her father, despite his wealth, found hiJohn Bonner is tall, dark, handsome and incredibly rich, so why does he buy himself a bride, sight unseen Eleanor Fiske is the uncomfortably shy daughter of one of the most socially prominent families in Newport, Rhode Island and New York Her domineering mother plans to marry her off to a British peer before the summer is over But her father, despite his wealth, found himself in need of a great deal of cash, quickly, and promised his daughter to John Bonner.This story was originally published in the anthology, A Bride s Desire as A Proper Victorian Wedding.

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    1. "It was time he found a wife who could hear his children." This and a few other typos gave us a laugh. The expensive ballrooms of historic east coast America have a lot in common with English ones, except that I wonder how a young lady could walk home alone for half a mile across country in the dark - wearing ballroom slippers. Was she in stout walking shoes with her ball gown? She doesn't even have sore feet or blisters. I like the sailing incident, but she should have pulled or torn off her lo [...]

    2. I really enjoyed this book, I liked Eleanor who was no way as mild and reserved as people thought, now was she plain. John was awesome and I liked how he fell in love with Eleanor or Ellie almost without realizing it. At first she was just a way for him to gain acceptance into NY society, and he had enough money to purchase her from her father. This isn't as bad as it sounds because her father arranges for John to be introduced to his daughter and entrance to the society events, etc. Then it is [...]

    3. This story was so cute. Of course, I would have been much happier if it was a full-length novel instead of a short story. I liked the lead characters Ellie and John, they were cute together and I'm sure their story could have been spanned a few more chapters. Regardless, it was well done as a short novel. Normally, I find that short novels gloss over events or ignore them altogether in order to keep it brief. The Bride hit all the necessary elements and made it felt that nothing was missed only [...]

    4. Action of this novella took place in 1884. Author depicted hero John as a wealthy man from Montana & Eleanor a socialite whose parents livedin New York & Newport & socialized w/ the Astors & Vanderbilts. Her father secretly lived beyond his means & her mother chided her and consistently broke her spirit. IE called daughter stupid & plain: untrue on both counts. The love developed within 2 weeks, which felt too soon to me. And her parents came across as hostile toward the [...]

    5. The three star review is not meant as negative, in fact I enjoyed it so much I've just bought The Wedding Cake by the same author, it's a very quick easy read which I really enjoyed.John Bonner has more money than he will ever spend what he doesn't have is social acceptance and that he's prepared to buy. Eleanor Friske is the woman he's decided is his best option, her father needed money, lots of it and quickly so a deal was struck an introduction and second payment upon announcement of the betr [...]

    6. Historical American East coast high society marriage desired by nouveau-rich John Bonner from Montana so he finds a wealthy society man that is in financial problems with a daughter, Eleanor Fiske.Eleanor is plain, but very rich and born into the wealthy East Coast society which is everything that John Bonner wants to buy into becuase he came from extreeme poverty with a prostitute mother.So he spends a summer in Newport, Rhode Island to woo and marry Eleanor, but he is surprised when he falls f [...]

    7. Eleanor Fiske's mother has plans to marry her to an English peer until the handsome copper mine owner, John Bonner want to make her The Bride of his dreams. A rescue from being washed overboard on a sailing trip, her determined mother and his problems showing Elle his love makes this a great historical romance that is hindered by the accepted courtship practices of the day. The Bride is beautiful but you will have to read this short novella to find out if Eleanor has the society wedding her moth [...]

    8. 3.5 STARS Before I read this book I read the reviews on and GoodReads. Not something that I normally do. Well I have to say that I am glad I just did not hit the delete button before reading this short novella. Although it was predictable it was cute, sweet, and fun! I actually liked the characters (even Matilda) and I really enjoyed the book. My only suggestion is that in the future the author gets a very good editor because there were some serious pronoun mistakes in the book.

    9. I love a sweet, easy reading, historical romance, and this was one of them. Of course its predictable, the happily ever after, but the story line is sweet and endearing. All the characters are very well defined and I love the time period. Its very sensous but not raw. I love strong, independent women in books and Eleanor is that. Its a short novela. A wonderful summer time read.

    10. American RegencyIn America, the poor aristocrats of Europe were looking for rich American brides and rich Americans were looking into getting into the 400 club. John had made his fortune in the Montana copper fields with a dubious ancestry. See how John gets her bride. Well-developed characterization and story line. Ages 16 and older.

    11. This was a cute short book. It was light and had everything I was looking for while waiting for another book. The ending was very predictable, but once again very cute and I thought well written.

    12. Just a little geographical quibble, Christine, but John's trip to California would have taken him around Cape Horn, not Cape of Good Hope.

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