"Engaging Regency romance"
The toast of the Ton just last year, Emma Van Court married
Stuart Chesterton because of his compassion and sense of
community activism. Stuart needed to help the poor so he
accepted a curate's job in Scotland. His cousin Earl James
Marbury angrily cut Stuart off with no money. However,
neither James nor his bride cared as they knew he was doing
the right thing. Six months later Stuart died leaving his
widow without funds residing in a dilapidated Scottish hut.
When James learns that Stuart died, he performs his
duty as the head of the family and visits the widow. He is
appalled by Emma's living conditions and feels guilty that
he not just allowed that to happen, he enabled it to
occur. He also realizes that the locals are courting Emma
because she inherits a fortune if she marries soon. Trying
to correct his error and protect Emma, James realizes he
loves her, but wonders how to prove it to his skeptical
beloved. Though she loves him too, Emma also feels guilt
over the memory of Stuart and struggles with forgiving
James for his maltreatment of her deceased spouse.
KISS THE BRIDE is an engaging Regency romance that uses
humor to ease the tension of a sensitive character driven
tale that focuses on a romantic triangle of sorts. The
lead couple is a delight and their insight into Stuart
makes the deceased man seem as if he is still alive.
Though the concept has been often told before, Patricia
Cabot shows her talent by providing the audience with an
enthrallingly vigorous historical romance.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted April 10, 2002