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The Kiss of a Stranger

4.1 of 5 stars 4.10  ·  rating details  ·  4,488 ratings  ·  837 reviews
When Crispin, Lord Cavratt, thoroughly and scandalously kisses a serving woman in the garden of a country inn, he assumes the encounter will be of no consequence. But he couldn't be more mistaken--the maid is not only a lady of birth, she's the niece of a very large, exceptionally angry gentlemen, who claims Crispin has compromised his niece beyond redemption. The dismayed ...more
Paperback, 252 pages
Published January 3rd 2011 by Covenant Communications Inc. (first published November 10th 2008)
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TJ
Given the fact that one of my biggest pet peeves in plot devices is H/h drowning in misunderstandings that threaten to destroy them while refusing to SPEAK to each other and clear them up, four stars is actually a miracle for me. Understanding others may not have the same prejudices, however, Ms. Eden's quality won't be penalized.

Aside from said fact that the characters spend the entire book angst ridden by their own stupidity (the not talking thing,) this is a very sweet, well-written story. On
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Jill


Catherine Thorndale may be poorly dressed but she is still a lady, not the maid that Crispin, Lord Cavratt impulsively and unwisely kisses. He is forced, as a matter of honour to wed Catherine, saving her from ruin and scandal. However, with neither willing participants in this hasty and contrived marriage, Crispin seeks to annul the marriage as quickly as possible.

Although there is nothing new in the plot here - a titled gentleman is required to wed beneath his station for 'ruining' a lady - it
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Taylor
This book actually wasnt that good. I should give it more credit, it wasnt that bad, and i actually quite enjoyed the book in it's earlier stages. It was cute, and i loved the hilarity the author added. Brilliant. I also loved the pianoforte scene. That was lovely. However, as the book went on, i became slightly tired of the repetitive cycle of "im mad at you, oh im sorry, misunderstanding, la la la." my slight feelings of contempt escalated as the book went on. I found it annoying how the autho ...more
Kathy
January 2013: I just realized I've read this every January for the past three years. I didn't plan it, but maybe I should make it an annual tradition? Anyway, I enjoyed it just as much this time around. Crisp in is great, he does seem to put his foot in his mouth quite a bit though. They have a lot of misunderstandings, well more that the are blind to each others feelings. I love how they bring the best out of one another, they have a really sweet relationship.

January 2012: Wow! I loved it even
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Charmaine Anderson
If I was 12-16 years old I would have given this 4 or 5 stars. Actually I can't believe I read it but here is what happened: There was a very charming review in last Sunday's DN paper. The next day I decided to see if it was at the library. It was written by a local girl and published by a Utah publisher (Covenant) I was 121 in line for the book at the library. Wow, this must be good! The next day on a shopping trip I stopped in at Seagull and a hundred books were stacked in the entry on sale, e ...more
Emily Michelle
On an intellectual level, I understand that this book has many failings. There's not quite as much plot as there are pages; the author could have gotten rid of about fifty pages and had the same (or a better) story. I don't even read romance novels, and I know the forced-to-get-married plot is overdone and cliche. Parts get repetitive. Some bits are just advertisements for the author's other books; it's fun that all of Eden's novels take place in the same universe, but if you haven't read her ot ...more
Caz
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and hated having to put it down. It was a nice change to find a hero who is not a rake, a gambler, a-man-with-a-deep-dark-secret-past etc. Instead, Crispin is an all-round decent sort of fellow with a wicked sense of humour, wit, style and a degree of sensitivity not often found in romantic heroes. Sure, he's got his faults (he has a tendency at times to be too flippant) but it was a refreshing change, and I think I'd probably go for a guy like Crispin over any num ...more
Anne Osterlund
Crispin has no desire to marry any of the rich society girls who have been stalking him ever since the beginning of the season. So he hightails it to the country.

Sadly, one particularly obnoxious young woman follows him. Desperate and by no means cautious, our dear Crispin latches on to the first young maid who comes wandering by and kisses her. All with the intention of ridding himself of an avaricious bride.

Mission accomplished.

Unfortunately it turns out the girl isn’t a maid, but a lady. And
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Mara
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Heather
4.5 Stars. I really enjoyed this! The story had all the elements I love in a book! I loved to see Crispin's sister try to fix everything and set Catherine up with someone else, and the jealousy that brought out in Crispin! One thing I would have liked to be different though(just personal preference) was, I would have liked to see Catherine make a fool of herself in the company of the Ton and have Crispin feel protective of her and come to her rescue, instead of her being able to hold her own and ...more
Lady Wesley
It isn't often that I disagree with my good friend Caz, but I did not enjoy this book five stars' worth as she did. I liked the hero and heroine, but just felt that their failure to communicate went on too damn long! Just one or two forthright conversations would have made things much smoother for them -- but then I guess it would have made for a much shorter book. I do think the author did a marvelous job portraying a woman who had been mentally and physically abused for years and who just coul ...more
Gail
I know I am a hopeless romantic. I have watched the movie Sense and Sensibility many times and the scene I am most waiting for is at the end when they are finally together and they are discussing what name she should be called by from her husband. I love this book because it gives me the same hopeless feelings that true love comes softly when we realize the good qualities of others. This book is set in the time when proper etiquette rules society. A young man who is sought after by many woman, h ...more
Scribs
Sarah Eden was the MC of the last writer's conference I added and she is hysterical. Really, best MC ever. I looked forward to picking up her book.

Crispin, a Lord who hates the ton and plans never to marry, grows tired of one Lady persuing him and decided to prove to her that though he doesn't plan on kissing her, he does know how to kiss a woman. So he kisses the first maid he sees--a woman he assumes is a servant standing nearby.

Catherine is the abused niece of a titled uncle. Her uncle forces
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Melanie Jacobson
This story isn't going to blow your mind, but Oh My Gosh, will you enjoy reading it. I am completely delighted to have found funny, clean, snappy Regencies again. In fact, in honor of this book, I'm creating a new category on my Goodreads shelf: A Great Friday Night Read. On those increasingly rare Friday nights that I get the chance to curl up with a book and read all night guilt-free (like Father/Sons campouts), this is exactly the kind of book I would want to spend it with.
Carol Nicolas
Crispin, Lord Cavratt doesn’t believe in true love. It seems that every young woman and her mother pursuing him is after his money and title, and he has become jaded. While he walks in the garden with one of those grasping females, she goads him, saying that he probably doesn’t even know how to kiss. Crispin turns to a woman that he assumes to be a servant (because of her shabby attire), apologizes, and then thoroughly kisses her. To his dismay she turns out to be a lady of birth, the niece of a ...more
Cindy
The first time I read this book it was called the Ramshackled Knight I love that title, and this book. This book is so good has so much heart. Lord Cavratt is amazing and chivalrous, and Catherine is amazing and strong. Her uncle is terrible, and to think that there are people like him in the world UGH!makes me so frustrated. Really a great story!
Patti
Getting back to my favorite genre, Regency England, I picked another from author, Sarah Eden. I have read several of hers now and have to say I enjoyed “The Kiss of a Stranger” too!

What a odd premise for a story: a rich, handsome, important guy, (specifically an English Lord) scandalously kisses a strange girl in a garden just to bug a lady who is being relentlessly annoying to him. In Regency England that is enough to “defile” a young lady and force a marriage of the two by her horrible, rotten
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Kristen
"Oh my!" I exclaim as I fan myself. "What an incredible adventure!"

The Kiss of a Stranger is literally the kind of book that I couldn't put down. Sure, I saw to my children's basic needs and I read their nightly books to them but after that...I forgot about everything else. I kept looking for a stopping place so I could go to bed. But, every time I thought a good conclusion was just around the corner, I read myself right into a new tremendous twist.

Darn you, Sarah Eden!

And where have your storie
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Jamie
Apparently I'm on a Sarah Eden kick of late... Her books are fun, frivolous reads, but well-written enough to not make me roll my eyes every couple of minutes. Kiss of a Stranger was no different.

While trying to avoid an ever-present young lady who believes him to be courting her, Crispin, a titled, wealthy, very eligible bachelor slips into a garden in an out-of-the-way inn. Unfortunately, Miss Bower has found him again, poor guy. He notices a girl in the garden who appears to be a serving girl
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Andrea
Yes! I love discovering new books and authors. I was smiling after just reading the first page because I knew I was going to love it. Loved the writing style, loved the predicament that Crispin and Catherine found themselves in - great setting for a great love story. A little after the half way point the premise did start to get a little old and things started seeming a little silly: the maybe/maybe-not annulment, the countless misunderstandings (come on people, just say what you're actually thi ...more
Roanne Araneta
I am ensnared from the very beginning. How could you not love Crispin’s odd sense of humor and Catherine’s wit? I love the fact that Crispin does not think of their wedding night. Ever. As you all know by now with romance stories no matter how bizarre the circumstances are and both parties barely know each other, males ought to always think about the wedding night. It irritates me to no end. Major turn off. However with this story the only reference to something physical was a kiss.

One time, Cat
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Taffy
Sep 02, 2011 Taffy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011
Opening line: "Blast it all!" Crispin Handle, Lord Cavratt, did not generally resort to muttering under his breath, but an exasperating female could push even the most levelheaded gentleman to extremes."

Loved, loved this book. Who doesn't love a good, clean romance? And a Regency Romance is even better.

Sarah has a great way with words and humor in her writing and her 'real' life. She's funny, smart and short. But we can't all be tall. Then who would be find all the pennies and pick them up for g
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A. R.
I wanted a light and fluffy romance to read and I wasn't disappointed. This is exactly what the doctor ordered. I liked the characters. The banter between Crispin and Catherine was fun as was their chemistry. I did find the book a bit tedious in spots, but hey, what do you want for a mindless read! It was clean, for those of you who are looking for that. Almost too clean, in my opinion. But still it was fun. I have to had to Covenant Books for publishing a book that didn't have a smidge of LDS d ...more
Aoi
A fairly typical marriage-of-necessity plot; what shines here is the witty repartee amongst the characters. The protagonists had a wicked sense of humour, were intelligent and communicated instead of having The Big Ol' Misunderstanding.
Katie Watkins
Crispin (Lord Cavratt) scandalously kisses a young woman in the gardens to vex a lady in pursuit of him. He assumed she was a serving girl, but found an angry uncle, demanding him to marry her after that "compromising" kiss. After an immediate marriage, the couple goes back to London, expecting to get an annulment, but finding something even more unexpected instead.

I loved the humor between Crispin and Catherine. Very witty comments and funny "inside" jokes. They had a magical chemistry, althoug
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Heather
Is this a masterpiece of fiction? No. Were parts of it repetitive and silly? Yes. Did I read this book in one sitting? Yes!

Sometimes a girl just needs the fun of an easy and escapist Regency romance.This book fit the bill perfectly.
Heidi
A delightful romance between the confidence Crispin and the quiet, uncertain Catherine. While Crispin does not intend for the marriage to last, he can't help but be drawn to Catherine, especially when she demonstrates that beneath her timid exterior lies a mischievous sense of humor. Yet Catherine's uncle isn't finished with her which creates additional problems for the couple. My favorite scenes though are the humorous ones involving Crispin and Catherine, especially the one involving fairy cak ...more
Shantelle Mary
The Kiss of a Stranger was just such an enchanting little story. I was pleasantly surprised as I started, not knowing what to expect as I had never read by Sarah M. Eden.
What I found was a delightful, Regency romance… all starting when a gentleman quite scandalously kisses some serving girl to make a point to his lady “friend”. Mortifyingly, the serving girl turns out to the niece of some rich guy. And… so on.
As I read, it reminded me very much of the Jane Austen movies I had been watching
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Brenda
Blast it! This is definitely the way I want to spend a lazy dazy afternoon:) Sarah has me in stitches again with her quirky humor in The Kiss of a Stranger. Lord Cavratt is an outgoing, proud man who readily accepts his 'punishment' with a rather good attitude. I love how he is able to find the spunky minx hidden under all of Catherine's pain and the work he goes through to try and draw out the tiniest of smiles or giggles from her. I love Regency Romance and a marriage of convenience is just ab ...more
Cheri
I loved this book! When Crispen kisses what he thinks is a mere servant in a garden, he has no idea that he will be married to that servant by the end of the day. Catherine has been tortured by her Uncle since her father's death, when she was thirteen years old. She owns only one dress that is too big and to Crispen looks like a potato sack. Crispen needs to decide if he will keep Catherine or let her go. This is the third book I have read by Sarah M. Eden. Her books are among my favorites, a wo ...more
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“You are a cad,' he told himself. 'A cur. A bounder. A scoundrel. A ... human thesaurus.” 61 likes
“Time had come to formulate a reason to abandon the gardens and leave Miss Bower to leech onto some other gentleman, preferably one who had a certain fondness for parasites.” 17 likes
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