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Salt Bride: A Georgian Historical Romance (Salt Hendon #1)

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When the Earl of Salt Hendon marries squire's daughter Jane Despard, Society is aghast. Forced by circumstance into a marriage neither wants, the newlyweds must overcome a secret past of heartache and misery to fall in love all over again. Meanwhile, a sinister family opposition will go to any lengths, even murder, to tear the marriage asunder.
Hardcover, 326 pages
Published May 30th 2011 by Sprigleaf (first published September 18th 2010)
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TJ
OK, 4.5/5.0, but it's teetering just the same!

Explanations are not really necessary with this book, adjectives are.... Rich, luscious, heart-breaking, heart-warming, addictive, sigh-worthy, intelligent, the list could go on and on with nary a hesitation. But, since most expect an actual review and not just emotional word-praise, here goes:

When her guardian dies, Jane Despard is faced with marrying the Earl of Salt Hendon ("Salt," as he is known) or her beloved step-brother will be faced with se...more
Emery Lee
Another Georgian era winner from Lucinda Brant!
I greatly enjoyed this sometimes heart-wrenching story of thwarted lovers. I admire Ms. Brant's ability to vividly paint the world of the Georgian era nobility and to give her readers a very true yet human sense of aristocratic characters and her clear delineation of their public from their private personas. I found the story and characters deeply engaging and look forward to reading more from this author.
Miranda Davis
Those looking just for a well-researched, well-detailed Georgian era historical romance will find this 'crimance' a surprise, for some a pleasant one, for others, less so. This reminds me of the sort of suspense stories of Amanda Quick. The story features a sociopathic villainess given to poisoning her problems away. Think Hannibal Lector in panniers and powdered wig (oh, she doesn't eat anyone literally, only figuratively, while on rampage). This evil wench seems to take center stage while the...more
Melissa
This review is from: Salt Bride: A Georgian Historical Romance (Kindle Edition)
Lucinda captivated me from the beginning. Salt Bride's Prologue was perfect, Lucinda was able to elaborate on the story's premise right away, intriguing me greatly, as it was emotionally engaging. Mrs Brants' writing elaborate's on her characters, the clothes, the scene, setting, story and the conflict all in the first few pages allowing me to become lost within Salt Brides world. Lucinda writes in a way that I am abl...more
Mandie
I gave it two stars because it isn't your average bodice ripper, and I appreciated that. It isn't as unbelievable and contrived as most books of the genre seem to be. I read these types of books occasionally when I want something light and easy. They all have the same plot structure, somehow. The woman is good and pure, the man is noble underneath his rakish outer shell. Someone or something tries to come between them but in the end, their true love prevails. The only thing that set this apart f...more
Maria Grazia
If you love good Georgian historical romances, you can’t miss this delightful novel by Lucinda Brant. Witty prose and well-researched context, skillfully depicted characters you’ll be captivated by, are the main features in her style . Salt Bride is my second read from Lucinda’s work - after Deadly Engagement - and I must thank her for hours of pure literary pleasure.
The story start in medias res, and impressively so. The first pages are really tense with drama and you can but sympathize with t...more
Maqluba
Got halfway through the book but dropped it because I hated the stupidity. The villain was way so obvious in her viscous-ness but not a single person could pick up on any of her evil ways- not the child abuse, or the servant abuse, or the way she played with the lives of the hero and heroine. The hero was so hot and cold I got whiplash from the back and forth of his actions. The heroine was a doormat for the entire time I've read it and that's what really annoyed me the most. This novel had all...more
L.
Sometimes I feel like I'm not reading the same book as everyone else is. I see all the great reviews for this story and I wonder what other readers are getting out of this book that I didn't.


This is a by-the-numbers story with all the romance novel cliches and tropes you'll find in a million other romance novels. Brant brings nothing new to the table. Jane Despard has goddess-like beauty that stops traffic and is so good and pure inside and out that she farts butterflies and cures leprosy. Magnu...more
Pepper
I am a big fan of Georgian set historicals and this book did not disappoint. Plenty of period detail that doesn't overwhelm, real people are mentioned and interwoven into the story, and there are the political machinations of the times. But front and center is the love story between Jane (the Salt Bride) and the Earl of Salt Hendon (hero). Jane is a quiet achieving heroine in that she is not overly assertive but she is nobody's fool either. There is misunderstanding and mistrust between the Earl...more
Romancing the Book
Reviewed by Shannon
Book provided by author for review

Jane Despard hates that she is dictated by her Uncle’s will to marry in order to save her step-brother’s inheritance. For the past four years, she lived under the strict rules of her uncle in order to have some semblance of a life after everything fell apart. What she didn’t expect was a deathbed promise her father had made forcing her into a union with the last person she would ever expect. The man who tossed her aside when he promised her fo...more
Jessica
Let me start this review off by saying, many people will love this book. Despite the lack of a nearly naked woman on the front cover in a brightly colored lush gown, this book reminded me of the types of books you will get from Loretta Chase, Sarah MacLean, and Elizabeth Hoyt (just to name a few). It appears this book was marketed differently from other historical romances for some reason, perhaps because it is a bit cleaner and less steamy than the others mentioned above, but I think the cover...more
Amanda
I am honestly very conflicted about this book. On the one hand, the writing is solid and I was genuinely interested in the characters. On the other, the entire plot revolves around on central person who is the source of pretty much all the conflict and trouble. This had the effect of infuriating me completely, because all I could think about while reading was squashing this person out of existence so the other characters could get on with their lives.

To add flavor and further frustration, a seco...more
Genean
If you love historical romance look no further.
The opening chapter was so gripping that I felt I was living a scene from Dangerious Liaisons. One would also consider it exceedingly hard to maintain such a high pitch into a story line, however all the author did was cruise into another gear and off we travelled to over a couple of years later on to fpick up where the Earl of Salt is promise bound to offer for this Bride who has no character.
The story is fraught with the scocial morays of the day...more
Freda Seddon
I read the reviews here prior to purchasing the audiobook. Good thing Audible has a return policy. The hero's character changes from page to page. At first the Earl of Salt is a hard man who is being forced to marry his once secret betrothed. Lots of hatred towards wife to be who somehow HAS to marry him, can't find another man in the kingdom so that she can help her half-brother. OH my, how hard is it to develop a plot and stick to it.

It only takes him one look at his bride for him to turn int...more
Victoria Vane
Another Georgian era winner from Lucinda Brant!
I greatly enjoyed this sometimes heart-wrenching story of thwarted lovers. I admire Ms. Brant's ability to vividly paint the world of the Georgian era nobility and to give her readers a very true yet human sense of aristocratic characters and her clear delineation of their public from their private personas. I found the story and characters deeply engaging and look forward to reading more from this author.
Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"
Salt Bride would have been much better had the author edited some of the nonsensical scenes with unnecessary characters and rambling scenarios. If you can remove all the nonsense the basic story is pretty good. The villain as other reviews have said is a very bad and well written villain. But instead of sending her to the Tower of London to be hanged for all the dead babies she killed. She was just put away and cared for, as it her status had not changed, because the Earl of Salt deemed her insa...more
Elaine Mcdonald
I think this will be a great book. It captured my interest immediately!Lots of angst in this book. I was so angry with the villain, I had to set it aside a couple of times. :D It breaks your heart to read about what the villain has done to the Earl and his future bride.
♫Angielee♫
This book is basically a soap opera without all the bouncing around between stories. Think Days of Our Lives or The Young and the Restless.

There is a horrible villan that is truly easy to loath... like a soap opera

There are also painfully obvious parts where you just want the heroine to say the obvious.

It's even comedic without meaning to be when the author talks about how large the heros junk is. (insert disappointing shake of the head)

I'm not a fan of the Baroque era and the dandy way the men...more
Fiona Ingram
The Earl of Salt Hendon, with good looks, fortune, and the reputation of a lover par excellence, could have any woman he pleased just by crooking his little finger. So when he seemingly lost his reason and married a squire's daughter, Jane Despard, Society is aghast. Despite being a noted beauty, Jane's reputation is clouded, an incident in her past having cast a shadow over her marital prospects. What Society does not know is that Jane and the Earl share a dreadful secret: a past encounter that...more
Dominick
This is not your typical bodice ripper. The author uses slang, details, and mannerisms that are both consistent and accurate of the time period, which is the reign of Britain's George III. The novel begins with the heroine being fed a concoction by her rival (the main villain) which forces her to have a miscarriage. Again something I would not have expected from a romance novel. The heroine seems a bit too perfect but endearing. The principal hero seems a bit controlling. He reminded me of 19th...more
Zsofi
Feb 20, 2013 Zsofi rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those wanting entertaining romance
Shelves: first-reads
Absolutely recommend this book!!
This is a wonderful novel if you want to get away into a romantic fantasy, far away from current concerns, this is exactly what a good romance book should be about. The relationship between characters was more important than their in-bed activity (which sometimes seem to overpower other romance novels). Personally, I feel that is more important, and the plot had elements of mystery in it, which the reader would eagerly want to find out. How much better can you get...more
Joy
Years after he apparently impregnated and abandoned her, the Earl of Salt Hendon (the Salt of the title, has nothing to do with NaCl) marries Jane Despard. Both have their reasons for entering into the match -- Jane must marry so her beloved stepbrother can access his inheritance, and Lord Salt has been impelled by an appeal to his honor and a long-ago promise. Although considered a mesalliance, Jane soons wins over Salt's friends, family, and may be on the road to winning his heart--but will th...more
Jakki
After becoming pregnant at eighteen, Jane Despard is cast out of her father’s house. Refusing to let a bastard child soil the family name, Sir Felix Despard sends Jane to live with merchant Jacob Allenby to endure a life of repentance. But who is the baby’s father?

After living in a virtual prison for four years, Jane is free when Jacob Allenby dies. Yet, in order to save her brother from financial destitution, Jane must marry. Honoring Sir Felix’s dying wish, the Earl of Salt offers for Jane. No...more
Lynelle Clark
I received this book in the beginning of 2012 as a freebie on Amazon. It took me a year to get to it and I was not dissapointed.
The story captivated me from the prologue to the last page. The plot well executed and entertaining. No dullness in the story line although there were times that the fast pace conversations left me wondering who was speaking and I had to go back and make sure which character was talking. But it did not change the facts or the plot. The villain was a cold blooded woman...more
Amy
Lucinda Brant is a new author for me but I'll be reading her book list in the future.

SALT BRIDE is a story about secrets, lies, miscommunication, evil doings, and manipulation. Jane believes that Magnus committed a breach of promise and cared not that she was pregnant with his child, forced into miscarriage by her father, disowned and left to suffer the disgrace these past four years. Magnus believes that Jane wanted nothing more of him after he left for London to attend to his best friend and...more
Carrie Kellenberger
A well researched novel with loads of fun characters, I thought Salt Bride was going to be a very predictable read and kept waiting for the next scene to come to confirm my suspicions, but the novel is not what I expected it to be and it kept me entertained to the very last page.

When 17-year-old Jane Despard is ruined by the Earl of Salt Hendon, her guardian locks her away for four years and refuses to let her reenter society. When her guardian passes away, Jane learns that she must marry the ve...more
Lauren
I won this book in a goodreads giveaway.

There is something so enchanting about Lucinda Brant's writing. I immediately fell in love with this book- the opening lines were gripping and I couldn't wait to read more. Brant kept me in her vice like grip with an intriguing plot line and characters I loved (and one I loved to hate).

I really loved the balance of the romance and the drama. When I read a historical romance, strangely enough I don't care for the bodice-ripping/ take me now kind of story. N...more
Caroline Wilson
Quite entertaining. I liked that there was such a manevolent character in Lady Diana--typically historical romance novels don't feature that. Although I would have preferred to see her dead instead of so handily dealt with! At times I thought Jane was a little too much of a milksop, but I also prefer my heroines to have negative foibles (sometimes).

The descriptions of the clothes and interiors got a little tedious after awhile, but as a historian by trade, I don't necessarily need to know every...more
Alixendra
This had to have been the most FRUSTRATING book I have ever read!! The Earl of Salt Hendon (weird name...) and Jane Despard fell in love 4years ago, but due to some unknown interferance ended up apart. Now, as newly weds they have to get pass their past in order tp be together. This story had twists and a uber-good mystery to it ( though it was obvious who was involved it was still good).
Personally, i hated how it took nearly 700 pages to get them together. The whole time i was wanting to screa...more
Damona
i was... pleasantly surprised by this book. the first few chapters seem to throw so much stuff at you, it's hard to sort out who did what to whom and why, but it also drags you in and won't let go until you finish it. i read this in just a couple of hours because i just HAD to know what the story was.

the main characters are quite likeable. Jane, the new Countess, is a sweetheart without being overly sappy. the Earl is a bit of a grouch, but turns out to be a decent guy.

the bit at the end about...more
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LUCINDA BRANT is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Georgian historical romances & mysteries. Her novels are described as from 'the Golden Age of romance with a modern voice', and 'heart wrenching drama with a happily ever after'.
She... Lives in the 18th Century most days (heaven!). Drinks Nespresso coffee like water. Thinks Dr. Evil is incredibly funny. Loves the Horrible Hi...more
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