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The Wife He Always Wanted (School for Brides #5)

3.38  ·  Rating Details ·  76 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
The next irresistible romance in the School for Brides series from the author of A Convenient Bride

Sarah Palmer is impoverished, desperate, and alone. Her father was murdered years ago, and her only sibling is now dead. When an unkempt man turns up on her doorstep, he claims a friendship with her late brother, and the desire to fulfill her brother’s dying wish that they m
Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 3rd 2013 by Berkley
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I didn’t have any real expectations for The Wife He Always Wanted when I picked it up. The author, and her previous books in the series, were totally unknown to me. What I ended up with was a really middle of the road book. The story seems to skim the surface of what Regency romances are without ever delving into deeper emotion or any original territory.

Sarah Palmer has been left destitute by the death of her father and brother. She is struggling just to put food in he

Sep 19, 2013 Sherrill rated it really liked it
Interesting story in the School For Brides series. I really liked the 2 main characters. Recommend this book.
Jan 15, 2016 Gayle rated it really liked it

I found that this author has written some very good books in the Bride Romance series. I haven't read all of them, of which I wish I had started with Book One and continued in series. I loved the book. Sarah Palmer appeared at first to be a country mouse, but she soon became a strong woman who finally let her husband be a husband. I know some readers don't care for the 'mistress' kind of book, but this book held a different outlook on the 'courtesan'. The courtesans were being helped if th
Mar 07, 2015 Regina rated it liked it
What's a nearly destitute girl to do who's all alone with no immediate prospects other than to marry a lecherous widower with a load of kids? Why, accept the sudden proposal of a stranger, that's what! And if he claims that her deceased brother willed it so, all should work out fine.

Although this is the fifth book in the series, this was my first experience with School for Brides and its author. I have to say that I was lured by the title because it suggests that I'll get that rare treat in hist
Dec 17, 2014 Michelle rated it really liked it
I have not read the entire School for Brides series, I jumped in a little late with books 4 and 5. Even though I read the title prior to this one, I feel that you can fully enjoy the series by reading all of the books. There are a lot of secondary characters that I feel I would have enjoyed more if I fully understood their background. Cheryl Ann Smith does a good job of weaving everyone’s stories in but I still had some confusion with other characters. Other than that, I really enjoyed the story ...more
Nov 20, 2013 Aspoon rated it it was ok
The summary sounded so nice and engaging...but after reading about 10 chapters I realize this book SUCKS big time. I found that the author descriptions of the characters were lacking in every area...which is sad because that's what really gives the readers a connection to the characters...I felt little chemistry between Sarah and Gabe...the mystery surrounding her father death seriously came out of no where and it dragged on longer than it needed to. I was really hoping for more of a love ...more
Jun 12, 2014 Rachel rated it liked it
This was one of those books that I was so excited by the blurb and 1/3 of the way thru the book was ready to call it quits. I admit that I had not read the other books in this series and perhaps that is why I found it difficult to follow who was who in the family. In addition to a slow moving story and portions that made little sense (such as why Sarah was willing to talk with everyone about the problems in her marriage but wasn't talking to them about her hunt for her father's killer?), I was ...more
Jun 06, 2014 Tasha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am sad in the aspect of knowing this series is coming to an end with this final story, but on the other hand I am happy to have the book and be able to read it. Which wins the war of how I feel about the book? I dragged this book out as long as I could because anyone who has read the rest of the books in this series knows that it won't feel the same once this series ends. But boy what a way to end it! You got to love the dedication of the book.... Awww. :)
Cheryl books always lose me in the middle .. the plot get to complicated and a little boring there ..

Not reading one of hers for a while ..

I loved the whole bunch all the characters of the previous books are in this one. I loved the interactions, the revisit .. it was nice and refreshing.
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Feb 06, 2015 07:32AM  
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A fan of historical romance fiction, author Cheryl Ann Smith combines a love of history and all things English to create stories that link both passions.

She lives in Michigan with her family, two cats and a very hairy dog. She enjoys outdoor adventures and traveling, when she has the time, and hopes to make her first visit to England in the very near future.
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Other Books in the Series

School for Brides (6 books)
  • The School for Brides (School for Brides, #1)
  • The Accidental Courtesan (School for Brides, #2)
  • The Bride Who Fell In Love With Her Husband (School for Brides, #2.5)
  • The Scarlet Bride (School for Brides, #3)
  • A Convenient Bride (School for Brides, #4)

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