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Once Again a Bride

3.37  ·  Rating Details  ·  252 Ratings  ·  54 Reviews
Pushed by her dying father into a marriage with one of his friends, Charlotte Rutherford Wylde finds herself bound to an old man who disdains and ignores her. Miserable, furious, she determines to take drastic action, but before she can confront him, her husband is murdered in the dark London streets. From the moment Charlotte hears this upsetting news, she is subject to s ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published February 5th 2013 by Sourcebooks Casablanca (first published January 1st 2013)
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Lisa
I loved the set up for this story: a bride not known to any other family members and then when her husband suddenly is murdered, she finds an entire new family. And as I read the first few chapters, the set up was even more intriguing. Charlotte Wylde married to please her dying father to an older man who treats her shabbily, and not just her husband but also the servants. When his will reveals she may not sell any of his precious antiques, she is at a loss for funds. An attempted burglary puts ...more
Kalinya Parker-Pryce
Mar 28, 2013 Kalinya Parker-Pryce rated it did not like it
It's been several days since I finished this book (and it took me several days of reading in lots of small doses to actually plod through it). I decided to wait a while before rating it, primarily to see if my reaction to it softened at all.

Sadly, it did not.

Characters - not one of them seemed entirely normal. Even the cat had adjustment issues. The heroine - ohhhhh! I so wanted to tell her to grow up, and I can't honestly say she redeemed herself in the end either. The hero - passable, but noth
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Linda Banche
Feb 07, 2013 Linda Banche rated it it was amazing
Jane Ashford is back! ONCE AGAIN A BRIDE, her latest Regency historical with mystery, is sure to enchant all the fans who have missed her.

Charlotte isn’t sorry about the murder of her selfish, tyrannical husband--she’s furious. He squandered her considerable dowry, leaving her penniless. Enter her husband’s cousin Alec, who’s young, kind, handsome and responsible. Everything her husband wasn’t. How could she not fall in love with him?

Alec deplores his cousin’s treatment of his young wife. But Ch
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Farrah
Jan 08, 2013 Farrah rated it it was ok
This review also appears on my blog at http://www.thegoldenruleof666.blogspo...

Unfortunately, not the best historical romance I've ever read. I don't have much to say about Once Again a Bride, so I'll keep this short.

I liked the individual elements of the story. The characters were okay, if a bit bland. The plot was interesting, though not exactly thrilling. The ending was sweet.

But, the pace of the book was so slow. I got bored a few times because everything moved so slowly. The pace ruined wha
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Elaine
Feb 05, 2016 Elaine rated it liked it
A decent, solid read. Not great but not bad. Solid 3 stars in my opinion. I liked the dubble romance, it was interesting to read about the maid's romance also and not just the lady's.
Gail
Nov 15, 2015 Gail rated it really liked it
Good story. The heroine's nasty, selfish, much older husband is murdered on his way home one night and she feels only relief that she's free of him. The hero is the nephew of the dead man, named executor of the nasty will, which gives the heroine a tiny stipend for looking after the museum he wants the house turned into. When burglars break into the house after all the servants have run away, the hero moves the heroine into his house with his sisters and the older cousin who's been looking after ...more
Angelc
Mar 04, 2013 Angelc rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed Charlotte's story, even though I didn't really care for her love interest, Alec. Charlotte's story was very engaging, as were her relationships with the people who cared about her. Alec seemed more like a background character than a lead to me.

I really liked the secondary storyline with Charlotte's maid, Lucy, and Alec's footman, Ethan. These two really seemed like they were in love, and Ethan was more of a romantic hero than Alec was in my opinion. Their romance was much more i
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Janice Liedl
Jun 18, 2013 Janice Liedl rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
There were several parts to this book that I really liked - the two sets of romantic couples (Alex and Charlotte plus his footman and her maidservant) and the very different worlds which they inhabited. I also enjoyed Alexander's sisters as characters as well as the irascible calico cat, Callie, who features largely in their lives.

However, the book took a very long time to feel as if it was really underway, Alex and Charlotte's common interests were more stated than seen and the complicating plo
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Teresa
Nov 23, 2013 Teresa rated it it was ok
This particular book was a difficult read for me. I kept reading hoping that it would get better. It didn't

There are two stories in this novel. The first involves the hero (Alec Wylde) and the heroine (Mrs. Charlotte Rutherford Wylde). She was married young to Alec's reclusive uncle, something like 30 years her senior. He dies in the first chapter in a rather suspicious way. With no one to care for her, Charlotte moves in with Alec and his family, since Alec is the patriarch of the family. Alec
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Sandra
May 27, 2013 Sandra rated it it was ok
Highly anticipated book which did not live up to my expectations. It wasn't bad it was just kind of blah. Nothing majorly interesting happened and the main 'romance' was completely unsatisfying. I found the secondary romance between ladies maid Lucy and footman Ethan much more engaging due to both the fact that Lucy & Ethan actually spent time together and had more spirit. Charlotte is not a bad heroine but is let down by her inexplicable interest in the very lack lustre hero -Alec who spend ...more
Koki
Aug 09, 2015 Koki rated it liked it
Príbeh knihy Jedna svadba nestačí prináša romantickú i detektívnu zápletku. Nehovorí len o hľadaní vraha alebo lásky, je aj o nadobúdaní sebavedomia a o rodinnej súdržnosti.

Hlavná hrdinka Charlotte sa vydala za starého Henryho Wylda; urobila tak po vôli svojmu otcovi. Henry bol však podivín, ktorý nielenže svojej rodine neoznámil, že má manželku, ale vrážal svoje i jej peniaze do starožitných predmetov, z ktorých mal v dome už celkom slušnú zbierku. Jednej noci sa však nevrátil domov. Našli ho
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
Short and Sweet: Much to admire for fans of Regency romance with a traditional flavor and a lot of character development. I'd recommend it.

Reviewed for Affaire de Coeur Magazine. http://affairedecoeur.com.

Virginia
Sep 15, 2014 Virginia rated it liked it
Newly widowed and practically penniless, Charlotte Wylde becomes another obligation for Sir Alexander Wylde. As they attempt to solve Charlotte's husband's murder and the mystery surrounding his ancient Roman artifacts, Charlotte and Alec are drawn to each other.

Other than several chapters of infodumping, the actual story was pretty good. At first, I found the parts focusing on Charlotte's maid and Alec's footman to be some what distracting. But soon, I found myself caring about their story, too
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Aisha Oaktree
This book took a little while to get there, but boy what a journey. I'm just....WOW, makes me glad i wasn't born then because women had no power or say whatsoever. Married to a bitter, angry friend of her fathers, Charlotte is alone in her new home, surrounded by servants who don't respect her authority and a husband who disdains her very presence. When she decides to take her life in her own hands, the Fates hand her a different experience, her husband is murdered and she is now in charge of he ...more
Sharyn
Sep 02, 2013 Sharyn rated it liked it
Charlotte Wylde has had a terrible year. Married to a much older man, Henry, who pretty much ignores her when he is not treating her like a petulant child, she is scorned and ridiculed by her husband's servants. Her only friend is her ladies maid, Lucy, who came with her when she left her father's house after his death. And now, she finds out that her husband has been murdered and he used all of her dowry on buying his precious antiquities, leaving her with nothing.

Enter Sir Alec Wylde, who was
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Marcy
Feb 22, 2013 Marcy rated it really liked it
Charlotte Wylde has spent her year of marriage being belittled by both her older husband and his servants. When he is killed by footpads she doesn't mourn his passing. But when she finds out he spent her entire dowry, and the stipulations placed in his will regarding his belongings, she is furious. If she sells any of his antiquities collection the whole lot, along with the house, goes to a museum, leaving her with nothing.

Left alone with only her loyal maid she is frightened when the house is b
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My Book Addiction and More MBA
ONCE AGAIN A BRIDE by Jane Ashford is an exciting historical romance. Follow,Charlotte Wylde and Sir Alexander Wylde,on a journey of passion,danger,second chances, secrets and love. Also, follow secondary characters, Lucy Bowman,Charlotte's lady maid and Ethan Trask, Sir Alex's footman as they navigate their attraction to each other.

Charlotte finally has her freedom when her demoralizing,recluse of a husband is murdered or so she thought. Sir Alex has his hands full with his two younger sisters,
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Brittany
I won this book for free from the Goodread's First Reads giveaway.

"Once Again a Bride" is a historical romance novel that takes place in London. I'm not sure what year exactly as this was never stated. This is the first book I've read by this author and I really enjoyed it! I see that other reviewers on this site either loved this book or did not care for it much. I don't really understand that as I loved it and found the book hard to put down. There were a few parts that could of been shortened
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Lisa Jo
Oct 19, 2013 Lisa Jo rated it really liked it
ONCE AGAIN A BRIDE by Jane Ashford is reminiscent of the best years of historical romance. Sweet and incredibly refined, this is a historical romance that proves second chances at love are always possible.

Charlotte Wylde despised her husband Henry. Persuaded into this marriage by her father, she has nothing more to do than waste her years away, living as another one of her husband's prized possessions. As soon as she musters the courage to confront her domineering husband, Henry winds up dead…mu
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drey
Poor Charlotte. Her father lost his mind prior to his death, and tied her to a mean Grinch in a loveless marriage. She hates her husband, his house, and his household. Things are dark and depressing, with no end to the torment in sight.

Then he’s killed one night, and his oh-so-righteous nephew shows up. She didn’t even know her husband had family! good thing he did, though, because Charlotte and her maid Lucy have somewhere to go when her home is broken into…

She’s not sure what to expect from Al
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Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Originally posted at: http://www.longandshortreviews.com/un...

Being married to the Grinch who acts like a frustrated and covetous museum curator is a recipe for a disastrous life and that is where a reader meets the beaten down yet courageous heroine, Charlotte.

Right away the author paints a picture of a woman you can feel sorry for. She’s belittled and scorned at every turn and when it seems all hope is lost, her circumstances turn on a dime. What follows is a journey on which she learns to hav
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Laura
Apr 01, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it
I was pleasantly surprised on how much I loved this regency romance novel by Jane Ashford. With shades of My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier as part of the plot, I was quickly caught up with the compelling characters and raced through this novel. It was another perfect romance for the month of February.
Charlotte Wylde married a much older gentleman, Henry Wylde, at eighteen. While he was a friend of her father, he proved to be a terrible husband that was more interested in using Charlotte’s i
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Jonel Boyko
Sep 02, 2013 Jonel Boyko rated it it was amazing
“You know, it’s a love match.” Not only my favourite line of the book, but also my relationship with this amazing novel. Ashford gripped me from the first page and didn’t let me go until the very last sentence. She kept me captivated throughout without relying on melodrama or out of this world events. All of the events in this novel remained completely realistic throughout. Ashford’s brilliant storytelling and phenomenal descriptions draw you in and keep you there. She takes you back in time wit ...more
Blodeuedd Finland
It was cute, that is what I want to say, it was cute :) Adorable, sweet, yes a cute regency.

Charlotte was married to an idiot who bullied her. And he is now dead (no need to mourn him). She is a bit of a grey mouse a first who slowly comes out of her shell. She did not have it easy, she is very young, and I liked her. She was nice.

The hero, (she is his aunt, lol), Sir Alexander is, a bit harsh at times. He has a lot on his plate, but he is kind, that he is. And he does care. Their romance takes
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Stephanie
oh my...this story just seemed to drag and drag and drag...did I say drag?? I preferred the love story between the secondary characters more than the lead players, but even that lacked depth. I'm disappointed, because I've read other Jane Ashford books, but this one just fell flat. Even the seemingly climactic moments weren't really that; just felt confused. oh well--won't stop me from reading her other books!
Monica
Mar 28, 2013 Monica rated it really liked it

Charlotte Wylde was freed from a miserable marriage when her husband was murdered by footpads. Even though she brought a substantial dowry to her husband, he squandered the funds on antiquities and his will deprived her of any option except to live in greatly reduced circumstances.

Alec Wylde did not know his uncle well and was shocked and dismayed to be made executor of his uncle's will which was grossly unfair to his lovely widow. When Charlotte and her maid are terrified by an intruder seekin
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Jennifer
Dec 05, 2015 Jennifer rated it it was ok
I would have given this 1.5 stars if I could. It's not great, but not completely awful either. I like seeing other characters fall in love, but it's better when they have some backstory to their love. Otherwise, it's just like, at the end, every previously single person has now found a a soul mate to marry.
Heidi Smith
May 19, 2015 Heidi Smith rated it liked it
Received this book ages ago as an advanced copy.

A fairly intriguing story, though it did seem to move along rather slowly. I found myself skipping over parts after the middle just I get to the end of the book. The writing style was nice but I never really felt connected to the character or her emotions.
Amanda
Oct 01, 2015 Amanda rated it it was ok
I read this one while waiting for one of Julia's Quinn's Bridgerton books. This book was okay but there just wasn't enough content to keep me interested. I found myself scanning between the paragraphs and just reading dialog. I liked Charlotte but found myself rather annoyed with Alec. The highlight of the story for me was the romance between Lucy and Ethan.
Seema
Feb 02, 2016 Seema rated it it was ok
It was a strange story running two romances simultaneously between a widow and her nephew in law and her maid and his footman. The second romance was more interesting and the hero and heroine were quite irritating especially the hero. There was also a murder mystery involved . I felt as if there were too many other subplots and the main plot was not that interesting anyway.
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Mar 02, 2015 07:55AM  
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Nancy Jane LeCompte was born in 20 August 1948 in Eaton, Ohio, USA. She discovered Georgette Heyer in junior high school and was entranced by the glittering world and witty language of Regency England. That delight was part of what led her to study English literature and travel widely in Britain and Europe. She has lived in New York, Boston and LA, her writing life punctuated by breaks where the f ...more
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