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Bride of the High Country (Runaway Brides #3)

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  358 Ratings  ·  49 Reviews
Kaki Warner’s newest novel in the series about unlikely brides who make their way west—and find love where they least expect it…

Margaret Hamilton escaped the Irish slums of Five Points as the ward of a wealthy Manhattan widow, but only marriage can make her future secure. Railroad mogul Doyle Kerrigan needs a well-connected wife. It seems a perfect match…until a shocking
ebook, 400 pages
Published June 1st 2012 by Berkley Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Jul 14, 2015 Lyuda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: western
I have to admit to have mixed feelings before reading this book, the third one in the Runaway Brides series. I loved the first book but was not impressed with the second one. The heroine of the third book, beautiful and mysterious Lucinda, intrigued me right from the start of the series and I wanted to find her secrets. I also needed a closure on some of the unfinished “business” from previous stories. The first half of the book is Lucinda’s story before she came to Heartbreak Creek, Colorado. T ...more
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Kimberly Rocha~ Book Obsessed Chicks

The story begins with Margaret Hamilton, an orphan with a not so bright, but secretive past, preparing for her wedding to wealthy Irishman/New Yorker, Doyle Kerrigan. It's not a love match, but Margaret doesn't believe in love, just security and safety. After discovering that her intended is not all he presents himself to be, she still takes that walk down the aisle but absconds before the reception, leaving her "husband" confused. Her loving guardian Mrs. Ida Throckmorton plays like she has no
Jun 03, 2012 Aoi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

It's always such a pleasure coming back to Kaki Warner's rendition of the frontier territories. The attention to detail and the engaging story makes the characters seem almost real.

As the mystery of Lucinda's past is unraveled, we go back in time to before the series started and then tell the entire story of the three 'brides' meeting through her eyes. My only complaint with the book is the narrative gets a little choppy when the other main characters take center stage in latter parts, making me
Sep 19, 2013 Tin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Cathleen, Margaret, Lucinda -- three names used by one person who has been running away her entire life. As Cathleen, her family escaped Ireland and traveled to America, hoping for a better life. Then she ran away from Mrs. Beale's and the men who abused and degraded her. As Margaret, she ran away from a husband who saw her as a trophy and a prize. Now as Lucinda, she has found her way to Heartbreak Creek, a small town in the Colorado Territory -- a place that most people see as a dead end. But, ...more
Regan Walker
May 22, 2013 Regan Walker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3rd in the Brides Trilogy is a Worthy Finish!

This third in the Brides trilogy (Heartbreak Creek, Colorado Dawn and Bride of the High Country), is set in 1870 in New York and Heartbreak Creek, Colorado Territory. Lucinda Hathaway, the heroine, was a character in the first two books—one of the “brides.” This fact also presented a problem for Warner in telling Lucinda’s story because we’ve already seen her in Heartbreak Creek when her tale actually begins in New York in 1855. So there’s a bit of ba
Shabby Girl ~ aka Lady Victoria
I actually thought about skipping this book as the heroine, Lucinda, I haven’t much liked in the last two books. Not disliked her, but she just came across as quite hard. Then my OCD kicked in and I realised I needed to read it as it appears this is the last in this series, but the next series along is set in the same town and includes these characters, so it seemed important that I should read it.

I really loved this book till probably about half way through when the story gets to Heartbreak Cre
Jun 02, 2012 Christina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third in the Runaway Brides trilogy, in which we finally hear the mysterious Lucinda Hathaway's story. True to Warner's other novels, this one grips from the start. I liked that the hero, Tait, immediately won me over-- not because of perfection, but because of his boy-scout protection of Lucinda. It was obvious that he admired her, but of course, she doesn't know this right away. Pages of witty dialogue adorn this book, and the suspense is made better through the historical lens of ...more
Mariann {at} Belle's Book Bag
I want to thank Kaki Warner for sending me Bride Of The High Country to review, it was my absolute pleasure. She is truly an amazing writer that has the ability to draw me into whatever world her books have created and where her characters sink in deep and don't let go till long after the book is finished. That to me is the mark of a great author and a great book and is the reason that I love to read!!

From the very first page I was lost in this book. So So Good!!! I loved catching up with the am
Amanda Villhauer
Feb 19, 2017 Amanda Villhauer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My favorite parts are the banter between Angus and Brodie and Thomas
Sandy M
Jun 10, 2012 Sandy M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
I am so glad I discovered Kaki Warner last year when I read her Wilkins brothers trilogy. I’ve enjoyed every last word she’s written, right up to this latest book in her Runaway Brides series, Bride of the High Country. Her characters are charming and complex with wonderful flashes of humor. She’s become quite proficient at weaving previous characters into the current story without pushing the romance aside. The feel of early America is perfect, right down to the most minute detail. Each book ha ...more
♥ Vonda M. Reid ♥
Overall Rating: 4.65 // Action: 2.5 / Emotion: 4.25 / Romance: 4.5 / Sensuous: 1.0 / Suspense: 4.0 // Historical Flavor: 4.5 // Laughter: 6 / Grins: 1 // Tears: 1 / Teary: 2

Bride of the High Country: 4.65:
Kaki Warner is a gifted storyteller. Her skill is evident as she gives readers this most beautifully written, emotionally engaging romance story. This book is an un-put-down-able read that slowly and irrevocably draws one deep into the lives of multi-dimensional characters.

Hero: 4.5:
Tait Rylan
May 07, 2012 Marquetta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bride of the High Country is the third book of the Runaway Brides series. I haven't read the two previous books but I had no problems following the plot. The book easily read as a stand alone with characters from the previous two books smoothly being a part of Tait and Margaret's story.

I really enjoyed Bride of the High Country. The romance is really well-written. The one thing that I heard about Kaki Warner's books is that there are no graphic sex scenes. The intimate scenes fade to black, some
Kaki Warner's writing is so lovely, but unfortunately this story had a hard time keeping me engaged. It was strange and I couldn't understand it. Then I realized what my problem with this story was. More than the first half of this book occurs before the first book of the series. If this were a standalone book, I wouldn't have minded. The story was engaging enough, the characters were well developed, and the writing was strong. However, since I already knew that the h arrives in Heartbreak Creek ...more
Yellow Rose
Aug 21, 2012 Yellow Rose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am surprised that this book does not have more reviews I wonder if its the lack of readership or if its a hard to find book, however if its a rare readership case people are missing out by not reading this amazing romance historical novel. I absolutely loved the book, the main heroine was one of the best that I have read about. Also the hero as well was very charismatic and loving he paid his debt to Lucinda after he left her and he came back a more loving man what a romantic, just the right m ...more
Barb in Maryland
3 1/2 stars for this one. This one suffered a bit from 'wrap-up-itis' in the second half, but the first half was first rate.
This is Lucinda's story and what a story it is. Born Cathleen Donovan, we meet her as a 12 year old girl who has fled from a burning brothel. She's rescued by the local priest and placed in a new home with a new identity. When next we see her she is Margaret Hamilton, ward of the late Judge Throckmorton and his very much alive widow. (Mrs Throckmorton is a doll and one of t
May 14, 2013 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Warner takes an interesting angle on this, the last of the Runaway Brides books. Lucinda Hathaway was never really a likeable character to me. She was okay, but I wondered how much I would enjoy her story. However, Warner takes us back to Lucinda's beginnings as a poor Irish immigrant, through her horrible experiences at the hands of child-exploiters, her aborted wedding, and out to Heartbreak Creek. By the time she makes it out there, I completely understood her and was rooting for her. We also ...more
Aug 19, 2012 Regina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Margaret/Lucinda was a multifaceted heroine, and her stories were equally traumatic, fascinating and entertaining. She was a survivor, but her gutsy attitude wasn't obnoxious. Tait was a true protective-type hero, the kind who loved her from the sidelines. And he was human: sensitive and strong, yet only able to do so much. The story sped along up until a little over half-way when it bogged down when Lucinda met up with Maddie, Edwina, and Pru on the train and was trying to catch up with the pre ...more
Miss Pippi the Librarian
Margaret Hamilton never imagined herself as a girl on the run ... for her entire life. She ran to escape the horror of a brothel as a young child. She ran on her wedding day to escape her dangerous groom. She ran from her groom's right hand man who was told to bring her back. Margaret needs a new place and a new life. She takes her stand in Heartbreak Creek and changes her name to Lucinda Hathaway. Her new life with her new friends will bring her strength and confidence to change be the women sh ...more
Marilyn Heyman
Apr 11, 2014 Marilyn Heyman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Margaret had a horrendous life in the United States until Mrs. Throckmorton adopted her and brought her up to be a fashionably young lady. She decides to marry the Irishman Doyle who could keep her safe. He is wealthy and powerful, but when she discovers his secrets, she knows that she cannot ever marry him. She catches a train and runs west. Who are the two men that are following her? Tait owes a debt to Doyle and the other man is someone from her past.

Lisa Potocar
Jun 28, 2012 Lisa Potocar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kaki Warner has once again masterfully set us in her time machine and turned the dials to this time start on the streets of late 1800's New York City. Here she sets the stage for Irish-born Lucinda Hathaway and her journey across country by train until she finally lands in Heartbreak Creek and joins the other "brides" in the Runaway Bride Series. The love between Lucinda and Tait Rylander, a scrapper yet Southern gentleman, consummates when they team up to fight the evil in Lucinda's past. I esp ...more
I preferred the two previous books in the series. The first part of the book deals with Lucinda’s life prior to arriving Heartbreak Creek. Lucinda, or Margaret as she then was, proved to be an admirable heroine who’s story moves you as she overcomes severe adversity in her search for safety and security.

It’s the middle section of the book that really lets down the overall book. This is where the story overlaps with the previous books. In fact a section of the book appears to have been copied an
Theresa Rizzo
Jul 19, 2012 Theresa Rizzo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is another terrific story, by Ms Warner!
This book is the third in the Runaway Bride series--and I'm so sad to see the series end! Those of you have just discovered Kaki Warner are lucky because you can read the stories back-to-back. This is Lucinda's tale and as with all the others, the writing is very strong, the story compelling, the love scene is sensual and passionate without going into details--well done!

Tait is a wonderful hero. In time when woman were mothers and housekeepers, It was
Lynn Spencer
I gave this a C+ on AAR, so that would be 3.5 stars here I think.

Having read several of Kaki Warner's books, I had high hopes for Bride of the High Country. I expected adventure, romance, and a well-told story full of genuine sweetness. A tall order to be sure, but as I read the first part of the book, I got exactly this. Then I got to the second half, where between the loose ends being wrapped up and the characters from other novels making forced appearances, the beauty of the story somehow got
First half was a four-star historical romance, second half was a disjointed two-star mess as the author tried awkwardly to integrate the third "runaway bride" narrative with the occurrences of the two previous novels. As a result, the romance was abruptly shortchanged. Which was a shame, because I liked Lucinda and Tait and would have liked greater depth to their love story.

Although there were four runaway brides introduced in the first book of the series, it looks like noble half-black Prudenc
Kate Vale
Feb 03, 2013 Kate Vale rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This wrap-up story was too good to end; that is, I didn't want it to. The details of what Irish immigrants endured on arrival in the United States gave an historical anchor to the story even as it follows Margaret's flight westward, as so many people did, though not necessarily for the same reasons.

The post-Civil War experiences of freed slaves and Southerners as they sought to rebuild their lives also informs the story and provides a rich back story to Tait's life. Occasional references to both
Jan Aldergate
this was the third and final book of the runaway brides trilogy and I was slightly disappointed in it, it wasn't up to the other two's standards. Just felt it was a bit rushed and also went over a lot of the same ground, from another point of view. also didn't like the resolution of the love between Thomas and Pru. that being said, I read it in one day, so It was still pretty good. a soppy romance, but enjoyable for a change from my usual fare of mysteries and thrillers. every so often a girl ne ...more
Jun 12, 2012 Eileen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
So glad that you saved Lucinda's story for last. I am so glad that I got to understand why she is the way she is. She had a lot of hurt to overcome and she did it in order to survive. Might have spent time weaving her story within the first two books but it was still a good read. heard that there are going to be more books from Heartbreak Creek. YAY! Looking forward to reading more about Thomas and Pru and the rest of the family.
Dec 31, 2012 Darcie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rate-4, library, 2013-read
I liked this book but liked the other book in the series much more. They did a good job of covering the time period again, but I am sure people who read this book and not the others think - that is unbelievable to the items that were glossed over from the other characters. I made me not beleive all the things that happened and I had just read the other 2 books! :) That being said I really enjoyed this series!
Mar 19, 2012 NList rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 out of 5. The first half of this book is very good...and worth 5 stars! I did think the second half of the book wasn't as good...there was repetition of the of the other books. I wish she had just picked up from where the other book ended for the second half. However, I still really really enjoyed this book.
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Kaki Warner is an award-winning author and long time resident of the Pacific Northwest. Although she now lives on the eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountains in Washington State, Kaki actually grew up in the Southwest and is a proud graduate of the University of Texas. Her years spent riding horses and enjoying the expansive views of Texas became the Historical Romance Author, Kaki Warner inspirat ...more
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