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The Convict's Bounty Bride (Convict Wives)

3.54  ·  Rating Details ·  59 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
Life as a convict in an Australian penal colony was brutal, but James Hunter had the advantages of raw physical strength and courage on his side. He survived, and now he is back; a self‐made man of means, determined to take the bride he was promised.
Lady Thea Willers knows nothing of the bargain her father made to save her brother, nor does she have any interest in marriag
ebook, 59 pages
Published March 1st 2013 by Harlequin Enterprises Australia
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Apr 13, 2013 Feminista rated it it was ok
Rating: 2 out of 5.

The convict’s bounty bride by Lena Dowling

This book had good prospects. A convict and his lady wife. A beautiful possibility. My only thought before I started the book was that I wished it were longer than a novella. But within the first three pages, I couldn’t reach the ending fast enough.

The heroine Thea, is supposed to be a strong headed woman with modern notions of feminism. The first page in, you realise that it’s all thought and no action. She initially starts of, scared
Kat Kennedy
Mar 02, 2013 Kat Kennedy rated it it was ok
Blah. Blah, blah, blah.
Lucy Dosch
Feb 23, 2013 Lucy Dosch rated it really liked it
Warning - This is only a short story. The biggest downfall of an eReader is unless you specifically check first, you I don't how many pages are in a book.

Why am I so cranky? I was truly enjoying this story. I really liked these main characters and I couldn't wait to see what adventure awaited them in Australia. She was spirited and intelligent and although he just wanted to claim the bride promised to him for her social standing, he liked the woman he met and believed she would be a great asset
Feb 22, 2013 Cinzia rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley

Four stars for this short novel, I liked it a lot. Why only a rating of four? Because the characters are so beautiful and funny that I would have preferred a real novel with a richer and more complex plot, the thing was so short left me a little disappointed.
With her skill the writer was in being able to get shortly right to the heart of the story, and this is a very important thing in a short novel.
Thea Willers is the young daughter of an Earl, she tries in every way to escape to her mother's m
Dani St Clair
Mar 06, 2016 Dani St Clair rated it it was ok
Altered from review posted on Romancing the Social Sciences.

You could be forgiven for thinking a book entitled The Convict's Bounty Bride would be set in the colony, but you'd be wrong. If you read between the lines of the synopsis, you can see it's set in London, but somehow I still expected that it would end up back in Australia at some point. It never did, but my annoyance at that was quickly overwhelmed by my annoyance at just about everything else.

The combination of the writing style and n
I haven't read many stories about those who were transported for crime to a penal colony so I was especially interested in giving this story a try.

The story opens with Lady Thea plotting to extricate herself from the obligation of marrying to please her family. She has read Mary Wollenscraft so desires to make something of herself as an independent woman. Unfortunately, she is given no choice, but to conform to the norm for girls her age. But that doesn't mean she can't think of a way to make he
James made a deal with a noble family to take the blame for a crime committed by their son in exchange for their daughter's hand in marriage. This is news to Lady Thea, who has no interest in marriage and only wants a career. James decides to show her how good being his wife could be... you can see where this is heading. This novella was half the size than His Convict Wife and there wasn't a great amount of development of the characters and their relationship. The insta-love was pretty ...more
Mar 22, 2016 Lauren rated it it was ok
The highlight of this book was definitely the characters. They had their own time of personalities, although they also appeared flat at times. Being a novella I think a whole book as a whole would have made the characters pop. Everything about this story was rushed. I didn't feel like I had time to really get into the story at all and everything just flew on by. There was no build up to the romance it kind of just happened. I was left feeling like I had a lot of questions with no answers

Note: I
Lauren K
Apr 25, 2013 Lauren K rated it really liked it
The Convict’s Bounty Bride is the debut novella by New Zealand author, Lena Dowling. At 59 pages it’s more like a short story that is set in England’s regency period. At first glance of the blurb the hero is said to be an ex-convict and I made the assumption that the story would be set in early Australia. Instead, as I mentioned it’s set in England and it’s about the lead up to his return to Australia and whether he will have a bride in tow with him.

Lady Thea Willers has no plans of marriage. In
Marishka Valentine
I really, really wish this book had been longer. I honestly think it would have been better if it was. However, this was a rather short story, easy to get through, but it fell a little short in the end.

This is the story of James Hunter and Lady Thea Willers. James was in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, but now he is out and seeking his “payment” for being in prison in the first place: the hand of Lady Thea Willers. She, however, knows nothing of this bargain that her father made. The story
Lynn Spencer
Apr 18, 2013 Lynn Spencer rated it it was ok
With historicals a bit thinner on the ground these days, I find myself trying just about any that come my way in hopes of discovering buried treasure. One could plausibly argue that The Convict's Bounty Bride deserves burial, but not because it's treasure.

Since Escape is Harlequin Australia's digital line, one might suspect this novella has an Australian tie - and it does. The hero, James Hunter, has recently returned from Australia. He served a sentence for a crime he did not commit and in the
Jul 11, 2013 Meredith rated it it was ok
I got this on preview from NetGalley because I enjoy even fairly silly historical romances, and I was excited by the Australia focus this one seemed to promise. Sadly, this was not one of my better forays into an uneven genre. The worst part is that we never even see anyplace outside of England. The characterization was weak, but no so weak as the level of historical detail. I didn't feel like I was really experiencing a specific and real moment in history at all. The writing isn't strong, but ...more
Lily Mulholland
Mar 11, 2013 Lily Mulholland rated it really liked it
Well now, this was a very satisfying novella! I have to say this was great. Very good characterisation and lots of angsty action and drama in a well-paced story. I did feel a little gipped at the end - I think this could have been written into a full-blown novel with the arrival back in Australia of our hero and heroine and the trials and travails of settling into colonial Australia being used as a setting against which their love/relationship could be further tested (and also excellent ...more
Mar 31, 2013 Holly rated it really liked it
**ARC Review**
This was a nice and fast read. I love books that feature strong woman characters. The main character is a woman who wants to have a career and feels that woman should be able to choose who they marry or even if they marry. While her mother tries to show her to society, her father has different plans. In the mist of her not wanting to marry and choose a career, she learns that her father already promised her to a man. Which leads into her finding out some family secrets. I wish this
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Vi Kretzer rated it it was amazing
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In her previous lives, Lena Dowling has been a lawyer, policy analyst, and an administration manager. While Lena was born and raised in New Zealand, it was during a stint working ‘across the ditch’ in Australia that she took up writing in earnest. Having found her inspiration in The Lucky Country, Lena writes Australasian themed romances about gutsy, intelligent heroines, and the men who dare to ...more
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Convict Wives (3 books)
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  • Convict Wives/The Convict's Bounty Bride/His Convict Wife

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