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Puritan Bride

3.38  ·  Rating Details  ·  97 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
England, 1663

The sexual games at the restoration Court of King Charles have turned Marcus, Viscount Marlbrooke, into a cynic. While he doesn't believe that love lies within matrimony, he does need to secure his claim to Winteringham Priory.

Marriage to the spirited Puritan Katherine Harley is the key and, given his unexpected response to her, perhaps their marriage needn't
Paperback, Harlequin Historical, #762, 297 pages
Published July 1st 2005 by Harlequin Books (first published October 2004)
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Apr 06, 2015 Ria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A brilliant historical romance with so many twists, this has all the ingredients and then some for a Mills and Boon historical.
History, romance, adventure, murder, family secrets and even hints of witchcraft.
When Katherine Harley is forced to give up marriage to her cousin for a more favourable alliance with the Viscount Marlbrooke she is at first dismayed and runs away from home but then when an accident befalls her and she is inadvertently rescued by Marlbrooke and taken in to his home with no
Jul 13, 2012 Debbie_e rated it it was ok
I picked up this book in a charity shop expecting it to be more like something by Phillipa Gregory with some historical clout. Initially I was disappointed as I hadn’t realised it was a Harlequin – although this is my own fault as I’ve read a lot of Anna O’Brien’s Regency Romances and should have recognised the name.

I did get over that though, honest. The plot however is very predictable and in some places I did have to amputate my disbelief as suspending it wasn’t enough. That said though the
Sash Pinto
May 12, 2013 Sash Pinto rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Girls of any age, Austen-lovers, those who love to cry at a book.
Recommended to Sash by: I found it on a shelf in Waterstones
When I started reading this book I had no experience of historical fiction or Anne O'Brien at all. I am however, a huge fan of the Classics. I was overjoyed to see some clear resemblances in plotline to both Pride and Prejudice Pride and Prejudiceand Jane Eyre Jane Eyre. I was overjoyed though, to find it similar to my favourite book of all time - Tess of the D'Urbervilles Tess of the d'Urbervilles. Anne O'Brien writes so flowingly that your heart goes out to every single character. You will fal ...more
Rebecca Nolan
Apr 28, 2015 Rebecca Nolan rated it really liked it
I quite like this author, this however wasn't one of my favorites from her but still a nice historical romance to read on a rainy day.
Dec 02, 2015 Hattie rated it it was amazing
From the blurb, to me, it sounded like a court romance thing where Kate had been presented at court and the story went from there with the inheritance thing near the middle of the book. Boy was I wrong!! It's mostly all set at the Priory with loads of twists and turns from ghosts, witchcraft, murders, attempted murders, marriage, past tragedies it was great!! I loved it, I really did. I would have liked to have seen an epilogue with Kate and Marcus married and with one or two children to properl ...more
Jan 15, 2016 Grace-Elisa rated it really liked it
A light but lovely historical romance set during the Restoration.
Bronwyn Rykiert
Dec 29, 2010 Bronwyn Rykiert rated it really liked it
Set in 1663 in England during the regin of Charles II.

It is the story of a Puritan, Katherine Harley and a Royalist, Marcus Oxenden, Viscount Marlbrooke.

The Hareley's lost their family home "Winteringham Priory" and it was given to the Oxenden family - years later both families have claim to this house and instead of fighting through the courts Marcus decides to marry Kate.

It is not an easy path but the story was a good one.

Jan 23, 2014 Viji rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The title of the book is Puritan Wife by Anne O'Brien and not Bespelling Jane Austen by Mary Balogh.
May 09, 2011 Barbie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is a compilation project by several authors. I'll be honest, I was expecting a lot more. Most of the short stories (based on Austin's original classics) left me with an "eh, it was ok" attitude but a couple of them were just dumb. I think they were aiming for something along the lines of Pride, Prejudice & Zombies & came away with lame pieces of literature.
The only other book I read by Anne O'Brien was based on a true person and I thought that this one would be the saem. It wasn't. It is a historical romance with a ghost thrown in.
It was an amusing read but very predictable and the ending was very repetitive. i mean Kate has to make a choice and she makes it several times before Marlbrooke accepts it.
Sep 22, 2011 Jill rated it liked it
I was disappointed in this book. I'd never read anything by Anne O'Brien so didn't know what to expect but I'd thought it would be a bit 'meatier'. In the end it was more of a traditional romance with the usual twists and turns of misunderstanding in a historical setting. I enjoyed it within those limits, hence the three stars.
Sophie Beckett
Nov 09, 2011 Sophie Beckett rated it liked it
I really like historical novels and I did it hard to find very many good ones. Puritan Bride however was one of the few of them that I really enjoyed reading. It was interesting from the start and I read it in a couple of days. It was a slightly odd book in my opinion but still brilliant!
Nov 05, 2011 Crystal rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: huh, anthology
The good news is... there was nothing to rant about in this anthology. The bad news is... there's nothing to rave about either. The last one was a bit...comedic. Others were varying levels of seriousness.
Magdalene Lim
Chick lit set in olden day. A very easy read as with all chick lit. Comes with the usual romance and steamy scenes.
Was slightly disappointed with this one. I'm a huge historical fan but only liked the modern stories. :(
Jul 06, 2013 K.l. rated it liked it
didn't realise that it was a romance until halfway through, due to a different cover, but enjoyable anyway
Jan 06, 2012 Crystal rated it liked it
Some slighty steamy bits.

nice love story. TV Tudors maybe?
not bad with plenty of intrigue.
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