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The Wedding Journey

3.89  ·  Rating Details  ·  620 Ratings  ·  71 Reviews
Set against the vivid historical background of the Napoleonic Wars, The Wedding Journey is the unforgettable story of Captain Jesse Randall, assistant surgeon of Marching Hospital Number Eight, and his undying love for beautiful, young Nell Mason. A battlefield is no place to wage a campaign of love, and even if it was, Jesse is far too shy to ever confess his love to Nell ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published December 3rd 2002 by Signet
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Apr 15, 2012 Dina rated it really liked it
Recommended to Dina by: Danielle "The Book Huntress" Hill
4 1/2 stars

This was my first book by Carla Kelly and now I'm wondering why I've waited so long to give her a try. I have to thank my dear GR friend Danielle for bringing this book to my attention. :)

Captain Jesse Cameron Randall, assistant surgeon of Marching Hospital Number Eight, has been in love with Elinore "Nell" Mason for years, but the battlefields of the Napoleonic Wars are no place to woo. Plus, he's just too shy to act on his feelings. Fortunately, fate decides to get these two togethe
It’s always hard for me to put into words the emotions I feel while reading a Carla Kelly book, she’s able to pack so much into her books that I feel I can never due justice to her books with my review. But I try.

Captain Jesse Randall is one of the surgeons to a mobile hospital Marching Hospital Number Eight, he’s treated many of soldiers, but through it all still retains a great shyness about himself, this shyness keeps him from saying or even showing his love for many years of the gentle and
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
This book was a joy to read. It was so well-written and engaging. Jesse is a hero you cannot help but love and admire. His steadfast, deep love for Elinore remains silent for a long time, but when she has need of him, he moves heaven and earth for her. Jesse is considered shy, but he is the perfect example of the shy person who has a core and will of steel. As a doctor, he is not a violent person by nature, but his intellect and strong sense of morality and resourcefulness are much more enjoyabl ...more
Sep 12, 2009 SheLove2Read rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of-2009
Wow. I really don't have adequate words to describe how much I enjoyed this book. Wonderful and unusual writing, a hero to die for, a lovely heroine you would love to be friends with and a ragtag crew of military "misfits" who prove their worth time and again in this engaging story.

Set in Spain during the Napoleonic War, Capt Jesse Randall and Elinore Mason are "forced" into a marriage in order to save her from ruin at the hands of another man her father owes money to. Not much of a sacrifice on
Lovely story set against the backdrop of Spain during the Peninsular War. The hero was a beta guy, a doctor who had loved the heroine for a while but was so shy that he would never have done anything about it. He stepped out of his shell to marry her to save her from worse. Nice traveling story. I enjoyed the details of the Spanish people during Napoleon's invasion. One of my favorite time periods and settings. I felt the hero was better developed than the heroine in this case. Haven't been disa ...more
Jan 09, 2016 Ashley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ashley by: Basically Melissa chooses my books for me these days lol
Shelves: bookboyfriends
How rare to come across a hero who is as fundamentally selfless and kind-hearted as Jesse Randall, the hero of this novel. Jesse is a British field surgeon who has been serving in Spain during the Napoleonic wars. He has known the heroine, Nell Mason, since she was a little girl and he still a young trainee. She is the daughter of a captain whose family has been a laughingstock for years due to the captain's gambling, drinking, and inability to support the family he drags along with him from pos ...more
Jan 10, 2016 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
In a genre full of rogues and rakes, hoydens and harlots, sometimes it's nice to come across a hero and heroine who are gentle, kind, honorable people from the very beginning of the story. The hero of this novel, Jesse Randall, is a surgeon on the frontline of the Napoleonic Wars, struggling to save lives on the battlefields of Spain. He's a shy Scot from a well-to-do family, and for years he's been secretly in love with gentle, pretty, impoverished Nell Mason, who works with the doctors as an u ...more
Jan 03, 2016 Leona rated it liked it
I liked it, I just didn't love it.
Captain Jesse Randall had curly red hair, was slim and leaned to the short side. He was ordinary-looking and neither gambled, smoked or drank in excess as so many men did from this era. He came from a good family; he was the only son that served in the Napoleonic War. Those in his unit, including the young Nell Mason, had been his family for years.

He has loved her for a long time but he was a private man and had difficulty showing emotion. Regrettably, his agonizing reticence had kept him from t
Sep 28, 2009 Frezanda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, e-book-owned
Great romance. I love Jesse for he's not typical romance hero but he's so realistis. I think a great hero is someone who did what is right even if he's afraid becuase it's out of his comfort zone. Jesse ia pretty much my idea of a perfect man. Quiet but strong in the core. Funny, observant and not judgmental. Someone that you wish to know. My only concern is how many times the author point out his shyness. I mean it's like shyness is some kind of a disease or curse. ANd everyone just has to comm ...more
Jul 07, 2015 Lori rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
What a refreshing book! If you are like me and burned out on all the alpha males and cheesy regency romances, give this one a try. It's listed as a "Regency Romance", but it's beautiful story of an endearing military surgeon during the Napoleonic wars, and the woman he loves. Will definitely be trying some other Carla Kelly books.

***I have to add one negative comment. The author's writing is not the clearest at times. She switches between first and third person, and it can be confusing.
Kate Hewitt
May 03, 2013 Kate Hewitt rated it it was amazing
loved this book, even though there was little emotional conflict and the story was quiet. It was just a lovely, surprisingly gripping, sweet, and moving read. The characters and their internal thoughts--especially the hero's--really made the book so that even I, a purveyor of emotional angst, could love it!
Jun 26, 2014 Mancho283 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 เปนแนวพลอตทีชอบ รักระหวางเดินทางและการแตงงานเพือความสะดวก พระเอกแตงงานเพราะตองการปกปองชวยเหลือนางเอก พระเอกแนวเบตา นารักมากๆ ขีอายมากอีกตางหาก แตอดหลงรักผูชายแบบนีไมไดอะ ยังจะมีเหลืออยูไหมอะผูชายแบบนี ฮิปโปเครตีส (^o^) ...more
Apr 06, 2016 Carol rated it really liked it
Shelves: april-challenge
This was my Blind Date With a Book for April in another group. One of the things I like about participating in this is that it "forces" me to read genres that I probably would never have read...and it allows me to appreciate all my friend's literary likes through their recommendations. This was the case with The Wedding Journey. I became so wrapped up in the story that I completely forgot that it wasn't my usual type of book.

The characters all had individual personalities and lives, and it was
Lynne Tull
Apr 23, 2016 Lynne Tull rated it it was amazing
Shelves: regency-romance
This one is a page-turner/can't put it down story. I normally do not like to read 'war' stories, but this one was the exception. If you really want to know about the Napoleonic War from a medic's perspective, Carla Kelly has provided you with a realistic picture. There are some rough scenes and some wonderfully romantic ones. I admit that I skimmed across some of the war scenes just because I had to find out how it was going to end. The characters are phenomenal. You can feel for them and with t ...more
Feb 02, 2011 Jan rated it liked it
Another great book by Carla Kelly. I have to admit it took me a while to warm up to Jess, since his shyness made him a little hard to get to know, even as a reader. But once his inner strength starts to shine through, he makes for an awesome hero.

Kelly's characters are often a little wholesome, which isn't necessarily something I like in Romance novels, because it can make for boring stories. However, because of the war setting, and the taxing journey the characters have to go through, the chara
This story lacked passion and I'm not just talking about lackluster sex scenes.

This whole journey dragged. They had "adventures", but I was actually really bored. Each mishap didn't seem to add anything significant to the storyline. For me it was more of a story about war than a real romance.

I don't know what was so appealing about Nell that made Jesse fall in love with her, apart from the fact that she was hard working and pretty(?) girl. And as for Jess, he was excellent example of telling ab

This story of Jesse and Nell is mesmerizing, as are many of Carla Kelly's books. I love the way the author uses Jesse's internal dialog with Hippocrates to illuminate his character. Nell's internal voicing of her own fears and desires is equally well done. I don't usually like character to be inside their own heads too much, but in this story it works well.

The adventures the company went through as they tried to reach safety is different from so the usual Regency romantic fare. I found the d
Susannah Carleton
Mar 27, 2014 Susannah Carleton rated it really liked it
4 1/2 stars. An outstanding story of two reserved people who find love in the middle of the Peninsular War. Captain Jesse Randall is a surgeon in Marching Hospital Number 8. Elinore Mason's parents are the silliest people in Wellington's army. She's worked in the hospital since she was a child, to help her family. When an unscrupulous major to whom her father owes more than he can repay calls in the loan, then offers to take Elinore as his mistress in repayment, Jesse Randall marries her. The ma ...more
Feb 20, 2014 Kelly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: re-readable
What a lovely book. It was everything I expect from a novel that involves war and romance: sweet, dangerous, heartbreaking. Every last character steals your heart (well, not the "villain") which makes it so hard when the realities of war mean that some of them will not survive to the end of the story.

Jesse Randall, the shy, humble but talented surgeon of Number 8 was beautifully written. Perhaps not the handsomest man, definitely not the biggest or the baddest. What he has is intelligence, comp
Jun 24, 2014 H2bourne rated it it was amazing
Oh my! Is it possible to fall in love with fictional characters? Not romantic love but the same as when you fall in love with a newborn baby or a romantic city like Paris? Elinore Ophelia Mason (Nell) charmed me when we first encounter her in a flashback as a ten-year-old girl who repays kindnesses with a payment of a blue bead. Major Sheffield treats Nell as a daughter. He is a commanding but fair man. At one point she has run out of beads and is ashamed that she is unable to pay for a roast le ...more
Mar 13, 2015 Jess rated it liked it
A warm fuzzy in book form.
Sep 06, 2015 Marion rated it really liked it
For starters, I am a shameless Carla Kelly fan. I adore her quirky, often broken, characters. I'm rarely ever bored by a Carla Kelly book, and this was no exception. Now, this wasn't my favorite (can any book too The Lady's Companion?! I mean really), but was lovely all the same.

Jesse and Nell were so sweet and dear. I wanted everything to stop being awful and just become lovely. I enjoyed that these characters didn't suffer from massive miscommunication problems--I really hate that as a plot d
Feb 26, 2016 Elen rated it liked it
CK often makes liberal use of internal monologues in some of her more serene, introspective works (cf. One Good Turn), but with The Wedding Journey, she went overboard. It drags the already slow, linear story down. And annoying as hell is that the author often forgoes her own narration altogether(thus dragging the story even more) and replaces it with unnaturally placid, meant-to-be-observant remarks and half questions fit for philosophical ladies dozing in the afternoon not bunch of ragtags in ...more
Apr 20, 2015 P. rated it really liked it
This is a fine book. I have a few quibbles - the heroine has too refined a mental set for someone who was raised in the mud of campaigns. You like her but wonder. The ending [which I won't TELL you] seems forced and wastes opportunity. The hero is way too under-confident, which makes him a bit less than heroic. However, it is a fine book and worth a read. This year is the 200th anniversary of the end of the Napoleonic conflict which ended June 18th, 1815 at Waterloo, which means approx. 'water i ...more
Another great historical romance by Carla Kelly, with an interesting setting (Wellington's retreat after the siege of Burgos during the Peninsula war, in 1812).

The hero is no handsome, dashing and tall gentleman, quite the contrary : captain Jesse Cameron Randall, assistant surgeon of Marching Hospital Number Eight, is described as being "the shyest man in Picton's Division". And shy he is, but he is also absolutely to die for. I LOVED him... And I could totally relate with a character who prefe
Mar 13, 2016 Patsyann rated it it was amazing
Of all the Kelly books and short stories I have read - this book is the first that I think should be made into a movie or at least - mini-series on PBS.
The cover of this book is mis-leading - the hero and heroine were never that clean through the book.(OK so maybe they took a bath once - but the majority of the time - they were caked in mud!!)
The best thing about this book – both hero and heroine’s points of view are examined. The hero, Jesse Randall is the best hero- sweet and safe, he never le
Mar 04, 2011 Kathryn rated it it was ok
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Barb in Maryland
3 1/2 stars
I think I enjoy Kelly's military books more than I do her regular regency fare.
In this one we once again visit the Peninsula campaign part of the war with Napoleon. But this story doesn't focus on any battle, but rather on a what was supposed to be a routine retreat to winter quarters.
Kelly's main characters, Dr Jesse Randall and Nell Mason are both good people, who become better people during their harrowing trek to rejoin the Army. He is a doctor and his internal conversations with
ever since jesse saw nell for the second time, he's been in love with her. (he rejoined that particular regiment after a few years away.) when her father, an inveterate gambler in the army, is told that he has to give her to an officer to pay his debts, nell doesn't know what to do. jesse agrees to marry her, to save her from the odious officer. this causes problems, as their hospital unit is left behind because of the odious officer. as they try to make their way across spain with no p
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Mar 21, 2015 01:03PM  
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Although Carla Kelly is well known among her readers as a writer of Regency romance, her main interest (and first writing success) is Western American fiction—more specifically, writing about America's Indian Wars. Although she had sold some of her work before, it was not until Carla began work in the National P
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