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Valiant Bride (Brides of Montclair #1)

4.01  ·  Rating Details ·  276 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
A historical romance with a young woman's choice of duty over love.
Mass Market, 227 pages
Published February 1st 1994 by Harper Collins (first published August 1st 1985)
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Kathy * Bookworm Nation
This had been popping up on my Amazon recommendations for probably a few years. It was on sale last night so I decided to finally give it a try. I thought it was okay. I feel bad giving it two stars, but decided to go with Goodreads rating scale.

Anyway, Noramary (Nora in my mind) was an okay character. I just didn't understand her willingness to give up her relationship with Robert to marry Duncan. Her aunt and uncle seemed like pretty reasonable people, if she had told them of her relationship
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Megan
Mar 06, 2017 Megan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I loved that this was a clean story. The reason for the emotional divide between the couple was believable initially if somebody heard their spouse speaking someone else's name in their sleep but just a little communication could clear that up. On that count, this story was fairly weak. I would add that the love between Dunkin and NormaMary (which is possibly one of the dumbest names) or Robert and her was too underdeveloped to have any emotional ties to it or any investment in what happened to ...more
Rachel
In the first book of the "Brides of Montclair" series, Noramary Marsh marries Duncan Montrose as a "substitute bride" when his fiancee, her cousin, elopes with another man. Although she'd had her own secret plans to marry her childhood sweetheart Robert, she understands it to be her duty to her family to save them from disgrace by fulfilling the promise they made to Duncan: to provide him with a bride. Noramary is determined to put the past behind her and look to her future as the mistress of Mo ...more
Shantelle
Valiant Bride was a bittersweet and thought-provoking love story of Noramary, the substitute bride, and Duncan, her seemingly charming husband who hides a darker, brooding side of himself. It was written in a little different style than I'm used to... maybe a little more like June Masters Bacher's books. But despite that, it was still interesting and I found myself enjoying it and getting into the story. I was a little disturbed by the romance of Noramary and Robert... was it really love?... or ...more
Cindy Nipper
Apr 18, 2016 Cindy Nipper rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this audiobook in my collection, forgotten. With no cover photo, it was just something on my list. But when I started it, I was instantly transported! Hearing a book does so much more for the fullness of the characters and the story I think! This ended quite abruptly without the normal, "I hope you have enjoyed this book by Audible" so I'm not sure if I have finished the story or not, but what I listened to was superb! I discovered there is a whole series, so now I will go purchase those ...more
ms bookjunkie
Scanning errors ahoy!

You can totally tell that it's a thirty-year-old book. The innocent, physically perfect heroine has suffered because she's so beyootiful. Handsome, rich, perfect hero is quick to anger and slow to forgive. Big Mis—but of course. Old skool at it's old skooliest. No bodice ripping as it's an inspy. The inspy part is mostly Scripture, prayer and morals—totally in place with the time period.

Sweet, brought back memories. This is the sort of book I borrowed from my friends' mother
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Nikki
Mar 13, 2013 Nikki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really good book. It was definitely an older book than what I usually read but it was amazing. It reminded me a little of the classic book Rebecca that I read a couple years ago. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good historical romance and doesn't mind the way in which older books are written. It was great and I can't wait to read the second book of the series.
Erin
Jul 10, 2012 Erin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Eh. It was okay. You do nothing but feel sorry for the heroine because all the men around her are complete dolts and need to have their heads knocked together. She sacrifices everything for her family, husband gets jealous without finding out the truth. Ex-fiance puts her in awkward situations and makes it worse. And then all is magically fixed on the last page. All in all, it was quite depressing. Don't think I'll continue the series.
Jessica
Jan 26, 2008 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first read this series when I was 15 or so, and then again as a young adult. It is a historical romance series, and it is definitely one of my favorites. I also like that even though it is a romance series, the books are very clean. The series starts with this book, and continues through the generations with all the "Brides of Montclair."
Jaime Belcher
I read all the bride of montclair with my grandmother a long time ago. They aren't anything special, good clean romance for young girls and old women!
Penny Simms
Very moving book.
Jaque Mcmorrow
Oct 21, 2009 Jaque Mcmorrow rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After I read this book. I was hooked I had to read the whole series. I had to find out more about her family and her.
Lacey
Sep 09, 2007 Lacey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favoritebooks
This is my all time favorite series.
Angela
Jan 22, 2009 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first of 15 books in the series, set in the late 1700's on a Virginia plantation. This is a beautiful story!
Dal
Its an easy read, with Christian values
Juliet
Sep 24, 2015 Juliet marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Kelly V & her 2nd oldest niece Rithie enjoyed this series. Rachel reads Leviathan & hunger game ones
Meadow Frisbie
Feb 27, 2008 Meadow Frisbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A Beautiful Historicle romance.
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Jane Johnson Peart of Asheville, North Carolina, Humboldt and Marin counties, California, and in recent years, Hawaii, passed away in 2007. She was the author of more than 60 works of suspense, historical fiction and romance, which touched the hearts and minds of thousands of readers whose correspondence she treasured. She wrote for the secular and Christian market, and is best known for the Bride ...more
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