The China Bride (The Bride Trilogy, #2)
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The China Bride (The Bride Trilogy #2)

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Award-winning author Mary Jo Putney captivated the hearts of readers everywhere with her breathtaking hardcover debut, The Wild Child. Now, in her spectacular new novel The China Bride, she has created another brilliantly moving love story, and a very special heroine--a rare beauty torn between two cultures who valiantly struggles to discover the woman she is destined to b...more
Paperback, 439 pages
Published July 31st 2001 by Ballantine Books (first published 2000)
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I'm hovering between a 3 and a 4 stars on this one. I may have read too many MJP books recently, however I think this one only rates a 3 star. I liked it but didn't love it. Loved the location though- fascinating look at China where the author has some links. The heroine was an extremely appealing character forced to live as a boy following the death of her parents. I liked her martial arts skills- I always prefer the type of heroine who saves the hero from the bad guys to the type that weeps in...more
Belinda Kroll
As always, an entertaining read from Mary Jo Putney. This book was so informative! I learned so much about Chinese culture from the 1830s that corresponded with what I knew already. I've never read a book that explained the core of tai chi so well, and I loved that the heroine, because of her dual upbringing in both Chinese tradition and Scottish, had no problem with pre-marital sex so I didn't have to slog through the usual "Oh no, I shouldn't be doing this, but it feels so good!" that we usual...more
Read this pre-goodreads days.. Here's what I wrote at the time:
After over a year of trading by post, I met Oriana78 when I was in Paris and we did a trade over the table in a cafe.... with a lovely nice long chat about books, life etc!

Actually read this a while ago and forgot to journal it. I really enjoyed it and it's more or less a keeper, although almost all of my keepers are available for rings or loans (hence the available setting).

Just thought I'd add the book description from Amazon....more
4 stars
Loved the exotic location. She really gave a sense of how profoundly different Chinese and European cultures were at that time, as well as how adamant China was in remaining separate from the west.
My first 5 star waiting for a book on goodreads belongs to the China Bride. I've been working my way through Ms. Putney's back catalog after devouring her Lost Lords series. This book had all the parts of romance that I love a will they or won't they, an almost thwarted HEA, jumping around with the timeline. I loved the China setting and wish more historicals could leave Britain and head elsewhere. The characters were fully developed and even though I'm reading in the middle of a series, I was n...more
Gizella Tóth
„Tudom már, miért kellett ilyen sokáig járnom a nagyvilágot. Hogy itthon találjak magamnak egy kínai feleséget.”
Fel nem foghatom, hogy lett a kínai feleségből/menyasszonyból porcelán. Még ha Troth valami törékeny alkat lenne… Mindegy hányszor olvasom, mindig fel tudom bosszantani magam ezen az ostoba bakin.
Talán a sorozat legjobb, és Putney egyik legigényesebben megírt műve (pedig a többi sem panaszkodhat). Olyan csodálatos leírását kapjuk itt Kínának, amely joggal veszi fel a versenyt bármely...more

Very enchanting wonderful story filled with suspense, adventure and emotional angst-filled trials. Surprised the hell out of me how much I enjoyed it. This was a 5 star read from the beginning. If it wasn't for the 2nd half of the book I would have given this a 5 star without hesitation. I thought both the hero and heroine were unique fully fleshed out real original characters who I really loved and enjoyed reading about. Troth is a half-Scottish half-Chinese woman who's been forced to live her...more
I'm a big fan of Mary Jo Putney. This book blends a lot of interesting historical detail with the romance. Ms. Putney is a fine writer and story teller, and her stories have original and fascinating settings. Here, she has made 19th Century China - a China closed to Westerners - come vividly alive. Since so many of the other reviewers have ably described the story, I won't repeat it here.

Ms. Putney, like all the best writers of the romance genre, gives us characters with depth and nuance, and un...more
This is the second book in the "Bride " trilogy by Mary Jo Putney. The story picks up six years after Dominic's marriage. Kyle is still "unsettled ". He has traveled extensively and is now visiting China with his business partner. Here he meets a beautiful girl that is half Scottish, half Chinese. Kyle is attracted to her, and she to him. However, Kyle believes he was given one true love and he could never feel the same way about anyone else. So, they became "friends with benefits ".
When Kyle i...more
From the Back Cover:

Born to a Scottish father and a Chinese mother, Troth Montgomery dreamed of someday traveling to Scotland, until the death of her father condemned her to a shadowy life as an interpreter in Canton. Then Kyle Renbourne, viscount and adventurer, discvoers Troth's true identiy and persudes her to be his gude on a dangerous journey into the heart of the Celestial Kingdom.

A meeting of the minds flares into searing passion, an idyll that ends when Kyle is captured and condemned to...more
An excellent novel about acceptance in yourself and faith in love.

Troth Montgomery is half Chinese and half Scottish. As a mixed-blood woman, she has never really fit in anywhere, but when her father dies and a friend takes her in, she disguises herself as a man so she can be useful as a translator. Kyle, Viscount Maxwell, is traveling the world as part of a childhood dream. He feels a void in his life that he needs to fill, and believes that a journey to the Temple Hoshan will fill it. When he...more
This book was different from most historical romance novels. Yes, it still has the trash BUT - this may be an oxymoron - it was really well researched and didn't have the traditional regency England plot....even if the plot was still predictable and ended happily ever after. (But isn't that why we read historical romance novels anyway?)

In The China Bride, Troth Montgomery is half Scottish, half Chinese. When both her mother and father died, she was "raised" by a Chinese trader to be neither full...more
I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. Davina Porter does an excellent narration. The only problem I have with it is that I am so used to her narrations of the Outlander series that I occasionally felt confused about what I was listening to!

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A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly best-selling author, Mary Jo Putney has also won numerous awards, including the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for Historical Romance. In The China Bride, Putney once a...more
Déborah Muñoz
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Debo decir que esperaba más de este libro, pero al final se ha quedado con un entretenido raspado por varios motivos: El primero es que en la contraportada te cuentan todo el libro menos las últimas cien páginas, con lo que no hay ningún misterio y eso no tiene ni pizca de gracia. El segundo la propia disposición del libro, que no me termina de convencer con tanto salto temporal innecesario. El tercero porque se entretiene demasiado en muchos...more
The China Bride - VG+
Putney, Mary Jo

Born to a Scottish father, Troth Montgomery, betrothed to her life as a concubine, never imagined she would one day leave the Orient to arrive at the English estate of a stranger -- the brother of the man who had briefly been her husband. Kyle Renbourne, Viscount of Maxwell, had taken Troth as his bride shortly before his apparent execution in a Chinese prison. Now, as his widow, she is entitled to the home she always dreamed of but remains haunted by the memo...more
I enjoyed this book so much! I believe it would be a mistake to categorize this as "historical romance" but that comes the closest. The main characters are very well developed and very interesting. The heroine is multi-racial, having a Chinese mother and a Scottish father. It begins in China and I found the circumstances surrounding her upbringing and the way it impacted her personality fascinating! I also found the character development very interesting, as Mary Jo Putney doesn't always take th...more
Robin Rousu
When Putney tries to expand out of genre norms, it feels forced. She really meant well here, but the race stuff was awkward and the spiritual stuff was tedious. Not recommended.
Rachel C.
One of Mary Jo Putney's lesser books, in my opinion. I didn't really feel any chemistry between the two main characters.
J. Libby
The China Bride was an okay read. I liked that the heroine was multi-racial and that the book spent time with her in China. I liked that the book explored Chinese culture and attempted to avoid making too many judgements.

On the down side, there isn't a lot happening in The China Bride. It's a very interior story about personal acceptance and growth. Unfortunately, Putney inserts a random last minute vengeance plot in the last 20 pages that have no real connection to anything else in the story....more
Kristi Thompson
Nice soothing romance, where everything always turns out well in the end. This was sort of a sequel to Wild Child; Dominic's brother Kyle. In the Wild Child I thought I'd find Kyle more engaging than Dominic, but somehow that didn't happen. His surpressed 'uncivilized' side never really emerged. Dominic was much better drawn, much more human.

I had trouble sympathizing with Kyle. It's hard to root for a hero who can't make up his mind whether he loves the heroine or not, and keeps trying to encou...more
This is #2 in The Bride Trilogy. Troth is born of a Scottish father and a Chinese mother. When her father is killed, she is at risk in China. She is taken in as an interpreter in Canton and also serves as a concubine. She is briefly married to Kyle, the Viscount Maxwell, of Scottland. He is believed dead after a trip to the forbidden Temple Hoshan and Troth is left to travel on her own to his estate in Scottland. I liked book 1, The Wild Child, a little better and would probably give this book a...more
My grade: A-. I liked this book. Both characters had open, inquiring minds. And both were vulnerable people--Kyle to the point of having a spiritual crisis. I liked the Chinese culture and that part of the setting was China. It made for a different story and a very different heroine. I enjoyed her unique ways of looking at things, her strength. It seemed to take a bit long for Kyle to get with the love-quest. I didn't read the first book and had no problem following this one or relating to the c...more
I throughly enjoyed this book. From the first page, I was hooked and dragged into Troth Montgomery's double life. I admired her character and her strengh of spirit as she was forced to deny her true idenitity. The book never dragged, it always kept a comfortable pace, and I also was intrigued by the historical aspect. Troth's ever changing relationship with Kyle also kept me guessing. If you want a fun, light, read with a little supense on the side...this is the one.
As with WILD CHILD, another beautifully written book. This one has a much less preposterous premise, which made it more enjoyable to read. The details of life for Englishmen in China during the early part of the 19th century was fascinating. The novel's ending, though, echoed the ending of WILD CHILD far too much. Can't lovers get together without being threatened with death from a villain who hasn't been a part of the plot until only a handful of pages until the end??
Michelle T.
I loved this book. Not like the first book of The Bride Trilogy, the China Bride open a whole new world of knowledge for me... There were a lot of things that I learn reading this book.
When I think about the characters it makes me happy to think they found each other, love, and the freedom they need it. Kyle lost he's first love and he never thought the he will ever love again. Until he meet Throth, and each other they found the love and peace that they both need...
Patricia Solla
This is the second book in a triology by the author. I read the first book which I had and it made me want to read the rest. I was a little confused by the author's jumping from one time frame to another instead just writing about each event one after the other until I got to the end. Then I realized why the author wrote the story in this manor. Good story and good characters. I'm looking forward to reading the third book.
This had a very different format than most of the romance novels that I have read recently. This is the story of Kyle Maxwell (Dominic's twin brother from The Wild Child).
2013 reading: Shocking as it may seem, I like this book for a lot of reasons, but the most important one is the accessible nature of the spirituality as it is described in the book. I like the characters and I like it, especially, that they act like real people (we don't always say what we are really thinking and assume we know what the other wants) and evolve.
This is the story of Kyle from Wild Child. Kyle has a difficult journey to find love. The woman he loved has died while travelling on a boat. Kyle has skills in martial arts and seems clever. The heroine was able to save Kyle from danger and the romance begins. There were some sweet scenes and we got to catch up with characters from Wild Child.
A follow up to The Wild Child . . . we got to see those characters again in this book which was fun. China Bride is not as good as Wild Child, but still an enjoyable read. I just thought it took a little too long to resolve things.

An interesting look at 19th century China though, and Ms. Putney is good with the historical detail.
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She writes young adult fiction as M.J. Putney.

Mary Jo Putney was born in Upstate New York with a reading addiction, a condition for which there is no known cure. After earning degrees in English Literature and Industrial Design at Syracuse University, she did various forms of design work in California and England before inertia took over in Baltimore, Maryland, where she has lived very comfortably...more
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