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The China Bride (The Bride Trilogy #2)

3.69  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,232 Ratings  ·  65 Reviews
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
ebook, 328 pages
Published May 30th 2006 by Ballantine Books (first published 2000)
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♥ Melody

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
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MashJ
Dec 24, 2010 MashJ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Serban Georgiana
Mary Jo Putney este tot timpul pe radarul meu,si rar se intampla ca cartile scrise de ea sa ma dezamageasca.
Pe langa povestile de dragoste furtunoase pe care le regasim in cartile ei,tot timpul povestile sunt pline de suspans si actiune.
The China Bride ,este o calatorie palpitanta prin tinuturile Chinei.A fost interesant sa aflu toate detaliile despre cultura chineza,si cum era privita aceasta tara la nivel mondial.Inca de prin 1800 era o adevarata putere culturala ,dar si comerciala.
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penelopewanders
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.
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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
Christy
Mar 14, 2013 Christy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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.
Eileen
Aug 06, 2015 Eileen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At first, I was not enjoying the story going back and forth in time. It was a little confusing. However, as I got more and more immersed in the book, it didn't bother me and I eventually appreciated the way it was written. I cried with this book. Sure, there were sad parts, but there were happy parts as well that were so sweet that I felt what the characters were feeling. I fell in love with both Kyle and Troth.
LJ
Dec 28, 2007 LJ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Janetlorraine
May 01, 2011 Janetlorraine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Marline
May 26, 2014 Marline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jody
Jul 01, 2012 Jody rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sheri
Jun 17, 2011 Sheri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Holly
Oct 29, 2009 Holly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jackie
Jul 24, 2009 Jackie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nov 06, 2013 Michelle T. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 13, 2010 Patricia Solla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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.
Jennielle Potter
I did not connect to these characters. I loved the first book, but this second book felt like the love story was out of convenience and neither really seemed into each other. This book felt way too long and drawn out. Troth was self conscious to the point of annoyance. Kyle couldn't decide what he felt. The Chinese prison scene was not at all plausible. Sure go visit this man on death row without supervision for over an hour and make as much noise as possible.

How does she just leave him for de
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Lynne Tull
Confession time. I only read the part of the book that took place in England. I did read enough of the China part to get the gist of the background. However, I really do not have an interest in reading about historical China culture. There was a lot of segues into Chinese traditions and Tai Chi and Fung Shui that seemed to be filler and didn't add a whole lot to the story. The part of the book in England was okay, but I even skimmed through part of that. Oh well...on to the third book in this se ...more
Gizella Tóth
Feb 02, 2014 Gizella Tóth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
„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
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Krissys
Sep 12, 2015 Krissys rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The China Bride (The Bride Trilogy #2)by Mary Jo Putney


Born to a Scottish father and now living in China, Troth Montgomery grew up speaking several languages and thinking of faraway England as home. Enduring life as a concubine, she never imagined that one day she would leave the Orient, arriving in bitter winter at the 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 exec
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Gerrie
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
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Julie
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
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Cathie
Sep 24, 2009 Cathie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Kate
Jul 13, 2009 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Andrea
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
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Johnsergeant
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!

Recorded Books summary:

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
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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
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Kathy Jackson
Jun 05, 2016 Kathy Jackson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kyle travels to China hoping to visit a shrine called Hoshan that he had seen a picture of when he was a boy. He convinced Troth to take him there even though it was so dangerous for them both. Much goes wrong on their trip.
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.
Becky Stone
This is a good story, like all of Putney's books, but the racial dynamics made me somewhat uncomfortable.
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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
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