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Wedding of the Season (Abandoned at the Altar #1)

3.53 of 5 stars 3.53  ·  rating details  ·  1,812 ratings  ·  178 reviews
The duke may have returned, but she has no intention of falling back into his arms...

Abandoned at the altar...

Lady Beatrix Danbury had always known she would marry William Mallory. She'd loved him forever, and she'd never doubted he loved her, too. But when she made him choose between their life together or his lifelong dream, Will chose the latter...and left two weeks b
Mass Market Paperback, 360 pages
Published December 28th 2010 by Avon
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68th out of 385 books — 818 voters
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Before I started to read or even picked up Wedding of the Season, I was already carrying two strikes against it. Strike One!: Since reading LLG’s And Then He Kissed Her and His Every Kiss, I haven’t felt drawn to any of her recent works, putting them aside to pick up something else. Never truly feeling the magic I felt with those two novels. Strike Two!: While I enjoy those second-chance/reunion romance stories, many of the recent works fall onto the cliché BIG MISUNDERSTANDING that broke the r ...more
♡Karlyn P♡
4.5 stars. I finished this yesterday and really enjoyed. It is set in 1902, and I loved the more modern take on historical England. Women are becoming more independent (smoking, driving and showing some ankle!), aristocracy is losing power to commercialism, and the rules of society are quickly being rewritten to allow people more personal freedoms. Music, fashion, and even transportation are all evolving, and I thought LLG did a great job bringing many of these elements into this story.

At age 23
Gurhrke bucked romance traditions with this novel, and it worked wonderfully. Everything about the characters and the story was refreshing. Daring and unique, the time period (early 20th century) was unusual, since most period romances take place a bit earlier. It lent itself well to the clash of tradition and modern mores; what surprised me more was that it was the woman clinging to tradition, and not the man.

Lady Beatrix expected that her fiance Will would stay home, work the land with his ten
I was so excited to read this because the storyline seemed so interesting, but it went down hill for me because I lost all respect for the hero when I found out that he wasted all his inheritance and had no shame in begging for money from anyone who was willing to give it- all for searching for Tutankhamen in Egypt! I was also hoping for some real life drama with the heroine being engaged to marry someone else - but come to find out- she doesn't really want the fiance and he doesn't really want ...more
"Now, when I die,
now don't think I'm a nut,
don't want no fancy funeral.
Just one like ole king Tut."
We are about to reflect upon a pet peeve moment. Sometimes when one reads historical novels, one stumbles across history that authors tamper with for one reason or another. Usually, unless you are Virginia Henley, the author includes a page or two saying something like, yes, I changed this or that because I wanted to blah blah blah. And, when the author does t
I was initially very intrigued by the premise of this book, with a couple that started as childhood friends and were about to marry, when something happened to break them apart, and the inevitable reunion years later.

Unfortunately, I really didn't like Beatrix from the start to the end of the book, and that lessened my enjoyment of the story drastically.

The couple of the next book, Scandal of the Year, was introduced here, as they both have ties to Beatrix, and I am hopeful that I'll like their
Jane Stewart
2 stars. It was ok, but I couldn’t get excited about it. Nothing special or different. Weak on passion.

Will and Beatrix have been in love since childhood and were engaged to be married. Then Will got an offer to join a famous archaeologist in Egypt. This was his dream. He wanted Beatrix to go with him, but she refused, so the wedding was called off. Six years later, Beatrix is engaged to Aidan. Will has used up his inheritance and returns to England to look for a sponsor for his wor
Sara Gonçalves
Esta escritora cativou-me desde o seu primeiro livro publicado em Portugal (que eu saiba) - "Prazeres Proibidos" - pelo que tenho seguido as seguintes publicações. No entanto até agora nenhuma delas tem conseguido para mim alcançar o ponto em que se encontra o livro atrás mencionado. Nem "O Casamento do Ano" (o livro que estou a criticar, já agora) nem "A cama da paixão", o sucessor de "Prazeres Proibidos", o que me desilude um pouco.
Mas enfim, criticando este livro - é uma boa leitura para ter
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
I've really enjoyed all the romances by Guhrke that I've read previously, and this one was no exception. I've read nearly all the Girl Bachelor books (just have the last one still unread on my shelf), which are set at the end of the Victorian era (late 1890s). This one is set at the very beginning of the Edwardian era (begins 1901), and the Victorian/Edwardian setting makes for a very welcome change. Though, I guess the publishers couldn't care less, since their covers never show proper period c ...more
Laura (Kyahgirl)
2/5; 2 stars; C

A very boring book. As audiobooks go it was just background noise while I did something else. Nothing to hate but nothing to really like either.
Wedding of the Season is set in Edwardian England and it was rather surreal seeing an otherwise typical historical romance novel with dialog that took me back to E. Nesbit or P.G. Wodehouse: people calling each other “old bean,” crying pax to make up... I don’t think anyone ever actually said “pip pip,” but I wouldn’t put it past them. Unfortunately, other than the novelty of the setting, the book was not particularly notable.

The noise of a passing motorcar causes the Duke of Sutherland’s horse
Carol *Young at Heart Oldie*
WEDDING OF THE SEASON is the first book in Laura Lee Guhrke's ‘Abandoned at the Altar' series and is a charming ‘second chance on love' story.

It was supposed to be the wedding of the season but eight days before the nuptials, the groom, William (Will) Mallory, the Marquess of Richfield, chose to accompany the renowned archaeologist, Sir Edmund Tavistock, to Egypt rather than marry his childhood sweetheart, Lady Beatrix (Trix) Danbury.

Heartbroken, Trix hopes he will change his mind and come back,
Após a leitura de "Aposta Indecente", outro título da coleção Tiara, mas de diferente autora, as minhas expectativas em relação a "O Casamento do Ano" eram baixas, mas de certa forma esperançosas, sentindo um desejo secreto de que esta leitura me alegrasse o dia... e tanto o fez, que o li em pouco mais de um dia!
Laura Lee Guhrke apresenta-nos a sociedade inglesa dos finais do século XIX, inícios do século XX. Uma sociedade aristocrática, realidade da qual os protagonistas fazem parte, sendi Will
I was surprisingly disappointed in this book. I loved Guhrke's Girl Bachelor series, so I assumed I would love all her books. This one did not measure up. I usually love the 2nd chance, childhood sweethearts trope.
Beatrix was dull as dishwater but I did like Will although he was too self involved. The fiance' gave up much too easily and overall this story was just too predictable to me. No, actually it wasn't .. I predicted more angst and drama and also more plot development. I may read the n
Rebecca (everyday reader)
Beatrix has loved Will her whole life, and vice-versa. Two weeks before their wedding he gets the opportunity to follow his dream to go on a dig in Egypt, and goes, without her. Six years later, Will comes home to find more funding for his work in Egypt and meets up with Trix who is engaged to another man, but isn't in love with him. Their feelings for each other have never gone away, they are like magnets and this time when he leaves to go back to Egypt, her fiancee breaks their engagement and ...more
Linda Sims
This is the second book I've read by this author, I really enjoyed the first book this one not so much. Set in the early years of the twentieth century in England. Lady Beatrix had been engaged to Will he's the son of a duke. But when he got offered the chance of a lifetime to go on a archeological dig in Egypt he jumped at it. He wanted Beatrix to go with him , when she refused he called the wedding off. That happened six years ago, Beatrix eventually got over Will and the resulting scandal, an ...more

It was alright. The truth is, I didn't like Will very much. I thought he was a bit of a dick. He dismisses everything about what she wants in her life, and is flabbergasted when she doesn't just give up all her dreams in the pursuit of his.

Throughout the whole book, he's completely dismissive of her life and the things she loves, and accuses her of being a coward for not giving that up. Or of being bullied by her father. (view spoiler)
Ana Luisa
O primeiro livro que li desta autora foi o “Prazeres Proibidos” e por ter gostado tanto estava ansiosa por ler este livro. Tinha muitas espectativas sobre ele e desde a primeira pagina que fiquei rendida. Achei que as personagens principais eram muito divertidas e muito bem caracterizadas e tal como o outro livro houve alturas que me esquecia que a história se passava no ano de 1901, apesar da forma de pensar de Beatrix os seus sonhos eram muito avançados para o seu tempo. O livro conta-nos a hi ...more
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Célia Loureiro
O mais importante a reter é que, como na grande maioria dos romances, a sinopse dá-se ao trabalho de deturpar a história. Isto é, puxa a brasa no sentido de simplificá-la para questões simples do coração - “William estava certo de que Beatrix o receberia de braços abertos” - bom ele não se ilude, sabe que ela está magoada e ela deixa isso claro desde o primeiro encontro. E também ele não vem por ela - não teve nenhuma epifania no deserto que o trouxesse de volta a casa. Ele vem à procura de solu ...more
Suzanne the Mighty (Under the Covers Book blog)
Being jilted two weeks before her first attempt of marriage has left Lady Beatrix Danbury shy of marrying again but she has now found a sensible and reliable man to marry, he doesn't stir her passions as Will, Duke of Sunderland her childhood sweetheart did, but he is dependable. But when Will returns from Egypt her well planned future doesn't begin to look as exciting as she thought. Will has always loved Beatrix but after 6 years of being apart after she refused to come with him to Egypt he th ...more
This was a fun, delightful read from another new to me historical author. We meet up with Beatrix and Will right off the bat....she about runs him over with her motorcar as he is returning from Egypt after six years. That was one of the first things that surprised me about this book, the setting. I loved that it took place during the early 20th century and we got the added bonus of the motorcar and such, it really was a nice change of pace for me! But even as Trix checks on Will to make sure is ...more
This book started out awesome. I loved the fact that there was a car. But the more I read the more bored I became. I'd say 200 pages of this book are either the hero or the heroine thinking about why the other isn't going to change, why they should change, or remembering the past.

Let me back up. Will abandoned Trix three weeks before their wedding to go to Egypt. It was made known in the first 10 pages she did not want to go and he did not want to stay.

300 pages later and we are still at that po
It just didn't do it for me. This was my first book by this author, sadly, after reading it I don't feel like reading any of her other books. I found myself skimming through the last quarter of the book just so I could get to the end.

I liked the fact that it was set in the early 1900's and the author did a good job with the details of that time era. However, the love story between the two main characters - Will & Beatrix - just didn't seem very believable. They each were set firmly in their
Guhrke has a talent for writing three-dimensional characters with very strong personalities (read: stubborn), but manages to keep them from veering into "annoying" territory. Beatrix and Will are another two such characters. Beatrix, especially, struck a chord with me. How many times have I, too, told myself that I was content to admire the view instead of jumping off the cliff?

The story works well in the time period in which she sets it (Edwardian), as the plot would seem out of place in any ot
Es un libro muy bonito, muy entretenido y con una ambientación bastante equilibrada de principios del siglo XX. Una de las cosas que más me han gustado ha sido el puntito arqueológico que le da el protagonista porque a pesar de ser un Duque no es el típico noble más preocupado de la sociedad y de su título que de otras cosas.

Me ha faltado algo y ha sido un epílogo, la autora se pasa el libro narrando un hecho determinado, me hubiera gustado leer la reacción de los protagonistas ante ese hecho. S
Ricordo di aver letto di questa serie sulla Romance Magazine, ne parlavano con toni entusiastici, descrivendola come la serie migliore di quest’autrice… ovviamente mi sono fiondata ad acquistare il libro!
Che dire… essendo il primo libro della Guhrke che leggo non ho termini di paragoni, ma è stata una lettura veramente veramente bella!
Storia scontata e ovvia: lei è stata abbandonata a pochi giorni dalle nozze e ora, dopo alcuni anni, sta per sposare un altro uomo (che non ama). Ma lui ritorna… c
Audiobook borrowed from library. This is my first LLG read. I actually did borrow the ebook after as well to do a quick reread mainly because I couldn't make out some of the names eg Thebes sounded like thieves to my ears lol.

So I really enjoyed this. It's my first 20th century historical romance and although I thought that wouldn't be a big deal, it was significantly different enough with women recently learning how to drive automobiles, women starting to want careers and birth control playing
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