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Runaway Bride

3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  204 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
When tempestuous, red-haired heiress Jennifer Purchas was informed by her uncle she was to marry a stranger, she exploded. Years of pent-up resentment broke through in that moment, for her guardian uncle had made life miserable enough. And now this. To be forced to wed some odious fortune hunter. Never. Jenny fled, and took a position as companion to the formidable, old ...more
Published (first published January 2nd 1978)
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♬Christmas Carol!
Georgette Heyer can make me accept one improbable event, but this Regency, by one of GH's biographers, was constructed on a string of them - starting with our wealthy heroine running away to be a governess rather than marry a man she didn't know. (view spoiler) Since many 19th century governesses lived a life of drudgery, that is hard for me to accept, even for a very young heroine.

& that no one in Pol
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Diane Lynn
Jan 07, 2015 Diane Lynn rated it really liked it
What a fun book. Surprises around every corner!
Annie
Jun 22, 2009 Annie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who likes regency romance
This is my favorite Jane Aiken Hodge book. I get a kick out of it every time I read it.
Patrizia
May 28, 2016 Patrizia rated it it was ok
La giovane protagonista (costretta, come si conviene al suo ruolo di eroina, a un matrimonio indesiderato) affronta con grande spregiudicatezza e coraggio fughe e avventure di ogni genere, per scoprire poi che l'uomo che sta fuggendo e l'uomo che ama sono la stessa persona. L'idea in sé non è male, anche se tirata un po' per le lunghe, ma il lettore può restare un po' spiazzato di fronte alla misera paginetta che conclude senza troppi indugi pagine e pagine di vicende più o meno drammatiche...
Darcy
May 06, 2015 Darcy rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-bookshelf
This was a very fun read. It was a great romp through the English countryside and London society. The irony and humor was delightful. I throughly enjoyed reading about the high bred English women who took life into her own hands and yet ended back at the beginning. Would it have been as fun to just go quietly to the church, I think not.
CLM
Apr 15, 2009 CLM rated it it was amazing
This was one of the first Hodge books I actually bought for myself, rather than getting from the library (I own most of them now) and I enjoyed it very much.
Marya
Jan 09, 2016 Marya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as well-written as other books I've read by this author. Somehow a little too long, and a bit confusing.
Danielle
Feb 21, 2009 Danielle rated it it was amazing
THe thought it was suppose to be like the movie...there is a movie called 'the runaway bride' right? But it wasn;t though it was good
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Jane
Nov 19, 2012 Jane rated it really liked it
classic regency.
Frank
Apr 11, 2014 Frank rated it liked it
Ugh.
Gena Lott
Feb 25, 2015 Gena Lott rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Hodge is on par with Victoria Holt and Phyllis Whitney. She is a wonderful romance writer.
PChie
Feb 03, 2014 PChie rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Rage
Feb 08, 2015 Rage rated it really liked it
Shelves: childhood
So many mistaken identities and scheming relatives!
Alice
Aug 13, 2015 Alice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This girl could win a marathon!

Very Georgette Heyer in style, this excellent Regency Romance will delight all. The runaway Bride is a heiress, and the younger son of a Duke is feeling obligated to offer for her due to his friendships with both of her brothers who died at Waterloo. The money is a plus also. Her guardian and Uncle accepts his suit without consulting her or her meeting him. At this point his Father and Brother are killed in a carriage accident and he assumes a title. He prepares to
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This was a fun book, a good plot, but it seemed to end a little too suddenly.
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Jane Aiken Hodge was born in the USA, brought up in the UK and read English at Oxford. She received a master's degree from Radcliffe College, Harvard University.

Before her books became her living she worked as a civil servant, journalist, publishers' reader and a reviewer.

She has written lives of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer as well as a book about women in the Regency period, PASSION AND PRINC
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