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The Perfect Stranger (The Merridew Sisters #3)

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They vow to love, honor, cherish...

With her signature spirit, Faith Merridew has left everything she's ever known for the man she thought was the love of her life. Instead he leaves her name—and dreams—in the dust. That is, until she crosses paths with Nicholas Blacklock, a Waterloo veteran, who offers to save her reputation with a marriage of convenience.

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ebook, 352 pages
Published June 6th 2006 by Penguin Group (USA)
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Mei
Nov 26, 2014 Mei rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
While I enjoyed it, it wasn't as god as the previous ones...

Don't misunderstand me, it was still a nice story, but I started being bored with the old trope: I know what's better for you

Here we have Feith's story.

The first part of her story was missing and we get just glimpses of what hapened and how she was deceived. Personally I would have liked to know something more... maybe a bit of that part of her life in the prologue...

However, Faith has run away, was robbed and now she's all alone in a s
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ᴥ Irena ᴥ
2.5

Faith Merridew made a huge life mistake and The Perfect Stranger starts with her alone, hungry, hurt and running from three men who want to rape her; an unexpectedly dark beginning.

Fortunately for her, Nicholas Blacklock, a Waterloo veteran, saves her. After dealing with the three creeps and her wounds, he expects the truth from her. So she tells him and his two friends how she ended up being alone in France. Faith tells them everything about her mistake and Nicholas Blacklock offers her mar
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Jacqueline
I enjoy this author's work. The story felt fresh and was a road trip story which is a plot line I like. Kudos to the author for having a "ruined" heroine who was actually ruined. I also enjoyed that their marriage was consummated early in the story as I like stories where a couple in a convenient marriage do have sex and the story is about other elements. I think that is more realistic than having married couples not having sex for months because of some weird pact or something. One of the thing ...more
Olga Godim
Sep 24, 2015 Olga Godim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, historical
I enjoyed this historical romance very much. Some time ago, I read a glowing review of one of this author’s novels (I’m not sure if it was for this book or another of hers) and I added her name to my TBR list, to try some time, maybe. When I saw this book at a thrift store, I picked it up, but I was still skeptical. My skepticism dissolved after the first few pages. I couldn’t stop reading and couldn’t stop smiling.
I finished the book in two sittings and I’m definitely going to read more of Ann
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Rane
Book 3 of the The Merridew Sisters while the first two dealt with witty humor and lightheartness, this was much darker in tone.

With Faith dealing with heartbreak and betrayal, she starts to come out of her shy and shelter shell when she meets Nicholas who is fighting his own demons from a war torn past.

I really enjoyed this book more then the Perfect Waltz, perhaps due to it’s darker but more real tone of what a solider must deal with after the war is over. Nick at times I wanted to hug him
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Ilze
Apr 01, 2011 Ilze rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anne-gracie
Different but delightful Regency period romance - a road story with English main characters, but none of it actually takes place in England or in any typical high-society English Regency surroundings (most of it takes place on Atlantic beaches and the road between Calais in northern France and Bilbao in northern Spain, and the climax of the story is in a gypsy's cave just outside Vittoria in Spain). The heroine Faith was wonderful and her steps to growing up and taking responsibility for herself ...more
Alexa
Jun 18, 2016 Alexa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh, this book was so unexpectedly wonderful! I had no idea what to make of Miss Faith Merridew's story at first, but it blossoms into something wonderful. And it does help that her future husband is equally wonderful!
Ren
Feb 13, 2014 Ren rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Originally reviewed on Words in a teacup

(TW: contains mentions of rape and terminal illness.) Urgh, this book. It's not as bad as its predecessor, but not nearly as good as the first one either. It's like Anne Gracie is taunting me with one single delightful book followed by a slew of trope-ridden mediocrity. This time the sister getting hitched is Faith; in the last book it was mentioned offhand that she had a crush on a certain disreputable Hungarian violinist, and that this was a Bad Idea, so
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Cruth
May 05, 2013 Cruth rated it it was amazing
"Turn down no opportunity for joy, however small."

Plot:
Faith took a leap and eloped with her Hungarian Violinist - only to find it was a major FAIL. Left with nothing, trying to make it back to her family, she falls in with Nicholas Blacklock and his friends. Marriage and a journey across France to Bilbao, Spain, a time of "love and laughter and sunshine and happiness". At the end of their road Nicholas has a task to fulfil which may bring a halt to any HEA. Can Faith help him?

Comments:
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kris
Mar 18, 2014 kris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. 4 if it wasn't so blasted early. (Everything is a half-star less great at this hour.)


Faith eloped with what she thought was a Hungarian violinist because she had a dream that her True Love would make beautiful music. (Literal music; not sexy-time body-music.) Nick is the war veteran who saves her from bad drunken fisherman after she finally makes her escape from the con-artist life-ruiner (HE'S NOT EVEN HUNGARIAN!!). He proposes marriage as a solution to keep her from Absolute Ruin an
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Katie
I didn't like this one that much, but also I liked it okay. I put it down several times and when I picked it back up, I half-heartedly considered not finishing it, but I do want to finish this series. And I like Gracie's writing, so that got me back into the book soon enough.

I like her characters a lot, but it often feels like a surface likability. And, actually, I DIDN'T always like the rather controlling love interest. He pretty much orders her to marry him and, as much as that was to her bene
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Halcyon
This is probably one of the most stupid and infuriating book I've ever read. The amount of stupid would have killed me if I hadn't just ignored so many pages.
This book has literally no redeeming feature. None. And I'm the kind of person who doesn't mind dumb books all that much because wow funny.
The Perfect Stranger isn't a funny book at all, not even in that this-is-so-ridiculous-I-have-to-laugh way. It's just appalling.

The characters are all very selfish. They never really stop to consider an
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Courtney Brown
1.5 stars

What a HUGE disappointment, as I actually really enjoyed the first two in this regency romance series (The Perfect Rake and The Perfect Waltz). Whereas the first two books had likable characters and some semblance of a plot, this book lacked all of that and more.

Look, I'll just say it: Faith, our heroine, is a ninny. She was always stuttering and faltering in a way that was more groan-inducing than sweet. Like seriously, girl, grow a pair. She reminded me of Disney's Snow White, trying
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Fleeing from the man she thought to be her husband but turns out to be a lying adulterer, the heroine is set upon by thugs in the French countryside. There, she meets the hero. A dying war vet who suffers from sever a crippling migraines that leave him in extremely pain for hours. He saves her and once discovering she is homeless, penniless and without protection demands that she marry him. She's of course stand offish at first as she has had her fill of lying men but the hero is so gentle and k ...more
Anna (Annaberry Reads)
My favorite book in this series so far!
Gail
Jan 19, 2008 Gail rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought nine (9) books the day I bought this one. Didn’t intend to get so many, but WalMart had so many of the ones I wanted/needed. Anyway, in this one, the heroine has run away from the man she ran away from England with. He turned out to be a liar and bounder and all those other bad things. And now she’s stumbled across the camp of a man who protects her from the men who want to take advantage of a woman traveling alone. He decides the only thing to do about her predicament is to marry her h ...more
Heather
Nov 14, 2010 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Can I just say...I loved it. Faith and Nicholas were wonderful together. Faith's on the run from a phony marriage, and Nicholas is running from himself, and when they meet they see something in each other that neither expected, and Nicholas doesn't want. You could see their relationship build, both physically and emotionally, and it was a delight to read. The secondary characters were vibrant personalities, and they were so different from each other, but so devoted to Nicholas and then Faith. Th ...more
Atunah
I just love reading Anne Gracie. She just is able to pull so many emotions out of me.
This third installment of the Meridew sisters has some more darker tones, yet it still is charming and witty. And it works.
The heroine manages to be both innocent and warm hearted and also a naughty minx. :)
Hero is honorable, stubborn and hopeless at times. Yet he just can't close up his heart against the heroine. He tries, but its useless :)

I always love the banter in Gracie's novels.

I smiled, I giggled (ap
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Elke
Jun 27, 2011 Elke rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tanneke
Recommended to Elke by: Monika
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TJ
Apr 12, 2010 TJ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is actually a 3.5 star for me but because of the mere fact that the plot is so unique among regency romances I had to give it the benefit of the doubt. It was completely refreshing to find a good story that was also creative and unique. It is third in a series of four so it is best understood if the first two books are read previous but it is not mandatory. There were a couple of skippable steamy scenes but at least they were married.
Amanda Caswell
I had to redo my entire previous post because I gave the book another shot and actually (finished and) enjoyed it. While not my favorite of her books (the hero's determination to leave his wife completely in the dark the entire time was tiresome and I felt little sympathy for him), I enjoyed the characters and the story. Anne Gracie has a talent for writing side characters almost as interesting as those of Georgette Heyer--an honor many Regency authors just don't achieve.
Megan
Aug 04, 2016 Megan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
I miss the feel that I had loved from the first two book. Nicholas and Faith didn't have that real connection that I felt with her sisters and their guys. I also missed the cuteness and the funny banter for the most part. They had a few cute moments, a few flirty puns but nothing NOTHING close to my love for the first two.
Sadaco
Apr 24, 2014 Sadaco rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars
I enjoyed this book more than the 2nd but not as much as the 1st. I loved the reluctant romance between Faith and Nicholas plus the colorful supporting characters added nicely to the mix. Looking forward to reading the last book of the series!
Kate Forsyth
I've really enjoyed this series from Anne Gracie - a lovely mix of romance, humour, pathos and adventure. I thinks he may be my favourite romance novelist since Georgette Heyer and that is high praise indeed.
❆ Crystal ❆
4 stars. I enjoyed reading very much and I look forward to the next book in the series.
Claudine
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Nicol Althea

I find this third installment of the Merridew Sisters better than the second one. Although the broken hero Mr. Rayne and his poor sisters in Perfect Waltz appealed to me, Sebastian and Hope's story didn't quite move me as much as i wanted. This book however, kept me interested from beginning till end. From the usual England setting like the previous installments, Anne Gracie brought us out of England to the roads of Paris and Spain. Nicholas and Faith's attraction grew and bloomed on the road, o
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Cherise
Sep 05, 2013 Cherise rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regency
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Tonileg
I bought the book thinking this was a historical western romance because of the pistol on the cover... no, couldn't be more wrong. This is a historical English type romance that mostly occurs on French soil, near the Atlantic coast.
There is little mentioned about France or French culture, there is only a few phrases, but everything was accurate which I approve of as a part-time resident expat in France. There is nothing that irks me more then fake French in romance novels. Please, romance write
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Bookcrazy
Leider der erste Roman von Anne Gracie der mir nicht so besonders gefiel.

Schon der Beginn war nicht so meines. Faith strauchelt hilflos durch die Dünen an der französischen Küste und wird von Männern verfolgt, die sie für ein leichtes Mädchen halten. Da trifft sie auf einen gut aussehenden Fremden, Nicholas, der sie unter seinen Schutz stellt.
Um ihren Ruf wieder herzustellen, (view spoiler)
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The Merridew Sisters (4 books)
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