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The Fairy Tale Bride (Once Upon a Wedding #1)

3.39  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,356 Ratings  ·  173 Reviews
The Fensters were like many other proper Victorian families—in every way but one. Ignorning the grim convention that one married for wealth and title, these spirited siblings followed their hearts...and vowed to wed only for love.

Happily-ever-after is all she ever wanted...

Even though society thinks her all but unmarriageable, Miranda Fenster still believes in true love. S
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published September 7th 2010 (first published October 1st 2000)
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Sophie Barnes
Sep 03, 2012 Sophie Barnes rated it liked it
I thought this was OK. The author definitely shows promise in terms of imagination and writing skill, but I felt at times that there were too many sub plots involved, plus too many repeat incidents of Simon, the Duke of Kerstone (our hero)wanting to teach our heroine (Miss Miranda Fenston)a valuable lesson about the danger of always thinking the best of people. That said, the writing did improve as the story progressed, although I believe it could have benefited from a bit more plot editing - to ...more
Kathy Davie
Apr 06, 2013 Kathy Davie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, history
First in the Once Upon a Wedding historical romance series. This installment is set in England in 1832. The couple focus is on Miranda Fenster and Simon Watterly.

My Take
Cute idea, but never make me read this melodramatic claptrap again. Talk about taking liberties with the time period. The heir would never have been in the military. That was always the second son's career path with religion set aside for the third son. Oh, please. The almost-scandal "forces" Miranda's mother to remove her from S
Feb 13, 2016 Tinsoni rated it it was ok
Simon was too stubborn....Miranda too stupidly naive...and the constant reference to fairytales over done....there were some good scenes but mostly an unsatisfactory read!
Kay Bolton
Apr 23, 2013 Kay Bolton rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star
Although the plot was quite well thought through, unfortunately the writing didn't quite live up to it.

Don't get me wrong, it wasn't terrible writing, just mediocre.

I found that I become a bit annoyed with both the Hero and Heroine. He for his self-pity and her for her (it seemed) endless quoting of fairy tales.

As far as the jeopardy portion of the plot was concerned, the villain did come across as a little implausible.

All things considered a 3 star read. I wouldn't let me so-so review put you o
Kalinya Parker-Pryce
Dec 24, 2012 Kalinya Parker-Pryce rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
I gave up half way through this book. By then I was way way over this grown woman's fixation with fairy tales and constantly referring to them when talking to the hero. Painfully immature. The constant belaboring the imminent end of hero's status as duke, and numerous veiled references to him being the previous duke's bastard, with no real clarification about that situation was also supremely tedious and tried my patience to the limit.

Ghastly experience, and one I won't be in a hurry to repeart
Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"

The Fairy Tale Bride was just OK. It need a lot of editing to to put the sequence of the story in a better order. The Characters and back story were under developed. I didn't get that Historical Feel. The author failed to put us in the period. The cover of the book looks like a contemporary romance book and not historical romance.

I did like Miranda Fenster the H. Simon the Duke of Kerstone was just OK for me. All the other characters in the
Heather Wiese
Jul 08, 2011 Heather Wiese rated it liked it

Miranda is a young lady out for her first London season, made fun of because of her propensity to relate everything to one fairytale or another.

The Duke of Kerstone is smitten with her and plans on offering for her hand in marriage when he finds out some disturbing news and decides to go off to war instead.

Five years later the Duke returns, Miranda is still unmarried and he still wants her, but refuses to marry because he plans on giving up the dukedom. It turns out he's illegitimate (ser

Way too many extraneous conversations. I got pretty bored and skimmed a lot. Some of the situations just made no sense, especially toward the end (I don't want to have any spoilers). I really felt the ending was just dumb, like the author was desperate to come to a conclusion.
Madhulika Liddle
Jul 06, 2015 Madhulika Liddle rated it did not like it
Thugs. They're thugs, not thugees. Thugee was the system, the cult, the loose organisation, but the men who practised it were thugs.

And, having got that off my chest, on to my review of Kelly McClymer's The Fairytale Bride. This is the story of Miranda, who believes deeply in the happily-ever-after of fairy tales, and of Simon Watterly, the Duke of Kerstone, who harbours a bitter secret that comes in the way of his love for Miranda. This secret - that he is not, in fact, the duke's son, but a ba
Melissa McHugh
Aug 24, 2014 Melissa McHugh rated it it was ok
Right until the ending, I thought I might give this at least three stars. The beginning is quite stilted and almost painful to read, but once the story got underway and the two main characters were married, trying to achieve their own ends, the author began to show promise. The first four or five chapters read as if the author just wasn't sure how to begin the story, and decided to write just anything to get past it. The first chapter takes place five years previous, for no particular reason. Th ...more
Feb 21, 2014 Maggie rated it it was ok
I thought it was an interesting idea, but the reality fell short. If taken at face value it was a sweet story, but then you look beyond the surface, there were parts that were bordering on the ridiculous (the part about Simon's conception, for example). The behaviour of some of the characters were inconstant with the time period and their social status. They behaved in ways people simply wouldn't. No Duke's heir would be allowed in the army. It just wouldn't happen. I can accept some inconsisten ...more
♥ WishfulMiss ♥
This is a marriage of convenience story and the MCs, Miranda and Simon were likable. I loved how Miranda was a glass half full type of lady and that Simon had always been attracted to Miranda. No angsty love triangles or lost loves here!
I agree with other reviews, Kelly McClymer writes very naturally and I liked her style.
There were at times too much going on and I wasn't sure how the author was going to tie everything together in the little time remaining. I think if she would have focused on
Kristine R.
May 13, 2014 Kristine R. rated it it was ok
The Fairy Tale Bride had a promising story and the first half was written pretty well. What ruined it was too many side plots throughout and an overabundance of confusing/unnecessary elements that came out of nowhere in the last couple of chapters. I also grew quite annoyed with the heroine, who constantly referenced fairy tales. She was likeable in the beginning, with a loyal heart and quick personality. But in the end, she became a cardboard female who never took her husband to task for his dr ...more
Aug 08, 2011 Anna rated it it was ok
Just okay for me. Simon was too annoying with his unbending attitude, and plan to divest himself of his title.

I thought Miranda was too understanding for too long. She did everything for her family and then took too much abuse off her cranky husband--even though during those times that was what women did. Still I like my heroines to have some spunk!
Aurelia Casey
Sep 05, 2015 Aurelia Casey rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
If you think this story is a whimsical fairy tale that could never happen in real life, you’re wrong. Kelly McClymer has written an excellent victorian romance that is both historically accurate and a real-life fairy tale. No magic, no spontaneously fortuitous coincidences. Just real people with their own ideals and flaws trying to live as best they can without compromising their integrity.

I really enjoyed this light-hearted romance because I share many of Miranda’s ideals. It was a fun, quick r

Remember what I say about Hero meets Heroine on the first pages of a novel? It applies to this one, too.

I've discovered another attribute to novels that I shouldn't read, that the back cover tells you the background of the characters, rather than the story itself. The author just couldn't be bothered with building the characters, I just have to believe the Heroine is a proper young lady, who chases an unwed man to a secluded cabin, only to realize later that night it was a two-edged sword move.
Apr 21, 2014 Andrea rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Um......Seriously...some spoilers

I loves fairytales and happy endings but I was so put off by this book. Miranda is very naive and comparing everything to fairytales.I had a hard time connecting with the way she was so hard headed and still spouting off fairytales. Ms . McClymer I think got a little lost in the beginning with making a point to bring up an abusive past for Miranda but didn't bring it up again.

I really wanted to sympathize with Simon but I became annoyed with his reasoning with w
Lynne Tull
Sep 16, 2014 Lynne Tull rated it did not like it
Shelves: regency-romance
I got to page 258 and started racing to the skip, skip, skipping. The hero was a dork. He couldn't decide if he wanted to be the Duke or not. One minute he was ducal and the next minute he was a bastard/pretender. The heroine was not much better. She stood up for herself sometimes, then she went off into fairy land, and then she groveled to get the Duke to do what she wanted. Some of the scenes went on and on and on. Then, each time the scene changed we would get a new character introdu ...more
Aug 25, 2014 Dee rated it it was ok
You could tell that this author has a fascination for fairytales. When I first begun to read i would only read fairtales, tall tales etc etc etc. As longs as it had a happy ending I would read them. But this was to much fairytailing (made up word). I still love happy endings, but not this book.
This historical book didn't read like most of the historical romances I have read, which was very disappointing. You could tell the person wasn't knowledgeable enough, about that time period. Saving grace
Feb 02, 2012 kris rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
You know what they say about a car wreck, where it's so awful you can't look away? This book is like a car wreck that you want to look away from it, but you have to stare at it because your boss is making you.

Nov 26, 2011 saferia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Difficult to read as the story didn't flow from event to event. The traditional fairytale references did not add anything to the story, but read as random information. A good premise for a story that just did not deliver.
Jan 11, 2015 Tarri rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-books
The Fairy Tale Bride is the story of Miranda Fenster, her large financially struggling family, and the Duke of Kerstone. The Duke marries Miranda, a believer in fairy tales and HEA, after they spent an innocent night in an abandoned cabin, in order to not compromise her reputation, but then decides they must not consummate the marriage, as he is planning to leave.

Miranda, on the other hand, thinks her new husband is ill, and has decided to do whatever she can to make him live.

What was good about
Oct 17, 2012 Tausha rated it did not like it
Not a clean read! I am getting more and more hesitant at starting "free" books even after reading all the reviews. I better stick to the books those I trust have already read.
Apr 16, 2015 Tesrin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, historical, 2015
Interesting yet convoluted 3.75

Simon wants what he perceives he can't have. He found a secret that was hard to swallow and so begins his quest to not have anything he might want. He commissions a position on the army, unheard of, considering he was the heir but he does. And then when he comes back he meets Miranda, the girl he rescued from his scoundrel cousin.

Miranda wants nothing more that her brother to have a HEA, so she tries to get Simon to help and ends up marrying him. But all is not wha
Sep 16, 2015 Elisabeth rated it it was amazing
The Fairy Tale Bride by Scarlet Wilson was a gem to find. I was so delighted when I started reading this book and so much more delighted when I found out that it was the first book in a series of 6 books.
They are all set in the fictional town of Marietta, Montana and the title is a great description for this story.
I could hardly put the book down before the last page and it was to me a great romance read.
It has great characters and are very well written.

The order of the other books in this serie
Aug 18, 2012 Michelle rated it it was ok
Shelves: my-ebooks

I liked this at 1st, but it just drags on. I was excited to know what would happen, but somewhere along the way I realized I didn't care anymore.
Shahla Demirci
I didn't realize it at the time but Kelly McClymer wrote The Salem Witch Tryout series, which I adored as a teenager - at least the 1st book (the 2nd one was disappointing and the 3rd one, while better, was unsatisfying for other reasons).

But I digress.

This book was predictable and while promising, was not quite as enjoyable as I would have expected. It isn't the best historical romance out there, and the main characters grated on me after a while. I manage to stick through to the end and while
Marsha Spohn
May 28, 2015 Marsha Spohn rated it really liked it
First reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf

I really enjoyed Simon and Miranda’s story. Five years previous to the time of this story, Miranda was enjoying her first Season. Thanks to the unwanted actions of a notoriously offensive man, her Season was cut short. That same night Simon has offered Miranda and her mother a quick, discreet escape from the ball they were attending. It was his intention of asking for her hand in marriage, but that could wait for a day or so, give her time to recover from her na
Nov 13, 2014 Cym rated it really liked it
I am not familiar with the history of this book's era or place, so I cannot criticize that. I just like the book, even if there were a few technical grammar and punctuation errors in my Kindle copy. Reading this makes me remember the feeling I had when I was reading romance novels from Julie Garwood and the likes. Although some improvements are needed, like the sudden turn of events that led to the abrupt conclusion and decision of the hero. His issues weren't fully resolved, though. And I would ...more
Aug 31, 2015 Lonnita rated it really liked it
This was a good book. I received it from Bookbub as a free book. I was a little frustrated with hero's unrelenting need to step away from his responsibility because he felt he didn't deserve it. But I didn't get the feeling that it was martyrdom, just a misplaced anger that caused him to make a decision that was unseemly and honorable in that time period. The irony and how things played out was a good twist.
I would recommend it, now I want to know about the rest of the siblings of the heroine in
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“discreetly cocked his head in the direction of the crush of dancing figures. "I wondered if you would care to engage in a small wager to add piquancy to this dull evening?" "What kind of wager?" "A matter of a successful seduction, Cousin." Simon grimaced at his cousin's expectant grin. No doubt the cad waited for a lecture. But today he would be surprised. An hour before, Simon had adjusted his cravat in the curved looking-glass in the foyer of his parents' town house and promised himself that he would do everything in his power to destroy the image of fairness and propriety that had given those who knew him cause to call him Saint Simon. And a good start to accomplish this aim would be to wager with his cousin. For Grimthorpe was a worse gossip than any of the bored dowagers seated about the room. He lifted his shoulders as if mildly intrigued with the idea. "My ring if you succeed." Grimthorpe's eyes narrowed in shock; then he eyed the large ruby and silver ring on Simon's left little” 0 likes
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