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

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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
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Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published (first published October 1st 2000)
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Sophie Barnes
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
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
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Kay Bolton
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
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Heather Wiese
2.5/3.0

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
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Kaffi
Boring

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.
Melissa McHugh
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
Maggie
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
Kalinya
Dec 24, 2012 Kalinya rated it 1 of 5 stars
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
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Kristine R.
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
Anna
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!
Andrea
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
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Lynne Tull
I got to page 258 and started racing to the end...no 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
Dee
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
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kris
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.

MISTAKE
saferia
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.
Tausha
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.
Michelle


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.
Cym
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
J.C. Cauthon
This is actually the second time I have read this book. Apparently, the plot and story line were so forgettable that I actually managed to read it again, thinking I'd never read it before.

I love historical romance novels, especially those set in this era of London society. This one, however, was a bit of a put-off. The heroine has a lot of character clashes, as I call them. She acts one way, but her speech puts her at the complete opposite spectrum of her actions. She appears stubborn, hard-hea
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Rema
Miranda Fenster is a firm believer in fairy tales and happy endings, but doesn't think much of her own happy ending. She's content to live the rest of her life as a spinster. That is until Simon Watterly, Duke of Kerstone, re-enters her life and turns it upside down. After a close to scandal encounter, the Duke proposes marriage. Finding herself reluctantly wed to Simon, Miranda discovers that there might be hope of a happy ending for them unless Simon's family secrets tear them apart.

Good poin
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Tonileg
How does a woman take care of her family (one twin brother and 5 younger sisters) after being orphaned and the brother left to the British Army? She does what she can to invest their money and finally tries to help her brother marry well (read: rich dowry). This is Miranda Fenster 's life and she didn't know that the Duke of Kerstone, Simon wanted to marry her when she was in her first season. Simon is back 5 years later and a different man because he has found out that he is really a bastard so ...more
Cheri
I went back and forth between 3 and 4 stars on this one. I really liked the story, but I found myself having to reread certain sections due to poor punctuation, misspelled words and run on sentences. I honestly don't know if this was due to the editor or if it was a glitch when this was converted to the Kindle edition I read. There were also a couple of continuity issues (such as the hero's age and his mothers age not adding up), but nothing so major as to ruin the story.

The narrative of this st
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Ruth Hill
Anyone girls who ever dreamed of marrying a duke? Maybe you have have romantic dreams that you are certain will come true one day. Well, this book is definitely for you! You will fall in love with Miranda and her story. It is unlike most fairy tales you will ever read. And it is historical romance that will keep you guessing.

I was quite intrigued by this story from the beginning. I'm a sucker for a poor girl who falls in love with a rich duke. But this duke, Simon, has a secret that keeps him fr
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L_manning
Miranda Fenster has always believed in fairy tales, even when her life has seemed far removed from them. Unable to secure a husband during the London season, Miranda returned home and ended up staying there. When her parents passed away, she and her twin brother Valentine had to take care of the numerous younger sisters and the entire estate. Valentine sinks into despair when his elopement goes awry, so Miranda takes it upon herself to make things right. Miranda's plans go awry though, and she f ...more
Kay Glass
I'm not normally a fan of historical romance, which is how I'd classify this particular story, but in this case I was hooked. In a time of arranged marriages, docile women, overbearing men, and love being something of storybooks... meet Miranda. A woman unafraid to speak her mind, her sole concern is her family. Her parents are gone, her brother is heartbroken, and she has a large family to support. She risks going to the Duke, throwing herself on his mercy in a bid for him to help her brother.. ...more
Charissa
Miranda loves fairy tales and is always out to help others find their happy ending. But she has given up on a happily-ever-after for herself. But when she finds herself compromised by a duke and he insists on marrying her, her plans change and she wonders if maybe she truly can have a happy ending after all since she adores her new husband. But when he makes it clear that he does not believe in fairy tales, her dreams are dashed. Cute regency romance with a unique plot and charming characters.
Tara Humphrey
Cute book. Simon's reasons for not wanting to be Duke were interesting. I don't think there are many that would have shared his convictions as strongly as he did.
I felt that this book was pretty tame in the sex scene department despite what some reviews have stated. Not saying that they were not enjoyable.
The mentioning of the fairy tales was the whole reason for the book but it was a little weird after a while. Good book though.
Lindsey
Okay....I did not hate this book but I did not love it. It was just right.

I enjoyed the writing style, which could have been one of the reasons why I enjoyed the book at the end. The writing has the ability to work it's way into the readers mind. Kelly has created a book that shows her imagination and her passion for writing.

I read in other reviews were people had trouble with the several different point of views. I on the other hand enjoyed all points of view. For me it kept the book and stor
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Megan
It's hard to decide what to give this book, so I'm giving it a 3 since that's the average. (I was fluctuating from 2-4 and couldn't decide).

Some parts were really interesting and very enjoyable, but others were just so hard to believe. In the end it was a cute story, but I'm glad that it was a book I purchased for free on Amazon for my Kindle. I don't think I'll be reading future books in this series, since some scenes were more graphic than I had thought they'd be.

If The Fairy Tale Bride sounds
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Judy Lavik
Interesting book

Interesting book

Lots of twists in this tale, and of course the requisite happy ending, but although it is book 1 in the series, I feel quite certain something came before. The heroine's brother, Valentine, appears to have been in a previous book, although he has yet to have a happy ending.
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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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