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The Obedient Bride

3.48  ·  Rating Details ·  711 Ratings  ·  56 Reviews
Miss Arabella Wilson knows perfectly well that the handsome Lord Geoffrey Astor is marrying her only out of a sense of duty. She resigns herself to this bargain and expects no more--until she commits the most scandalous of sins: she falls in love with her own husband.
Paperback, Signet Regency Romance, AE 5962, 224 pages
Published June 6th 1989 by Signet
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Balogh is a great writer, but when I hate a cheating hero for something other than the cheating, that's pretty sad. (On the cheating, alot of readers seem to excuse it because of the times...the everybody is doing it trope doesn't work for me. Yes, there were marriages with "understandings" but there was no understanding here. He would confuse her by staying out of her bed and then give her presents? Really somewhat abusive the way he kept it from his wife, kept her confused and and was deceitfu ...more
I do love a good marriage-of-convenience story, and this fit the bill. I loved Arabella, loved how despite her age and naïveté, she still called out Lord Astor on his betrayal. Having a mistress was an acceptable practice by well-bred gentleman, but no self-respecting young woman would abide by it.
Lord Astor, or Geoffrey, was a good man. He had a mistress and had to come to terms with the fact that Arabella would never stand for it demurely. I loved how his feelings for her took him by surprise
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Jess the Romanceaholic
So, as many of you know, I don't typically read Mary Balogh books. After the clusterf*ck that was Dancing with Clara, I'd completely sworn off her novels. See, adultery is a dealbreaker for me. There's enough crap like that in real life, and frankly, I read for entertainment, not to be dragged down by depressing things like a man who just flat out can't keep it in his pants.

That said, I actually didn't hate this.

I liked that while our hero wasn't immediately throwing himself on the mercy of his
Emilia Barnes
Jul 06, 2014 Emilia Barnes rated it did not like it
This is the story of the second daughter of the Viscount Astor, Arabella, who sacrifices herself for her sister and indeed her entire family by agreeing to marry the heir to her father’s estate, an estranged cousin. She thinks she looks more like a child than a woman, too plump and not at all as beautiful as her older sister Frances, and since Frances is half-promised to Sir Theodore, Arabella takes the plunge, especially since she expects the man to be of her father’s age, and as she does not t ...more
Ana T.
Oct 16, 2010 Ana T. rated it really liked it
After a few less than wonderful Baloghs here's one that I truly enjoyed. The Obedient Bride is a "MOC" story; both the hero and the heroine marry out of a sense of duty. Him because he is helping the last Viscount's family and she because she will be able to help her family if she does.

The way they approach the marriage however is very different. The hero sees it has something he has to do but that it won't disrupt his private life, he will continue to keep his usual mistress and doing his usua
Nov 05, 2011 Twiggy rated it liked it

The heroine, Arabella, marries Lord Astor out of duty to her family once he inherits her father's title.

Arabella has grown up with little self esteem and over shadowed by her beautiful but excessively stupid sister.

She is initially intimidated by Astor but as time goes on, she finds herself settling into life in the Ton and making good friends who like her for herself.

Astor also finds that marriage has greater consequences than anticipated and discovers that he wants to spend time with his wi
Aug 24, 2011 Camille rated it it was ok
This book made me wonder why I enjoy the Victorian/Regency era so much. It epitomized all the things which sucked about this era. The male dominant society (well, we still have that but not as much), the weak weepy women, the repression of emotions, sexual frustration and ignorance of women (lay back and think of England!) and the prevailing sense of duty, which shall/can forsake ones happiness.

Arabella, who considers herself fat and ugly agrees to marry Lord Geoffrey Astor sight unseen so that
Oh this was a big disappointment for me. Usually, I love to read for Mary Balogh especially her regency novels.
Mar 15, 2017 Cc rated it liked it
I don't think my opinion is going to be all that well liked, but I kinda thought she was a martyred goose. ;-)
Dec 27, 2015 kris rated it did not like it
Lord Geoffrey Astor is the newest Viscount Astor. Since this is an obscene amount of power (sarcasm), he offers to marry one of the daughters of the former Viscount. For, you know, plot reasons. The lucky child lady in question is Miss Arabella Wilson, who is petite and curvy and too Innocent to Live. Will these blockheads figure out how to live happily ever after?

1. MARITAL FIDELITY PLOT!! WHY SO HORRIBLE? Basically, Astor continues to stick his wick in his mistress up until the very last. He h
In this 1988 Signet Regency, Mary Balogh daringly (for the time) examines the role of love, duty and fidelity in marriage. The hero, Viscount Astor and heroine, Arabella Wilson, enter into a 'marriage of convenience' with no expectation of love. She is young and naive, with no true understanding of her own sexual and emotional needs, but soon comes to idealize her handsome and sophisticated husband. He seems to believe that a 'wife' exists for solely for conception of an heir and to appear at so ...more
Only MB can write a regency like this where the characters are so laid back but still somehow interesting. This was a good story about a MOC with a plain Jane and a very handsome man of the ton. we see the insecurities of the heroine and the selfishness of the hero played out. I loved that they fell in love gradually. No love at first sight or even lust at first sight. It took time for each of them to see the great qualities of the other. A "you go girl" to the heroine for confronting the hero o ...more
Aug 12, 2009 Pam rated it did not like it
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Genieve Ong
Dear Geoffrey, Until this very minute... even if I already finished the book and Arabella has forgiven you... nothing would still change my feeling toward you.... I still dearly hate you very much.... really really really much.. ^_^
Jul 27, 2014 Laura rated it really liked it
Un matrimonio di convenienza, i balli da Almack’s con il permesso delle patronesse, la palestra di Gentleman Jack, il club White’s . Bene, c’è tutto l’occorrente che caratterizza il classico romanzo Regency della Signet anni ’80. Mary Balogh però non si ferma qui, introduce anche un lato negativo alla sua storia: il tradimento.
Con la sposa obbediente la Balogh, prende in considerazione lo scottante tema dell’adulterio e delle mantenute, amaro risvolto dei matrimoni combinati della nobiltà dei se
Jun 11, 2017 Feminista marked it as never-to-read
May 03, 2016 Samantha rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, romance
Another winner from Mary Balogh. :) Her Signet Regency Romances just put a smile on my face. They're just so dependably good. The Obedient Bride is a delightful romance.

Here we have a marriage of convenience tale, one of my favorite types of stories. Arabella Wilson's family is left with nothing when her father dies, as he just had three daughters and none are entitled to his estate or fortune. The new viscount offers in a letter to Arabella's mother to wed one of the daughters out of honor, so
May 18, 2015 Lara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 stelle e 1/2

Ho iniziato La sposa obbediente sul treno che mi avrebbe portato a Torino, per trovare una amica e visitare il Salone del libro, e per un viaggio del genere ero alla ricerca di una lettura leggera, divertente, poco impegnativa e capace di distrarmi dal dondolio del treno e dal gatto della mia amica che di notte decide di correre i 100 metri in corridoio mentre io all’alba sono già sveglia. A parte queste note di folclore, legate al mio approccio alla lettura di questo libro, vi dir
Mar 06, 2015 Patrisha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amo Mary Balogh, per questa sua grande capacità di farmi immergere in un mondo affascinante, con le sue regole, il suo bon ton, le sue abitudini. E ogni volta mi ritrovo conquistata dalla storia d'amore che narra, i cui personaggi sono sempre ben tratteggiati e intriganti.
Questo romanzo è uno dei suoi primi lavori e forse risente di una certa freddezza stilistica. Nonostante questo, mi è piaciuto molto, forse perché per la prima volta ci propone un protagonista maschile, Lord Astor, che fa della
Aug 28, 2015 Grace rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, historical
It is a bit terrible that Mary Balogh is such a prolific writer in a genre that I enjoy so much (traditional Regency) and one which is not done that much anymore, but I can't give her very high ratings.

This one I enjoyed a bit more just because the main girl was kind of a departure from other books, being really chatty. Kind of dumb chatty, tbh, except when it came to the guy, with whom she was really self-conscious, being all handsome and suave and fashionable and perfect. He starts falling for
Jun 23, 2013 Giselle rated it it was ok
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Amarilli Settantatre
Pur essendo uno dei primi romanzi della Balogh, si possono già notare alcuni elementi che verranno ripresi nelle sue storie successive. A volte quest’autrice ondeggia tra le trame giocose/zuccherose e scorci di vita normale, quasi tristi. Il secondo filone, ad esempio, trova uno dei capisaldi in “Un Gioiello Raro” (secondo me uno dei suoi libri più riusciti). Ecco, “La Sposa Obbediente” è in un certo senso una prima bozza acerba di questo filone.

Lord Astor è un cinico non ancor ben delineato (ri
What the hell was that book? First, I was groaning at how incredibly "obedient" that girl was, and then how "annoying the hero became. It was either liking one or the other. The last love scene was so OOC. Suddenly, they were in love. I dont know. It was just a weird book to read. I dont really like books with adultery in it, but was happy that Bella stuck to her guns and called him out on it. Didnt see that coming at all.

And after all his hullabaloo, of living his life on his terms, in 2 weeks
Jan 29, 2010 Ilze rated it really liked it
A beautifully-written character-driven story about a mismatched couple who make a marriage of convenience, starting out with completely wrong assumptions about themselves and each other, and how they come to accept each other, know themselves, and fall in love. Both of the main characters are actually rather annoying in the first part of the book - the heroine for her insecurity and immaturity and the hero for his conceitedness, but they both change for very much the better as the book progresse ...more
Carol Storm
Jan 09, 2014 Carol Storm rated it it was amazing
This is one of Mary Balogh's best early Regencies. The heroine is almost a child at the beginning, but she grows up very fast. The way she challenges the hero about his infidelity is poignant and honest and deeply sexy all at the same time. An unforgettable story!
Yossra kerkeb
I've always had a thing for arranged marriages that work out,bizarre,I know.
I was half expecting to end up disapointed with the book because of the title "The Obedient Bride" kind of has a drunk/wife-beater husband ring to it,but fortunately that wasn't it,it's called that way because of the way the bride behaves.
Arabella is 18,she's the middle daughter of a wealthy family and when her dad passes away she has to marry a distant cousin of theirs to preserve the family title,whatever that mean
Jun 18, 2013 tacitus rated it really liked it
I was a bit surprised by this one when I started. I am accustomed to the happy ever after story line (I'm not saying this isn't), but the beginning really leaves you wondering if happy ever after will even be possible. I will not divulge too much, but let’s just say that 79 pages in and I'm damn near crying for the heroine. Poor thing. She has no idea, and I just know it's going to be Earth shattering when she finds out. Surely, she will find out, won't she? I almost hope she doesn't.
Feb 07, 2016 Veronica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, storici
Ah questi uomini di una volta.... pensavano di avere la moglie tanto buona e cara a casa e nel frattempo intrattenersi con l'amante... e arrabbiarsi con la moglie se osava dire qualcosa!
Perchè loro sono uomini, hanno delle esigenze e bla bla bla....
Ma il caro Lord Astor non ha mica fatto i conti con Arabella! Eh no! Lei non ci sta a collezionare corna su corna e al marito fa capire chiaramente che resterà con lui solo per dovere ma che non ha nessuna intenzione di intrattenerlo ancora.
Diventa f
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Mary Jenkins was born in 1944 in Swansea, Wales, UK. After graduating from university, moved to Saskatchewan, Canada, to teach high school English, on a two-year teaching contract in 1967. She married her Canadian husband, Robert Balogh, and had three children, Jacqueline, Christopher and Sian. When she's not writing, she enjoys reading, music and knitting. She also enjoys watching tennis and curl ...more
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