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Salt Bride

(Salt Hendon #1)

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3.89  ·  Rating details ·  2,523 ratings  ·  273 reviews
When the Earl of Salt Hendon marries squire's daughter Jane Despard, Society is aghast. Forced by circumstance into a marriage neither wants, the newlyweds must overcome a secret past of heartache and misery to fall in love all over again. Meanwhile, a sinister family opposition will go to any lengths, even murder, to tear the marriage asunder.
Hardcover, 326 pages
Published May 30th 2011 by Sprigleaf (first published September 18th 2010)
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
3.5 stars. I must have really been in a historical romance novel kind of mood the last couple of days, because I whipped through three of them, all Kindle freebies, in one day (some skimming may or may not have been involved). Don't judge (I had a really rough week with work and I was looking for pure escapism). This one was the best of the three by a fair amount (the other two were self-published freebies, Lord Grenville's Choice and Ruse & Romance. The funny thing is that all three involve mar ...more
TJ
Mar 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
OK, 4.5/5.0, but it's teetering just the same!

Explanations are not really necessary with this book, adjectives are.... Rich, luscious, heart-breaking, heart-warming, addictive, sigh-worthy, intelligent, the list could go on and on with nary a hesitation. But, since most expect an actual review and not just emotional word-praise, here goes:

When her guardian dies, Jane Despard is faced with marrying the Earl of Salt Hendon ("Salt," as he is known) or her beloved step-brother will be faced with se
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Vintage
Re-read

Thanks to Carol *Young at Heart Oldie* review of Salt Hendon Collection: A Georgian Historical Romance Boxed Set, I reread Salt Bride and finally started Salt Redux.

I am upping Salt Bride to four stars for such a well done romantic/suspense/drama.

A wronged beautiful and intelligent heroine

A duped and heart torn hero

An evil mastermind

Suspense, drama and passion

And, thank you Ms. Brant, a nice comeuppance, frankly out and out revenge.

Even the cover is fitting and looks like a Georgian heroi
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Caz
Oct 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Salt Bride is a thoroughly enjoyable story set in the Georgian era, in which the author’s sense of style and her evocative descriptions of the clothing and various settings bring the period vividly to life.

At the beginning of the story, Miss Jane Despard is obliged to marry the handsome and wealthy Earl of Salt Hendon (or “Salt”, as he is known). One might think being married to a man blessed with both wealth and good-looks would be no hardship, but Salt and Jane have a history which neither of
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Preeti ♥︎ Her Bookshelves
4.5*
I am Regency obsessed and haven't read many Georgians - Patricia Veryan and a couple by Mary Balogh come to mind - but this book hooked me into the era so much so, that I spent as much time reading it as searching the internet for every little thing I read in the book and more.
Look at that cover! All LB covers are beautiful and the models are real lookers.

Not much of a review really. Just some things.
The story, the plot events, the characters, the world building are strong only the writin
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Maqluba
Got halfway through the book but dropped it because I hated the stupidity. The villain was way so obvious in her viscous-ness but not a single person could pick up on any of her evil ways- not the child abuse, or the servant abuse, or the way she played with the lives of the hero and heroine. The hero was so hot and cold I got whiplash from the back and forth of his actions. The heroine was a doormat for the entire time I've read it and that's what really annoyed me the most. This novel had all ...more
Erika ♥OwlwaysReading♥
Don't look at the cover🧐, it's misleading 🤨
One of my favs 😍

Free on Amazon Kindle RN!!!


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Jessica
Let me start this review off by saying, many people will love this book. Despite the lack of a nearly naked woman on the front cover in a brightly colored lush gown, this book reminded me of the types of books you will get from Loretta Chase, Sarah MacLean, and Elizabeth Hoyt (just to name a few). It appears this book was marketed differently from other historical romances for some reason, perhaps because it is a bit cleaner and less steamy than the others mentioned above, but I think the cover ...more
Bj
5 "Reneged Betrothal?" Stars for the story and 5 narration stars for Alex Wyndham's narration!

Containing a romance based on the misunderstanding trope, along with a suspense twist that includes a scheming, jealous relative with plans to marry the hero herself, Lucinda Brant delivers a compelling and addictive listen in the Salt Bride: A Georgian Historical Romance. This intriguing listen left me with no choice but to binge listen to this 12+ hour romance until the satisfying end even bypassing s
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Miranda Davis
Mar 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Those looking just for a well-researched, well-detailed Georgian era historical romance will find this 'crimance' a surprise, for some a pleasant one, for others, less so. This reminds me of the sort of suspense stories of Amanda Quick. The story features a sociopathic villainess given to poisoning her problems away. Think Hannibal Lector in panniers and powdered wig (oh, she doesn't eat anyone literally, only figuratively, while on rampage). This evil wench seems to take center stage while the ...more
Tracy T.
Jan 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good story! Fantastic Narration by Marian Hussey (audible whispersync reveiw)

This was a really good story, I enjoyed it very much. The hero and heroine had some great chemistry together. I really liked both characters very much. Jane was a great heroine. Salt was fantastic. There wasn't really any sex scenes in the story it was more referred to in the past tense but the sexual tension is there and the relationship between the two felt genuine and real.

The story line and plot was great. Ther
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Emery Lee
Dec 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: keepers
Another Georgian era winner from Lucinda Brant!
I greatly enjoyed this sometimes heart-wrenching story of thwarted lovers. I admire Ms. Brant's ability to vividly paint the world of the Georgian era nobility and to give her readers a very true yet human sense of aristocratic characters and her clear delineation of their public from their private personas. I found the story and characters deeply engaging and look forward to reading more from this author.
Mandie
Apr 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
I gave it two stars because it isn't your average bodice ripper, and I appreciated that. It isn't as unbelievable and contrived as most books of the genre seem to be. I read these types of books occasionally when I want something light and easy. They all have the same plot structure, somehow. The woman is good and pure, the man is noble underneath his rakish outer shell. Someone or something tries to come between them but in the end, their true love prevails. The only thing that set this apart f ...more
Debbie "Buried in Her TBR Pile"
Entertaining historical romance melodrama. Has a psycho-ow wannabe, betrayals, miscommunications, a rakish hero with a string of ex-mistresses, and a second chance between the two star-crossed lovers. I will read the sequel - I have to find out how Diana plots and seeks her revenge. 3.5 rounded stars.
Rachel K
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars. The hero was too much of an idiot for me rate it higher. I liked the heroine though :)
Eileen Dandashi
Nov 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Audiobook Review:

What a wonderful cast of characters! From the very purest of hearts, Jane Despard, soon to become Lady Salt, to Diane, Lady St. John, whose mind machinations will have you anxiously follow her every move. This woman is capable of horrendous deeds. Beware!

New-to-me author Lucinda Brant, provided a fabulous listen and I won’t be able to NOT read/listen to the sequel. She has me hanging from a precipice. She draws her scenes in such detail I feel the swirl of emotion bouncing in t
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Barbara Rogers
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Series: Salt Hendon
Period: Georgian

The imagery painted by Brant is spectacular. You just literally feel like you are right there with the characters in that time period and you feel what they are feeling right along with them. There is some very intense emotion, a bit of wit and very, very high drama.

There is a very unhappy history between the Earl of Salt Hendon and Jane Despard, the daughter of a neighboring squire. And now, years later, they are being forced to marry. Neither of them is happy
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Freda Seddon
Jul 25, 2014 rated it did not like it
I read the reviews here prior to purchasing the audiobook. Good thing Audible has a return policy. The hero's character changes from page to page. At first the Earl of Salt is a hard man who is being forced to marry his once secret betrothed. Lots of hatred towards wife to be who somehow HAS to marry him, can't find another man in the kingdom so that she can help her half-brother. OH my, how hard is it to develop a plot and stick to it.

It only takes him one look at his bride for him to turn int
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L.  (Maybe you can have too many books)
Sometimes I feel like I'm not reading the same book as everyone else is. I see all the great reviews for this story and I wonder what other readers are getting out of this book that I didn't.


This is a by-the-numbers story with all the romance novel cliches and tropes you'll find in a million other romance novels. Brant brings nothing new to the table. Jane Despard has goddess-like beauty that stops traffic and is so good and pure inside and out that she farts butterflies and cures leprosy. Magnu
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Lu
3,5 stars rounded to 4
I loved Lucinda’s Roxton Series and was looking forward reading this book.
I must confess that, although beautifully written and very emotional, the level of angst was too strong for me and also the lack of communication and endless misunderstandings made the read a little less enjoyable than it could have been otherwise.
Anyhow, I loved the characters and their flaws and the story was very interesting and complex.
Sue
Jun 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars audio & story. Georgette Heyer has a worthy author following in her footsteps of strained relationships, gossip, fun, intrigue and a murderer to boot. ...more
Maria Grazia
Aug 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
If you love good Georgian historical romances, you can’t miss this delightful novel by Lucinda Brant. Witty prose and well-researched context, skillfully depicted characters you’ll be captivated by, are the main features in her style . Salt Bride is my second read from Lucinda’s work - after Deadly Engagement - and I must thank her for hours of pure literary pleasure.
The story start in medias res, and impressively so. The first pages are really tense with drama and you can but sympathize with t
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Wendy
Oct 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this audio version of Salt Bride by Lucinda Brant as a direct result of an excellent review by a trusted Goodreads friend and I was not disappointed. I doubt that I could say much more about the events than have already been said by Caz, as her review is entertaining and very thorough. Her comments re the narrator, Marion Hussey are spot on. Ms. Hussey's voice range is extensive, never leaving the listener in any doubt about which character is speaking at any given time, even when ...more
Romancing the Book
Jul 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, historical
Reviewed by Shannon
Book provided by author for review

Jane Despard hates that she is dictated by her Uncle’s will to marry in order to save her step-brother’s inheritance. For the past four years, she lived under the strict rules of her uncle in order to have some semblance of a life after everything fell apart. What she didn’t expect was a deathbed promise her father had made forcing her into a union with the last person she would ever expect. The man who tossed her aside when he promised her fo
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Melissa
Jan 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review is from: Salt Bride: A Georgian Historical Romance (Kindle Edition)
Lucinda captivated me from the beginning. Salt Bride's Prologue was perfect, Lucinda was able to elaborate on the story's premise right away, intriguing me greatly, as it was emotionally engaging. Mrs Brants' writing elaborate's on her characters, the clothes, the scene, setting, story and the conflict all in the first few pages allowing me to become lost within Salt Brides world. Lucinda writes in a way that I am abl
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Dominick
Jun 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is not your typical bodice ripper. The author uses slang, details, and mannerisms that are both consistent and accurate of the time period, which is the reign of Britain's George III. The novel begins with the heroine being fed a concoction by her rival (the main villain) which forces her to have a miscarriage. Again something I would not have expected from a romance novel. The heroine seems a bit too perfect but endearing. The principal hero seems a bit controlling. He reminded me of 19th ...more
Julie
Aug 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Lucinda Brant's books, but Salt Bride isn't one of my favorites. Unlike her other series, I didn't "fall" for her hero and the entire premise of the book is based on a "big misunderstanding." A real big one. This kind of trope gets old fast. So, because of it, the Earl of Salt Hendon takes forever to realize how much he has maligned Jane, the woman he first loved and then spurned. It's complicated and I squirmed and felt so uncomfortable for her. The villainess in the story, Diana was a c ...more
Vicki
Nov 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Deception and romance

This book was a roller coaster of a read. I was frustrated knowing that there was such an evil person always lurking in the background. The Earl of Salt was a good person. He felt that he was trapped by circumstances that were beyond his control and he did not like that at all. He however showed kindness and compassion with surprising frequency.

Jane was a sweet and loving yet hurt lady. She had been through so much pain in her life and was totally misunderstood. She did no
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Victoria Vane
Dec 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: keepers
Another Georgian era winner from Lucinda Brant!
I greatly enjoyed this sometimes heart-wrenching story of thwarted lovers. I admire Ms. Brant's ability to vividly paint the world of the Georgian era nobility and to give her readers a very true yet human sense of aristocratic characters and her clear delineation of their public from their private personas. I found the story and characters deeply engaging and look forward to reading more from this author.
Diane
another EXCELLENT book by brant! she really captured the time period, as usual, and the characters are so vividly portrayed. i wish i had all her books!
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