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The Bad Man's Bride (Marrying Miss Bright #1)

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He'll leave town when he's good and ready...and when the pretty and proper young schoolmarm consents to be his bride.

A Bad Man's DesireAt first glance, the lovely Easterner Anthea Bright seems woefully unsuited for her position as the new schoolmarm in Haven, Kansas. But behind that fine finishing school polish is a fiery spirit and a determination to succeed. Gabriel Jack
Paperback, 384 pages
Published May 29th 2001 by Avon
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Pues esta historia es de esas que empiezan con 4 estrellas y van perdiéndolas a lo largo del camino. Me cuesta clasificar este libro como romance histórico, no lo he encontrado realista ni adecuado.
Me recuerda a esas series televisivas de los 80 y 90 como Melrose Place donde todo el mundo se acostaba con todo el mundo, nadie era virgen, en fin…cosa inconcebible en el 1800 en el Salvaje Oeste.
El protagonista tuvo en su juventud relaciones con medio pueblo (increíble, sobre todo por las mujeres qu
Heidi Hart
This historical western employs two different "Outsider" tropes: the heroine, Anthea, is a fish out of water as the new schoolteacher on the Kansas frontier, freshly arrived from a more civilized life in Philadelphia, while the hero, Gabriel, has been the town outcast since his out-of-wedlock birth. Gabriel's reputation is further tarnished when he takes the orphaned daughter of the town's whore under his wing, and everyone assumes that he is her father.

I liked the story well enough, though it
Jan 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anthea Bright moves to Haven, Kansas to become a small town's schoolteacher. She meets Gabriel Jackson who is raising as his own,a nine year old girl when her mother, a prostitute, dies. Although everyone claims the child is his, she is not. Very cute story, heartwarming.
Dec 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is... odd? Based off of the summary, I thought this was going to be a book about Gabriel trying to convince Anthea to marry him. It's not really. Instead, there is a much more interesting plot surrounding Anthea's teaching/students, and a side plot with the "villain" of the story.

I enjoyed this book! I found it to be well-written, nicely paced, and the character's interesting. Gabriel is really open and honest about how much of a screw-up he was in his youth, which was a refreshing cha
Jul 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Cute little story of spunky Kansas schoolteacher, Anthea Bright, who must deal with Gabriel Jackson, a known bastard "bad man" in the town of Haven who has enrolled his "daughter" Lily in school. Lily, a shy young thing tugs at Anthea's heart strings. She takes her under her wing and in so doing, she and Gabriel become closer while she privately tutors the girl. The usual trials and tribulations occur, and they find romance and marriage. Not bad of this kind of story.

I don't read many American historicals so this was a fun change of pace for me. I enjoyed the main characters but was put off by the secondary romance, especially its resolution. I got all of this trilogy on a recommendation from the Smart Bitches newsletter so I look forward to reading the stories of the other sisters.
Aug 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a cute story. The beginning started off a bit slow and I wasn't sure if I'd like it but I did. I liked Gabriel and Anthea and Lily. I wanted to continue reading about them and finding out what else happens in their life.
Aug 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book. Felt like there was a meeting of equals.
The secondary story of Philip and Cleo was okay, but I spent most of the story want to bitchslap her. The final scene with Philip and Cleo skeeved me out. Trigger warning for peeps: RAPEY.
*** 3 1/2 stars ***
Nov 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
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New tchr Anthea frm Philly 2 rural twn, meets 'bad man' Gabe & dghtr Lily, whom she defnds frm twnsppl bec thyr bstrds. Pssn, lv, gd 2nds
Jul 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars!!
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