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The Wedding Journey

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  805 ratings  ·  97 reviews
Set against the vivid historical background of the Napoleonic Wars, The Wedding Journey is the unforgettable story of Captain Jesse Randall, assistant surgeon of Marching Hospital Number Eight, and his undying love for beautiful, young Nell Mason. A battlefield is no place to wage a campaign of love, and even if it was, Jesse is far too shy to ever confess his love to Nell ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published December 3rd 2002 by Signet
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May 17, 2018 rated it liked it
This novel was so much more than the title or cover would suggest, and I wasn’t expecting that so I was pleasantly surprised!

Elinor Mason‘s father was a compulsive gambler and drowning in debt led him to the decision of marrying off Elinor to Major Bones - horrible guy - to pay off his debts. Upon learning this, Captain Jesse Randall, who had always felt something for Elinor, decided to marry her to protect her and hence started their “Wedding Journey”.

Set during the Napoleon War, the author r
Sep 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Dina by: Danielle "The Book Huntress" Hill
4 1/2 stars

This was my first book by Carla Kelly and now I'm wondering why I've waited so long to give her a try. I have to thank my dear GR friend Danielle for bringing this book to my attention. :)

Captain Jesse Cameron Randall, assistant surgeon of Marching Hospital Number Eight, has been in love with Elinore "Nell" Mason for years, but the battlefields of the Napoleonic Wars are no place to woo. Plus, he's just too shy to act on his feelings. Fortunately, fate decides to get these two togethe
Apr 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
It’s always hard for me to put into words the emotions I feel while reading a Carla Kelly book, she’s able to pack so much into her books that I feel I can never due justice to her books with my review. But I try.

Captain Jesse Randall is one of the surgeons to a mobile hospital Marching Hospital Number Eight, he’s treated many of soldiers, but through it all still retains a great shyness about himself, this shyness keeps him from saying or even showing his love for many years of the gentle and
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
This book was a joy to read. It was so well-written and engaging. Jesse is a hero you cannot help but love and admire. His steadfast, deep love for Elinore remains silent for a long time, but when she has need of him, he moves heaven and earth for her. Jesse is considered shy, but he is the perfect example of the shy person who has a core and will of steel. As a doctor, he is not a violent person by nature, but his intellect and strong sense of morality and resourcefulness are much more enjoyabl ...more
What a fantastic beta-hero romance! It's not everyday that you come across a historical romance where the hero is genuinely so nice and yet not boring at all, but truly heroic and endearing. His tentative, shy, self-deprecating inner monologue, which the readers gets more of than the heroine's point of view, was very easy to identify and sympathize with. The heroine was great too. Dignified without being a goody two shoes, self-sacrificing without being a martyr.

In addition to a very sweet roman
Rachel McMillan
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
EVERYONE JUST SHUDDUP and STOP! WHAT! YOU! ARE ! DOING! and tap into the part of your brain that remembers the old Sharpe series with Sean Bean ( for no other reason than it gives you a good visual of the landscape) and listen in because


it is SO Rachel catnip! SO!

So what we have here is a lot of stuff I love in my romance reading
> beta hero ( note: beta doesn't mean nerd--- beta means a guy who is AWESOME in a situation but is of a little gentler approac
4.5 stars

For June’s TBR Challenge prompt of Favourite Trope, I turned to Carla Kelly’s The Wedding Journey, the story of a marriage of convenience made during wartime in order to protect the heroine from the threat of being sold off in marriage to pay her father’s debts.  In the hands of this author, however, the story is so much more than the story of two people thrust unexpectedly into marriage; set amid the slaughter and chaos of the Peninsular War, it’s also a story of the struggle to surviv
Captain Jesse Randall had curly red hair, was slim and leaned to the short side. He was ordinary-looking and neither gambled, smoked or drank in excess as so many men did from this era. He came from a good family; he was the only son that served in the Napoleonic War. Those in his unit, including the young Nell Mason, had been his family for years.

He has loved her for a long time but he was a private man and had difficulty showing emotion. Regrettably, his agonizing reticence had kept him from t
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What is it about Carla Kelly that just jabs me straight in the feels? How does she do it? I cried four times in this novel. I am no lightweight on serious issues but there I was, weeping away. Such a watering pot.

In some ways this is CK by numbers. I have read variations on this novel by her before, but it still changes enough, it's still engaging enough that it feels fresh and moving and lovely and sad and All The Feelings.

So we have a familiar tale: war, horror and a romance in the midst of it
Solid 3.5 for me.

This was such an incredibly well done book, and a breath of fresh air from the relatively stagnant, paint by the number books I've read recently.

I'm not going into too many plot points as this is more of a character driven story than anything. It's also more of historical fiction with a sweet romance than a romance. The two main characters are caring and honorable and enjoyable to read.

Well written, the characters are well-developed and the details of medicine in the Napoleoni
Mar 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of-2009
Wow. I really don't have adequate words to describe how much I enjoyed this book. Wonderful and unusual writing, a hero to die for, a lovely heroine you would love to be friends with and a ragtag crew of military "misfits" who prove their worth time and again in this engaging story.

Set in Spain during the Napoleonic War, Capt Jesse Randall and Elinore Mason are "forced" into a marriage in order to save her from ruin at the hands of another man her father owes money to. Not much of a sacrifice on
Dec 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
In a genre full of rogues and rakes, hoydens and harlots, sometimes it's nice to come across a hero and heroine who are gentle, kind, honorable people from the very beginning of the story. The hero of this novel, Jesse Randall, is a surgeon on the frontline of the Napoleonic Wars, struggling to save lives on the battlefields of Spain. He's a shy Scot from a well-to-do family, and for years he's been secretly in love with gentle, pretty, impoverished Nell Mason, who works with the doctors as an u ...more
Valerie Best
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
Usually these kind of historical romances have such an alpha male hero, and Kelly's Jesse is such an understated kind of hero; smart, capable, kind, with a simmering kind of sensuality seemed at once believable and such a breath of fresh air. Nell is so well-drawn--all the characters are--at once sympathetic and strong. The structure of the book--their journey--is such a good one. Tidy but always interesting.
I read once that Ms. Kelly thought of herself more historian than writer, and she certa
Jacqueline J
Lovely story set against the backdrop of Spain during the Peninsular War. The hero was a beta guy, a doctor who had loved the heroine for a while but was so shy that he would never have done anything about it. He stepped out of his shell to marry her to save her from worse. Nice traveling story. I enjoyed the details of the Spanish people during Napoleon's invasion. One of my favorite time periods and settings. I felt the hero was better developed than the heroine in this case. Haven't been disa ...more
Dec 29, 2015 rated it liked it
I liked it, I just didn't love it.
Jan 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ashley by: Basically Melissa chooses my books for me these days lol
Shelves: bookboyfriends
How rare to come across a hero who is as fundamentally selfless and kind-hearted as Jesse Randall, the hero of this novel. Jesse is a British field surgeon who has been serving in Spain during the Napoleonic wars. He has known the heroine, Nell Mason, since she was a little girl and he still a young trainee. She is the daughter of a captain whose family has been a laughingstock for years due to the captain's gambling, drinking, and inability to support the family he drags along with him from pos ...more
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This story lacked passion and I'm not just talking about lackluster sex scenes.

This whole journey dragged. They had "adventures", but I was actually really bored. Each mishap didn't seem to add anything significant to the storyline. For me it was more of a story about war than a real romance.

I don't know what was so appealing about Nell that made Jesse fall in love with her, apart from the fact that she was hard working and pretty(?) girl. And as for Jess, he was excellent example of telling ab
Sep 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-book-owned, romance
Great romance. I love Jesse for he's not typical romance hero but he's so realistis. I think a great hero is someone who did what is right even if he's afraid becuase it's out of his comfort zone. Jesse ia pretty much my idea of a perfect man. Quiet but strong in the core. Funny, observant and not judgmental. Someone that you wish to know. My only concern is how many times the author point out his shyness. I mean it's like shyness is some kind of a disease or curse. ANd everyone just has to comm ...more
What a beautiful book -> this is how I was reading it for about 95% of the entire book.

This is the story of a beautiful couple, Jesse, a soldier and surgeon, and Elinore, a poor girl daughter of a drunkard soldier, during the Napoleonic War. They have a marriage of convenience (or of protection) so Elinore can escape from a true villain, Major Bones, who is a sadist, cruel, rapist man. Although it is to save her, Jesse has loved Elinore for many years, but since he is very shy, he never made
Do you ever read a book that has so much potential, is so close to being awesome, that you want to give it a great rating, but it doesn't reach that potential so you just can't? too. All the separate parts of this book are great. The main couple is great. Good well developed secondary characters. Lots of adventure as a small, British medical staff try to make the 150 mile journey from Spain to Portugal without getting killed by the French. If you ask me if I liked each of those parts, ...more
Jul 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
What a refreshing book! If you are like me and burned out on all the alpha males and cheesy regency romances, give this one a try. It's listed as a "Regency Romance", but it's beautiful story of an endearing military surgeon during the Napoleonic wars, and the woman he loves. Will definitely be trying some other Carla Kelly books.

***I have to add one negative comment. The author's writing is not the clearest at times. She switches between first and third person, and it can be confusing.
Kate Hewitt
May 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
loved this book, even though there was little emotional conflict and the story was quiet. It was just a lovely, surprisingly gripping, sweet, and moving read. The characters and their internal thoughts--especially the hero's--really made the book so that even I, a purveyor of emotional angst, could love it!
Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, 2017
I absolutely loved this. It wasn't perfect, but it was EXACTLY what I needed right now.

I came across it via a praise-filled Smart Bitches recommendation, and so was surprised when the first 40 pages moved slowly. I also found the surgeon hero's frequent asides to Hippocrates gimmicky at first (was there a reason he couldn't simply have an internal monologue? if the intent was to show his loneliness by conjuring companionship, the asides could have been written more tightly), and was very uncomfo
Oct 28, 2010 rated it liked it
Another great book by Carla Kelly. I have to admit it took me a while to warm up to Jess, since his shyness made him a little hard to get to know, even as a reader. But once his inner strength starts to shine through, he makes for an awesome hero.

Kelly's characters are often a little wholesome, which isn't necessarily something I like in Romance novels, because it can make for boring stories. However, because of the war setting, and the taxing journey the characters have to go through, the chara

This story of Jesse and Nell is mesmerizing, as are many of Carla Kelly's books. I love the way the author uses Jesse's internal dialog with Hippocrates to illuminate his character. Nell's internal voicing of her own fears and desires is equally well done. I don't usually like character to be inside their own heads too much, but in this story it works well.

The adventures the company went through as they tried to reach safety is different from so the usual Regency romantic fare. I found the d
Susannah Carleton
Nov 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
4 1/2 stars. An outstanding story of two reserved people who find love in the middle of the Peninsular War. Captain Jesse Randall is a surgeon in Marching Hospital Number 8. Elinore Mason's parents are the silliest people in Wellington's army. She's worked in the hospital since she was a child, to help her family. When an unscrupulous major to whom her father owes more than he can repay calls in the loan, then offers to take Elinore as his mistress in repayment, Jesse Randall marries her. The ma ...more
Mar 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
One of my all time favorites. I read it every couple of years and still enjoy it as much as the first time. It's like visiting an old friend.
Aug 21, 2018 rated it liked it
smidge under 3 stars.

Not one of my favorites of CK's.
Gwilym Owain
She’s 16 and he’s 27. Nothing happens for two years but he still falls in love with her. I’m begging romance authors to just stop and not write pedophilia. Please.
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Although Carla Kelly is well known among her readers as a writer of Regency romance, her main interest (and first writing success) is Western American fiction—more specifically, writing about America's Indian Wars. Although she had sold some of her work before, it was not until Carla began work in the National P
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