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The Bride's Secret

(The Brides of Bath #3)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  470 ratings  ·  34 reviews
Alternate cover edition/alternate name edition for ASIN B00538EDLQ

The Brides of Bath, Book 3
(Previously published in mass market paperback and as an eBook under the title A Fallen Woman)

Since his commanding officer in the Peninsula took a bullet meant for him, James Moore, now the Earl of Rutledge, feels responsible for the dead man's young son and the boy's exquisit
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Kathie (katmom)
Jan 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Oh, I disliked Carlotta immensely when this started. She was a less than stellar mother, and was wallowing in her breakup from a man who used her body, but didn't want to marry her.

Along comes the man, now an Earl, that through his disobeying of orders caused her husband to be killed in a battle.

He wants to help her son and has always had a "thing" for Carlotta. Not that he acted on it, because he really IS a kind man, an honorable man.

He is enchanted now that he's met her again. And he really w
Jan Crow
Aug 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
A wonderful story of a marriage of convenience. I loved the heroine, Carlotta Ennis with her sassy attitude and strong will. When she accepts the proposal of James Moore, the Earl of Rutledge, she didn't expect anything more than help with Stevie, her son and settling her financial problems. Time plays a trick with her heart and she struggles with her growing love for James while keeping her dark past a secret from him.

A beautiful romance full of the Regency pagentry that I've come to enjoy so
Eileen Dandashi
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Have you given too much to a partner, thinking he/she would honor a verbal condition of engagement, only to find you dropped cold? Our poor heroine has had this happyen and in this story suffers from those ill-fated choices.

Audiobook Review:
Carlotta Ennis, we learned in book 2 had been a mistress to one Gregory Blankenship who is quite the rake and filthy rich. It was my intention to disfavor her, not because of being a mistress, but from outward appearance she was a women who took advantage. S
Karen Darling
May 08, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible
This book was long and drawn out.
Feb 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, historical
Carlotta Ennis has had nothing but sorrow since her soldier husband perished in battle. So when his comrade comes to make reparations, she accepts with gratitude. But James wants more than to help the lovely widow. He feels an obligation to take her son in hand and be the man in his life. His attention forces Carlotta to examine her life and realize she hasn’t been the best mother. Hoping to improve her situation, she accepts James’ proposal of marriage. Will he still hold her in regard when he ...more
Apr 16, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book in the Brides of Bath series by Cheryl Bolen.
I am not certain I cared for Carlotta Ennis. She certainly does not fit the image of the Regency heroine. She is depressed and manipulative. She is a "fallen woman," who takes advantage of a very nice gentleman. In the end, the reader learns more of Carlotta and many of her earlier deficits are overcome. She does not have redeeming qualities in the beginning, and that fact affects how much I enjoyed the book.
Pamela Shropshire
This is book 3 of the Brides of Bath. It is better developed and better written than either of the previous books of the series.

Carlotta Ennis has appeared in the earlier books and honestly, I didn't like her much. She was selfish and immodest and rather mercenary. However, the author manages to redeem her character very well and Carlotta matures into a caring person, devoted wife and loving mother.

Apr 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the third installment of the wonderful Brides of Bath series. (See my comments for The Bride Wore Blue, the first book in the series).
Jan 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Great book. This is the fourth book. Can't stop reading ...more
Beverly McCall
Apr 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Fallen Woman: The Bride’s Secret (Brides of Bath, Book 3) by Cheryl Bolen we are introduced to very different lead characters in Carlotta Ennis and James Moore. Mrs. Ennis is a military widow and a mother. Trying to rebuild her life, under harsh financial circumstances, she turns to her grandmother to help raise her son and relocates to Bath. Subsequently falls in love with Gregory Blankenship. The beautiful and enchanting Carlotta presumed they would marry but Gregory did not. Upon the end o ...more
Rachel Friedland
Aug 31, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I've certainly never read a book that slut-shamed it's main character so blatantly before, so that's new.

Carlotta had a child in the middle of a war when she was still a teenager, then her husband died, then chose not to raise the naturally she's painted as a bad mother.

Her son prefers the company of most other it's a bad reflection on Carlotta?

James married her because he wanted to "possess" her (his own words), but of course he's blameless?? Oh, and basically coerces Ca
Bridget Lewis
Mar 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A mistress or a Countess

Carlotta was a mistress to a man she loved but said he would never marry her! Now a fallen woman and almost penniless she resides in the outskirts of Bath society! James was the cause of her husband's death so he seeks out the widow and her son to make amends! Carlotta does not love James but greatly admires the intelligent, wealthy, and honest man he is! As she grows to love her husband she is desperate to hide her past from him! Be sure your sins will find you out!! Wil
Nov 13, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I truly disliked this book! The heroine was obnoxious, her husband died so she handed off her newborn to her grandmother to raise and visited him every couple of years, and sends a portion of her widow's pension to her grand mother who is not really financially solvant. Then when the child is six she decides to take him back but wants to hand him over to a nanny immediately. She decides it's ok to milk the hero financially as he was responsible for her husband's death. Then she decides to marry ...more
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A page turner! I enjoyed it with all its ups and downs.

Realistic and moving, this story will pull you in from page one. Carlotta at first seems a bit pathetic and calculating, especially with her not seeing her son for two years. As her history and motivations become evident, the reader is drawn into hoping for a good outcome, even as you know her secret will come out and ruin things. Another good book in The Brides of Bath series!
Dee Jay Blaylock
I was confused about Carlotta as in the first book, she was considered not too intelligent and did not enjoy poetry nor even reading. I hope that was just a pose as in this book she develops quite differently.
An indifferent mother who never gave herself a chance to bond with her child and much too young to have to cope with the death of her husband and the effects on her life.
It was with pleasure that the relationship developed and she changed.
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book in the series!!!!!

Okay, 3rd book in the series and so far definitely my Favorite!!!! In the second book we get to read about C.E. And it almost made me hate Blanks for his mistreatment of her. But this book developed C.E. Very well and women can really relate to this character- I hope the books to follow is as good as this one and the characters presented in this book.
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pride is the bain of our lovers existence

Liked the setting starting in Bath and then moving to the west country in mirrored the changes in fortune and the development of the lovers relationship.
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hero: James/Rutledge Heroine: Carlotta
Reading Enjoyment:4.4* I enjoyed this story about maturity, redemption and a friendship growing into love. I did enjoy this book more than the 1st 2 books in the series. This story has a very happy and satisfying HEA
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I loved this story. A women’s struggle with being a widow and then finding love. The characters were absolutely beautiful. I loved James. If only real men out there could forgive and hold onto real love! That’s how strong this story is.
Dec 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book in the series. Each seems to focus on one couple in the same setting. It's a little disappointing as I thought the characters would be in all the books. This one is about Carlota Ennis a young widow with a little boy. However she left her baby for her grandmother to raise as she focused on meeting a rich man to marry. ...more
Jane Harper
Jan 12, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mf
I enjoyed this book as part of the series, but I didn't think the author was quite successful in convincingly rehabilitating Carlotta from her misdeeds in Books 1 & 2. I was left with some questions. ...more
Patricia Schuette
A sweet romance

The story of a widow whose husband had died as a result of one of his soldier's mistakes during the war. She lives in Bath and her son lives with her grandmother.
Charlotte Lowe
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Bride's Secret

It is a hard lesson to learn, but telling the truth, no matter one's fears, is the best course to take.
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful book. Shows how people do what they think is best then find out there are always other options in life.
David Richey
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A woman reformed

Carlotta was a young widow ready to marry again. A selfish self centered woman who left her young son with her grandmother to raise.
Oct 21, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Also right but boring

This book really had no fast paced excitement in it in my opinion. Mostly dialogue and full conversation. It was an all right story line.
Feb 15, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I get antsy reading these books an inevitability read ahead and the feel like I don’t need to read on. I skim the rest and enjoy the book
Audible Romance Package

AUDIOBOOK: Read 3 & 4 September 2020
9hrs 54min

Narrator: Rosalind Ashford her tone was way to sleepy, didn't like it.
It just ok.
Aug 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this story. The heroine didn't disclose a secret to start with and when it was found out later it lent an interesting outcome to her life.
The hero is able to communicate with her son (by her first husband) much better than she can. Her envy of this is touching.
And the realization by both that they were truly in love with each other after they marry was quite endearing.
I love Cheryl Bolen's use of words which draws pictures in my mind as I read. Yes, I could clearly see each scene playing
Dec 10, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Very confusing as the title has changed. I read it as THE BRIDE'S SECRET.

The narration was horrible. It was difficult to finish. The story was neither exceptional nor horrid. Simply a middle of the road book.
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Since being named Notable New Author for 1997, Cheryl Bolen has published more than 35 books with Kensington/Zebra, Harlequin, Love Inspired Historical, Montlake, and independently. She has broken into the top 5 on the New York Times and hit the USA Today bestseller list. Her 2005 One Golden Ring won Best Historical, Holt Medallion, and her 2011 My Lord Wicked was awarded Best Historical in the In

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