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Blackthorne's Bride

(Mail-Order Brides #4)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  778 ratings  ·  185 reviews
A rogue nobleman, a rescued lady, and revenge undone by romance all play a part in New York Times bestselling author Joan Johnston’s irresistible novel of best-laid plots, delicious deception, and unexpected passion.
Two years have passed since Josie Wentworth was bought from the Sioux for a gold watch and whisked back to England by Marcus Wharton, the Duke of Blackthorn
Mass Market Paperback, 415 pages
Published July 25th 2017 by Dell (first published June 27th 2017)
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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
4.5 Reunited Stars

I was so excited to get Josie's story from Netgalley. Having read all the other books in this series and seeing the Wentworth family slowly get their HEA I couldn't wait to see how Josie's story played out. I wasn't disappointed. Blackthorne's Bride was my favorite book in the series. I'm sad that this will be the last of the series. I want to know what happens to the children. The children would make a great spin off series, and let us catch up with the parents...Hint! Hin
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This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance Summary
Jose Wentworth while with her siblings traveling across the west, was captured by indians, and was tortured and whipped near death until a Englishman traveling, saved her life and took her to England while helping her heal from her wounds with the promise of sending her back to England. But its been two years since then, and she is practically working as a slave at one of his country estates, taking care of
ARC provided by NetGalley and Publisher for an honest review.

Rating 2.5

First time reading this author and found I didn't really care for her plot/story.

The story opens in America with Marcus, The Duke of Blackthorne and his friend rescuing Joise the heroine from Sioux Indians. Joise is tied to a post and is being whipped when the Duke comes upon the scene. Marcus barters/trades Joise for a knife and his fathers gold watch. Marcus is engaged to his friends sister.

The Duke takes Joise back to Eng
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
This is Josie's story, the last Wentworth sister. Josie was kidnapped by indians and tortured, but she was saved by Marcus and nursed to health.

But Marcus was engaged at that time and he left Josie in his future borther-in-law and friend's hands.

Now Marcus is a widower and must remarry quickly in order to be able to maintain his estated and his nephews. So he interviews heiress to marry, practically selling his title for money.

Meanwhile Josie was segragated with Marcus' nephews in a decrepit man
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Book Review For: Blackthorne's Bride by Joan Johnston 'Blackthorne's Bride' by Joan Johnston is Book Four in the "Mail-Order Brides" series This is the story of Marcus and Josie. I have read the other books in this series, but feel this can be a standalone book . Marcus saved Josie from Indians when she was younger and he nurser her back to health on the ship back to England. Marcus had promised her that she would be sent back to America when she was able to travel again. He left instructions wi ...more
Barbara Rogers
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Series: Mail Order Brides #4
Publication Date: June 27, 2017

My rating would actually be 3.5, but I rounded up to 4 because I really did enjoy the story.

The story follows Marcus Wharton, Duke of Blackthorne and American Josie Wentworth. It has a really exciting beginning with Marcus and his best friend coming upon a Sioux renegade whipping a young woman (Josie) who is tied to a post and stripped to the waist. She’s almost dead and Marcus rescues her. Marcus is fascinated by the girl’s bravery and
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I waited a looooooooong time for this story and I can only say this: It was damn worth it!

This is the fourth book in Mail-Order Brides series (‘Texas Bride’ by Joan Johnston, ‘Wyoming Bride’ by Joan Johnston, and ‘Montana Bride’ by Joan Johnston I loved), and it was worth the wait.

I know that mail-order bride tropes are dime-a-dozen out there and sometimes I'm really skeptical about them, but this series in this authors hands was one of the best I've ever read. The reason for it is because the t
Jun 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the MAIL-ORDER BRIDE series by Joan Johnston.
Rated 3.5 - BLACKTHORNE’S BRIDE by Joan Johnston, book four in her MAIL-ORDER BRIDE series, is Josie Wentworth’s story. It takes place after she was abducted by a renegade Sioux when her family’s wagon was attacked in America. Josie fought back, which enraged her attacker, subsequently resulting in her capture and punishment. Her sisters search for their youngest sister for two years before they know what happened to her during that time.

Marcus Wharton, the Duke of Blackthorne, witnesses Josie’s
Susan (susayq ~)
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
What a great read! I really enjoyed this.

Josie was determined not to like Marcus because of things she thought he did after rescuing her several years before. Marcus had no clue she was the same girl he rescued and has pined for. But all worked out in the end ☺

*thanks to the publisher for sharing a copy with me*
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
I am really sad to see this series end with the 4 sisters.

I fell in love with the Dasherdly Duke and how he won Josie's heart.
Jen Davis
Jul 12, 2017 added it
Shelves: dnf
It takes a lot for me to give up on a book. I hate marking something DNF...I always feel like I didn't try hard enough.

I tried with this book. I really did. But while the rescue was a cool start, everything after made me cringe and want to skim. If this woman really thought Blackthorne was a liar and so callous as to abandon her and those boys, there is NO WAY she would want to marry him. That's not revenge, that's ridiculous. On top of that, I knew this book was part of a series, but there was
Five Star, yes I said five stars for my very first Joan Johnston book, I know what your thinking what idiot starts with the last book in the series, well hands up I guess me! Seriously though when I picked the book I had no idea; the cover captured my attention , the book blurb pulled me in even father and truth be told the story is so well written it does not matter, you can read this as a standalone and not be lost.

Our heroine Josie Wentworth along with her sisters and brothers survived the gr
Originally reviewed at Smexybooks-

Favorite Quote: “Rebuke? Censure? How dare she! Did she know who he was? What he was?

Marcus Wharton, the Duke of Blackthorne bought a young girl’s freedom with a gold watch and a knife, saving her from certain death. Instead of sending her home to her family as promised, he sent her to work as a servant on one of his neglected estates with his nephews. When a Pinkerton detective finally locates her and lets her know she is
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good conclusion to the Mail Order Brides series. In the earlier books, the four sisters had all taken steps to escape the horror of their lives in a Chicago orphanage after their parents' deaths. Josie was captured by renegade Sioux warriors, and in the prologue of this book is whipped by one of her captors because she resisted. Marcus, Duke of Blackthorne, and his friend David, Earl of Seaton, happen upon the scene. Horrified by what he sees, Marcus buys Josie from the Indian, determined to sav ...more
Amanda Richardson
Apr 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked “Blackthorne’s Bride” this is the first book I have read by Joan Johnston and I would like to read more of her work in the future. If you are a reader who doesn’t like plot lines built on a huge, kind of silly, misunderstanding then this book will probably not be for you. I did wish Josie and Marcus would just sit down and have a conversation, but they didn’t for a bit.

Marcus first meets Josie when he saves her from a beating. He takes her onboard the ship and cares for her until he reac
Joana V.
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've received an eARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 3.5*

Review in Portuguese:

This book was a bit odd. Not because it was bad, on the contrary, but sometimes it created contradictory feelings.

Marcus Wharton, Duke of Blackthorne, always kept me guessing. Heroic enough to save a girl and almost lose his life doing it, but not enough to deliver her directly to a safe haven. I know he “hands” her over to his friend and almost brother-in
Tagseen Samsodien
**This review will contain spoilers**

My opinion is clearly not a popular one, but I was so frustrated with this book. The premise was really good and the book starts out well. But then it descended into a load of stupidity that had me rolling my eyes throughout.

Marcus, Duke of Blackthorne rescues Josie from the Sioux by trading his knife and gold watch for her life. After nursing her all the way back to England from America, he's forced to leave her in the hands of his best friend when they arri
Adria's Musings
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Originally posted on Adria's Musings and Reviews

* A copy of this book was and provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. All conclusions are my own responsibility and I was not compensated for this review.

What’s it About? It’s been two years since Josie Wentworth was rescued from the Sioux and brought to England by Marcus Wharton, Duke of Blackthorne. Two years in which he was supposed to return her to her family in America but instead she’s become a maid in th
Apr 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
*Provided by NetGalley*
*This in no way influences my review*

Finally. I waited over four years for this title and I am happy to have taken this journey with these four women.

Marcus Wharton, the Duke of Blackthorne rescues Josie Wentworth from some rogue Sioux who were determined to see her dead with a gold watch and an ivory knife. After bringing her home with him to England to nurse her back to health he realizes his fiancee may not be to happy about the woman and asks his best friend (and fian
La Cava
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Blackthorne's Bride is a wonderfully written novel. The story is interwoven with other books written by Ms. Johnston, but I enjoyed it as a stand-alone novel.

The tale of Josie Wentworth and Marcus Wharton, the Duke of Blackthorne is full of excitement, intrigue, passion and love. Josie is an unusual heroine as she was completely adaptable to whatever situation she found herself in. The transition from serving as a maid to becoming a Duchess is elegantly maneuvered, without any angst involved. F
Darlene Jernigan
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a lovely and satisfying way to end the "Mail Order Brides "series: "Texas Bride," "Wyoming Bride," and "Montana Bride" Yes, it can be read as a stand alone story, but don't deprive yourself of the others. They are all amazing! It is one of my favorite series. It is packed with steam and romance. This is the eagerly awaited story of Josie, the youngest Wentworth sister, whisked away to England after being rescued from a tribe of renegade Indians by a handsome Duke. I don't want to give too m ...more
Tracy Emro
Mar 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
*I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC provided to me by NetGalley and the publisher*

This is the first book I have read by this author and I really enjoyed the book. It is the final installment in a series, but I had no problems reading it as a stand alone title, the author gave a lot of backstory and I never felt lost with references to previous books. In fact she gave enough backstory on Josie's sisters that I want to read their stories!

This story opens with Marcus, the Duke of Blackth
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
While visiting America, Marcus, Duke of Blackthorne, rescued Josie Wentworth who was being tortured by Indians. Not knowing anything about her, he, and his soon to be brother-in-law David, took her back to England to heal. David was supposed to send her back to America when she was well, but instead sent her to work at Marcus’s remote estate. Marcus’s two nephews live there with a governess and housekeeper who don’t like the boys. Josie’s family in America has hired Pinkerton agents to find her ...more
My long awaited book is finally out .. with nice input on all sisters and nice wrap-up <3

Josie the youngest sister of the Wentworth bunch is lost, beaten, bought and eventually taken to Britain.
2 years later she is finally found by Pinkerton detective. She comes to her inheritance and preparing to go to America to meet her family again. However, since her life changes in the past 2 years, she wishes to make more changes that she was unable to do as poor women with no means. and to carry on wit
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Thank you to NetGalley and Random House for the ARC of this book in exchange for a honest review.

This book is part of a series but it really don't need to read the other books to follow it because you get constant information about the other characters so you kind of already know their backstory. While I generally don't expect much from historical romances this book kind of let me down. For one, there's somewhat of a sub-plot romance that hijacks the book towards the end. I get the author needed
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I would like to thank Joan Johnston, Dell at Penguin Random House, and NetGalley for allowing me to read an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Josephine Wentworth despises the Duke of Blackthorne. He’d saved her life, nursed her back to health, and promised to return her to her family—then shut her up in one of his deteriorating properties in the middle of nowhere to become a slave—or rather, a maid-of-all-work—under the most spite
Tonya Lucas
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was fantastic!!! Blackthorne’s Bride was phenomenal and answered so many questions I had about The Blackthorne’s and how they came to be, in Texas.
Josie and Marcus’s story was so well crafted. It’s a perfect ending to The Brides series.
Joan Johnston’s has crafted an amazing saga, that will weave itself into your heart for eternity.
Make sure you enjoy them all: The LoneStar Sisters Trilogy, The 4 BitterCreek Bride Series, And of course the contemporary BitterCreek Series with the King’s Br
Lillian Slater
This book was really cute. A fun, quirky twist on your typical mail order bride story.
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
I couldn't wait to read Josie's story but now that I have it's bittersweet because it's the end the mail-order bride series. Technically this book can be read on it's own but I highly recommend reading all of the series. In fact I'm tempted to go back and reread them just to refresh my memory of what happened to each of the Wentworth girls. Josie has been missing from the family for two years after she was kidnapped by Sioux Indians after their wagon was attacked. Fortunately, Josie was rescued ...more
Teresa Kostrzewski
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm completely invested in the lives of the Wentworth sisters. I reread the 3 previous books to get ready for Blackthorne's Bride. Can't decide which is my favorite. Josie's character is written so well, with many layers. Josie has had to overcame so much in her young life. She will always have physical and emotional scars. Josie had quite a few funny, hand on forehead moments with the English nobles, made me laugh out loud.
I promise this book will keep you wanting to turn the page long into th
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Joan Johnston (born Little Rock, Arkansas) is a best-selling American author of over forty contemporary and historical romance novels.

Johnston was the third of seven children born to an Air Force sergeant and his music-teacher wife. She received a B.A. in theatre arts from Jacksonville University in 1970, then earning an M.A. in theatre from the University of Illinois, Urbana in 1971. She received

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