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A Bride of the Plains

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Paperback, 138 pages
Published December 2nd 2015 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published 1915)
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Aug 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I kept thinking the author was Willa Cather so I wasn't necessarily expecting a good outcome. ...more
Feb 22, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-of-1915
As you may know, I’m a big Baroness Orczy fan. For my round up of 1915, I have to give her credit for something very special: although basically the entire world is embroiled in war, she is the ONLY author to address this. She was the ONLY one to write about war, and in Hungary in the Carpathian basin, more or less where all the trouble began. (Okay, I guess there’s also Mariano Azuela writing about the Mexican revolution. But still, props to the Baroness!) I know the production schedule for pub ...more
Jul 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Bride of the Plains- is more specifically, a bride of the Great Hungarian Plain, and a little village close to Hungary's present-day border with Romania.

The bride part- well, I can’t recall a wimpier, more irritating heroine. I honestly didn’t care what happened to Elsa, except that I did hope Andor, the hero, came out smiling. Andor loved Elsa, so this meant I had to root for the bride as well.

The first part of the book bogs down in description- beautiful descriptions that I enjoyed, but you
Read in an e-version. This is Baroness Orczy's nod to her own land of birth, Hungary, but it is not a tale of the aristocrats from whom she sprang, but a tale of the peasants, and it is just as patronizing and sentimental as you might expect.

Sigh. Orczy writes such insipid female characters. Even Marguerite, who is meant to be a proper foil and match for the intrepid Sir Percy Blakeney, is endlessly a victim and in peril. But Elsa, the Bride of the title, is truly a victim in every possible way
A Bride of the Plains by Emmuska Orczy is the story of Elsa, a Hungarian peasant around the turn of the century. Her true love is presumed dead, and she has been persuaded to marry a wealthy, loutish, churlish neighbor. Then she discovers that her beloved Andor is not really dead after all. Add in a flirtatious neighbor girl (Klara) and her jealous fiancée and you have all the makings of an old-fashioned romance.

And it is old-fashioned, in its ethics and its prejudices. What else can you call it
Mar 13, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was glad this wasn't the first of Orczy's books I'd read, as I'm not sure I'd have read any others after it! The descriptions of Hungary are beautiful, but they go on... and on... and on. I really did have to force myself more than once to plough through it. I didn't particularly like any of the characters, other than Klara, and overall, I found the book rather plodding and unsatisfactory. ...more
Sonal Panse
Beautiful descriptions, but the hero, Andor, and the heroine, Elsa, were just not likable. All my sympathies with the villain, Béla, and the villainess, Klara.
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Full name: Emma ("Emmuska") Magdolna Rozália Mária Jozefa Borbála Orczy de Orczi was a Hungarian-British novelist, best remembered as the author of THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL (1905). Baroness Orczy's sequels to the novel were less successful. She was also an artist, and her works were exhibited at the Royal Academy, London. Her first venture into fiction was with crime stories. Among her most popular c ...more

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