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Tainted Bride (Forever Brides #1)

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Only trust can save her….

Sailing to London, Sophia Braighton only hopes to escape certain ruin. But when she arrives, her Great Aunt Daphne has other plans for the American-born beauty. Determined to marry off her niece to a man of means, she propels Sophia into London society, not knowing that the young woman’s trust in men is shattered. In fact, Sophia never expects to
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Kindle Edition, 234 pages
Published September 27th 2016 by Lyrical Press
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Sissy's Romance Book Review
'Tainted Bride' by A.S. Fenichel is the first book in the "Forever Brides" series. It is story of Sophia Braighton and Daniel Fallon.
Sophia lives in America but has come to London for a season at the wishes of her parents. Sophia's father is from London and has family there. So Sophia does as they ask even though she does not wish to be married after a traumatic issue that happened to her with she was just 16. Sophia ends up meeting a few people that she grows strong friendships with while in L
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L.R.W. Lee
Jan 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars!

This is a book that deals with the difficult subject of sexual assault and the impact it has on victims as fantasizes back in the Victorian era. I applaud the author for how she dealt with the subject as I'm sure it would have been even more difficult to dealt with it in a time when the man would certainly had no impact on, but it would have completely ruined the woman.

That said, I thought the story line was engaging and the outcome satisfying. It was a sweet romance and I'll probably
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Krystal
Sep 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
This story deals with a very touchy subject that may be triggering for some readers. Yet somehow the author manages to approach it in a way that not only comes across as realistic, but also straddles the line of seriousness without becoming depressing.

The characters were also very well done, each of the "main" players having a distinctive personality, although there were times when I didn't agree with how they acted or reacted to certain situations. For example, while I understood Sophie's depr
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Dilushani Jayalath
Jul 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
Kindly received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

Generally I don't give such a low rating for an historical romance considering I'm more biased towards that genre more than New Adult and Contemporary also but this book just didn't do it for me. The story was too shallow and it just developed way too fast. But the real turn off for me? Daniel Fallon was to feminine for my taste. He could have been a bit better more manly? Maybe that's not the word but whatever it is I didn'
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Barbara Rogers
Sep 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
*I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

While I thoroughly liked the book, I don't care for the title because it makes it sound like she did something wrong and she didn't. I understand that that was the way it was thought of during that time, but I just don't think we have to support it by making titles sound that way. Just sayin

A. S. Fenichel is a new author for me but I'll definitely read more of her books in the future.

I usually steer
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Hannah
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
ARC REVIEW

I love books like this, books that I know have been a labor of love and healing for the author. It's a very emotional and heartfelt story and knowing that so much of the author's self is put into makes it so much better. In her acknowledgements in the beginning of the book she says this book was part of a healing process, you can tell the emotion behind the hurt and the tragedy was palpable. The writing was beautifully done, the character development was clear and well done. Lady Daph
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Carmella Siciliano
Aug 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received a free ARC in exchange for an honest opinion.

Sophia is being sent to London, to her Great Aunt, for a Season in hopes that she will find a husband. Sophia has no intentions on marrying, she just wants to get through the Season and then she can go back home and live her life without hearing anymore about finding a husband.

The reason she is in London? She has been "ruined" by actions that were none of her own, by someone who was a trusted friend of the family and someone she had known
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Lisa
Jul 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bur-2016
What a wonderfully charming book that handles a terrible personal trauma with grace and tenderness. Sophia is no shrinking violet; she has spunk and engenders loyalty quickly upon arriving in London. The author has created a strong setting of support and friendships for Sophia. The friends that surround her are as developed as our hero and heroine. With her friend’s help she is able to move on with her life ad embrace the possibilities the future holds.

In Lord Daniel Fallon, the Earl of Marlton
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Amary Chapman
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
A rich historical with true to the time descriptions.
Sophia is sent to London to the marriage mart after the scandal in Philadelphia by her parents in hope that she will find a match. Greeted by what appears to be a stuffy Aunt Daphne, she quickly sees through the 'stiff upper lip' facade to the warm woman she hides from the ton.
James is not looking for a match, indeed he caught his former fiancee in 'flagrante delicto' and has trust issues.
Read the tale of their budding relationship and the tr
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Monique
Sep 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
After a disheartening voyage of six weeks at sea, Miss Sophia Braighton of Philadelphia sets foot on English soil. Her great-aunt Lady Daphne Collington is to chaperone her in her London season, in hopes of Sophia securing a husband. However, because of a scandal in America, Sophia doesn’t want a husband. Ever. Not even when Daniel Fallon, the earl of Marlton sends her heart aflutter. Daniel is immediately smitten by the beautiful American, but can he overcome the betrayal of a former fiancée?

TA
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Gemma Brocato
Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Sophia Braighton had no idea what to expect upon her move to London. She's been in a state of emotional freeze since a family friend attacked and raped her three years previously. She informs her Great Aunt Daphne she has no plans to marry, which Daphne refuses to believe. Sophia immediately makes several close friends, and enters Society, simply going through the courtship motions. At least until she meets Daniel Fallon.

Daniel has a few issues of his own, and is quick to become jealous and a li
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Laura Reading
Tainted bride has all the elements of a satisfying Regency piece, the terrible ton making life impossible with their gossip mongering; the Philadelphia, America crowd is no better than the Londoners. Sophia's dour aunt gives her a second chance at a life that Sophia is now convinced she does not want. Lady Daphne Collington is my favorite character in this book. She hass all the spunk and feistiness due a dowager.
Sophia's character goes through much emotional trauma over the course of this book.
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Gillian Smith
Apr 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
A good story showing how an incident in the past can effect your life, but how friends and family can help you understand and move on. Characters were believable and likeable (mostly), and the warmth between them was evident from the moment they met... I look forward to book 2 and catching up with them and their lives..
Patricia
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved the story, the characters, and the intrigue. Had me on the edge of my seat at the end. This was a stay up way past bedtime to finish read.
Carla
Nov 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
**I received a free eARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

Sophia has been hurt by a man, and her reputation suffered a lot after that. Since the attack, she finds it really hard to trust men, and can't see herself getting married to one. She thinks they just care about their own satisfaction and nothing else, and she can't stand the thought of having a man touch her.

It's really sad to see that Sophia is blamed for what happened, like she was responsible for such
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Marti
Tainted Bride by A.S. Fenichel is the first book in a series called Forever Brides. Sophia Braighton is facing ruin, but as a last ditch effort, her family ships her to England in order to find a husband. Sophia does not want a husband as men are untrustworthy. Her dreams of a husband and children are banished; she just wants to live a quiet life. Her great aunt takes her under her wing and Sophia is thrust into society. Daniel Fallon does not trust women and has no desire to be roped into a mar ...more
Connie Fischer
Sep 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Miss Sophia Braighton is sailing to London from Philadelphia to stay with her aunt and uncle. She is met by Lady Daphne Collington, her great-aunt, who informs her that her aunt and uncle are in the countryside and that she will be staying with her. The woman is a dowager countess and the widow of an earl.

Sophia is quite taken with the beauty of the size of Aunt Daphne’s London townhouse. It hadbeen gifted to her by her son, the Earl of Grafton.

The first morning, she learns from her aunt that a
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N.N. Light
I'm a huge historical romance fan, especially stories about Colonial Americans who travel to Britain. The premise of this story grabbed me right away. What I wasn't prepared for was the honest, non-romanticized, portrayal of rape and female slavery in Tainted Bride. Well done, Fenichel!

Sophia is a beautifully strong yet feminine main character and I found myself wanting to hug her. She's gone through so much pain and abuse, no thanks to that villain scumbag. She flees to England to her aunt's ca
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Pamela
Aug 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Rated 4.5!

Sophia Braighton has left her home in America to start over. In England, her parents hope that she will find a suitor and marry. Sophia refuses to do so and she has her reasons, but that doesn't mean she cannot enjoy the season. Everything is going swimmingly until she meets Daniel Fallon, the Earl of Marlton. There is just something about the man she cannot resist, try as she may.

Daniel knows from the first moment he sees Sophia that he wants her. She is the only woman who will do to
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Melody  May (What I'm Reading)
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Not gonna lie, the cover intrigued me. Yep, the cover totally drew me in. It must have been the dress. Pretty sure it was the dress. Anyway, the story wasn't bad, but it wasn't great. I'm going to take into consideration that it's a first book. The beginning of Tainted Bride was a little slow, and I was gonna give up, but I stuck with the story. Which did get got better. The middle of the story was really good. I mean given Daniel's past he was understanding to Sophia's
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Shannan
Sep 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tainted Bride review by Shannan

I rather enjoyed A.S. Fenichel's Regency romance, Tainted Bride, which looks to be the first of a new series called The Forever Brides. From the beginning as Sophia gets off the boat from Philadelphia to London until the final words of the epilogue, Fenichel hold the reader's attention. As a survivor of rape and of the feeling of pain that comes of family choosing to hide the scandal vs prosecute the offender, the author handled the attack, nightmares, how the secr
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Clare O'Beara
I like that this tale brings a girl from a good Philadelphia family to London in the hope of meeting a suitable husband. We get a few contrasts and yet see how similar the well-off classes of the two countries were. Our heroine has been made to look compromised by a libertine in America so she's hoping to arrange a match before anyone finds out on the British scene. That being the case, I was astonished that the girl up and tells several people she has just met, all about it over the next few we ...more
Lillian Cummings
Sep 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Everyone deserves a second chance. Sophia has come to London, she doesn't want to be here but her father has given her no choice in the matter. She doesn't want to get married, she is scared of what it entitles. She finds herself annoyed with Daniel Marlton has he won't give up he wants her and he can't keep away, she is all he thinks about. Sophia can't understand why he wants her, he has money, is handsome and she is just her.
Sophia knows that she can't ever marry Daniel no matter who much she
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Janet
Sep 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Sophia Braighton is sent from America to her Great Aunt Daphne who propels Sophia into London society, not knowing that the young woman’s trust in men is shattered after being raped three years earlier. In fact, Sophia never expects to ever feel anything for a man. Then again, she never expects to find herself in the company of the Earl of Marlton

From the moment he sees Sophia, Daniel Fallon feels alive in a way he has not since his broken engagement. Though the vulnerable beauty shies from the
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Nicole Laverdure
Jul 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Touching love story!

A.S. Fenichel is a new author for me! I loved her first story, Tainted Bride, in the Forever Brides series. I'd like to say "It's a real rollercoaster ride of emotions," and some scenes are so touching, dramatic and emotional. This story is all about finding peace and happiness after a tragedy. I liked her two main characters, Sophia and Daniel.

Tainted Bride is mostly Sophia's story. The heroine leaves America to move to England with her great aunt Daphne, a very strict pers
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CARLA
Jul 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I haven't read a lot of historical romance lately but this one has reawakened my love for them. I think I will have to start reading more historical now. Fenichel did a wonderful job creating well rounded characters. The story line is exciting and keeps your attention. Daniel is definitely the guy we all want to find in life. He thought love wasn't for him after a bad experience but Sophia has made him rethink his decision. Sophia has had a very rough couple of years and is de ...more
Christine Woinich
Sep 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This story has some really dark elements, but I really enjoyed Sophia and Daniel's journey. Sophia had prepared herself for the life of a spinster until she made new friends and met Daniel. The attraction to Daniel was swift and strong, though she fought it for a while. Once Daniel set his eye on Sophia, he was determined to have her, although his past gave him some misgivings. With friends all around both of them, helping and advising, these two found their HEA. This is the first in the series ...more
Isha Coleman
Aug 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Sophia is a woman in denial. About many things. Including her attraction to Daniel. Daniel has his sights set on the beautiful, yet fragile angel that has awakened his dormant emotions. All at once he feels protective and enamored. Daniel is the dashing knight that seeks to rescue the damsel in distress. That annoyed me some, but the way the author handled Sophia's painful reveal took some on the aggravation away. Tainted Bride is a story of empowerment, sacrifice and healing.
Diana Hopkins
Aug 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed it. I love historical fiction. Sophia travels to London to stay with relatives to escape a past horrible secret. Lord Daniel is immediately attracted to her and when he learns of her secret he wants revenge on the man who hurt her. This book has passion, adventure and love. I hope others enjoy it as much as I did
Barbara Literski
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Sophie comes to England to live with family. Sophie's life is over(she thinks) but that does not mean that she can not help other people. Daniel walks in, she can't resist him! When her enemy arrives in England, she has to open up and tell what happened.
Excellent story about not letting overcoming your fears!
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