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Desperate Bride

(Forever Brides #3)

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4.28  ·  Rating details ·  78 ratings  ·  34 reviews
An unexpected promise . . . an everlasting passion.

An accomplished musician, Dorothea Flammel has refused more proposals than any London debutante; her only true love is her music. Dory’s shimmering talent and beauty have long been adored from afar by Thomas Wheel, an untitled gentleman who can only dream of asking for the hand of a nobleman’s daughter. But when her father
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Published September 26th 2017 by Kensington Publishing
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N.N. Light
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dory has only ever loved one thing: music. An accomplished musician and composer, she has longed to grow old with her music but as a daughter of a Lord and Lady, she must marry and marry well. When her unfeeling parents order her to marry Lord Hartly (a man old enough to be her grandfather), she must act and quickly.



Thomas has been half in love with Dory for years but she’s above his station in life and the ton, let alone her parents, would never approve of him offering marriage. But in a strang
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Dory has only ever loved one thing: music. An accomplished musician and composer, she has longed to grow old with her music but as a daughter of a Lord and Lady, she must marry and marry well. When her unfeeling parents order her to marry Lord Hartly (a man old enough to be her grandfather), she must act and quickly.



Thomas has been half in love with Dory for years but she’s above his station in life and the ton, let alone her parents, would never approve of him offering marriage. But in a strang
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Nikita (NjKinny's World of Books & Stuff)
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: historical romance lovers
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DESPERATE BRIDE by A.S. Fenichel is the first book by the author that I have read and I enjoyed the story. In this book, we meet Dorothea who is an accomplished musician and loves music. The adventure starts when her father arranges her match with a lecherous Earl. She elopes with Thomas Wheel who has secretly loved her from afar but never hoped for her agreement.

The writing is crisp and engaging and had me engaged throughout. While I loved the story, at s
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Hannah
Sep 26, 2017 rated it liked it
ARC REVIEW

Desperate Bride is book three in A.S. Fenichel's Forever Brides series. While I like the author and the other two books in the series this one was kind of depressing for me. I'm not partial to books the make me feel depressed.

In this one we have Dorothea and Thomas. In the previous books Dory has always come across as straightforward, levelheaded, and so absorbed into her music. In this book we see a more insecure side. Thomas is utterly devoted to Dory and she's too oblivious to rea
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Nicole
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received this book from net galley for an honest review. Thank you!!

This novel was a good read. I did not read the other novels in the series but it is not necessary for the story line. You can read the other books if you want to know about the supporting characters in the novel.
Lady Dorothea Flammel, the daughter of an earl, is an accomplished musician. She has a passion for music and desires to perform in front of others, but because she is a woman, it is considered scandalous. When her fat
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Amanda Richardson
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another really great story by A.S. Fenichel, “A Desperate Bride” was an enjoyable read. Dory is being forced to marry an old codger who her father owes money to and she finally rebels against the marriage. She proposes to Thomas Wheel and asks him to marry her. They both enjoy music and he will be the perfect man to give her time and space to compose music and play.

Thomas absolutely adores Dory, but is worried she won’t be happy married to him. He refuses her proposal until he realizes she is tr
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Patrica Liebe
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was Given a copy of this Book by NetGalley for an honest review.
This book was a lovely read filled with so many misunderstandings. The two main characters Dory and Thomas spend so much time not saying the right things to each other but going their own way. I had a bit of a frustrated scream about their silly behaviour. There is a evil villain and a very debt-ridden father, a mother who changes her mind and a great cast of friends and family which help to keep the story fresh. I recommend this
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Mary
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a romantic and dramatic story. Tom is sweet, charming, captivating and vulnerable. Dory is oblivious, determined and naive. They marry to save her from being sold to pay her father's debts, but Tom has been in love with Dory for years. All she wants is her music. They start the marriage off with hope, but it soon turns bad. Inside and outside influences cause strife. It's an intriguing storyline with endearing characters.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley. This i
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Jill
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love a good Historical Romance!! Dory proposes to Thomas in order to save herself from having to marry an unsavory man. So, they run off together and get married and of course this is where things starts to get interesting. Thomas has loved her from afar but was beneath her class so he never even tried courting her since it was pointless but Dory's feelings are getting stronger for Thomas. Then that unsavory man decides that no one gets away with leaving him, so he's going to duel with Thomas. ...more
Sharon
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A tale of great love and great misunderstanding with malice, greed and friendship mixed in to make a fine tale. I read this in one sitting, being unable to put it down. At 3 AM I finally finished and set it down. I now must go back and read the first two tales and then await a tale for Marcus which the author will hopefully write soon.
Lux Lewis
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
This is not to my liking. I can not endear to the heroine.
Robyn Creedon
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolute Page Turner

A compelling story well written. I had a hard time putting it down. I highly recommend it for a bit of light reading.
Kaycie
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My mother received this book as an ARC from Goodreads.

first reaction when finishing the book: I hated this book and I love this book. That being said, you have to read this book. The characters were so real and vivid - they were full, complex, real people. Infuriating at times, but so, so real.

other thoughts: I really enjoyed this book, but the cover and title almost caused me to not even read it. For what ended up being a very classy, well written novel with complex characters, the cover really
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JoJo
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, arc, ebook, netgalley
Dorothea (Dory) Flammel is in a tough spot. Having rejected too many eligible men over the course of several seasons, her options are limited. Then, she is not given any option at all as her father makes an agreement for her hand in marriage in exchange for the forgiveness of his enormous debt. To a very old man. The man who is known for his wandering eye and misogyny.

Thomas Wheel has loved hearing Dory play the pianoforte, especially when she does not know other people are in the room. They ha
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Lesley
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I Loved It.
This is the first book I have read by this author and I was attracted by the story of a young woman with an outstanding musical talent, constricted by her parents and the mores of the day. Lady Dory pours all her passion into music, it is her reason for living and she is terrified that, with marriage, it will be taken away from her and so refuses all offers of marriage. However this backfires on her when her parents declare they will choose her husband. The Earl of Hartley is lecherou
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Krystal
Aug 02, 2017 rated it liked it

Although this is part three in a series, you do not need to have read the first two in order for this story to make sense. You will not feel as though you are missing anything by not reading it, and if you have read the others, you will be happy to see some familiar faces make an appearance in this story.

As someone who has read and enjoyed the other two novels in this series, I have to say this one was a bit of a disappointment. It wasn't that there was a problem with the author's writing style
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Janet
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
An accomplished musician, Dorothea Flammel has refused many marriage proposals; her only true love is her music. Dory’s shimmering talent and beauty have long been adored from afar by Thomas Wheel, an untitled gentleman who can only dream of asking for the hand of an Earl’s daughter. Then when her father is deep in debt he arranges for Dory to marry the elderly lecherous Earl Hartly to solve his money problems, she runs to Thomas—and proposes marriage to him.
At first Tom refuses but whe
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Connie Fischer
Oct 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Thomas Wheel is a single man working in his study late one evening when Lady Dorothea (Dory) Flammel arrives at his home. Her brother, Markus, is Thomas’s good friend and Dory is the daughter of an earl.

Dory explains that her reason for being there is that she needs a husband and asks him to marry her. It appears she needs to find a way to get out of her parents’ plan to marry her to the elderly Henry Casper, the Earl of Hartley. Her father is a known drunk and marrying her to Hartley will enabl
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Courtney  Hagel-Swinson
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh my angst! The struggle is real in this story. After Michael and Elinor, I was really looking forward to Tom and Dory's story and Andie did not disappoint. The chemistry was there in Foolish Bride and it carried over perfectly into Desperate Bride even though Dory was clueless. And that seems to be the problem throughout this story. Dory is completely clueless when it comes to her feelings for Tom and his for her. It's understandable since she grew up with such abhorrent parents, or it would s ...more
Sissy's Romance Book Review
'Desperate Bride' by A.S. Fenichel is book Three in the "Forever Brides' series. This is the story of Dorothea Flammel and Thomas Wheel. This can be a standalone book.
Dory loves her music and would be happy with just that in her life. But as a Lady and her father having a title she is doomed to marry. Her father though takes it further and tries to marry her off to an old mean man.
Thomas has worshiped Dory but knows that he is to below her level for him to be more to her. But when she comes to
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Marti
Desperate Bride by A S Fenichel

Desperate Bride by A S Fenichel is a fun romp in the historical romance genre. The characters are interesting and the plot line is not too overdone. Dorothea Flammel is desperate for a solution to her dilemma. Her father has essentially sold her to an older man, an Earl. The man is not known for being nice, safe or even acceptable to most of the ton, except he welds power. Dory’s family life is not ideal; she knows her only role in the family is to marry well, but
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Laura
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book; this is the third book in the Forever Brides series and is was written by A.S. Fenichel. An accomplished musician, Dorothea Flammel has refused more proposals than any London debutante; her only true love is her music. Dory’s shimmering talent and beauty have long been adored from afar by Thomas Wheel, an untitled gentleman who can only dream of asking for the hand of a nobleman’s daughter. But when her father, the insolvent Lord Flammel, arranges for Dory to marry a lecher ...more
Jan Goodard
Dec 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thomas Wheel has loved Dorothea Flannel from afar for years. He loves her musical talent, her beauty, and her gentle heart, never dreaming she could be his. The fate intervened when he saved her from the marriage her parents were arranging for her with a lecherous old earl. Although they elope to Scotland, their marriage is filled with one issue after another. The least of which is that Tom desperately loves, but she does not return his love. Or does she? It takes several near disasters for them ...more
Lori D
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dorothea Flammel was desperate and Thomas Wheel seemed to be her answer. Trying to escape an arranged marriage to a horrible man, Dorry goes to Tom, who she has known forever through her brother. Tom has admired her from afar but never felt he could court her due to him not being titled and Dorry was the daughter of a nobleman. Dorry asks Tom if he would consider marrying her in order to save her from the Earl she is being forced to marry. What follows is a story of strong emotions, scandal and ...more
Robin
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a well-written, entertaining historical romance. Dorothea (Dory), a nobleman's beautiful daughter, has turned down many proposals because her greatest passion is playing music. Thomas adores her from afar, knowing that without a title he has no right to ask for her hand in marriage. Dory's father arranges to marry Dory to a lecherous Earl to pay off his gambling debts, and Dory begs Thomas to marry her instead. She thought it would be a marriage of convenience, but slowly they begin to ...more
Lesley
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
The third book in this series finds Dorothea Flammell desperate to wed to avoid being sold off into marriage by her father. She turns to Thomas Wheel who is not titled, but has long loved her from afar. At first he refuses, but is soon convinced when seeing her potential husband.

The romance itself was good - they both share a love of music and that was an interesting twist. Similar to the last book of the series, the conflict between the two was strange to me and felt a little forced just to hav
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Aud
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Desperate Bride" by A. S. Fenichel ,,, It took me longer (elapsed time) to read this story than it should have... I got interrupted a few times by other commitments for my time. But I hurried back as quickly as possible.. I had to discover, if and how, Tom and Dory, could or would, overcome their fear of emotional pain. Would they ever trust themselves and each other enough to dare to reach for what they wanted most. A good, fun read.. Very glad I took the opportunity to spend time with Tom, Do ...more
Amy Alvis
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adored Thomas and Dory's story!

A marriage of convenience is not going to work when one party is in love with the other, but Thomas will do anything for Dory even if it means breaking his own heart. These two were so good together! My heart kept breaking as I read the story and all the stumbling blocks that they came across during the beginning of their marriage.

This was a great conclusion to this series. Fenichel's next series, Everton Domestic Society, starts with the story of Dory
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Kimberley
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dory loves playing her music and her parents want her married. She has said no to each man that has been interested in fear of having a marriage like her parents. Her father has no sense of money and is in debt so makes a deal with a old man to marry his daughter. To save herself she asks Tom her brothers best friend to marry her. After a lot of thought he agrees can they find happiness and can Dory learn that love is not bad.
Kristine (A Cozy Booknook)
Dec 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, romance
This is a delightful story with complex characters and an intriguing story. I found Dory, the heroine, a little frustrating at times for not believing in Thomas’s love for her. Otherwise, I really enjoyed the story. I look forward to reading more from this author in the future.

I received a copy of this book from the author, my review has been voluntarily submitted.
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