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The China Bride

(The Bride Trilogy #2)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  1,617 ratings  ·  103 reviews
A lord yearning for adventure and a lonely woman longing for a home...

The daughter of a Scottish father and a Chinese mother, Troth Montgomery grew up in Macao fluent in the language and culture of both parents, but her father's sudden death condemned her to a shadowy life as an interpreter in Canton. Then Kyle Renbourne, viscount and adventurer, discovers her true iden
Kindle Edition, 448 pages
Published December 29th 2017 (first published 2000)
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Very enchanting wonderful story filled with suspense, adventure and emotional angst-filled trials. Surprised the hell out of me how much I enjoyed it. This was a 5 star read from the beginning. If it wasn't for the 2nd half of the book I would have given this a 5 star without hesitation. I thought both the hero and heroine were unique fully fleshed out real original characters who I really loved and enjoyed reading about. Troth is a half-Scottish half-Chinese woman who's been forced to live her
Dec 24, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm hovering between a 3 and a 4 stars on this one. I may have read too many MJP books recently, however I think this one only rates a 3 star. I liked it but didn't love it. Loved the location though- fascinating look at China where the author has some links. The heroine was an extremely appealing character forced to live as a boy following the death of her parents. I liked her martial arts skills- I always prefer the type of heroine who saves the hero from the bad guys to the type that weeps in ...more
Read this pre-goodreads days.. Here's what I wrote at the time:
After over a year of trading by post, I met Oriana78 when I was in Paris and we did a trade over the table in a cafe.... with a lovely nice long chat about books, life etc!

Actually read this a while ago and forgot to journal it. I really enjoyed it and it's more or less a keeper, although almost all of my keepers are available for rings or loans (hence the available setting).

Just thought I'd add the book description from Amazon.
Alexa Whitewolf
Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mary Jo really knows how to blend in history, romance and enough drama to make your head spin. Her heroines are fierce, the heroes wonderfully male, and it all makes for a splendid tale that takes you on a roller coaster ride all over!

The China Bride was elegantly written, full of tidbits - both real and fictional - of China. I thoroughly enjoyed the explanations of tai chi and feng chui, and the intricacies of wing shun. Wonderful blend of information and storytelling.

The love story 😍😍😍 Kyle a
Belinda Kroll
As always, an entertaining read from Mary Jo Putney. This book was so informative! I learned so much about Chinese culture from the 1830s that corresponded with what I knew already. I've never read a book that explained the core of tai chi so well, and I loved that the heroine, because of her dual upbringing in both Chinese tradition and Scottish, had no problem with pre-marital sex so I didn't have to slog through the usual "Oh no, I shouldn't be doing this, but it feels so good!" that we usual ...more
Feb 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
4 stars
Loved the exotic location. She really gave a sense of how profoundly different Chinese and European cultures were at that time, as well as how adamant China was in remaining separate from the west.
Dec 28, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The China Bride - VG+
Putney, Mary Jo

Born to a Scottish father, Troth Montgomery, betrothed to her life as a concubine, never imagined she would one day leave the Orient to arrive at the English estate of a stranger -- the brother of the man who had briefly been her husband. Kyle Renbourne, Viscount of Maxwell, had taken Troth as his bride shortly before his apparent execution in a Chinese prison. Now, as his widow, she is entitled to the home she always dreamed of but remains haunted by the memo
May 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book so much! I believe it would be a mistake to categorize this as "historical romance" but that comes the closest. The main characters are very well developed and very interesting. The heroine is multi-racial, having a Chinese mother and a Scottish father. It begins in China and I found the circumstances surrounding her upbringing and the way it impacted her personality fascinating! I also found the character development very interesting, as Mary Jo Putney doesn't always take th ...more
May 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My first 5 star waiting for a book on goodreads belongs to the China Bride. I've been working my way through Ms. Putney's back catalog after devouring her Lost Lords series. This book had all the parts of romance that I love a will they or won't they, an almost thwarted HEA, jumping around with the timeline. I loved the China setting and wish more historicals could leave Britain and head elsewhere. The characters were fully developed and even though I'm reading in the middle of a series, I was n ...more
Jul 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is #2 in The Bride Trilogy. Troth is born of a Scottish father and a Chinese mother. When her father is killed, she is at risk in China. She is taken in as an interpreter in Canton and also serves as a concubine. She is briefly married to Kyle, the Viscount Maxwell, of Scottland. He is believed dead after a trip to the forbidden Temple Hoshan and Troth is left to travel on her own to his estate in Scottland. I liked book 1, The Wild Child, a little better and would probably give this book a ...more
May 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My grade: A-. I liked this book. Both characters had open, inquiring minds. And both were vulnerable people--Kyle to the point of having a spiritual crisis. I liked the Chinese culture and that part of the setting was China. It made for a different story and a very different heroine. I enjoyed her unique ways of looking at things, her strength. It seemed to take a bit long for Kyle to get with the love-quest. I didn't read the first book and had no problem following this one or relating to the c ...more
Aug 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At first, I was not enjoying the story going back and forth in time. It was a little confusing. However, as I got more and more immersed in the book, it didn't bother me and I eventually appreciated the way it was written. I cried with this book. Sure, there were sad parts, but there were happy parts as well that were so sweet that I felt what the characters were feeling. I fell in love with both Kyle and Troth.
Michelle T.
Oct 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. Not like the first book of The Bride Trilogy, the China Bride open a whole new world of knowledge for me... There were a lot of things that I learn reading this book.
When I think about the characters it makes me happy to think they found each other, love, and the freedom they need it. Kyle lost he's first love and he never thought the he will ever love again. Until he meet Throth, and each other they found the love and peace that they both need...
Patricia Solla
Jan 13, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-books
This is the second book in a triology by the author. I read the first book which I had and it made me want to read the rest. I was a little confused by the author's jumping from one time frame to another instead just writing about each event one after the other until I got to the end. Then I realized why the author wrote the story in this manor. Good story and good characters. I'm looking forward to reading the third book.
Sep 26, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I throughly enjoyed this book. From the first page, I was hooked and dragged into Troth Montgomery's double life. I admired her character and her strengh of spirit as she was forced to deny her true idenitity. The book never dragged, it always kept a comfortable pace, and I also was intrigued by the historical aspect. Troth's ever changing relationship with Kyle also kept me guessing. If you want a fun, light, read with a little supense on the side...this is the one.
Jul 24, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As with WILD CHILD, another beautifully written book. This one has a much less preposterous premise, which made it more enjoyable to read. The details of life for Englishmen in China during the early part of the 19th century was fascinating. The novel's ending, though, echoed the ending of WILD CHILD far too much. Can't lovers get together without being threatened with death from a villain who hasn't been a part of the plot until only a handful of pages until the end??
Debby "Piene Raven"
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: authors-o-p
The second book in the Bride Trilogy caught me off guard as it was filled with surprises. It had its measures of suspense, adventure and full of emotions.

Kyle, Lord Maxwell is on his journey to fulfill the emptiness that he has longed wanted to fill that being and heir could never do. Troth Montgomery is a half-Scottish half-Chinese woman who's been forced to live her life as a man named Jin Kang in order to fit into Chinese society that she was born into. Lord Maxwell, crosses paths with Troth
Susan Ross
It took me a long time to find this book. I usually buy my books so I can read them numerous times but this book, for some reason, is out of print and I couldn't find it in the 2nd hand shops. I finally got a copy from the library.

I loved the heroine. I liked the hero but not his unwarranted angst about marriage.

I wasn't crazy about the story switching back and forth in time in the beginning. I'm sure that was to increase the tension in the book and it worked, but I still didn't like it.

Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Following the release of The Wild Child, The China Bride is Mary Jo Putney's third book in the Bride Trilogy and offers her readers a glimpse into the lives of two people who cross paths and cultures in 1830's China. We meet Kyle Renbourne again, still restless and searching for some meaning to his life after Constancia's death. And Mei-Lian Montgomery, unable to claim her identity, yearning to be free of the bonds that keep her from being the person she longs to be. It is a wonderf
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was okay... After the first book I expected to like Kyle a lot, and yet I hesitated for a long time to read this one. Now I know why. It did not hooked me, not the whole China stuff -yeah, I am a minority, not interested in chinese or other asian culture-, but also the romance between the characters, or the lack of convinction in this part. Troth was okay, believable, but Kyle was disapointing. I read this book for him and yet I appreciated a lot when he was not around and the scenes with Dom ...more
Nov 03, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hea
We started off so well with this one... Our female lead: trapped between two worlds, tragic childhood, very intelligent, quiet but daring strength, a marriage of convenience that made sense (rarer than one might think, actually), and heartbreaking scenes when she thinks she'll never find happiness.

But then we go off the rails. A physical relationship that overpowers the actual relationship, weird appropriation and interpretation of Chinese culture, an interminable series of misunderstandings, a
Mar 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Troth Montgomery is the daughter of a Scottish tea trader and a Chinese mother. Growing up in Macao, she learns the religions and cultures of both her parents, but lives an isolated life outside the social worlds of either Chinese or Europeans. She feels alien to Chinese culture because she is tall for a woman and, by Chinese standards, she is "ugly." Her feet were never bound, her hair has waves and reddish highlights and her bones are larger and less prominent. After her parents' deaths, she w ...more
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A captivating read.
This book has recently been re-released (29 Dec 2017) and I don’t know whether the author has updated it to address readers negative feedback but I certainly found nothing to complain about. I particularly enjoyed the first half of the book set in China, with such vivid imagery that I felt I was there. The descriptions of the ancient practice of wing chun (a martial art), the use of feng-shui and the harmonising of chi (life force) were fascinating. I thought the story was wel
Linda Smatzny
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the story of Kyle Renbourne and Troth Montgomery. It begins in 1832 in England when Troth arrives to tell Kyle's family he is dead. Then the story backtracks several months to when and how Troth and Kyle met in Canton, China. Troth is half Scottish and half Chinese but disguised as a young man as lives in Canton. Kyle is at the end of a six year journey to recover from the death of his wife. The story is about how the couple falls in love and then reconnect when Kyle returns from the dea ...more
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a great read!

HI am a huge fan of mary jo Putney and this does not fail. The heroine is forced to masquerade as a man in the China of 1832_and she helps the hero to explore china, which was forbidden to foreigners at that time. Part history lesson, part romance with an unexpected adventure at the end and dying likable characters throughout. The kind of book you can read and re-read
Carole Rae
Mar 16, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book two in the series. I read book one an eon ago and I enjoyed it. The first book followed Dominic and Meriel. This one follows Kyle, Dom's twin brother, and Troth who meet in China. Kyle is heartbroken from his old mistress dying and Troth is now orphaned and being forced to be white person escort and a spy on the side.

I liked the first book. I liked Kyle's side-story so I was excited to read forward...however...I was let down. Kyle was different than what I remembered in the first book.
Gail G
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed China

I enjoyed the journey across China and the strong heroine. The hero was kind and understanding but emotionally subjective. I got tired of the warm and cool relationship between the two and neither admitting their heart. Also, the ending was quick and too cliche with villains and other stuff I won’t mention due to spoilers.

Nevertheless, I did enjoy the adventures, the two cultures, and the families which explains the bump up to 4 stars.
Marilyn Kavanaugh
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Beware Castle Doom!

Scottish traders worked in many parts of the world, including the early American southeast, often marrying local women of a different race to gain a commercial advantage. This story, however, is a story of a spiritual quest of a half Scottish Englishman and a half Scottish Chinese woman.
Mary Ann
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I lve this book.

Kyle is the most open minded characyerthat I've ever read. Troth is a ninja. Theor lobe story is just delightful For the temple of H o shun, I pictured rhe brigh ble Temple of Heaven in Epcot.
Nina Hutson-farley
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great Read!

This s my second book from this author - my first - The Wild Child- I just had to read the second book! Now on to the 3rd book in this trilogy.
I am really enjoying her writing style and her stories.
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She writes young adult fiction as M.J. Putney.

Mary Jo Putney was born in Upstate New York with a reading addiction, a condition for which there is no known cure. After earning degrees in English Literature and Industrial Design at Syracuse University, she did various forms of design work in California and England before inertia took over in Baltimore, Maryland, where she has lived very comfortably

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The Bride Trilogy (3 books)
  • The Wild Child (The Bride Trilogy, #1)
  • The Bartered Bride (The Bride Trilogy, #3)
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