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The Perfect Stranger

(The Merridew Sisters #3)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  2,821 ratings  ·  181 reviews
They vow to love, honor, cherish...

With her signature spirit, Faith Merridew has left everything she's ever known for the man she thought was the love of her life. Instead he leaves her nameand dreamsin the dust. That is, until she crosses paths with Nicholas Blacklock, a Waterloo veteran, who offers to save her reputation with a marriage of convenience.

...And then get to
Mass Market Paperback, 344 pages
Published June 6th 2006 by Berkley Sensation
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Preeti ♥︎ Her Bookshelves
No problem with instalove per se but this is ridiculous.
Otherwise we have a likable pair with an endearing and engaging chemistry (in the ways of AG).
The H is near perfect. Just a tad bossy, a tad overprotective I-will-decide-things-for-you but okay. I won't go into the details - many reviewers have written excellent analyses.

My bit of problem lies with the h. Shes a sweetheart but
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Here are some of my thoughts:
This is my favorite book of this series so far. It is heartwarming, cute, and emotional. It is great to see Faith grow as a person throughout the book. At the beginning, she is weak, reliant, and aimless. By the end, she speaks up for herself and goes after what she wants. You can really see her try harder to be stronger. Also, she goes through such struggles in the beginning, so I respect her even more for it.
Nicholas is a solid character. I like him.
I adore
This is probably one of the most stupid and infuriating book I've ever read. The amount of stupid would have killed me if I hadn't just ignored so many pages.
This book has literally no redeeming feature. None. And I'm the kind of person who doesn't mind dumb books all that much because wow funny.
The Perfect Stranger isn't a funny book at all, not even in that this-is-so-ridiculous-I-have-to-laugh way. It's just appalling.

The characters are all very selfish. They never really stop to consider
Mar 18, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. 4 if it wasn't so blasted early. (Everything is a half-star less great at this hour.)

Faith eloped with what she thought was a Hungarian violinist because she had a dream that her True Love would make beautiful music. (Literal music; not sexy-time body-music.) Nick is the war veteran who saves her from bad drunken fisherman after she finally makes her escape from the con-artist life-ruiner (HE'S NOT EVEN HUNGARIAN!!). He proposes marriage as a solution to keep her from Absolute Ruin
Nov 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
While I enjoyed it, it wasn't as god as the previous ones...

Don't misunderstand me, it was still a nice story, but I started being bored with the old trope: I know what's better for you

Here we have Feith's story.

The first part of her story was missing and we get just glimpses of what hapened and how she was deceived. Personally I would have liked to know something more... maybe a bit of that part of her life in the prologue...

However, Faith has run away, was robbed and now she's all alone in a
Jacqueline J
I enjoy this author's work. The story felt fresh and was a road trip story which is a plot line I like. Kudos to the author for having a "ruined" heroine who was actually ruined. I also enjoyed that their marriage was consummated early in the story as I like stories where a couple in a convenient marriage do have sex and the story is about other elements. I think that is more realistic than having married couples not having sex for months because of some weird pact or something. One of the ...more
Faith Merridew is in dire straights alone near a beach in France. Nicholas Blacklock is on an important mission that will change his life forever. He helps her and decides to marry her in order to protect and look after her. The plan is to marry and send her back to England to stay with his mother. Life had other plans. Two strangers slowly get to know each other and their darkest secrets. A wonderful story of fate and friends with a little bit of magic. Lovely read!
Olga Godim
Sep 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, romance
I enjoyed this historical romance very much. Some time ago, I read a glowing review of one of this authors novels (Im not sure if it was for this book or another of hers) and I added her name to my TBR list, to try some time, maybe. When I saw this book at a thrift store, I picked it up, but I was still skeptical. My skepticism dissolved after the first few pages. I couldnt stop reading and couldnt stop smiling.
I finished the book in two sittings and Im definitely going to read more of Anne
Courtney Long
1.5 stars

What a HUGE disappointment, as I actually really enjoyed the first two in this regency romance series (The Perfect Rake and The Perfect Waltz). Whereas the first two books had likable characters and some semblance of a plot, this book lacked all of that and more.

Look, I'll just say it: Faith, our heroine, is a ninny. She was always stuttering and faltering in a way that was more groan-inducing than sweet. Like seriously, girl, grow a pair. She reminded me of Disney's Snow White, trying
Jun 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
Book 3 of the The Merridew Sisters while the first two dealt with witty humor and lightheartness, this was much darker in tone.

With Faith dealing with heartbreak and betrayal, she starts to come out of her shy and shelter shell when she meets Nicholas who is fighting his own demons from a war torn past.

I really enjoyed this book more then the Perfect Waltz, perhaps due to its darker but more real tone of what a solider must deal with after the war is over. Nick at times I wanted to hug him
ᴥ Irena ᴥ
Aug 04, 2016 rated it liked it

Faith Merridew made a huge life mistake and The Perfect Stranger starts with her alone, hungry, hurt and running from three men who want to rape her; an unexpectedly dark beginning.

Fortunately for her, Nicholas Blacklock, a Waterloo veteran, saves her. After dealing with the three creeps and her wounds, he expects the truth from her. So she tells him and his two friends how she ended up being alone in France. Faith tells them everything about her mistake and Nicholas Blacklock offers her
Anne Gracie writes such engaging tales. I never have a problem finishing a book by her, even if the premise of it is a bit farfetched, and this one was no different. I liked both the MCs. The h was resilient and didn't allow herself to become jaded even when she had good reason to. The H was so lovable, even when he was being grumpy and overbearing. I'm not a fan of the secrets, especially long, drawn out ones, but at least one of them was revealed very early on and we were spared the ...more
Apr 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Different but delightful Regency period romance - a road story with English main characters, but none of it actually takes place in England or in any typical high-society English Regency surroundings (most of it takes place on Atlantic beaches and the road between Calais in northern France and Bilbao in northern Spain, and the climax of the story is in a gypsy's cave just outside Vittoria in Spain). The heroine Faith was wonderful and her steps to growing up and taking responsibility for herself ...more
I didn't like this one that much, but also I liked it okay. I put it down several times and when I picked it back up, I half-heartedly considered not finishing it, but I do want to finish this series. And I like Gracie's writing, so that got me back into the book soon enough.

I like her characters a lot, but it often feels like a surface likability. And, actually, I DIDN'T always like the rather controlling love interest. He pretty much orders her to marry him and, as much as that was to her
Sara Reads (mostly) LOTS of Romance
dnf ing at 52% I just lost interest :(. This is highly abnormal for me. I usually make it through books but like this that are mediocre, but I didn't even get through it. I don't know why. Just wasn't for me.
Feb 13, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Originally reviewed on Words in a teacup

(TW: contains mentions of rape and terminal illness.) Urgh, this book. It's not as bad as its predecessor, but not nearly as good as the first one either. It's like Anne Gracie is taunting me with one single delightful book followed by a slew of trope-ridden mediocrity. This time the sister getting hitched is Faith; in the last book it was mentioned offhand that she had a crush on a certain disreputable Hungarian violinist, and that this was a Bad Idea, so
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
What a disappointment! I loved book 1 in this series, book 2 was good'ish, but this.... I kept picking the book back up with no problem, thinking it will get better, but as soon as the hero opened his mouth, it would all go downhill from there. Normally a bitchy heroine is what ruins a book for me, and normally I love an angry, stoic, grumpy hero. But this hero was just an ass. Mean, hateful, cold for no reason. The only time he was remotely pleasant was when he would climb into bed at night ...more
Jun 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
Oh, this book was so unexpectedly wonderful! I had no idea what to make of Miss Faith Merridew's story at first, but it blossoms into something wonderful. And it does help that her future husband is equally wonderful!
Pamela Shropshire
Faiths story. Just meh. Sadly, so far none of the subsequent books have measured up to Book 1.. ...more
"Turn down no opportunity for joy, however small."

Faith took a leap and eloped with her Hungarian Violinist - only to find it was a major FAIL. Left with nothing, trying to make it back to her family, she falls in with Nicholas Blacklock and his friends. Marriage and a journey across France to Bilbao, Spain, a time of "love and laughter and sunshine and happiness". At the end of their road Nicholas has a task to fulfil which may bring a halt to any HEA. Can Faith help him?

I do love a good Marriage of Convenience story! The idea of two strangers making a go of it and falling in love in spite of themselves appeals to me. These MCs were both wonderful and the plot and secondary characters were terrific. While not perfect, I really enjoyed this historical romance.
Now on to The Perfect Stranger, the third in the Merridew Sister series. While I liked this story, I was not as impressed with this one as I was with the first two in the series.

On to the third book, The Perfect Stranger published in 2006, and we have a road trip. This one begins with Faith Merridew running away from a group of men who are going to rape her. Shes almost on her last legs, when she stumbles across a stranger camping out on a beach. The stranger saves her, he's a real hero.
Jul 04, 2020 rated it it was ok

I don't know how I feel about this one. I enjoyed some aspects and I hated some.

What I liked:
- Even though this one didn't have the sisters, my favourite thing about this series is the bond between the Merridew sisters. Even though they weren't in this book you could still feel their love for each other.
- I love the arranged marriage trope and this was fun to read.
- Even though Faith was a frustrating main character I felt for her.

What I didn't like:
- There were so many cringey scenes and
Jun 11, 2017 added it
O, thou art fairer than the evening air
Clad in the beauty of a thousand stars.
Christopher Marlowe
Erin Arkin
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars - Another great one in this series and I loved it! Yes...I binged it in one full day...don't judge! That's how good I thought it was. :)
Paranormal Romance
Fleeing from the man she thought to be her husband but turns out to be a lying adulterer, the heroine is set upon by thugs in the French countryside. There, she meets the hero. A dying war vet who suffers from sever a crippling migraines that leave him in extremely pain for hours. He saves her and once discovering she is homeless, penniless and without protection demands that she marry him. She's of course stand offish at first as she has had her fill of lying men but the hero is so gentle and ...more
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My favorite book in this series so far!
Jan 19, 2008 rated it liked it
I bought nine (9) books the day I bought this one. Didnt intend to get so many, but WalMart had so many of the ones I wanted/needed. Anyway, in this one, the heroine has run away from the man she ran away from England with. He turned out to be a liar and bounder and all those other bad things. And now shes stumbled across the camp of a man who protects her from the men who want to take advantage of a woman traveling alone. He decides the only thing to do about her predicament is to marry her ...more
Nov 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
Can I just say...I loved it. Faith and Nicholas were wonderful together. Faith's on the run from a phony marriage, and Nicholas is running from himself, and when they meet they see something in each other that neither expected, and Nicholas doesn't want. You could see their relationship build, both physically and emotionally, and it was a delight to read. The secondary characters were vibrant personalities, and they were so different from each other, but so devoted to Nicholas and then Faith. ...more
Oct 29, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, historical
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