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The Stranger She Married (Rogue Hearts #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  2,275 Ratings  ·  362 Reviews
When her parents and only brother die within weeks of each other, Alicia and her younger sister are left in the hands of an uncle who has brought them all to financial and social ruin. Desperate to save her family from debtor's prison, Alicia vows to marry the first wealthy man to propose. She meets the dashing Lord Amesbury, and her heart whispers that this is the man she ...more
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Published October 10th 2008 by The Wild Rose Press
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Kathy * Bookworm Nation
I decided to read this again for the 2015 Summer Book Trek and no matter how many times I read this, I always enjoy it. It’s become a favorite of mine, I love the characters and it’s a fun start to a great series. I love the Amesbury brothers. Truly, it's one of my very favorite series and one of the best regencies that I've read.

Alicia has lost her parents and due to her uncle’s poor financial choices finds herself being sold off to the highest bidder. In order to protect her sister and save h
Aug 27, 2010 rated it it was ok
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I really want to like this book. It had many good comments from other readers of traditional regencies, so maybe my expectations were too high. I found too many inconsistencies in the story line. One moment, the heroine was hating the hero, then the next paragraph they were laughing together in the carriage. In another scene, the characters were eating dinner, then, all of sudden, they were out in the garden. When did they move? I just found many "huh?" moments like that.
I found the heroine sel
Jul 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Traditional Regency Romance
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I had the privilege of meeting Donna Hatch several months ago at a local event, and upon returning home, I looked up her website to find out more about her debut novel, The Stranger She Married. I was thoroughly intrigued by the synopsis and excerpt of the book I found there, and immediately put in on my TBR list, so when Ms. Hatch recently contacted me about reviewing the book, I was more than happy to oblige. The plot of The Stranger She Married is reminiscent of Kathle
Nov 02, 2011 rated it it was ok
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Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I reread this book...within 24 hours. Devoured it. These characters and the romance sucked me in once again! Donna is a master of writing romance. I found both Cole and Alicia extremely likable while also having weaknesses. The pacing was fantastic; never a dull moment. I cannot compliment this book enough!
May 04, 2015 rated it liked it

I don’t know if you could call that a spoiler, since it is quite obvious, but I’ll warn anyway.

I had mixed feelings about this book. Although entertaining, there were somethings that got me irritated – and it was mainly the MC’s behavior.

Let’s begin with Alicia – the self-deprecating main heroine. In spite of her constant put down on herself, she did not annoy me, since, to me, her behavior can be explained by the fact that several people call her plain, causing her to have very lo
1/20/17 - I thought I had read this before. It came out with a different cover on kindle so it kind of threw me. I had forgotten a lot of it but remembered the just of it. Enjoyed it again the second time. I wish I had been able to read a little cleaner version. Lots of lust and the below mentioned stuff.

This is my first full length Donna Hatch book, and I must say I really enjoyed it. I kept second guessing myself the entire time...(are they or aren't they???) Great romance, great suspe
Really good!! When a book makes me feel giddy throughout the day in between reading it, then it's a 5 star read for me, and that's what this was. Donna Hatch has a way of making you fall in love with her male characters! I found myself wanting the heroin to overcome her fears of her scarred husband and let him into her bed,(She married out of neccesity, not love. She doesn't know him and she is scared of what disfigurement he may have behind his cloak and hood). But at the same time, I wanted he ...more
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
Wow. The Rogue Hearts series came highly recommended and this first book did not disappoint! There are vibrant characters who are flawed enough to be realistic but not unlikeable. The difficult circumstances provide impetus to push the action forward in unpredictable ways. I had my suspicions about the mysteries unfolding, but was uncertain enough to be kept guessing. I felt like Cole and Alicia fell rather quickly for each other in the beginning which made their attraction seem superficial or b ...more
Katie W
Sep 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Alicia is a girl who has suffered many loses recently--the death of her twin brother, the deaths of her parents, and the loss of the family money. Her uncle basically forces her to marry by the end of the month to save the remaining family members from the debtors prison. A rogue steps in and offers marriage and she refuses, since he's the man who killed her twin brother, so he arranges for her to marry his cousin. A touch of mystery, full of romance, and set in 1818 England. Loved it!
Seema Khan
Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this book so much! But alas! that is not what has happened :( The premise was good but I found the actions unethical. Cheating on your spouse is cheating even if you are cheating with him! The heroine is pitiful. The saving grace is Cole and a little bit of his sibling camaraderie.
Oct 26, 2012 rated it liked it
A girl in my neighborhood recommended this book since I liked Edenbrooke. So I got on the waiting list at the library for it. I have to say, when I picked it up at the library and saw the cover, I was a little embarrassed. Yes, it is a regency romance novel. It's "clean," but I still can't decide how much I liked it. There were some things that really bothered me about it, and I don't even think I liked the two main characters that much, and there was a little too much drama.

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Jun 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
A mixture of romance and mystery, this story is intriguing. Though many factors may seem unrelated or conflicting at first, the author does a wonderful job of tying everything together satisfactorily. Alicia is a strong character that really pulls you into her emotions, problems and personal conflicts. Cole is a noble and determined character who you just have to love. A little slow to start, the ending is exciting though I felt that it was perhaps to easy once you saw all the pieces. Twists and ...more
I was torn on whether to give this book a five or a four because there were a few things that I didn't like in the plot. (Can't say what it was because it would give things away:)...but having said that, I still actually loved the book....I and had a very hard time putting it down and I can't wait to start the 2nd in the series!
Angie Cornelison
Absolutely LOVED this one! I love a good romance. This one did not disappoint! It even had a great mystery to it, which made it even better. If that was even possible. This is one I'll be rereading soon!
Rating: 4 stars.
I really liked this story. I read the book twice within a short period of time, as I do with most books I thoroughly enjoy. I liked it the first time but even more so the second time around. This book reminded me very much of two Marcia Lynn McClure books, "The Highwayman of Tanglewood" and "Shackles of Honour".

Alicia Palmer and her younger sister Hannah live with their uncle Willard and his son Robert, since the death of their parents and their brother Armand. Due to their uncl
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The Stranger She Married has a Cinderella theme with a charming viscount who is not all that he seems, and a sweet heroine who is kind and loyal to others despite her own desperate situation. Alicia Palmer first meets Viscount Amesbury at a ball, where she was modest and delightfully genuine.

"A playful smile hovered over the corners of his mouth. 'You are a fortune hunter?'...
'I am'." (pg 23/408)

Alicia knows she is no match in fortune, beauty, an
Apr 14, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, so this is a ROMANCE novel. Not a “bodice ripper”romance novel. Think of a combination of “Beauty and the Beast” and “You’ve Got Mail” set in Jane Austin’s England and you have some idea of this story. Alicia Palmer is a twenty-something young woman of marriageable age who because of the financial reverses suffered by her family finds herself in the unenviable position of being basically auctioned off to the highest bidder in order to keep what’s left of her family from going to debtors pr ...more
Donna Weaver
Nov 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When her parents and only brother die within weeks of each other, Alicia and her younger sister are left in the hands of an uncle who has brought them all to financial and social ruin. Desperate to save her family from debtor's prison, Alicia vows to marry the first wealthy man to propose. She meets the dashing Lord Amesbury, and her heart whispers that this is the man she is destined to love, but his tainted past may forever stand in their way. Her choices in potential husbands n
Nov 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just finished listening to The Stranger She Married by Donna Hatch and I'm glad I did! Not ever having read or listened to one of her books, I wasn't sure what to expect. What I received was an entertaining few days (the audio is 12 1/2 hours) filled with realistic characters and great dialogue.

The story centers around Alicia Palmer whose parents and twin brother recently died within a few weeks of each other, Now living with her uncle who is facing financial ruin due to no fault of own (it w
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Alicia is in an unenviable position. She has to marry to bail her family out of debtors prison. She is a fortune hunter, but the fortune she hunts is not for her own benefit.

Cole tries to stay as far away from eligible young ladies as he can. He doesn't want to get married, but there is an honesty about Alicia that captures him. He can't stay away.

This is how the story begins for The Stranger She Married. Lies and secrets bind Alicia and Cole, but at the same time they are pulling them apart. C
Anna Dye
Feb 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Do you long to dance with Mr. Darcy or flirt with Mr. Ferrar? Do you fantasize of regency bad boys like rakes, highwaymen, and pirates? Do you swoon at the sight of a man on horseback or engaging in a duel?
Then this book is for you. A sweet, yet sensual regency romance.
You will find love, devotion, shallowness and all the haunting beauties of that time, in the pages of this book. Donna does an excellent job portraying this romantic era with all its bows and bustles.
Alicia’s family has died in
Sep 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
I am amazed at how the act of reading helps me as a writer. When I read well written books, I want to be a better writer and I try to incorporate new writing techniques. I think it was Nicholas Sparks who said the best way to be a better writer is to read, read, read!
I’ve heard of Donna Hatch’s book, The Stranger She Married, for at least a year now and am just barely getting around to reading it. I am so sorry it has taken me so long! I really missed out on a great story for a very long time! D
May 01, 2013 rated it liked it
There were times I would have rated this five stars. And then there were times when I would have rated it two stars. So I settled for three starts :). The writing was great. I enjoyed the mystery aspect. The romance part bugged me. I knew the "secret" because of some spoilers on goodreads, but even then, it was uncomfortable for me at times. I am glad the heroine's conscience kicked in but I wish it had sooner. But I do love other stuff by this author so I am going to read the second book in thi ...more
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Were I not an incurable (and mostly unrepentant) end-reader I am not sure I could have finished this book. Even knowing how it came out, the behavior of the two main characters at multiple places in the story made me very uncomfortable. Alicia was generally a sympathetic character in other areas of the book and I could not help but like her, Cole I had more trouble with. I may still read others in this series as they don't seem to have the same "love triangle" situation that made me so uncomfort ...more
Donna Hatch
Nov 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Torn between a disfigured war hero with the heart of a poet, and a handsome libertine who may not be all he seems, impoverished Alicia must marry by the end of the month. Despite a murder threat looming over her, learning to love the stranger she married may pose the greatest danger of all … to her heart.
Well not one of my favorite Hatch books. I loved the romance and the tension and the characters but the story line bothered me. It is not something I can write about without giving the story away. This is an adult romance with adult themes and Romance without the sex scenes. Her writing reminds me a little of Lynn Kurland who is one of my favorite authors.
Dec 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book! It was a quick entertaining read that had everything between fighting, word play, romance, deception. I couldn't put it down once I started, I had to find out if I was right in the end. It was so good I just got #2 to the series to read.
Donna Hatch
Aug 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
This book is the re-edited, re-released version of the original The Stranger She Married published in 2008. This version also has a new cover, but the story is, essentially, the same as the original version, just improved.
Oct 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
LOVED this book! I read it a while ago and I guess I forgot to review it. I thought the characters were great and I think this author is amazing. I can't wait for the other brothers stories. Kath, which brother do you think is the hottest?? ;-)
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Donna Hatch is the award-winning author of the best-selling “Rogue Hearts Series” and is published in sweet Regency romance and fantasy. Her professional memberships include Romance Writers of America (RWA)and American Night Writers Association (ANWA). A sought-after workshop presenter, she juggles freelance editing, multiple volunteer positions, not to mention her six children (seven, counting he ...more
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Rogue Hearts (6 books)
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  • A Perfect Secret (Rogue Hearts #3)
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  • Unmasking the Duke (Rogue Hearts, #5)
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