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The Cinderella Bride

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  121 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Secretary Emma O'Rourke keeps her head down and works hard. Now, summoned to bring back the heir of Kent Hotels, she suddenly has to step out of the shadows....Unshaven and jaded, Gideon Kent has been sailing the world too long. As he docks, he's surprised to find Emma waiting for him.

Until now he's refused to resume the role he was born for...but the oh-so-diligent and pr
Paperback, 192 pages
Published December 7th 2010 by Harlequin Romance
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Oct 09, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a cute little romance, probably meriting 2 stars, but I am upping it to 3 because it had the most realistic depiction attraction? family life?

No, this book was one of the few Harlequins I've read that truly reflected the tyranny of the strong-willed cat companion. Seriously. The cat, Hinckley, was deferred to, humored, and indulged. They even referred to (view spoiler).

The cat was the H. THE CAT WAS THE H.

I guess it was inevitable.
Sep 30, 2011 rated it really liked it

The heroine Emma is sent to deliver a message to the hero Gideon. Emma is the PA to the hero's grandmother and the message is asking him to attend a meeting with her. Gideon has not had much contact with his influential family for some time, after discovering some very hurtful family secrets. His grandmother tells him it's time for him to take his place running the family business. Although he is reluctant to get involved, he is interested in Emma. Emma is both annoyed at Gideon's rather glib at
Penny Watson
Dec 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Barbara Wallace's The Cinderella Bride, a Harlequin Romance.

I haven't read too many Harlies...they conjure up memories of my sister's closet romance reading habit in high school. ☺ I have read a few....Touch Me, a Harlequin Blaze by Jacquie D'Alessandro, was fantastic. Some of the "Tycoon" books were less than stellar and chock full of clichés. The Cinderella Bride really resonated with me for several reasons. One, it rose above the cliché...the practical, nose-to-the-grindstone heroine transfo
Feb 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
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When Mariah Kent told her effecient secetary, Emma O'Rourke to deliver a package to her grandson Gideon, even she did not think that Emma would take her words literally.

When Emma goes to deliver the pakaage, to the docks, where Gideon was temporarily docked. it was raining and when she saw him working on his boat, in that rain, she knew she had finally met someone with whom she was in danger of losing her heart. She was wary of love since she had seen her mother falling in love with men who ulti
Ann Keller
Jan 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Emma O’Rourke is the personal assistant to Mariah Kent, the matriarch of Kent Hotels. Emma has always been quietly efficient. She does her job well and never indulges in outrageous fantasies.

Perhaps that’s why the sudden attentions of Gideon Kent, Mariah’s grandson, seem a little too good to be true. Gideon is tall and good looking. He barely has to enter a room and all eyes immediately swing in his direction. For years, he’s been groomed to become Mariah’s heir, but secretly Gideon isn’t so ce
Dec 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
A fabulous book with great characterizations where the hero and heroine's inner conflicts are logical, believable and universal, particularly the heroine's, Emma O'Rourke. Setting details were terrific and the character growth wonderful and heartwarming. Well worth the read book from a great-and new to me-Harlequin Romance author. ...more
Susan in Perthshire
Well written but it failed to engage me. Just not my cup of tea I'm afraid. It was in an anthology that I'd picked for 2 of the other writers. Nice story, easy read! ...more
Apr 09, 2014 rated it liked it
3-3.5 stars.

Gotta admit, I liked it more than I was expecting. I have read this plot before, but there was just something extra added to this one that I quite enjoyed. Don't ask me what it was, lol, it's more of a feeling.

Really liked Emma and Gideon. :-)

There was no real big drama here, and no explicit sex scenes (hell, just mentioned), in case that's your thing (it's mine sometimes, lol).

What bothered me a bit was the abrupt change in POV. I don't mind different POVs, but there was no warning
Heroine is sent to personally deliver an invitation to the hero. She's the exec secretary for his grandmother, who runs the family hotel business. He's run off to sail boats in the Caribbean--or at least that's what the family thinks. Grandma has machinations in hand, to bring him back--and the heroine is maybe part of it. The heroine though doesn't believe in love or in lasting relationships, because her mom falls in love at least once a week. This is a really nice romance. I liked it quite a b ...more
Snigdha Prakash
Cinderella Bride
This is a short sweet story.
And like in most short stories...this was drama free.
Which is good.
The characters are sweet and easy to go with. And so is the story.
Even though it is a predictable thing... you enjoy reading it.
Though I felt the ending was a tad bit rushed and could've done with more finesse.
The romance was sweet if not hot. And I don't mind that once in a while.
A good read
Snowflower Girl
Apr 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book made my sick day happy.. Though the title is quiet far from the story. It's one of the best book I've ever read. Relate much.. Less expectations, Less Hurt.. Better Safe than Sorry.. But then sometimes we have to take risk in love.. <3 ...more
Aug 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Nice afternoon read
Jennifer Shirk
Jan 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: category-romance
I really enjoyed this one. Very charming and romantic.
Dec 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I eat it up could not wait to be for my show to finish so could read love it
Aug 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Well written book. Very nice read. The characters are portrayed well.
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Bestselling author Barbara Tanner Wallace makes her living making up stories. When not writing, she's either reading, crocheting or bowing to her cats' whims.

She's a life-long New Englander with two hundred years of Yankee history behind her. She currently lives just outside of Boston with her husband. They have one son who lives in the middle of nowhere and apparently likes it.


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