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The Bridal Quest by Candace Camp
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Jun 13, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: sometimes-i-like-camping

** spoiler alert ** Aside from Francesca--and perhaps Calandra--all the women in this novel were distressingly annoying.

The heroine, Irene, kept up constant assertions that she would never, ever get married, despite clearly being in love with the hero. Even worse was the heroine's obnoxious sister-in-law, who was probably written in only to be the catalyst for the heroine to want to escape to the country. The heroine's "competition" was a ridiculous caricature, developed, I'm sure, for the sole purpose of putting the heroine in a more positive light.

In spite of this, I thought the plot would be solid, because the central mystery involved a kidnapping that occured back when the hero was 4. Unfortunately, it touch bloated with unnecessary plot points that didn't do much for the furthering of the mystery or character development. In total:

1. The second wife of the hero's father hates the hero coming to claim his title because her son, eventually proven to be illegitimate(!), was supposed to be the heir.

2. A slew of misunderstandings lead the heroine to believe that she is doing what's best by abandoning the hero after he has announced their betrothal. Even stranger, she leaves with the girl who had assumed she was betrothed the hero.

3. The hero's grandfather attempts to bribe the heroine with a ruby necklace, fake, in order to get the heroine to leave. The heroine is (rightfully) outraged, but is accused of theft later--after she's already left the hero.

4. It is discovered that the hero is not his dead father's son, but rather the love-child of his mother and his dead father's brother.

5. And finally, the hero's mother, murdered by her husband and then covered up by the husband's valet.

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