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Desperate Bride by A.S. Fenichel
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Desperate Bride is book three in A.S. Fenichel's Forever Brides series. While I like the author and the other two books in the series this one was kind of depressing for me. I'm not partial to books the make me feel depressed.

In this one we have Dorothea and Thomas. In the previous books Dory has always come across as straightforward, levelheaded, and so absorbed into her music. In this book we see a more insecure side. Thomas is utterly devoted to Dory and she's too oblivious to realize why. Normally I get a kick out of oblivious characters but in this case Dory being oblivious is way to hurtful to Thomas and Thomas doesn't handle that well. The lack of communication gets annoying as well, how can you love someone if you don't trust them enough to talk to them about things like feelings and to confide in them about stuff so you are not assuming and doing what you think is right for the both of you but it's not.

Dory needs to get married before her father signs a contract for her to marry someone else. Dory has avoided marriage because she's always been told that once she does she will have to give up her music so when her father basically sells her to settle his debts Dory runs to the only person she can think of that wouldn't take away her music if they married, Thomas Wheel. Thomas has been in love with Dory since he first heard her play. He never pursued it because she was too high above him in status, he never thought he would have a chance. When Dory first asked he said no because of it but after seeing the way the man treated her he arranged it so they could run off and get married before the contract is signed. On the journey up to Scotland they agree that they can be friends in the marriage, and even though Dory is scared to death she's willing to be a wife in every sense. Thomas wants to make sure she knows she can change her mind at any moment. They get married and soon after there is a misunderstanding that leads to a series of misunderstanding that doesn't end until their friends intervene but that's only after Thomas' life is threatened by Dory's worthless father and the Lord who lost Dory as a bride.

Overall, least favorite book of the series. I hope Anthony gets his story next.
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September 24, 2017 – Started Reading
September 24, 2017 – Shelved
September 26, 2017 – Finished Reading

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