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ISBN: 1417700777
Author: Edith Layton
Language: English
Publisher: San Val (March 2003)
Category: Historical
Subcategory: Romance
Rating: 4.7
Votes: 555
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Is legendary beauty Lady Annabelle beyond redemption? Rejected at every turn and growing older, Annabelle agrees to marry the man of her father's choosing, believing this will lead to a comfortable life free of complications. Miles Croft, the new Viscount Pelham, seems perfect for the part, but instead of finding a comfortable complacency, Miles and Annabelle awaken in each other a greater knowledge of themselves, and discover their need to complete each other. Romance Fiction Historical Romance. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2.

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A lady in waitingPhillipa Carstairs is absolutely lovely-so everyone has said since the hour she entered the world. Though Eve Faraday was beautiful and intelligent, she never expected to be wooed by the devastatingly handsome and utterly charming Aubrey Ashford, the most eligible bachelor in all of London. Skeptical of the sudden attention, she tries hard to avoid temptation, but the alluring Aubrey-and his kisses-prove impossible to resist!

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After unexpectedly agreeing to marry a stranger, a gentleman of her father's choosing, Lady Annabelle, the toast of London society, finds herself increasingly drawn to her passionate new husband, Miles Croft, Viscount Pelham. Genre: Historical Romance. Praise for this book. Layton writes pure enchantment.

She wrote articles and opinion pieces for the New York Times and Newsday, as well as for local papers, and freelanced writing publicity before she began writing novels. Publisher’s Weekly called her one of romance’s most gifted authors.

Is legendary beauty Lady Annabelle beyond redemption? Rejected at every turn and growing older, Annabelle agrees to marry the man of her father's choosing

However, I do have a few quibbles with this book.

Is legendary beauty Lady Annabelle beyond redemption? Rejected at every turn and growing older, Annabelle agrees to marry the man of her father's choosing, believing this will lead to a comfortable life free of complications.

Is legendary beauty Lady Annabelle beyond redemption? Rejected at every turn and growing older, Annabelle agrees to marry the man of her father's choosing, believing this will lead to a comfortable life free of complications. Miles Croft, the new Viscount Pelham, seems perfect for the part, but instead of finding a comfortable complacency, Miles and Annabelle awaken in each other a greater knowledge of themselves, and discover their need to complete each other.

Comments:

Cobyno
This story was so engaging that I could not put it down. I did not believe that the character of Arabella could be redeemed after the way she was written to be completely self-absorbed, cruel, and malicious in two prior stories by Edith Layton. But, I was won over. The author created a story that built an understanding of Arabella and her family that did not require any of them to be cast as villains. By the end of the story, I liked each of them or at least appreciated them.
Of course, Miles, the hero of the story and a naval veteran of the recent Napoleonic war, comes off admirably. He behaves honorably throughout. Or, at least, has honorable motives. Ms. Layton wrote a thought provoking story about the reality of marriage when the two parties enter into a contract of convenience based on mutual interest. But, they are strangers nonetheless. They marry and then they have to get to know one another and hope for the best. I liked this approach very much. It was not about a dashing handsome man sweeping a beauty off her feet and they both instantly fall in love. Oh no. But as they struggle with unforeseen challenges - Arabella's devastating illness - before the new couple can begin to even know if they like one another - I found myself wanting them to build a future together.
For those readers who have read this series of books by Layton, there is the bonus of the return of earlier couples in supportive roles. And a larger role and an appreciation for Arabella's father who also had married by arrangement.
All in all, this is a wonderful story. It's not just an excuse for erotica supposedly set in some quasi historical setting with lots of titled noblemen and ladies romping around and misbehaving. There is romance but it occurs realistically and not without setbacks and misunderstandings. I loved this book!
TheFresh
I thought Edith created an excellent plot with interesting, well developed characters. The only thing I found the least bit negative was the fact that there were too many references to the main character having lost her looks. It seemed a little forced to me and not realistic.y
Gio
I like how both hero and heroine have their own biases and obstacles to overcome on their way to each other. A nicely-balanced romance with interesting side characters. Satisfying.
Bloodfire
Loved it!
Mightsinger
The storyline was good if they could have skipped the moderately explicit love scenes. It wasn't vulgar but still explicit. At least the couple was married, but regardless the story focused too much on sex.
If that is your style you will enjoy the book.
Delari
I've been dying to read Lady Annabelle Wylde's story ever since I read "The Chance." Somehow, even though Lady Annabelle was an incredibly spoilt flirt in that story and very obviously the character we were all supposed to dislike and despise, she still managed to capture all my attention and my sympathy. So that I was quite ecstatic to realise that "To Wed A Stranger" featured Lady Annabelle as a heroine. Was it worth the wait? I, definitely thought so.
After having literally thrown herself at three different men over the past few London Seasons only to have them marry elsewhere, Lady Annabelle Wylde has become the focal point of some rather unpleasant gossip. So that when her father arranges a marriage for her with Miles Croft, Viscount Pelham, she reluctantly agrees to the union. Having given up on the notion that she'll ever marry for love, what else can she do save agree to an arranged marriage?
Miles Croft needs a socially prominent and accepted wife to help him repair his family's reputation which his scoundrel of a stepfather had destroyed quite thoroughly before he died. And after having noticed how Lady Annabelle carried herself and dealt with the ton in spite of all the unkind gossip, he's sure that she is the one who can help him do this. Of course there is the added bonus that Lady Annabelle also happens to be incredibly beautiful as well. And Miles is sure that this arrangement will work very well. Until everything goes terribly wrong during their wedding journey, when Lady Annabelle falls dangerously ill and looses most of her spectacular looks. Now, Miles is irrevocably tied to stranger he barely knows and has little in common with. Can he still look to Lady Annabelle to help him with his family now that she has lost her looks? And can this marriage really work given that he's not in love with his wife and is no longer attracted to her?
Ever since she was old enough to attend social functions, Lady Annabelle has used her beauty to prop herself up and to get what she wants. But now that she's no longer to spectacular Lady Annabelle, she's had to readjust her idea of who and what she is, and how Miles fits into everything. And the one thing she's come to realise is that there is a lot more to her than just her beauty. But can she get Miles to see this? For Lady Annabelle is beginning to realise that she may be falling in love with her kind and patient husband. But what of his feelings for her? Has Lady Annabelle lost her heart again to someone who doesn't return her feelings?
If you're looking for something that has nothing to do with the usual -- heroine at risk of her life subplot, or the spies and murderers that lurk in the bushes and drawing rooms subplot, or even the rakish hero pursuing/seducing innocent feisty heroine subplot -- then "To Wed A Stranger" would definitely do. It's a romance novel all about the relationship and love that develops and blossoms between two strangers who just happen to be married to each other. It's also about how a young woman who has always used her beauty to get her own way, now adjusts to the knowledge that she has, temporarily as least lost some of those looks, and resolves to be more than just a pretty face. This book is a really good example of Edith Layton's writing at her best, and gives one an inkling as to why so many consider her to be one of the best Regency-era romance novelists around. I liked how she developed the characters in this book, and how she allowed the novel to unfold in a smooth and even pace. True the ending was a bit rushed. I would have preferred a little bit more of a resolution to the subplot dealing with Miles' mother. And it would have been nice if Lady Annabelle's mother had been featured a lot more -- that would have made it a 10 star book for me! On the whole though, if you're looking for a good read that is a little more character driven and that is not the usual, "To Wed A Stranger" should definitely satisfy.

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