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THE STOLEN BRIDE
Genre: Historical Romance
Rejoin the de Warennes as Joyce displays her gift for crafting love stories for the heart and mind. She's taken a flawed hero -- quite the opposite of her usual alpha male -- to present a story that reminds us of what it is like to fight for love. This is a powerfully executed romance overflowing with the strength of prose, high degree of sensuality and emotional intensity we expect from Joyce. A "keeper" for sure.
On the eve of her wedding, Eleanor de Warenne thinks of her first love, Sean O'Neill, and he suddenly appears -- not as the boy she remembers, but as a man hardened by imprisonment and running for his life. Though it's dangerous, Eleanor hides Sean and then begs to go with him, refusing to lose him twice. When she comes after Sean in her wedding dress there's nothing left to do but steal the bride. Sean wants to send Eleanor home but he's unable to keep his feelings at bay, especially when Eleanor is firm in her belief that she can heal his emotional wounds and find a way to set the past to rights. (HQN, Oct., 542 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed By: Kathe Robin
Published: October 2006