Book Reviews of The Bride Sale

The Bride Sale
The Bride Sale
Author: Candice Hern
ISBN-13: 9780380809011
ISBN-10: 038080901X
Publication Date: 1/1/2002
Pages: 384
Rating:
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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3.5 stars, based on 49 ratings
Publisher: Avon
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 2
Reviewer: S. Reader "scibarfan" (Dublin, OH USA) -
Verity is a heroine who discovers her inner strength, stops being a doormat, gives generously of herself to those around her, and discovers that she's okay after all.
James is a tormented hero who acts like a "monster" because of an overabundance of shame & guilt. But beneath all that, he is so honorable & noble, that Verity stays in his home for 8 months with only 1 incident, one that dumps another boatload of guilt on James & more esteem issues on Verity. Along the way, however, they become real friends, which is the best basis for any relationship. The romantic feelings are buried because of their situations. When they finally come to light, their strength has healed not only James & Verity, but the entire community.

Although I had a good idea who the villain was, there were enough red herrings to keep it interesting. My only complaint is that there should have been surviving witnesses to the villain's admission of guilt and to James' situation.

This story is not primarily about lust or seduction, nor does it heavily rely on such elements. Instead, it's about two hurting people who grow, and heal, and find abiding friendship and true love. The attraction is there; it just doesn't dominate the story or the characters.

The Cornish dialect was sometimes hard to decipher, but it added greatly to the setting and tone. Enjoy!
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Helpful Score: 2
Verity is a heroine who discovers her inner strength, stops being a doormat, gives generously of herself to those around her, and discovers that she's okay after all.
James is a tormented hero who acts like a "monster" because of an overabundance of shame & guilt. But beneath all that, he is so honorable & noble, that Verity stays in his home for 8 months with only 1 incident, one that dumps another boatload of guilt on James & more esteem issues on Verity. Along the way, however, they become real friends, which is the best basis for any relationship. The romantic feelings are buried because of their situations. When they finally come to light, their strength has healed not only James & Verity, but the entire community.

Although I had a good idea who the villain was, there were enough red herrings to keep it interesting. My only complaint is that there should have been surviving witnesses to the villain's admission of guilt and to James' situation.

This story is not primarily about lust or seduction, nor does it heavily rely on such elements. Instead, it's about two hurting people who grow, and heal, and find abiding friendship and true love. The attraction is there; it just doesn't dominate the story or the characters.

The Cornish dialect was sometimes hard to decipher, but it added greatly to the setting and tone. Enjoy!
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Helpful Score: 1
I couldn't finish it. A wallbanger!
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Helpful Score: 1
This author is my distant cousin. I have read her books before and they read much like Harlequins. I love to read Harlequins so this was right up my alley. Leigh
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must have more!!!
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Lord James Harness is shocked to discover a Bride Sale taking place in his small English village and surprised by the depth of his feelings for the unfortunate gentlewoman being auctioned off by a disreputable husband..

Loved it..It kept me reading it til the end..
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I really enjoyed this book- my first Candice Hern and I will definitely be reading more
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Excellent. I read it in a day. I couldn't put it down.
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i read this book years ago and thought i remembered liking it so when a copy popped up on my radar i got it to read again, but i was slightly disappointed this time thru. the h/h are not as vivid as i remembered them. the plot is there but could have been much more thought out. the ending is tied up much too quickly and sloppily. but if you are just looking for an easy read go for it. its not bad just not wonderful
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Lord James Harkness is shocked to discover a bride sala taking place in his small English village, and surprised by the depth of his feelings for the unfortunate gentlewoman being auctioned off by a disreputable husband. But is it honor and nobility that compel James to outbid the townfolk for the proud, beautiful lady,or is it something more akin to, desire? Verity Osborne is not sure whether good fortune or ill brought her to this dark, brooding man and his lonely manor house on the moors. Local talk brands James Harkness as evil, but Verity senses a gentleness underneath. She dearly longs for her liberty, but his sensuous touch causes her to stay. However, James must first trust Verity with his secrets if they are ever to share loves rapturous freedom. And will the promised passion she sees flaming in his eyes warm Verity's heart, or burn her?