A Piqued Bride
Miss Kate Frazer has spent most of her life trying to avoid the taint of her mothers scandalous reputation. To please her father, she stifles her naturally high spirits to become a model of propriety. But when her efforts are rewarded with a suitor who cares only for her dowryand leaves her waiting at the altar on her wedding dayKate determines that from now on, she will live as she chooses. Her first adventure will be a trip to London under an assumed name to enjoy the citys every daring delight. And woe to anyone who stands in her wayparticularly her fiancé
A Perplexed Groom
Lucius Calfield wasnt looking forward to wedlock with the tediously suitable Kate Frazer, yet he is nonetheless chagrined when a violent storm makes him late for the ceremony. But embarrassment turns to astonishment when he finds that his normally biddable fiancée isnt waiting for him at the church. In fact, shes vanished entirely! Determined to solve the mystery of his missing bride, Lucius traces her to London, where he encounters a Kate who is unaccountably changedand irresistibly enchanting. And although winning the heart of his erstwhile intended may prove a harder job than winning her hand, Lucius cant imagine a sweeter victory
Hero is to be married to Heroine, but misses the wedding because he left London late. She thinks she is jilted and runs away to London to have fun. He finds her there and is surprised that she doesn't just want to marry him. He resolves to convince her to marry him.
So far so good. Heroine is spitting mad - good. Hero realises he was an idiot - good. Hero tries to make Heroine's every dream come true - good. Heroine still refuses to marry Hero - bad.
The character of the hero develops as he realises that he took her for granted and falls in love with her. He tries to make amends.
She, on the other hand, never sees things from his point of view. It's all "oh woe is me I don't want to be married for my money", "oh I want my freedom" etc etc. Shes doesn't stop to consider that maybe he doesn't want to be married only for his title, that he could have told her to go jump ages ago (in fact his friend advised him to find another bride), that he could have forced her hand by telling her father where she is etc. I don't think she was supposed to be a selfish cow, she's nice and polite and witty etc, not shrewish at all, but she certainly comes across that way.