Here is the first of my new Brides Trilogy, in which three unconventional young women vow they will never marry - only to be overtaken by destiny. Bride #1 is the outspoken Portia...It's bad enough that seventeen-year-old Portia Worth is taken in by her uncle, the marquis of Granville, after her father dies. As the bastard niece, Portia knows she can expect little beyond a roof over her head and a place at the table. But it truly adds insult to injury when the Granvilles' archenemy, the outlaw Rufus Decatur, hatches a scheme to abduct the marquis's daughter - only to kidnap Portia by accident.
Portia, who possesses more than a streak of independence as well as a talent for resistance, does not take kindly to being abducted - mistakenly or otherwise.
Decatur will soon find himself facing the challenge of his life, both on the battlefield and in the bedroom, as he contends with this misfit of a girl who has the audacity to believe herself the equal of any man.
Phoebe, the "awkward" one, will be next, in The Accidental Bride.Watch for it in early 1999.
Jenny Sterlin’s lively and multi-layered performance opens up the world of Jane Feathers’ heroine, Portia Worth, in this first installment of the Brides Trilogy, The Hostage Bride. Set in 17th-century England during the English Civil War, Feather introduces us to a very unlikely bride. Portia, the bastard niece of the Marquis de Granville who has sworn never to marry, is accidentally kidnapped by Granville’s enemy, Rufus Decatur. Sterlin’s skillful interpretation of the many characters and storylines carry the listener from the English countryside to battle and beyond, as Rufus and Portia try futilely to resist the romance blossoming between them.
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WOW! Feather really knows how to weave a story!!!!
l really did find this a extremely enjoyable listen! I found myself telling Portia " NO.... " or any other of a wide variety of warnings, expletives, or wonderments!
The characters were dynamic, always someone to love, hate, fear or give you warm fuzzies! Exceptionally well read AND written. No fluffy bimbos here. Emotions and anticipation woven well... verrrry well done!
Credit worthy? I can remember if it was cheap enough that I just paid for it.... but I would use a credit. I plan to go on to the next book but almost regret that my favorite couple characters won't be prevalent ... thru their story, their challenges met.... (no spoilers from me, soooooo) 'and their journey' I became quite attached to them.
Its a full five stars all around from me!