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ó Read ô The Bride Finder by Susan Carroll ↠´ If anyone other than me has read this book you will understand when I say, Holy cow I am a bit embarassed So let me start off by saying this book was on a list of recomended books by the Salt Lake County libary as a book you might like if you liked Twilight So I thought what the heck The story was really cool and I fell in love with the characters, until it hit the middle of the book That s when the sex scenes came in Now I don t read modern romance books for that very reason , and I had n If anyone other than me has read this book you will understand when I say, Holy cow I am a bit embarassed So let me start off by saying this book was on a list of recomended books by the Salt Lake County libary as a book you might like if you liked Twilight So I thought what the heck The story was really cool and I fell in love with the characters, until it hit the middle of the book That s when the sex scenes came in Now I don t read modern romance books for that very reason , and I had no idea what I had gotten myself into I was totaly embarassed, I kept thinking that someone would look over my shoulder and call me a perv Now here is the bad partI finished it The story was so riviting without the sex and I was so invested in the characters that I had to finish it It was like one of those movies that people say is really good except for that one part in this case three So as much as I would like to recomend this book the story was great I would caution read at your own risk I think that goes for all Susan Carroll books I liked The Bride Finder, but not enough to give it 3 stars I found the hero and heroine adorable, but the weak and unimaginative plot devices, lacklustre dialogue, and flat secondary characters just screwed the story up for me At one point, anything, anything the crack in the wall, the hundred year old family vase, my half eaten apple pie was muchinteresting than reading the book My attention kept on slipping, and not even the climax piqued my curiosity It was such a shame because t I liked The Bride Finder, but not enough to give it 3 stars I found the hero and heroine adorable, but the weak and unimaginative plot devices, lacklustre dialogue, and flat secondary characters just screwed the story up for me At one point, anything, anything the crack in the wall, the hundred year old family vase, my half eaten apple pie was muchinteresting than reading the book My attention kept on slipping, and not even the climax piqued my curiosity It was such a shame because the story really did show promise and I really tried, but gosh it was just so uninspiring The only upside to this book would be Anatole and Madeline To be honest, I wasn t sure if I liked them at first because they were both so awkward But as the story progressed, I grew to appreciate them and eventually found their awkwardness endearing Anatole reminded me of a wild animal that only wanted to belong somewhere, but didn t know how to do so or where to begin Madeline was perfect for him, because she was strong willed and understanding My only qualm about their relationship would be their lack of communication I understand that it was normal, given the context, but it really frustrated the hell out of me when some of their conflicts could have been prevented by simply talking to each other.
I probably wouldn t read the rest of the books in the series At least, not in the near future An Alternate Cover Edition Can Be Found HereChosen By The Bride Finder, A Man Blessed With Amazing Insight, Madeline Breton Has Come To Cornwall To Meet Her New Husband, The Enigmatic Anatole St Leger But Her Dream Of Happiness Soon Diffuses In His Overpowering Shadow Anatole Knows Only Too Well The Legacies That To Him Have Been Curses Than Gifts But As Madeline Embarks On An Odyssey Both Otherworldly And Undeniably Real, She And Her Husband Fall Hopelessly In Love Until She Sees A Haunting Vision Of Murder And A Terrifying Enemy Emerges To Threaten Both Their Lives I loved this book I first discovered Susan Carroll s Dark Queen series and was impressed, so I decided to go back and read her earlier works The Bride Finder is the first and best of the St Leger trilogy It s a beautiful, original love story between two wonderfully drawn characters the dark and wounded Anatole St Leger, and the smart and spritely Madeline Breton Bound by a magical legacy, Anatole dispatches The Bride Finder, who comes from a long line of Bride Finders charged with helping I loved this book I first discovered Susan Carroll s Dark Queen series and was impressed, so I decided to go back and read her earlier works The Bride Finder is the first and best of the St Leger trilogy It s a beautiful, original love story between two wonderfully drawn characters the dark and wounded Anatole St Leger, and the smart and spritely Madeline Breton Bound by a magical legacy, Anatole dispatches The Bride Finder, who comes from a long line of Bride Finders charged with helping the St Leger men find the perfect mates to fulfill the destiny of the family But what he brings back is not what Anatole had in mind How can this tiny, delicate woman possibly have the strength and courage to withstand his family s dark heritage and even darker secrets From their first awkward meeting to the last page of the book, their story is superbly told through engaging scenes, sparkling dialogue, and sweeping imagery of the Cornwall coast I couldn t put it down and when I finished it I was left completely satisfied, happy to have found such a great read Anatole St Leger has to marry soon According to his family history for him to be happy his bride must be chosen by The Bride Finder.
Madeline Breton falls in love with the portrait The Bride Finder shows her and accepts the marriage of convenience.
Chosen by The Bride Finder, a man blessed with amazing insight, Madeline Breton has come to Cornwall to meet her new husband, Anatole St Leger a man whose midnight eyes conceal strange, paranormal powers As Madeline embarks on an odyssey both other Anatole St Leger has to marry soon According to his family history for him to be happy his bride must be chosen by The Bride Finder.
Madeline Breton falls in love with the portrait The Bride Finder shows her and accepts the marriage of convenience.
Chosen by The Bride Finder, a man blessed with amazing insight, Madeline Breton has come to Cornwall to meet her new husband, Anatole St Leger a man whose midnight eyes conceal strange, paranormal powers As Madeline embarks on an odyssey both otherworldly and undeniably real, she and her mysterious husband fall hopelessly in love until she sees a haunting vision of murder and a terrifying enemy emerges to threaten both their lives At first Madeline is not at all what Anatole wants But having faith in The Bride Finder he starts to accept her even if he doesn t tell gher about his strange family history and his special powers Unaware of how important some of the traditions are Madelien and Anatole seem to find it difficult to trust and love each other.
I think Carroll bigger virtue was to make us care about Anatole And to suffer with him when he finds himself ready to love Madeline and sees how she denies what he believes it s true the true love between the St Leger and their brides As in his youth he believes himself to be unloved and unwanted And it s painful to see how he plans to give some daisies to his wife only to find out his cousin has given her a dozen roses What I really enjoyed was the tension between those two Provoked by how Anatole wanted to give her his heart but was afraid of being rejected due to his powers and how Madeline was a bit too rational too rational for the period I mean but finally was forced to confront something irrational.
Finally, I really think the mystery solved in the last chapters was not needed I wasinterested in the couple s feelings than the outside plot.
Grade B and looking forward to another one The Bride Finder is about the St Leger family, specifically Anatole St Leger the current head of the family The St Leger family however is not your typical family It traces it s lineage to a particular man who s as mysterious and enigmatic as his successors Almost everyone in the family is gifted with a strange power or ability including Anatole His particular gifts include dark visions of things in the future and the ability to move people and objects with his mind He s managed to live The Bride Finder is about the St Leger family, specifically Anatole St Leger the current head of the family The St Leger family however is not your typical family It traces it s lineage to a particular man who s as mysterious and enigmatic as his successors Almost everyone in the family is gifted with a strange power or ability including Anatole His particular gifts include dark visions of things in the future and the ability to move people and objects with his mind He s managed to live alone and unbothered by most of society until his legacy leaves him no choice but to use The Bride Finder The men in the St Leger family are said to have only one woman to love and marry for life, only to be found by the current Bride Finder And eventually Anatole caves and decides to set The Bride Finder out to find his own wife Who The Bride Finder returns with is nothing like Anatole expected though, and neither is Anatole to his expectant bride.
This book is really moody and atmospheric It s very much in the same vein as books like Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier and Jane Eyre The heroine comes up to large imposing building owned by a mysterious enigmatic owner with a dark past My only complaint is I feel like it needed to be longer and I thought the big scene at the end felt rushed It was still highly enjoyable nonetheless and sucked me in from the first few pages I m about 120 pages in I don t think I ll finish, which to me means automatic one star Just cannot get into it I need to make a new rule that if a main character has a name completely anachronistic to the period location, I m not going to read it The author is just not on my wavelength This is just way too slow, clich ridden, predictable I really couldn t care about the constant hints about A BIG SECRET that come on every page Also couldn t take the obvious lack of research, especia I m about 120 pages in I don t think I ll finish, which to me means automatic one star Just cannot get into it I need to make a new rule that if a main character has a name completely anachronistic to the period location, I m not going to read it The author is just not on my wavelength This is just way too slow, clich ridden, predictable I really couldn t care about the constant hints about A BIG SECRET that come on every page Also couldn t take the obvious lack of research, especially when it involves massive plot holes For example, on her first night in Anatole s home, much is made about Madeline not having a lady s maid to undress her At the time clothing was designed so a lady could not dress or undress herself This included the dress itself However, here the only article Madeline needs help with is her corset It becomes a big part of the plot how her corset gets removed Yet the next morning she shows up suitably dressed in a hat that won t be fashionable for maybe 50 years and no one helped her No mention of the event is made The lack of logic goes on from there.
Women being forced to kiss embrace against their will does nothing for me I also found it impossible to believe a bookworm of the time, like Madeline, would be completely ignorant to anatomy biology, no matter how sheltered she was and we re not led to believe she is quite sheltered I ve read much better historical bookworm characters in other books Some might be turned off by full on paranormal aspects of the story Anatole has telekinesis, ghosts are real, etc but that was one thing that didn t bother me as it comes with the paranormal romance territory.
Maybe one day I ll finish this revise my review Don t see it happening any time soon



I spent all night devouring this book What s not to love about a brooding, gothic hero with a sword, a castle and telekinesis The misunderstandings between the characters were frustrating, but understandable the hero had serious emotional baggage to get through and didn t know how to love The first two bedrooms scenes were surprisingly awkward for a romance novel Usually you find the hero possessed of awesome talent and the heroine swept up in an instant conflagration of desire from the fir I spent all night devouring this book What s not to love about a brooding, gothic hero with a sword, a castle and telekinesis The misunderstandings between the characters were frustrating, but understandable the hero had serious emotional baggage to get through and didn t know how to love The first two bedrooms scenes were surprisingly awkward for a romance novel Usually you find the hero possessed of awesome talent and the heroine swept up in an instant conflagration of desire from the first glance This book wasn t like that at all Madeline needed to establish some emotional bonds before she allowed herself to become lost in passion I don t think I ve ever read a heroine timidly ask is it over after making love with the hero That was an interesting change.
My only complaint is at the end when after jumping through so many hoops to get Anatole to open up about his powers, his terrible past and ghostly companion, she flees in terror Then Madeline decides to stay away for his own good This awful mistake has been overused in so many other romance novels I hoped Susan Carroll would have come up with something else Born with unusual gifts Anatole St.
Leger comes from a long family whose powers and legends are known by many, through stories and whispers Anatole powers have caused himheartache then happiness The time though has come for him to have his bride found But, only the gifted Bride Finder can find the chosen mate of a St.
Leger to insure happiness and love throughout their lives The task doesn t seem to be difficult for Madeline Breton who trades marriage to help her family out of debt Ho Born with unusual gifts Anatole St.
Leger comes from a long family whose powers and legends are known by many, through stories and whispers Anatole powers have caused himheartache then happiness The time though has come for him to have his bride found But, only the gifted Bride Finder can find the chosen mate of a St.
Leger to insure happiness and love throughout their lives The task doesn t seem to be difficult for Madeline Breton who trades marriage to help her family out of debt Hoping to find a man who may love her for herself, she s in for many surprises along the way as she learns of the great secretes of not only the St.
Leger family, but of her new husband The Bride Finder has magic, romance with a fast paced plot all wrapped up into this amazing book I couldn t put down Anatole first comes across as beastly type of man with wild look about him who lives in a creepy haunted castle and rather bellow out orders then ask for anything Living as a feared recluse he tries to live with the pain of being outcast by his own parents and to hide away to protect others and himself from his dark gifts Anatole was a tragic hero who wanted to be loved by his mother, who was to weak willed to understand her son, his father was also to much in love with his wife to spare a thought to what he was doing to his own son was wrong Anatole somehow grew up strong, but with a deep fear of rejection, he still held out hope that one day he ll be accepted and loved as he is I really loved Anatoleandas the beast mask he worn broke apart to see just a man behind the mask, hurting and alone, waiting for that someone to love him I also really loved his morbid sense of humor toward his dead family members When Madeline and Anatole marry, Anatole s explains why his ancestress are buried under the church floorSt.
Legers have long been buried here instead of in the churchyard, Anatole said The hope being that the added weight of the building might keep them in their gravesMadeline was smart with common sense and duty ruling her mind, much like Anatole, wanted to be truly accepted as herself then some stuffy doll to sell off to the ton s marriage market Holding out hope throughout the book, she healed not only Anatole s heart with her love, but with her understanding and acceptance of him and his powers She became stronger and risked her life for him and I just adored her to bits Many of the secondary characters moved the story along wonderfully, but two really caught my eye were the ghost Lord Prospero who still haunted his castle and tower, always up to some sort of mischief that gave Anatole another major headache He was a smooth charmer even as a ghost There was also Anatole s cousin Marcus who was not only a doctor but a strong empathic, after the tragic death of his own soul mate bride, he waits for his own death to be reunited with her, I hope it doesn t take death for him to get another second chance at love There was some great villains in the story that added to the book s pace and excitement, but the focus was always on the romance and growing love between Madeline and Anatole, sparks don t fly in bed for them, as it takes time and a few tries to get it right but for me it only added and fueled the need to understand each other, showing a great character growth and development and a true bondship between the leads Overall a magical and deeply beautiful book with an ending that is sigh worthy in it s happy ever after between Madeline and Anatole The Bride Finder by Susan Carroll published paperback edition 2006 1 30 99 original publication Anatole and Madeline Gothic setting romance believed to be set in the Georgian period probablytoward 1800 , Cornwall, England no actual date noted Anatole St Leger comes from a long line of men that hold a menagerie of mystical powers anything from Anatole s psychic abilities to know the future and levitate objects, to one of his cousins being able to see into the true soul of anThe Bride Finder by Susan Carroll published paperback edition 2006 1 30 99 original publication Anatole and Madeline Gothic setting romance believed to be set in the Georgian period probablytoward 1800 , Cornwall, England no actual date noted Anatole St Leger comes from a long line of men that hold a menagerie of mystical powers anything from Anatole s psychic abilities to know the future and levitate objects, to one of his cousins being able to see into the true soul of another With the first of his line, Prospero, a great sorcerer with the charms of a Don Juan still haunting the very Castle Leger he lives in, there s not much escape for Anatole from the unusual to say the least legends he s been born into, much to his dismay The time having arrived to choose a bride, Anatole knows the consequences, harsh and fatal, of going against the legends and making the choices himself, despite his reservations Only The Bride Finder knows the destined perfect mate for a St Leger man, and so Anatole sends him on his quest to ascertain who he will be obligated to pledge his heart and soul to for all eternity as the legend goes Of course, not before trying to influence him on the type of woman who he feels could stand up to his horrific countenance as Anatole sees himself and not too far off the mark in reality Making a laundry list to assist The Bride Finder Vicar Fitzleger, it contains qualities like large and buxom, with a sturdy frame and no nonsense personality, not easily scared off or fragile In this way Anatole feels he will be able to endure what he sees can only end up in reality as a marriage of convenience Afterall, what woman in her right mind would want him a beast in his gothic castle in the wilds of Cornwall However, Fitzleger, with the added ghostly unknown assistance of Prospero, has other ideas about what is best for the tough as nails warrior on the outside, yet sensitive and loving at his core Anatole Fitzleger is guided by his own special gifts as yes, The Bride Finder is actually a Fitz meaning bastard son of a St Leger himself The illegitimate son of Anatole s great grandfather, Fitzleger has inherited the special powers of the line as well He quickly hones in on Anatole s mate of his heart, the only perfect woman for Anatole Madeline BretonMadeline is the only member of the Breton clan who seems to have any common sense A bluestocking and mere slip of a woman with the good sense to keep all her family s penchant for frivolous living under control from one day to the next She s a regular juggler of keeping all their overspending and over socializing from toppling down on them and leaving them destitute When a chance meeting with Fitzleger leads her down the path that her wisest choice is to marry by proxy the unknown yet wealthy Anatole, she comes to a decision quickly, practical woman that she is it s her family s only hope of salvation out of its quick descent into bankruptcy How bad could it be Madeline wonders With the miniature portrait from Fitzleger of a poetic looking young man clutched to her breast and her head filled with The Bride Finder s assurances that only she can fulfill the prophecy of the perfect love for Anatole, she sets out from London to the wild back country of Cornwall full of nothing but hope, happiness, family and babies for her future Upon Anatole and Madeline s first meeting they are completely taken unawares of the reality of the other, in no way matching the expectations of each Anatole is convinced the first time he lays with this fairy princess of a woman, she will be crushed under the weight of him alone, if not frightened into complete hysterics beforehand Madeline is certain the dark, large and looming lord who has ridden up on a great destryer stallion, long black hair flying in the breeze, cannot possibly be her young, sweet faced prince From this point on, each will little by little disspell the stereotypes the other has created in their head, and find a love so deep with one another, they will genuinely be the most potent example of The Bride Finder s certain powers.
This book is such a moving tale really a true fairytale romance from beginning to end Yet oddly enough, it rings true with so many real life relationship details that can t be ignored that it s a testament to Susan Carroll s writing skills She puts the fantastical together with paced and precise plotting, leading the reader to the end with just the right amount of suspension of disbelief necessary to go from reality to fantasy There are no great leaps of logic that are necessary other than the fairytale premise itself s magical elements, as the protagonists are instilled with very human characteristics necessary to emotionally travel through the book It takes time and mutual trust and getting to know the other, flaws and all, for these two to find the love they are destined to have with one another As intriguing as the fantasy plot was, it was all about the romance Anatole comes from a loveless and abused childhood, his parents so caught up in their own unfulfilled dreams they selfishly ignore little Anatole s pleas for love and inclusion in their lives And oh, can Susan Carroll write a tortured hero My heart just ached for Anatole s lost childhood and the cruelness heaped upon him by his mother s overwhelming fear of the other worldly gifts of the St Leger men, including her own baby Naturally, with a rejecting mother and an emotionally withdrawn father, Anatole grows up very lonely, distrusting, guarded and cynical in the ways of love, feeling completely unworthy of Madeline He s built his emotional fences high in order to remain invulnerable, yet inside he can t help but long for the sweet and beautiful Madeline, his one and only chosen bride Madeline, though fraught with her own insecurities, with her gifts of common sense and no nonsense approach to life, hangs in there and doesn t allow Anatole to run over her despite all his overwhelming outbursts of temper She ultimately has the patience to allow Anatole to slowly come to terms that she, unlike his parents, will not shut him out permanently and he slowly lets his guard down as he falls in love with Madeline and she with him This is not a fast paced romance full of lusty sex scenes I read a review on this book at another site wherein the reviewer called it a bodice ripper a description which couldn t have been farther from the truth That reviewer obviously had no idea what the true definition of a bodice ripper novel consisted of, as this romance smoothly and succinctly follows a trajectory of inevitable romantic love to a crescendo that leaves the reader as breathless as the story s lovers When these lovers finally let down their guards and make true, passionate love as only those who are securely sure of their love for one another at last, it was a scene right out of the most romantic love stories that anyone can imagine Like many, I read a lot of different types of romance novels for a lot of different moods and reasons read this book for it s deeply emotional journey and complete immersion into the life and love of these two people You won t be sorry I closed this book with a smile on my face and a heartfelt sigh Truly a keeper if I ve ever read one.
KNOTE Mainstream PG 13 to R rated sex scenes, minor graphic sexual references no graphic language minor non graphically described violence considered suitable reading for teens 16 younger teens with parental guidance

Born Susan Carol Cute in 1952, Susan Coppula obtained a Degree in English with complementary studies in History in the University of Indiana Since 1986, Susan has published books under three different pseudonyms Susan Carroll, Susan Coppula, and Serena Richards