The Unwilling Bride

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Can Caitlin find faith in God, and love in the arms of her enemy? More

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Words: 104,270
Language: English
ISBN: 9781452425498
Tags: historical
About Candy Ann Little

Candy Ann Little grew up in a small town in Ohio. She now resides in Michigan with her husband and two grown kids. Although writing is her first love, she also enjoys cooking, baking, crafts and working with children.

Her part time jobs over the years have included: Working at a day care, substitute for paraprofessionals and TA's in the public schools, and being a coordinator in the foreign exchange program. She also served as president & VP of the PTA for 8 years, ran 2 writing groups and loves helping with church activities.

Although her writing career began in tragedy when she had a stillborn child, she now finds peace and joy that surpasses the pain and heartache.


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Review by: Donna Lawrence on Dec. 30, 2011 :
Christian Romances are not my usual genre, however, I have to keep my eyes open for more books by Candy-Ann Little.

This novel is very well written, the spirituality is not overwhelming. This book will be enjoyed by both Christians and non-christians alike. If you like a good romance, and be honest- we all need a little romance in our lives, read this book.

I really liked the strong female lead, Caitlin Gallagher. She is sassy and funny without behaving like a shrew. As for Dillon Cade, you are going to love him! I guarantee it!

The book has a wonderful historical aspect to it. I give it 5 stars and look forward to reading more from Candy-Ann Little
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Amanda on Nov. 19, 2011 :
I was a little worried that this book would be too similar to Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers (which I loved). Turns out it's not, and it's fabulous all on its own. The stories really are nothing alike and while God and faith are a part of the story, in An Unwilling Bride, it's more subtle than in Redeeming Love.

I have to say that while I could empathize with Caitlin at being forced into the marriage, I can't really say I liked her much in the beginning. She was pretty much a spoiled brat. Her father was pretty hard to take, too. Why wouldn't he just tell her the truth? I also wondered at first if Dillon was going to be as easy-going as he seemed and put up with her attitude. I'm thrilled to say that everything worked out in the end. The characters are all well written, so you get a chance to know them, both the good and bad qualities. You get to know them and actually care about what happens.

Of course, I picked this book because of the historical aspect, which is well-done, also. There is also a secondary love story. And meddling woman who really needs to be taken down a peg or two. Basically, this book is full of reasons for you to read it.

I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review as part of Adopt An Indie Month.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Sue Owen on Oct. 26, 2011 :
The Unwilling Bride is a true romance written in the style of many of the great romance novels published by Avon, Harlequin, etc. It has sass, a strong female lead, an understanding male lead, a historical setting and a dramatic storyline. Everything about this book screams classic romance.

Little does a nice job of weaving love into a horrid situation and bringing all members of the cast out the other end semi-unscathed. I like the interaction between the characters and how I almost feel sorry for the bad guy, well gal in this case (gals?) because of their perceived situation.

I won’t give away the ending but I was pleased with it and wasn’t so sure things would work out in the manner they did. The only thing that kind of bothered me about the whole thing was that it was a bit slow in some places where situations were being explained or things were changing around. I felt those explanations maybe could have been moved around or split up somehow to accord them less relevance.

Generally, though, if you are looking for a great romance book, this is well worth the read.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: EMpress Books on Sep. 01, 2011 :
I'll start this review by saying that I've never read an inspirational romance before and I had some preconceived notions about the genre that kept me away from it. That said, Candy Little's debut novel, The Unwilling Bride, shattered all those notions and gave me a fresh perspective on how sweet, sultry, and truly romantic this sub-genre can really be.

The spirituality of this story is not overwhelming, not unbelievable, and not in your face. It's a gentle thread woven throughout their story and helps them triumph some pretty tough obstacles. Without giving too much away, Caitlin and Dillon's story is the kind that warms your heart and gives you hope.

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(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: RAVENSWOOD PUBLISHING on Aug. 24, 2011 :

I'm not usually one to get into romances, I like them but I have to be in a certain mood to read them and for some reason that time usually comes around Christmas or Thanksgiving through Christmas; but I have to say that this book was fantastic and I enjoyed every moment of it. The main character of the story Caitlin is young, spry, and completely unconventional! She is determined to be her own woman in a time when women were looked upon as being nothing more than an ornament on a man's arm. I absolutely loved her! Then we have Dillon Cade, an Englishman living in America running his own printing press and one of the most eligible bachelors in the land. He is the quintessential perfect male and I had no trouble at all falling in love with him from the beginning, however, it takes Caitlin a lot longer!

The fact this story was not just about romance but had profound elements of true history made it all the more endearing.

Caitlin's parents thrust her into an arranged marriage to save her from being forced back to Ireland and into possible danger. When Dillon realizes just how hard it is on her he begins to put things into motion to help her get her parents back to America. Candy Ann Little writes like a pro for this genre, she has the ability to bring out the spark and life in characters and makes them so real you can't help but wish you knew them!

It doesn't matter if you are not a huge fan of romance novels, this one you HAVE to pick up. It's not just a romance it's a lesson in history in such a way that you have no choice but to absorb it! I only wish they could have taught history this way back when I was in school, it would have made it so much more interesting!

-Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Tanya Contois on Aug. 01, 2011 :
Perfectly written romance novel with some mystery and suspense mixed in.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Janice Sykes on July 06, 2011 :
Great romance novel. It takes me back to the more wholesome romance novels of my past. Highly recommend.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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