The Reluctant Bride

Rated 4.31/5 based on 16 reviews
Fleeing a looming marriage to a terrifying man, Abby meets a mysterious stranger who makes her a startling proposition that will either save her, or leave her mired in scandal. More

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About Donna Hatch

Donna Hatch is the award-winning author of the best-selling “Rogue Hearts Series.” A hopeless romantic and adventurer at heart, she discovered her writing passion at the tender age of 8 and has been listening to those voices ever since. She has become a sought-after workshop presenter, and also juggles freelance editing, multiple volunteer positions, and most of all, her six children (seven, counting her husband). A native of Arizona who recently transplanted to the Pacific Northwest, she and her husband of over twenty years are living proof that there really is a happily ever after.

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Teresa Ford reviewed on on Sep. 24, 2013
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I loved it! I agree with the others that it would make a great novel.
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Lana Mowdy reviewed on on Sep. 24, 2013

I loved this story! The author kept the language geared to the right time. I fell in love with the characters, and would love to read a novel written about them.
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Theo Hatch reviewed on on July 24, 2013

What fun this story is. My friends told me it was short and they were right. It's just a single act. Someone gave a single star because it was predictable. Of course it was predictable it is a short story and still it was a cute story.
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Minnie reviewed on on June 12, 2013

Of all the things, to happen when you run away. Getting caught by the person you are running from. Just love the male character, so bashful when he have no reason to thanks to Abby's point of view.
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Margaret Grant reviewed on on June 4, 2013

Cleverly written, with quite a twist. A feel good story.
Runaway fiancee frightened by the reputation of her intended whom she has not met, hides in coach storage, in danger of being mistreated, saved by caring, gentleman, and treated kindly, who is treated with kindness and respect by her in spite of his facial scar which has apparently frightened others.
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Alisa Hancock reviewed on on April 18, 2013

This was a really short novella, but it was still a lot of fun to read! (And it's free on Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/75131) Because it's so short, it's very predictable, but it's also a fun read!

Abby is stowing away in the storage compartment of a mail coach -- trying to escape a horrible marriage. She's never met the groom, but she's heard all the rumors about him. If the rumors are true, he will starve her, beat her, and throw her in the dungeon. And he's deformed! So she is heading to see her Aunt Millicent and hoping her Aunt will talk some sense into her father.

She gets caught stowing away, and the coach driver makes her an offer she MUST refuse! "She would not escape abuse at the hands of a husband only to find it with a stranger!"

Just in time she is rescued by a finely dressed gentleman who captures her heart and changes the way she sees everything!
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Alisa Hancock reviewed on on April 18, 2013
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This was a really short novella, but it was still a lot of fun to read! Because it's so short, it's very predictable, but it's also a fun read!

Abby is stowing away in the storage compartment of a mail coach -- trying to escape a horrible marriage. She's never met the groom, but she's heard all the rumors about him. If the rumors are true, he will starve her, beat her, and throw her in the dungeon. And he's deformed! So she is heading to see her Aunt Millicent and hoping her Aunt will talk some sense into her father.

She gets caught stowing away, and the coach driver makes her an offer she MUST refuse! "She would not escape abuse at the hands of a husband only to find it with a stranger!"

Just in time she is rescued by a finely dressed gentleman who captures her heart and changes the way she sees everything!
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Evelyn Sagrado Rodziewicz reviewed on on Feb. 23, 2013

It's wonderfully sweet story.
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Shauna Wheelwright reviewed on on Jan. 22, 2013

Loved, Loved, Loved it!
Wished it were longer!

If you love regency romance then you will love this sweet, short story.
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