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When Crispin, Lord Cavratt, thoroughly and scandalously kisses a serving woman in the garden of a country inn, he assumes the encounter will be of no consequence. But he couldn't be more mistaken — the maid is not only a lady of birth, she's the niece of a very large, exceptionally angry gentleman, who claims Crispin has compromised his niece beyond redemption. The dismayed young lord has no choice but to marry Miss Catherine Thorndale, who lacks both money and refinement and assumes all men are as vicious as her guardian uncle. Trapped between an unwanted marriage and a hasty annulment, which would leave his reputation tainted and Catherine's utterly ruined, Crispin begins guiding his wife's transformation from a socially petrified country girl to a lady of society. Their unfolding relationship reveals encouraging surprises for both of them, and privately, each of them wonders if theirs may become a true marriage of the heart. But their hopes are dashed when forces conspire to split asunder what fate has granted, and as a battle of wits escalates into a life-threatening confrontation, will it be possible for Crispin and Catherine to live happily ever after?
About the Author
Sarah M. Eden read her first Jane Austen novel in elementary school and has been an Austen addict ever since. Fascinated by the English Regency era, Eden became a regular in that section of the reference department at her local library, where she painstakingly researched this extraordinary chapter in history. Eden is an award-winning author of short stories and was a Whitney Award finalist for her novels Seeking Persephone and Courting Miss Lancaster. Visit her at www.sarahmeden.com.
by Whitney - reviewed on December 04, 2012
This was AMAZING! A beautiful love story :D
The Kiss of a Stranger is a fantastic sweet romance novel.
by Danyelle - reviewed on May 13, 2011
The Kiss of a Stranger is a fantastic sweet romance novel. Very witty, humorous, and just romantically fabulous. I've loved all of Sarah M. Eden's books so far and can't wait for more to come out!
by Danielle - reviewed on March 14, 2011
I just purchased another of Sarah Eden's books. If it's anything like this one, it'll be money well spent. I loved the storyline, hated the Uncle, and fell in love with the hero! Well done!
by Todd - reviewed on February 15, 2011
Sarah Eden's books are an enchanting read. I love being swept back to that time and the gentility and poise that existed. Thanks!
The Perfect Romantic Escape!
by Customer - reviewed on January 29, 2011
This was a fabulous read. I can't wait until Sarah M. Eden's other books are back in print. I liked Courting Miss Lancaster but The Kiss of a Stranger was even better. I recommend this book to anyone who likes a cute love story with equal parts humor and romance.
I would would love to see this book made into a movie!
by Customer - reviewed on March 14, 2011
I would watch the movie over and over again. I love all of the wit in this book. Especially the scene about the fairy cakes. You know a book is really good when you have to reread it right after you finished it. I can't wait to read more books by this talented author. Way to go Sarah!
by Juanita - reviewed on April 22, 2011
Loved Kiss of a Stranger; Phillip Lampton's story is begging to be written! Please tell us you are already doing so...I can picture him as a hero like 'Scarlet Pimpernel'! Keep listening to those lovely voices in your head.
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by Janella - reviewed on November 08, 2011
Another entertaining book set during the Regency period. I love the depth to these characters as well as the mean uncle who forces his niece to marry the man she has been caught kissing in an inn. Plenty of enjoyable scenes between the main characters as she embarks to London with a titled and wealthily man Clean romance
Must read for Regency Romance Lovers!
by Marla - reviewed on October 01, 2012
Awesome, clean Regency Romance by an amazing award-winning author! This humorous, but emotional book deals with the issue of abusing woman in a touching, not too heavy-handed, way. Catherine's struggle to see herself as strong and worthwhile, after years of suffering at her cruel uncle's hand, is sure to tug at the most cynical heartstrings. I fell in love with Crispin's gentleness towards his timid bride, and desire to do what is right, even if it means sacrificing his own heart. Sarah weaves a good dose of laughter and wittiness into this beautiful story of two people thrown together as strangers, but soon forced to choose either to reject or accept the gift handed them. If you love Jane Austen, and contemporary Regency novels, this book is for you!