Patriot Bride

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Hannah Cooper fled England to escape the aristocratic marriage her father had arranged for her. But War has come to the Colonies and with it, the Duke of Northumberland the very man her father had arranged that she marry.

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Hannah Cooper fled England to escape the aristocratic marriage her father had arranged for her. Now in the Colonies as a "widowed seamstress," she’s poor but content with her modest and independent life. But War has come to the Colonies and with it, the dreaded "quartering act." All households are ordered to feed and shelter British troops.

When Hannah finds Colonel Wolfgang Preston at her cottage’s modest gate, her first thought is, of course, to refuse him. He is an officer and could commandeer much more lavish quarters; she’s a single woman with a one room cottage. But he won’t take no for an answer and soon the reason why becomes obvious: Wolfgang Preston is the Duke of Northumberland and is the very man her father had arranged that she married. And he’s found her. And he can’t decide what he’s going to do with his lovely bride first: put her over his knee or into his bed.

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Chapter One

Hannah Cooper tucked her chin to her chest as she strode across the common, pulling her cloak tight about her and wishing she could afford warmer clothes as a damp chill slipped beneath both her skirt and her layers of petticoats. The mobcap on her head helped a little, but not enough. April in Boston wasn?t the warmest of times, but the wind across the bay cut that much quicker through the thin cloth of her well worn cloak and almost ratty dress. Driven from England under duress, she had truly adopted her current homeland as her own, despite the fact that she wasn?t a native and hadn?t been there very long. She had already taken their causes to heart ? railing with her fellow employees against all of the unfair taxes that were being imposed by the Crown and Parliament, so far away.

Not that she was dressed much better than anyone else, really, except those toffs who decided to break the boycott of British goods and have new dresses made, consequences be damned. Hannah?s head shook from more than the chill as she dodged the cows grazing placidly and hurried towards her landlord?s certain warm welcome, but a group of townspeople who were gathered around cackling at each other and waving some pamphlet or other caught her attention.

After several unsuccessful attempts, bobbing up and down in a most unseemly fashion, trying to get a glimpse of what Old George was try to do to them now, she was able to skim quickly over a short man?s shoulder at a proclamation entitled ?The Quartering Act,? which apparently required that the colonist give food and shelter to the very British Army that was repressing their rights to live as free men.

Almost as soon as she finished reading and turned to continue to Mistress Wentworth?s, only to be confronted by the very reason for such an act ? a regiment of British soldiers, a bright swath of blood red across the still late winter bland backdrop of the park, lead by a huge man on a large white stallion. One of the things that struck Hannah about the man was that although he was wearing a spit polished uniform and all the regalia of a British officer, he was not wearing a white wig, which set him apart from the rest of the dandified officers that accompanied him. She could hear him issue several curt orders, and felt a chill run through her at his tone, then realized she was standing in the middle of the common and staring up at him like a lack wit. She?d always been just the slightest bit worried that her intended might send someone looking for her ? not that he?d have any idea where to look. But still, the worry was always there, in the back of her mind.

Before anyone else noticed her slack jawed response to this strange man, she hurried herself off to work, knowing if she was late the kindly Mistress Wentworth would be worried. But she couldn?t keep him out of her mind, for some strange reason. He kept popping up at the oddest of times ? when she was sipping some of the strange tasting coffee her employer served with cream and scant sugar, when she was working on sewing the stomacher to the stays of a fine dress for one of their wealthier customers. Why that face should reappear in her mind for no reason, she had no idea. Perhaps she was just a bit tetched today, and that strong, masculine face was well burned into her memory.

Hanna tried desperately to turn her thoughts away from him and back to the task at hand. As much as she?d hated learning the needlecrafts her mother had insisted upon ? she was much more facile at cooking and basic medicines, it had saved her life when she?d arrived in the Colonies, with little more than those skills to keep body and soul together. ?You cannot deny me, Mistress Cooper.?

Obsidian black eyes collided with startling blue ones that refused to yield demurely, as they should, if not merely to the man then to the uniform. Sweet merciful Heaven, it was the commander of the regiment she?d seen earlier that day. She?d never forget that face for the rest of her days.

Hannah continued to stare up at him ? and up it was. He had to be at least a foot taller than she was ? he was the tallest man she?d ever seen, and broad as a barn, to boot. The crisp red of his uniform only served to accentuate his size. ?I most certainly can and will deny you, Sir. We poor colonists are merely supposed to give you redcoats,? she gave that last word a twist that left no room for doubt that it caused a bad taste in her mouth just to say it, ?food and shelter at public houses and unused shelters. I?m certain there?s room for you at one pub or another . . .? She did her best to close the door in his face, but he had one gigantic spit shined black booted foot that remained on the doorsill, regardless of how she tried to crush it.

Colonel Wolfgang Anders Preston III, Duke of Northumberland, Viscount Wexley, and Baron of several small dominions, could not believe that this little slip of a thing was actually leaning all of her inconsiderable weight against her front door ? such as it was ? in an obvious attempt to shoo him away like some common beggar man or thief. Even the women in this savage, upstart country were rebellious colonials.

Wolf was not entirely unsympathetic to the plight of these ?Americans?, as they had come to refer to themselves ? especially having spent as much time here has he had; he?d come to recognize a certain grudging respect for them and their savvy leaders ? John Hancock, George Washington, Samuel Adams. They were all smart men with sound thoughts and ideas. He just thought there were better ways of going about it than the direct conflict with the largest military power in the world that they were heading towards, and which they would most certainly lose. But these colonists had spunk, he had to give them that, case in point the small woman who was still pushing against her door, her Sampson to his Goliath, as headstrong and impulsive and bullheaded as the rest of her kind, despite her feminine appearance.

And she certainly was in the flower of her femininity, he had to give her that, despite the grunts and groans she was emitting while trying to stem the tide of his invasion. And despite his vast family fortune, he was the type of man to look past the rags she was wearing to see what was beneath them. He could see the masses of clean, curly blonde hair piled on top of her head, a few delicate ringlets framing her face. Her clothes were near worn clear through in spots. The fabric was so thin it was nearly an obscenity for her to wear them, but they were clean, and she smelled faintly of the wildflowers he?d seen blooming in the yard.

Wolf could feel a most ungentlemanly strain against his breeches, but he brought that to a full stop immediately, giving a carefully controlled shoved against the door so as not to hurt her, but enough to assure that he would gain entrance to her less than enchanting abode. It was like trying to discourage a grizzly bear, no matter how hard she tried. She was leaning her entire weight against the door, and it was having absolutely no effect. He was slowly, and with depressing ease, gaining entry to her house and there didn?t seem to be anything she could do about it.

Finally, Hannah just let go and walked away, getting no small amount of satisfaction when he stumbled badly nearly fell flat on his face. She knew that that victorious feeling when he?d almost hurt himself was wrong, and said a quick prayer for forgiveness as she bustled about the place, suddenly realizing just how small it was with his imposing presence. Hannah had never regretted leaving England, not from the moment she set foot on the ship at Portsmouth harbor ? despite the fact that she nearly died of the seasickness throughout the entire voyage, along with everyone else who had booked passage. They were all held below decks nearly every day, herded together next to the animals, the air wreaking of both human and animal wastes, and the crew looking them all over as if they were going to be next in the pot ? or worse, for the women.

It wasn?t as if she?d had much choice in the matter, regardless. Women in this world didn?t have much in the way of choices, which was probably why she?d taken the Colonists? cause so much too heart. She had thrown off the yoke of her father?s oppression; why shouldn?t they do the same? While they were living in their father?s houses, as she had been, they were subject to his rule, benevolent or dictatorial. Then they were sold by virtue of their dowry, or the lack thereof, to the man most likely to aid her father in whatever his pursuits were, no matter that the man was ancient or a drunkard or likely to haul off and hit whoever was within striking distance for no particular reason.

Like her father. Hannah wasn?t about to marry the man her father had chosen for her, although she knew that he expected her to do her duty as his daughter and simply surrender herself to his will. Deferring to her Father was the healthier thing to do, if one was interested in keeping body and soul together and avoiding broken bones and black eyes. She had done that only for her mother?s sake. Momma had made everything all right, while bearing the brunt of her husband?s anger herself to save her children from his wrath.

Despite his love for whiskey and not much else, William Cooper was a successful merchant with an eye on things well above his station. He wanted a title of any sort. He wanted to weasel his way into the landed gentry, into the posh set. And he most certainly wasn?t above using his children to do so. William liked to brag to his friends at the pub and anyone else who would listen that although every other man in the country prayed for sons, he was just as happy that his wife had seen fit to give him daughters for whom he could arrange advantageous marriages. Hannah ? as the eldest girl ? was the first candidate to be married off to some viscount or baron she had never even met, or anyone else he could wrangle into while holding out the carrot of a tidy dowry.

Hannah had stayed as long as she could ? long enough for her mother to die in her arms, gasping for breathe from the consumption. She desperately wanted to take her two younger sisters with her, but she couldn?t afford passage for the three of them, so she decided to go on ahead, lest her father get wind of her plans.

She thought about her sisters nearly every waking moment, wondering how they were faring. Their father had gotten wilder after Momma died, staying out even longer than he had and drinking non stop. Hannah had told Mary, who was ten and the next oldest, that if their Father stayed away for any longer than a day, she was to take little Priscilla and hightail it over to their aunt?s across town. Kindly old Aunt Polly would take them in, Hannah had no doubt.

She?d been here, living on the outskirts of Boston for almost a year, as a widow. She?d known that people would accept her as a widow sooner than a single female traveling alone, so she?d invented a husband, becoming Mistress Cooper instead of Miss.

In those long years, she?d had but one letter from Mary that told of their Father?s further decline and mentioned that she and Priscilla were going to take her advice and go to their Aunt?s shortly. Though the cottage she lived in was owned by the woman she worked for as a seamstress and it wasn?t nearly big enough for three people, Hannah ached to bring them to her.

She was scrimping and saving every tuppence and shilling she earned, and, if things continued as they were, it would be another six months or so before she was able to send the money for their passage.

Wolf watched her as she wandered about the tiny room, sweeping a gnarly broom uselessly over the dirt floor. Despite the dilapidated appearance of her little hovel, and beyond that which was on the floor, there wasn?t a spec of dust or dirty anywhere. It was tiny, but it was scrupulously clean. Along one wall was a large stone fireplace, from which hung a smallish black kettle that simmered something that made his mouth water with the scent of onions and bay leaf. One corner had a small, rough table, and the other a rope bed with a feather mattress.

There was a tiny china figurine on the mantle, as well as more books than he?d seen in one place since he was at home in his own library ? everything from several volumes of Shakespeare and Chaucer to one of the more scandalous authors that really should not have even been in her possession, in his opinion.

?You read?? he asked, unable to quite control his amazement. Most of the ladies of quality that he knew didn?t take the time to read, although they were certainly taught to by the various tutors their wealthy fathers hired for them ? but their mothers were busily whispering to them that it was not something one did for entertainment, but merely to avoid the cane. And it didn?t help one to appear any too smart when trying to catch a husband, which was, after all, the entire reason for a young girl?s existence.

Wolf?s mouth twisted at the thought. He should have been married by now himself, and he knew his mother and uncle were hard at work on arranging that, but he?d never really had the time to woo and win a woman. He?d barely been back to his estates in the past ten years, despite the long distance needling from his mother about not paying attention to his heritage. Wolf felt that his career in His Majesty?s service spoke volumes about himself, and he never bothered to explain himself to much of anyone.

Hannah eyed him distrustfully from across the room where she was fussing with the spare bedclothes. ?Yes, I do,? she answered, rather defiantly. Her father had never missed an opportunity to berate her for her intelligence, and her desire to read and learn more than he thought was necessary. Her Mother was at least somewhat gentle about her reproaches. Father had felt no such compunction.

She tried to cross to his side of the room, to the fireplace he was standing in front of in order to check and stir the meager dinner she had boiling in the kettle, but the closer she got the bigger he got. The cottage was so small that wherever she looked, there he was, standing therein all his glowering, unnerving glory. Even with his hat off, he was just enormous ? a veritable mountain of a man ? and she decided to be cowardly and veered away from him at the last minute, then berated herself as she fiddled with the chipped vase with two wilted wildflowers that served as decoration for the tiny table.

He didn?t say anything else, just stood there like an angry lump, staring at her. She really didn?t think he had any right to be there, but what was she to do against a man his size? Hannah figured that she probably had to put up with him this evening, but tomorrow she would make sure that her rifle was more at the ready, and he?d find himself staring down its muzzle if he tried to get in here again.

Finally, she?d gathered up enough courage to stand before him and glower right back at him. ?If you expect to have anything edible this evening, Sir, I suggest that you move aside, unless you?re also an expert in tending to venison stew.?

The only part of Wolf that moved at her order was his eyebrow, which rose nearly into his hairline. Few people in this world would dare to address him so, and even fewer of those were women. Actually, only one was a woman ? his mother, and even then it would have had to have been a matter of life or death since he?d come into the title and taken firm control of her runaway purse strings.

Yet here was this little strip of a girl, with probably less than twenty years to her credit, obviously of no social rank whatsoever, taking him to task for standing in front of her kettle. No matter that she was right, and he moved away immediately, if not quickly. He was amazed at her spunk – her downright Colonial spunk, with no appreciation or deference whatsoever for her betters.

He watched avidly as she bent and stirred the pot vigorously, then reached up without looking to grab a crude wooden bowl, ladled some out, then moved to sit at the table and begin to devour it with delicate greed. She was obviously doing her best to be discourteous and ignore him entirely.

So Wolf proceeded to be discourteous to her, removing his uniform coat without asking, hanging it off one of the pegs in the wall next to the door, where her tattered cloak already resided.

Despite his noble birth, Wolf had been on enough campaigns and had spent enough time well away from the reaches of what society considered civil surroundings that he was quite comfortable serving himself. As a matter of fact, much to his mother?s disgust, the older he got, the less patience he had with the trappings of his existence as a member of the landed gentry.

Recent years had brought him to the New World. He?d fought in the French and Indian war, and had spent some time in the beautiful area around Quebec, as well as the Ohio valley and Fort Frederick on Lake Champlain. It was God?s own country, full of incredible promise for any man brave enough to seize it and defend it against all comers.

Sometimes he wanted nothing more than to leave his commission ? which was up in about eighteen months anyway, and just ride west, completely ignoring the King?s command that no Englishman was to venture past the Mississippi.

But here he was, watching this tiny woman ignore him completely, as if nothing was amiss. He grabbed the other wooden bowl off the mantle and served himself some of the stew, not paying much attention to what he was dishing up until he found himself across the small, wobbly table from her. She staunchly refused to look up at him, her eyes never leaving the enthralling contents of her bowl.

Suddenly hungry from the wonderful aroma that drifted to his nostrils, Wolf took a big spoonful, and wasn?t disappointed. The broth was just right thick and hot and full of flavor, slipping down his throat and warming him from the inside out. He bit down on a tender potato chunk, a small onion, and some carrot, but no venison whatsoever, not in the entire bowl. ?This is venison stew?? he asked doubtfully, cleaning his bowl nonetheless.

?Yes,? came the reluctant answer.

?I don?t see any venison in it.?

Hannah got up from the table, using a small bucket of water to rinse and wash her bowl and spoon, placing them back on the mantle to dry. ?There isn?t. It?s venison stock. If you?d like meat in your stew, I suggest you go hunting. I can?t afford to buy it.?

Wolf made a note to stop by a butcher tomorrow before he called formation and send an order of meats to her cabin, and leaned on the table as he got up, noting the irritating wobble and reaching down to see if there was something he could quickly do to fix it. What he found were several pieces of parchment stuffed beneath the shorter leg.

He opened the carefully folded papers, and read them while she puttered nervously about the cabin. They were all inflammatory treatise against the Governor of Massachusetts and even the King himself, citing a lot of pure rubbish about taxation without representation and how the Colonies were being treated unfairly and punitively in regards to trade arrangements and having to provide room and board for the King?s troops at their own expense.

Wolf threw the pamphlets onto the table, adding fixing the table to his list of things to do to make this place a little more habitable. ?I see you side with the rabble rousers in town,? he commented lightly, watching her with narrowed eyes.

Hannah was folding the bare blanket she kept at the food of her small bed, but his low, accusatory voice stopped her in the act for a long moment, then she reassumed her nervous straightening, knowing those piercing black eyes were watching her every move she made, and trying to come to grips with the fact that it didn?t look like he was going to go anywhere. He apparently had every intention of just blithely moving in with her, right or wrong.

And of course, as an officer in His Majesty?s Army, he felt he was well within his rights.

Grabbing a firm hold on her gumption, Hannah turned to face him, her legs quivering beneath her skirts and against the bed frame. ?You aren?t really going to stay here, are you? I?m sure there are plenty of places – ?

That bushy dark eyebrow rose nearly to his hairline, but he didn?t seem to be angry ? quite – just firm and unyielding, and obviously not much interested in explaining himself to the likes of her. ?Not that are in quite this strategic a spot. And yes, I fully intend to quarter myself here, Mistress Cooper.?

Something about the way he said her name put Hannah on alert. He said it as if he didn?t believe it ? whether it was the married part or the surname part, she didn?t much care. She was already wary around him ? how could she not be? A small woman alone in her house with a huge man who was not her husband.

In a voice much shakier than she would have liked, Hannah asked as she kept her hands busy worrying a handkerchief, ?And have you no care for my reputation whatsoever??

To her complete horror, this question motivated him to stand and walk silently over to her. Overwhelmed by his presence, she found herself sitting on the edge of the bed and craning her head to see him.

?No, Mistress Cooper,? he accented her last name in a tone that left absolutely no doubt that he questioned its status, ?I have no care for the reputation of a woman who runs away rather than fulfilling her obligations, and who assumes a false identity, lying to everyone who has befriended her in this small town.?

Hannah?s open mouth went completely dry. The man in front of her, the huge, physically imposing man who had barged his way into her little house by virtue of his brute strength and his uniform, was the man her father had contracted for her to marry!

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90 reviews for Patriot Bride

  1. Rosella (verified owner)

    I enjoyed the interesting plot especially the great spankings! I liked the romance throughout the plot as well. Recommended reading.

  2. Rosella (verified owner)

    I enjoyed the interesting plot especially the great spankings! I liked the romance throughout the plot as well. Recommended reading.

  3. mlb (verified owner)

    Loved this story. Great romance with great characters. Enjoyed the developing relationship right through the happy ending.

  4. mlb (verified owner)

    Loved this story. Great romance with great characters. Enjoyed the developing relationship right through the happy ending.

  5. SH

    C.F. does not disappoint with this story! Great detailed story line with strong characters. It was great from the beginning to the end!

  6. SH

    C.F. does not disappoint with this story! Great detailed story line with strong characters. It was great from the beginning to the end!

  7. Connie (verified owner)

    Hannah\\\’s father paid her dowry for her wedding and she doesn\\\’t want to get married so she leaves England for America. Wolf is serving in His Majesty\\\’s army in America and when his mother lets him know she has had them married by proxy he decides to find his wife. Good characters set in Revolutionary America. I loved Hannah\\\’s spirit and the fact that in spite of punishments from Wolf she is never cowed by him.

  8. Connie (verified owner)

    Hannah’s father paid her dowry for her wedding and she doesn’t want to get married so she leaves England for America. Wolf is serving in His Majesty’s army in America and when his mother lets him know she has had them married by proxy he decides to find his wife. Good characters set in Revolutionary America. I loved Hannah’s spirit and the fact that in spite of punishments from Wolf she is never cowed by him.

  9. Charelle (verified owner)

    This book was great! Classic Carolyn Faulkner

  10. Charelle (verified owner)

    This book was great! Classic Carolyn Faulkner

  11. Merna (verified owner)

    Enjoyed the story, but it jumped from one scene to another a bit abruptly, and the husband was not quite likeable. A bit more filling out of the story, and this would get a higher rating. The ending was pretty good.

  12. Merna (verified owner)

    Enjoyed the story, but it jumped from one scene to another a bit abruptly, and the husband was not quite likeable. A bit more filling out of the story, and this would get a higher rating. The ending was pretty good.

  13. Candice (verified owner)

    Really enjoyed this story! What a lucky bride

  14. Candice (verified owner)

    Really enjoyed this story! What a lucky bride

  15. S.F. (verified owner)

    I really did not connect with this book. I love Carolyn Faulkner but not this book. The hero just felt like a bully and too forceful.

  16. S.F. (verified owner)

    I really did not connect with this book. I love Carolyn Faulkner but not this book. The hero just felt like a bully and too forceful.

  17. JK (verified owner)

    I really liked the storyline of this novella, but the characters were at odds almost the entire stoy. I only gave it a 3 since I would have enjoyed a little more time spent after they had figured out their differences. It was still an enjoyable story to read.

  18. JK (verified owner)

    I really liked the storyline of this novella, but the characters were at odds almost the entire stoy. I only gave it a 3 since I would have enjoyed a little more time spent after they had figured out their differences. It was still an enjoyable story to read.

  19. angelia (verified owner)

    Great plot full of romance and action

  20. angelia (verified owner)

    Great plot full of romance and action

  21. drb (verified owner)

    I enjoyed this story. It was a pretty good read. Not as good as some of C.F. stories but still pretty good, worth reading.

  22. drb (verified owner)

    I enjoyed this story. It was a pretty good read. Not as good as some of C.F. stories but still pretty good, worth reading.

  23. Alicia

    The colonies wasn\\\’t nearly far enough for this girl to run to escape an arranged marriage by her father because her fiance finds her and boy his he not happy. Some very hot spanking scenes and a good plot to go along with it.

  24. Alicia

    The colonies wasn’t nearly far enough for this girl to run to escape an arranged marriage by her father because her fiance finds her and boy his he not happy. Some very hot spanking scenes and a good plot to go along with it.

  25. Evelyn

    This is a rea;;y good story with a fun plot and interesting characters. Hannah decides to run away to the colonies to flee an arranged marriage but while there her fiance finds her and forces her back home to be married. The relationship was fun to watch develop and the ending was very good.

  26. Evelyn

    This is a rea;;y good story with a fun plot and interesting characters. Hannah decides to run away to the colonies to flee an arranged marriage but while there her fiance finds her and forces her back home to be married. The relationship was fun to watch develop and the ending was very good.

  27. Vicki (verified owner)

    Hannah runs away to America to get away from her prearranged marriage. Little does she know her husband (married by proxy) has come to collect her. Hannah manages to charm all the men around her while thoroughly iritating her husband. I love a good love story. Hannah and Wolf made for a great read.

  28. Vicki (verified owner)

    Hannah runs away to America to get away from her prearranged marriage. Little does she know her husband (married by proxy) has come to collect her. Hannah manages to charm all the men around her while thoroughly iritating her husband. I love a good love story. Hannah and Wolf made for a great read.

  29. TG (verified owner)

    Awesome story! Perfect characters! Perfect of spankings! Loved it!!!!

  30. TG (verified owner)

    Awesome story! Perfect characters! Perfect of spankings! Loved it!!!!

  31. Jessica (verified owner)

    Another great read from this author. I enjoyed the plot line and was riveted till the very end. I was slightly disappointed by the abrupt ending though.

  32. Jessica (verified owner)

    Another great read from this author. I enjoyed the plot line and was riveted till the very end. I was slightly disappointed by the abrupt ending though.

  33. Christina (verified owner)

    Ms. Faulkner takes you back to a time when life was suppose to be simpler. This story is anything, but simple! Take a very independent woman with a stubborn streak a mile long. Add a man with a ego that has been damaged and a stubborn streak that is a long as the ocean is wide, than you have Patriot Bride.

  34. Christina (verified owner)

    Ms. Faulkner takes you back to a time when life was suppose to be simpler. This story is anything, but simple! Take a very independent woman with a stubborn streak a mile long. Add a man with a ego that has been damaged and a stubborn streak that is a long as the ocean is wide, than you have Patriot Bride.

  35. anon (verified owner)

    A well raised English woman befuddles an English Duke after she\\\’s breathed the air of freedom in America. It was a good story line but the Duke was illogical. He cares for Hannah, he doesn\\\’t…he\\\’s good to Hannah, he\\\’s not. Faulkner wasn\\\’t paying close attention to her male. The story also doesn\\\’t end it just stops. Not well done. Hannah and the story line are well worth the read though.

  36. anon (verified owner)

    A well raised English woman befuddles an English Duke after she’s breathed the air of freedom in America. It was a good story line but the Duke was illogical. He cares for Hannah, he doesn’t…he’s good to Hannah, he’s not. Faulkner wasn’t paying close attention to her male. The story also doesn’t end it just stops. Not well done. Hannah and the story line are well worth the read though.

  37. Caroline (verified owner)

    This book was okay but I did\\\’nt think it was up to Carolyn Faulkner\\\’s usual high standards. I have been reading her stories on Discipline and Desire for a long time.

  38. Caroline (verified owner)

    This book was okay but I did’nt think it was up to Carolyn Faulkner’s usual high standards. I have been reading her stories on Discipline and Desire for a long time.

  39. Margaret (verified owner)

    Great story, well written. The new world was described with so few words yet enough to give a brilliant picture. Thank you.

  40. Margaret (verified owner)

    Great story, well written. The new world was described with so few words yet enough to give a brilliant picture. Thank you.

  41. tsuling (verified owner)

    Enjoyed the read but I was rooting for Hannah to actually get away from PRESTON, and when she did I thought that everything worked out for the best

  42. tsuling (verified owner)

    Enjoyed the read but I was rooting for Hannah to actually get away from PRESTON, and when she did I thought that everything worked out for the best

  43. Maria (verified owner)

    Great story

  44. Maria (verified owner)

    Great story

  45. lanigirl

    Not one of my favorites by this author. Hannah escapes to the colonies to avoid an arranged marriage but when her husband finds her, she has to pay the price of running. It could have been a great story if the husband were likeable, but hes just a brute. The story jumps around a lot and moves too quickly, not enough development.

  46. lanigirl

    Not one of my favorites by this author. Hannah escapes to the colonies to avoid an arranged marriage but when her husband finds her, she has to pay the price of running. It could have been a great story if the husband were likeable, but hes just a brute. The story jumps around a lot and moves too quickly, not enough development.

  47. Tina (verified owner)

    Really good story this book. How terrible for Hannah though, running to the United States for freedom to find her betrothed on her doorstep. You will enjoy this book, it is very good.

  48. Tina (verified owner)

    Really good story this book. How terrible for Hannah though, running to the United States for freedom to find her betrothed on her doorstep. You will enjoy this book, it is very good.

  49. Pamela (verified owner)

    Good read…I love Carolyn Faulkner\\\’s books. I haven\\\’t met one that I didn\\\’t enjoy.

  50. Pamela (verified owner)

    Good read…I love Carolyn Faulkner’s books. I haven’t met one that I didn’t enjoy.

  51. Stacy (verified owner)

    Good read, but not my favorite book by C.F. I felt like Hannah should have found someone to really fall in love with, instead of being forced by Wolf. I never really felt a good connection between the characters.

  52. Stacy (verified owner)

    Good read, but not my favorite book by C.F. I felt like Hannah should have found someone to really fall in love with, instead of being forced by Wolf. I never really felt a good connection between the characters.

  53. Fiona (verified owner)

    Really enjoyed this book. Well written, believable plot, story set in the colonial days of America. English girl escapes to America, leaving behind an unwanted arranged marriage. Story opens with intended groom tracking her down in America, and liking very much what he sees in this feisty independent beautiful woman. He decides that as they were married by proxy back in England, he will enforce his rights as a husband and bend her to his will. A battle of wills ensues.

  54. Fiona (verified owner)

    Really enjoyed this book. Well written, believable plot, story set in the colonial days of America. English girl escapes to America, leaving behind an unwanted arranged marriage. Story opens with intended groom tracking her down in America, and liking very much what he sees in this feisty independent beautiful woman. He decides that as they were married by proxy back in England, he will enforce his rights as a husband and bend her to his will. A battle of wills ensues.

  55. JC (verified owner)

    This was a great story. The characters were lovable. Definitely worth the time to read.

  56. JC (verified owner)

    This was a great story. The characters were lovable. Definitely worth the time to read.

  57. Adele (verified owner)

    This was a fun book for me because it took place where i once lived during my favorute time in history. Not that either had much baring on the sstory itself.
    I felt bad for Hannah who left England and ran away to the colinies to escaoe both an arranged marrige and a drynken abusive father. Only ti learn she was undeed married by proxy. It took both people a while to realize that this was not a bad thing. Hannah needed to realuze all men were not like her father. Wokf had to get oast his bruised ego if this girl running from him. Gave the story a bit of realizem.

  58. Adele (verified owner)

    This was a fun book for me because it took place where i once lived during my favorute time in history. Not that either had much baring on the sstory itself.
    I felt bad for Hannah who left England and ran away to the colinies to escaoe both an arranged marrige and a drynken abusive father. Only ti learn she was undeed married by proxy. It took both people a while to realize that this was not a bad thing. Hannah needed to realuze all men were not like her father. Wokf had to get oast his bruised ego if this girl running from him. Gave the story a bit of realizem.

  59. Arleen (verified owner)

    I loved this story. It captured my attention right from the beginning and kept it till the end. I liked the way it emphasized the important part women played in the civil war. They did just as much as the men in their own way. Great story!!

  60. Arleen (verified owner)

    I loved this story. It captured my attention right from the beginning and kept it till the end. I liked the way it emphasized the important part women played in the civil war. They did just as much as the men in their own way. Great story!!

  61. GM (verified owner)

    Not my favourite of CF\\\’s work, I admired Hannah very much but Wolfgang just comes across as a boorish, self-centred and selfish man!! I was disappointed in the end that Hannah surrendered to him, although obviously she had no choice. But he wasn\\\’t worthy of it.

  62. GM (verified owner)

    Not my favourite of CF’s work, I admired Hannah very much but Wolfgang just comes across as a boorish, self-centred and selfish man!! I was disappointed in the end that Hannah surrendered to him, although obviously she had no choice. But he wasn’t worthy of it.

  63. kfemme (verified owner)

    This was a decent book by CF but not one of my favorites by her. There wasn\\\’t any romance to speak of and the hero was overly harsh (considering the circumstances), in my opinion. I also would have liked to see it at least a little longer. The story ended right at the point where the heroine had just came to terms with the situation. I think it would have been much better if it had been extended at least one more chapter to give the story a little bit of romance and not make the ending so jarring!
    Overall, not a bad book but not her greatest effort either! (I really liked the idea of the story but it didn\\\’t live up to my expectation.)

  64. kfemme (verified owner)

    This was a decent book by CF but not one of my favorites by her. There wasn’t any romance to speak of and the hero was overly harsh (considering the circumstances), in my opinion. I also would have liked to see it at least a little longer. The story ended right at the point where the heroine had just came to terms with the situation. I think it would have been much better if it had been extended at least one more chapter to give the story a little bit of romance and not make the ending so jarring!
    Overall, not a bad book but not her greatest effort either! (I really liked the idea of the story but it didn’t live up to my expectation.)

  65. Angie (verified owner)

    This book was different than I thought it would be, but I really enjoyed it.

  66. Angie (verified owner)

    This book was different than I thought it would be, but I really enjoyed it.

  67. Tara (verified owner)

    This was a quick read; it seemed somewhat unfinished but there\\\’s hope for an HEA. I liked the heroine\\\’s strength at the beginning but it seemed she gave up too quickly.

  68. Tara (verified owner)

    This was a quick read; it seemed somewhat unfinished but there’s hope for an HEA. I liked the heroine’s strength at the beginning but it seemed she gave up too quickly.

  69. Kendra Trafton

    Nice story but definitly not my favorite by any means. Hannah has run off to the colonies and is doing just fine when her intended whom she ran from shows up at her door. She starts off as headstrong and independent but that soon changes. Maybe if it had been longer and had a happier ending I would have liked it more.

  70. Kendra Trafton

    Nice story but definitly not my favorite by any means. Hannah has run off to the colonies and is doing just fine when her intended whom she ran from shows up at her door. She starts off as headstrong and independent but that soon changes. Maybe if it had been longer and had a happier ending I would have liked it more.

  71. kitty_ranma (verified owner)

    i don\\\’t feel like this was titled well she wasn\\\’t that patriotic. also i don\\\’t think she could have been married by proxy without her signing it even in those days. not and had it be legal.

  72. kitty_ranma (verified owner)

    i don’t feel like this was titled well she wasn’t that patriotic. also i don’t think she could have been married by proxy without her signing it even in those days. not and had it be legal.

  73. Vera Dunn (verified owner)

    This is also a very interesting one from Mrs. Faulkner! I felt rather neutral towards the story as a whole, but the characters themselves are very interesting, as if the plot (as least the way Carolyn writes it)!

  74. Vera Dunn (verified owner)

    This is also a very interesting one from Mrs. Faulkner! I felt rather neutral towards the story as a whole, but the characters themselves are very interesting, as if the plot (as least the way Carolyn writes it)!

  75. Tia (verified owner)

    I love Carolyn Faulkner, and have read everything she has written. That being said, this was not my favorite of her stories. I enjoyed the set up very much. Hannah had a lot of spirit and was not going to give in easily. After that however, it felt a little flat to me. She gave in much quicker than I would have liked. But it was a fun story nonetheless, and less severe than some of Carolyn\\\’s other stories.

  76. Tia (verified owner)

    I love Carolyn Faulkner, and have read everything she has written. That being said, this was not my favorite of her stories. I enjoyed the set up very much. Hannah had a lot of spirit and was not going to give in easily. After that however, it felt a little flat to me. She gave in much quicker than I would have liked. But it was a fun story nonetheless, and less severe than some of Carolyn’s other stories.

  77. Laura (verified owner)

    This is yet another good CF book. Hannah ran off to the colonies so that she would have to marry Wolfgang Preston. Imagine her surprise when he shows up at her modest home to let her know that they were married by proxy and would be returning home to England post haste. The spankings and sex scenes are CF through and through. Read this book. You will not be disappointed.

  78. Laura (verified owner)

    This is yet another good CF book. Hannah ran off to the colonies so that she would have to marry Wolfgang Preston. Imagine her surprise when he shows up at her modest home to let her know that they were married by proxy and would be returning home to England post haste. The spankings and sex scenes are CF through and through. Read this book. You will not be disappointed.

  79. Joanne

    Another excellent novel from Carolyn Faulkner. Hannah leaves England for America to escape a violent father and an arranged marriage to a man she has never met. When forced to offer shelter to a British soldier, she was shocked to find not only was he the man she was trying to escape, but they had been married by proxy.

    I really liked this story, because as always with Carolyn Faulkner\\\’s stories the characters are well drawn, and you genuinely come to care about them. They are believable both in terms of their behaviour for the time they are in, and their emotions.

    I particularly liked the way both of the characters\\\’ feelings for each other developed over time. And in addition of course there is some particularly hot action!!

    Thoroughly recommended.

  80. Joanne

    Another excellent novel from Carolyn Faulkner. Hannah leaves England for America to escape a violent father and an arranged marriage to a man she has never met. When forced to offer shelter to a British soldier, she was shocked to find not only was he the man she was trying to escape, but they had been married by proxy.

    I really liked this story, because as always with Carolyn Faulkner’s stories the characters are well drawn, and you genuinely come to care about them. They are believable both in terms of their behaviour for the time they are in, and their emotions.

    I particularly liked the way both of the characters’ feelings for each other developed over time. And in addition of course there is some particularly hot action!!

    Thoroughly recommended.

  81. Jeanped

    I enjoyed this book a whole lot. I did feel that Ms. Faulkner\\\’s book was a bit on the harsh side, but then again, Hannah was a mixture of being full of spirit at one time and broken down in the next minute… I would have enjoyed it more though, if the story had been stretched out a little bit more, specially the HEA.

  82. Jeanped

    I enjoyed this book a whole lot. I did feel that Ms. Faulkner’s book was a bit on the harsh side, but then again, Hannah was a mixture of being full of spirit at one time and broken down in the next minute… I would have enjoyed it more though, if the story had been stretched out a little bit more, specially the HEA.

  83. K (verified owner)

    This was a nice historical read. CF books are always entertaining even if not nearly long enough.

  84. K (verified owner)

    This was a nice historical read. CF books are always entertaining even if not nearly long enough.

  85. Michelle (verified owner)

    A great historical story.

  86. Michelle (verified owner)

    A great historical story.

  87. Martha (verified owner)

    I enjoyed this book. I wish it had been longer.

  88. Martha (verified owner)

    I enjoyed this book. I wish it had been longer.

  89. Redrabbitt

    I enjoyed this historical story with strong characters, strong wills, and determination to each have their way. Hannah Cooper is done taking physical abuse from her father and then to find out he has arranged a marriage for her, she runs away to the Colonies where she works as a seamstress. Colonel Wolfgang Preston of the British Army is in Boston to locate his runaway bride. Hannah and Wolf are like water and oil, and she fights him all the way, refusing to accept their marriage by proxy. He is very domineering and is used to having control of men with everyone obeying him that he expects the same from his feisty wife.
    The plot kept me captivated and the pages turning as these two have a battle of wills. There are several punishing spankings before they board a ship back to England, and their marriage takes several new twists and turns. Both will learn surprising things about each other, and the battles will continue to rage on across the sea and back to land. Things for them could have gone so much smoother if they had only been open and honest in conversation with each other, but that isn’t how either of them handled things.

  90. Redrabbitt

    I enjoyed this historical story with strong characters, strong wills, and determination to each have their way. Hannah Cooper is done taking physical abuse from her father and then to find out he has arranged a marriage for her, she runs away to the Colonies where she works as a seamstress. Colonel Wolfgang Preston of the British Army is in Boston to locate his runaway bride. Hannah and Wolf are like water and oil, and she fights him all the way, refusing to accept their marriage by proxy. He is very domineering and is used to having control of men with everyone obeying him that he expects the same from his feisty wife.
    The plot kept me captivated and the pages turning as these two have a battle of wills. There are several punishing spankings before they board a ship back to England, and their marriage takes several new twists and turns. Both will learn surprising things about each other, and the battles will continue to rage on across the sea and back to land. Things for them could have gone so much smoother if they had only been open and honest in conversation with each other, but that isn??t how either of them handled things.

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