Bride Finder is a great Paranormal Tortured Hero Romance. Antonio
St. Leger is ready to marry. But for members of his unusual family
to have a happy marriage they have to use The Bride Finder.
All who don't, their marriages are doomed, like Antonio's parents.
So Antonio makes a list of all the qualities he wants in a wife and calls
Reverend Septimus Fitzleger, the family Bride Finder, and gives him the
list telling him the kind of bride he wants. However this unusual
family has a ghost, Prospero, the ancestor responsible for
the unusual talents of this family and the thorn in Antonio's side.
With a puff of wind Prospero switches the list. So when Fitzleger
brings home the chosen bride, Madeline Breton, she doesn't fit Antonio's
list at all but she fits Prospero's list perfectly. And
you can hear the ghost laugh.
member of the St. Leger family has a special supernatural talent.
Antonio considers his a curse, and for good reason. Antonio
sees glimpses of the future. But what he sees is always something
bad, like his own mother's death. He can also move objects
with his mind, and he knows when, and who visitors are when they
approach his home; with the exception of Madeline, he can't detect her
presence. Antonio is feared for his abilities. People
think he's responsible for the disaster's that he sees in their lives instead
of taking it as a warning to stay away from what he sees. His
mother was terrified of him. As a child he tried to float a
bouquet of flowers to her and she threw a vase at him that broke and scarred
his forehead (a scar he still has and still pains him), and had him locked
out of the house. Antonio blames himself for his mother's death.
He's never been close to anyone and he wants to keep his family abilities
a secret from Madeline.
never quite fit in with her family, and she doesn't know what to make of
Antonio. Things definitely don't start out well.
Antonio mistakes her spinster cousin Harriet for his bride and kisses her
and sends the poor woman running for her life. He isn't the
quiet gentle man the miniature (his painting) she has makes her to believe.
But Madeline isn't a delicate flower. She wants her own home and
family, and with Fitzleger's help, she comes to understand what a remarkable
man her husband is.
loved this book. I think its one of the best that I have ever read.
In one of my favorite scenes, Antonio goes to see Prospero (the ghost).
He hates Prospero but Prospero was a well known ladies man. So he
asks how he can win Madeline. Prospero acts like he's writing some
secret love potion but when Antonio reads it, it says "Simply love her".
Antonio gets so mad he thinks Prospero's tricked him. But he finds out
that Prospero was right.
one point in the book Antonio is talking to Fitzleger and he remarks "It
would be a wonderful thing Fitzleger to have an ancestor that when one
bid them rest in peace they had the courtesy to do so." I think
this line really sums up the St. Leger family pretty well.
Drifter is the sequel and I hope that there are more books with this
remarkable St. Leger family. I absolutely loved this book.
Sheila Bragg /
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