Widowed at twenty-three, Celene Bernard had learned that men could not be trusted—a woman needed a fiery spirit and a strong will to protect herself. So when she saw a trapper harassing a defenseless woman, she was so enraged that she pushed him into the Prairie du Chien mud. But she was even more furious when the uncivilized brute demanded her as his bride—and her traitorWidowed at twenty-three, Celene Bernard had learned that men could not be trusted—a woman needed a fiery spirit and a strong will to protect herself. So when she saw a trapper harassing a defenseless woman, she was so enraged that she pushed him into the Prairie du Chien mud. But she was even more furious when the uncivilized brute demanded her as his bride—and her traitorous father agreed.An Englishman who had lived among the Indians, Burke Cardwell hardened his heart to her protests. But he soon grew determined to keep her from harm—and win her respect. When he saved her from a violent assault, Celene was forced to admit her gratitude. But as they braved danger among the fur traders, trappers, and Indians of the Mississippi Valley—and struggled to triumph over hardship and betrayal—a debt of gratitude grew into a bond of passion, and two hearts hardened by the wilderness were softened by the tender touch of love......
|Title||:||Bride of the Wilderness|
|Format Type||:||Mass Market Paperback|
|Number of Pages||:||382 Pages|
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Bride of the Wilderness Reviews
When I finished BRIDE OF THE WILDERNESS I immediately thought of all the layers to this story. This is the first time I have read anything by Elizabeth Grayson and it won't be the last. She also wrote a few historical romances under the pseudonym Elizabeth Kary if you enjoy her style of writing.Before I start I want to tell you to ignore the cover. Yes, I know, the hero and heroine look like brother and sister so just go directly to the first chapter. Celene Bernard's husband passed away and no one could be happier than her. It is 1774 and, at the moment, she is living with her father in Prairie du Chien, WI along the upper Mississippi River. Her five year old son is back home with a housekeeper while Celene tries to sell her hams to make some money. Yes, I said, sell her hams. Her deceased husband was not only cruel to her but also left her with little except the hams to live off of. Hiding her identity as a boy, she is determined to make a large enough profit before she heads back home. She is also trying to salvage her relationship with her father. He sold her into marriage at the age of fifteen and she is trying to forgive him and it hasn't been easy. It makes for some tense moments.Burke Caldwell is a man of mystery. He has a past and selectively chooses to share his puzzling life when he feels like it. Celene and Burke meet for the first time under not ideal circumstances and a misunderstanding. And surprise, he asks Antoine Peugeot, Celine's father, for her hand in marriage. This all happens in Chapter One. I'll leave it to you to read the rest but be prepared for rich storytelling. Remember I said layers earlier? Well there are plenty of levels to their relationship. Love happens later within this romance but when it does watch for some great chemistry between the two. What is so unusual is that the author could have ended the narrative earlier than she did but she continues the story with a different setting.I waffled between giving this satisfying tale four or five stars so let's make it 4.5. Burke and Celene desperately deserve love and need each other to complete their happiness. If ever there was a couple who deserved a happy ending this twosome is it. Read this historical romance, you will be glad you did.