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The Perfect Stranger

by Anne Gracie

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Fleeing from the man she thought to be her husband but turns out to be a lying adulterer, the heroine is set upon by thugs in the French countryside. There, she meets the hero. A dying war vet who suffers from sever a crippling migraines that leave him in extremely pain for hours. He saves her and once discovering she is homeless, penniless and without protection demands that she marry him. She's of course stand offish at first as she has had her fill of lying men but the hero is so gentle and kind that she finally decides it would not be so bad to marry for real. She is however racked by guilt at the fact that he's sacrificing himself to marry a spoiled women for the sake of her reputation but that's just who the hero is. He does have the ulterior motive of gaining a wife to make his mother happy but he also does it for the heroines sake, though she is a strange to him. They marry in a church and though the hero states their marriage will be unconsummated and immediately after the wedding, she'll return to England, the heroine has a sudden change of heart and vows to become the best wife she can be. To repay him for his kindness, she applies herself to becoming useful to him and it was so heartwarming. She was timid and insecure to start with but as she spent more and more time with her new husband, who treats her with the love he absolutely refuses to admit, she becomes more confident. He regularly sleeps with his new wife and his mannerisms can't deny his secret feelings but he's quick to demand that it means nothing. He checks after any tender moment to be sure she hasn't grown attached to him and the heroine becomes very good at hiding the fact that she has. He knows he's dying so he doesn't want to burden her with losing him but he spends their short time together in happiness and contentment. There is a paranormal aspect to this story but it doesn't come to the very end. It's in the form of a gypsy woman who uses her powers to heal him and save his life by mentality remaining the shrapnel from his brain. This was a very lovely story and the interaction and love between the two characters was truly a lovely thing to read. I loved both characters from the instant they appeared and never once did I become disenchanted by their story. I felt the hero's noble air in the face of his certain death was touching and inspiring as he never once burdened anyone else with his fears or troubles. The heroine was insanely sweet and was the perfect contradiction of shy and bold, obedient and stubborn. ( )
  Eden00 | May 14, 2016 |
4 stars. I enjoyed reading very much and I look forward to the next book in the series. ( )
  CrystalW | Dec 15, 2015 |
4 stars. I enjoyed reading very much and I look forward to the next book in the series. ( )
  CrystalW | Dec 15, 2015 |
Ok, but supernatural and romance aren't my cup of tea. Realistic events follow heroine as she runs from a false marriage in a strange country. ( )
  fredalss | Jun 1, 2008 |
This book actually had me crying. I love the whole tortured-hero thing and Nick is certainly one of those. Faith is also a rather torutred character, used, betrayed and discarded by the man she thought she loved. The relationship that builds between Nick and Faith feels real, and the secret that stands between them builds the tension and emotional anguish throughout the book. The whole journey of the book - back to the battlefields where their friends were lost - add a poignant sadness to the landscape of this book. The one thing I didn't like about this book, and which cost it a full star and a half - was the deus ex machina type ending involving the gypsy grandmother. I wish that she could have resolved it in a more realistic manner. But other than that, this is a very good book, and well worth reading. ( )
1 vote Anniik | Feb 6, 2008 |
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For my sisters, Jan Westerveld and Jill Graham.
And for all my "sisters of the road" - you know who you are.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0425210529, Mass Market Paperback)

They vow to love, honor, cherish...

With her signature spirit, Faith Merridew has left everything she’s ever known for the man she thought was the love of her life. Instead he leaves her name—and dreams—in the dust. That is, until she crosses paths with Nicholas Blacklock, a Waterloo veteran, who offers to save her reputation with a marriage of convenience.

...and then get to know one other.

A hardened soldier, Nick hides a deadly secret—and tries to keep Faith at arm’s length. But even though Nick can command legions of men with a word, his orders go sweetly ignored by his convenient bride. And as they come to know one another more deeply, she brings out in him things he thought dead: gentleness, laughter…and love…

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