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The Bridal Veil
The Bridal Veil
Author: Alexis Harrington
Emily Cannon is not the mail-order bride Luck Becker expected: plain and tall, Emily has taken someone else's place as Luke's bride. And she is far from the woman Luke thought he wanted. Arriving in Oregon with nothing but the gown and veil her sister had intended to wear, Emily had nowhere to go and is in more desperate straights than she can e...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780312979546
ISBN-10: 0312979541
Publication Date: 1/7/2002
Pages: 320
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 38 ratings
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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jsue avatar reviewed The Bridal Veil on + 74 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
I really enjoyed this book. There was a gradual awareness between the H and H. It was rather believable as opposed to some of the outrageous story lines.
virgosun avatar reviewed The Bridal Veil on + 886 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
I love mail order bride themes! The story was well paced and all the family characters were very interesting and well developed. This one was different because it involved a bitter, domineering, and interfering mother-in-law. Emily's insecurities about her plainness and height were well written, and Luke's grief and general dissatisfaction with his home life were realistic. A very good read and entertaining tale. 3.8 stars
keyboardnurse avatar reviewed The Bridal Veil on + 8 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
This is a nice mail-order bride book. She is plain and tall. He wanted a petite pretty wife. She took her sister's place When her sister died in an accident. He has a rowdy eleven year old daughter who needs a mom. They agree to a marriage of convience, but find love.
jjares avatar reviewed The Bridal Veil on + 3254 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
The unwanted mail-order bride is a common-enough theme but this author turns it into something special. Having read a good many 19th century American historical novels, I felt Alexis Harrington had a firm grasp of the realities of early life on an Oregon farm.

Luke Becker lost his wife, Belinda, three years before our story begins. His mother-in-law, Cora, moved in to help Luke with his young daughter, Rose. But she has turned the Becker home into a museum to Belindas memory. Rose has turned into a difficult, unhappy child and Luke decided he needed help. He advertises for a wife and Cora has a fit.

Luke decides on a lovely, dark-haired, petite woman (like his deceased wife), named Alyssa Cannon. However, who arrives is Alyssas older sister, Emily. Alyssa died under the wheels of a wagon in Chicago two months previously. Emily is almost as tall as Luke, slender, blond and rather plain. Shes recently lost her teaching job because of the Chicago fires aftermath. Emily is the last one alive of her family and she has nowhere else to go.

Luke wants to send her back but also lacks the funds to give Emily return fare. What Luke has not mentioned in his letters is the fact that his judgmental, harsh mother-in-law rules his home. With lots of misgivings, Luke reluctantly marries Emily.

Emily is in an incredibly difficult situation; the three members of the Becker household do not want her there. Cora and Rose are openly hostile while Luke is still grieving his lost wife. However, that isn't all the hostility Emily faces; local women wanted to marry the handsome Luke and they snip at her too.

This is a lovely story about Luke and Emily but the emerging relationship between Emily and Rose is extremely well done. This is a charming book.
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