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‘His Chosen Bride’ by Sherry Gloag

December 19th

Henri Pierre Gasquet hesitated before knocking on his father’s office door. They’d shared breakfast together less than an hour ago and talked over many things, including Henri’s killer schedule for the next several months.

The King had given no indication of the need for a formal meeting this morning. With a fatalistic shrug, Henri knocked, waited a second, then turned the handle and entered the room.

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This is the second book in the series ‘The Gasquet Princes’ and as Henri is the eldest of the four Princes and heir apparent, should we be surprised that his father, The King, wishes to see him at a moments notice? …. Henri certainly isn’t expecting the summons, so that doesn’t seem to bode well


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I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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    • Hi Jennifer,

      This is another short novella and I am only about half way through. So far it is quite good, although I am not too sure about some aspects of the storyline. There is a touch of the psychic to it, that I need to see pan out in the remaining pages.

      Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.

  • Sounds like a good read. I haven’t heard of this author before – will have to check her out.

    This is the first time I’m participating in this meme – and I keep finding new books to add to my ever-growing tbr list.

    Have a great weekend!

    • Hi Kristin.

      Sherry Gloag, is a Scottish author, who now lives South of the border in England. Under this pseudonym, she has written several romance novels and novellas and is currently publishing through Astraea Press:


      This is the trouble when you participate in several memes, if you are anything like me, you end up with multiple lists, all with different titles, yet all basically fulfilling the same function … adding more and more new books and authors to a TBR mountain which you can never hope to see the bottom of!!!

      Don’t you just love it though?

      Thanks for visiting today, it is good to ‘meet’ you and exchange comments and opinions with someone new … it is what blogging is all about.

      Have a fantastic weekend.

    • Hi Gilion,

      Definitely not historical, although I think it is of very mixed themes, which I am still trying to piece together.

      I already had my ‘First Lines’ page on the go, well before I joined ‘Book Beginnings’, but the two seem to fit together so well, that a combined post works great and I get the chance to talk with some of the other great participants, so thanks for hosting.

      Have a great weekend,


    • Hi Jo,

      Novellas are probably not something that I would typically choose to purchase, although having been invited to read several of them now, I am starting to appreciate that, written well, they can be as pleasing as a full length novel and probably much more difficult to compile.

      Thanks for stopping by and have a good weekend.

  • Hi Yvonne, I look forward to your review of this book. It does sound like a good one to read between heavier novels.
    I hope you have an enjoyable weekend!

    • Hi Mary,

      I am only about half way through this book, but so far, together with the first book, it has the makings of a good little series.

      I couldn’t read this kind of romantic novella all the time, but it does allow me to clear my mind a little between more lengthy and taxing reads and can be equally worthy of a good review, if well-written.

      Thanks for the visit and I hope that your weekend is a good one.

  • Another author I have not heard of but not surprising maybe as these do not sound like my cup of tea. Which leads me to teapots, so glad you liked the post, they certainly seem to be in great demand by collectors. The small world is at it again, our friends that we stay with live in Occold, a hamlet next to Eye!!

    • Hi Linda,

      It would be a boring old world if we all liked the same kind of things .. including books!

      There are just so many authors out there, that it isn’t often that someone writes a post where I have actually ever heard of the authors they mention, but it is fun finding out about them, even if I then decide that their style of writing just isn’t for me.

      So many people are into reading about the paranormal, science fiction and fantasy these days, although these are areas that are not among my favoutite. Mind you, sometimes a book from one of these genres can just sound so good and intriguing, that I really want to try reading it. That’s one of the things I love so much about blogging, I have found that reading something out of my comfort zone, has actually opened up a whole new world of great authors to me.

      I am always amazed by just how small the world is, it isn’t as though Suffolk is one of the most cosmopolitan and sought after areas of the country is it? What are the chances of us both knowing people who live so close together? In fact, if you go onto any of the property search sites, places have the address …. Occold, Eye, Suffolk!

      I can remember a time when we were sitting at a table in the revolving restaurant at the top of the Schilthorn, in Switzerland, when a couple asked if they could sit beside us. We both began speaking in broken English, each assuming that the other didn’t speak English as a first language, when it quickly became apparent that we were both in fact, not only English, but were both living in Swindon, Wiltshire and in fact lived two streets away from one another, although we had never met before!!

      Hope that you are having a good weekend and thanks for stopping by.

    • Hi Naida,

      This is the second book in ‘The Gasquet Princes’ series and from what I have read so far, is very much highlighting the public and private pressures placed upon the eldest son of the King.

      The only thing which concerns me a little is whether it could be read as a stand-alone story, without the reader being aware of some of the background information, which was provided in the first book. I shall reserve judgement on that one until I have read a bit further into the book.

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you are having a good weekend.

    • Hi Laurel-Rain,

      As you seem to enjy your share of romantic fiction, I rather think that you would like this one.

      However I think that you would probably need to read the first book in the series, as many of the characters which appear in this second installment of ‘The Gasquet Princes’, are brought to life in ‘From Now Until Forever’.

      As they are both only short novellas though, this shouldn’t be too much of an issue.

      Thanks for stopping by and have a great week.

  • I haven’t seen this book before, in fact, I don’t think I’ve ever heard of this author. I love when you stumble onto a blog and see a book/author that is new to you.

    This isn’t my usual genre, but it does sound interesting. Especially since I’m trying to read more than my usual mystery/suspense books.

    I am a fan of novellas, so I’ll be looking forward to your review.

    • Hi Vicki,

      Sherry has written several books in the romantic fiction genre and is a consummate exponent of this style of writing.

      I don’t generally tend towards reading novellas, as I think that there is often a lack of a defined plot and rather weak characterisations, because of their short length.

      However, like yourself, I am trying to broaden my reading genres, so have accepted a few for review just lately, and I have to say that I have been pleasantly surprised by the quality.

      In fact, in some ways, the novella is probably the more difficult book to write, as it must need such discipline to make every word count!

      Thanks for stopping by and have a good week.

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