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by Virginia Farmer

eBook Sixpence Bride (Timeswept) ePub
Author: Virginia Farmer
Language: English
ISBN: 050552385X
ISBN13: 978-0505523853
Publisher: Love Spell (November 8, 2000)
Pages: 310
Category: Contemporary
Subcategory: Romance
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 869
Formats: txt azw doc lit
ePub file: 1903 kb
Fb2 file: 1143 kb

Jilted by her fiancT and hurtled back in time, Jocelyn Tanner finds herself in another body in a real bride auction in eighteenth-century England, where she finds unexpected love in the arms of the lord who had claimed her. Original.
White_Nigga
Very enjoyable book, loved the action and characters. It makes me wonder what I would have done in the same situation. This was the first book I've read by this author, so I need to read more of her books.
Kagaramar
I love time travel books. This one and the sequel tie up all loose ends. You feel yourself living in a different body and in a different time! A must read and re-read over the years.
Cezel
If you like time travel romance, and I do, you will love this story. The hero, the heroine, his father, everyone perfect. I will pick up her other stories. A keeper!
Rich Vulture
I was surprised how much I enjoyed this book. Kindle recommended and I read it through to the end in one sitting. More books needed from this author and I wished the second book was on kindle too.
Rare
I'm an avid time travel romance reader. This was a great story, worth the read, it will not dissapoint.I laughed alot while I was reading this book.
godlike
On a Tour of England Jocelyn takes part in what is suppose to be a mock auction. As it turns out she is sent back in time to what turns out to be a real auction. Switching body's with someone who is sent to her time. Look for the mysteries woman who may have something to do with the switch This is a nice romance a good way to spend your time reading this book.
Silver Globol
My sister loves romance novels, especially paranormal romance, so I sometimes pick one up for her when I'm shopping for used books. Usually I read them myself before I pass them along; they're always a fast read and it gives us something to talk about.

"Sixpence Bride" looked more intriguing than most. The novel opens in 1999. Jocelyn Tanner may have been dumped at the last minute by her fiance, but she's not about to cancel what would have been her honeymoon trip, a tour of England. When she lands the role of the "auctionee" in a reenactment wife auction, she's not pleased but decides to make the best of it. To make matters worse, she passes out before the sale begins, and regains consciousness feeling that something is not quite right. The auction is humiliating, though she can't hold back a smile when she sees the handsome man who was assigned to play the part of her purchaser. When the reenactment continues with a wedding ceremony, Jocelyn feels her patience growing thin - but the nightmare begins when her new "husband" forces her onto his horse and carries her away. When they stop for the evening at an inn and he orders her to bathe, Jocelyn discovers to her horror that the body she is in is not her own - and she realizes that she's somehow switched bodies with a real auctioned bride in the year 1797. Can she make it back to her own century, or will she learn to adapt to the old-fashioned customs of her new surroundings? And how will the growing attraction between Jocelyn and her new husband Garren play into things?

It's not hard to guess what's going to happen, but the story is fast-paced and exciting. Jocelyn's struggle to adapt is full of funny moments, the romance is sweet, and the supporting characters are colorful and often charming.

I couldn't help but notice a few flawed historical details. It's unlikely that a servant in an eighteenth-century lord's manor would be surprised to find the lord and his wife sleeping in separate bedrooms, as Garren and Jocelyn do in the early days of their marriage; it was common among the upper classes at that time for husband and wife to each have a room of his or her own. Also, the name Jocelyn wasn't entirely unknown in eighteenth-century England (though it was uncommon, having fallen out of favor in the Middle Ages), but prior to the twentieth century, it was used exclusively for males. I kept waiting for someone to ask Garren how his wife had come to have a man's name, but no one ever so much as blinked an eye.

Perhaps most disturbing to me was the treatment of Jocelyn's body-image issues. In her twentieth-century life, Jocelyn had worked hard to lose weight, and she was proud of her newly slender figure. The body she finds herself in in 1797 is rather plump. (She seems to be about as disturbed by her new body's weight as she is by the fact that she's swapped bodies with a woman who lived 200 years ago. Seriously?) I looked forward to the moment Jocelyn would learn that in the eighteenth century, a bit of weight on a woman was considered to be highly attractive. To my disappointment, that moment never came. One of Jocelyn's first adaptations to her new surroundings is to put herself on a strict diet and exercise regime. Garren and the servants think her behavior bizarre, but never once does Garren remark that he preferred her with a fuller figure. This disappoints me not only for its historical inaccuracy, but in its perpetuation of the myth that attractiveness is a fixed thing, not subject to cultural interpretation, and that thinner is always better.

As much as I enjoyed Jocelyn's story, I couldn't help wondering what happened to Nelwina, the woman with whom Jocelyn switched bodies. It's not hard to imagine that Nelwina had an even harder time than Jocelyn adjusting to a new way of life, and although we learn at the end that she managed to find happiness, I couldn't help wondering about the details. Apparently, Nelwina's story is told in a companion volume, "Spenceworth Bride." It's not something I'll make a point of tracking down, but if I ever stumble across it in a used bookstore, I'll be sure to pick it up.
Thoroughly modern Jocelyn Tanner was willing to lay aside her feminist reluctance at participating in the reenactment of an old-time wife swap while vacationing in England.   But she never expected to faint dead away during the tableau and wake up in the very time period she'd been mimicking! Her new "husband", a foul person indeed, is desperately trying to cast her off in exchange for a few cents, and Jocelyn is more than willing to help him complete the sale. If only a suitable replacement "spouse" would rescue her from this predicament!
Garren Warrick, Lord Spenceworth, is in deep trouble indeed. With his father after him to take a wife, and no gentle woman who interests him in sight, Garren is fast becoming desperate. But not so desperate as to be dragged to the altar by that doxy, Lady Paxton, who had lured him to her bed a mere six months after her husband's death. With the Duke's marry-or-be-disowned ultimatum ringing in his ears, a rebellious Garren finds his luck is changing as he passes by a wife sale during his travels in the countryside.
Content to satisfy his father's dictate by hurriedly purchasing a bride (however unsuitable) he drops the grateful-but-confused Jocelyn off at his country estate and hastens back to London to get on with living his life as it suits him. But events beyond his control have him returning to his new wife, whom he is shocked to discover is a most delightful and intriguing companion.
Garren Spenceworth would never have guessed that he would find his spouse to be not only six-pence-worth, but completely priceless. But can he look past her slight tendency towards insanity as she babbles on about being from the future, and find contentment with her in his present?
What worked for me:
It's always fun to see modern people struggling to make sense of their new surroundings when they fall into the past.
Size-wise Jocelyn was unhappy with her new body as its plumpness reminded her of her high school days when she was tormented for being on the heavy side. Rather than accustom herself to her new body, she decided to make it adjust to her and put herself on a strict dietary and exercise regimen. (I couldn't help but wonder if the young lady from the past who swapped places with Jocelyn freaked out similarly in the future and tried to make her slender new body gain weight?)
What didn't work for me:
    Frankly, of all the trials a modern woman would face living in the past, I doubt I would focus on not gaining weight from the rich meals. Indeed if there was anything to be concerned about as far as food goes, I would be far more terrified of falling ill from it being poorly prepared in unsanitary conditions!
I never really felt I knew Jocelyn or Garren all that well, so had a hard time rooting for them to work out their differences. I also had some reservations about Jocelyn's attempts to make her husband believe that she truly was from the future simply by quoting chapter and verse to him from her college British History course.
Overall:
      A solid read for fans of time-travel romances.
If you liked "Sixpence Bride" you might also enjoy "Somewhere in Time", "A Love Through Time", or "Say You're Mine".
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