Book cover - The Runaway Bride - Author Patricia McLinn

The Runaway Bride

Author Patricia McLinn

  • Release Date: 2015-12-17
  • Genre: Contemporary
Our score: 4.5
From 21 Ratings

The Runaway Bride Summary

The Runaway Bride - “Are you sure, baby?”

The father of the bride-to-be noted the concern and confusion on his daughter’s face. Just before her walk down the aisle, Judi Monroe overheard a conversation that indicated marrying Sterling Carroll might be a big mistake. Escaping her socialite wedding in Lake Forest, Illinois, she headed west, covering her tracks as she went. In an isolated corner of Wyoming, she swerved her car to avoid hitting a horse and rider on the road, crashing into a tree. She’s rescued by that lone rider — or Ranger, as she fleetingly recalls — a rugged rancher named Thomas Vance.  Judi just needed some time, to puzzle out the predicament she’d left behind in Illinois. But here she was in the arms of a doubting Thomas, a man with a strong jaw, deep-green eyes and a commanding presence. When Judi dodges his personal questions, not to mention his penetrating gaze, Thomas’ teenage half-sister Becky suggests amnesia.  Judi seizes on this foot in the Diamond V door, and stays on as a caretaker for Thomas’ beloved grandmother.
Judi finds a family on the Diamond V, even as her masquerade as the home health aide “Helga” slowly unravels. But as she falls hard for her horse whisperer, she fears her secret will only cause him to bolt from her life.  As for Thomas, he knows this impostor is lying, and it wouldn’t be the first time an outsider betrayed his family.  Yet he can’t help but trust this sexy, independent, smart woman who has lassoed his heart.

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The Runaway Bride, Book 4 of USA Today bestselling author Patricia McLinn's The Wedding Series, is a moving, passionate contemporary romance that will captivate fans of Bella Andre, Susan Mallery and Sarah Wilson. 

Reader Reviews
“Loyal readers know what to expect from a Patricia McLinn book — a strong, emotional story, a solid plot, and characters so real you miss them when the story ends. ‘The Runaway Bride’ is no exception.” — 5-star Amazon review 

McLinn “creates a fresh approach to the classic amnesia tale, giving ‘Runaway Bride’ an appealing twist. ... [This] remarkable cast of characters will linger in the reader's memory long after the last page is turned. Very highly recommended.” — 5-star review 

“A fun quick read that's filled with tenderness and passion. … Thomas Vance is sexy and heroic and Judi is lovely.” — Goodreads review

“A fantastic, fun read with memorable characters you'll fall in love with!” — 5-star review 

5-star praise for The Wedding Series: 

“A wonderful series that will make you laugh and cry. Each page is filled with love that will eventually come to the people who so need it. A must read!”

"Perfect. The characters were multi-dimensional and played off each other in warm, thoughtful, loving ways. Each couple faced a different situation and overcame their obstacles together and with the insightful comments of their friends. ... Heart-warming."

Get all the books in Patricia McLinn’s The Wedding Series today!
Prelude to a Wedding*  
Wedding Party*  
Grady’s Wedding* 
The Runaway Bride
The Christmas Princess
     Hoops (prequel to The Surprise Princess)  
The Surprise Princess  
     Not a Family Man (prequel to The Forgotten Prince) 
The Forgotten Prince 
Box Sets
*The Wedding Series Trilogy (Books 1-3)
The Wedding Series Box Set Two: The Runaway Bride/ The Christmas Princess
The Wedding Series Box Set Three: The Surprise Princess/ Hoops
The Wedding Series Box Set Four: The Forgotten Prince/ Not a Family Man
The Wedding Series: The Complete Collection (Books 1-7, prequels and short story)

Revisit some of The Runaway Bride characters in Patricia McLinn's A Cowboy Wedding, Book 7 of her Wyoming Wildflowers western romance series. 

If you like wedding romance, try Patricia’s Marry Me series now!
Wedding of the Century
The Unexpected Wedding Guest
A Most Unlikely Wedding
Baby Blues and Wedding Bells

And for small-town romance, check out her Seasons in a Small Town series!
What Are Friends For? (Spring)
The Right Brother (Summer)
Falling for Her (Autumn)
Warm Front (Winter)

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Patricia McLinn spent more than 20 years as an editor at the Washington Post after newspaper stints in Rockford, Ill., and Charlotte, N.C. She received BA and MSJ degrees from Northwestern University.
McLinn is the author of more than 48 published novels, which are cited by readers and reviewers for wit and vivid characterization. Her books include mysteries, romantic suspense, contemporary romances and women’s fiction. They have topped bestseller lists and won numerous awards. 
Now living in Northern Kentucky, McLinn loves to hear from readers through her website, Facebook and Twitter.