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Help a Bitch Out: Spare Details Make for Challenging Request

Bitchery reader Jana has few details but needs some help:

I was so excited when
I discovered the “Help a Bitch Out” column and I’m hoping you or the
readers can clear up a mystery for me! I sadly have little details
about the book in question but have noticed that this hasn’t stopped
you guys before!

Here’s what I know….(or what I think I know!).
I think this book has to be the first in a series. I’m thinking it’s
a group of sisters and I remember a tussle on the beach that was the
dramatic finale of the book…This is what leads me to think it’s a
series….I believe one of the “sisters” leaves with a pirate? I’m
thinking this could be a Victoria Alexander or Christina Dodd?
I’m dying to re-read this book and also to continue on if it IS a
series! Help!!!

Tussle on a beach – I assume it’s not From Justin To Kelly. At least, I hope not.


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  1. 1
    KristenMary says:

    This sounds somewhat similar to the Three Sisters Trilogy by La Nora. There is witchcraft, strong sisters, and a grand finale on a beach (twice I think). No one leaves with a viking though. So I could be wrong. Really good books in case anyone is interested. I believe they are Dance Upon the Air, Heaven and Earth, and Face the Fire.

    Good luck. The Bitchery knows everything so someone will know soon.

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    CM says:

    Since this is a historical, and probably an Avon historical, I’m guessing it could be Elizabeth Boyle’s “This Rake of Mine.”  One of the side-characters gets kissed by a pirate.

    “Love Letters from a Duke” is the next one.

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    Chrissy says:

    It’s a trilogy by Christina Dodd.  All three sisters are princesses from a Russian-type regime, and one ends up in Scotland, another in some little seaside community.

    I can’t remember the titles, but it’s Dodd, so an amazon perusal will probably produce them.

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    Becky says:

    I think it could be the Bride trilogy by Jane Feather.  I’m not sure if there is a tussle on the beach but I do know that one of the girls winds up with a pirate.  The titles are: The Hostage Bride, The Least Likely Bride and The Accidental Bride
    It’s set somewhere in Great Britain and it’s a historical.  I don’t have the books with me but I want to say 1700s.  It could be 1800s though.

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    Rae says:

    If it IS Christina Dodd, the title of the series books are “Some Enchanted Evening”, “The Barefoot Princess, and “The Prince Kidnaps a Princess.” 

    They were all very good, even if it isn’t those three.  It might have been The Barefoot Princess, which is the one with the seaside cottage.  Although, the guy isn’t really a pirate or similar.

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    Lorelie says:

    If the one she’s referring to is indeed the first in the series, I’d have to say no on the Dodd.  Some Enchanted Evening, The Barefoot Princess, The Prince Kidnaps a Bride comprise the Lost Princess Series.  I’ve read the first two and there’s no beach side tussles involved.  No pirates either, for sure, since the one I haven’t read is the story of the prince who was sent to round up the prodigal royals.

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    Caroline says:

    Hmm… This one reminded me of a series I read which was about a family of Vikings and the women surrounding them, all with a special magical ability. One woman was able to conjure familiars, another was able to “see” things… It think.

    So I am thinking its the Josie Litton Trilogy: Dream of Me, Believe in Me, and Come Back to Me.

    If its not, then I recommend, if you like tussles on the beach, handsome Vikings, and, well, sex in a sauna. *wink*

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    Meredith Duran says:

    I’m going with Becky and the Jane Feather trilogy on this one.  I seem to recall a beach brawl at the end of one of the books, which was somehow related to smuggling and a shipwreck.

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    willaful says:

    Jane Feather and the bride series was what popped into my head too.  Possibly because every other search at Romantic Times turns out to be a book from that series.

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    Deanna Lee says:

    Jane Feather and the bride series immediately popped for me… so that gets my vote. I remember one of them getting kidnapped by a pirate off a beach.. there is a battle (isn’t there always) and the heroine is very saucy for her day. Not your average kidnapped virgin pretending to pray for rescue.

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    jackie says:

    I don’t think it was Christina Dodd…at least, I’m not completely sure.  I remember a beach brawl at the end and the heroine blowing up a tower, the sister getting kissed by a pirate friend of the hero’s…

    I think this might be another book, though…I think it’s Elizabeth Boyle’s This Rake of Mine although it’s not a sisters’ trilogy.  It has the whole smuggling, spy, thing, too…and the grandmother of the hero is rumored to be dead and her ghost haunts the manor, but she’s not and has been in hiding…sorry, just rambling now.

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    Ruth says:

    I think the posters who have named the JF’s Bride series are correct. I don’t think the girls are related though. IIRC, the first book deals with the niece of the Marquis that ties the trilogy together. In the second book, the SIL of the Marquis ends up married to him after her sister, his wife, dies. The third book deals with the Marquis’ daughter who ends up with the pirate who is her father’s mortal enemy. They sail off into the sunset, but don’t marry, despite her father still actively disliking him. I think they have to leave to avoid him being hung.

  13. 13
    Ruth says:

    I am a dumbass. I just re-read the original entry. I didn’t realize that the poster was looking for a first book. In that case, I concur with Jackie and her This Rake of Mine suggestion. Boyle kind of leaves the impression that more books are coming involving the students who play a role in the book.

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    Cat Marsters says:

    I didn’t love Some Enchanted Evening.  Maybe because I was sick at the time and grumpy as hell, or maybe because I always get turned off by books where the Scottish characters all talik like Rab C Nesbitt.

    It could also be one of the Claire Delacroix books I read at the same time (Rose Red Bride I recall in annoying detail); historically inaccurate with a heroine I wanted to stab.  But about a bunch of sisters and I’m sure they lived near the sea.  Or maybe I hallucinated that bit.

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    Catherine says:

    I wonder if it is ‘A Notorious Love’ by Sabrina Jeffries?  It’s the second in a series about three sisters – Helena is the heroine, but her sister Juliet has eloped with a man who turns out to be a pirate or smuggler.  The sister is rescued, but she definitely kisses the pirate just before the end of the book, before he disappears from the book (but not from the series).  It’s lots of fun, as is the entire series (A Dangerous Love, A Notorious Love and After the Abduction).

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