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The China Bride




August 2001

Historical Romance

Ballantine Books

ISBN 0-449-00589-5

The China Bride is for all of you who wanted the story of Kyle Renbourne, twin brother of Dominic, hero of The Wild Child. The story begins six years after the end of The Wild Child. Kyle has spent those years in travel, moving ever eastward. Soon it will be time to return to England and his responsibilities as heir to an earldom, but first he will visit China, the last and most desired goal of his long journey.

Born to a Scottish father and a Chinese mother, Troth Montgomery dreamed of someday traveling to Scotland, until the death of her father condemned her to a shadowy life as an interpreter in Canton. Then Kyle Renbourne, viscount and adventurer, discovers Troth’s true identity and persuades her to be his guide on a dangerous journey into the heart of the Celestial Kingdom.

A meeting of minds flares into searing passion, an idyll that ends when Kyle is captured and condemned to death. A reckless prison cell marriage the night before his execution sends Troth to England, where she arrives at the estate of Kyle’s brother. Though accepted as bride and widow, she is haunted by the memory of her dashing husband. Then the past reaches out to Troth, bringing passion, despair, and danger. Now she must draw on her unique heritage to save all she holds dear—and become the woman she is destined to be.


“Beautifully written, The China Bride is a fitting sequel to The Wild Child. Kyle’s story brims with enchantment, the magic of the Orient, passion and stormy romance. East meets west in the most exquisite way. One of the summer’s “must reads.” (4+ rating and a Top Pick for August 2000.)

--Kathe Robin, Romantic Times

“The always superb Mary Jo Putney has written a beautifully crafted story of love and loss, yin and yang.  I would recommend this book to anyone who believes in the power of love and the human spirit in overcoming incredible odds.”

--Lenore Howard, Old Book Barn Gazette

“It is no wonder that multi-award winning bestseller Putney is a favorite of romance fans. Only a master storyteller could convincingly start a happily ever after romance with the heroine arriving on the scene to report the death of the hero to his family.  Putney’s characterizations of two individuals who do not fit comfortably into the worlds in which they were born but through their differences can become soul mates as well as lovers are exquisite in this fast paced historical adventure romance.”

--Diana Tixier Herald for Booklist

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Copyright 2007 Mary Jo Putney