- Kensington Publishing Corp.
- Release Date
- September 2017
- Book 1 of Brides of Beadwell
An inconvenient engagement turns a marriage of convenience into so much more in this sparkling new series from award-winning author Sara Portman . . .
Lady Emmaline Shaw's reputation was irreparably damaged when her fiancé, John Brantwood, disappeared immediately after their engagement four years ago. Since then, she's grown from a shy, uncertain girl to a woman who knows her own mind. And what she knows is that London society holds nothing for her.
Rumor has it that John ran off to war and died in battle. Now, as the new Duke of Worley, his shocking resurrection throws the ton into a tizzy and makes him one of England's most sought after bachelors—except that he's already engaged.
John needs a wife capable of smoothing his beloved sister's introduction into society. But though Emma happily grants him his freedom, her fiery beauty and resilient spirit hold him captive. In fact, John has no intention of letting her go. Her fate is now in his hands, but will her heart be safe there?
Nov 13, 2017 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
7 people found the following review helpful
THE REUNION (Brides of Beadwell #1) by Sara Portman is a wonderful character-driven historical romance that had me hooked from the first chapter!
Lady Emmaline Shaw has grown from an uncertain girl into a strong, independent woman. She had to face the disappearance of her fiancé, John Brantwood, four years ago and not so long after that, the death of her parents. She ignores the gossips, has a close circle of friends, and is living happily in the small village of Beadwell.
John Brantwood has returned to claim his family lands and title as the Duke of Worley. Everyone believed he had run off to war and been killed. Not so. Now he is back and needs to quickly find himself a bride. When he is reminded he already has a fiancée, he remembers a shy, meek girl, who will not do for his plans, but Emma is no longer that girl and he finds himself liking and needing this strong woman.
A marriage of convenience is agreed upon, but can either keep their hearts uninvolved and safe?
This book is a wonderful introduction to this series and I can't wait for many more. Ms. Portman has written characters that come to life on every page. Emma and John try so hard not to involve their hearts. The subplot of John's sister Charlotte trying to hide her American past was a great way to show the differences in cultures. The dialogue is witty and fun. The sex scenes are hot and steamy, but not over the top and placed perfectly to enhance John and Emma's relationship.
Overall, just a wonderfully enjoyable historical romance!
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