Once Again A Bride

Jane Ashford
Once Again A Bride
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Publisher
Sourcebooks Casablanca
Release Date
February 2013
ISBN
9781402276729
Genre
Historical Romance

SUMMARY
She Couldn't Be More Alone

Widowhood has freed Charlotte Wylde from a demoralizing and miserable marriage. But when her husband's intriguing nephew and heir arrives to take over the estate, Charlotte discovers she's unsafe in her own home...

Alec Wylde was shocked by his uncle's untimely death, and even more shocked to encounter his uncle's beautiful young widow. Now clouds of suspicion are gathering, and charges of murder hover over Charlotte's head.

He Could Be Her Only Hope...or Her Next Victim

Book Review by Lisa Jo
Feb 04, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
126 people found the following review helpful
ONCE AGAIN A BRIDE by Jane Ashford is reminiscent of the best years of historical romance. Sweet and incredibly refined, this is a historical romance that proves second chances at love are always possible.

Charlotte Wylde despised her husband Henry. Persuaded into this marriage by her father, she has nothing more to do than waste her years away, living as another one of her husband's prized possessions. As soon as she musters the courage to confront her domineering husband, Henry winds up dead…murdered on the streets of London. Henry left his nephew Sir Alexander in charge of his affairs, including dealing with the beautiful young widow. Yet Alec currently has too many responsibilities and too little time to deal with his uncle's mess. That is until he steals one kiss from Charlotte. Now he must face his fears about love or lose Charlotte forever.

ONCE AGAIN A BRIDE features a slow burning romance between two misguided characters. Alec was a serious, level-headed gentleman. He firmly denied love as a successful basis for a marriage because of his past, and instead remained focused on what life demanded of him. Which is why Charlotte, who was a whirlwind of emotions, threw him completely off guard. After being in such a disastrous marriage, she was determined to fight for her own freedom. She starts to speak up for herself and demand her own happiness. This contradicts strongly with the order and stability Alex wishes he could find in his own home. Despite their differences, opposites do attract in this case and they find themselves hopelessly fixated on one another. It was truly a sweet romance that charmed its way into your heart. These characters become a prominent presence in your mind until you figure out their happy ending.

As an added bonus, Ms Ashford includes a parallel romance between Charlotte's maid Lucy and Alec's footman Ethan. I felt it was very well done...it didn't distract from one character or make the novel frustrating by jumping around from one romance to the next. The two romances would tread their own path for a bit, but always managed to relate back to the overall plot. The contrast and similarities between the two romances made for a truly delightful journey. Also included in the mayhem are Alec's younger sisters. After reading this story, one can only hope Ms Ashford will eventually reveal their adventures in love at a future date.

Other than the romance, Ms Ashford does a great job of planning out a daring adventure for such a large cast of characters. Charlotte's new family must dig deeper into the mystery behind Henry's murder and the list of suspects will keep you guessing throughout. Jane Ashford crafts a truly delicious villain that will leave you shocked and surprised. It is an intriguing story line that adds a great amount of drama and danger to this historical romance.

Despite how much I loved it, I still felt there were two minor problems. I didn't feel the romance between Charlotte and Alec was developed as fully as it could have been. The beginning was great and the ending was great, but somewhere near the middle it seemed to jump around a bit. As if both characters couldn't make up their mind where they were going on a personal level and if they could make it as a couple. At the time it was distracting, but by the end, I was completely immersed again in their beautiful romance. Second, I would have loved an epilogue or additional chapter. This is also why I'm hoping Alec's sisters have their own fun, so they we may also visit Alec, Charlotte, Lucy and Ethan again. Frankly I just didn't want it to end. I could just be greedy, but I wanted a little bit more!

After a brief break from writing, Jane Ashford returns to the romance genre with grace and style...as if anything else could be expected. ONCE AGAIN A BRIDE is a passionate and emotionally engaging read that historical romance fans will love.
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