A rogue nobleman, a rescued lady, and revenge undone by romance all play a part in New York Times bestselling author Joan Johnston’s irresistible novel of best-laid plots, delicious deception, and unexpected passion.
Two years have passed since Josie Wentworth was bought from the Sioux for a gold watch and whisked back to England by Marcus Wharton, the Duke of Blackthorne. When Marcus breaks his promise to return Josie to America, she ends up as a maid in the home of his charming but neglected nephews. Once Josie’s long-lost family finds her, however, the suddenly wealthy heiress sets out to save the two boys from their indifferent uncle—and teach the duke a lesson in honor.
Learning that Marcus is seeking a rich American bride to save his estate, Josie plots to catch his eye—certain he’ll never recognize the beauty she’s become as the ragged captive he rescued. But Josie doesn’t wager on her marital charade taking a tender turn, as the nobleman she’s despised for years proves to be a very different man than she’s imagined. And there’s no denying his passionate caresses, as she falls deeper under the spell of a husband determined to claim her heart.
Praise for Blackthorne’s Bride
“[Joan] Johnston’s gloriously dramatic twelfth Bitter Creek novel, the fourth installment in her Mail Order Bride subseries, whisks readers across the Atlantic. . . . [This] page-turner is replete with romantic angst, sizzling sex, and the promise of an enduring love.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Second chances, marriage of convenience, revenge, reconnection, and redemption . . . Blackthorne’s Bride is another winner from Joan Johnston that gives readers a delicious story of love, laughter, forgiveness, and family.”—Smexy Books
“Blackthorne’s Bride is a sweeping tale that takes you from the Wild West . . . to Regency England. [It’s] a feisty and surprisingly enticing romance that takes you on an adventure through the city streets of London and the countryside.”—Addicted to Romance
“Riveting . . . Johnston excels at descriptions, peppered with period details that make this book a picturesque reading experience.”—Buried Under Romance
The passionate Westerns in Joan Johnston’s Bitter Creek series can be enjoyed together or separately, in any order:
TEXAS BRIDE • WYOMING BRIDE • MONTANA BRIDE • SINFUL • SHAMELESS • BLACKTHORNE’S BRIDE • SULLIVAN’S PROMISE
Johnston's gloriously dramatic 12th Bitter Creek novel, the fourth installment in her Mail Order Bride subseries (after Montana Bride), whisks readers across the Atlantic. In the late 19th century, Englishman Marcus Wharton, the Duke of Blackthorne, is visiting the western part of America when he comes across a young woman, Josie Wentworth, being whipped by a Sioux warrior. Blackthorne rescues her and takes her back to England, nursing her himself as they make the ocean crossing. Two years later, his young wife, Fanny, dies, and Blackthorne needs to remarry someone wealthy. Josie has been working as a maid in one of Blackthorne's homes, Tearlach Castle, where Blackthorne's nephews are housed; thoughtful Fanny had her installed there so that he would have someone to turn to when she died. After Josie learns that she has inherited a fortune, she agrees to become Blackthorne's new wife, hoping to learn why he abandoned his nephews to the horrible treatment they received at the castle. Johnston's page-turner is replete with romantic angst, sizzling sex, and the promise of an enduring love.
Loved the story.
Loved the book. The story of Josie, by itself, is remarkable but add to it Marcus and it is a becomes a great love story. The torture Josie endured by the Sioux is horrific and then being mistreated as a servant makes you wonder how she survived intact and not bitter. There are so many different story lines in this book that it would be easy for sequels to be developed. I would highly recommend this book.