First Season / Bride to Be
Two classic Regency romances by beloved bestselling author Jane Ashford celebrate the adventures of a London Season
Widowed Lady Anabel Wyndham was married right out of the schoolroom and has never before experienced the delights of a London Season. She’s dazzled by the attention of the fascinating Sir Charles Norbury, a man whose touch seems to melt her very soul, but a notorious rake. She’s drawn to handsome friend-of-the-family Christopher Hanford and the comfort and serenity he offers. But how does one choose between two such charming suitors? Anabel is finding that love is so much more dangerous the second time around.
BRIDE TO BE
Emily Crane is the toast of the ton—and she couldn’t find it more tedious. Until she encounters the darkly sensual stranger whose life she once saved and the London Season becomes infinitely more exciting. Recently returned from the wilds of South America, Lord Richard Sheldon has only contempt for tiresome London chits, but he finds himself stunningly intrigued by the dauntless Emily Crane. When the two become embroiled in a budding scandal and are forced into an engagement, they discover a passion more dangerous than any killer…
Praise for The Bride Insists:
“Another perfectly delightful Regency romance…remarkably executed.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
“Ashford captures readers with her keen knowledge of the era and deft writing.” —RT Book Reviews, 4 stars
“Fabulous…well-written, great characters.” —Fresh Fiction
Was totally unaware that I was getting two stories in this book. But loved that both of them were different in type but still great reads.
First Season is a Historic Regency story.
Lady Anabel Wyndham is a widow with three small children who was married straight out of the classroom. So her mother decides that she has mourned in her country home long enough and sponsors her in her first season in London. Totally captivated by the fashionable Sir Charles Norbury, she revels in all the splendor, glamour and intrigue as well as the chemistry of this wealthy and self centered man, but seems to lose her focus of what is really important. Accepting his proposal of marriage even though she is unsure of her true feelings. But when she desperately needs help to find her children, and he is only concerned with setting the wedding date, she is beside herself with grief. When her old friend finds and returns her children she comes to her senses in the arms of Christopher Hanford, realizing she had loved him for a long time. But when she tries to break off her engagement Sir Charles Norbury doesn't accept her decision and abducts her. Will he force her into a marriage through scandal? Or will Christopher Hanford save her? You will have to read to find out.
Bride to Be is a Historic Suspense Mystery.
Emily Crane has been raised by her eccentric, bohemian, artistic, and passionately in love parents. Moving constantly through her entire life, she seeks a normal, calm existence. But it seems to never find her, out on a walk she comes across two men carrying a bound unconscious man and they are in the process of throwing him in the pond when she yells for help from her two large dogs. Coming to his rescue, she takes him back to her home where he meets her scandalous parents. Embarrassed with their behavior in front of this handsome and mysterious Richard Sheldon she helps him further so he can continue on his way by giving him a horse. When her mother sends her to stay with her Aunt Julia in London she takes great joy in sponsoring Emily's first season. Emily tries to be content with being a normal girl of the ton but finds the balls oh so boring and tedious until she come face to face with a past acquaintance whose life she once saved, Richard Sheldon or as he is known to the ton Baron Warrington. As her aunt forces them together and then into a fake engagement, Emily comes to the conclusion that all the accidents that are happening around them are not accidents and that someone is trying to kill Richard. As these two get closer trying to solve this mystery, they realize that there is something else rather passionate happening between them. Will these two get their HEA? Will their fake engagement end by choice or at the hands of another in Richards death. You will have to read this to find out. Loved the ending and how it all played out and came together.
Received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.