My Brother’s Bride

 

I am so excited to reveal this newest book by Rachael Anderson today. For the last month, I’ve had some scrumptious reading to keep me super satisfied. This book was amazing… and there’s a rafflecopter giveaway at the end of the post. So read on & enter for a chance to win. Here’s the blurb:

Synopsis

Abigail Nash leads a lonely existence. Her mother died giving birth to her, her father’s business dealings took him away more often than not, and her ailing great-aunt, unable to provide much in the way of companionship, was a lack-luster guardian at best. So when her dear friends offered to launch her into London society, it appeared Abby’s life was taking a turn for the better, with suitors and social engagements aplenty. When she marries a proclaimed darling of the ton, it seems she will at last settle into the life of her dreams.

But appearances aren’t always what they seem, and dreams often become disappointments.

Just months into her marriage, Abby finds herself widowed, penniless, increasing, and determined to never hope again. But when her late husband’s brother, the Earl of Brigston, attempts to thaw the numbness surrounding her heart, Abby must decide if she has it in her to risk another chance at happiness, knowing the odds are not in her favor.

 

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Excerpt

When Brigston entered the kitchen, Abby’s back was partially to him, so she didn’t immediately see him. Her brow was furrowed in concentration as she whipped something in a bowl. She paused to lift the spoon, only to frown at the white liquid dripping from it.

“Are you certain this will thicken into a cream?” she asked.

A flash of irritation crossed Monsieur Roch’s face until he spotted Morgan and seemed to think better of it. He managed a patient tone in his accented French. “It takes time, my lady.”

Morgan stifled a chuckle as Abby examined another spoonful of the liquid. “I’ve been whipping it for several minutes, but it doesn’t seem even a little thicker to me. Have I forgotten to add something?”

“No,” said the cook in clipped tones.

Morgan stepped forward and leaned in close. “If your arm is tired—”

Abby jumped, and what liquid remained on the spoon splattered across Morgan’s face. She spun around, her eyes growing wide with horror when she saw what she’d done.

He wiped a dab from his nose and tasted it. “A little more sugar, perhaps?”

“Brigston! I’m so dreadfully sorry.” She dropped the spoon into the bowl and grabbed a rag from a nearby wash basin, dabbing it across his face.

“Not that rag!” cried the cook. “It was only just used to mop the floors.”

Abby dropped it as though it had burned her, and Morgan tried not to cringe at the thought of filthy water coating his face.

Monsieur Roch retrieved a clean rag and held it out to him, appearing apologetic. He flicked another irritated glance at Abby before returning to his work.

As Morgan wiped the cream from his face, he wondered what Abby would do or say next. Offer another fumbled apology? Make her excuses and flee? Pretend the incident never happened and return to her labors? He never knew what to expect from her.

Her face scarlet, she cleared her throat and lifted her adorably determined chin. “You are most welcome, my lord.”

He raised a brow. “For what, my lady?”

“I have heard that cream does wonders for one’s complexion, and it seems the rumors are correct. Your skin appears much . . . creamier.”

 

Praise for My Brother’s Bride

I haven’t read a book by Rachael Anderson that I didn’t absolutely love and this awesome book didn’t fail to meet that grade. ~Vicki

Enjoyed reading this book. The characters, dialogue, and plotline kept me entertained. Highly recommend this book to those who enjoy clean romances. ~Michele

I can not praise this author’s books enough. I have loved every single one. I love the characters! I love the development of the romance! I love the story line. I love the fun dialogue. I know when I start one of her books I will have a hard time putting it down until I am done and then I am sad the book is over. I love that each story is unique. ~Nari

My Review

A literary FEASTThis forbidden Regency romance was beyond excellent! A true literary feast. Once I started, it was hard—almost impossible—to put down. The characters—Abigail and Brigston—were super well done. I became invested in their lives, their troubles, their hearts really fast. The author did a superb good job of not letting me go. The plot twist was unique. I hadn’t known about the English law that forbade sisters- and brothers-in-law from marrying. They were treated like brother and sister legally and COULD NOT wed. This led to some heart-tugging angst of the highest magnitude in this book. The characters were divine! My favorite part of this book. Some Regency romances can get boring because they’re so stuffy. This wasn’t boring or stuffy though. Whew! I thoroughly enjoyed immersing myself in these pages.

About the Author

A USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can’t sing, doesn’t dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.

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Great Reads

If you need ideas of books to read for the holidays, here are six I’ve enjoyed in the past couple months. Also, you can look back at previous posts to see highlights of other books I’ve already featured. There has been a lot of good reading this fall. I hope you have good books to read as well!

The Secretive Wife by Jennifer Peel

z5This might be my new favorite by this author. Seriously, this book had so much emotion and mystery pulling me deeper into Delanie’s life. Delanie is married to Peter, an ex-priest who is the sweetest, purest man on earth. Peter’s mom despises her new daughter-in-law, and makes Delanie’s life most miserable when she unearths her secret (a famous secret). When the news hits the tabloids and national media, Delanie’s and Peter’s blissful marriage is shattered by paparazzi, rabid fans, and nasty haters wanting their 5 minutes of fame in exchange for spreading lies. Delanie’s worst fear—that of losing her husband—is one more secret away from happening.

I inhaled this story. It’s a literary feast. The characters are phenomenal—so deeply layered and complex…and Delanie and Peter are one of my favorite couples ever!!! I can’t recommend this one highly enough. It’s SUPERB!

Violin Words by Taylor Dean

A woman sitting on her boyfriends shoulders giving him a kiss on the beachThis sweet Christmas romance will make you smile as well as give you some mystery to solve. Jade Lockwood runs the Lockwood cabins resort, her parents’ legacy. But that has left her with no social life these past few years. All that changes when she begins receiving love letters from an anonymous stranger—ME. As she tries to discover who is behind the Violin Words—so sweet and moving—she is both thrilled and terrified. Is it someone she knows, or is it a scary stalker? With a long list of “could-be’s”, Jade sets out to identify The Author. But the mystery deepens as a break-in and theft occur at the resort, leaving her feeling vulnerable and frightened. Her heart knows who she wishes The Author to be. Will the truth be as sweet as her imagination? This sweet, heartwarming romance with a twist of mystery and suspense is a perfect read for the holidays.

Seeing Miss Heartstone by Nichole Van

z3Miss Heartstone (Belle) proposes to Lord Blake after researching the man and finding him the best choice for a husband, which her mother demands she secure (the faster the better). Belle has a fortune, and Lord Blake (Colin) is in dire need of money for his newly inherited estate. But the man turns her down flat, humiliating her as he asks her why she must marry. He tells her to spread her wings and fly…and walks out of her life. Pondering his words leads to great changes in her life. In gratitude for Lord Blake’s kind wisdom and gentle rejection, she invests heavily in his business to help him get on his feet financially. But she does it under an anonymous funder—LHF. So begins a journey of many years as Lord Blake becomes tied to Belle as a business partner as he journeys to India and she works things out in Great Britain.

I savored every word of this book. Van is the master of writing romantic rhythms and beats that made the story intriguing and beyond scrumptious. Her characters are multi-layered and very lovable. I always wish they could be my best friends. Another one I HIGHLY recommend

Just a Name by Becky Monson

z2Super fun piece of chick lit. Funny characters, witty dialogue, silly scenes to keep me smiling. The romance was a frenemies trope with a slow-burn to buildup. I adored Logan and Holly. Logan is mysterious enough that you never know what he’s really thinking, which drives the heroine crazy. And Holly is lovable because of her weaknesses. I thoroughly enjoyed every scene in this story. Fun, lighter reading if you need a stress-reliever.

A Christmas Carol in Romance by Franky Brown

z1This is a cute, second chance Christmas romance that warms the heart. Andy works at a radio station. He’s bitter about Christmas, because a year ago the girl he loved broke his heart on Christmas eve. When Cassie returns unexpectantly to Romance, Oregon, his heart instantly engages, but he won’t allow himself to have a perpetual girlfriend ever again. He wants marriage. Cassie does not. Probably she never will. He can’t do the heartbreak again, so he keeps distance between them. But his grandma’s meddling brings them together to act in a Christmas Carol play, and he might experience a change of heart just like Scrooge that he plays. If you love Hallmark Christmas romances, you’ll love this one too.

Night at the Opera by Stacy Henrie

Woman wearing a vintage blouseThis poignant mystery/romance is set in early 1900’s England. American heiress Gwen Barton is dragged to England by her mom to snag a titled Englishman as a husband, since no American men have snatched her up because of her bum foot. All Gwen wants to do is help her cousin and his wife at their orphanage for injured children. But until she comes of age, her life is not her own. When she attends the opera and discovers an injured man in an empty box during intermission, she helps bandage his wound and then kisses him to revive him. When he kisses her back, her heart becomes his, even though she has to leave before she can identify his face in the shadows. Thus starts the adventure of discovering who her mystery man is. I really enjoyed this historical romance.

Wager for a Wife

Wager for a Wife BannerThere have been so many good books released in the last month. Merry Christmas to me. 🙂 Here’s one that really tickled my fancy. Wager for a Wife by Karen Tuft. It’s a delightful Regency Romance with a unique twist and superbly done romantic heart-tugging and pulling that I couldn’t help but love. Definitely my favorite I’ve read by this author. Continue reading

The Songs that Brought Me Back

This book’s coming out in a month–December 4th. I just finished beta-reading an early copy, and I really connected with the characters and story. Here’s the blurb:

Have you ever made a mistake? One so monumental you lost everything? I did, and I hate myself for it! All I want to do is close my eyes, and let the darkness consume me. Make it all go away. The end.

Ainsley is drowning in the depth of her despair. One wrong decision left her alone, with only regret as her constant companion. To escape it all, she makes another choice. One she hopes will end everything. Instead, she’s thrown into a whole new world filled with opportunities she doesn’t believe she deserves. Continue reading

Love for Keeps

loveforkeepsJust finished the newest release by Maria Hoagland last night. This is a fun one I’m super excited to tell you about. If you love soccer, you’ll really enjoy this one. And I’m giving away a copy of her book, so make sure to leave a comment before you leave for a chance to win.

BLURB:

City home inspector Kendall Nomellini follows rules to a fault. As a single mom of a high school soccer player, she has no choice but to plan her time to the minute—fitting her work, education, and future goals into a tidy, no-surprises schedule. What’s not in her plan? Falling for the worst soccer referee in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Why would she when she knows from experience that the perfect man doesn’t exist? Continue reading

Creating Your Forever Family

Creating Your Forever Family BannerThis isn’t my normal romance review. In fact, it’s not a romance at all. I like to think of Creating Your Forever Family by Rachel Sullivan as the How-To self-help manual for how characters in books and real life couples find and keep their happily-ever-afters romance readers read and dream about. Once the hero and heroine find each other and the book ends with them happily together, what comes next? How do they keep from divorcing or being miserable a few years down the road when real life problems and challenges smack them in the face? Continue reading