Review: The Reluctant Bride – Beverley Eikli

Can honour and action banish the shadows of old sins?

Emily Micklen has no option after the death of her loving fiancé, Jack, but to marry the scarred, taciturn, soldier who represents her only escape from destitution.

Major Angus McCartney is tormented by the reproachful slate-grey eyes of two strikingly similar women: Jessamine, his dead mistress, and Emily, the unobtainable beauty who is now his reluctant bride.

Emily’s loyalty to Jack’s memory is matched only by Angus’s determination to atone for the past and win his wife with honour and action. As Napoleon cuts a swathe across Europe, Angus is sent to France on a mission of national security, forcing Emily to confront both her allegiance to Jack and her traitorous half-French family. 

Angus and Emily may find love, but will the secrets they uncover divide them forever?
How to describe this one? It was not one of those typical historical romances and therefore I would not want to call it that. It was the book in between H and HR. Also with a dose of mystery, spies and suspense.
The heroine, oh Emily, you were hard to like you ungrateful idiot. I get why she was like that, but she lived in a time where she had no rights, so at least be civil to your husband and not a shrew. Yes I confess that at one time I wish Angus had throw that ungrateful strumpet out on the street to fend for herself. But I am not gonna be totally evil because she changes, there is romance there after all.
Angus, awww Angus, he was so kind, he waited, he hoped, aww my heart. A perfect man. Sure he too had made mistakes before, but how he adored her.
As you can see they really really have to work for the love to grow. It’s not easy, it’s hard, almost impossible. But slowly things fall into place and they find what they want.
As for the suspense. There are spies, secrets, and the ongoing conflict between France and England. The book gave me a few surprises.
A different sort of love story.

Paperback, 400 pages
Expected publication: September 15th 2013 by Choc Lit
Romantic historical fiction
From the publisher


38 thoughts on “Review: The Reluctant Bride – Beverley Eikli

  1. Blodeuedd says:

    It sure is important, cos if I never start to like one…yeah no go. But here, it was just different. She had her issues. And yes those issues made me dislike her cos she was so angry. At the same time I did get why she was angry cos it was not her fault

  2. Rita_h says:

    It does sound interesting. Funny I was going to mention my dislike of the cover as not fitting the plot, and see that someone else has beat me to it 🙂 Thanks for sharing. I like to read your blog and think about books I might pick up as I expand my reading genres.

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