Series: Brides of Wishmore #1
Genres: Historical Romance, Regency, Romance
Published by Avon Books on January 28, 2014
Also in this series: Bride Says Maybe
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Lady Aileen never thought she’d be in this position—falling in love with her sister’s betrothed! Of course, her sister did run away rather than marry him, and he doesn’t seem to be all that interested in her sister either, but even so, such a match is impossible...isn’t it?
Aileen is certain she must turn away from the man she loves in order to protect her sister’s reputation. However, he’s not one to give up without a fight, and now that he’s met a woman he wants to marry, nothing on earth could convince him to let Aileen go.
This book is told in the first person.
Aileen Davidson lets her little sister, Tara, know that falling in love is an adventure. Ruary Jamerson trains horses and Tara’s in love with him. But Blake Stephens is Tara’s intended. The beginning of Cathy’s story is like reading a Regency soap opera.
Aileen is a character that you feel is like a good friend – you want to see her happy. But will her circumstances say otherwise. She is a woman that at times I just wanted to yell at and tell her to go after what she wants. Then I had to remember that they lived in a time where things are totally different.
One of my favorite scenes is where Aileen stands up to her father – especially in a time period where women would never talk back to a man. Women, for the most part, were more like property than equals. And our author reminds her readers that there were different standards for men and women.
Aileen’s sister reminds me of one of those women who feels she’s entitled to any man she desires and who wants everything her way. At other times, I just wanted to yell at Tara and tell her to grow up! She just seems to be so self-absorbed.
I’m not going to tell you anything about Ruary or Blake because I want you to experience them for yourself and they are a big part of what makes this a great page-turner. There’s a little bit of suspense because you are kept wondering what each of the characters are going to do and who’s going to end up as the bride and groom.
As I got closer to the end, things got really interesting – you’ll just have to read it for yourself to find out. Cathy’s ending also gives the reader a hint as to the subject of the next book. The Bride Says Maybe comes out on February 25. I have a feeling that this is going to be a great series and I hope you will feel the same after you read this first book of The Brides of Wishmore series. (Reviewed by Lynn Reynolds from Romance Reader Enthusiast)