The Viscount’s Convenient Bride (Reluctant Brides #2) by Josie Bonham
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Luke, Viscount Enstone’s, resolve to avoid a love match is tested to its limit when he accepts responsibility for the Davenport family.
Luke has found it hard to sort out his late father’s affairs. A dishonest secretary and ailing land agent have left the family estates in disorder. With new people in place, he sets off to one of his smaller properties to discover the extent of an obligation that seems out of keeping with the cold-hearted father he remembers. Who is the young woman living at Shepley Hall and what was her connection to his father?
Miss Kitty Davenport has waited for a long time to find out if the new Viscount Enstone will continue the support his father gave to her family and her patience is wearing thin. Will he carry on paying for her young brother’s education and even assist him in finding a career? For herself, all she needs is help to find a suitable position as a companion and to escape from the unwanted attentions of a persistent suitor.
Will Kitty be happy with a marriage of convenience? Duty and respect over love and passion? She’s gaining a sister and an aunt who adore her and a life of comfort and security. However, she has a lot to learn becoming a Viscountess and running a large household. And she’s falling in love with her new husband who appears not to return the feeling.
The Viscount Enstone, Luke Bamford, is terrified of marriage. He had seen the pain that love could do, but it is time for him to marry and to who better than Miss Kitty Davenport. The quiet and intelligent young woman who he mistrusted the first time he met her. Her calm manner and willingness to please are great assets for a marriage, but it’s best for his mental health that he be apart from her as much as possible. If only his heart would listen.
Kitty and Luke are frustratingly obtuse about their feelings for each other. It’s only when Kitty is kidnapped and Luke becomes sick with worry that he won’t be able to save her in time that Luke addresses what he has known all along. Luke has a wonderful aunt and sister to make up for his pigheadedness to Kitty. On the other hand, Kitty is understandably out of her depth, but she picks up on Luke’s moods with ease which is a good trait to have when you’re married. Fortunately, Luke has a wonderful aunt and sister who support Kitty and make up for Luke’s pigheadedness.
I recommend this delightful historical romance to those who love a bit of adventure and intrigue with their love story.
Thank you to Ms. Bonham for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Josie lives in the English midlands, surrounded by towns full of history such as Evesham, Stratford-Upon- Avon, Warwick, and Worcester. Which is perhaps why her favourite reads are historical. Out of all the periods to choose from the Regency Era stirs her imagination the most. The true Regency lasted from 1811 until 1820 but dates as wide as 1789 to 1837 have been included in the extended Regency period. For Josie, the true flavour of this period emerges after the iniquitous hair powder tax of 1795, unsurprisingly, scuppered the fashion for hair powder almost overnight.
Josie has always dabbled in stories but it took the combined efforts of her sister and eldest niece to set her on the path to writing novels. Her Regency romances, with a dash of adventure and intrigue, are the result.
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