Thursday, September 12, 2013

Once Again a Bride by Jane Ashford

Title:  Once Again a Bride
Author:  Jane Ashford
Published:  February 5th 2013 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Page Count:  384
Genre:  Historical Romance
Shelf: Giveaway
Rating:  ★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Pushed by her dying father into a marriage with one of his friends, Charlotte Rutherford Wylde finds herself bound to an old man who disdains and ignores her. Miserable, furious, she determines to take drastic action, but before she can confront him, her husband is murdered in the dark London streets. From the moment Charlotte hears this upsetting news, she is subject to shock after shock. Her dead husband has spent the fortune she brought him, leaving her nearly penniless. His will reflects his obsession with the artifacts of ancient Rome, turning her home into a museum. And most astonishing of all, he had an entire family that he never mentioned.

The fashionable Wyldes are as surprised to hear of Charlotte's existence as she is of theirs. To the charismatic Alec she is, at first, just another obligation in his overburdened life. He has to grapple with his dead relative's shady business dealings, an attempted robbery, and a suspicious Bow Street Runner. But it's not long before Alec realizes that there is nothing he would rather do than cherish the entrancing Widow Wylde.

My Review:

“You know, it’s a love match.” Not only my favourite line of the book, but also my relationship with this amazing novel. Ashford gripped me from the first page and didn’t let me go until the very last sentence. She kept me captivated throughout without relying on melodrama or out of this world events. All of the events in this novel remained completely realistic throughout. Ashford’s brilliant storytelling and phenomenal descriptions draw you in and keep you there. She takes you back in time with this captivating tale of loss and love.

Not only was I enthralled with the story itself, but I felt for the heroine right from the get-go. She was such a well-developed and likeable character that your heart automatically goes out to her. The supporting cast is gradually but fully introduced. By the end of the novel no one seems like a minor character. Everyone is important in his or her own right. There were so many amazing and intriguing characters in this novel, each with their own history and future. No one was ever just a name on a page.

Overall, I got a good many giggles out of this novel. I also was gripped in suspense and had my heart go out to the characters, all of them. Everything about this novel drew me in and kept me there.

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