His Jilted Bride by Rose Gordon

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His Jilted Bride by Rose Gordon
Publisher: Night Shift Publishing
Genre: Historical
Length: Short Story (119 pgs)
Heat: Spicy
Rated: 5 stars
Reviewed by Snapdragon

It’s her wedding day and there is no groom in sight. But why should Amelia Brice be surprised? Hiram, Lord Friar is known for having no gentleman’s honor to speak of and his jilting her on their wedding day makes it official.

Elijah Banks cannot allow his childhood friend to continue to be shamed this way. It’s more than an hour past the time the wedding was to start, and that bounder still hasn’t shown up. Unable to sit still a second longer, Elijah does the only thing that seems logical from where he stands: kidnap the bride and take her to Gretna Green in order to escape this scandal with one far more forgiving for a young lady’s reputation.

So then why does his new bride seem angry with him and rebuff his advances?

Elijah is the gentleman she’d always hoped to marry, but though he was merely the third son of a baron and she the daughter of an earl, she’d never felt worthy of someone like him. Especially now. Try as she might, she cannot find the words to tell him of her situation and ruin the good fortune that has befallen her, but neither can she keep the truth from him.

But when Lord Friar threatens to reveal her secret, it’s up to Elijah to save her from public humiliation once more by revealing a few of his own…

Lady Amelia Brice: jilted. Is this just par for the course? In this magical nineteenth century romance, lovely Amelia seems to have less than the best of luck with the opposite sex, starting off with the neighbor’s son… and on to the intended and rather more charming scoundrel. However, Gordon allows nothing so predictable to happen as we might be thinking. The perfectly charming (okay, so Elijah isn’t ‘perfectly charming,’ but we readers do like him) will smack right up against the scoundrel in this one – with a lot of surprising interactions.

Poor Amelia is dropped straight into a deceitful quandary…in an almost-unbelievable situation, which we have no trouble at all in believing. The wonderful quality to this writing is that it simply takes you there; conversations are so real you’ll think you overheard them, descriptions sufficient to let you see it all in mind’s eye, the intrigue enough to make you curious – but none if it distracts from the romance! Amelia is caught off-guard, and with no recollection of certain specific events, is left in a highly tricky situation. Honesty, does not in this case seem the best policy, to her or to us!

Elijah seems to have a gift for treating her poorly, even when he intends otherwise. His behavior -and regrets – are also easy to sympathize with, however. He’s not the wit that Henry is, but we see his feelings are genuine. Still, things go wrong … and for those that have known one another since childhood, some old feelings and resentments, some attitudes of mind, simply cannot be forgot. Perhaps, they can be forgiven? Or, will time reveal them as something other than we imagined? The interactions of all the cast here is absolutely engrossing. Lovely and thoroughly enjoyable historical romance: His Jilted Bride is all it promises.

Comments

  1. Mary Preston says:

    Now that’s the kind of review you want.

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  3. Excellent review 🙂 Thanks for sharing! It’s always nice to find a good solid book that sounds great!

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  4. Karen H in NC says:

    Thanks for posting this wonderful review. Makes me want to skip over everything on my TBR shelves directly to this book.

  5. Wow! Sounds impressive! I’ve gotta get the book now!!

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  6. Thank you for the review!

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  7. momjane says:

    This review is outstanding. This story sounds really fun, which I enjoy, along with being romantic .

  8. Great review

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  9. Amanda D says:

    Great review! I can’t wait to read this story. I just finished her novel that featured Elijah’s sister. It was very good.

  10. Thanks so much for reading and reviewing (and for those who came by the read/comment)!

  11. oh no this poor girl!! i hope she finds her prince!!

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