Friday, August 3, 2012

Review: An Unsuitable Bride by Jane Feather

Title: An Unsuitable Bride
Author: Jane Feather
Source: Publisher
Genre: Historical Romance
Length: Novel
Release Date : July 24, 2012 
Reviewer: Jasmyn

Long ago, young Viscount Bradley’s prudish family forbade him to marry his beloved. Now, the aging lord has plotted a subtle revenge. His three nephews can split his fortune, but only if each marries a fallen woman. Two have found brides who meet the terms . . . and all depends on the youngest, Peregrine Sullivan. New York Times bestselling author Jane Feather’s Georgian trilogy concludes with a sexy tale sure to delight.

Only desperation would drive a lady to disguise herself in hopes of employment, but the twenty thousand pounds that their father promised beautiful Alexandra Douglas and her invalid younger sister has vanished into the hands of the greedy cousin who inherited the estate. Alexandra, in search of justice, embarks on an elaborate charade to infiltrate Combe Abbey, her ancestral home, and secretly take the money back.

Peregrine, visiting the Abbey, is intrigued by a woman whose mind matches his on every level. Who is this middle-aged spinster with a young woman’s eyes and a youthful step that even a limp cannot disguise? Sensing some scandalous secret, Perry assumes the lady would delight in being rescued. But his efforts are rebuffed; Alexandra will take care of herself and her sister, thank you very much. Can Perry court the daring and independent young woman, win her heart, and be the last brother to wed?

Alexandra Douglas is a very smart young woman.  After finding out that both she and her invalid sister will be denied their inheritance, she concocts a daring and dangerous scheme that will correct the situation.  She goes, in disguise, to take the money back from the cousin that refused to give it to her when her father died.  Alexandra Douglas is also a very stupid young woman, putting herself at great risk in a scheme that could ruin her at best, and find her at the wrong end of a hangman's noose at the worst.  I loved Alex's daredevil and fiery personality, but at times she seemed so dead set on taking caring of things herself, that she just made everything worse.

Peregrine, or Perry, Blackwater is the last of the three Blackwater brother to find an unsuitable bride to meet the demands of his Uncle's will.  When he meets the intriguing librarian, Alexandra "Hathaway" at Combe Abbey, he has no idea that he's found just the girl he is looking for.  He uses his inquisitive and persistent mind to set about finding out the truth about the librarian, he can tell there is more to her than most people see.  What he discovers is nothing near what he expected as he begins to fall in love with the mysterious young woman that can play so many different parts so well.

This book got off to quite a slow start.  There was so much to develop in Alex's past and her current disguise and made up personality that the real romance didn't come into play until about half way through.  There was so much involved in Perry finding out the truth about Alexandra that it almost became a bit overdone.  But once the story took off, it took off at a sprint.  As Alex's plans begin to crumble around her, Perry finds himself coming to her rescue with help from a surprising source.  Even though Alex didn't treat Perry very well at times (it made me want to reach into the book and shake some sense into her), he remains true and loyal, determined to keep her safe and make her his.

After a slow beginning, the fast paced finish was quite a shock.  I had a hard time putting the book down after I got half way through - and then suddenly it was all over.  I wish the pace had been a little more spread out.  The book is the third, and final, book about the Blackwater Brides.  I think I will be putting the first two on my reading list so I can see more about this intriguing family and the women they love.

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