About the Book
Abigail Nash leads a lonely existence. Her mother died giving birth to her, her father’s business dealings took him away more often than not, and her ailing great-aunt, unable to provide much in the way of companionship, was a lack-luster guardian at best. So when her dear friends offered to launch her into London society, it appeared Abby’s life was taking a turn for the better, with suitors and social engagements aplenty. When she marries a proclaimed darling of the ton, it seems she will at last settle into the life of her dreams.
But appearances aren’t always what they seem, and dreams often become disappointments.
Just months into her marriage, Abby finds herself widowed, penniless, increasing, and determined to never hope again. But when her late husband’s brother, the Earl of Brigston, attempts to thaw the numbness surrounding her heart, Abby must decide if she has it in her to risk another chance at happiness, knowing the odds are not in her favor.
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When Brigston entered the kitchen, Abby’s back was partially to him, so she didn’t immediately see him. Her brow was furrowed in concentration as she whipped something in a bowl. She paused to lift the spoon, only to frown at the white liquid dripping from it.
“Are you certain this will thicken into a cream?” she asked.
A flash of irritation crossed Monsieur Roch’s face until he spotted Morgan and seemed to think better of it. He managed a patient tone in his accented French. “It takes time, my lady.”
Morgan stifled a chuckle as Abby examined another spoonful of the liquid. “I’ve been whipping it for several minutes, but it doesn’t seem even a little thicker to me. Have I forgotten to add something?”
“No,” said the cook in clipped tones.
Morgan stepped forward and leaned in close. “If your arm is tired—”
Abby jumped, and what liquid remained on the spoon splattered across Morgan’s face. She spun around, her eyes growing wide with horror when she saw what she’d done.
He wiped a dab from his nose and tasted it. “A little more sugar, perhaps?”
“Brigston! I’m so dreadfully sorry.” She dropped the spoon into the bowl and grabbed a rag from a nearby wash basin, dabbing it across his face.
“Not that rag!” cried the cook. “It was only just used to mop the floors.”
Abby dropped it as though it had burned her, and Morgan tried not to cringe at the thought of filthy water coating his face.
Monsieur Roch retrieved a clean rag and held it out to him, appearing apologetic. He flicked another irritated glance at Abby before returning to his work.
As Morgan wiped the cream from his face, he wondered what Abby would do or say next. Offer another fumbled apology? Make her excuses and flee? Pretend the incident never happened and return to her labors? He never knew what to expect from her.
Her face scarlet, she cleared her throat and lifted her adorably determined chin. “You are most welcome, my lord.”
He raised a brow. “For what, my lady?”
“I have heard that cream does wonders for one’s complexion, and it seems the rumors are correct. Your skin appears much . . . creamier.”
Rachael Anderson may be one of the best Historical Romance authors of our time. Her stories are WONDERFUL. I put on hold my entire review schedule when the latest Regency-era novel by Anderson releases. If you have not yet read any of her historical romances, I implore you to purchase her books immediately!
My Brother’s Bride is a fast-paced, highly-engaging, endearing story that left this reader smiling big time. I very much appreciated the relationship between Abby and Brigston, and enjoyed the sense of humor they have with one another. A sense of humor in any relationship is imperative. Life on this earth is filled with so much pain that you need laughter to balance the scales. Within a relatively short period of time, Abby experiences some serious hurts, let downs, devastations, and disappointments, but she doesn’t let these moments drag her down. Instead of pushing her hurts down deep, Abby bravely expresses how she feels to Brigston during her rough moments. This in turn allows Brigston to share his true feelings, and a fantastic relationship blooms between the two filled with many moments that had me chuckling.
Early on in this story, someone important to Abby and Brigston dies. In polite society, the practice is to keep true feelings bottled up. One does not talk about certain things like the death of a loved one. But what if talking is what one needs to heal? One of the characteristics I love so much about Abby is that she politely goes against polite society in certain ways. Not talking about her loss seems rather silly. At first, Brigston is slightly shocked that Abby would be so free with her feelings, but then realizes how cathartic it is to talk about their shared loss. It turns out that talking about, rather than bottling up, the feelings leads to healing. Personally, I prefer to remember the good times, to reminisce and laugh.
My final favorite thing about My Brother’s Bride is its message on hope. We need to never stop hoping for good days, fun days, dreams-to-be-realized days. Life is full of disappointing moments that push us around and kick us when we are down, but we can’t give up our hope. And, we need to remember not to take the good for granted. The good moments in life act as balm to our souls so we can get through the bad times.
My Brother’s Bride is another fantastic historical romance by Rachael Anderson. If you need a lovely and engaging Regency-era story to escape into this winter, I highly recommend My Brother’s Bride!
I received a review copy of this novel in eBook form from the author via Kathy at I Am A Reader. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.
Praise for My Brother’s Bride
I haven’t read a book by Rachael Anderson that I didn’t absolutely love and this awesome book didn’t fail to meet that grade. ~Vicki
Enjoyed reading this book. The characters, dialogue, and plotline kept me entertained. Highly recommend this book to those who enjoy clean romances. ~Michele
This is the first full-length novel I’ve read by Rachael Anderson, but it definitely won’t be the last. I really enjoyed the story–the writing was really good with no annoying parts or awkwardness, the plot was interesting, the characters were endearing (I loved the banter between Brigtson and Abby!), and this book was just really good. Highly enjoyable. Great choice for those who like clean, well-written Regency romances. ~AE2
This forbidden Regency romance was excellent! Once I started, it was hard—almost impossible—to put down. The characters—Abigail and Brigston—were super well done. I became invested in their lives, their troubles, their hearts really fast, and the author did a superb job of not letting me go. The plot twist was unique. ~Charissa
A lovely, well-written story. Highly recommended. ~Linda
I always enjoy Ms. Anderson’s books! This one is wonderful, filled with great story and characters. Beautiful story of love, family and forgiveness. ~Nichee
I can not praise this author’s books enough. I have loved every single one. I love the characters! I love the development of the romance! I love the story line. I love the fun dialogue. I know when I start one of her books I will have a hard time putting it down until I am done and then I am sad the book is over. I love that each story is unique. ~Nari
About the Author
A USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can’t sing, doesn’t dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.
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