My Brother's Bride (Serendipity Book 2)by Published 24 Nov 2018
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Miss Abigail Nash is no stranger to loneliness. 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. When her dear friends offer to launch her into London society, her life takes a turn for the better. An instant success, with suitors, social engagements, and offers aplenty, it seems Abby 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 with a proclaimed darling of the ton, Abby finds herself widowed, penniless, and increasing. Even more precarious are the feelings she’s developing for a man she shouldn’t love, a man the law prohibits her from marrying—her late husband’s brother, the Marquess of Brigston.
"My Brother's Bride (Serendipity Book 2)" Reviews
'My Brother's Bride' is the second book in the Serendipity series and having read the first one I was really happy to review this one. Though some of the major characters in the first story make an appearance, this could very well be read as a standalone. Just like the former novel, this one too deals with the nuances of love. It may strike unexpectedly, sometimes it may almost seem unattainable.
Abigail or Abby as she likes to be called is a delightful figure full of vitality and one would really can't grasp how she ended up marrying the rake, Jasper. But these initial impressions soon evaporate once the true nature of both is revealed. Jasper's death is one of the saddest in the book and Anderson has put down all her charm to adequately present the grief that haunted the Brigston household. The way Morgan opens his heart in front of his brother's gravestone is one of the beautiful imageries that has remained me with me throughout the reading of this book.
Slowly and steadily, Abby and Morgan develop an intimate relationship filled with banter and fun and it was lovely to watch the sweet but forbidden romance blooming. The only dark cloud that disturbed me was the reference to the sexual assault which had shaken me completely. The story thereafter was tinged with a certain gloom that I was not able to shake off, even after the characters have decided to face the consequences bravely.
Altogether a sweet romance that will fill you with joy even with the slight taste of bitterness. Another unforgettable story that reminds you that nothing can stand the way of true love.
This book officially releases tomorrow but it showed up on Amazon over the weekend. I had company in town but as soon as I was able to head to bed last night I started reading it. If I wasn't exhausted from the holiday weekend I would have stayed up to read all of it. Instead, I did the responsible thing and went to bed by midnight and waited until I got home from work today to finish it.
My to-read list is long but Rachael is one author I always bump to the top and put all other books on hold for. She never disappoints so it's no surprise that this is another top-notch offering from Rachael.
I loved these characters and cheered for them as they overcame obstacles and circumstances that tried to keep them apart. My Brother's Bride is an awesome and needed addition to the clean romance genre. So many authors pump out books so fast that often I find the quality of their work is lacking. Since I read for entertainment I'm able to forgive a lot and typically just overlook the shortcomings that are prevalent with so many books in this genre. Thankfully that is not the case with Rachael's books. I'm grateful for the time she takes to ensure she offers her readers quality books with original storylines that won't disappoint.
Do yourself a favor and take the time to read this heartwarming romance!
Rating: 5 Stars - I loved it.
I absolutely love and adore Rachael Anderson's books. She's an author that is an "instant buy" author for me. I get so excited every time I see that she has a new book coming out. This Serendipity series is quickly becoming a favorite for me. I love the Regency time period. The manners, the dresses, the parties, the country estates, the carriage rides, the gentlemen, the courting. I love it! Now, I will clarify, that as much as I love reading about it, I probably (scratch that-no probably at all) wouldn't want to live during that time. But I can most definitely loving adore it all from afar and through research and reading about it in fiction novels and watch period dramas.
Abby was a character whom I adored from the beginning. The bright personality combined with the quiet sorrow in her eyes drew me right in from the first introduction of her character. There was so much happening in this book, but as the reader it takes time to read have the truth be revealed. But please trust me when I say that it is all worth it!
Morgan (or Brigston) is the beginning narrator for the book and I loved watching so much of the story unfold through his eyes. He's had a lot put on his shoulders through life and sorrows. When he meets his brother's new bride, the one he eloped with, Morgan knows that his life will never be the same. What was their reasoning behind eloping? Is she a schemer and using this marriage to get what she wants? What can he do to protect his brother?
When everything he thoughts, changes and sorrow hits his family again, Morgan must learn what matters most. When Abby continues to bring joy, light and hope back into his life can he find a way to show her how much he cares for her? Or will all the laws of the land hold him back from what his heart truly desires?
I don't want to spoil anything for this book, but there are so many things that I want to tell you about these two characters. I loved their relationship. Their friendship was so great! There are several other characters in this book that are essential in helping Morgan and Abby's relationship develop. Morgan was a perfect gentleman. I loved his quiet and gentle ways of doing great acts for Abby and for the other people in his life.
From the first page to the final page, I loved every minute of my time reading this book. I had several moments of laughing with the characters, at the characters and aching and sorrowing with them as well. This book is not just about friendship, love and the characters' lives. There is depth, sorrow, pain, hope, healing and peace woven into the story as well. If you're a clean romance lover, this one is sure to bring many moments of happy reading enjoyment into your life. If you haven't read the first book, that's ok. The main character and sisters from the first book make several appearances but the author does a great job of introducing them during their first appearance in a way that you know the basic information and allows this book to be a stand alone. But, with as much as I loved this book, book one, My Sister's Intended is my favorite of the two!
Content: Clean. [spoilers removed]
I received a review copy but have also purchased my own copy. All thoughts and opinions in the review are my own.
I loved this sweet Regency romance and the way the two main characters began as brother and sister-in-law, developed a friendship, and began to rely on each other during a difficult and grief-filled time in their lives. The dynamics of the family were interesting and the story kept moving forward as things shifted and changed between Abby and Morgan. I loved how gentle their romance was! There is a bit of a mystery why Jasper (the younger brother) and Abby eloped in the first place, and the layers are revealed slowly, increasing the anticipation and revealing new difficulties for the future. This author is a skilled storyteller and I was glued to the pages until the very end. Highly recommend!
(I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
I love a good Regency, and especially enjoy a story that deals with sordid events in a tasteful way. Have you ever wondered exactly why a couple might venture to Gretna Green to elope? My first thought is for less than ideal reasons, but things aren't always as they seem, as the reader comes to discover.
When Abby shows up with Brigston's brother, I wasn't sure how the story was going to match the title in an appropriate way, but it does. Just trust me on that.
Abby is a beautiful and sweet girl, but has an uncouth streak, thanks to her becoming motherless at birth. She's somewhat shocking to her prim and proper mother-in-law, but is a very likable character. I loved seeing the brief appearances of her friends, characters from the previous book.
Brigston seems so serious, yet he has a soft heart. I really enjoyed watching him relax and loosen up, especially when it comes to this new addition to the family.
I'm a rule follower, but I loved seeing some of the strict and senseless rules discarded as these characters come to know the bonds of family and loyalty in a spirit of the law versus a letter of the law type of situation.
The romance is sweet and tender, as it gently blossoms into something more, with the perfect balance of angst and hope. I'm hoping there will be more books forthcoming with these delightful characters.
Content: mild mention of an act of violence; death; mild romance with a vague situation
*I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.*