Review: The Bittersweet Bride

Happy Saturday, Reader Friends!

I’m happy to share my review of Vanessa Riley’s The Bittersweet Bride. I love her historical romances as it features people of color and celebrates diversity which is near and dear to my heart.

About the Book

The Blurb: “Widow Theodosia Cecil needs a husband to help protect her son. The former flower seller turned estate owner posts an ad in the newspaper, and no one is more surprised than she when her first love, the man she thought dead, reappears.

Ewan Fitzwilliam has been at war for six years. Now, the second son of a powerful earl is back but his beloved Theo needs a husband and will not consider him. She believes Ewan left her—in desperate straits—so she denies the feelings she still harbors for the handsome, scarred soldier. Theo and playwright Ewan must overcome bitter lies and vengeful actions that ruined their youthful affair. Theo must reveal her deepest secret in order to reclaim the love that has long been denied.”

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The Bittersweet Bride is aptly name. There is a lot of bitterness in Theodosia’s life and I can’t say I blame her. The struggles she went through broke my heart and endeared me to her. I wanted nothing but happiness for her, but I wasn’t quite sure if Ewan was the answer.

Until I kept reading.

Poor Ewan! He went through just as much as Theodosia, although none of it was race centered. No, he had a father that wrecked havoc with his life. I felt sorry for him and eventually decided he was good enough for Theo. 😉

If you enjoy historical romances, then you’ll love this read. If historicals aren’t your thing, please take a chance. You’ll enjoy it.

*I received a free copy from the publisher via NetGalley. This review is my own opinion.

About the Author

Vanessa Riley writes historical romances set in 1800s England, giving voice to voiceless 10,000 peoples of color who loved, laughed, and lived full lives, even as the sands of time have hidden their stories. A Regency era (early 1800s) and Jane Austen enthusiast, Vanessa has won awards for her writing and lives in Atlanta with her military man hubby and precocious child. You can often catch her writing from the comfort of her southern porch with a cup of Earl Grey tea.

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