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The Brigadier’s Runaway Bride by Erica Ridley

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Thanks to the author and publishers for providing an ARC of the book and all the following information – except the review, which is my own honest opinion!

Miss Sarah Fairfax is having a wretched year. Her intended perished at war. His child is in her belly. To secure her future, she resigns herself to a loveless marriage. Just as she’s about to say “I do,” her fiancée returns from the grave to crash the wedding… but he’s no longer the charming, carefree man she remembers.

After being left for dead on the battlefield, Brigadier Edmund Blackpool is scarred inside and out. He fights his way home only to discover his intended before the altar with his best friend. He’ll be the one to marry her, no matter what she wants! But when his new bride disappears with his child, he must reopen his wounds to win the most important battle of his life.

The Brigadier’s Runaway Bride is a standalone story in the Dukes of War regency romance series, featuring roguish peers and dashing war heroes who return from battle only to be thrust into the splendor and madness of Regency England.

Release Date: September 1, 2015
Publisher: Intrepid Reads
Length: 200 pages (40-45k)
Genre: Historical Romance

My 5* Review:The Brigadier's Runaway Bride

Whilst this will work well as a standalone story, having been lucky enough to read the earlier stories in this series, it was great to catch up on the ‘Dukes’ – and especially Edmund – again.

With many dramatic events, people reconnecting but wary after the turmoil of recent years – not to mention an over the top fussy Mum – the return of Edmund and his discovery that Sarah is having his child is emotively shared in a manner which makes it easy for readers to empathise with the characters. The relating of events from different points of view enhance them and draw the reader in to the story. It is a heart breaking story of love found, lost and rediscovered but only after the two reconnect to each other.

His feelings of inadequacy because he’s been missing for so long make him attempt to be the perfect husband whilst still sorely affected by his war time experiences. This is contrasted to her worries about how tired she feels, worries about her body has changed during and after pregnancy, making her feel unsightly and wary of any intimacy together with coping with being a new mother all add turmoil, misunderstandings and dilemma to the story, none of which can be resolved till they give their love a chance and trust each other and their hearts once more.

This is a great addition to the series and ideal for anyone who enjoys historical romance from the Regency era in England!

 

The Dukes of War romance books in Series Order (including links to my reviews, where available):

#1 The Viscount’s Christmas Temptation Nov. 2014

#2 The Earl’s Defiant Wallflower Dec. 2014

#3 The Captain’s Bluestocking Mistress Mar. 2015

#4 The Major’s Faux Fiancée Jun. 2015

#5 The Brigadier’s Runaway Bride Sept. 2015

#6 The Pirate’s Tempting Stowaway Dec. 2015

#7 The Duke’s Accidental Wife Mar. 2016

EricaRidleyErica Ridley is a USA Today best-selling author of historical romance novels. Her latest series, The Dukes of War, features roguish peers and dashing war heroes who return from battle only to be thrust into the splendor and madness of Regency England.

When not reading or writing romances, Erica can be found riding camels in Africa, zip-lining through rainforests in Costa Rica, or getting hopelessly lost in the middle of Budapest.

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One comment on “The Brigadier’s Runaway Bride by Erica Ridley

  1. Pingback: Review: The Duke’s Accidental Wife by Erica Ridley | splashesintobooks

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