Published by Kensington on September 26th 2017
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An inconvenient engagement turns a marriage of convenience into so much more in this sparkling new series from award-winning author Sara Portman . . .
Lady Emmaline Shaw’s reputation was irreparably damaged when her fiancé, John Brantwood, disappeared immediately after their engagement four years ago. Since then, she’s grown from a shy, uncertain girl to a woman who knows her own mind. And what she knows is that London society holds nothing for her.
Rumor has it that John ran off to war and died in battle. Now, as the new Duke of Worley, his shocking resurrection throws the ton into a tizzy and makes him one of England’s most sought after bachelors—except that he’s already engaged.
John needs a wife capable of smoothing his beloved sister’s introduction into society. But though Emma happily grants him his freedom, her fiery beauty and resilient spirit hold him captive. In fact, John has no intention of letting her go. Her fate is now in his hands, but will her heart be safe there as well?
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
The Reunion is the first book in the Brides of Beadwell series by Sara Portman.
Lady Emmaline Shaw was forced into an engagement four years ago, only to have her betrothed flee the country, leaving her reputation in ruins. Everybody including Emma thought he had gone to war; did he really want to escape her that badly? They also believe that he died during the war.
Four years on and John, Duke of Worley, Emma’s betrothed returns to England. He had been in America, he hadn’t gone to war, and he brings back with him a sister that he had been told had died. She had a rough life in America, and in order to help her take her rightful place in his family, as a Lady, John needs to marry. He needs a strong woman as his Duchess who can help teach his sister all she needs to know about entering society, and also help stop the vicious rumours that are going to be spreading. He totally forgot that he was already engaged to Emma, but when he is reminded of the fact and when he meets the woman again, he realises she will be perfect as his wife.
Can he convince her that it’s in her best interests too to marry him? Can a marriage of convenience be enough for either of them? Finally, will Charlotte (John’s sister) be able to make her way into society or not?
I thoroughly enjoyed this story, marriage of convenience happens to be one of my favourite tropes. I love it when characters fight the good fight not to fall for each other, and love when I just want to give one or both of them a good shake to see sense. That kind of story captivates me, THIS story captivated me. John and Emma were fabulous characters, and I love the way that they both did their part in helping Charlotte. I also enjoyed that Charlotte found herself a love interest, two great love stories in one great book.
I voluntarily reviewed and advanced readers’ copy of this book.