The Reluctant Bride is a historical regency romance set in the aftermath of the French Revolution which provides much of the backstory and intrigue.
The story is about Emily, a young naive woman who thinks she has found the love of her life in her fiancé Jack. When Jack dies she feels all her dreams of romance are dashed. Her marriage to Major Angus McCartney is one of convenience and the disappointment of her life fills her with bitterness.
Angus fell in love with Emily during her season outing, but she only had eyes for the dashing Jack. Now that he has the chance to marry the woman of his dreams, he is hampered by a well intentioned lie he told Emily.
I really enjoyed this romance and the twists and turns that kept the two apart. There were some nice surprises that made this a page turner and really added another level of emotional engagement and depth. If you're looking for a great read, The Reluctant Bride will not disappoint.