Can honour and action banish the shadows of old sins?
Emily Micklen has no option after the death of her loving fiancé, Jack, but to marry the scarred, taciturn, soldier who represents her only escape from destitution.
Major Angus McCartney is tormented by the reproachful slate-grey eyes of two strikingly similar women: Jessamine, his dead mistress, and Emily, the unobtainable beauty who is now his reluctant bride.
Emily’s loyalty to Jack’s memory is matched only by Angus’s determination to atone for the past and win his wife with honour and action. As Napoleon cuts a swathe across Europe, Angus is sent to France on a mission of national security, forcing Emily to confront both her allegiance to Jack and her traitorous half-French family.
Angus and Emily may find love, but will the secrets they uncover divide them forever?
Emily Micklen had always thought that her future lay with her handsome fiance Jack but when she hears that he's died she thinks her life is over, but little does she know that he was not the man she thought he was.
When his army colleague Angus calls on her several months later and discovers that she's been thrown out by her father, he offers to marry her as he's been secretly in love with her for years. So even though her heart still belongs to Jack she reluctantly agrees to marry him but Angus is determined to prove to her that he's worthy of her love.
I loved Angus right from the start, he was such a delightful character who was the perfect gentleman wanting to protect the love of his life, Emily, from the truth. Whereas it look a little longer to warm to Emily despite understanding the reasons for her initial reluctance but I loved how she opened up as the story unfolded.
Set in the early 19th century, The Reluctant Bride is so much more than just a historical romance as it also takes us into the heart of France at a time of political unrest. As the story progresses we discover secrets and lies that show people's true colours which have a major impact on those they hold dear.
This was a page turner of a read which I found I did not want to put down, I really enjoyed reading about the political aspects of this story which introduces us to a whole host of interesting secondary characters. Full of drama and intrigue, I'd definitely recommend this to anyone who loves reading historical dramas.