Friday, 22 April 2016

The Brigadier's Runaway Bride by Erica Ridley

Title: The Brigadier's Runaway Bride
Series: The Dukes of War (#5)
Author: Erica Ridley
From: Netgalley
Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: 1st September 2015
Challenges: 2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2016 Blogger Shame, 2016 Reading Assignment Challenge, 2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (2 points)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

*May contain minor spoilers for previous books in the series*

Heartbroken and in need of a marriage to legitimise her baby, Sarah Fairfax is all set to marry Ravenwood, until her long lost love, Edmund Blackpool, makes an appearance very much alive as opposed to dead like his friends believed. Now Sarah and Edmund need to reconnect, as well as prepare for their unexpected arrival.

It was fairly clear from the other books that Edmund would reappear and save Sarah from a loveless marriage just in time, but the way it worked surprised me slightly. It put a real emphasis on the friendship and bonds between the men and what they'd do to protect something each of them cared about.

I liked that things weren't easy for Edmund and Sarah. They'd been a part for over 8 months and that's bound to have an impact, particularly when Sarah was grieving and Edmund was clueless about the pregnancy, and the added stress of parenthood added another dynamic as well.

While The Brigadier's Runaway Bride could be read as a standalone there is cross over to the rest of the series, and each installement offers something different. The women, including Sarah, are strong and willing to work for what they want, and the men often need knocking some sense into.

Ridley is a good go to for feel good Regency Romance. There's never any doubt that things would work out but the way in which it happens is what makes these books unique.