Monday, May 2, 2016

The Reluctant Bridegroom

The Reluctant Bridegroom
Shannon Farrington
 Rebekah has spent her life trying to please her father, but failing miserably every time. She's learned to not speak, not express her opinions, and obey immediately. Now her father is aligning himself with a opposing politician by forcing her to marry the man's son. Rebekah knows she has no choice, but prays for a good man. Henry has no intention of following his father's orders to marry this unknown woman. But when an innocent act puts him and the nieces in his care into jeopardy, he realizes that by marrying Rebekah he might have a chance of keeping everyone safe. Both realize that this isn't a loving union, but have hopes of a decent marriage. 

There were several pros and a couple of cons. I'll get the negatives out of the way first. The background of the cover, while pretty, has nothing to do with the book. Clearly an oversight of the publishing company. The female protagonist is all over the place emotionally. While this didn't detract from the story too much, it didn't ring true in several places and left me confused. 
On to the good stuff, this was a unique setting and I loved how the author presented the turmoil and unrest right after the war. She did a great job of setting the scenes and the relationship between the two characters was very romantic. The faith infused into the story was authentic and I thought was nicely presented. The little girl in the story is precious. I could see some spin offs from this story, as several of the other characters were entertaining or hinted at more. Overall, I really enjoyed the story and would definitely read more by this author.

I received this book free of charge from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

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