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Feature book: The Luck of the Bride

16 January 2019

The Luck of the Bride by Janna MacGregor

Subgenre: historical romance
Release date: 1 May 2018
Publisher: St Martin’s Paperbacks
Format: ebook and print
Length: 384 pages
RRP: $10.34 (ebook); $15.99 (print)

Her family are in dire straits and she has to take drastic measures to ensure her family can survive.

March Lawson has had responsibility for her siblings since she was sixteen, the last eight years. Her two sisters and her baby brother, the heir, have constantly wondered when their guardian and or their inheritance will be available to repair the family property, but more importantly, feed them all. She has had to complete many of the jobs around the Manor as there isn’t the staff to do the work. March is also very good at numbers and bookkeeping and offers her services to the local shop keepers to earn extra money to buy what they need. Her next step, signing a bank note from the Marquess, who is their new guardian, to access money in her inheritance, is a step into desperation.

Michael Cavensham, Marquess of McCalpin, the future Duke of Langham, discovers that someone has signed some bank notes on his behalf. He arrives at Lawson Place to see the circumstances and finds the family is really in dire circumstances. This is reinforced when he finds at the dinner to impress him, they have eaten the entire week’s supply of food. It is what comes next that shocks him more (sorry you will have to read what that is). He then moves the family into his family home to ensure that the girls have their season and that Bennett, the future Lord, has the tutoring he needs. Michael has a secret, he has difficulty with numbers and his brother helps him with the financial aspects of the duchy.

As March and her siblings are becoming more and more enmeshed in the family, Michael finds he is attracted more and more to March. And just as Michael asks March to marry him, and he thinks she would make the perfect Marchioness and future Duchess, her cousin makes several accusations and ruins March’s reputation. Michael struggles to deal with these accusations and he knows March isn’t like this, but the evidence points to her guilt. Naturally, there is a HEA.

I have thoroughly enjoyed this historical. What also struck me while reading was that the family were all about love and not fighting. March and her siblings were a unit. Michael, his siblings and his parents are a unit. There is love and understanding among them all. It is the peripheral character that comes in to try and destroy the heroine as he wants the money, and one of the sisters.

I started reading this book and was immediately absorbed in the story. Ms Macgregor is a new to me author and I have since bought the previous two books as I’m keen to read Emma and Clare’s stories, and any future books!

Reviewed by Heather

A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.

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