Monday, March 3, 2014

The Bride Insists by Jane Ashford

When governess Clare Greenough learns she's inherited a fortune, the good news comes with a catch: it will be held by her cousin until Clare can find a husband.

To stave off ruin, Jamie Boleigh, the seventh Baron of Trehearth, agrees to marry Clare under the condition that she keeps the money, a provision he hopes to overturn. Their passionate relationship becomes a battle of wills.

When the cousin tricks Jamie into betraying his wife, he'll have to prove the truth or lose her forever.

The Bride Insists by Jane Ashford is a historical romance set amongst the glory of the London Ton and quaint rural landscapes. This story would have been considered scandalous if the surrounding social elites knew what main character Clare Greenough was demanding of her husband of convenience, James Boleigh

Set during a time when women were deemed incapable of handling their own financial affairs, Clare finds herself the benefactor of a large inheritance with the only way to access it freely is to marry. Of course, then the man in her life would have direct control of her fortunes and leave her again in a state of dependency.  

Amid societal pressures, social expectations and vindictive family Clare fights to keep her autonomy and financial independence. This is a nice love story with satisfying twist and angst and ultimately a happy ending.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  Carla

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