Book Review

‘The Bride Insists’ by Jane Ashford

ja tbiSTORY: 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.

REVIEW: Just when governess Clare Greenough thinks that her life will always find her teaching difficult and spoiled children, she gets word that she has inherited a sizable fortune from a distant relative. Thrilled, she heads to London along with an older woman, Selina Newton, whom she has hired to be her companion. When she discovers that her evil cousin, Simon Greenough, who denied monetary help years earlier to her and her ailing mother will have control of her fortune until she marries, she immediately seeks to find a man in need of an heiress for a wife.
James Boleigh, seventh Baron Trehearth, is just about to lose his family home and is literally penniless. He has spent too much time lolly-gagging with his friends in London, gambling and drinking way too much. When he learns about Clare, they are quickly introduced, find they suit, marry and leave for his ancestral home, Trehearth in Cornwall. Her companion, Selina, goes along with them.

As the home is in need of an infusion of money for repairs both inside and to the estate cottages, James jumps in to work on the estate repairs and Clare, with the help of Selina, begin to make changes and improvements to the inside. In addition, she meets James’ younger twin sisters who prove themselves to be a handful.

Both James and Clare are in for a great surprise. Clare plans to keep track of the finances and James thinks he should have complete control of all of it. They clash mightily over this. After a big fight, Clare flees in a huff to London leaving James on his own. Never having had a season, Clare meets a wealthy woman, friend of Selina, who welcomes them to stay with her and insists on presenting her to London. After some time apart and drowning his sorrows in alcohol, James goes to London to try and woo his wife back.

While this was a nice story, my big complaint was the immaturity of James and Clare. Clare’s running away from responsibilities grew really old and I wanted to smack her. James’ clamming up and serious alcoholism were tedious. Both of them needed to grow up and fast. However, I would like to think that the author created these “flawed” characters just for that type of reaction from the reader.

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Complimentary copy provided by my Library.

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