Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Once Again a Bride by Jane Ashford: Publishers Weekly Starred Review

Once Again a Bride by Jane Ashford (Sourcebooks Casablanca)

Ashford (Bride to Be) delights with a smoothly told Regency-era double romance in which gentry and faithful servants alike find family, love, and belonging. Young Charlotte Wylde was abused and neglected by her husband, Henry. When he’s murdered by footpads, Charlotte is surprised to be taken in as family by the busy household of Henry’s kind nephew, Sir Alexander Wylde. Though Alec’s young sisters only have friendship on their agenda, Alec’s aunt and nephew are less forthright in their expectations about the relationship. Alec slowly realizes what a gem Charlotte is as she discovers her freedom. Meanwhile, Charlotte’s maid, Lucy, catches the attention of sweet, sassy footman Ethan. This simple novel offers a near-perfect example of everything that makes this genre an escapist joy to read: unsought love triumphs despite difficult circumstances, unpleasantness is resolved and mysteries cleared, and good people get the happy lives they deserve. 

"A bit of gothic suspense, a double love story and the right touches of humor and sensuality add up to this delightfully fast-paced read about second chances and love's redeeming power." -- RT Book Reviews 4 stars

"Ashford spices up the plot of her latest Regency historical with an intriguing thread of mystery while at the same time realistically tempering the story with details about the social and political unrest of the time." -- Booklist