Friday, March 30, 2018

A Tender Historical Romance: The Luck of the Bride (Review)

Can a woman who’s down on her luck find love with a dashing Duke-to-be? Find out in The Luck of the Bride, the next Regency romance in the Cavensham Heiresses series from Janna MacGregor.

She’s leaving nothing up to chance. Not even love…

March Lawson is an orphan who, for the past eight years, has struggled to raise her siblings on a meager allowance. Most women March’s age would be picking out ball gowns for the upcoming season. But March’s focus is not on finding a husband. First, she must devote her energies to just one man: the coldhearted skinflint who refuses to release her inheritance.

Michael Cavensham, the Marquess of McCalpin, is not a heartless man. When he learns that Miss Lawson has been forging his name to procure funds, he can’t bring himself to have her arrested—not when the bold-faced embezzler is so enchantingly beautiful. Instead, McCalpin agrees to visit her home to assess the situation more closely. March has no choice but to accept. But how can she manage the handsome trustee who controls her purse strings—when he tugs at her heart strings as well?
The Luck of the Bride
The Cavensham Heiresses #3
Janna MacGregor
Pub Date: 5/1/18
St. Martin's Paperbacks
Genre: Historical Romance
Rating: 5/5
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The Luck of the Bride is the third installment of Janna MacGregor's Cavensham Heiresses series. This stand-alone historical romance is everything I want in a historical romance from it's caring heroine to the plot that tugs on the heartstrings!

March Lawson has been struggling to care for her three younger siblings since the death of their parents. Though their father put provisions in place so that they, and their estate, would be taken care of, March's requests for more money go unanswered. She's left with no choice but to steal from her own inheritance! Her actions come to light by the Marquess of McCalpin, but instead of whisking her off to jail, he steps in as guardian for her family. Settled in the home of the McCalpin's parents, the Lawsons finally experience the life they were meant to have: balls, courtship, and for young Bennett, learning how to be head of the family.

The Marquess might become the Lawson's savior, but he is far from perfect. This is one reason why I loved their romance so much. Both Michael and March have insecurities, but I liked that Michael wasn't cast as some perfect hero who swoops in and saves the heroine and makes no mistakes along the way. He's flawed and believes his flaws make him a failure, but with an ability that he lacks March could help him manage his duchy. March's embezzling causes many obstacles throughout the story resulting in heartbreak and tears for days. I literally could not get through this story without crying. It was made to make even the most well-read romantic feel the tender emotions coursing through the plot.

Janna MacGregor exposes her characters' vulnerabilities and makes you fall in love with them as they fall in love with each other. The Luck of the Bride is the kind of story that reminds me why I'm constantly reading. I'm on the search for the stories I can always come back to when I'm in a reading rut and need something refreshing and familiar. This one definitely goes on the list! I highly recommend for historical romance fans of Maya Banks, Suzanne Enoch, and Valerie Bowman!
*ARC provided in consideration for review*

~The Cavensham Heiresses~



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