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Review: The Bride Who Got Lucky by Janna MacGregor

Written by Jennifer Porter
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BrideLluckyThe Bride Who Got Lucky by Janna MacGregor (historical, St. Martin’s, October 2017)



Series: The Cavensham Heiresses, book 2

He would do anything to protect her. Even marry her…

The son of a cold-hearted duke, Nicholas St. Mauer isn’t one to involve himself in society…or open his own heart to anyone. But driven by honor, the reclusive Earl of Somerton feels obliged to keep a watchful eye on Lady Emma Cavensham. She possesses a penchant for passions unbecoming a woman that finds Nick in constant peril of losing his well-structured solitude. She even dared kiss Nick once—an utterly unladylike, and delightful, lapse…

Emma can’t deny the appeal of the earl’s attention, and occasional affection, but she has no need for a man. There are worse fates than spinsterhood, as Emma knows too well. She still mourns the loss of her dear friend Lena, and is determined to prove Lena’s husband responsible for her death before he lures another innocent woman into a brutal marriage. But as Emma pursues her prey, a compromising moment upends all her plans. Now, with gossip swirling and her reputation in tatters, Nick may be the only man brave enough to join in Emma’s cause. . .and fight for her heart.

The Bride Who Got Lucky by Janna MacGregor, the second book on the Cavensham series, is a book that tugged at my heartstrings from the beginning until the end. The romance is quite delightful, but it is more the heroine’s journey in this book that has stayed with me. Lady Emma Cavensham is determined to give voice to women who are left at the mercies of society, especially men. She is a bold and idealistic character who spoke to me on several levels, especially since women’s rights seem to be under attack in the present day. I think I might actually have tried to fist bump her on several occasions.

Emma is the daughter of a wealthy duke and very loving parents. However, she is determined to not wed because women are given to their husband’s care and thus lose their right to think and act independently. She has seen what this can lead to; her best friend Lena was married to an abusive man - and probably murdered by him (as was her unborn child). Emma feels the loss deeply and is willing to do almost anything to bring Lena’s husband to justice before he marries his next victim.

Nick, Earl of Somerton, is a family friend who has his own personal issues, mostly stemming from a loveless childhood. He has closed himself off from love, but can’t stop trying to protect Emma from her plans that often put her on the brink of ruination. There is a serious attraction between the two. Since neither plan to marry, they try hard to not give into it (well, Nick tries harder because he believes that giving in requires marriage). Eventually, they are caught in a compromising situation which requires that they wed. At this point, Nick must work hard to convince Emma that they can be happy together, that he won’t force her to give up her dreams.

And Emma definitely has dreams: ones that include creating a bank that would lend money to women in trouble and also ones that find justice for Lena. Nick is entirely onboard with the idea of a bank, and he immediately helps Emma make it a reality. It is of course the plans for justice that create most of the conflicts and that require to Emma to fight. Nick has to deal with his father and his own hurt feelings that linger from his youth before he can be the man that supports Emma in the way she needs.

I really love how Emma and Nick work out their issues. Nick is a great hero who is worthy of Emma’s love and willingness to sacrifice herself to marriage. Again, the romance in this one is strong and wonderful, but it is Emma who made this book such a standout for me. She is fearless in the face of a world telling her to sit down and shut up and to just accept it. She refuses to do so. Her feelings about the reality of women’s place in the world are visceral and raw - and so very relevant in today’s world. Emma inspired me, so very much.

I can’t recommend The Bride Who Got Lucky by Janna MacGregor enough to fans of strong and powerful heroines. Emma, you are my hero!

Janna MacGregor: http://www.jannamacgregor.com/

Book Disclosure: A print book was provided by the publisher.

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