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Peek Inside The Bewildered Bride

Ruth’s husband, Adam, was killed. Years later, a man similar to Adam barges into her life and she’s furious. Adam is not dead and it’ll take more than remembered passion to win her love back.

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Ruth Croome, a Blackamoor heiress, was supposed to get married in a gorgeous wedding gown, made from her father’s exquisite fabrics. Instead, they eloped to Gretna Green and upon returning, their carriage was beset by highwaymen and she witnessed the murder of her new husband. Now, four years later, with a child, she wants to move on with her life. A marriage of convenience will do. Ruth already had a love for the ages.

Adam Wilky is really the heir to the Wycliff barony—which he never told Ruth. Too much danger. So many secrets. When he was nearly beaten to death and sold into impressment, he thought Ruth had died, too. Ready for revenge, he finally returns and discovers Ruth alive—with a son who could only be his—and she is furious to discover he lied to her. Now it’ll take more than remembered passion if he hopes to win his reluctant wife back...

Each book in the Advertisements for Love series is STANDALONE:
* The Bittersweet Bride
* The Bashful Bride
* The Butterfly Bride
* The Bewildered Bride


A poignant and touching romance of two souls drawn to each other despite time, pain and distance.” -Elodie N., Goodreads

“I had to read this all in one go - couldn't put down - I became emotionally involved from page one right to the end.” -Maria M., NetGalley

“MY GOODNESS WHAT A BOOK!!!!  If I could give it higher than a 5 star I would.  The story is, without a doubt, based on the way things really were during that time.  The writing is superb!!  The characters were so unbelievably strong. WELL DONE MS RILEY!!!” -Marelene S., NetGalley

A deeply emotional, highly riveting historical romance from one of the best authors in the genre.” -Erika C., NetGalley

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640638471
Series: Advertisements for Love, Book 4
Release Date: Aug 12, 2019
Page Count: 350
Imprint: amara next
Genre: historical, historical regency, multi-cultural
Tropes: mistaken identity, redemption, revenge, second chance, secret baby

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By Elodie August 12, 2019

Be warned it is a heartbreaking tale of pain and resilience, a second chance in love and of healing.

Warning trigger : past rape

I do not know about other readers but I felt like I was living Ruth and Adam’s story through their mind, like when you think by yourself.
Not every thoughts well organized, m ...more

By Kelsie August 13, 2019

The Bewildered Bride by Vanessa Riley is book four in her Advertisements for Love series. Though part of a series, this novel is a standalone, as are all the books in the series.

Ruth Croome is a beautiful Blackamoor heiress. She abandons her childhood dreams of her wedding and elopes with handsome ...more

By Sharon August 04, 2019

CW: sexual assault, lynching, anxiety

Riley writes about the experiences of people of color in regency England. Too often these stories are all white, while England most definitely was not. As usual, she deals with issues of race in the time. Who will be accepted? What will life be like for a dark sk ...more

By Janet August 11, 2019

Ruth Croome, a Blackamoor heiress, & Adam Wilky eloped to Gretna Green and upon returning, their carriage was beset by highwaymen and she witnessed the murder of her new husband & she was sent to a brothel. Now, four years later, with a child, she wants to move on with her life. A marriage of conven ...more

By Nadine July 23, 2019

After an elopement and brief marriage, Ruth and Adam are attacked by highwaymen, the bride and groom each thinking afterward that the other is dead. Four years later, Ruth is considering a possible marriage of convenience to another man, especially for the benefit of her young son. Adam returns afte ...more

By Cheryl August 08, 2019

This became an engaging read that I found it difficult to put down. I really felt for Adam and Ruth and the trials they went through. I did feel that her family ought to have believed her and should have been more supportive. The ugly face of racial prejudice is here in various forms. This isn’t a s ...more

By Tia January 02, 2020

It’s early morning and I’m without sleep. I had to finish this book! My rating is between 4.25 and 4.5.

This story at its core is about resilience, second chance and revenge! Ruth’s endured unimaginable cruelty and disregard by others and her family. For four years she was taunted and slighted by her ...more

By Smitten August 12, 2019

3.5 Stars

The story opens up where Ruth and Adam have eloped. They are on their way to his family’s house but a potential danger is lurking around, forcing them to try to get to safety quickly. They never make it as both Ruth and Adam are brutally attacked.

Years later, Ruth is still struggling over h ...more

By Sissy's Romance Book Review August 12, 2019

The Bewildered Bride by Vanessa Riley is book 4 in the Advertisements for Love Series. This is the story of Adam Wilky and Ruth Croome. I haven't yet read the previous books yet so for me this was a standalone book.
Ruth and Adam had marred but instead of a big wedding they had eloped to Gretna Gree ...more

By Cardyn December 30, 2019

Ruth and Adam's story of young love that's destroyed by greed and betrayal is emotionally wrenching in its beauty. The sometimes melodramatic dialogue only briefly distracts from the strengths of this layered tale about the nature of personal identity and ultimate truths. Readers who are sensitive t ...more

By Samantha August 14, 2019

Revenge plots + hidden identities are some of my favorite tropes, so this had my flavor of catnip written all over. It was refreshing to see such little time spent on the mechanicals & plotting of revenge, though I do wish a bit more space has been spent on rebuilding Ruth’s relationship with her fa ...more

By Suzette August 12, 2019

This is a bittersweet story. Adam and Ruth are treated to horrible injustices because of their race. They however fight back. They have to fight to rebuild their love and marriage. They have to fight the physical scars as well as the emotional ones that come from the abuse they suffered. The author ...more

By Jean September 07, 2019

A great story, I couldn't put it down, had me engaged from the beginning. I enjoyed the story of Adam and Ruth. It dealt with pain, loss and healing. Learning to love and trust again after so much heartache. ...more

By Sharon August 09, 2019

The Bewildered Bride is the fourth book in the Advertisements for Love series by Vanessa Riley. I have not read any of the previous books, but believe that they can all be enjoyed as stand alone reads. This book is currently scheduled for release on August 12 2019.

Ruth Croome, a Blackamoor heiress, ...more

By Book August 08, 2019

I almost put down this book after reading the first couple of pages as I didn't like the first person POV of the heroine. But I am glad that I kept at it as this book was definitely a gem. Here is a content warning before I start my review. This book contains mention of violence and sexual assault. ...more

By Lena August 15, 2019

This is a wonderful and riveting tale of second chances. The author has a wonderful narrative style and the dual first-person POV might take a little to get used to, but it's done wonderfully and it gives great insights in both characters.
Adam and Ruth's story is full of hardship, sorrow and sufferi ...more

By Belle August 12, 2019

The Bewildered Bride by Vanessa Riley is a gem of a book. For lovers of Historical and Regency romance, you will find yourself transported back in time to a different world. The hero and heroine, Adam and Ruth, are passionately in love, and despite racial differences, decide to marry. Then the night ...more

By Debra July 24, 2019

Ruth Croome, a Blackamoor heiress, eloped to Gretna Green with her beloved, Adam Wilky, and thought her life was perfect until they were attacked on their way home to London. Ruth witnesses her husband's murder and was brutalized before being sold to a brothel. Now four years later, Lord Wycliff sho ...more

By Martha August 25, 2019

Oh my goodness, this is regency romance like you haven't read before.
Romance between a married couple that one of them doesn't know they are married? Well, I can't give away more of the story, but tell you, this one is worth reading.
I loved it. ...more

By Bhriv August 25, 2019

Wow! Just Wowed by this one! Have lived this whole series, but adore this one!
Where’s my Adam? Loved how Riley showed us the feeling Ruth had after They were attacked and coming back from the years of being called a liar. Strong woman!
Loved how Adam tried to win her heart again. Truly a must read! ...more

By REGENIA August 20, 2019

Another great one!

I couldn't put it down. Another great story! This book fits beautifully with the rest of the series. Bravo, I say! ...more

By MrsMascara December 04, 2019

This is a hugely difficult review to write because I am so torn. It was really fantastic to read a POC historical romance that was set in England in the 18th Century.

I really struggled with the writing style though, it felt very disjointed and didn’t flow, and I found it really difficult to get imme ...more

By Izzie d July 12, 2019

It's okay.
A bit choppy in parts.
Mystery over the events during the separation esp concerning the heroine.
No intimate scenes with anyone other than the Hero and heroine.
HEA. ...more

By Amy September 04, 2019

Ruth is ready to move on with her life. After eloping, getting beset by highwaymen and losing her new husband, she is happy to have a marriage of convenience so that her young son will have a father. Just as she seems to have it all figured out, Adam comes into her life. Adam is a "cousin" to her la ...more

By Rhonda August 17, 2020

An angsty, drama-filled, closed-door Regency romance involving lies of omission, violence, sexual assault (off page), trauma, and unsupportive family. Not usually a fan of super-angsty tales, I enjoyed the unraveling of the complicated knot that keeps the hero and heroine apart. Because it's a roman ...more

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Vanessa Riley

About the author

Award Winning Author

Vanessa Riley

Award winning, Amazon Bestselling author, Vanessa Riley, worked as an engineer before allowing her passion for historical romance to shine. A Regency era (early 1800s) and Jane Austen enthusiast, she brings the flavor of diverse, eclectic peoples to her stories. The author of Madeline's Protector, Swept Away, Unmasked Heart, The Bargain, and Unveiling Love, she has won the Beacon Award, the Colorado Award of Excellence, and placed in the International Digital Awards for her Regency romances. Vanessa Riley is a historical buff who has spent many years researching Regency society. During her undergraduate studies at Penn State, she gained a love of Western Civilization and took as many classes as she could while pursuing Bachelors and Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering. Her love of history has given her a passion for conducting precise research in architecture, customs, and rituals of the times. She lives in Atlanta with her career military husband and precocious child. You can catch her writing from the comfort of her southern porch with a cup of Earl Grey tea.

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