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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
Genre: historical, historical regency
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... ...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 handso... ...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... ...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 marriag... ...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 a... ...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... ...more

By Tia July 29, 2019

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... ...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 ove... ...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 G... ...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... ...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 auth... ...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 heires... ...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 assaul... ...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 suff... ...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 ni... ...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... ...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 Becky August 15, 2019

Reviewed on my blog, Becky on Books, on 8/15/19.

The Bewildered Bride is a sloooooow moving/slow burn second chance romance (though only one character actually is aware of their second chance status for 80% of the book!) that has a whole lot going on besides the romance. Revenge. Secrets. A hidden... ...more

By Ashtin August 18, 2019

This was my first time reading Vanessa Riley, and I really enjoyed this book. The Bewildered Bride is the fourth in this series, but it does well as a stand-alone. It was refreshing to read about the diversity of England during the regency era, so I'm looking forward to reading more from this ser... ...more

By Sara August 18, 2019

I really enjoyed this book. That doesn't seem like quite the right word to use, as parts of the plot are heartbreaking, but I truly liked this book. I found this portrayal of Black life in London during the Regency era fascinating--these are untold stories, and it's important to finally hear them... ...more

By LianaReads blog August 18, 2019

A second chance interracial love story that will keep you wanting more and more from this couple.
It's been a while since reading a historical romance and i wasn't disappointed in this new to me author and story.
Like many marriages, not everything goes planed and the couple has to overcome so man... ...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

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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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