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Peek Inside The Bittersweet Bride

To protect her son, Widow Theodosia uses a newspaper ad to find a husband. Presumed dead, a former lover reappears. Any man could be her husband, except Ewan, even if she is denying their love.

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Widow Theodosia Cecil needs a husband to help protect her son. The former flower seller turned estate owner posts an ad in the newspaper, and no one is more surprised than she when her first love, the man she thought dead, reappears.

Ewan Fitzwilliam has been at war for six years. Now, the second son of a powerful earl is back but his beloved Theo needs a husband and will not consider him. She believes Ewan left her—in desperate straits—so she denies the feelings she still harbors for the handsome, scarred soldier. Theo and playwright Ewan must overcome bitter lies and vengeful actions that ruined their youthful affair. Theo must reveal her deepest secret in order to reclaim the love that has long been denied.

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640634657
Series: Advertisements for Love, Book 1
Release Date: Jan 29, 2018
Page Count: 353
Imprint: amara
Genre: historical, historical regency, multi-cultural
Tropes: accidental pregnancy, across the tracks, boy next door, forbidden love/off limits, overcoming odds, redemption, reunited lovers, second chance, secret baby

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By Robin December 18, 2017

The H/H of this book both came with fascinating backstories that almost make me want to see prequels for both of them. Everything they went through, individually, made for a very interesting road to romance for them. The secondary characters were also interesting, and would make me pick up the ne... ...more

By Bhriv December 26, 2017

The Bittersweet Bride, written by Vanessa Riley, is book 1 of the Advertisements for Love series.
I've read other books by Riley and I'm sure this is my favorite by far!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I found it easy to follow and most engaging! My favorite characters were Ewan and Theodosia. Ewan... ...more

By Krystal December 22, 2017

This captivating novel of historical fiction provided well developed characters attempting to navigate difficult situations where desperate pursuit of their dreams threaten the integrity they hold as dear! ...more

By Maria December 22, 2017

"Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review"
An engaging and entertaining story about second chances and lovers that overcome their resentment and reunite. I liked the writing style, the characters and their shared past. The way Ewan and Theo worked through their sorrow, bittern... ...more

By Ebookitude December 25, 2017

Bittersweet is right! What a tear jerker, I absolutely loved Theo. Her journey was heartbreaking and triumphant. Ewen on the other hand, was cruel in the beginning, it was hard for me to understand the appeal. He seemed weak of character and not to bright, but he really showed up for Theo at the... ...more

By Anna January 08, 2018

A second chance romance. While I enjoyed the journey with the heroine and all of the ups and downs, I would of preferred the hero not be so mean. While that did change it detracted overall from a wonderful story. The life journey was interesting, the charm, the ups the downs, the romance, the gro... ...more

By Maria December 27, 2017

This was a tear jerker, lots of angst and heartbreak! This is a second chance at love story. Full of twist and turns have you turning the pages, deceit, vengfullness and betrayal make this an amazing story. Keep your tissues at hand they will be needed before Ewan and Theo get their rightful happ... ...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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