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Peek Inside The Butterfly Bride

Frederica is looking for a husband through newspaper advertisements. Widower, Jasper would be perfect but he's not looking for marriage and she's looking for a love he’s not ready to give.

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Frederica Burghley wants to be married by Yuletide. Or else her father will set her up with one of his friends. The bonbon-loving illegitimate daughter of the duke wants to choose her own husband. Advertising in the newspaper seems like the way to go. But a sinister response, with threats against her life, leads her to enlist the help of her very handsome, dear friend Jasper Fitzwilliam, Lord Hartwell.

A father and widower, Jasper is not only tasked with keeping Frederica safe but also with helping his vibrant friend choose a suitable husband. The more he tries to keep the ever-surprising woman alive and find her a good match, the more Jasper realizes he cares for her. The two friends risk their lives for each other, so they should be able to risk their feelings for a chance at a deep and true love together. But he's not looking for marriage and she's not looking for convenience.

Each book in the Advertisements for Love series is a standalone story that can be enjoyed out of order.

Series Order:

Book #1 The Bittersweet Bride
Book #2 The Bashful Bride
Book #3 The Butterfly Bride
Book #4 The Bewildered Bride


A sweet read with plenty of drama and intrigue.” -Martha B., NetGalley

A hallmark-like story that pulls you in and makes you want to be invested in such a fascinating journey.” -Lovely Librarian

Vanessa Riley writes such swoony love stories! If you love sweet romance with characters you can root for, you’ll love this book!” -Erika C., NetGalley

"Ms. Riley’s meticulous research and attention to historical detail on race issues are most welcome, as we see precious little on this topic in historical romance; the Author’s Notes are also quite enlightening and should not be overlooked.” -Monique, Goodreads

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By Robyn October 28, 2018

Frederica Burghley dreams of being married by Yuletide, but with no prospective suitors in sight, she takes out a marriage ad in the paper. Only her ad has garnered the attention of a killer. One who sends threatening letters exposing his desire to kill her. Jasper Fitzwilliam, the Viscount Hartwell ...more

By Toni October 19, 2018

Review to comeSo I’ve been curious of Fredercia’s story ever since I read book 1 in the series. There was something about her that I found interesting. And in The Butterfly Bride we see the many faces Fredercia must wear because of her parentage and the prejudice against women of color and her backg ...more

By Petula October 16, 2018

Frederica Burghley is the half caste daughter of a Duke and his coloured mistress. Her father loved her mother desperately, so when she died Frederica moved in to live with her father. No matter how perfectly she behaves everyone still treats her as the daughter of a whore. The only way to be totall ...more

By Saynab October 17, 2018

What a great read
Vanessa Riley has done it again ...more

By Brenda October 22, 2018

Publisher's Description:

Frederica Burghley wants to be married by Yuletide. Or else her father will set her up with one of his friends. The bonbon-loving illegitimate daughter of the duke wants to choose her own husband. Advertising in the newspaper seems like the way to go. But a sinister response, ...more

By M October 19, 2018

TBB is a delightful historical romance from a new-to-me author who wrote a biracial black heroine who gave me so many feelings and a widower hero who comes with a ton of fear and worry for his family and for his "butterfly."

The Butterfly Bride definitely made me want to yell at them to just...kiss ...more

By Lorie October 08, 2018

Frederica may be illegitimate, but that doesn't mean she wants a marriage arranged by her father, to one of his friends. With a deadline looming, she decides to place an ad to find someone of her own choosing. She never imagined she would be putting her very life in jeopardy. Frederica's friend, Jas ...more

By Meghan October 14, 2018

The Butterfly Bride reminded me of Leap Year when all get married on a leap year, their family is blessed with good luck for the rest of their life. In the Butterfly Bride Frederica finds luck in wanting to get married by Cheistmastime. She seems help from her friend Jasper and then while he helps h ...more

By MDM October 19, 2018

“Butterfly” charmed me, despite a strong thread of the “communication failure” trope that runs through it. Tempering that failure were the reasons for it, Frederica’s strong desire to protect the people she loved, and Jasper’s still overwhelming mourning for his dead wife. Frederica is determined on ...more

By Martha November 26, 2018

I loved it! I don't know what all to say, but Vanessa Riley knows how to tell a story. I have to maybe say that I have a new favorite. I loved seeing some of the characters come in from previous books, and she even did a birth scene which I loved!
I totally wanted this book to never end. ...more

By Lauren October 22, 2018

The third installment of the Advertisements for Love series finally brings us Frederica and Jasper’s story (and another beautiful cover!). They’ve been popping up in the other books since a particular incident with a maypole, and I was so looking forward to figuring out how they would end up togethe ...more

By Eva November 27, 2018

the butterfly bride is freddie's story and the third installment of the advertisements for love series. what makes this series unique is that the protagonists are black women making lives for themselves in regency london.

it's not an easy life, but all things considered, as the illegitimate daughter ...more

By Lindsey October 27, 2018

This is my first read from Vanessa Riley. As I haven’t read the other two books in the series, I didn’t see these characters develop into whom they were at the beginning of this novel. I did not see that as a deterrent in my enjoyment of the novel in any way.

Frederica Burghley is the illegitimate da ...more

By Janet October 12, 2018

3.5 Stars
Frederica Burghley wants to be married by Yuletide or risks her father marrying her to one of his friends, however the illegitimate daughter of the duke wants to choose her own husband. Advertising in the newspaper seems like the way to go. But a sinister response, with threats against her ...more

By Patrica November 05, 2018

I received a copy of this book via NetGalley and Entangled Amara for an honest review.
'The Butterfly Bride" is the third book in Advertisements for Love series. I have not read the other two books in this series but I have read a few books by this author. The Heroine in this story is the lovely and ...more

By Lori October 22, 2018

A story of the difficulties life can bring and the way to happiness. Frederica Burghley is in search of a husband before her father finds one for her. Advertising in the paper seemed the logical place to start. Unfortunately it brought out a scary response with threats to her life. She goes to her f ...more

By Shia October 21, 2018

Rating 4/5

This is the third book in a series in which I haven't read any of the previous novels. With that said, this could be read as a stand alone and you would still be able to appreciate the story. I received a free copy by NetGalley and the publisher for my honest review.

I really liked the idea ...more

By Ariel November 18, 2019

I've been enamored of Jasper and Frederica since the first book of the series and their story was everything I wanted it to be.

Frederica, bold and sassy, with her kind heart and vulnerability was a great heroine. And Jasper, ohhh, what a hero. Widower with 3 impish daughters that need his love and ...more

By Bec November 12, 2018

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Fredricka Burghley is determined to be married by Yuletide, especially with her dad doing his best to match her with one of his friends. However, finding a man to marry her isn’t easy when she’s the illegitimate daughter of a duke. Yet, the harder she tries to fin ...more

By Cheryl October 22, 2018

4.5 stars
I found this book to be an enjoyable read. The story moved along at a good pace and I liked the main characters. Jasper was still finding difficulty in coming to terms with his wife’s death. Frederica had to deal with prejudice because of her colour and illegitimacy. Theirs was very much a ...more

By Anna October 17, 2018

A nice read. It was a story that kept my attention but did not hold me riveted all the time. I enjoyed the read. I enjoy the way the characters are as well as the plot line itself. However, I do not know why I had moments that felt boring then all of a sudden it would pick up engrossing me again. Al ...more

By Marianne November 08, 2018

I had a hard time liking Frederica...she just seemed close minded ... I did love Jasper who really was being honorable. The middle of the story was a bit slow for me.

The I love her/him but can't/won't be with him/her got a bit old for me also...I think it went on forever. The mystery aspect of the ...more

By Bhriv October 25, 2018

The Butterfly Bride was great! I hated to put it down as I was reading! There was always something happening that kept me turning the pages and wanting to know what was going to happen!
I adore Jasper! He was a hurting man and had such a hard time seeing past the hurt of losing his wife.
Recommend thi ...more

By Suzette October 22, 2018

A masterful look at the other side of the regency era and the romances that flourished. The characters are flawlessly developed. They are witty and show a depth and range of emotions and feelings. Frederica and Jasper make a beautiful couple who struggle really hard to grasp the fruits of their happ ...more

By JoAnn October 21, 2018

The Butterfly Bride is a well written romance. I enjoyed the plot and the author’s writing. I look forward to reading more of her books. My thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for my digital arc this is my unbiased review. ...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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