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My Brother's Bride

Serendipity, Book 2
Narrated by: Helen Taylor
Series: Serendipity, Book 2
Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
Categories: Romance, Regency
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This Story Is Sweet

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Miss Abigail Nash is no stranger to loneliness. Her mother died giving birth to her, her father's business dealings took him away more often than not, and her ailing great-aunt, unable to provide much in the way of companionship, was a lack-luster guardian at best. When her dear friends offer to launch her into London society, her life takes a turn for the better. An instant success, with suitors, social engagements, and offers aplenty, it seems Abby will at last settle into the life of her dreams. But appearances aren't always what they seem, and dreams often become disappointments. Just months into her marriage with a proclaimed darling of the ton, Abby finds herself widowed, penniless, and increasing. Even more precarious are the feelings she’s developing for a man she shouldn’t love, a man the law prohibits her from marrying - her late husband’s brother, the Marquess of Brigston.

©2018 Rachael Anderson (P)2019 Rachael Anderson

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A Bittersweet Love Story

WHAT IT'S ABOUT
Miss Abigail Nash is no stranger to loneliness. Her mother died giving birth to her, her father's business dealings took him away more often than not, and her ailing great-aunt, unable to provide much in the way of companionship, was a lack-luster guardian at best. When her dear friends offer to launch her into London society, her life takes a turn for the better. An instant success, with suitors, social engagements, and offers aplenty, it seems Abby will at last settle into the life of her dreams. But appearances aren't always what they seem, and dreams often become disappointments. Just months into her marriage with a proclaimed darling of the ton, Abby finds herself widowed, penniless, and increasing. Even more precarious are the feelings she’s developing for a man she shouldn’t love, a man the law prohibits her from marrying—her late husband’s brother, the Marquess of Brigston.

MY TAKE
Having just read Serendipity #1, I anticipated another lighthearted romance. This tale is much darker. It also has a bittersweetness that even as I write this makes my eyes sting. What a good man Abby married. She didn't have a chance to get to know Jasper very well before she loses him to an accident, but I love that even with him gone his presence is still felt.

I enjoyed the growing relationship between Abby and Jasper's older brother Morgan. This was the fun in the story that could otherwise have been a little dismal.

The conflict of not being allowed to marry because they are considered "brother and sister" even though they shared no blood is a great one and something I was aware of because of having read another book that touched on this issue. I find it ironic that this real law was in place that prevented unrelated people from marrying yet first cousins could wed.

I thought I had a resolution figured out, but Anderson took it another direction that was better.

Helen Taylor did a great job with the narration.

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Wonderful book

Great story twist... so unexpected. I’m looking forward to book 3. I’m sure it’ll be thrilling and not predictable. Great narration... it makes you love the story even more.

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epilogue... i wish ...

i wish the epilogue would have gone further in to the future. overall fantastic read.

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Serendipitous

I liked the story and thought the difficult subject was handled very well. Nothing graphic was described. I came to admire Jasper so much after his death.
I really liked Morgan. He was a bit stiff and boring at first but he had many responsibilities thrust upon him after his father's death.
Abby brought out his better side and helped him laugh again. I liked that he did right by her when he did not have to. He's a good man.
There were a few times I was taken out of the story. (I don't like when that happens.) One was when Abby shut and "bolted her door." Two sentences later, Prudence and Sophia open the door and come to Abby's bedside. How did they get in? Another is a spoiler so I won't share but it did make me stop reading for a bit.
I was quite happy with how the story ended, I would have liked a little more, but I usually do.
I liked seeing Lord and Lady Knave again as well as Sophia. I hope Sophia finds love in the next book.

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My Brother's Bride

This book was a very good read. The characters were all one could want in a story. I would recommend this book to everyone.who love a good love story.