Tuesday, July 25, 2017

#Review: BLACKTHORNE'S BRIDE by Joan Johnston

  5 of 5 stars

 This is the first book I've read by Ms. Johnston, but she's fast becoming one of my favorite authors. "Blackthorne's Bride” is part of a series, but it's not necessary to read the other books to enjoy this one. Josie Wentworth is saved from brutal torture at the hands of a rogue Sioux warrior by Marcus Wharton, the Duke of Blackthorne, who happened to be on a trip to the American west. On the way back to England, Marcus tends Josie's back which is crisscrossed with scars from the whipping she endured and promises to send her home once she's healed.

Two years later, Josie who has been forced to work as a maid at one of Blackthorne's remote properties, is found by a Pinkerton detective and he informs her she is now an heiress. Josie has one mission--to exact revenge against the Duke who has forced her to work for the past two years and to save his two neglected nephews. What happens next to these two is unexpected, exasperating, and exhilarating. Ms. Johnston weaves in the back story of what happened to Josie and her sisters on the plains of the American West without overpowering Josie and Marcus's story. I loved that Josie was not the usual young woman found in Victorian romances. She was strong, smart and knew exactly what she wanted. She kept the Duke on his toes throughout the book. This was a delightful and engaging book that kept my interest to the end. Definitely recommended.

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