Monday, August 12, 2019

#Review: THE BEWILDERED BRIDE by Vanessa Riley


    4 of 5 stars
 
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 shows up on her parent's doorstep claiming to be Adam's cousin. Against her better judgment, Ruth feels attracted to Wycliff and struggles with feelings of guilt for betraying Adam's memory. Secrets surround Wycliff and Ruth is in for the shock of her life the more time she spends with him.

This was a difficult story to read, but Ms. Riley handles sensitive part of the book with great care. Ruth's eyesight was always poor, but a severe blow to the head during the attack has left her almost blind, not to mention, fearful of even going outside. I was rooting for Ruth to overcome her fears although some parts of the book dragged on too long for me. I get that Ruth is struggling, but I didn't want to be reminded of it in almost every chapter. I also thought her mother was cruel in the way she responded to Ruth once she came home. Wycliff's character tries to be everything that Adam was not and I did like the clever way he ruined his enemies. All in all, this was a compelling story, but I'm not sure I'm ready to read anymore deep and emotional stories from Ms. Riley.

I voluntarily read the advanced reader copy and all opinions are my own.




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