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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 insta 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.


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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 insta 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.

30 review for My Brother's Bride

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kathy * Bookworm Nation

    Rachael’s books always captivate me, I have a hard time putting them down! I had to wait until after the holidays were over to dive into this one because I didn’t want any interruptions! As usual, I fell in love with the characters and setting. I decided to just jump into this one without reading the synopsis first (I've been doing that more and more lately and really enjoy it), just going off the title I was wondering how this story was going to come about. I was glued to the pages as this stor Rachael’s books always captivate me, I have a hard time putting them down! I had to wait until after the holidays were over to dive into this one because I didn’t want any interruptions! As usual, I fell in love with the characters and setting. I decided to just jump into this one without reading the synopsis first (I've been doing that more and more lately and really enjoy it), just going off the title I was wondering how this story was going to come about. I was glued to the pages as this story unfolded and these character jumped off the pages and really came to life for me. I liked Abby and Morgan. I don't want to give too much away, it's better to just read and enjoy. One of the many things I love about Rachael's books is the obvious time and effort she puts into them. Her writing is always on point, character's are unique and well developed and the story always sucks me in and keeps me turning the pages. Content Romance: Clean Language: None Violence: Mild (view spoiler)[A character had been raped and became pregnant. No details of the act, only talk of what happened and other possible victims. Handled tastefully and wasn't too heavy. (hide spoiler)] Series: Serendipity, Book Two: Can stand on its own

  2. 4 out of 5

    Finitha Jose

    'My Brother's Bride' is the second book in the Serendipity series and having read the first one I was really happy to review this one. Though some of the major characters in the first story make an appearance, this could very well be read as a standalone. Just like the former novel, this one too deals with the nuances of love. It may strike unexpectedly, sometimes it may almost seem unattainable. Abigail or Abby as she likes to be called is a delightful figure full of vitality and one would real 'My Brother's Bride' is the second book in the Serendipity series and having read the first one I was really happy to review this one. Though some of the major characters in the first story make an appearance, this could very well be read as a standalone. Just like the former novel, this one too deals with the nuances of love. It may strike unexpectedly, sometimes it may almost seem unattainable. Abigail or Abby as she likes to be called is a delightful figure full of vitality and one would really can't grasp how she ended up marrying the rake, Jasper. But these initial impressions soon evaporate once the true nature of both is revealed. Jasper's death is one of the saddest in the book and Anderson has put down all her charm to adequately present the grief that haunted the Brigston household. The way Morgan opens his heart in front of his brother's gravestone is one of the beautiful imageries that has remained me with me throughout the reading of this book. Slowly and steadily, Abby and Morgan develop an intimate relationship filled with banter and fun and it was lovely to watch the sweet but forbidden romance blooming. The only dark cloud that disturbed me was the reference to the sexual assault which had shaken me completely. The story thereafter was tinged with a certain gloom that I was not able to shake off, even after the characters have decided to face the consequences bravely. Altogether a sweet romance that will fill you with joy even with the slight taste of bitterness. Another unforgettable story that reminds you that nothing can stand the way of true love.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    This book officially releases tomorrow but it showed up on Amazon over the weekend. I had company in town but as soon as I was able to head to bed last night I started reading it. If I wasn't exhausted from the holiday weekend I would have stayed up to read all of it. Instead, I did the responsible thing and went to bed by midnight and waited until I got home from work today to finish it. My to-read list is long but Rachael is one author I always bump to the top and put all other books on hold f This book officially releases tomorrow but it showed up on Amazon over the weekend. I had company in town but as soon as I was able to head to bed last night I started reading it. If I wasn't exhausted from the holiday weekend I would have stayed up to read all of it. Instead, I did the responsible thing and went to bed by midnight and waited until I got home from work today to finish it. My to-read list is long but Rachael is one author I always bump to the top and put all other books on hold for. She never disappoints so it's no surprise that this is another top-notch offering from Rachael. I loved these characters and cheered for them as they overcame obstacles and circumstances that tried to keep them apart. My Brother's Bride is an awesome and needed addition to the clean romance genre. So many authors pump out books so fast that often I find the quality of their work is lacking. Since I read for entertainment I'm able to forgive a lot and typically just overlook the shortcomings that are prevalent with so many books in this genre. Thankfully that is not the case with Rachael's books. I'm grateful for the time she takes to ensure she offers her readers quality books with original storylines that won't disappoint. Do yourself a favor and take the time to read this heartwarming romance! Content: Clean Rating: 5 Stars - I loved it.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Julie Carpenter

    I absolutely love and adore Rachael Anderson's books. She's an author that is an "instant buy" author for me. I get so excited every time I see that she has a new book coming out. This Serendipity series is quickly becoming a favorite for me. I love the Regency time period. The manners, the dresses, the parties, the country estates, the carriage rides, the gentlemen, the courting. I love it! Now, I will clarify, that as much as I love reading about it, I probably (scratch that-no probably at all I absolutely love and adore Rachael Anderson's books. She's an author that is an "instant buy" author for me. I get so excited every time I see that she has a new book coming out. This Serendipity series is quickly becoming a favorite for me. I love the Regency time period. The manners, the dresses, the parties, the country estates, the carriage rides, the gentlemen, the courting. I love it! Now, I will clarify, that as much as I love reading about it, I probably (scratch that-no probably at all) wouldn't want to live during that time. But I can most definitely loving adore it all from afar and through research and reading about it in fiction novels and watch period dramas. Abby was a character whom I adored from the beginning. The bright personality combined with the quiet sorrow in her eyes drew me right in from the first introduction of her character. There was so much happening in this book, but as the reader it takes time to read have the truth be revealed. But please trust me when I say that it is all worth it! Morgan (or Brigston) is the beginning narrator for the book and I loved watching so much of the story unfold through his eyes. He's had a lot put on his shoulders through life and sorrows. When he meets his brother's new bride, the one he eloped with, Morgan knows that his life will never be the same. What was their reasoning behind eloping? Is she a schemer and using this marriage to get what she wants? What can he do to protect his brother? When everything he thoughts, changes and sorrow hits his family again, Morgan must learn what matters most. When Abby continues to bring joy, light and hope back into his life can he find a way to show her how much he cares for her? Or will all the laws of the land hold him back from what his heart truly desires? I don't want to spoil anything for this book, but there are so many things that I want to tell you about these two characters. I loved their relationship. Their friendship was so great! There are several other characters in this book that are essential in helping Morgan and Abby's relationship develop. Morgan was a perfect gentleman. I loved his quiet and gentle ways of doing great acts for Abby and for the other people in his life. From the first page to the final page, I loved every minute of my time reading this book. I had several moments of laughing with the characters, at the characters and aching and sorrowing with them as well. This book is not just about friendship, love and the characters' lives. There is depth, sorrow, pain, hope, healing and peace woven into the story as well. If you're a clean romance lover, this one is sure to bring many moments of happy reading enjoyment into your life. If you haven't read the first book, that's ok. The main character and sisters from the first book make several appearances but the author does a great job of introducing them during their first appearance in a way that you know the basic information and allows this book to be a stand alone. But, with as much as I loved this book, book one, My Sister's Intended is my favorite of the two! Content: Clean. (view spoiler)[ A character was attacked by a man, raped and becomes pregnant. The attack is not described in detail, except to explain the circumstances and done as a memory and not when it happened. Mention of a couple other females being attacked and raped. The author did a great job addressing rape in the book. She doesn't get graphic but does very well in showing support for women and encouraging them to use their voice to help themselves and others in this type of situation. (hide spoiler)] I received a review copy but have also purchased my own copy. All thoughts and opinions in the review are my own. Happy Reading!!!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mara

    Rachael Anderson is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. I devoured this book because I didn't want to stop reading. This is the second book in the author's Serendipity series, My Sister's Intended being the first, but each can be read as a standalone. Abigail (Abby) Nash has had an unusual upbringing. Her mother died while giving birth to her, her father was gone more than he was home, her great-aunt tasked with being her guardian was a tad too elderly to do a proper job, so Abby isn't Rachael Anderson is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. I devoured this book because I didn't want to stop reading. This is the second book in the author's Serendipity series, My Sister's Intended being the first, but each can be read as a standalone. Abigail (Abby) Nash has had an unusual upbringing. Her mother died while giving birth to her, her father was gone more than he was home, her great-aunt tasked with being her guardian was a tad too elderly to do a proper job, so Abby isn't your usual proper young lady. Not to say she's crase or uncouth in public, but she does things proper ladies don't do such as take off their shoes and stockings to put their feet in a stream, or take a stick to some cows to make them move out of the road. I loved the imagery that story provided. Jasper is the younger son who is a bit of a rake. Showering blond, blue-eyed, women with posies and attention until he tires of them. He's always professed that he didn't want to settle down, so what possessed him to run away to Gretna Green and marry Miss Abigail Nash, a young woman he barely knows? We eventually find out that Jasper wasn't as much of a rake as he seemed to be. In fact he could be quite the upstanding gentleman. Morgan is the Marquess of Brigston and the more serious of the brothers. When Parliament isn't in session he's busy taking care of the affairs associated with the family's estate and holdings. His mother wants him to marry but he hasn't found the woman he would want to settle down with. The story of these three individuals develops slowly (but not too slowly), so we really get to know the characters. I love the effect Abby has on Morgan. How she gets him to lighten up somewhat and he no longer spends all day in his study with his clerk on the household finances. One of my favorite scenes was when he and Abby played badminton (shuttlecock) in the ballroom--and it was his idea!! I loved their playful back and forth banter. Morgan is a caring man--he took it upon himself to make sure Abby was provided for, because she and Jasper didn't have a marriage contract and she was left penniless when he died. Abby hasn't had the easiest life but she deals with it showing courage and holding her head high. I loved Abby's friends Prudence, Knave, and Sophia who are wonderfully supportive of her. They truly are great friends. I learned some things about the marriage laws during this time that I didn't know before, and I couldn't wait to find out how our main characters would be able to find their happy ever after with the law in place. I received a complimentary copy to read and review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)

    I loved this sweet Regency romance and the way the two main characters began as brother and sister-in-law, developed a friendship, and began to rely on each other during a difficult and grief-filled time in their lives. The dynamics of the family were interesting and the story kept moving forward as things shifted and changed between Abby and Morgan. I loved how gentle their romance was! There is a bit of a mystery why Jasper (the younger brother) and Abby eloped in the first place, and the lay I loved this sweet Regency romance and the way the two main characters began as brother and sister-in-law, developed a friendship, and began to rely on each other during a difficult and grief-filled time in their lives. The dynamics of the family were interesting and the story kept moving forward as things shifted and changed between Abby and Morgan. I loved how gentle their romance was! There is a bit of a mystery why Jasper (the younger brother) and Abby eloped in the first place, and the layers are revealed slowly, increasing the anticipation and revealing new difficulties for the future. This author is a skilled storyteller and I was glued to the pages until the very end. Highly recommend! (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)

  7. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    This was a sweet story. I little different then I expected. It had a different story line then other Regency books. Who knew there was ever a law forbidding a sister and brother in law to marry. In other countries if the husband died it was a law he had to marry his sister in law to take care of her. Both are not smart laws. This is a sweet romance that took a bit of story telling to get going but it was good. I enjoyed this story and took my time reading it. I enjoy Anderson's books. They are a This was a sweet story. I little different then I expected. It had a different story line then other Regency books. Who knew there was ever a law forbidding a sister and brother in law to marry. In other countries if the husband died it was a law he had to marry his sister in law to take care of her. Both are not smart laws. This is a sweet romance that took a bit of story telling to get going but it was good. I enjoyed this story and took my time reading it. I enjoy Anderson's books. They are always unique. This story had talk of a Rape. It was not detailed and it was handled well, but not with lightness. I was a little worried to read this, sometimes a rape is not taken as seriously in these books as it is and gets brushed aside. The author did and good job without making this a depressing heavy book.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lisa (Bookworm Lisa)

    I love Regency books written by Rachael Anderson. She has a knack for writing a book that is thoughtful and contains humor. As a reader, I wondered along with his family members why a young man who loves living the single life, who loves being a rake and not looking at getting married anytime soon, would suddenly run off to Gretna Green and marry a woman he barely knows? The answers come a bit at a time. As the truth is revealed I realized that he is not the rake he portrays, but a man of charact I love Regency books written by Rachael Anderson. She has a knack for writing a book that is thoughtful and contains humor. As a reader, I wondered along with his family members why a young man who loves living the single life, who loves being a rake and not looking at getting married anytime soon, would suddenly run off to Gretna Green and marry a woman he barely knows? The answers come a bit at a time. As the truth is revealed I realized that he is not the rake he portrays, but a man of character. Unfortunately, (or fortunately for the progression of this book), he doesn't stick around for long. His time in the story is cut short by an unfortunate accident. The older brother decides to take care of the widow and her unborn child. The result is a fantastic love story full of banter and great dialogue. This is a book that calls to be read. You don't want to put it down but discover how the couple will overcome the law that forbids them to marry. You won't want to miss this second installment of the Serendipity Series. It can be read as a stand-alone. There is content that could be sensitive to victims of sexual assault. Source: I received a complimentary copy. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own,

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    I thought the series was unusual where there is death first but I looked up the meaning of serendipity and it fits: the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way. Where the first relationship ends not happily but a better one is found because of the people around it. In this book, Morgan (the first born) falls in love with his deceased brother’s wife. She also finds herself falling in love with him. She never thought that would be possible after the circumstance I thought the series was unusual where there is death first but I looked up the meaning of serendipity and it fits: the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way. Where the first relationship ends not happily but a better one is found because of the people around it. In this book, Morgan (the first born) falls in love with his deceased brother’s wife. She also finds herself falling in love with him. She never thought that would be possible after the circumstances that brought her to this family in the first place. But at this particular time, the law states that you can not marry your siblings spouse because they are, in the eyes of the law, your sibling now. Stupid law!! Anyway, I didn’t think it would be possible with every turn of events because nothing, NOTHING, was going there way. Secrets, laws, heirs, propriety, and the ton made things worse. Nothing is as miserable as finding the one person you love, get along with, and who gets you and find that it you can never be together. Well, when there is a will, there is a way, I suppose. I loved Morgan and Abby’s characters. They made me laugh often! They are both competitive and good sports! They both have a dry sense of humor. I loved their family and friends. I also liked seeing more of the characters from the first book. If you like books with impossible situations, books that make you laugh, sports, trees, beach, running your toes in the sand, honest people, good friends, balls (as in the dancing ones), horseback on a beach (cause that is what I would love to do), widowers, and of course finding that one person who totally gets you and whom you can talk to about anything then this might be a book for you!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Katie W

    I love a good Regency, and especially enjoy a story that deals with sordid events in a tasteful way. Have you ever wondered exactly why a couple might venture to Gretna Green to elope? My first thought is for less than ideal reasons, but things aren't always as they seem, as the reader comes to discover. When Abby shows up with Brigston's brother, I wasn't sure how the story was going to match the title in an appropriate way, but it does. Just trust me on that. Abby is a beautiful and sweet girl I love a good Regency, and especially enjoy a story that deals with sordid events in a tasteful way. Have you ever wondered exactly why a couple might venture to Gretna Green to elope? My first thought is for less than ideal reasons, but things aren't always as they seem, as the reader comes to discover. When Abby shows up with Brigston's brother, I wasn't sure how the story was going to match the title in an appropriate way, but it does. Just trust me on that. Abby is a beautiful and sweet girl, but has an uncouth streak, thanks to her becoming motherless at birth. She's somewhat shocking to her prim and proper mother-in-law, but is a very likable character. I loved seeing the brief appearances of her friends, characters from the previous book. Brigston seems so serious, yet he has a soft heart. I really enjoyed watching him relax and loosen up, especially when it comes to this new addition to the family. I'm a rule follower, but I loved seeing some of the strict and senseless rules discarded as these characters come to know the bonds of family and loyalty in a spirit of the law versus a letter of the law type of situation. The romance is sweet and tender, as it gently blossoms into something more, with the perfect balance of angst and hope. I'm hoping there will be more books forthcoming with these delightful characters. Content: mild mention of an act of violence; death; mild romance with a vague situation *I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.*

  11. 4 out of 5

    Aimee (Getting Your Read On)

    Friends, it's always a good day when I get to read a new book by Rachael Anderson. I've been reading her books since the very beginning and I love the way she has ventured out from contemporary romance into a new genre, regency, and made her place in it. I am loving these regency romances so much. I don't really think it's a genre thing though. Rachael Anderson just writes in a way that I love. Her books are so easy to settle in with and they just feel good to me. I thought this story was perfect Friends, it's always a good day when I get to read a new book by Rachael Anderson. I've been reading her books since the very beginning and I love the way she has ventured out from contemporary romance into a new genre, regency, and made her place in it. I am loving these regency romances so much. I don't really think it's a genre thing though. Rachael Anderson just writes in a way that I love. Her books are so easy to settle in with and they just feel good to me. I thought this story was perfectly paced. The knowledge of the characters came bit by bit, just enough to keep my interest and curiosity peaked but giving me plenty of time to really settle in and get to know them more intimately so they felt like friends. I loved the growing awareness between Abigail and Brigston and how gentle Brigston was with all things Abby related. Abby is definitely someone who could use a bit of gentleness. I loved this book. 💚 Content: kissing, mention of a rape with some general details. - I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lucinda

    Abby first appeared in book 1 of this series and it was a delight to read her story. In the beginning she's recently newly married to Lord Jasper and everything is apparently going well. There's a hint of a mystery surrounding their marriage, but we don't get to find out what that is until her new husband dies in an accident. Morgan, Jasper's brother, is worried about her being widowed and with child, and very generously provides means for her to be taken care of. But Abby has a strong moral com Abby first appeared in book 1 of this series and it was a delight to read her story. In the beginning she's recently newly married to Lord Jasper and everything is apparently going well. There's a hint of a mystery surrounding their marriage, but we don't get to find out what that is until her new husband dies in an accident. Morgan, Jasper's brother, is worried about her being widowed and with child, and very generously provides means for her to be taken care of. But Abby has a strong moral compass and confesses to him the truth behind her union to Jasper. I loved seeing how Abby and Morgan came closer, first as friends, and then something more, and how conflicted they were with the truth of their feelings against the law of the time. It kept me reading to see how they'd solve the problem. The ending was super sweet. Looking forward to reading the next one.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mindy

    I love Rachael Anderson's books. My Brother's Bride was particularly touching because it dealt with a series issue. This topic you don't see often in regency books, but the author handled it well. I loved Abby. She is a sweet and thoughtful character. I loved how she interacted with the brother's mother. After Jasper's death, I loved the tender moment of Abby telling the story of her childhood love of rainbows. Jasper was also an added surprise, and what an honorable man. Even though his role in I love Rachael Anderson's books. My Brother's Bride was particularly touching because it dealt with a series issue. This topic you don't see often in regency books, but the author handled it well. I loved Abby. She is a sweet and thoughtful character. I loved how she interacted with the brother's mother. After Jasper's death, I loved the tender moment of Abby telling the story of her childhood love of rainbows. Jasper was also an added surprise, and what an honorable man. Even though his role in the book was short, he made an impact. Morgan was also a fantastic character. I loved how he and Abby interacted. There was a certain scene in the kitchen between Morgan and Abby where I was laughing out loud. The pacing and plot of this book are perfectly laid out. Just the right things would happen at just the right time.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Monzon

    Morgan ❤ Morgan ❤️

  15. 4 out of 5

    Alisa

    Miss Abigail Nash ("Abby") is not living the life she had expected. Quickly and unexpectedly married to Lord Jasper, the charming younger brother of the Marquess of Brigston, she is just as quickly and unexpectedly widowed. With a baby on the way. Morgan Campbell, the Marquess of Brigston, doesn't think highly of a young woman who would go off and elope with a handsome, impetuous, foolish man such as his younger brother. But the more time he spends with her and the more he learns about her, the m Miss Abigail Nash ("Abby") is not living the life she had expected. Quickly and unexpectedly married to Lord Jasper, the charming younger brother of the Marquess of Brigston, she is just as quickly and unexpectedly widowed. With a baby on the way. Morgan Campbell, the Marquess of Brigston, doesn't think highly of a young woman who would go off and elope with a handsome, impetuous, foolish man such as his younger brother. But the more time he spends with her and the more he learns about her, the more he realizes that he has mis-judged her - and his brother. Morgan and Abby have a huge obstacle: The Marriage Act forbids them to marry. They are legally considered brother and sister since she was married to his brother, even though it was so briefly. I really liked Morgan and Abby and I was really cheering for them to find a way past their obstacles! Lord Knave and his wife, Prudence, from the previous book in this series, "My Sister's Intended" make quite a few appearances in this book. You don't have to read the first book to enjoy this book, but you will probably want to.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    I was excited to read Rachael Anderson's new book My Brother's Bride. I enjoyed her last regency and was looking forward to a continuation. Abby has had a rough childhood without a mother and a mostly absent father. Her close friend offers to help launch her into society (Lady Knave from the last book) and Abby is looking forward to it. Unfortunately, the wonderful Season she anticipated twists into a terrible nightmare that Abby fears she can't recover from. A darling of the ton, Lord Jasper co I was excited to read Rachael Anderson's new book My Brother's Bride. I enjoyed her last regency and was looking forward to a continuation. Abby has had a rough childhood without a mother and a mostly absent father. Her close friend offers to help launch her into society (Lady Knave from the last book) and Abby is looking forward to it. Unfortunately, the wonderful Season she anticipated twists into a terrible nightmare that Abby fears she can't recover from. A darling of the ton, Lord Jasper come to the rescue and he gives her the protection of his name by hastily marrying. They retreat to the family seat, where Jasper's brother, the Marquess of Brigston is residing with his mother. Abby is anxious to fit in with the family, but things take a complicated turn when she finds herself increasing and Jasper is suddenly killed in an accident. If that isn't enough of an emotional roller-coaster, Abby and the Marquess begin to spend time together as they grieve, and their feelings turn into something more---but the law prevents them from being together. I admit, I was beginning to wonder if there would be a happily-ever-after and with as much as this couple goes through, I really wanted that! I thought the author did a wonderful job painting the characters with a three-dimensional brush. Readers will sympathize with Abby and all she goes through and root for Morgan to find a way to be with her. The setting is also well-done. My only complaint is that there are quite a few homonym mistakes--site when it should be sight, reigns when it should be reins, things like that. But this is a sweet book full of emotions that will pull the reader right along with the characters. Originally reviewed on http://ldswritermom.blogspot.com

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ceki

    A bit too bittersweet/sad for my taste, but I loved the writing and the characters. It is not a light novel - it deals with (view spoiler)[rape and death (hide spoiler)] , but I enjoyed it. It was a bit unrealistic towards the end but I didn't mind that.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

    Rachael Anderson’s books are always must reads for me! I love her characters, her plots and the romance in each and everyone of her books. Something really great about this one was that I learned a bit more about some of the laws in England during this time period that I didn’t know before. This book features Morgan, the Marquess of Brigston. Eventually I’m going to figure out all of the crazy titles that are found in this era, but alas, I haven’t yet. I had to like Morgan. He goes out of his way Rachael Anderson’s books are always must reads for me! I love her characters, her plots and the romance in each and everyone of her books. Something really great about this one was that I learned a bit more about some of the laws in England during this time period that I didn’t know before. This book features Morgan, the Marquess of Brigston. Eventually I’m going to figure out all of the crazy titles that are found in this era, but alas, I haven’t yet. I had to like Morgan. He goes out of his way to take care of his brother, Jasper’s widow. I also really liked the way it was obvious that he cared about his brother and wished that things had turned out differently for both of them. He hated the distance that was between them. And then there was Abby. The reader realizes that there’s something a bit wrong with Abby’s marriage from the beginning, but doesn’t know what for a little while into the story. I loved Abby. Her strength and courage are amazing. I loved watching her make her way through the life she’d been given. And watching her confront her greatest fear near the end was probably my favorite part. The plot includes the law that I learned about from this book. Did you know that brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law were not allowed by law to marry? I found that a bit strange, because even in old Bible times there were marriages like this. I’m going to have to do a bit of research on this and see why and how it came about. Because I’m curious like that! I loved this whole book, from the beginning to the ending! It’s all amazing!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    This was grittier than anything I've read by this author. Mild spoiler as to what I'm referring- (view spoiler)[ there is talk of rape (hide spoiler)] . Because of this it isn't as light as some of her books. If you are a stickler for historic accuracy I'm not sure the book would be the ideal fit. Partly what we get of the hero and or heroine is the way we would wish someone to act rather than how they likely would act at that time. However, I do think a lot of background attitudes and laws are l This was grittier than anything I've read by this author. Mild spoiler as to what I'm referring- (view spoiler)[ there is talk of rape (hide spoiler)] . Because of this it isn't as light as some of her books. If you are a stickler for historic accuracy I'm not sure the book would be the ideal fit. Partly what we get of the hero and or heroine is the way we would wish someone to act rather than how they likely would act at that time. However, I do think a lot of background attitudes and laws are likely factual. At any rate, I enjoy books that give me overly progressive main characters versus completely realistic for the period types so it was fine for me.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    Another great read by Rachael Anderson! I had been looking forward to this one, and it did not disappoint. The emotions felt real, the chemistry felt strong, and the author even managed to surprise me a time or two. I wasn’t sure how it was all going to come together, but she pulled it off perfectly.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Donna Weaver

    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 l 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.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Camille

    Rachael Anderson always writes the most lovely Regency romances and My Brother's Bride was no exception. This book had such a unique premise—one I've never read before—a premise that was slowly revealed as the story unfolded, along with the mystery concerning the true nature of Abby's circumstances. The story was perfectly paced and the romance incredibly sweet and tender, full of enough angst to keep it interesting but primarily being one of hope and love. I adored both Abby and Morgan—from Abb Rachael Anderson always writes the most lovely Regency romances and My Brother's Bride was no exception. This book had such a unique premise—one I've never read before—a premise that was slowly revealed as the story unfolded, along with the mystery concerning the true nature of Abby's circumstances. The story was perfectly paced and the romance incredibly sweet and tender, full of enough angst to keep it interesting but primarily being one of hope and love. I adored both Abby and Morgan—from Abby's bright and sweet personality, kind heart, and hopeful perseverance to Morgan's goodness, honor, and wonderful personality. Their relationship was incredibly genuine, full of trust and fun banter, and founded on friendship before it deepened into love. I loved how Morgan helped Abby heal and she herself brought light back into his life. I enjoyed watching them overcome their seemingly hopeless circumstances (the Marriage Act forbidding a match between brother and sister-in-law) for them to achieve their happily ever after. They were truly adorable together. Despite the story containing moments of sorrow, it's ultimately one of healing and peace. I loved the message of hope woven throughout the story as Abby found joy despite being the victim of a terrible situation. The symbolism of rainbows following rain was incredibly fitting and beautiful as well. Overall, My Brother's Bride was a lovely story from a talented author. I can’t wait for Sophie to get her happy ending in Book Three.

  23. 4 out of 5

    bibliolatry

    I have enjoyed Rachael Anderson's other books, and rated them 4 stars, but this series was a disappointment to me. I detected no chemistry between Morgan and Abby. There were no tender moments that showed the two falling in love. The author simply told us they were in love. Abby seemed very selfish to me, and expected too much from a family who owed her absolutely nothing. She was considered a caring person, but I saw a young woman who felt she was entitled to protection from people who barely I have enjoyed Rachael Anderson's other books, and rated them 4 stars, but this series was a disappointment to me. I detected no chemistry between Morgan and Abby. There were no tender moments that showed the two falling in love. The author simply told us they were in love. Abby seemed very selfish to me, and expected too much from a family who owed her absolutely nothing. She was considered a caring person, but I saw a young woman who felt she was entitled to protection from people who barely knew her. Anderson's attempts at humor are corny and juvenile (in this series). Example: He was grinning like a fool, and she had the strongest urge to throw something at him. Her whip, perhaps? Followed by her hat and even a boot? Another example of unsophisticated writing: “Apparently, my kiss can make the ground shake.” “I believe it was my kiss,” Abby countered. With her head buried against his chest, she could hear his heart thump, feel his tightened chest against her cheek, and smell the citrus and spice she’d grown to love....“I believe it was I who kissed you,” he reminded her. “Yes, but I told you to kiss me.” “Why should that matter?” Abby opened her mouth to explain, but she couldn’t think of any additional arguments, so she playfully threaded her fingers through his hair instead. Such soft hair. “Can we not think of it as our kiss?” “No.” She laughed. “Then I’ll have to become very brazen and be the one to kiss you during thunderstorms from this point forward. Not only will I make the ground shake, but I’ll make a rainbow appear in the sky afterwards.” “I give you leave to try all you’d like.” At another point in the book, they get into a ridiculous competition when the play shuttlecock in a ballroom. Abbey was also a hypocrite. When Morgan did something to help her, instead of appreciating it, she behaved exactly the way her mother-in-law had acted when Abby had tried to explain why she eloped. She became angry. Abby was through listening. She brushed past him and strode from the room.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    Rachael Anderson may be one of the best Historical Romance authors of our time. Her stories are WONDERFUL. I put on hold my entire review schedule when the latest Regency-era novel by Anderson releases. If you have not yet read any of her historical romances, I implore you to purchase her books immediately! My Brother’s Bride is a fast-paced, highly-engaging, endearing story that left this reader smiling big time. I very much appreciated the relationship between Abby and Brigston, and enjoyed the Rachael Anderson may be one of the best Historical Romance authors of our time. Her stories are WONDERFUL. I put on hold my entire review schedule when the latest Regency-era novel by Anderson releases. If you have not yet read any of her historical romances, I implore you to purchase her books immediately! My Brother’s Bride is a fast-paced, highly-engaging, endearing story that left this reader smiling big time. I very much appreciated the relationship between Abby and Brigston, and enjoyed the sense of humor they have with one another. A sense of humor in any relationship is imperative. Life on this earth is filled with so much pain that you need laughter to balance the scales. Within a relatively short period of time, Abby experiences some serious hurts, let downs, devastations, and disappointments, but she doesn’t let these moments drag her down. Instead of pushing her hurts down deep, Abby bravely expresses how she feels to Brigston during her rough moments. This in turn allows Brigston to share his true feelings, and a fantastic relationship blooms between the two filled with many moments that had me chuckling. Early on in this story, someone important to Abby and Brigston dies. In polite society, the practice is to keep true feelings bottled up. One does not talk about certain things like the death of a loved one. But what if talking is what one needs to heal? One of the characteristics I love so much about Abby is that she politely goes against polite society in certain ways. Not talking about her loss seems rather silly. At first, Brigston is slightly shocked that Abby would be so free with her feelings, but then realizes how cathartic it is to talk about their shared loss. It turns out that talking about, rather than bottling up, the feelings leads to healing. Personally, I prefer to remember the good times, to reminisce and laugh. My final favorite thing about My Brother’s Bride is its message on hope. We need to never stop hoping for good days, fun days, dreams-to-be-realized days. Life is full of disappointing moments that push us around and kick us when we are down, but we can’t give up our hope. And, we need to remember not to take the good for granted. The good moments in life act as balm to our souls so we can get through the bad times. My Brother’s Bride is another fantastic historical romance by Rachael Anderson. If you need a lovely and engaging Regency-era story to escape into this winter, I highly recommend My Brother’s Bride! I received a review copy of this novel in eBook form from the author via Kathy at I Am A Reader. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Teya Peck

    I enjoyed this book. It is a time period story but not necessarily written in time period words, which is the way I like time period books. So kudos to you Rachael Anderson for writing well done. She has had something terrible happen to her and saved by a man deemed by his family as a kad. The family of the so-called kad, come to find out just how good of a man he was and he falls for her brother in law and he to her. She leaves because of circumstances beyond her control, which only make the en I enjoyed this book. It is a time period story but not necessarily written in time period words, which is the way I like time period books. So kudos to you Rachael Anderson for writing well done. She has had something terrible happen to her and saved by a man deemed by his family as a kad. The family of the so-called kad, come to find out just how good of a man he was and he falls for her brother in law and he to her. She leaves because of circumstances beyond her control, which only make the end that much more anticipated and enjoyed.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Phyllis

    A delightful Regency romance My rating is 4.5 stars Once again, author Rachael Anderson has written a delightful Regency romance! I love the titles of the books in this series and the covers are so lovely. Despite the fact that the summary could make it sound like Morgan fell in love with Abby before his brother died, I was so glad to see that the author kept the story completely appropriate in this regard. In fact, Morgan was quite suspicious about the sudden marriage that was so uncharacteristic A delightful Regency romance My rating is 4.5 stars Once again, author Rachael Anderson has written a delightful Regency romance! I love the titles of the books in this series and the covers are so lovely. Despite the fact that the summary could make it sound like Morgan fell in love with Abby before his brother died, I was so glad to see that the author kept the story completely appropriate in this regard. In fact, Morgan was quite suspicious about the sudden marriage that was so uncharacteristic of his brother. Not that Abby wasn’t completely lovable – she was not only beautiful, she was also vivacious and charming – it was just that something appeared to be off. And it was. My Brother’s Bride is a touchingly humorous, and very romantic story. Morgan and Abby teased each other constantly, and it was so much fun. One of my favorite scenes occurred in the rain when Morgan attempted to best Abby at his favorite childhood game. That scene provided the fodder for a fun inside joke that was then threaded throughout the rest of the story. Who knew that England had a law preventing a brother-in-law to marry his sister-in-law? I kept expecting Morgan to suggest a particular way around the problem and yet that wasn’t at all how things worked out. He was so noble (and not just because he was a Marquis!). He handled the situation in the very best possible way. This is a wonderful story for anyone who enjoys a clever and heart-warming historical tale that will leave them with a smile on their face. This review was originally posted on Among the Reads I was given a copy of this book for free. I was not required to give a favorable review nor was any money received for this review. All comments and opinions are my own.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mylissa Demeyere

    I won't typically pick up a regency read, but Anderson changed that for me when she started writing her regency series. I remember when I finished her first one I thought to myself how amazing it was that an author that writes such fun contemporary reads can write even better regency. I am certainly not familiar with all of the details of the era, but I love how Anderson sucks you in from the first page, giving you plenty of insight into the workings of the London ton and still delivering a toecu I won't typically pick up a regency read, but Anderson changed that for me when she started writing her regency series. I remember when I finished her first one I thought to myself how amazing it was that an author that writes such fun contemporary reads can write even better regency. I am certainly not familiar with all of the details of the era, but I love how Anderson sucks you in from the first page, giving you plenty of insight into the workings of the London ton and still delivering a toecurling romance that has you hurting to put the book down. Although I had my own launch in the week I read this, I found time in between my hectic shedule to still read this beauty. Honestly, I wish I could have just sat down and soaked this one up in one sitting. Once again a real winner. I look forward to the next one in the series.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Leah Feltner

    Another great regency story by Rachael Anderson! I loved the first book and have been eagerly waiting for this next one. Although the first book was more humorous with Prudence’s funny personality, this one was sweet, with some sad moments but still plenty of fun banter between Abby and Brigston. I was curious how their love story would play out and was happy with the outcome. Also, it was fun getting to visit with Prudence and Sophia again. I guess I have to impatiently wait for Sophia’s story, Another great regency story by Rachael Anderson! I loved the first book and have been eagerly waiting for this next one. Although the first book was more humorous with Prudence’s funny personality, this one was sweet, with some sad moments but still plenty of fun banter between Abby and Brigston. I was curious how their love story would play out and was happy with the outcome. Also, it was fun getting to visit with Prudence and Sophia again. I guess I have to impatiently wait for Sophia’s story, now. ;)

  29. 4 out of 5

    Cathy

    Heartfelt This heartfelt, sweet Regency romance just stole my heart. The hero was gallant, chivalrous and was made of the masculine stuff dreams are made of....sigh. The heroine was brave, beautiful and someone I would love to be friends with. Racheal Anderson makes her characters jump off the page. Highly recommend this romance...a great escape from reality ;)

  30. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    I found this book to be completely unexpected. I have read all the historical novels by this author and they have all been fun and delightful reads and even though this book had those elements as well, it was definitely more emotional than I was expecting. Abby finds herself married to Lord Jasper in a whirlwind. But after a few months Jasper is met with an accident and Abby finds herself a widow. Abby was residing of the estate of Jasper’s older brother Morgan, Lord Brigston and his mother, when I found this book to be completely unexpected. I have read all the historical novels by this author and they have all been fun and delightful reads and even though this book had those elements as well, it was definitely more emotional than I was expecting. Abby finds herself married to Lord Jasper in a whirlwind. But after a few months Jasper is met with an accident and Abby finds herself a widow. Abby was residing of the estate of Jasper’s older brother Morgan, Lord Brigston and his mother, when she hears the news. Abby finds herself interacting with Morgan a lot more and find a greater understanding of the reasons Abby married Jasper. However issues arise as Morgan finds himself falling for Abby who adds a new light to his life and Abby feels the same. But everything is not that simple due to the fact the Abby is his sister-in-law. The book was emotional that had me in a bit of a mess but it was also very heartwarming. I loved Abby’s quiet strength and Morgan’s protectiveness. These two were great together. I can’t wait for Sophia’s story next. Check out my review on my blog: https://www.auniversaltruth.com/?p=2825

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