Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Blog Tour: My Brother's Bride by Rachael Anderson

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My Brother's Bride by Rachel Anderson
Book Description:

Abigail Nash leads a lonely existence. 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. So when her dear friends offered to launch her into London society, it appeared Abby’s life was taking a turn for the better, with suitors and social engagements aplenty. When she marries a proclaimed darling of the ton, it seems she 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, Abby finds herself widowed, penniless, increasing, and determined to never hope again. But when her late husband’s brother, the Earl of Brigston, attempts to thaw the numbness surrounding her heart, Abby must decide if she has it in her to risk another chance at happiness, knowing the odds are not in her favor.  

Andrea's Review:

I have just a handful of authors I can always trust to keep things clean while writing an excellent story. Rachael Anderson is one of those authors, so I jumped at the opportunity to read her latest novel, My Brother's Bride.

This novel contains some deeper issues than most of her books (which I don't want to share to spoil anything), but I really appreciated that Anderson wrote about these things in a such a way that they weren't graphic.

Throughout Abby's journey she finds herself among some wonderful, generous people. It was touching to see people help in a very difficult situation.

I enjoyed the interactions between the main characters, and can see myself reading this book again.

Rorie's Review:

So, I know I shouldn't be surprised at things I learn about Regency-era times, but sometimes I still am. Two things in particular shocked me in this book. One, that it was frowned upon for women to be present for the burial, and two, the whole Marriage Act. These shocked me enough that I had to look them up to find out more about them. And then I found out that women weren't given pain medication during birth because it was believed that labor pain was God's punishment for the sins of Eve! Have I ever mentioned how glad I am that I didn't live back then?
Anyway, I totally fell into a rabbit hole looking that stuff up. But hey, not only was this an entertaining book to read, but it caused me to actually learn something too!

So... back to the book. The story starts from Morgan's point of view, and we really don't get to know Abby very well until after her husband is killed. As a result, she comes across as rather shy, but it doesn't take too long to see what a spitfire she really is. 

It's amusing to read about the relationship between Morgan and Abby, although I do wish that there had been a bit more depth to it. The ending especially seemed a bit rushed to me and I wish more time had been spent on that part of the story.

Aside from that complaint though, I did enjoy this book. I didn't realize this was the second book in a series, so I'm looking forward to reading the first one.

Tarah's Review:

You really just can't go wrong with a Rachael Anderson novel. Not only does she keep them clean, but the romance is always sweet, the characters are real and entertaining, and the problem is always interesting. This one especially dealt with something that I thought was super weird and also didn't have any knowledge about. I won't say anything so I don't spoil the book, but it wasn't anything I had ever read before, and that was refreshing.

I love coming back to characters that I've read about before. They weren't as prevalent in this book, but that's okay since this book wasn't about them. I do enjoy the tie in though. But never fear if you haven't read her other books. This one can definitely stand alone. It wouldn't even spoil the other books if you chose to read those (which you should because they are great).

I will definitely be reading this again, and I will be recommending it to my book loving friends.


When Brigston entered the kitchen, Abby’s back was partially to him, so she didn’t immediately see him. Her brow was furrowed in concentration as she whipped something in a bowl. She paused to lift the spoon, only to frown at the white liquid dripping from it.

“Are you certain this will thicken into a cream?” she asked.

A flash of irritation crossed Monsieur Roch's face until he spotted Morgan and seemed to think better of it. He managed a patient tone in his accented French. “It takes time, my lady.”

Morgan stifled a chuckle as Abby examined another spoonful of the liquid. “I’ve been whipping it for several minutes, but it doesn’t seem even a little thicker to me. Have I forgotten to add something?”

“No,” said the cook in clipped tones.

Morgan stepped forward and leaned in close. “If your arm is tired—”

Abby jumped, and what liquid remained on the spoon splattered across Morgan’s face. She spun around, her eyes growing wide with horror when she saw what she’d done.

He wiped a dab from his nose and tasted it. “A little more sugar, perhaps?”

“Brigston! I’m so dreadfully sorry.” She dropped the spoon into the bowl and grabbed a rag from a nearby wash basin, dabbing it across his face.

“Not that rag!” cried the cook. “It was only just used to mop the floors.”

Abby dropped it as though it had burned her, and Morgan tried not to cringe at the thought of filthy water coating his face.

Monsieur Roch retrieved a clean rag and held it out to him, appearing apologetic. He flicked another irritated glance at Abby before returning to his work.

As Morgan wiped the cream from his face, he wondered what Abby would do or say next. Offer another fumbled apology? Make her excuses and flee? Pretend the incident never happened and return to her labors? He never knew what to expect from her.

Her face scarlet, she cleared her throat and lifted her adorably determined chin. “You are most welcome, my lord.”

He raised a brow. “For what, my lady?”

“I have heard that cream does wonders for one’s complexion, and it seems the rumors are correct. 

Your skin appears much . . . creamier.”


Praise for My Brother's Bride:

I haven't read a book by Rachael Anderson that I didn't absolutely love and this awesome book didn't fail to meet that grade. ~Vicki

Enjoyed reading this book. The characters, dialogue, and plotline kept me entertained. Highly recommend this book to those who enjoy clean romances. ~Michele

This is the first full-length novel I've read by Rachael Anderson, but it definitely won't be the last. I really enjoyed the story--the writing was really good with no annoying parts or awkwardness, the plot was interesting, the characters were endearing (I loved the banter between Brigtson and Abby!), and this book was just really good. Highly enjoyable. Great choice for those who like clean, well-written Regency romances. ~AE2 

This forbidden Regency romance was excellent! Once I started, it was hard—almost impossible—to put down. The characters—Abigail and Brigston—were super well done. I became invested in their lives, their troubles, their hearts really fast, and the author did a superb job of not letting me go. The plot twist was unique. ~Charissa

A lovely, well-written story. Highly recommended. ~Linda

I always enjoy Ms. Anderson's books! This one is wonderful, filled with great story and characters. Beautiful story of love, family and forgiveness. ~Nichee

I can not praise this author's books enough. I have loved every single one. I love the characters! I love the development of the romance! I love the story line. I love the fun dialogue. I know when I start one of her books I will have a hard time putting it down until I am done and then I am sad the book is over. I love that each story is unique. ~Nari

Author Rachael Anderson 

A USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can’t sing, doesn’t dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.



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