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I thoroughly enjoyed this well-written historical fiction romance. This novel explores the harsh realities of what it was like for a woman in the 1700s to be trapped in an abusive marriage. Women during this time had very few rights, and when they married, they lost what little rights they had. Emma felt guilty over her friend Lena’s death. She knew that Lena’s husband had abused her. Unfortunately, the last time Lena had asked Emma for help, she’d been busy. Lena died that night, and Emma has been shackled with guilt ever since.
Emma was convinced that Lena’s husband had murdered her friend. She tried to persuade Lena’s maid, Mary to testify against the cruel man. But since husbands held all of the rights in a marriage, people, including Mary, turned their back on Emma’s request for help; even Nick, her own husband. Emma was determined to have her life count for something. She wanted to help abused women escape their harsh fate. She was determined to help them have choices, and to even start a new life, if necessary. Emma loved her husband and hated crossing him, but avenging Lena’s death, was just too important to her, to let go.
Little did Emma know, though, that Nick was also, doing some soul searching. Forgiveness would not come easy for him, but forgiving was exactly what Nick needed to do, to heal his heart. Would Nick go against everything he based his life on, and forgive? He didn’t think that was possible, but neither was living without Emma. This was just the type of heartache Nick had always tried to guard against.
This well-written book is captivating, touching, as well as, heart-wrenching. The Bride Who Got Lucky is a story well told. I loved it.
Thank you, St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.
~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover