The first of Amanda Forester’s Regency-set Marriage Mart series, Wedding in Springtime was one of my favourites last year. I thought that Amanda Forester created that lovely story with such wit and humour, and the romance was just gorgeous.
When I got to read A Midsummer Bride, the continuation of that series, I was glad to see that the same sense of fun and suspense carried over from its predecessor.
What is A Midsummer Bride about?
Miss Harriet Burton, a horrendously rich American heiress, laughs too loud, states her opinion directly, and even conducts science experiments. Her uncle is desperate to get her off his hands and is offering a king’s ransom to anyone able to arrange a suitable marriage that comes with a title. To avoid marriage, Harriet swears off all men, until she meets Duncan Maclachlan, Earl of Thornton. But when Thornton is falsely accused of being a traitor, Harriet must use her knowledge of chemistry to find the real culprit and spark true romance.
So, here’s what I thought of A Midsummer Bride!
Harriet was a wonderfully different heroine – American, tall, interested in chemistry, uninterested in the trappings of the Ton. Her passion for all that she approached was such fun to witness. I liked that even though Thornton was a titled gentleman, he was resolutely a Scotsman and a Highlander. There probably could have been slightly less of the faux-Scottish dialect used – but that could just be down to personal preference on my part.
The romance and chemistry between Harriet and Thornton is very sweet. It is quite easy to see that these two are meant for each other, but the roadblock in the form of Harriet’s fortune makes it virtually impossible for them to realise this. It’s not heavy on the physical stuff, but the subtle hints, the stolen kisses, they make up the sexy perfectly.
As I did with the previous book, I just loved the interaction between Penelope and Marchford. The flirting, the thinly veiled desire…..you just know their story is going to be good when we get to it.
I really enjoyed the little twist in the plot involving the dowager – definitely wasn’t expecting that one. The sub-plot involving Marchford’s hunt for an Napoleonic traitor was very well done, too.
A thoroughly fun and enjoyable read – I’d have to say I enjoyed A Wedding in Springtime more, but I definitely liked A Midsummer Bride. I don’t need to tell you again how much I’m looking forward to the next in the series…
Just one little quibble: On the cover copy and on NetGalley, the heroine’s surname is referred to as Burton, however throughout the book, it’s Redgrave.
My Rating: 4 out of 5
Release Date: 5 November 2013
Note: I was provided with an advance reader copy by Sourcebooks Casablanca via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.