Wednesday, 16 March 2016
The Bride Wore Blue by Cheryl Bolen
Thomas Moreland had scrimped and saved for years to afford his passage to India where he'd planned to make his fortune. On his way to the port, he was set upon by highway men, robbed and left for dead.
Felicity Harrison had not expected to be widowed at such a young age. She was struggling to raise her younger sister and tame her brother's wild ways. Her life got complicated when a nabob (a Britain who has made his fortune in India) moved into the area and enticed Felicity to lend him and his sister their respectability.
Author Cheryl Bolen brought to light the snobbery of the time. Those who worked honestly and earned their money were looked down upon by those who were born into wealth and title. (not that those with titles were guaranteed to be 'nice' people). I really don't understand this sense of entitlement and it was enjoyable to read as Felicity welcomed and grew to enjoy the nabob and his family more than she did some of her genteel neighbours.
This is a well constructed story with some good twists. I feel that I got to know the various family members and was even cheering them on in their relationships. This is the first book in the Brides of Bath Series. I look forward to reading more of the Pembrokes in the next book.
Cover image courtesy author Cheryl Bolen