Title: The Luck of the Bride
Author: Janna MacGregor
Published: May 2018
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks
March Lawson has never had much luck, and in a desperate move to save her family, she’s been posing as the Marquess of McCalpin. But when she’s summoned to a meeting with the Marquess himself, March expects jail time…not to be bewitched by dark hair and sapphire eyes.
Michael Cavensham, the Marquess of McCalpin and heir to the Duke of Langham, finds himself drawn to March despite the judgments from his peers. He isn’t sure he can trust March, especially since Michael has a secret that could ruin him and his family.
But society conspires to keep March and Michael apart, and when March is accused of not being who she says she is, will Michael toss her aside or fight for the woman he’s come to love?
I thought I was over my love for historical romance books as I had tired of reading them whilst I was in the struggles of my reading slump but the publisher had emailed me inquiring whether I was interested in reading this book and I thought “well, I have read the others I might as well continue on” and continue I did and let me say…
I LOVED IT!
Reading this book I had no expectations whatsoever and so it took me by surprise when I was so absorbed by the book that I finished it within a day. I found the book to be entertaining, funny, adorable and heart wrenching.
As much as I loved historical romance they have never brought tears (tears of anger and disappointment doesn’t count) to my eyes up until this book. I felt for the female protagonist, March Lawson, so much that I just wanted her to be happy because damn it she deserved it! Everything in her life was so unfair and finally… FINALLY she was to achieve happiness with a man she loved but all that was almost robbed from her as she was framed for something that she didn’t do and it broke my heart when her lover, Michael Cavensham, doubted her love. Like why GOD DAMN IT!
I didn’t expect the book to be so intense for me emotionally. Janna (the author) truly blew my socks off.
Aside from my feelings for the main female protagonist, I must say that I also loved how the author included letters from March’s youngest sibling, Lord Bennet Lawson, to Michael. This is because I found it so cute and endearing how he would misspell his words or cross some sentences out because it was grammatically wrong and how some words were misspelled but he had not realized it. It shows his young age. Also, I loved how Bennet as young as he was became a wise and brave young man when it came to the safety and happiness of his sisters especially March. He went to Michael personally and talked to him man to man on the fate of March. It broke my heart because the situation that permitted that meeting was when March was framed and also because as the reader you can see how Bennet has grown from a baby to a fine young man. I felt like a proud parent.
I didn’t quite liked the ending though not because it wasn’t appropriate nor good but because I wanted March to make Michael suffer a little bit more. The pettiness in me wanted Michael to grovel for March’s affections and forgiveness. It has been a daydream of mine where a man chases me across the globe to prove his love so I was hoping it would come to fruition here but alas it didn’t but it is fine everything else in the book was completely amazing that I am willing to overlook this slight misgiving I have with the ending.
Another thing that I liked was how the author included dyscalculia (it’s a form of dyslexia but with numbers) as well as a gay character in the plot as I felt that it was in line with the changing perceptions of modern readers.
In conclusion, I truly felt that this book was by far the best in the Cavensham Heiresses series. It kicked me in the feels when I least expected it.
*The book was given to me by the publisher via Netgalley in return for an honest review.