The Spinster Bride was a cute historical romance featuring a young woman who would rather not marry (even though she must) and a man determined to find himself leg shackled as soon as he can be sure that the woman will make it to the alter. Throw these two together and romance was bound to happen.
Lady Marjorie Penwhistle is almost on the shelf and her mother is determined to find her a titled husband. What’s so sad about this situation is how Marjorie’s mother is essentially living vicariously through Marjorie. Marjorie is everything her mother is not: beautiful, popular. She wants Marjorie to be a success because she never was. Unfortunately, all this attention on Marjorie is at the expense of her brother who is a little bit different and those around him take advantage of him. To protect her brother from being disinherited, Marjorie agrees to finally put some effort into the marriage mart, unfortunately the only man that she is attracted to is not a peer.
Mr. Charles Norris desperately wants to be married. The problem is that he falls in love a little too often, and unfortunately those feelings are never returned. After meeting Marjorie he admits that he needs help, which means he really needs someone to rein in his impulsiveness. Marjorie agrees to help Charles find a suitable bride, and naturally, trouble ensues when they realize that they are each other’s perfect match. Of course, Marjorie’s mother will never agree to let her daughter marry an untitled gentleman; some compromising is in order here, what could possibly go wrong?
The Spinster Bride was a cute historical romance. I enjoyed reading this one, but it wasn’t a read that I think is going to stay with me. There wasn’t a lot of conflict between Charles and Marjorie when they realized that they loved each other, instead it was conflict of another sort that kept the momentum of the novel going. As a result, I did find the last chunk of the book to be a tad tedious. It was still cute, but I was less interested Marjorie’s brother’s disappearance than I was in the relationship between Marjorie and Charles. For me, the switch from romance to intrigue was a bit jarring.
Ultimately, The Spinster Bride was a predictable, comfortable read. It didn’t break new ground in the genre, but it was a solid book and I think historical romance fans that enjoy a sweeter story will appreciate this one.
*Review copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
If you liked the dynamic between Marjorie and Charles, I recommend Caroline Linden’s Love and Other Scandals. Like, Marjorie, Joan is pushed into being someone that she’s not by her well-meaning, but forceful mother. When her mother and father leave town, Joan can spread her spinsterish wings and immediately encounters a rake. It’s a much sweeter tale than I would have expected.
You thought Marjorie’s mother was bad? Check out Maggie Robinson’s The Unsuitable Secretary and find out just how bad a parent can be. Harriet is a secretary and her father would much rather she stayed at home like any proper young lady, and he goes to extreme measures to make sure that Harriet has no choice but to stay at home. Luckily, heroes inhabit romances and this one sweeps Harriet away from her manipulative father. See my full review of this one here.