How lucky we are to have the first two books in Vanessa Riley’s Regency romance series now available in one volume. Steeped in the requisite desire and tension, The Bittersweet Bride and The Bashful Bride center the stories of Black women in Regency England and the challenges they face while searching for (or resisting!) the love they deserve. Riley effortlessly weaves historical context through the world of Theodosia Cecil and Ester Croome as she brings their stories to vibrant, swoon-worthy life.— Melinda
Fans of Bridgerton will love these two Regency romances for the price of one, featuring two best friends, each determined to advertise for love.
The Bittersweet Bride: Widow Theodosia Cecil needs a husband and needs one fast to protect her land, so she places an anonymous ad in the paper. She’s delighted she spends her remaining weeks exchanging flirtatious letters with the perfect man... Until she meets him and realizes he’s the son of the man trying to steal her land.
The Bashful Bride: When sparks fly between timid heiress Ester Croome and a handsome actor, they’re quick to elope. But when she discovers there is so much more to him than meets the eye, in order to save the marriage the shiest woman alive must publicly woo the most desirable man in England…her husband.
Vanessa Riley is an award-winning author of historical fiction and historical romance, showcasing the hidden histories of women of color and emphasizing strong sisterhoods and dazzling multicultural communities. With more than twenty novels in print, her stories tug at heartstrings, elicit a few laughs, and share insights into diverse history during the Georgian, Regency, and Victorian eras.