The Substitute Bride: by Dorothy Mack

The Substitute Bride: A historical romance with a spirited Regency heroine

Blurb:

Can a spirited governess find happiness with an enigmatic viscount?

Regency London

Having spent a childhood summer with Viscount Giles Weston, Angelica Wayne has never forgotten his kindness.
But when he employs her as his daughter’s governess, she finds him cold and formidable.
A widower, Giles is engaged to the beautiful but indifferent Lady Barbara Darlington. Darkly cynical, he avoids emotional commitment and wishes to be married in name only.
Despite Giles’ attitude, Angelica comes to enjoy his company, and her feelings for him start to rekindle.
When Barbara calls off the engagement, Giles asks Angelica to take her place as his bride.
And Angelica must decide whether she can marry a man seemingly incapable of returning her affection…

What is the reason for Giles’ haughtiness? Can Angelica thaw his frosty exterior?
Or are both condemned to a life without love?

My Review:

I love a cold hero who is redeemed by love, but the hero in this book is unredeemable. Initially, it seems like things are going well, but the last few chapters take a turn for the dark, and the hero’s abuse begins to turn to the physical. By the end of the book, the heroine is broken down and not the bright, sparkling woman she was in the beginning.

This is a rerelease of a book first published in 1977. If you are a fan of older historical romances, then this is a book for you. The language is formal and strictly follows the rules of the Regency era. The characters fit the time period, but I just didn’t like it. 

I received an arc of this book in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

*blurb and cover image via Goodreads.

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