Friday, October 14, 2011

Review: Confessions of an Improper Bride

Confessions of an Improper Bride by Jennifer Haymore
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: Donavan #1
Pages: 342 (paperback)
Source: Won in a Giveaway
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Serena Donovan left London six years ago, her heart broken and her reputation ruined by devilishly handsome Jonathan Dane. Now, with her family’s future in peril, she reluctantly agrees to return to England and assume her late twin’s identity. The price? Marry a man she doesn’t love and spend the rest of her days living a lie. Jonathan Dane, Earl of Stratford, has become an incorrigible rake, drinking, gambling-and trying to forget Serena Donovan. Yet the moment he’s introduced to the prim and proper “Meg,” he recognizes the sensual young woman who captured his heart. Haunted by his past mistakes, he refuses to lose Serena again. But convincing her to trust him is no easy task. Claiming his lost love means exposing the truth and destroying the life Serena has sacrificed everything to rebuild. With the future of all the Donovans at stake, and their undying passion capable of triggering yet another scandal, how much will Jonathan and Serena risk for a chance at tru
e love?

My Rating:

My Review:
Serena and Meg are twins and, unfortunately, Meg is lost at sea.  Due to her mother's devious actions, Serena feels obligated to become Meg and save her family from genteel poverty.  But becoming Meg means losing Serena, returning to London (and seeing Jonathan Dane), and convincing Will Langley that she is his love from six years ago.

This story is unlike many historical romance novels where the main conflict revolves around the love interest being a "rogue."  There is a real conflict here and it is such a difficult situation for everyone involved.  Ms. Haymore makes sure there are no easy answers or quick solutions.  I loved Serena, Will, and Jonathan's relationship.  I didn't love Phoebe so much.  I just found her annoying in a big way.  I felt as if the conflict was resolved perfectly even if it left no one unscathed.  I'm hoping that Meg isn't really gone but then again, I have no idea what would happen if she were alive.  I just hope she is and that she has her own book.

Definitely read this one if you like a romance where the characters have to work for their happily ever after.
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