The Kidnapped Bride
Drew Wallin’s youngest brother is determined to see him married—so he kidnaps Drew a prospective bride. Not only is Catherine Stanway beautiful, but she’s a nurse who can help their ailing mother. Drew doesn’t have time for distractions—he’s too busy watching over his fatherless siblings. Yet he’s drawn to this woman who carries loss and pain equal to his own.
Catherine has traveled West to use her nursing skills to save lives, not to find a husband. She knows if she gives in to Drew’s matchmaking family, she’ll be risking her already bruised heart. But maybe it’s time she takes the ultimate risk to win the groom she didn’t know she wanted!
This is the second book I’ve read by Regina Scott, and I think her “voice” is better in US-set historical romance than in the British Regency.
I do really enjoy books set in the mid-1800s in the US. There was a lot going on and a lot of change. Additionally, if I’m going to read a book with a Christian undercurrent, it doesn’t seem out of place here.
I liked the premise of a woman being abducted under the best of intentions, but everything going wrong. I especially liked that it wasn’t the love interest doing the abducting.
There were a few things I found a little strange. Firstly that the woman she was abducted to help seemed to be cured (after a long illness) overnight just because the book’s heroine turned up. I also found it a little strange that everyone (like, dozens of men) were wanting to marry her within hours of the story beginning. That the hero was getting jealous immediately even though he didn’t want to get married.
A lot of category romances work within a short timeframe, but this seemed just a little too short!
All of that said, there were aspects of the book I enjoyed just fine. I like that Scott doesn’t force the religion on you, rather that it’s simply part of who the characters are. It seems accurate for the time period.
A fast, easy read for fans of 1860s America.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.