Thursday, January 22, 2015

"Mistaken Bride" by Renee Ryan

About the Book 

When William Black's mail-order bride fails to appear at the Boston docks, he's relieved when beautiful, vibrant Bridget Murphy steps in. However, she has a surprise in store. She will be a temporary nanny to his young twins…but she will not marry without love.

Faith Glen, Massachusetts, is worlds away from the poverty Bridget knew in Ireland. And William Black couldn't be more different from her faithless ex-fiancé. Yet that integrity Bridget so admires binds William to a promise that could keep them apart forever. In this new land of opportunity, does she dare to wish for a happy ending?

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This book was released in May 2012
This books come from my own personal collection for review

My Review

“Mistaken Bride” by Renee Ryan is the second book in the 'Irish Brides' continuous series. This is Bridget's story, one where one issue is solved, while another pops up, and one mystery is getting deeper while a new one is starting to pop up as well. Romance is in there air from nearly page one, along with a pretty healthy dose of sexual tension. Now please don't take that the wrong way for it is not that kind of tension that might be found in some of the more secular books, but this tension is that of sweet and tender start of love. It was that tension that made this book one that was hard to put down, even after reading it a second time around.

This is another book in the series that the story takes place over a pretty short period of time, of only a month long, but there was something so sweet and tender about the romance that really made the story believable. There was just something between Will and Bridget from the moment they laid eyes on each other and the fun was in watching it all play out. There are past pains that both must deal with and it is how they work past those pains helps makes this story one that I enjoy rereading.

Bridget is the middle sister of the Murphy sisters and the one who seems to have the most sensitive heart who has also had her problems in the past that has left her wounded and a little uncertain. Though she is wounded and uncertain that doesn't stop her from putting herself out there to help others. There are a few things about her that she needs to learn and she does indeed learn them though they were not exactly easy lessons that is for sure. Bridget is a woman whose faith is strong like her sister's, Maeve (from “The Wedding Journey”) and Nora (from “A Baby Between Them”), without being in other people's faces but it is their actions that show their strength in their faith. The ease in which Bridget is able to connect with others is a strength as well as a slight drawback.

Will is a man who has suffered greatly and now is weary, but he has a plan, one that he isn't all that certain he wants to change anytime soon. His family on the other hand means the world to him and he is willing to do what he must for their sake, even when it goes against everything he thinks is for the best. There are some pretty good reasons he feels the way he does without a doubt and we do find out the whole reason behind why. To watch how Will goes from the man that he is at the beginning of the book to the end is worth reading for it is amazing to see the changes happen the way they do.

This story is a story of love, of course, but also of forgiveness, self sacrifice or maybe the better word is selfless giving, learning of lessons, taking chances and honor. Okay so many of those can be found in various forms in other books including all of those but it is the way that they were written that made them so wonderful together to where I was crying and moaning my protest at one moment in the book, even though I knew it was coming since I read the book once before. It is when a book after reading once before, yet can still provoke such emotions, means that there is something special about the book and it is one that I would recommend to all who enjoy a sweet, tender romance that has it troubles, yet still filled with tension.

Other "Irish Brides" Books

The Wedding Journey
The Mistaken Bride
A Baby Between Them