Audiobook Review: THE BRIDE WORE BLUE by Cheryl Bolen, book 1 of The Brides of Bath

How long would you wait to be reunited with someone you love at first encounter? One year, two, three, maybe four? Thomas Moreland waited for the woman who saved him from death six years with no promise of a union.

611mzAKOHSL._SL300_Title: The Bride Wore Blue, book 1, The Brides of Bath Series
Author: Cheryl Bolen
Genre: Historical Romance, Regency
Story Setting: England 1807; 1813
Pages: 322
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Published Date: November 23, 2013



Narrated by: Rosalind Ashford
Length: 8 hours, 47 minutes
Produced by: The British Accent
Production Date: Release Date:May 22, 2014
Publisher: Cheryl Bolen

About the Story: For six long years Thomas Moreland has dreamed of the beautiful young noblewoman who rescued him from death. While amassing his fortune in India, not a day passed he did not recall Felicity’s fair loveliness, did not recall the silken tones of her sweet voice, did not desire to possess her.

Now a widow, Felicity Harrison does not recognize the handsome nabob as the young man left for dead by highwayman years earlier. Though she wants nothing more than to snub the arrogant man who promises to rescue her family from financial ruin in exchange for presenting his sister to Society, she cannot snub him. She must force herself to bear his company. But the longer she is with him, the more she has to force herself to remain true to her dead husband’s memory. Why is it the humbly born Thomas Moreland possesses more nobility that any man of her class? And why is it she finds it harder and harder to mourn a dead man when Thomas’s virility awakens her deepest desires?

©2002, 2011 Cheryl Bolen (P)2014 Cheryl Bolen

My Thoughts: Felicity thought all Thomas Moreland’s niceness was out of gratitude for saving his life. She also had the thought he wanted just to use her to get into Polite Society. But there was so much more depth to Thomas’s feeling than she ever imagined – than Thomas thought he had. That being said, if it hadn’t been for Felicity’s carriage coming along when it had those six years ago, he would have been dead, and would have missed meeting a woman who captured both his heart and soul. Fate had stepped in.

Thomas had always hoped to find a woman of his own with such compassion and beauty as he had seen in Felicity those few days when he was recuperating from his injuries. No woman had since attracted him. When he heard her husband had been killed in battle, he decided to take his heart in his hands. He left India, returning to England with the hope he might win her good sentiment and possibly her hand. This time he had more than just the clothes on his back. He came back a very wealthy man.

His lovely and talented sister desired a Season so she might make an advantageous match, but he needed someone of the aristocracy to sponsor her. After all he was who he was through his wits, business savvy and perhaps luck. He did not own a pedigree. Clever man he be, he approached Felicity with a proposition—to sponsor his sister for the Season in exchange he would remove her family debt, including the gambling debts of her younger brother. This was a dream come true for Felicity and one she could not refuse. She was wary of Thomas’s attentions. She still mourned her dead husband, wearing widow rags even four years after his death. Thomas was the perfect gentleman, very humble, enjoyed much Felicity did and above all was well read. Could she forget her husband? Should she trust her heart? Or was Thomas just using her?

Diana was every inch a woman to be respected and had attracted George, Felicity’s brother. His interest in her drew him from his usual gambling pursuits, dancing attendance on the lovely woman.

Another dimension to this tale is the immaturity of both brother and sister of Felicity. George has some growing up to do, as does Glee. I appreciated the shrewd way their development was woven into the fabric of this memorable Regency.

All is not at ease in this tale when Carlotta, a widow, looking for a wealthy husband, tries to entice Thomas herself. Thomas has no interest in her, but was forced to be somewhat attentive, for he was the perfect gentleman. In fact, both Felicity and Thomas were excruciatingly proper; neither would show the other they were interested for it was in bad taste. Within herself, Felicity found herself a bit jealous when he paid attention to Carlotta! The Colonel, lame from the war, had his sights upon Felicity and had for some time. He would not let Thomas have her.

Cheryl Bolen’s story was very entertaining, taking the reader through a tangle of emotions, including jealousy, greed and hate. Love, honor, respect and passion completed this animated Regency in all the charm and properness of the era. The characters were delightfully well-developed. Those of good character were very close to the heart. Those of evil intent were the extra spice to this story providing further breath and interest.

Narrator Rosalind Ashford had a lovely, mellow voice, every inch the lady and one I felt comfortable with. I enjoyed the pace of her telling, giving me the pleasure of listening to each word uttered with such control. Her portrayal of the characters was thoroughly pleasing, adding much to the total production package. I look forward to hearing her as she narrates the remainder of the series.

cheryl-bolenAbout the Author (bio from Cheryl’s website

Cheryl Bolen is the acclaimed author of more than a dozen Regency-set historical romance novels. Her books have placed in several writing contests, including the Daphne du Maurier, and have been translated into 11 languages. She was named Notable New Author in 1999, and in 2006 she won the Holt Medallion (Honoring Outstanding Literary Talent) for Best Short Historical Novel. Her books have become Barnes & Noble and Amazon bestsellers.

A former journalist who admits to a fascination with dead Englishwomen, Cheryl is a regular contributor to The Regency Plume, The Regency Reader, and The Quizzing Glass. Many of her articles can found on her website,, and more recent ones on her blog, Readers are welcomed at both places.

Cheryl holds a dual degree in English and journalism from the University of Texas, and she earned a master’s degree from the University of Houston. She and her professor husband are the parents of two sons, one who is an attorney, and the other a journalist. Her favorite things to do are watching the Longhorns, reading letters and diaries of Georgian Englishmen, and traveling to England.

Cheryl’s Writing Awards

My Lord Wicked ~Winner Best Historical Novel in the 2012 International Digital Awards

Christmas at Farley Manor ~ Winner 2012 Best Historical Novella (Hearts Through History RWA chapter)

With His Lady’s Assistance ~ Finalist, 2012 International Digital Award for long historical

The Earl’s Bargain ~ Finalist, 2012 International Digital Award for long historical

One Golden Ring ~First Place,  Best Short Historical, Holt Medallion Contest, 2006 Third Place,  Best Historical, Texas Gold, 2006

The Counterfeit Countess ~ Honorable Mention, Daphne du Maurier Award for Historical Romantic Mystery Suspense, 2006 Fourth Place,  Best Historical, Texas Gold, 2006

An Improper Proposal ~ Third Place,  Best Historical, Texas Gold, 2005

With His Ring ~ Finalist,  Best Historical, Texas Gold, 2003

A Duke Deceived ~ Notable New Author Award Winner, 1999 Holt Medallion Honorable Mention, Best First Book, 1998

Journalism Awards

Houston Press Club: 1st. place, series 2nd. place, features 3rd. place, spot news reporting 3rd. place, headline writing
Texas Community Newspaper Association: 2nd place, series 2nd. place features and have been translated into almost a dozen languages.

About the Narrator: Excerpt from interview with Joanna Penn.

You can find the complete interview by following this link:

Rosalind, tell us just a bit more about you and your background as a voice talent and narrator.

Rosaline AshfordWell, back when the Earth was cooling, I took Dramatic Arts in college and university, and then moved to this country, to New York. I really started with theater, but I’ve done film and TV, and then I just fell into radio and voice work. And I actually narrated my first book on radio, for Books for the Blind, back in—dare I say—1980, so I’ve been reading books aloud for a few years! I took a break, did other things with my life, and then came back into the business about three years ago, I think it is now.

I had continued to do voice work, commercials, radio, TV, e-Learning courses, and now that everything is digital, it, it really doesn’t matter where you’re located, so I do work for the European market, I do work for you, and you’re in London, authors that could be anywhere in the world. So, my background is extensive. And I have to say that narrating audiobooks is perhaps the most challenging of all the types of performing I’ve done. It’s also the most rewarding.

About eileendandashi

I am a lover of books, both reading and writing. 2018 marks the beginning of my own journey from writer to published author. This blog will showcase various authors' thoughts on the elements of novel crafting, and my attempts to find my voice in writing. While journaling this journey, I hope to encourage others to follow their dreams. Book reviews continue as I have the last four years, only making time for my new pursuits.
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2 Responses to Audiobook Review: THE BRIDE WORE BLUE by Cheryl Bolen, book 1 of The Brides of Bath

  1. Cheryl Bolen says:

    What a comprehensive review. Thanks, Eileen.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Pingback: Audiobook News & Reviews: 05/23 – 06/01 | ListenUp Audiobooks

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