Title: Oh What a (Wedding) Night Brazen Brides, book 3
Author: Cheryl Bolen
Genre: Regency Romance, Historical Romance
Story Setting: London, England
Published by: Harper & Appleton
Published Date: April 19, 2016
About the Story:
SPECIAL NOTE: The sample pages of Oh What a (Wedding) Night may appear familiar. That’s because they appeared in an earlier novella titled Lady Sophia’s Rescue (no longer available). At readers’ request, the story has been turned into a full-length novel with a completely different middle and ending.
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As Lady Sophia Beresford (recently Lady Finkel) passes through the gates of her new bridegroom’s country estate and he begins to whisper in her ear of the delights that await her in his bed, Lady Sophia realizes she has made a most dreadful mistake. There’s only one thing to do. She must bolt.
The bride-on-the-run is rescued by the exceedingly handsome William Birmingham who thinks she’s a woman named Isadore, and though he’s the richest man in England, she mistakes him for a common (but well-to-do) criminal. Since she’d rather be dead than wed to Finkel, Sophia pretends to be Isadore and take her chances with the provocative Mr. Birmingham. But how could she have known that her ruse would bring the gallant Mr. Birmingham into such peril from the wicked man she married? And how could she have known her enigmatic rescuer would ignite passions she’d never known she possessed?
My Thoughts: Suffice it to say, it is not the wisest of choices to say you are someone else, and not know anything about that person. Lady Sophia entangles herself and her maid in an adventure which goes from bad to worse.
The story, laced with plenty of humor, kept me extraordinarily entertained. It’s a light, witty story, sure to have you chortling as I was.
I think the most intriguing secondary character was Lady Sophia’s maid, an older woman who had been with Lady Sophia since she was born. Most of the story, she, too, was playing who she was not—not by her choice. Lady Sophia made up the lie on the fly. Dorothea’s speech, when she was able to talk drove the story forward, but Lady Sophia had her ‘sister’ play the part of a mute. For all Dorothea’s simpleness, she had some decidedly intelligent remarks. I loved her turn of phrase. (One following)
“Dorothea Door, indeed! The gent’s apt to think yer parents are dicked in the nobs.”
Lady Sophia, admittedly, even to herself, wasn’t the fastest top when on her feet. She gathered lies like flowers, bestowing them and then having to remember all the lies she told. Lady Sophia, became Isadore (whoever that was) to save herself from being found by her husband, of some hours. She’d had a change of heart – her thought was she’d rather be dead than in bed! (with her husband who smelled like kippers!)
“A heavy moroseness settled over her as they reached the road and began to head south. Despite her plea, Lord Finkel meant to get her back. The disgusting thing was, in the eyes of the laws of England, she belonged to him. Like chattel. Or cattle, Or an old run one meant to trod upon.”
Lady Sophia, aka Isadore, outlandishly tells falsehoods, only digging herself in deeper as the story goes. All would be just fine, if she hadn’t fallen for Mr. Birmingham. How would he respect her after all these lies! The worst? He thinks she’s a maiden; finds out she’s married, but only after having passionate love with her AND offering her marriage. How much untruth can Mr. Birmingham swallow?
Mr. Birmingham is rather attracted to Isadore. He doesn’t know what to think about her – although all he wants is to make the ‘exchange’ and finish the deal. She doesn’t make the ‘exchange’, but moves in with him. (How could she make the exchange?) She didn’t even know what the exchange was!
Here are his thoughts when she told him her last name was Door. Isadore Door, Dorothea Door… Get it?
Their parents were either mentally deficient or possessed of a wicked sense of humor, but a gentleman could hardly give voice to such suspicions. He racked his brain for something complimentary to say. “There’s a certain . . . alliteration about the names.”
“Indeed there is. Our brother is Dorian.”
Dorian Door? Poor fellow. Exceedingly wicked of the parents. Will stood. “We will leave you ladies. Hopefully, you can get a few hours of rest before we push off in the morning.”
If you like humorous Regency, with adorable characters, a bit of suspense, then this read is definitely for you.
About the Author: Cheryl Bolen has enjoyed several successful careers. She’s been a stay-at-home mother, a journalist, a public school English teacher, an antiques dealer, and in 1998 she debuted with her first novel, A DUKE DECEIVED.
With each endeavor came rewards. For the years she spent as a nurturing mother (including being a PTA officer, room mother, team mom, etc.), she looks with pride now on two extraordinary sons and counts motherhood as the noblest career of all.
And after the awards she garnered with her first novel (including being named Notable New author), Cheryl knows writing is the career that will sustain her in the coming years.
She says it’s only natural that she write about love and commitment. She’s been married to her real-life hero, now a college government professor, since she was twenty years old.
They especially enjoy weekends at their island get-away off the Texas coast and travel to England every chance they get.