Book Review: The Substitute Bride by Dorothy Mack

Genre: Historical fiction, romance

Publisher: Sapere Books

Pub date: 25 August 2019

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Upon the marriage of her cousin Billy to Charlotte, Angelica finds herself at a bit of a loss. Usually the mistress of the house she no longer has that responsibility. She makes the decision to seek employment as a governess and luckily finds herself appointed to a child named Jenny who had unfortunately lost her mother.

Lord Desmond is engaged to be married again but in the meantime Angelica takes on additional duties of escorting his young sister out in society.

Angelica can’t help but notice the upcoming marriage doesn’t appear to be a love match, whilst herself she has adored Lord Desmond since she was a child when he rescued her from a lake.

He doesn’t seem as fun and cheerful as he was then and Angelica hopes to see his good nature return.

Things take an unexpected turn when his engagement is called off just as Angelica faces the truth that she can’t live there with another woman. Will it be a happy ending for all?

The first thing I’ll say about this is what an absolute pleasure to read!

From the elegance of the writing to the descriptions of the clothing and the decor I was immersed in this book from beginning to end.

It reminded me a bit of Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice so if you’re a fan of those you’ll love this!

The characters are well written and you can picture them from the description.

This really is a beautiful piece of writing and the first I’ve read by this author but I will surely be reading more.

Thank you to NetGalley and Sapere for the opportunity to read this in exchange for my review.

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