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The Reluctant Bride

Published Date: September 7, 2013

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ARRA 2013 Favourite Historical Award Finalist


2013 ARRA finalistCan honour and action banish the shadows of old sins?

Emily Micklen has no option after the death of her loving fiancé, Jack, but to marry the scarred, taciturn soldier who represents her only escape from destitution. Major Angus McCartney is tormented by the reproachful slate-grey eyes of two strikingly similar women: Jessamine, his dead mistress, and Emily, the unobtainable beauty who is now his reluctant bride. Emily’s loyalty to Jack’s memory is matched only by Angus’s determination to atone for the past and win his wife with honour and action. As Napoleon cuts a swathe across Europe, Angus is sent to France on a mission of national security, forcing Emily to confront both her allegiance to Jack and her traitorous half-French family. Angus and Emily may find love, but will the secrets they uncover divide them forever?

2013 Finalist for the Australian Romance Readers Association’s Favourite Historical Romance Award.


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Beverley Eikli

Beverley Eikli author pic RDBeverley Eikli wrote her first romance when she was seventeen. However, drowning the heroine on the last page was, she discovered, not in the spirit of the genre so her romance-writing career ground to a halt and she became a journalist.

After throwing in her secure job on South Australia’s metropolitan daily, The Advertiser, to manage a luxury safari lodge in the Okavango Delta, in Botswana, Beverley discovered a new world of romance and adventure in a thatched cottage in the middle of a mopane forest with the handsome Norwegian bush pilot she met around a camp fire.

Eighteen years later, after exploring the world in the back of Cessna 404s and CASA 212s as an airborne geophysical survey operator during low-level sorties over the French Guyanese jungle and Greenland’s ice cap, Beverley is back in Australia living a more conventional life with her husband and two daughters in a pretty country town an hour north of Melbourne. She writes Regency Historical Intrigue as Beverley Eikli and erotic historicals as Beverley Oakley.

Beverly won Choc Lit’s Search for an Australian Star with The Reluctant Bride. Beverley’s Choc Lit novels include: The Reluctant Bride and The Maid of Milan.

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  1. Historical Novel Society
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    Eikli creates a enchanting sense of time and place, real emotional conflict and lots of drama. I loved the cover of the book; it attracted me immediately and would stand out on a bookshelf. A great read for history lovers, romance lovers and those who like a bit of mystery and suspense.
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  2. InD'Tale Magazine
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    InD'Tale Magazine “Not a fluffy, throw-away romance, this book is perfect for those looking for more substance to go alongside the kisses. ”
    Leslie, InD’Tale Magazine
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    The Reluctant Bride is a complex love story served up with a generous helping of intrigue, history and action. There are plenty of tender moments amidst all of the excitement, suspense and deception, making this book a deliciously indulgent treat with something for everyone to enjoy.

    Reviewed by Louise, BookBag, October 2013.

    4.5 stars out of 5!

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  5. LoveReading
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    A French Revolution romantic adventure of love, betrayal and espionage. Bullied Emily from a troubled home is vulnerable to the advances of a dashing officer. Then tragedy strikes and it seems she must make do with her lover’s good friend. As with all these books much ensues before the inevitable happy ending for here Emily’s parentage is not what it seems or her love as true as she believed so twist turns on twist in a nice, comfortable romance that delivers all you expect.

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  6. RT Book Reviews Magazine
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    The tumult of the French Revolution isn’t fully realized during the first half of Eikli’s book, but the eventual revelation that Emily has a dangerous French connection adds intensity and drama. Readers will immediately warm to Angus and his generous manner, while Emily feels immature, ungrateful and easily manipulated for much of the story — pining away for her lost chance at passion and love, when the real thing is right before her eyes. Once she removes the rose-colored glasses and experiences what life can offer, she becomes more understandable to the modern reader. Much like Marianne and Col. Brandon in Sense and Sensibility, they are a fine couple that deserves much happiness.

    Reviewed by Anna. RT Book Reviews Magazine November 2013.

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