Format: .mobi (provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review)
Release Date: July 2, 2013
Due to his aristocratic family’s downfall, William Benton serves as steward on the land his brother should have inherited. His one weakness is for the daughter of the new owner. Josephine Lawton is beautiful, charming, and enamored of titles and all things aristocratic.
Or so he thinks until he discovers that it’s her father who is doing the matchmaking. When he learns that there is more to the exciting Josephine than first meets the eye, he puts all his passion into restoring his family’s honor and winning the woman he loves. It’s going to be a hot summer on the estate.
First off let me say, no offense to whoever wrote the blurb but it doesn't really tell you much about the story itself. In fact, if I were going to pick a book based on the blurb, I would pass this one up. Luckily, thanks to the publishers and NetGalley I was able to give it a try.
This is the first time I read something by Jade Lee though I've heard her name from a few friends.
Even though it is a novella, Winning a Bride felt more like a full length novel and that really made my day. What's more, the hero is a working man, a second son from a fallen aristocratic family who has been in love with the new land owner's daughter, Josephine for five years. Josephine was a lot of fun and for the first time I felt like I was reading about my younger self. Josephine had a restless spirit and a wildness in her that was and still is rare for a woman. Try as she might, she just couldn't be a "proper" woman and I loved that about her. Her "wildness" was endearing and made Will more of a dashing hero because that was why he fell in love with her.
I was afraid that Josephine would lose her appeal as the story developed, as can be the case with a romance but she didn't, she was stubborn and contrary the whole way through. I loved having a heroine that was almost extreme in her uniqueness.
Will and Josephine to me were an unlikely couple because will there was an attraction between them, it took them so long to act on it. They bickered constantly and seemed too different for a romance between them to work, but as I kept reading, I started noticing that they were more alike on the inside than they appear on the outside.
Winning a Bride won me over and I am happy to say I will be checking out the upcoming book in the series as well as previous historical romances by this author.