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Book Review of The Bachelor and the Bride (Book #4) by Sarah M. Eden
This Dread Penny Society series by Sarah M. Eden is one of my favorites! I love that the characters are a little bit mysterious, chivalrous, giving, intelligent, and fun. One of my favorite parts is reading the Penny Dreadfuls embedded throughout the story. The stories are so creative and fun! Each has a different style to match its author. The Bachelor and the Bride is the fourth book in the series, and it DOES NOT disappoint!!
Dr. Barnabus Milligan has always felt called to help people, whether that means setting a broken bone or rescuing the impoverished women of London from their desperate lives on the streets as part of his work with the Dread Penny Society.
Three years ago, he helped rescue Gemma Kincaid by secretly marrying her to protect her from her family of notorious grave robbers.
But six months after Gemma and Barnabus exchanged vows, she realized her love for her new husband was unrequited. To protect her heart, she left, telling Barnabus to contact her if his feelings for her ever grew beyond a sense of duty.
When Barnabus sends a letter to Gemma inviting her to return home, she hopes to find a true connection between them. But unfortunately, he only wants her help to foil the Kincaids, who have been terrorizing the boroughs of London, eager to gain both money and power.
Heartbroken, Gemma agrees to help, but she warns Barnabus that she will not stay for long, and once she goes, he’ll never see her again.
Yet as the couple follows the clues that seem to connect the Kincaids to the Mastiff, the leader of London’s criminal network, Gemma and Barnabus realize they might make a better match than either of them suspected. Perhaps the marriage that had once saved Gemma’s life might now save Barnabus—and his lonely heart.
But before the once-confirmed bachelor can properly court his secret bride, they’ll need to evade the dangerous forces that are drawing ever closer to the hopeful lovers and the entire Dread Penny Society itself.
My Book Review:
Wowza! Wow!! What?!?!?! No… Seriously?? These are just a few of the exclamations that ran through my head as I read the ending to this book. Wow. Just wow. Absolutely no spoilers here—just a recommendation to read it and read it fast. Then, let’s talk. Oh my!
The Bachelor and the Bride begins like any other Dread Penny Society book has. Normal. There are people that need help and an evil presence that needs undoing. The Dread Penny Society jumps in to help, and then…let’s just say the ending is crazy and unexpected! A lot of questions are answered, but there are just as many new questions that need to be answered!
This book is well written. The character development is great in this one as we get to know Barnabus and Gemma better. All the usual characters play a part and do a great job adding to the story. The suspense and threat increase in this book, which makes it more tense and more exciting. I love the descriptions of the city, the events, and the people.
Sarah M. Eden is a master at writing style. I get sucked in every.single.time. It’s impossible to put this book down after you’re about 2/3 through it, so just plan on finishing it!
Content Rating: PG+ (There isn’t any profanity or “intimacy,” but there is some violence and a few heavier themes.)
My Rating: 4/5
Disclosure: I did receive a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.