One of Book Riot’s “9 Not-To-Be-Missed Romances Hitting the Shelves this Summer”
Can a woman who’s down on her luck find love with a dashing Duke-to-be? Find out in The Luck of the Bride, the next Regency romance in the Cavensham Heiresses series from Janna MacGregor.
She’s leaving nothing up to chance. Not even love…
March Lawson is an orphan who, for the past eight years, has struggled to raise her siblings on a meager allowance. Most women March’s age would be picking out ball gowns for the upcoming season. But March’s focus is not on finding a husband. First, she must devote her energies to just one man: the coldhearted skinflint who refuses to release her inheritance.
Michael Cavensham, the Marquess of McCalpin, is not a heartless man. When he learns that Miss Lawson has been forging his name to procure funds, he can’t bring himself to have her arrested—not when the bold-faced embezzler is so enchantingly beautiful. Instead, McCalpin agrees to visit her home to assess the situation more closely. March has no choice but to accept. But how can she manage the handsome trustee who controls her purse strings—when he tugs at her heart strings as well?
“Sparkling dialogue, a dash of deliciously tart humor, and just enough soul-searing sensuality to keep romance fans sighing happily in satisfaction.” – Booklist on The Luck of the Bride
“Brimming with family, hope, and tender sensuality, this shrewdly plotted, gently paced romance is especially satisfying.” – Library Journal on The Luck of the Bride
“A lovely, sweet and touching love story.” – RT Book Reviews on The Luck of the Bride
“MacGregor’s stellar debut [is] a must-read for any fan of Regency historicals.” ―Booklist (Starred Review)
“An enjoyably complex treat.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“An enjoyable historical romance with characters you come to love and an entertaining story from start to finish.” – Rendezvous with a Romance on The Luck of the Bride
“Debut author MacGregor brings England’s Regency era to life in this sparkling launch for the Cavensham Heiresses romance series.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Newcomer MacGregor delivers a well-paced, powerfully plotted debut where love and revenge vie for center stage. Watch for MacGregor to make her mark on the genre.” ―RT Book Reviews
“The Bad Luck Bride is a deftly woven Regency romance, interspersed with plots and plans and passion. Ms. MacGregor is now at the top of my automatic buy list.” ― Night Owl Reviews (Top Pick!)
“A delightful debut! Janna MacGregor bewitched me with her captivating characters and a romance that sizzles off the page. I’m already a huge fan!” ― New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James
“The Bad Luck Bride…will leave you swooning.” ―New York Times bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries
“Janna MacGregor writes with intelligence and heart. The Bad Luck Bride is a full-bodied Romance about what it truly means to love, to forgive, and to heal.” ―New York Times bestselling author Cathy Maxwell
Top customer reviews
A touching Regency novel that kept me mesmerized from beginning to end with memorable characters and a beautifully written story that included family dynamic, survival, overcoming adversity, secrets, scandal, trust, hope and heartwarming romance. I really liked March Lawson, an orphan struggling to raise her siblings and her dynamic with the other characters, especially her attraction and chemistry with Michael Cavensham, the Marquess of McCalpin and heir to the Duke of Langham. They are both caring, honorable and duty-bound and jumped right out of the book and into my heart.
I love historical romances and have recently become a big fan of Regency romance. This is the first book I have read by Janna MacGregor and I look forward to reading more by this talented author. The Luck of the Bride is a must-read for fans of the historical romance drama.
I received an advance reader copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley and this is my unbiased review. I enjoyed it so much, I purchased a copy for my keeper library.
March, Faith, Julia and Bennett Lawson’s parents died when March was 17 leaving her to take care of her siblings with the help of her father’s assistant, Hart Pennington aka “Uncle Hart”. Their guardian, Lord Burns, a friend of their grandfather’s does not answer March’s letters for assistance. March knows they have trust funds, but she cannot access them. So, she takes care of her siblings as best she can by moving out to the country estate.
Bennett, now 9, would like to be addressed as “My Lord” and informs March she is fired because they must eat ham and beans too often. He would like some sweets. March discovers that the Marquess of McCalpin is the successor trustee of their accounts as her father’s solicitor has died. He writes a letter of introduction but has never answered her requests for money to live on. She decides to take matters into her own hands and move to the London house.
Michael Cavensham, aka Marquess of McCalpin, has a secret that he doesn’t want known. He has several people who work for him and his younger brother, William, is his personal advisor. Mr. Jameson, a bookkeeper in his solicitor’s firm, has discovered irregular requests for disbursements. Looking at the requests, he realizes it’s not his signature, but a very good copy.
March meets with McCalpin to request her trust. He refuses as he doesn’t believe she’s 25. Though he is curious and starts looking into their circumstances. He finds her interesting. After seeing how they live, he has them move into his parents’ home where the Duke, his father, takes Bennett under his wing. There are many things going on in this wonderful book and I won’t spoil them. You will enjoy learning their secrets and watching them fall in love. I highly recommend this book!