THE RELUCTANT BRIDE 1
The cold Lord Isham is the only one who can save the Rushford family—but on one condition. He will wipe away their father's crippling gambling debts only if a Rushford daughter agrees to wed him. Now India Rushford is in a position to help her family, but can she really marry the man who drove her father to ruin?
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- what's the truth? 4
- JAB 11/16/2015
The plot goes off with the heroine not fitting the high society of England's beauty models. For one thing: she has a mouth and is tall. The heroine find the hero staring at her and it looks as if he is glaring at her and leaves. The heroine and her family (mother and sister) that they father died under a carriage and left the family with debts and the house as collateral to his compulsive gambling. I understand the love of the heroine for her father but I also get that the mother has the right to be ticked off at her husband for losing their home and putting them in ruins. However, I would like to say a few words about the mother: she fits the picture of a snob. I mean she whines on her cushions all day about the loss of money, while her daughters do all the chores, when it comes to men asking for her daughter's hands in marriage, they say jump and she says how high. I feel a sense of lost dignity with her. Not to mention that she gets a hissy fit when she finds commoner's children on her pillows. Let us forget the fact that they are dirty, hungry, orphaned, and scared. I was real pissed at her in that scene. We learn that the hero was the one who was gambling with the heroine's father and that puts him in a bad view with the heroine. The hero comes with a proposition that one of the girls marry him, which the heroine does because the heroine doesn't want her younger sister to marry him. I like that slowly the heroine sees things about the hero that turns a new and good light on him. She also has her own admirable qualities. For example, when she finds the boys, she not only takes them in but pays for their freedom out of her meager pocket. I love how the hero came to rescue and helped those boys, giving them a home with proper food and clothing. I like that the heroine instead of whining about their poor predicament,sets out to find a job like a governess or teacher. She's independent and a hard worker. I do like that the heroine has spunk against the hero and the hero like her feistiness as well. I also like how the uncle of the heroine tells her straight out that the life they are leading isn't the hero's fault but her father's because its true. The hero does have his flaws because right after the heroine agrees to marry him, he pulls the usual "heir" card. I also like that the heroine learns from other people like her intelligent female cousin that the hero is fighting for the oppressed factory workers. We also get a bit of suspense of who is starting riots and trying to kill the hero. I like that, we also find the hero who for some reason, a lot of times his compliments sound more like insults. I can't believe that the mother is trying to marry the younger sister off to the younger brother and I like the younger sister for dragging her feet in the mud of the idea. We are then left at a cliffhanger of the heroine falling. It's a good start.
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