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The Bashful Bride (Advertisements for Love #2) by Vanessa Riley. Historical Romance Release & ARC Review.

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A friend's newspaper advertisement for a groom nets the most famous actor in London, Arthur Bex. Shy heiress Ester Croome proposes to elope with the handsome man, who she's secretly loved for two years, in order to escape an impending engagement arranged by her overbearing family.

Trying to outlive the shadow of his villainous uncle, Bex needs to marry quickly—to a woman of good character. And smart, beautiful Ester fits the bill. But a harrowing trip to Gretna Green and dangerous abolition rallies prove to be a more treacherous stage than either imagined. Infatuation and a mutual love for Shakespeare might not be enough to bind a couple looking to outrun the chains and secrets of family and the past.


Miss Ester Croome's friend has advertised in the paper for a husband.  Tonight is when she will meet him for the first time,  so she needs Ester to be her chaperone and support.  Ester is unfortunately a little distracted by events at home,  and her fascination for a famous actor. 
Mr Arthur Bex is an avid abolitionist,  because of his past.  He uses his famous voice to persuade others to take up the cause. He needs to feel there is someone in his life who will believe in him when the truth comes out. 
This is a story about a mixed race romance in a difficult time .
Secrets have a way of coming to light no matter how hard you try to bury them.  There is some danger for our characters to face and a lot of prejudice .
You can quite easily read this as a stand alone,  but it is part of a series so you will meet characters from the other books.
A sweet clean romance. 


Even as she pursued engineering degrees, Vanessa Riley's love of 19th century history yielded a hunger to take as many Western Civilization credits as possible (two classes shy of a minor). Vanessa adore Regency times with its conflicts between Church and State, the clash of the classes, and the sweeping romances. Her mission is to have the world fall in love with powerful Regency heroes and heroines who battle for peace with a flintlock and a prayer.
Vanessa loves writing from the comfort of her southern porch with a cup of Earl Grey.

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