Review: Miss Bradshaw’s Bought Betrothal

 Miss Bradshaw’s Bought Betrothal 

Virginia Heath

A little information for the newbies, like me, to the Historical Romance genre… 

This title is a Harlequin, Mills & Boon Historical Romance. Historical Romances include Regency heartthrobs, (think of Mr Darcy with an attitude), delicious Vikings (think Beowulf, my heart does skip a beat when I think of Ray Winston) and fearsome highlanders (think Braveheart,“They may take away our lives, but they will never take away our FREEDOM!”) and more! 

I don’t quite know how I’ve managed to avoid reading a Historical Romance with those images dancing around in my head!

The Blurb

She’d done it! Plain, invisible Evelyn had escaped…

Fed up with being a doormat to her evil stepmother, heiress Evelyn Bradshaw pays a dissolute rake to pose as her betrothed so she can secure her freedom. But then her fake fiancé leaves her with his estranged brother Finn Matlock and disappears!

Having withdrawn from the world the last thing Finn needs is the temptation of a woman, especially one like Evie. She has an irritating habit of causing chaos wherever she goes and being in places she shouldn’t…including, as he soon learns, his heart!


I really enjoyed the authors note, don’t skip it! I felt it really gave a wonderful insight as to why the ‘Cinderella’ Fairytale got Virginia Heath’s creative juices flowing.

Right, now for what you’re waiting for.

A tale of re-invention, discovery and growth. A twist on a Cinderella tale I found riveting. Moral of the story: grab life by the lapels and bring it to you, kicking and screaming if you have to.

Evelyn Bradshaw, ‘Evie’, our heroine. “Too fat, too plain and far too old?” Nonsense. A caterpillar waiting to unleash its beauty and lavish its colours upon the world. Evie is a wonderful heroine, a true woman, with curves, bounce and ‘nearly’ an attitude.

Evie decides to take control of her life, lapels firmly in hand and pays a brute with a title, Marquis of Stanford, Fergus Matlock, to play her fiancée so she can escape the vicious clutches of her evil Stepmother and Stepsisters.

And what a Stepmother Hyacinth Bradshaw is. As a secondary character I thought she was brilliant. She grated on me like finger nails on a chalk board. Perfectly embodying my perception of an evil Stepmother.

This plan of escape brings Evie into the hands of Finnegan ‘Finn’ Matlock. Our hero is ‘curmudgeon’,my new favourite word, meaning: ‘a bad tempered or surly gentlemen’ and yet he is as sexy as a ripe peach on any given summers day.

The central romance tackles sensitive issues thoughtfully, with care and justice. As our hero and heroine heal hurts of the past and hurl themselves into the future, you will be weeping, wooing and swooning as conflicts are overcome and love blossoms.

A truly uplifting tale that made me woo with glee and made that busy muscle in my chest swell. An elating tale of love, self discovery, self-determination and down-right wonderful writing. 5/5 stars from me. 


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