Widow Theodosia Cecil needs a husband to help protect her son. The former flower seller turned estate owner posts an ad in the newspaper, and no one is more surprised than she when her first love, the man she thought dead, reappears. Ewan Fitzwilliam has been at war for six years. Now, the second son of a powerful earl is back but his beloved Theo needs a husband and will not consider him. She believes Ewan left herin desperate straitsso she denies the feelings she still harbors for the handsome, scarred soldier. Theo and playwright Ewan must overcome bitter lies and vengeful actions that ruined their youthful affair. Theo must reveal her deepest secret in order to reclaim the love that has long been denied.
"The Bittersweet Bride charms, entertains, delights, and, best of all, satisfies my craving for a great happily ever after." - NYT Bestselling Author, Grace Burrowes
"A riveting, beautifully written, exquisitely detailed historical romance. Riley's characters are unique, realistic, and compelling, and readers won't want to put the book down before reaching Theodosia and Ewan's happily ever after." - Alyssa Cole, author of An Extraordinary Union
"This book wrapped my heart from page one and didn't let it go until long after I finished The End. Vanessa Riley is a true and unique talent you should not miss." - Laurie Alice Eakes, Author of True as Fate
"Infused with sumptuous historical descriptions and brimming with vivid, memorable characters, The Bittersweet Bride is a powerful and poetic gift for fans of Regency romance." - Lenora Bell, author of How the Duke was Won
"Vanessa Riley delivers an intriguing, tension-filled premise. In The Bittersweet Bride, an unlikely couple torn apart by past betrayal and prejudice are drawn back together in a compelling story of undying romance and second-chance love." Julie Klassen, Author of The Maid of Fairbourne Hall