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I love History, Romance, the Regency, Food, Family, Faith and Friends.

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The Bittersweet Moment

A free short story of beginnings. This is  a prequel to the Advertisements for Love Series.

A second son must find his place in the world, but can he trust his heart and not the heavy-handed antics of his father, the Earl of Crisdon.

Below are the 4 books in The Advertisement for Love series:

Each book in the series is STANDALONE:
* The Bittersweet Bride
* The Bashful Bride
* The Butterfly Bride
* The Bewildered Bride

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The Bittersweet Bride

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.

"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

"Riley’s novel is as bittersweet as the title suggests — deftly weaving issues of class and race into a complex second-chance love story" - SARAH MACLEAN - Washington Post Click for Article

"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


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The Bashful Bride

When a newspaper advertisement for a bridegroom nets London's most famous actor, a shy, sheltered heiress risks all to be with him in a mad dash to elope, escaping her overbearing family's plan for an arranged marriage. But does the actor with the voice of honey have far too many secrets to make a safe happy match?

Entertainment Weekly - MAUREEN LEE LENKER  May 30, 2018  Vanessa Riley crafts a highly historically accurate Regency interracial romance heavy on plotting and crisp detail.

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The Butterfly Bride

A social butterfly mistakenly awakens in the arms of a reluctant widower and seeks a convenient marriage via a newspaper advertisement to hide from a determined killer ...


"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

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The Bewildered Bride

Wycliff wants nothing short of annihilation of his enemies and Ruth's surrender in his arms.
#2ndchance #reunion #revenge.

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