Bella's Betrothal

Bella's Betrothal

by Anne Stenhouse

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While she is travelling north to find sanctuary from the malicious gossip of the Ton, Lady Isabella Wormsley’s room in a Dalkeith inn is invaded by handsome Scottish Laird, Charles Lindsay. Charles has uncovered a plot to kidnap her, but Bella wonders if he isn’t a more dangerous threat, at least to her heart, than the villainous Graham Direlton he wrests her from.

Bella settles into the household of her Aunt Hatty Menzies in Edinburgh’s nineteenth century George Square where Charles is a regular visitor. She has been exiled to the north by her unfeeling mama, but feels more betrayed by her papa to whom she has been close. Bella hopes the delivery of her young cousin’s baby will eventually demonstrate her own innocence in the scandal that drove her from home.

Bella’s presence disrupts the lives of everyone connected to her. Direlton makes another attempt to kidnap her and in rescuing her a second time, Charles is compromised. Only a betrothal will save his business and Bella’s reputation.

Mayhem, murder and long suppressed family secrets raise confusion and seemingly endless difficulties. Will the growing but unacknowledged love between Bella and her Scottish architect survive the evil Direlton engineers?

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BN ID: 2940045252850
Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing
Publication date: 09/20/2013
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 315 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

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Bella's Betrothal 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
jdh2690 More than 1 year ago
This is the first historical romance I’ve read by a native Scottish author, but it won’t be the last. I found the dialogue to be absolutely marvelous because it was clear and concise, and at times witty and sarcastic. Ms. Stenhouse’s excellent descriptive style also enabled me to know exactly what was going on in the minds of the heroine and hero, even when their words appeared to be saying something else. The story was so realistic that I found myself discomfited by the courtship restrictions and social mores of those long ago times. The action and mystery contained in the story lent excitement to my reading as well. I recommend Ms. Stenhouse’s writing highly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This one is even better than the previous one, Mariah's Marriage.  The historical background sets the scene without overwhelming the reader with too much detail, there is a big cast of appealing characters and a gripping plot to keeping you turning the pages. The main character, Isabella, steps into the picture from a troubled past in London to make her home in an Edinburgh whose streets and squares are familiar to anyone who has visited the city. The atmosphere of the city and the manners and attitudes of the people who inhabit the book all ring true.  But the main focus of a book like this has to be the developing relationship between Isabella and Charles, sorely tested by a dramatic series of events that threaten to destroy her new-found happiness in Edinburgh.  Right from the first page we are drawn into the twists and turns of their relationship and their growing love for each other. This is a   satisfying read for all lovers of historical romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The opening of Bella’s Betrothal pulls the reader into the story immediately. This novel contains all of the elements of a classic post-Regency/pre-Victorian romance: a lovely but maligned heroine, a handsome honorable hero, and an evil villain who adds a bit of suspense. One of the nicest parts of the story is that both the hero and heroine desire to be more than the roles society has thrust upon them. Also, the love and acceptance shown Bella by her Scottish relatives is warm and inspiring. If you love Regency romances, you will definitely enjoy Bella’s Betrothal.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bella's Betrothal begins with an abduction as Charles Lindsay attempts to save Isabella Wormsley from a fate worse than death. This Regency romance unfolds with just the right amount of intrigue and a sinister plot hatched by a lord with voracious appetities who hopes to take advantage of Bella's ruined reputation.  Do we expect a happy ending to this entertaining romp? Yes. Stenhouse delivers a satisfying romantic read as she paints an accurate and compelling world of pre-Victorian conventions and restrictions. Her sense of history adds depth to our understanding of Edinburgh of the 1830s and the developing attraction and conflict between Bella and Charles -- each struggling with the balance between achieving their own dreams and meeting family expectations.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bella's Betrothal I enjoyed this tale because it was slightly different than the average romance novel set in the early nineteenth century.  Many novels that I see on offer deal with the heroines being continually cautioned about becoming 'compromised'.  This story, in contrast, picks up the story after the young lady has been compromised and exiled by her family to Scotland.  The author slowly reveals the story of the scandal she left behind in London, and wraps it all up nicely, albeit quickly, by the end. The dialogue is snappy and the pacing is good.  I received an advance copy of the book for review, and I thoroughly enjoyed it!