Foolish Bride

Foolish Bride

by A.S. Fenichel
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Foolish Bride by A.S. Fenichel

Sadly ever after . . . unless some dreams really do come true?
Elinor Burkenstock never believed in fairy tales. Sure, she’s always been a fool for love—what woman isn’t? But Elinor knows the difference between fiction and truth. Daydreams and reality. True love and false promises. . . . Until the unthinkable happens, and Elinor’s engagement is suddenly terminated and no one, least of all her fiancé, will tell her why.
Sir Michael Rollins’s war-hero days seem far behind him when, after one last hurrah before his wedding, he gets shot and his injuries leave him in dire shape. He wants nothing more than to marry Elinor, the woman of his wildest dreams. But Elinor’s father forbids it . . . and soon Michael is faced with a desperate choice: Spare Elinor a life with a broken man or risk everything to win her heart—until death do they part?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781601839657
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 03/28/2017
Series: Forever Brides , #2
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 22,965
File size: 984 KB

About the Author

A.S. Fenichel gave up a successful IT career in New York City to follow her husband to Texas and pursue her lifelong dream of being a professional writer. She’s never looked back. Multi-published in erotic paranormal, erotic contemporary, Regency historical romance and historical paranormal romance, A.S. will be bringing you her brand of romance for many years to come. A.S. loves to hear from her readers. Be sure to write visit her website at, find her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter.

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Foolish Bride 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
jojosmodernlife More than 1 year ago
Elinor and Michael are engaged. This engagement came from love rather than a business transaction, which is rare in their town. Michael is in the military and takes one last mission before their wedding to secure a title for he and his new bride. It is this final mission that changes everything. Michael is injured and is no longer able to bear children. Elinor's father has just received a higher ranking title and refuses to allow any bad gossip to spread about his daughter. He cowardly dissolves the engagement as Michael is still on bedrest to recover. Elinor refuses to allow the engagement to be dissolved and fights for their love. But it is Michael that she fights because he has given up on their romance in the hopes that Elinor may marry someone more suitable. Along comes Preston, a Duke, who seeks Elinor's hand. Michael fights his jealousy, Elinor fights her conflicting feelings, and the ton is in a gossiping frenzy. Will Elinor choose love or convenience? I have only read a couple of regency romances that I enjoyed which caused me to hesitate to read this one. I feared it would be too many details about the ton, dresses, and overall scenery rather than focusing on the plot. I was pleased that this was not the case with Foolish Bride. The plot moves so quickly that I read it in one day! Furthermore, there was strong character development with both Elinor and Michael. Elinor began their courtship acting as the role of "perfect wife" as her mother had raised her to be. The devastation after her engagement was called off caused her to reveal her stronger, unfiltered self. Michael, after being called out by Elinor, realizes that he had been selfish in how he handled the fall out of their engagement as well as how he had treated his own siblings. Lastly, I was very pleased to find that this book is a part of a series. It read as a standalone and (thankfully) there was not a cliffhanger. My favorite character was Michael's best friend, Thomas Wheel. I was excited to discover that the next book revolves around him and Elinor's best friend, Dory. I will be on the hunt for the first book in the series, Tainted Bride, and look forward to the third! I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys a romantic story about fighting for love. I also recommend this book for readers who enjoy surprises as well as historical fiction. On the other hand, I would not recommend this book for readers who may be put off by explicit sexual scenarios, violence, mild foul language, and kidnapping. Please note: An electronic copy of this book was generously provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Crystal61 More than 1 year ago
Missed opportunities and misunderstandings have Elinor struggling to put her love for Michael aside and find another husband. She cannot settle for less than what she shared with Michael. As Michael tries to prove himself and beg her forgiveness, Elinor finds life a bit more intriguing. Their love remains strong as they work through their hurt feelings. I enjoyed this story, especially how Elinor clung to her love for Michael. She wanted to find happiness, but it would not come until her trust in Michael returned. I received a copy of this story through Netgalley, and this is my unsolicited review.
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this story! I had been looking forward to reading it since meeting Elinor and Michael in Tainted Bride and I was not disappointed. Elinor and Michael have overcome a lot to be together, but that all changes when Michael comes home injured after a mission to the continent. Not knowing if he can be the husband that he wishes to be for Elinor, he allows her father to call off the wedding. Elinor will have none of it and fights for their love. I really enjoyed Elinor coming out of her shell and becoming the woman that she was meant to be. She had hidden her real personality because of the type of person her parents wanted her to be. Once she knew that staying that young, agreeable woman was going to cost her the love of her life, she broke out of the 'box' that her parents had her in. I really enjoyed watching Elinor and Michael work our their issues and find their way back to one another. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series, Desperate Bride, which comes out in Sept. 2017. The H/H are Dorothea and Thomas whom we saw some interaction between in Foolish Bride.
BarbaraVW More than 1 year ago
I received a free book and voluntarily chose to review it. A book well worth reading. Almost everyone thinks Elinor is foolish for wanting to marry an injured man, but she is my strong woman in this book. In fact, I think she is a lot stronger than her exfiance. I love how she changes from a mild mannered young woman into who she really is. She is strong minded and eventually she shows that side of herself.
MelodyMay More than 1 year ago
I decided to take a chance on the Foolish Bride. The first book in the series was so-so, but showed promise to the series. We met Elinor in Tainted Bride. She's portrayed as a ditz in the first book, so thinking it might be interesting. Anyway, she's been burned by Sir Michael Rollins, and she had to withstand some scandal. However, the final straw was when he called off the wedding, because he wasn't whole. Basically lashed out her, instead explaining that he might be able to father children in a rational way. I totally get it, he was angry at the world, and her father didn't help the situation at all. Anyway, she decides she's done playing the flighty airhead, and decides she wants a backbone. I struggle with this transition, because she started to lash out at everyone too. Tis a good thing she has good friends who stood by her side even when she was being a B. Once Michael came to his senses, all he ever wanted was Elinor's happiness. He might not have handle the situation with tact, but he did love her enough to let her go. However, things start to look up and he feels that he good be the man she needs. Yet, there are few challenges and obstacles ahead. You the know the road to true love isn't always the easiest. All right, I almost gave up Foolish Bride. I seriously didn't like Elinor's attitude. She was kind of cruel and mean. I did press forward with the story, because I did like Michael. Both of the characters did grow as the story continues and they learn to love the people they have molded. Actually, it wasn't until about halfway through the story I had a change of heart on my feelings. I did start to enjoy the story. The beginning was a little rough for me, but it was a pretty good ending. Plus, the story got good during and after the house party. Overall, I liked Foolish Bride. I'm glad I stuck with the story. Copy provided by Lyrical Press via NetGalley
Robindpdx More than 1 year ago
This was an entertaining, well-written book. Elinor has fallen in love and is engaged to be married... Until suddenly her engagement to Michael is terminated and Michael won't explain. Michael has been wounded and Elinor's father forbids him to marry her. He agrees, because he doesn't feel he can be the husband Elinor deserves. Elinor refuses to give up without an explanation, but refuses to accept his behavior in ending their engagement either. I enjoyed reading this book with all of the twists and turns that took place along the way. It can be read as a standalone book, though it is part of a series with related characters. I look forward to reading other books in this series and more books by this author.
BookReview4you More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars 'Foolish Bride' by A.S. Fenichel is book Two in the "Forever Brides' series. This is the story of Sir Michael Rollins and Elinor Burkenstock. I have read the previous book but feel this can be a standalone book. Michael and Elinor where engaged to be married. Michael has been trying to earn more money to be more 'worthy' of Elinor. But when he is injured her father who is now become an Earl chooses to end their engagement. Michael is hurt at first but knows that since he has been told he may never be a 'man' again, so Michael gave in to the Earls request to end the engagement. But Elinor sneaked into his house to talk to him but she could not get his mind changed. Elinor was a strong character and I liked how she handled Michael. Michael started off for me a little off when he wasn't strong enough to stand up to her father nor to Elinor when she first sneaked into his house. But overall I enjoyed this book and can't wait for more books by Ms. Fenichel. "My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read."
Cynthia181 More than 1 year ago
I received this book from the author. I have not been required to give a favorable review All thoughts are my own. This was a wonderful story about a young woman who is engaged one minute to the love her life and then not the next. Being told by her father that he was breaking the engagement but not given a real reason why. She confronts her fiancee but he won't tell her either. But she will get her way if she has to do things to make people she is doing something else.
jdh2690 More than 1 year ago
I really “got into” this story and felt it deeply. My only problem is the title because I do not think Elinor was a foolish bride at all. On the contrary, I think she was very, very smart (albeit perhaps unwittingly). I liked her strength in fighting the foolish system of parental involvement in pairing brides with bridegrooms and the foolish, tonnish gossip which guided the rules for women and men during the Regency era. At first I had less admiration for the hero, Michael, for his following all of the tonnish strictures about what is important and what is not relating to following his heart and his own instincts about Eloisa. I applauded when he “saw the light” and admired Elinor’s strength and fell in love with her all over again but for better reasons than before. I won’t give anything away with this review so I will just say that I really enjoyed this Regency romance and now want to read the rest of this series and this author’s back list.
NNLight More than 1 year ago
All her life, Elinor Burkenstock has been groomed to be Sir Michael Rollins’ wife. She loves him deeply and when he takes one last mission right before their wedding, the unthinkable happens. Torn between grief and fury, Elinor confronts Michael and demands to know why he’s broken off their engagement. When he tells her the truth, she doesn’t faint or shied away from him. She gets angry with him and ironically, he discovers Elinor is the woman of his wicked dreams: passionate, intelligent and fiery. Michael can’t stop thinking about Elinor and the things she said in anger. The more he thinks about it, the more he realizes that he loves her even more than he did before the ghastly mission. With the help of his friends, he concocts a plan to win her back. Just as he has done so (or so he thinks), she is kidnapped by a crazed man claiming to be Duke of the lands bestowed to Michael by the King. Will Michael move heaven and earth to save her or will he be too late? I loved this book so much that I read it in one sitting. I couldn’t put it down and not even my husband could veer me away from Elinor and Michael. I first met both Elinor and Michael in Tainted Bride so I had high expectations for this book. It surpassed my expectations by a hundred-fold. Fenichel took me on a breathtaking romance adventure and I wasn’t disappointed. There’s depth to these characters that I find refreshing. There’s serious issues that both Elinor and Michael must overcome if they are going to make it as a couple. But there’s plenty of humorous moments, too. While this is book two in the Forever Brides series, this is a standalone and can be read apart from Tainted Bride. Although, I highly recommend reading that one, too. If you’re looking for a historical romance with substance, pick this up today. You’ll fall in love with the ton and their delightful, even mischievous, characters. I can’t wait for the next book in the series. Thank you to Lyrical Press (Kensington Books) for giving me an ARC via Netgalley in the hopes I’d review it. Favorite Character: Elinor. I loved how her strength, love and courage shone through. She was brought up to be a fanciful lady but underneath all that silk and satin lies an intelligent, outgoing woman who loves her beloved Michael. She’s a treat to read and root for. My Rating: 5+ stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Elinor Burkenstock and Sir Michael Rollins are engaged to wed but when Michael receives a severe wound while defending the Crown, he learns that he will not be able to father children. Thus, Elinor’s father forbids the marriage. Her father has recently become the Earl of Malmsbury and he feels that Michael is now beneath Elinor so wedding him is out of the question. Elinor is hurt and confronts Michael who tells her that she must find someone who can give her children. After Michael has healed and is ready to get back into society, he learns that the Prince Regent has given him the Scottish title of fourth Duke of Kerburghe along with the English title of Marques of Innis. These titles are in recognition of his mission for the Crown that left him injured. The last Duke of Kerburghe died leaving no heir. Elinor’s love for Michael never wavers although his hesitancy to be with her hurts her deeply. She looks for ways to convince Michael that she loves him and still wants to marry him and telling him that they can adopt children. But she constantly has to avoid her mother so she doesn’t find out. But a disturbed man appears who swears he is the person who should have received the title of Duke of Kerburghe and he is determined to do whatever it takes to gain the title. Soon Elinor is placed in grave danger and Michael is called upon to help rescue her. Will there be a way where they can truly be together? This was a nice plot. As the reader thinks Michael and Elinor may be able to get together, along comes yet another roadblock. I’m sure that readers will enjoy the book very much. Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.