The Luck of the Bride
By Janna MacGregor
Publisher: St. Martin’s
Release Date: May 1, 2018
Reviewed by Janga
Michael Cavensham, Marquess of McCalpin, has his own problems. He feels woefully incompetent to deal with all the matters that fall to him as the heir of the Duke of Langham. Only the expertise of his large staff and the assistance and loyalty of his younger brother allow him to do so and protect the secret he has guarded for most of his life. When his bookkeeper informs him of the suspicious withdrawals from the Lawson trust and the marquess acknowledges that his signature has been forged, he realizes how little he knows about the Lawsons and decides to investigate, beginning with a summons to March.
March doesn’t expect to be rendered breathless by the handsome marquess. Michael does not expect to be charmed by the lovely March. Neither does he expect to find the conditions he uncovers at the Lawson estate. Despite the attraction that sparks, these two are not predisposed to trust one another. Michael believes that March is dishonest, and she believes him indifferent to his responsibilities. But as their knowledge of each other grows, their relationship changes. Just as it seems unexpected happiness lies in the future of all concerned, multiple plots threaten the couple. Michael is given evidence that causes him to doubt March and always there is the fear that his dreadful secret will be exposed.
The Luck of the Bride is the third book in MacGregor’s Cavensham Heiresses series. The protagonists are both interesting characters who are refreshingly different from the usual hero and heroine. Young as she is, March shows admirable strength in functioning as the head of her household and providing the love her young siblings need. Michael is likable and sympathetic, and his problem is one that I don’t recall encountering in historical romance before, although I have some experience with it in real life. The secondary characters are mostly appealing, especially March’s siblings and Michael’s parents. Fans of the earlier books in the series will be pleased to see Michael’s cousin Claire and her husband, the Marquess of Pembrook (The Bad Luck Bride) and his sister Emma (also a good friend to March) and her husband, the Earl of Somerton (The Bride Who Got Lucky) play minor roles.
There is much to like in this book, and I did enjoy it. However, Michael’s lack of trust in March disturbed me, and her quick forgiveness of his doubts bothered me even more. I’m not a vengeful reader who demands her pound of grovel from every erring hero, but I needed more here. Even a sweet HEA did not make up for the lack. My disappointment was not enough to spoil the book for me, but it did prevent my classifying it as a keeper. Regardless, I remain eager to see what MacGregor does in the fourth book, The Good, the Bad, and the Duke, scheduled for release in early December. I do recommend the series, and if you like a credibly strong heroine and endearing secondary characters and have a higher tolerance than I for distrustful heroes, The Luck of the Bride may prove to be your favorite.