Review: The Luck of the Bride by Janna MacGregor

Reviewed by Jen

This is my first read from Janna MacGregor. It’s the third in her Cavensham Heiresses series but it holds up easily as a standalone. It has an engaging premise and the writing is good. Despite a few–ok, one–thing that bothered me, I enjoyed it overall.

March’s parents died when she was just 17, leaving her to care for her three younger siblings. Her parents were of the nobility and there was plenty of money to keep them comfortable, but the man responsible for dispersing that money failed at the job. For years, she had to scrape and scratch to make ends meet. By the time she hit her 25th birthday, she was due her inheritance. But the latest trustee for the funds has been essentially ignoring her. In desperation, she begins forging his name to disburse funds from her own account to pay for necessities.

It does not take long for Michael, the Marquess of McCalpin, to become aware of the forgeries. At first, he does not realize who has been faking his name, but at least the whole thing puts March and her siblings on his radar. At first, he is very skeptical of her stories about their poverty, but once he sees it first hand, his honor forces him to take responsibility for the group.

Michael is a good guy. He wants to do what he feels is right. But remember how I said earlier there was something that bugged me? Michael can be very autocratic and dismissive at times. He showed this at the very beginning when he sent March away without any money despite her pleas that they had no food… and he basically called her a liar for demanding her own money. When he took control of her family without consulting her. And much later, when he puts his pride before his heart and nearly destroys her.

Michael has a problem with math. That’s his big secret. And it makes him insecure from time to time. He is very smart, but believes his issues with math would make him a laughing stock. Of course, March is brilliant with numbers and their conflict all centers around money. But when Michael can put aside his self doubt and his concern about being made a fool of, he is a solid hero. He does provide for March and her family. He takes them in as his own. He gives them the life they should’ve had, so big props to him for that.

The attraction between March and Michael happens pretty quickly. She constantly thinks of him as Michelangelo’s David. But she has her own self-doubts, namely about her figure and the rough life she has lived in the past eight years, running the house and sheering the sheep. But he is crazy about her and she is crazy about him so it doesn’t take terribly long for all of that attraction to bubble to the surface. I liked March and her pragmatism. I liked how she put her family first and was willing to do whatever it took to help them (even if she martyred herself every now and then.) It made it easy to root for her happy ending.

It’s a pretty straightforward story, that goes the way you would expect. But I did enjoy the journey. It was easy reading and the author did a good job establishing secondary characters that felt distinct and interesting. I would read from her again.

Rating: B

*ARC provided by publisher

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The Luck of the Bride
by Janna MacGregor
Release Date: May 1, 2018
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks

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