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The Vanished Bride by Bella Ellis @berkleypub #bookreview #bookstabuddieread #thevanishedbride

Happy Tuesday all!

So excited to share with you today my review for this compelling historical mystery featuring the Brontë sisters. This was also part of a great buddy read that I participated in with a bunch of my friends on Bookstagram! Reading is so much fun when you discuss itwith others!🕵🏻‍♀️

My Thoughts

Bella Ellis has crafted a clever and atmospheric tale that will transport you to 1845 Victorian England. This was a captivating historical Mystery featuring the Brontë sisters Charlotte, Emily, and Anne. The story takes place before the Brontës wrote their classic masterpieces and Inc. there curious, clever, and dynamic personalities. There was also much foreshadowing of their future famous works. It was so impressive how creative Miss Ellis was with her approach to the story. So well written and researched it completely captured the essence of this time and place as well as these characters. And it was a brilliant mystery to boot.

The story starts off with the Brontë sisters finding themselves all under the same roof for the first time in a long time. Then two things happen their friend Matilda’s mistress has disappeared leaving behind a pool of blood, and there is an article in the newspaper about male detectives. Always willing to live outside the norm the sisters decide to head to the scene of the crime and do some detecting of their own. The mystery was interesting, intriguing, and well plotted. I read this book as part of a buddy read and none of us had it all figured out. Always great to have a surprise ending, but even better when it is not out of left field. There were definitely clues and hints leading up to the ending I just didn’t clue into them. This was an extremely well executed historical mystery and I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

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*** Big thanks to Berkley for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

Before they became legendary writers, Charlotte Brontë, Emily Brontë, and Anne Brontë were detectors in this charming historical mystery…. 
Yorkshire, 1845. A young wife and mother has gone missing from her home, leaving behind two small children and a large pool of blood. Just a few miles away, a humble parson’s daughters – the Brontë sisters – learn of the crime. Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Brontë are horrified and intrigued by the mysterious disappearance. 
These three creative, energetic, and resourceful women quickly realize that they have all the skills required to make for excellent “lady detectors.” Not yet published novelists, they have well-honed imaginations and are expert readers. And, as Charlotte remarks, “detecting is reading between the lines – it’s seeing what is not there.” 
As they investigate, Charlotte, Emily, and Anne are confronted with a society that believes a woman’s place is in the home, not scouring the countryside looking for clues. But nothing will stop the sisters from discovering what happened to the vanished bride, even as they find their own lives are in great peril…

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A wedding in Cornwall by Laura Briggs @paperdollwrites @rararesources #bookbirthday #guestpost #aweddingincornwall #giveaway

Happy Thursday and happy third birthday to this charming book!🎉🎉🎉

Laura Briggs is such a wonderful author! I find all her stories so full of whimsy and charm and will read just about anything she writes! Thanks Rachel for inviting me to this celebration!

A Wedding in Cornwall

It’s the career move of a lifetime, and Julianne can’t believe it’s hers: a position as an event planner at a country house in Cornwall, England, beginning with the wedding of a celebrity! If her old firm’s senior planner back in the States hadn’t fallen suddenly sick with the chicken pox, Julianne would never have found herself chosen for a life in one of England’s most beautiful coastal counties, surrounded by rugged shores, quaint cottages, elegant gardens and a house to die for.

But life in Cornwall isn’t exactly as Julianne imagined it. Her first bride-to-be is a resentful, petted snob, the groom is immature and bored, and the Cornish staff of Cliffs House has a difficult time believing that an event planner from a mid-level position can handle a wedding this big. And then there’s a personal matter — the handsome, sometimes charming, sometimes standoffish gardener Matthew Rose. He and Julianne have a strangely complicated relationship somewhere between friendship and attraction. But with a secret in his past, and a scheming bridesmaid plotting to have Matthew all to herself, will Julianne find a way to untangle her feelings and the problems of planning a perfect Cornish wedding?

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Author Bio –

Laura Briggs is the author of several feel-good romance reads, including the Top 100 Amazon UK seller ‘A Wedding in Cornwall’. She has a fondness for vintage style dresses (especially ones with polka dots), and reads everything from Jane Austen to modern day mysteries. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, caring for her pets, gardening, and seeing the occasional movie or play.

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Giveaway to Win one of 4 Fabulous A Wedding in Cornwall Prizes (Open Internationally)

1st Prize: A Demelza collectible Knitdark character doll (Open Internationally) – 1 winner

A wonderful keepsake for fans of all-things Poldark, this Demelza doll was made by Angela Blay, whose popular Knitdark creations have been featured on The Graham Norton Show. You can learn more about the Knitdarks at Angela’s Twitter page @kwerkyknits as well as her Etsy shop at https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/kwerkyknits

2nd Prize A Kindle/Tablet case featuring cover art from the series A Wedding in Cornwall (Open Internationally) – 1 winner

A specially designed case for a Kindle or Tablet featuring cover art from the series A Wedding in Cornwall. The final product’s size, image, texture, and color will depend on the winner’s device.

3rd Prize: A Paperback Copy of A Wedding in Cornwall: Books 1-6 (Open Internationally) – 1 winner

This winning paperback (non-signed) contains the novellas A Wedding in Cornwall, A Christmas in Cornwall, A Cottage in Cornwall, A Manor in Cornwall, A Bake Off in Cornwall, and A Castle in Cornwall.

4th Prize: A Paperback Copy of A Wedding in Cornwall: Books 7-12 (Open Internationally) – 1 winner

This winning paperback (non-signed) contains the novellas A Romance in Cornwall, A Star in Cornwall, A Sewing Circle in Cornwall, A Talent Show in Cornwall, An American in Cornwall, and A Garden in Cornwall.

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Guest Post

If You Like These, You Might Like My Cornish Romance Series!

Thank you so much to everyone at Audio Killed the Bookmark for letting me share about the book birthday event for A Wedding in Cornwall with their lovely readers! I penned the first of what would become twelve novellas in the series three years ago now and watched with surprise as it climbed to the Top 100 Amazon UK. Readers warmly embraced the story of Julianne, an American event planner who finds a new life, new job, and new love when she takes a job at a gorgeous Cornish estate. For those of you who think it might be right up your street but can’t quite decide, I thought it might be helpful (and fun!) to list some things that readers who like A Wedding in Cornwall also tend to like.

The TV show Poldark:

It’s no secret that A Wedding in Cornwall took some of its inspiration from the BBC’s Poldark. After all, the book’s hero, Matthew Rose, is described as being a Poldark look-alike and nicknamed ‘Ross’ by a few of his admirers (a joke that only the heroine, Julianne, doesn’t get, since she’s never before seen an episode of Poldark when she arrives across the pond!) And then there’s the Cornish setting they have in common—albeit a highly fictionalized version in my book— with Julianne’s world full of romantic cliffside views and scenic beaches, cosy little cottages with rambling gardens, a big manor house, and a sleepy little village where residents gather at the local pub for a night’s entertainment.

Escapist Romance Reads:

By ‘escapist’, I mean fun, uplifting reads that transport you from everyday life to glamorous or exciting settings. Julianne’s work as an event planner involves everything from holiday balls to royal weddings to helping with a televised baking contest that resembles The Great British Bake Off. And for a supposedly sleepy village, there is always plenty of excitement in Ceffylgwyn, not the least of which involves Shakespearean dramas with behind-the-scenes romances, a local talent show based on The X Factor, and even a visit from a famous romance writer in search of inspiration for their next story.

Austen-esque Stuff:

Jane Austen might be the gold standard of romance reads, and she’s certainly influenced my writing in different ways over the years, with several Austen re-tellings in my past publications. With picturesque gardens, a stately manor house, and a hero with a bit of brooding in him, there’s a glimmer of Austen’s influence in Julianne’s world, I hope!

Hallmark Channel Movies:

If you love a good cuppa—or cup of cocoa—with a round of sweet romance Hallmark style, then A Wedding in Cornwall might also be your cup of tea. Julianne may not be getting swept off to a castle with a handsome prince like the heroines in Hallmark’s royal romance movies, but a grand manor house and Poldark-esque gardener is a pretty fair trade, right? Plus you get a cast of quirky, colorful side characters, a picturesque setting, and the kind of happy-ever-after that Hallmark viewers appreciate in their favorite films. There’s even a cosy Christmas story for those who love their seasonal romances (and yes, there’s snow and tree decorating involved).

Harry Potter:

Okay, just kidding. Mostly. I mean, pretty much EVERYONE likes Harry Potter, so the odds are good, right? Ah, well… it was worth a try 😉

Seriously, though, I do hope this will inspire you to give Julianne’s adventures a glance. All twelve novellas are available individually as well as in book bundles and paperback. Happy reading.