by Jen Geigle Johnson
Publisher : Covenant Communications (August 8, 2022)
Language : English
ISBN-10 : 1524422576
ISBN-13 : 978-1524422578
Orphaned and penniless, Rhianna has no hope of a happy ending-until she learns of a generations-old connection to the royal family of Oldenburg. But marrying a prince would come with its own set of problems.
Rhianna Davies is well-acquainted with heartache after the painful loss of her parents. At the arrival of her ghastly uncle, she is brought even lower: Rhi has been banished from her family’s estate home and must rely on the kindness of her tightly knit Welsh miners for help. Without the protective love of her parents, Rhi has no illusions that hers will be a happy ending-until an addendum to her father’s will arrives in the hands of a prince.
Marc Wilhelm, Prince of Oldenburg, is in Wales with one purpose: to claim his betrothed. A long-ago promise between their fathers forges an indelible link between Rhi and Marc, but there remains just one problem: neither wants to marry a stranger. With no remaining ties to Wales, Rhi agrees to accompany Marc to Oldenburg, where he will forfeit their betrothal so she may have her pick of husbands. But their journey takes them down unexpected paths, from the depths of a Welsh mine to the marriage mart of London to a warm reception in Oldenburg. Rhi and Marc discover that their connection and their challenges run deeper than either anticipated, but whether from their own hesitations or from danger that threatens without, the couple might be thwarted before they can even begin the happily ever after they so richly deserve.
Left an orphan and with an uncle who treats her poorly, Rhianna Davies is looking for a place to call home. I liked Rhi. She isn’t weak, and she cares about the workers at her family’s mine and wants to keep them safe. She doesn’t want to rush into an arranged marriage with someone she doesn’t love.
Marc Wilhelm has become betrothed to Rhianna through an agreement with their fathers. While he feels a certain sense of duty, he believed himself unable to wed. Marc bothered me at times. He knew his feelings for Rhi but feared for her safety so he didn’t want to pursue a relationship. That was understandable. However, he still played with her feelings and continued to flirt with her. I know he was battling with himself, but he made things a lot harder on her.
I like interconnected stories, and this group of brothers is fun. These books can all be read on their own, but I find them more enjoyable when you read them in order. I liked seeing more of Henri and Kristoff in this book as well as the other brothers. Kristoff’s book should be funny, but I think Henri’s is the one I most look forward to.
I always like reading the author’s notes, and I liked the inclusion of the author’s family connection to Wales and mining in the story.