By Connie Brockway. All she needs is the perfect venue for a wedding. And there is no more perfect venue than North Cross Abbey, the ancestral mansion of Justin Powell, the man whose reputation she had saved from scandal-wagging tongues ten years before. Justin Powell is a man who believes in paying his debts. But Evie invades his heart as well, putting the daring double life he is living—and her own life—at risk.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Bridal Favors by Connie Brockway. Evelyn Whyte has never forgotten the night she first met Justin Powell—or the shocking indiscretion that left the raffish military hero eternally in her debt.
Justin is happy to oblige, but his hospitality may place the wedding party in peril. Unaware of the daring double life he conceals behind a cloak of amiable gentility, Evie and her guests descend on North Cross Abbey. Pursued by enemy agents amid a whirl of festivities, Justin vows to keep Evie safe. But who will protect him from the charms of this alluring woman—and the promise of a matchless love worth any risk? Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Bridal Stories 2.
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Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Bridal Favors Bridal Stories, 2. Sep 22, Becca rated it really liked it. What a fun little story. I read this with Andrea as a buddy read and in a rare moment, we both came away from the read happy!
It features Evelyn Cummings Whyte, who is trying to maintain her aunt's bridal planning business, and Justin Powell, a spy masquerading as a slightly vacuous man. The book opens with a touching scene between a young fifteen-year-old Evie and an adult, but still young, Powell. I LOVE when stories give me a glimpse of a characters' interaction when they are younger.
Here, Brockway did a beautiful job of developing the characters and setting the stage for some of the preconceived notions that would color the characters' perspectives when they meet again as adults. For example, Evie assumes Powell is a womanizer refreshingly, he is not and Powell views Evie as his little "owlet" because of her small stature, dark hair, and inquisitiveness.
This nickname stays throughout the novel and even has a few touching little inside jokes. The characters come back together in adulthood because Evie wants to use Justin's crumbling manor to host a major society wedding that could redeem the wedding business she is running. Justin has been given a spy mission of his own and reluctantly agrees to let Evie use the place while he completes his business using all the wedding activities as a cover.
This book read quickly. Brockway has a distinctive storytelling style that is both quirky, roundabout, and fun to read.
She captures small town characters beautifully and uses cute secondary characters to sometimes lend a different perspective on the leads. For instance, in this book, we had Justin's prickly, misogynistic butler who reluctantly likes Evie but gives her a hard time throughout the novel, and Evie's maid who is a free-spirited woman who collects men like postage stamps.
Those two work to get Evie and Justin together and we sometimes got glimpses of what they were thinking. Brockway's breezy style kept the spy theme from being anything too suspenseful or angsty and to be quite honest, the story probably would have been better without it. There were so many other fun elements that the rushed resolution to the spy thread was a bit convoluted and I'm still not quite sure everything was all worked out.
Despite this one quibble, I thought the story was lovely. I wasn't emotionally invested because there was so much happening that I didn't feel like I knew Evie and Justin all that well, but this was still a solid 4. It read quickly, there were some funny moments, and both leads were likable. Super sexy : Overall, this was a delightful little story that I really enjoyed reading.
It was light and fun and though there wasn't a lot of depth, it was unique enough to keep me smiling and reading. I'd highly recommend it to anyone who has been on run of duds View all 14 comments. Jan 08, Lindsay rated it it was amazing.
This was delightful from beginning to end. After extensive reading in the genre, I have learned that my perfect HR includes witty banter, some sort of action, adventure, or mystery, and smart, capable, likeable MC's. This book ticked off all of my boxes. Evie is a very smart and determined woman who is insecure about her looks, having grown up in the shadow of a beautiful mother and sister that she doesn't resemble.
She developed intelligence, competence, and drive as a result, and hides her uni This was delightful from beginning to end. She developed intelligence, competence, and drive as a result, and hides her unique beauty that she can't recognize under dowdy clothes and spectacles she doesn't even really need. Justin is a British spy that has everyone convinced he's just a silly dilettante who used to chase women and now devotes his time to watching birds.
The two of them meet when Evie is an awkward teenager, and Justin ends up in her debt. Ten years later, Evie comes to collect upon it, needing to let his estate for a bride for whom she is planning a wedding reception. I loved the interactions between Evie and Justin- there were lots of fun, witty moments. Justin being jealous of a rival suitor of Evie's was a nice touch, as was Beverly and Merry plotting behind the scenes to bring the two of them together.
I thought the pacing was very well done, with events happening mostly over the course of several weeks, allowing the MC's to actually spend time around each other and get to know each other. The espionage element was fun, and while maybe a bit improbable and slightly silly, lent something extra to this outside the norm of a typical HR. I think action and suspense are a great device to help throw a pair of characters together.
What I think I liked the most about this was the fact that the characters brought out the best in each other and helped each other realize their full potential and worth. I liked the relatable realism in Evie being insecure about her looks and finding confidence when someone cared about her- but for all of her attributes, not just what she looked like.
I liked how they could see through each other in a way no one else could- Evie figuring out Justin was a spy and Justin figuring out that Evie was hiding herself and needed to be able to shine. There is a lot of lightness to this book, with a touch of swoon I just love reading a book where I truly like all of the characters and don't feel like I have to overlook anything in order to enjoy the story.
I am really glad I bought this one, because I could definitely see myself reading it again someday. If you like HR and haven't read this, I would absolutely recommend it. Sep 04, Christy Stewart rated it it was amazing Shelves: reviewed , historical , romance , victorian. One of the funniest books I've read in a while, and I'm a tough sell. The characters were surprisingly deep, relatable, and actually witty, instead of the author just insisting that they were.
The book isn't an in depth read but perfect if you want something light and genuinely clever and interesting. Buddy read with Becca! This book was just the right amount of hilarious and heart-breaking, very hard to put down, and everything you could want from a fun historical romance.
I don't know why it took me this long to give Connie Brockway's books a chance, but I definitely plan on reading more by her! View all 17 comments. Apr 19, Ririn Aziz rated it liked it Shelves: historical , romance , gr-my Likable hero and heroin.
But it feels like too frothy and candylike for a spy-based story. At the beginning, it was believable enough, but towards the end, it feels rushed and quite out of hand. Nothing dramatic except for the chasing , the revealing of the enemy spy that they were searching for was I was like As easy as that??
And there were some confusing facts which confused me haha throughout the book. View 2 comments. What a wonderful book!
Added by 8 of our members. The acclaimed, award-winning author of The Bridal Season returns to the elegant drawing rooms and sprawling country estates of Victorian England Evelyn Whyte has never forgotten the night she first met Justin Powell--or the shocking indiscretion that left the raffish military hero eternally in her debt. Now, desperate to save her aunt's foundering nuptial planning enterprise, she's ready to call in her IOU.