About The Bachelor and the Bride

The Bachelor and the Bride

London, 1866

Dr. Barnabus Milligan has always felt called to help people, whether that means setting a broken bone or rescuing the impoverished women of London from their desperate lives on the streets as part of his work with the Dread Penny Society.

Three years ago, he helped rescue Gemma Kincaid by secretly marrying her to protect her from her family of notorious grave robbers.

But six months after Gemma and Barnabus exchanged vows, she realized her love for her new husband was unrequited. To protect her heart, she left, telling Barnabus to contact her if his feelings for her ever grew beyond a sense of duty.

When Barnabus sends a letter to Gemma inviting her to return home, she hopes to find a true connection between them. But unfortunately, he only wants her help to foil the Kincaids, who have been terrorizing the boroughs of London, eager to gain both money and power.

Heartbroken, Gemma agrees to help, but she warns Barnabus that she will not stay for long, and once she goes, he’ll never see her again.

Yet as the couple follows the clues that seem to connect the Kincaids to the Mastiff, the leader of London’s criminal network, Gemma and Barnabus realize they might make a better match than either of them suspected. Perhaps the marriage that had once saved Gemma’s life might now save Barnabus―and his lonely heart.

But before the once-confirmed bachelor can properly court his secret bride, they’ll need to evade the dangerous forces that are drawing ever closer to the hopeful lovers and the entire Dread Penny Society itself.

My review

This is the fourth book in The Dread Penny Society by Sarah M Eden. And I’m going to highly recommend you read the first three first. It just helps to keep who each of the characters is straight. And you’ll understand a lot better if you do. I’ve put links to them in my what to read section below.

I love how this author includes a couple of Penny Dreadfuls in each of these. I look forward to reading them every time. And the ones in this book are fantastic! I loved how the second one ended.

This book features Barnabus. He appears to be a confirmed bachelor. Until the reader finds out in the first chapter that he is actually married. I love his character! Barnabus is always trying to help some one else out. Even if it hurts him along the way. And the way he cares for his wife, Gemma, even though he hasn’t seen her in years is so sweet.

I really liked Gemma too. There are a lot of things about her that the reader doesn’t understand, especially at first. But little by little, who she is is revealed. And she’s a gem. I loved how concerned she was about leading danger to the group of Barnabus’ friends. And Barnabus himself. These two just work together so well.

I refuse to ruin the plot for you, so no spoilers. You’re just going to have to get this one and read it for yourself. But I will say that there was tons in the ending that shocked and surprised me. So many secrets were revealed to the reader. And I really need to know more, right away! But I’m just going to have to be patient and hope that the author writes another book soon.

I was sent a copy of The Bachelor and the Bride as a gift from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

Purchase links

Amazon (affiliate link) – Deseret Book

What to read after (or maybe before) The Bachelor and the Bride (affiliate links)

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