“Two ordinary people struggling to find their way in life and, in the process, finding each other…a great plot with lovable characters, and lots of witty banter…If you’re looking for something fresh and unpredictable, you’ll love this one. Funny, touching, romantic, engaging, and thoroughly enjoyable.” –Amy, Love At 1st Read
Book #2 in The Brides of Beadwell Series
The award-winning author of The Reunion continues her dazzling new series with a novel of one woman’s fall from saint to sinner . . .
Lucy Betancourt’s future looks bleak. The daughter of an ailing vicar in a village with no eligible bachelors, her only hope is to find employment as a governess or companion. As she helps her childhood friend, the new Duchess of Worley, through her pregnancy, the ever-practical Lucy makes her plans. But life—in the way of the dashing Bex Brantwood—has something else in store for Lucy…
Upon meeting Bex, the duke’s cousin, Lucy offers herself up to him. But Bex is no family man looking for a governess. And Lucy is not exactly mistress material. Still, the misunderstanding ends in a kiss neither can forget . . .
Bex finds the proper vicar’s daughter and her most improper proposal endlessly amusing—and attractive. But, saddled with debt, he’s in no position to keep a woman, much less marry one, which is what a woman like Lucy deserves. Little does he know that even with her reputation at stake, Lucy will take the biggest gamble of her life by following her heart—straight into his arms . . .
This book features two self-assured, capable protagonists who face down some very realistic challenges — and save each other’s hearts in the process. Their camaraderie and chemistry is evident from their first encounter, and their banter comes as easy as their growing love, giving readers plenty of reasons to root for this unlikely match.
~ RT BOOK REVIEWS
I adore regency romances. The dukes, duchesses, balls, and fashion. That high society stuff is such fun to read. But what about the ordinary working people? Those that don’t have the luxury of a title. Don’t they deserve a happily ever after too? It’s not a common theme in historical romance but new-to-me-author Sara Portman portrays it beautifully in the second of her Brides of Beadwell series, The Offer.
~ AMY, LOVE AT 1ST READ
A well-crafted story unlike most historical romances I read. I liked Lucy and Bex and was delighted with the way this book ended.
~ GOODREADS REVIEWER
Finally a story where both protagonists are penniless and not titled…I found the love story so very sweet, simple and realistic. The affection between them grows so naturally that you cannot not love it. I also liked the periferal characters, and there was NEVER a boring moment. Lovely indeed!!
~ ERMIONE, IL PROFUMO DELLE PERGAMENE
Move over, Julia Quinn, there’s a new historical author in town. I just finished the second installment of Sara Portman’s Brides of Beadwell series and it was as enchanting as the first. This new author will surely be one to watch. Her characters are so unique and interesting and I love that she doesn’t write the same old boring debutantes and lords. I found myself unable to put this one down. It had me on the edge of my seat with the occasional tear welling in my eye, just feeling the strong emotion of the hero and heroine. I’m not sure how patiently I will be able to wait for the third book. Nicely done, Ms. Portman.
~ AUTHOR KARI LEMOR
I loved watching Lucy and Bex’s unfolding story. The dialogue was witty and believable between these two as they got to know each other. There are a few twists in the story that kept me turning the pages. I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Fans of Regency romance will be delighted.