Book Review: The Unwilling Bride by Candy-Ann Little

Amazon summary
Beautiful and high-spirited Caitlin Gallagher has no desire to be married. When she’s forced into an arranged marriage, she vows to loathe the man. Her anger is kindled even more when she finds out he was born in England. Her family was forced to flee Ireland and move to America because of the war with England. Now this Englishman is stripping her freedom away. Dillon Cade is her enemy twice!

Gentle Dillon Cade has lived a quiet life for thirteen years in Norfolk, Virginia. When he agrees to marry a young maiden so she can stay in America while her parents are deported back to Ireland, he gets more than he bargains for. As he uses his newspaper to fight President Adams’ sedition acts and help Thomas Jefferson get elected, he must also deal with an unwilling bride, who now disturbs his peaceful life.

Can Caitlin work through her anger, finding faith in God and love in Dillon’s arms? Can Dillon tolerate her behavior long enough to win her trust?

My review
I was a little worried that this book would be too similar to Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers (which I loved). Turns out it’s not, and it’s fabulous all on its own. The stories really are nothing alike and while God and faith are a part of the story, in The Unwilling Bride, it’s more subtle than in Redeeming Love.

I have to say that while I could empathize with Caitlin at being forced into the marriage, I can’t really say I liked her much in the beginning. She was pretty much a spoiled brat. Her father was pretty hard to take, too. Why wouldn’t he just tell her the truth? I also wondered at first if Dillon was going to be as easy-going as he seemed and put up with her attitude. I’m thrilled to say that everything worked out in the end. The characters are all well written, so you get a chance to know them, both the good and bad qualities. You get to know them and actually care about what happens.

Of course, I picked this book because of the historical aspect, which is also well-done. There is also a secondary love story. And meddling woman who really needs to be taken down a peg or two. Basically, this clean historical romance is full of reasons for you to read it.

About the book
Title: The Unwilling Bride
Author: Candy-Ann Little
Publisher: Kingdom Kastle Publishing
Release date: January 29, 2011
Where I got the book: I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review as part of Adopt An Indie Month.
Rating: 4.5 stars Great book, will appeal to fans of (clean) historical romance.