Saturday, August 6, 2022

Review: The Engagement Bargain by Sherri Shackelford

My rating: 4 stars / I really liked it


Make-believe betrothal

Rock-solid and reliable, confirmed bachelor Caleb McCoy thought nothing could rattle him--until he discovers he needs to pose as Anna Bishop's intended groom. After saving her life, his honorable code bid Caleb watch over the innocent beauty. And a pretend engagement is the only way to protect her from further harm.

Raised by a single mother and suffragist, Anna doesn't think much of marriage--and she certainly doesn't plan to try it herself. But playing Caleb's blushing bride-to-be makes her rethink her independent ways, because their make-believe romance is becoming far too real...

My Review

The suffragist message and theme was strong in this book, and it was interesting to see how Anna, raised by a borderline militant suffragist mother, could choose her own path while still staying true to the good principles of the movement. It was a journey for her to be removed from her mother's influence and develop her own opinions about friendship, relationships, and romance. I loved her hidden talent with embroidery and the small ways she defied her mother while still seeking her approval in other ways. Caleb's emotions are a bit of a mess, and it was surprising that he had allowed a rather insignificant rejection from his past to have such a long-lasting effect on his trust. I liked seeing him loosen up and give Anna and himself a chance. A great cast of community members- family and friends- rounded out this story in a delightful way.

Disclosure statement: A complimentary copy of this book was provided from a tour group, publisher, publicist, or author, including NetGalley, OR was borrowed from the library, including OverDrive, OR borrowed from Kindle Unlimited, OR purchased. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are unbiased and my own.

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