Hello, Sunshines, I have the huge pleasure to be (finally) sharing my review of; Unexpectedly Wed to the Officer by Jenni Fletcher. I can’t wait to share this charming little book with you all.
Firstly, I want to say thank you to Jenni Fletcher for my complimentary copy.
About the Book
Unexpectedly Wed to the Officer by Jenni Fletcher.
Genre; Historical Romance/Regency Romance
Series; Regency Belles of Bath #2
Publisher; Mills and Boon/Harlequin
To officer’s wife
With a scandal in her past, shopkeeper Henrietta Gardiner has become wary of men, including her friend’s brother, dashing officer Sebastian Fortini.
When Henrietta is called upon to take in her three young nephews, Sebastian is on hand to help her, even offering a convenient marriage as a solution!
Henrietta starts to realize her new husband’s carefree exterior hides a more intriguing interior…
but where will that leave their hasty marriage?
Purchase Link – Unexpectedly Wed To The Officer
What a lovely and gentle love story this is, firstly let’s have a look at that gorgeous cover; go on…isn’t it luscious? It doesn’t exactly match up to how I saw Henrietta and Sebastion in my head while reading, but that’s just my view, I still love it though and it does work really well with the romance surrounding our leading couple. Another thumbs up to the art department!
Unexpectedly Wed to the Officer is the second book in the marvellous; Regency Belles of Bath mini-series, even though you can very easily read the books as stand-alone’ my personal opinion would be to read the first; An Unconventional Countess first, not that you will be missing anything crucial from the overall story but I do feel that to get the full Belles of Bath experience you should read them in order. Again, just my opinion, you may feel differently!
Unexpectedly Wed to the Officer picks up more or less where the previous one finished, now Henrietta is in charge of Belle’s, she is trying to get on with her life as an independent woman in charge of her own fate, when all of a sudden a sexy, dishevelled, twinkly-eyed Officer bursts through the back door and turns everything topsey-turvey.
Sebastian Fortini has finally come back home after years sailing the seven seas in his majesty’s Navy, he naively expects everything to be as he left it, for his sister to be as she always has been behind the counter of their families biscuit shop, alas our dashing hero has another thing coming when he walks through the door of the place he has called home only for a fierce baker to whack him in the nose with his own back door.
Some welcome home, hey Sebastian?
Who is this feral and incredibly beautiful woman, who is currently threatening him with a pair of tongs?
I really, really liked Sebastian he is every inch the charismatic, seductive rogue which we all look for in a Regency, but there is another side to him which I thoroughly liked getting to know, yes he is a bit of a cheeky chappie with a seductive glint in his eye, but he is also compassionate and caring with a sort of lonely aura which was very endearing and makes you fall in love with him all the more.
I really felt for Sebastian, his frustration at not knowing where he is going now that his navy career is more or less over, he feels as though he at sea without a paddle. The Navy has made him the man he is, it has taught him so much and now he is feeling a little redundant. Plus there is the all-consuming guilt that has been hanging over him since leaving home, the guilt of not being there when his father died, the guilt that he was away when his mother and sister needed him, and the guilt that Anna; his sister had to deal with everything which was thrown at her. My heart really went out to him, he is adept at hiding his true feelings, but Henrietta soon sees through his cheeky persona and meets the frustrated,
I liked how Henrietta and Sabastian’s romance develops throughout the book, true theirs is essentially a marriage of convenience and they didn’t exactly start off on the right foot, but once married they learn from each other, the progression of their blossoming love story feels very natural, it isn’t rushed they soon realise that they are more in sync with each other than first thought.
Sabastian not only reveals his own issues regarding his loss of the career he loved and the unspoken guilt which wells up within beneath the surface, but he also proves to his new wife that all men aren’t only out for all they can get from a woman, I love how he shows her respect and slowly gains her trust and in doing so she finds new confidence I think she was lacking.
I absolutely love the opening, it is such a hoot, I did laugh out loud quite a few times – who’d have thought that I mild-mannered baker could be so lethal? 😉 It’s a great scene, I love that all parties meet on the first page, even if there is a lot of crossed wires and nose crunching. It sets the relationship between Sebastian and Henrietta up nicely for lots of embarrassed and witty banter, plus red hot blushes when Henrietta spies some muscular, tanned chest – not that was looking!
I love love, love the wit and banter between Henrietta and Sebastian, add into the mix a selection of charming secondary characters and a beautifully tender romance and you have all the ingredients of a genuine heart-warming, sparkly, atmospheric love story.
Unexpectedly Wed to the Officer is a lovely little story all about two people who aren’t completely happy and in need of a little love, but find that much deserved happiness in the arms of each other. I enjoyed the more sedate pacing, it’s not a whirlwind it’s more like a stroll through the park which allows you to really get to know our couple.
About the Author
Jenni Fletcher was born in Scotland and now lives in Yorkshire where she writes historical romance novels. She studied English at Cambridge and Hull and has been nominated for 4 RoNA awards, winning for Short Romantic Fiction in 2020. In her spare time she loves baking and, of course, reading.