Monday, May 1, 2023

The Bride Wore White - Historical Romantic Suspense Review

 Goodreads:  The Bride Wore White (Burning Cove #7) by Amanda Quick

Rating: Really Liked It (4 Stars)
Source:   Publisher

Description: Being Madame Ariadne, Psychic Dream Consultant, wasn’t Prudence Ryland’s ideal gig, but it paid well which was reason enough to do the work—until she realizes that her latest client intends to kill her. But Prudence, a master at reinvention, finds a new job and home as far away as possible and is finally able to relax—which turns out to be a big mistake. Letting her guard down means being kidnapped and drugged and waking up in a bloodstained wedding dress in the honeymoon suite next to a dead man. With the press outside the hotel, waiting with their cameras and police sirens in the distance, it’s obvious she’s being framed for the man’s murder. Prudence knows who is responsible, but will anyone believe her?

It doesn’t seem likely that rumored crime boss Luther Pell or his associate, Jack Wingate, believe her seemingly outrageous claims of being a target of a ruthless vendetta. In fact, Prudence is convinced that the mysterious Mr. Wingate believes her to be a fraud at best, and at worst: a murderer. And Jack Wingate does seem to be someone intimately familiar with violence, if going by his scarred face and grim expression. So no one is more shocked than Prudence when Jack says he’ll help her. Of course, his ideas for helping her involve using her as the bait for a killer, but Prudence feels oddly safe with Jack protecting her. But who will protect Prudence from her growing fascination with this enigma of a man?

Genre:  Romantic Suspense - Historical

Why I Picked This Book:   I have really enjoyed the previous books in this series and I couldn't resist the cover of this one.

My Impression:  This is such a fun series and this one was no exception.  Prudence is a psychic turned researcher who finds herself in the middle of a messy situation where she could be on the hook for a murder she didn't commit.  Thankfully, her friend Maggie was the main character in the previous book and puts her in touch with Luther Pell to get everything sorted out.

I loved Prudence and Jack.  Jack struggles with emotions and leans heavily into analytics and numbers.  Prudence prefers her life as a researcher to her past as a psychic but doesn't feel ashamed of any aspect of her life.  She's practical and resourceful and while she needs help she doesn't really need to be rescued.

This wasn't the most unpredictable book I've read but I enjoyed the read and being back in 1930s Burning Cove enough that it didn't bother me in the slightest.  This is a fun read and a lovely bit of escapism that kept me pulled in and turning pages.  

Would I Read More of this Series/Author?  Of course!  I'll read anything by this author and now want to read more of The Arcane Society books.

Would I Recommend this Book?  If you enjoy romantic suspense and love a 1930s setting this series is so much fun.

* I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  As always my opinions and impressions are completely my own. *


  1. I am waiting for this book with bated breath! I have loved all of the Burning Cove and Arcane Society books.
    Chris Wallace

  2. It's been a long time since I read an Amanda Quick book. They are always so good.

  3. Amanda Quick is a very fun matter what name she's writing under. :D

  4. I don't think that I have read any of the books written under this pen name. This sounds like something that I would really like!

  5. Escapism and being fairly predictable is something to be welcomed at times. Prudence sounds like a vey suitable heroine.