Determined to prove her worth as a budding archeologist, Genisse Braxton vows to solve one of the world’s greatest mysteries–to find the location of the lost city of Zerzura. Unfortunately, no man dares take the risk of escorting the resolute young scholar across the open desert. But on her way to Egypt, Genisse engages in a daring deception–she will switch places with Mildred Whimpelhall, who is traveling to meet her fiancé.
Cynical adventurer Jim Owen will do anything to escape the dark secrets of his troubled past. Betrayed by the woman he loved, scorned by proper society, he agrees to carry out a danger-fraught task: escort Mildred Whimpelhall across a lawless desert to her intended….
Review: When I learned that Amazon was starting their own publishing company, Montlake Publishing, and their debut novel was going to be from Connie Brockway, I was intrigued. And then I was asked to review The Other Guy’s Bride and I was honored to be asked.
What really stood out to me is the setting for this book. It mostly takes place in 1905 Egypt. What a unique setting. And Ms Brockway takes total advantage of it. Ginesse and Jim are trekking across the dessert, encounter native tribes and exploring ancient ruins. I enjoyed the adventure I was taken on throughout this book.
And then there is the romance. I wasn’t sure how it was going to work when Ginesse assumed another person’s identity (read the blurb, I’m not giving anything away). The other woman is engaged to be married and Jim has been hired to escort her to her fiancee. Jim is torn between his attraction to this woman and his honor as a gentleman. I enjoyed the inner turmoil both Ginesse and Jim battled with as it added another layer to this book.
My only complaint is that I really would have liked it to be a little longer. The end was a little too tidily wrapped and an it felt a little abrupt to me (not the epilogue but the story itself). But that aside, I really did enjoy this book and I can’t wait to see what other books Montlake releases.
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