Review: The Robber Bride (Daring Debutantes #1) by Jerrica Knight-Catania

Print Length: 142 pages
Publisher: Night Shift Publishing (May 2, 2011)

From When Victoria Barclay, privileged daughter of the Viscount Grantham, has a life-altering experience as a young girl, it sets the course for the rest of her life. She is determined to make a difference in the world, no matter the consequence, and becomes a highwayman—or woman, as it were—robbing the rich and donating her pilfered gains to the poor.

Life-long friend and neighbor, Phineas Dartwell, Earl of Leyburn, suspects his dear friend is up to no good. She’s become evasive, and even worse, he cares that she’s become evasive. When she refuses to confide in him, claiming it’s for his own good, he severs the friendship out of wounded pride and a wounded heart.

But when Victoria’s activities are brought to light in the eyes of the magistrate, Phineas must find a way to acquit his friend—and dare he hope, future wife?—of the charges.


My Rating: 4 stars out of 5

This was a cute and quick read with witty and engaging characters that don't conform to society's standards. I enjoyed not only the characters, but also the fact that the story revolved more around Victoria and her exploits to help the underprivileged than it did the romance. Sure, it was fun watching our two main characters figure out the depth of their feelings for each other, but for once the romance didn't overshadow the "meat" of the story. 

Victoria was by far my favorite in this story (even though she is one of the main characters). For someone who looked out the window at the age of eight, and realized that there were people less fortunate than her to the headstrong woman who puts others before her own well-being, she was a character that stands out. I do wish there would have been a bit more at the end of the story (when everything came to light), but all things considered, it was still a great story. 

Overall, I am sure this story will appeal to those who enjoy a clean historical romance with a strong female lead. I would read more from this author. 

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