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Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite
The Bridal Contract (Darrington Family Book 3) is a historical romance by Sandra Sookoo. Eloisa Hawthorne is furious that her reckless brother gambled away their inheritance and promises their younger sister to a priggish peer to avoid debtors’ prison. She desperately needs money to save her sister from an unhappy future, but does not know where to acquire it. Her neighbour, Oliver Darrington, is a seafaring viscount who has no intention of marrying or staying on land too long, despite his overbearing mother’s nagging. He’s peeved when his ex-mistress makes him her child’s guardian, but negotiates a temporary engagement with Eloisa to quell the scandal involving the child, stop his mother’s marital lectures and solve Eloisa’s crisis. Nevertheless, Oliver’s plan did not include his attraction to Eloisa, who had promised her dead fiancé never to marry anyone.
Sandra Sookoo’s The Bridal Contract (Darrington Family Book 3) is a very light historical romance. The novella contains prim and proper rules associated with this era, but the author created a few characters who are daring, outspoken and possibly frowned upon for being too modern for that period. Eloisa and Oliver shun the rigid formalities of society and move to their own beat. Although I feel their unusual relationship could have been expounded a bit more as the story moved so fast, and expected some reactions from Eloisa’s carefree brother regarding her engagement to a noble, The Bridal Contract (Darrington Family Book 3) is a novella that I think makes a pleasant read.