Vanessa Riley-The Bewildered Bride

Vanessa Riley


Vanessa Riley writes Regency and historical romances featuring multi-cultural communities and powerful persons of color. Her award-winning series, Challenge of the Souls, Advertisements for Love, and The Bargain have attracted fans from around the world. With over twenty-titles in print, Vanessa’s hybrid publishing career spans self-published Regency and Victorian novels and novellas and traditional titles with Barbour, Entangled, and Kensington.


Love in the Time of Feminism: Romance Novelists Fight the Patriarchy

Join New York Times Bestselling authors, Tessa Dare, Sarah MacLean, and Vanessa Riley as they discuss how the historical romance genre is being reborn in a way that enables powerful conversations that can change the world. Come for a lively discussion with these two word warriors, as they speak to the subversive power of romance to fight classism, racism, and gender politics and why sexy books are more relevant now than ever.

  • Historic DeKalb Courthouse presented by Creative Flame Media
  • Sat 12:30-1:15p Courthouse

The Bewildered Bride

Ruth Croome, a Blackamoor heiress, was supposed to get married in a gorgeous wedding gown, made from her father’s exquisite fabrics. Instead, they eloped to Gretna Green and upon returning, their carriage was beset by highwaymen and she witnessed the murder of her new husband. Now, four years later, with a child, she wants to move on with her life. A marriage of convenience will do. Ruth already had a love for the ages. Adam Wilky is really the heir to the Wycliff barony—which he never told Ruth. Too much danger. So many secrets. When he was nearly beaten to death and sold into impressment, he thought Ruth had died, too. Ready for revenge, he finally returns and discovers Ruth alive—with a son who could only be his—and she is furious to discover he lied to her. Now it’ll take more than remembered passion if he hopes to win his reluctant wife back…

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