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Saturday, September 22, 2018

My Sister’s Intended by Rachael Anderson - Book Review, Interview & Giveaway

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Review by Suze

Prudence wants to be an author. She craves freedom and creativity, but her parents don’t understand her very well. Fortunately Prudence has a close bond with her sister Sophia. Her sister has been through a lot and Prudence is always looking out for Sophia, she’s a protective younger sister. That is why she decides to investigate Sophia’s fiancé to be. Brand, Lord Knave, is their next door neighbor and the man Sophia is supposed to marry. Prudence wonders if he can be trusted and the only way to find out is to spy on him, what will she discover?

Brand is looking for a spark in his life. He’s lost his best friend and that changed the way he lives his life. Before officially becoming betrothed Brand wants to get to know Sophia, but she isn’t easy to approach. Brand needs help and Prudence is the perfect source of information, she can tell him about Sophia, she can give him advice and she can make sure they have something to talk about. However, why is it so much easier to talk to Prudence than to her sister and why does he like her company so much?

My Sister’s Intended is a fantastic romantic story. I loved Prudence. She’s far from prudent, she’s bold, outspoken, clever and full of joy. She’s a delightful ray of sunshine. Every conversation gives her inspiration for her stories and she isn’t afraid to go after what she wants. Prudence dreams and fights to make the future she’s envisioned for herself reality. One of her goals is finding true love, but her sister has to marry first. Because of Prudence’s deep love for Sophia she carefully researches Brand and his lifestyle. This brings more trouble than she could have ever envisioned, which entertained me from beginning to end. Brand is a kindhearted man with a great sense of humor. I liked his warmth and his bravery, he follows his heart, even if it brings him difficulties. I liked their easy banter and really enjoyed each sentence of their fabulous dialogue. This kept me glued to the pages and made me read My Sister’s Intended in one sitting.

Rachael Anderson’s writing has a wonderful easy flow. I adored her marvelous imagination and her descriptive style makes everything she writes about come to life in a gorgeous way. My Sister’s Intended is charming, fun and sweet. It’s a story that constantly made me smile. I love it when a book brings happiness and joy and this story does that in abundance.


If you love charming historical romance you don’t want to miss My Sister’s Intended.

About Rachael Anderson

A USA Today bestselling author of clean romance, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can't sing, doesn't dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.



1) Can you tell a little bit about yourself?

I'm a part-time writer and full-time mother of four. Over the years, I've become pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. I can't sing, don't dance, and despise tragedies. But I recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which I am really good at eating. 

2) How did you get the idea to write about a girl who’s interested in the one man she isn’t supposed to fall for?

I actually had a dream about what will be the second book in the series (My Brother's Bride). After that, I came up with the titles for all three books, then figured out a plot that would work with the title of "My Sister's Intended." It was sort of a backwards way to go about it, I know, but that's how it happened. 

3) Can you describe the key personality traits of the main characters of My Sister’s Intended?

Spunky, fiery, passionate, imaginative, and optimistic. She's a fun character--one I wish I could be more like. 

4) How did your love for historical romance start?

As a teen. My mom loved reading about that time period and passed that love onto me.

5) You love to read, where does your passion for books come from?

I've just always enjoyed getting swept away in a good story. It's fun to enter the world of some characters and be a part of something different than your own life for a while. 

6) If you could travel back in time to the setting of one of your novels, which one would you choose and what would you like to do there?

Probably the one I'm writing now because it's by the sea. I've always loved the sound of the ocean and sea breezes. And the house and grounds are lovely. 

7) How did your writing journey start?

In high school, I suppose, though I didn't get serious about it until years later. I always loved to read, but as the years past I became picker about the stories I liked. One day I decided I would write the sort of story I'd love to read. I started a few books that didn't go anywhere before I finally made myself finish my first novel. When it was actually accepted for publication, I decided to try writing another one. Now here I am, over a dozen books later. Who would have thought? 

8) You write romantic stories, what does true love mean to you and what should a good happy ending look like?

For me, it's more than chemistry. It's a deeper connection between a man and a woman that begins as a fast friendship and develops into something more. It's when two people can tease each other, feel comfortable confiding their most protected secrets, always put the other person first, AND have chemistry. In order for me to believe in a happy ending that will extend beyond the end of the book, the characters have to be a good fit in many ways. 

9) When and where do you write, how do you combine writing fabulous romantic books with a busy family life?

I write everywhere. In my head as I'm running about, on the computer when I have the time, and I dictate into my phone when I'm able. It's a messy, random way to go about it, but it's how I balance my other responsibilities with my "job."

10) What are your plans for the future?

When it comes to writing, I try not to think too far into the future or I get overwhelmed. I just take it one book at a time and hope I can keep it up for a few more years, at least. I guess that's what keeps it interesting. I never know what's coming next.


One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will receive a digital copy of My Sister’s Intended by Rachael Anderson.

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  1. Yay, this book is one of my all time favourites!! ^_^ I got it on KU so I'd love to have my own copy. :D The cover is just so beautiful too! The characters are so REAL and the chemistry so genuine. And I love how Rachael says true love is a deep connection where you feel completely yourself and want to put the other person first - so true. :D xx

  2. Awesome post! I love hearing how authors got into writing books.

  3. My Sister's Intended sounds like a clean, wholesome romance and a great start in the Serendipity series.

  4. I enjoy historical romance! I can't wait to read this one.

  5. Loving the cover of this one! I've always loved Historical romances and this one sounds so good! Adding it to my TBR :)

  6. I love the cover. It is really beautiful and unique

  7. Love the simplicity of the cover. I am nosy and always wonder what authors read, do they read the same genre they write about or do they read others. :) My Mum also gave me my love for the historical romance and thriller genre but thanks to her I love reading. One of the biggest thrills for me was being able to go into the grown-up part of the library for the first time.

  8. Sounds wonderful. Downloaded the sample, i love your writing style. Thanks to you and also to Suze for this review, interview and giveaway.

  9. This sounds lovely. Thanks for the review, Suze!