Review & Giveaway: Salt Bride by Lucinda Brant

   “When the Earl of Salt Hendon marries squire’s daughter Jane Despard, Society is aghast, convinced the Earl has lost his head over a beautiful face. But Jane and Lord Salt share a brief secret past, one that caused mistrust, heartache and misery. Four years on, they are forced into a marriage neither wants: the Earl to honor a dying man’s wish, Jane to save her stepbrother from financial ruin. Beautiful inside and out, the patient and ever optimistic Jane believes love conquers all; the Earl will take some convincing. Can the newlyweds overcome past prejudices and sinister family opposition to fall in love all over again?”

In my opinion historical fiction is one of the most challenging genres to do well. One must not only develop a well written and inviting story line with engaging characters and a finely executed plot…but all while keeping a reader’s undivided attention and this must be done while also keeping true to a specific time period and it’s factual and manufactured authenticity within the story. Not an easy endeavor by any means. However it is an attempt that is very well accomplished in Australian author Lucinda Brant’s Georgian historical romance Salt Bride

The somewhat tragic tale of the lovely but fallen Jane Despard and her seemingly unwilling suitor Lord Salt Hendon is one that is not only well-researched and perfectly paced but also simply beautifully written. Rarely do I find historical romances that allow just enough “romance” to entice my more feminine sensibilities without going overboard sentimentally or taking things too far in the opposite direction and becoming a lurid tale that would make any reader of that time period or any other blush. Not so with the enchanting Salt Bride which manages to find a perfect balance between romance, lust and the ever sought and often illusive idea of true love.

The story itself revolves around a moment of youthful passion and the years of confusion, treachery and yet never-ending love that follow. Both the hero and heroine of the book are strong characters that readers will immediately connect with and have a vested interest in their happiness or lack thereof. The tale itself is one of originality and creates layer upon layer of well executed and perfectly engrossing fiction for lovers of the historical genre.

I myself was lucky to come into contact with Lucinda during my Georgette Heyer celebration in August when she so generously wrote a fabulous guest post for Stiletto Storytime. I cannot say how glad I am that I did otherwise I might never have been exposed to her work. After devouring Salt Bride I will now be looking into her other works immediately. Brant’s talent is undeniable and I can’t wait to get lost in more of her wonderful storytelling. Dare I admit…I enjoyed Salt Bride more than many of Georgette Heyer’s own beloved works and that is high praise indeed. To learn more about Lucinda and her work you can visit her website here.

 Book Giveaway

As a special treat thanks to the extremely generous Lucinda Brant one lucky reader of Stiletto Storytime will win their very own hardcover copy of Salt Bride to curl up and enjoy at their leisure. Giveaway ends midnight EST November 29, 2011. This giveaway is open internationally. Winner will be chosen by and notified by e-mail address. Good Luck to all and Happy Reading!

To enter simply comment below and share your favorite historical time period of which you enjoy reading about and why? Are you a dedicated regency fan or does the civil war period tickle your fancy? I would love to know and any favorite book suggestions are always welcome as well.

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43 responses to “Review & Giveaway: Salt Bride by Lucinda Brant

  1. Thank you for the awesome giveaway, this looks like a great book. edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom

  2. Laura H.

    Thanks for the giveaway! I love 17th Century Scotland, particularly the Highlands. I love reading about the geography of the land, the castles and, of course, the men in their kilts! 🙂 I’m currently reading Vonda Sinclair’s “My Fierce Highlander” but some other great authors are Kinley MacGregor, Sue-Ellen Welfonder and Julie Garwood.


  3. Laura H.

    Already e-mail subscriber.


  4. Laura H.

    Already follow on Twitter @MamaHendo3.


  5. Laura H.

    Now follow the author on Twitter @MamaHendo3.


  6. Mary Preston

    I love the etiquette of the Regency Period, especially the rules on courting. Of course, then I love to see the characters break these rules or at least bend them.


  7. Mary Preston

    I follow


  8. Faith

    Thank you for the chance to win this wonderful book. I have it in electronic form but would love to have the hardcover as well. It’s a fantastic read. I enjoy reading about almost time period from the past but my favorite would have to be the 18th and 19th centuries.

    • stilettostorytime

      Faith- I am so glad you loved it as well. It’s always nice to hear that others enjoy something as much as you did!

  9. Lover of Regency period, their demeanor, clothing and woman coming into their own. Love the cover of this book and seems like a story I would love.

    Follow you and now Lucinda on Twitter.

    Thanks fo giveaway.

  10. Hopefully third time is the charm, thanks for the giveaway of BRIDE SALT, congrats to Lucinda. I follow both of you on twitter.

    I love the Regency period. For me it is the quiet elegance of the time, but never sleepy because there is something afoot. Usually the descriptions of the dress, manor and landscape takes you to places that once were and this is magic indeed.

  11. It has been a journey to leave this comment, but definitely worth it. I follow you and Lucinda on Twitter too. SALT BRIDE is so up my alley, would love to receive a copy, thanks for the giveway and heads up about this book.

    I love Regency era, I think it is the pace, the attention to detail in the clothing and the surroundings. I like the strong women developing yet in restricted settings. I find this time always a good backdrop for any kind of story.

  12. Margaret

    I’ve been wanting to read this one for some time now! I love all history to be honest but am particularly interested on the Tudor (medieval times) and Ancient Egypt. Thank you for the giveaway!


  13. Margaret

    I am a follower


  14. I love to read anything about Regency England! That’s definitely my favorite time period:)

  15. Twitter follower of SS: @jwitt33

  16. Twitter follower of Lucinda: @jwitt33

  17. I don’t really have a favorite period because I love learning about different periods. I am a very eclectic historical fiction reader.

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  18. I now follow you on Twitter.

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  19. I now follow Lucinda on Twitter.

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  20. I am an old follower of Stiletto Storytime
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  21. I tweeted about this giveaway. Here’s the link:

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  22. My favourite period is Regency. However, recently I’ve become more and more interested in Georgian and Victorian eras. I find them just as fascinating, though maybe not as charming as Regency. But maybe that’s only for now, because I don’t have much experience with either. Thank you for the giveaway! The book sounds very interesting and intriguing.

    I’m the blog and twitter follower.

  23. I’m a dedicated regency fan. My favorite book is Pride and Prejudice, and I, also, love Georgette Heyer’s books.

  24. GFC follower
    Marlene Breakfield

  25. argh! not gfc follower e-mail follower
    ignore last comment

  26. twitter follower @mbreakfield

  27. Follower of Author Lucinda Brant on Twitter @mbreakfield

  28. Amy S.

    I love historical romances. One of my favorite time periods is Civil War, and really recommend Lorraine Heath’s Always to Remember. Thanks for the giveaway.

    • stilettostorytime

      Amy- That’s a new recommendation for me…thanks so much. I love finding new books I might be interested in from my readers! I also love civil war literature so this one might be perfect for me.

  29. Amy S.

    I’m a new follower.

  30. English Regency period, hands down. Jane Austen is my favorite, of course, and I’ve been reading her since I was twelve (a very long time), but the books I love reading over and over are Georgette Heyer’s, especially The Masqueraders and These Old Shades. If I’m feeling more like angst, I read two old books I have by Dawn Lindsey: Daughter of Fortune and Victory Summer. This new book sounds wonderful and I will read it one way or the other!

  31. mamabunny13

    I love the Tudor era because of all the drama!

  32. mamabunny13

    I follow you via gfc

  33. mamabunny13

    I follow Lucinda Brant on Twitter @mamabunny13

  34. mamabunny13

    I follow you on twitter @mamabunny13

  35. stilettostorytime

    So many wonderful entries for this fantastic book but only one winner…the random number generator has picked….Farida Mestek! Congrats! But don’t despair everyone else for we will have another Lucinda Brant giveaway in December so stay tuned!

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