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Brutally torn between duty and his heart, Henri Du Cormier never expected to be completely enraptured with Adrienne Beaumont, the sister of his betrothed. As the new owner of St. Esprit, Henri knows he must work his way into a tight-knit society, and spurning his fiancée will do the complete opposite. However, there are hidden secrets, black magic, and voodoo entwined likeBrutally torn between duty and his heart, Henri Du Cormier never expected to be completely enraptured with Adrienne Beaumont, the sister of his betrothed. As the new owner of St. Esprit, Henri knows he must work his way into a tight-knit society, and spurning his fiancée will do the complete opposite. However, there are hidden secrets, black magic, and voodoo entwined like poisonous vines into the Louisiana plantation. Will Henri end up cursing himself in life and love?Adrienne Beaumont is anything but ordinary in a world of demure, Southern belles. Desiring little more than to be rid of a vengeful older sister, she finds herself inexplicably drawn to the mysterious Henri Du Cormier. As their lives grow increasingly entangled, will Adrienne give in to the burgeoning attraction, or will fate play another card?...

Title : bitter bonds
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ISBN : 28694162
Format Type : Other Book
Number of Pages : 200 Pages
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bitter bonds Reviews

  • Mark Tilbury
    2019-04-11 10:30

    After having read The Soldier's Secret by this author, I was keen to read some more of the same. Again, set in America, but this time pre civil war, this historical romance has so much more to it than a tale of forbidden love.One of the authors best talents is getting the reader into her character's heads. Not just the main characters either, but a number of the supporting ones too. You get access to their thought processes and reasoning, and then a range of emotions in different circumstances.The main part of the story is a love story, but there are also the repercussions in the family and in wider society. I liked how race relations, social standing and voodoo all play a part in the tale. It all gave the book something extra to make it stand apart from more generic romance novels.A very enjoyable read.

  • Julie Gall
    2019-03-23 13:27

    I had the great pleasure of beta reading this book and although historical romance is not my preferred genre, I was instantly drawn into the world of pre American civil war, I absolutely loved the characters and they were so well written I was enthralled by them, I loved the aspect of the supernatural which was expertly weaved into this tale it has everything you could look for in a tale of bitter rivals, sisters and the lives they led which will leave you enthralled, I couldn't put this book down and read it all in one sitting, hopefully the author will follow this up with a book about the next generation of this family and the changing times and turmoil which will no doubt make excellent reading

  • C.J. Rutherford
    2019-03-28 11:17

    Bitter Bonds is a historical fiction novel set in the deep south of America, 20 years before the war of independence. I will mention that this is not a genre I would usually go for, but I needn’t have worried. From the first few pages I could tell that this author was passionate about this book. The characters are rich and detailed, and the pacing is perfect, with the history researched perfectly. I could almost imagine myself living in those times, with the rich aristocracy lording it over the slaves. The main story centres around a young couple who fall in love, but it’s never that straightforward is it? I won’t give any spoilers here. I also loved the way that voodoo magic was integrated into the plot, and how it influenced the lives of the slaves.Now, every book needs a bad guy, or in this case a bad woman, and the author has done a fantastic job with her. She is truly despicable and hateful, one of the best villains I’ve read in a while.All in all this was a brilliant read. A solid five stars from me.

  • Diana
    2019-03-31 14:25

    Copy Received from Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for an honest review"Bitter Bonds" by Heather Osborne was a very rich and refreshing read. I love both romance and historical fiction so this was an easy sell for me. I usually read stories set in England during the Regency period, this story is set before the American Civil War. There was a surprise to this story that I was not expecting, the supernatural element. I think if done right this can add to the story, and Osborne made it work and made it fit. This story drew me in with its sweet characters and fight for young love. Fun and quick emotional read!

  • Heather Osborne
    2019-04-03 10:38

    This novel sparked from a sub-plot in Misfortune I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it!

  • Sarah Stuart
    2019-04-01 17:20

    There are historical romances and there is Bitter Bonds. I expected an entertaining love story and I got it: a romance between Henri, a plantation owner, and Adrienne, a Southern belle. But, Adrienne has an older sister who is anything but typical… I was transported back to early nineteenth century Louisiana where the power of voodoo amongst the slaves held sway, and the slaves in Bitter Bonds are as well-drawn as their white masters and their families. I lived and breathed the atmosphere, and so will you. No spoilers, but the end will take your breath away.

  • Mike Rider
    2019-04-16 13:37

    Hard to put downFantastic story. The setup got me hooked right away. It's hard to put down. Would make a great movie. I love the supernatural twist.

  • The Book Junkie Reads . . .
    2019-04-10 14:40

    Quick read with fun, historical aspects during pre-Civil War southern US. There are hints of voodoo, black magic, southern secrets, mean spirited sister, enchantment, attraction, love. Adrienne was everything her sister was not. She was everything and more that Henri could have every dreamed of but it was her older sister that he finds himself betrothed to. That was a bit of a bone to pick for me. Sister rivalry can be sticky. This was handle with just the right amount of contention. The written drew me in. The characters kept me enchanted and enthralled. I was fascinated to be in pre-Civil War Louisiana. The mix of supernatural, historical fiction, and romance was delightful. **This ARC was provided via Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.**

  • Cherime MacFarlane
    2019-04-12 15:17

    Riding the tide of society and a need to be accepted by the plantation elite, a man makes a horrid decision. It is a tale of two sisters and a beleaguered man who wants desperately to be recognized. The recognition of the elite is far more costly than he could even imagine. Set in the pre-civil war South this tale gives an insight into the relationship between the slaves and their masters. If you have never stood on a balcony in the heat of a summer night and listened to the drums, this book will give you a taste of that feeling. Good read.

  • James Richard
    2019-04-12 10:14

    I loved this book of 19th century Louisiana. It had everything you want in a historical novel of that period: Love, hate, betrayal, infidelity, scandal and redemption. A touch of black magic and murder adds marvelously to the story and plot. It is very well written and fascinating, and the story held my interest from start to finish.

  • Susan Carson
    2019-03-31 10:32

    This was a very intriguing book! A fun quick read, which is my favorite kind. It's a different type of book than I usually read, but I really enjoyed it. :)

  • LaDonna
    2019-03-23 12:41

    I adore Ms. Osborne's Rae Hatting mystery series, but I hesitated a while to agree to read and review Bitter Bonds, as I am not a big fan of hitorical romance. Now I am kicking myself as I absolutely adored this story set in Louisiana in the early 1800's about the daughters of a titled plantation owner, an arranged marriage to one of the daughters with the newly monied man who had purchased a nearby plantation. Add in a nice dose of gris gris and other voodoo, and you have an extremely complelling story that I simply could not put down. It was all I could do to put it down for a hour or so of dinner and family time. I rarely get so driven to see a story through so quickly, made even more exceptional by the fact that I am nursing the worst book hangover I have ever had, so I was wondering if I would be able to do any justice to this one at all, but felt it was my duty to give it a try. So much ado about nothing; this one sucked me in almost immediately. It is nearing midnight as I write this, after picking the book up around three this afternoon.Adrienne could not be a sweeter character, and her older sister Francine could not be more vile. When Henri du Cormier enters their lives, no one would guess how he would turn their lives upside down. In turn, he could not know what great joy tempered by what appalling angst could be brought into his life as he tried to make a name for himself in the newly American Louisiana territory.Though I do not tend to enjoy historical romance, or paranormal, I have always had a fascination with New Orleans and the lovely plantations surrounding it. Ms. Osbourne was able to take us into the heart of it all, in it's early days. This was set in the time that slavery was still legal and expected of society, but we got to see the two lead males of this story and one of the leading ladies treat their slaves very well. I was moved when the girl's father was writing his will and ensuring all his slaves would be given their freedom after he passed. I know it is not an easy subject for us to talk about in today's climate, but it was a part of our history, and I think it was very well presented in this book.I fell in love with Sabine from the first appearance she made in this book. The same can be said for Bessie, Addy's best friend. I am impressed with the amount of time and research the author must have put in on this one to capture the feeling of the era. If I wanted to dissect all of the social commentary that slides its way into the pages of this tale, I would have to make this review much longer than it already is, but sufficeint to say, it intrigued me and held my interest. I loved Bessie's progressive attitude, and how up to date all of Addy's friends were with larger social issues.I was equally fascinated by the voodoo ceremonies and such that made up a part of the book. There is not enough that I would truly consider it PNR, but the places it was included flowed perfectly with the storyline, and presented some very interesting twists and turns to the plotline. Some I could see coming early into the read, but others took me completely by surprise (while still making perfect sense with the rest of the book.) I have to say that in itself is a huge testament to the author's abilities - I read so much that, in general, not too many plotlines truly surprise me, and if they do, rarely do they stay true to what we know of the characters. Ms. Osborne managed to do both, seemlessly. I will be more than happy to recommend this book to all readers of romance of any subgenre. Editing was superb, as was the flow of the story. The characters are well developed. Over all, it left me with the rush of finishing an epic saga, but still leaving me wanting more (I can be greedy like that ;-) )For the over 18 crowd only for some fairly detailed adult and abuse situations. I was given a copy for an honest review.