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Constantly stifled by the rules of Society, spirited Rebecca Rowley enjoys finding ways to quietly—or not so quietly—rebel. But riding bareback and avoiding nosy neighbors are nothing compared to the thrilling secret she is keeping from her family.
When Rebecca’s quick thinking saves the life of a young girl, she unwittingly attracts the attention of the child’s dashing brother, Lieutenant Nicholas Avery. As that attention turns flirtatious, Rebecca is forced to tell him the truth: she is secretly engaged—to the one man her family would never approve of. Fortunately, Lieutenant Avery is a navy man with no wish to marry, or so they both assume as they enter into a friendship. Rebecca hopes to change her family’s mind about her betrothed, but the more she comes to know the handsome lieutenant, the more she wonders if she promised her hand too hastily.
After all her carefully laid plans are shattered during a family crisis, Rebecca must force her heart to decide. Should she stay true to the promise she made or fight for the future she’s only just begun to imagine?

Praise for “Otherwise Engaged”

About the Author

Joanna Barker was born and raised in northern California. She discovered her love for historical fiction after visiting England as an eleven-year-old, and subsequently read every Jane Austen book she could get her hands on. After graduating with a degree in English, she worked as an acquisitions editor before devoting herself full-time to writing. She enjoys music, chocolate, and reading everything from romance to science fiction. She lives near the mountains and is just a little crazy about her husband and two wild-but-loveable boys.

“Otherwise Engaged” is published by Covenant Communications. Released October 12, 2020. You can find in at Amazon, Deseret Book, Seagull Book, Barnes and Noble, etc.


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My review

I love Joanna Barker’s books! And this one, Otherwise Engaged, is thoroughly enchanting!
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Rebecca comes home from Brighton secretly engaged to Edward Bainbridge. Her plan is to uncover the reason why their families are enemies and what caused the rift. One day while riding her horse, she hears a scream. Following the sound she sees a child in the water trying to get out. Rebecca jumps into the lake to rescue the poor child. The girl isn’t grateful and neither is her older brother who was seconds behind Rebecca.
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Determined to never see these rude people again, she finds they’re the new neighbors. The lieutenant is handsome but it doesn’t matter-she’s engaged.
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Rebecca is spirited and sometimes it made it hard to like her and root for her but she always caught herself and reminded herself to do better. She never gives up. Edward is a faithful suitor and secretly writes to her- he tries to uncover the truth from his mother while Rebecca tries to find out from her mother and brother. (Her brother and Juliana’s book is “The Truth About Miss Ashbourne” and can be read as a stand-alone).
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And Lieutenant Nicholas? He’s trying to figure out life and his preteen sister. I really felt for him 😂 as I was a dramatic teenager 😅
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Secrets, letters, swoon-worthy kisses and romance, improper activities for a lady and more! This book comes out October 12th! Gorgeous cover and title! The model adequately describes Rebecca as she marches outside with or without a hat. (It’s a thing in the book 😁).
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Thanks to Net Galley and Covenant for letting read the ebook and paperback early! These are my own thoughts and opinions.

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