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The Bargain Bride

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  • Posted October 16, 2009

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    Barbara Metzger is at the top of her game.

    Their fathers arranged their marriage when she was thirteen and he was about to go fight against Napoleon. However, Persephone Goldthwaite has spent half her life waiting to tie the knot with Viscount Kendall Westmoreland. Both want to end their betrothal so he goes see her serendipitously to gain her concurrence.

    However, West changes his mind upon meeting the beautiful effervescent Penny. Her father suggests Penny marry her stepbrother Nigel, son of his second wife. Instead West invokes the agreement, but his former lover and her odious step-sibling have other abduction plans for the pair that ignores West and Penny falling in love.

    THE BARGAIN BRIDE is a humorous Regency romance filled with an eccentric cast that seems to have escaped from bedlam as their chaotic antics are fun to follow; but centered and owned by the lead couple. Fans will relish this fine historical as the battle for who marries Penny shapes into a zany free for all in which Penny must determine whom she can trust with her life. Topped by citations from the chronicles of "By Arrangement" heading each chapter, this is an amusing entertaining tale with a suspense subplot enhancing the jocularity; as Barbara Metzger is at the top of her game.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted October 22, 2010

    A Blast (Not a Breath) of Fresh Air

    Barbara Metzger's light, deft touch with humorous romance makes this novel a standout. An early betrothal arranged between never comes to fruition because the bridegroom (West) has avoided his fiance for 13 years. Hell hath no fury like our heroine Penny when he shows up to meet her only because his prospective father-in-law hounds him into it. To his surprise, meeting Penny again convinces him that their marriage is a wonderful idea. But convincing the fiery Penny that he's the man for her will require all his ingenuity. Plenty of surprises, eccentric characters, a dog with bad breath, and laughs make this a delightful read. Penny's feistiness makes her a memorable and unusual heroine, a perfect foil for the apologetic West.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 2, 2010

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    A thoroughly enjoyable homage to the recently deceased Edith Layton, which may very well prompt you to read Layton, if you haven't already.

    Persephone Goldwaite - a banker's daughter - has been in an arranged betrothal since she was a lanky 13, when she was last seen by her very reluctant groom. Now, 13 years later Viscount Westfield (the groom), having recouped the losses on his estate and made money breeding horses (but a bit short on cash flow) has arrived to bite the bullet. But Penny is having none of it. She's been living happily with her beloved eccentric grandfather and his valet away from her stingy father, her unloving stepmother and lecherous son, and 2 awful half sisters. Penny is gorgeous and smart; West is handsome and upright - he takes care of his scapegrace brother - despite his reputation as a rake. As determined as West was for those 13 years not to marry, one look at Penny has changed his mind. But first he has to earn Penny's trust, and how and what he does to do so makes for a rollicking, charming, and romantic tale. A last-minute kidnapping of Penny for ransom by her empty-pocket stepbrother sets everything straight.

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  • Posted January 2, 2010

    Entertaining and amusing

    As always, Barbara Metzger provides an amusing and entertaining frolic with this Regency romance. Her characters hold my interest.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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