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Posted September 27, 2009
Cute light read
A cute light read. Mixed in a lot of bits from Georgette Heyer's novels (like A Civil Contract, Unknown Ajax, April Lady, etc) but with it's own uniqueness as well. It's a pretty sweet story. 3 to 4 stars.
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Posted July 21, 2014
A Myrt's Review The Weaver Takes a Wife by Sherri Cobb Smith
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The Weaver Takes a Wife by Sherri Cobb Smith
Killing Her With Kindness
Lady Helen Radney is one of the most beautiful women of the ton, her father is a duke from a long lineage, so she should be the most desirable candidate for the Marriage Mart. Unfortunately, Lady Helen has a caustic personality that would give a fishwife pause. Her haughty, unpleasant manner coupled with the fact her father has bankrupted their estate with his excessive gambling has left her with few willing suitors. Lady Helen is not particularly bothered since she considers herself too good for most of her potential suitors and has no problem letting them know this. Her father is less comfortable with the situation as he is counting on his daughter to marry a wealthy man who can cover his debts.
Ethan Brundy is a former workhouse orphan who is now the owner of a textile mill and is one of the wealthiest men in the country. It is love at first sight for Mr. Brundy when he sees Lady Helen at the theatre and determines to make her his wife. Ethan is a kind, gentle man who, despite his harsh childhood remains optimistic and good natured. He also knows nothing, nor cares for Society graces and etiquette which is immediately apparent in his speech as there isn't an 'haitch' sound he doesn't drop which really doesn't help him make his case to 'Lady 'elen'.
Helen wants nothing to do with a rube like Ethan who makes his money in Trade! (Gasp.) Unfortunately for the lady, her father only sees Ethan's overflowing bank account and promptly upon hearing Mr. Brundy's proposal for his daughter can't get the protesting Helen down the aisle and married off to Mr. Brundy fast enough.
Helen lets Ethan know from the start their marriage is a financial arrangement by her bankrupt father and if Ethan thinks he's getting a sweet loving wife to churn out babies while living out in the sticks, he'd best think again. Ethan surprises her by agreeing they don't know each other at all and he'll wait six months before consummating the marriage so they can get to know each other.
In a unique change from most romances, Ethan does not undergo a makeover, suddenly becoming the picture of the perfect gentleman. He wins Helen over with his straight forward, open and honest manner. Quite a change from the ways of the Polite Society. Lady Helen struggles with her arrogance and snobbery as she begins, in spite of herself, to appreciate the integrity and intelligence of the man she married. She also finds herself drawn to the appeal of a man's man with strong hands!
The book is an enjoyable read with an unlikely couple who manage to overcome personal prejudices and society expectations to find their own happy ending. The banter and humor keeps the story light and the characters each develop and grow in a believable and delightful way. This is a terrific Regency romance that looks at a love built despite Society's rigid views.
I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Posted March 21, 2014
A sweet and simple Regency romance. Ethan Brundy, an illegitima
A sweet and simple Regency romance.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Ethan Brundy, an illegitimate orphan, rose to wealth from his impoverished past in the workhouse. As soon as he sees Lady Helen at the theatre he vows she'll be his wife.
Lady Helen is on her third season, having scared all her suitors with her sharp tongue and, as fate would have it, her father's gaming debts make it crucial that she should be advantageously married. Which is how, against her will, she ends up married to Mr Brundy.
I didn't much care for the love story from Mr Brundy's side.
We accompany Lady Helen as she overcomes her prejudices and proud demeanour, and discovers what a kind and generous man her husband truly is, despite his less than reputable origins. She grows as a character as she grows to love him.
Mr Brundy, however, sees her at the theatre one night and finds her beautiful so he wants her for a wife. Never mind her personality or who she is. He basically wants her because of the way she looks.
And for a workhouse orphan who was himself bought, he shows no compunction when it comes to buying himself a wife...
Still, it was a particularly unaffected, drama-free Regency romance, a quick and entertaining read without the usual trappings of tormented secrets, drawn-out drama, and misunderstandings.
So if you're looking for a light historical romance give this one a chance!
Posted June 26, 2013
Excellent read...made me laugh & made me cry! I was getting
Excellent read...made me laugh & made me cry! I was getting so bored with the formula Regency Romances, and then stumbled on to this fine work. Don't pass it up due to the shortage of reviews. It's a quick, entertaining, & heartwarming read! I have already purchased Souths' next two books. I rarely take the time to write reviews, although I read 2-3 novels/day! This one deserved the time! Enjoy the Snobby Ice Queen & the most lovable hero ever...a Cit! !Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 24, 2011
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Posted June 28, 2010
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