The Bargain Bride

The Bargain Bride

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by Barbara Metzger
     
 

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Praised by Publishers Weekly for writing “Regency romance at its finest and funniest,” RITA Award-winning author Barbara Metzger presents an engaging novel of love, marriage, and seduction…
 
It was a match made not in heaven, but in pound notes—an arranged engagement between a girl of thirteen and a

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Praised by Publishers Weekly for writing “Regency romance at its finest and funniest,” RITA Award-winning author Barbara Metzger presents an engaging novel of love, marriage, and seduction…
 
It was a match made not in heaven, but in pound notes—an arranged engagement between a girl of thirteen and a lord’s prodigal son. Since then, thirteen years have passed, and as her betrothed has been sowing his wild oats, Penny has grown up, grown impatient, and grown resentful. In fact, she’s vowed never to marry the man who blighted her life and destroyed her dreams.
 
Viscount Westfield is prepared—happily—to return the money that Penny’s father paid to secure the betrothal. It would appear that everyone is in agreement. But one look at Penny and Westfield knows he can never, ever let her go…

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This well-constructed Regency features smoldering love scenes and chapter headers from an imaginary account of arranged marriages that add a touch of charm to the entertainment. Viscount Kendall “West” Westmoreland and Persephone “Penny” Goldthwaite finally and reluctantly wed after a 13-year engagement engineered by Penny's family. When West is delayed while traveling, Penny must take up all the duties of a newly minted viscountess; protect West's careless wastrel brother from her own swindling stepbrother; fend off West's jealous and wealthy former lover and plan a grand ball even as she wonders whether her husband will return home in time to attend. Metzger (The Wicked Ways of a True Hero) takes some interesting chances with her story, populating it with well-drawn and often idiosyncratic characters and keeping it sweet without being sappy. (Nov.)
Library Journal
Now 13 years after they were betrothed as children for financial and social reasons, Miss Persephone Goldwaite and Kendall Westmoreland, Viscount Westfield, are to wed. However, Penny doesn't want to give up her freedom by marrying a man she can't stand any more than West wants to be leg-shackled to her, but marry they must—and then the real fun begins. VERDICT Lively, witty, and entertaining, this delightful Regency-set historical from a beloved author of buoyant, well-written traditional Regencies is a rare treat, and fans will definitely be waiting. Metzger (The Wicked Ways of a True Hero) lives on Long Island, NY.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451228451
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/03/2009
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Barbara Metzger is the author of more than three dozen historical romances, including The Wicked Ways of a True Hero. She lives on the Long Island shore.

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Bargain Bride 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
bookcatcc More than 1 year ago
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.
srbSH More than 1 year ago
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.
WriteAwayDJD More than 1 year ago
As always, Barbara Metzger provides an amusing and entertaining frolic with this Regency romance. Her characters hold my interest.
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