The Bargain Bride

The Bargain Bride

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by Barbara Metzger
     
 

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It was a match not made in heaven, but in pound notes—an arranged engagement between a girl of thirteen and a lord’s younger 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… See more details below

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It was a match not made in heaven, but in pound notes—an arranged engagement between a girl of thirteen and a lord’s younger 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 happy enough to return the bridal dowry. 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:
9781101149270
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/03/2009
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
217,761
File size:
0 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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