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Seeking Persephone
     

Seeking Persephone

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by Sarah M. Eden
 

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When Persephone Lancaster receives a marriage proposal from the ill-tempered Duke of Kielder, she refuses-and then reconsiders. The obscene sum of money he's offering Persephone would save her family from ruin. With her characteristic optimism, she travels to the far reaches of Northumberland to wed a greatly feared stranger. Lodged deep in a thick forest infested

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When Persephone Lancaster receives a marriage proposal from the ill-tempered Duke of Kielder, she refuses-and then reconsiders. The obscene sum of money he's offering Persephone would save her family from ruin. With her characteristic optimism, she travels to the far reaches of Northumberland to wed a greatly feared stranger. Lodged deep in a thick forest infested with wild dogs, the Duke's castle is as cold and forbidding as the Duke himself, a man with terrible scars on his body and his soul. But the Duke's steely determination to protect his heart at all costs is challenged by his growing attachment to his lovely and gentle bride. With caring persistence, Persephone attempts to pierce the Duke's armor and reach the man beneath. Yet he cannot tolerate such exposure, and his repeated rejections take their toll. But when grave danger arises, the Duke realizes he must face the risk of revealing his true feelings or lose the woman he cannot live without.

About the Author

Sarah M. Eden read her first Jane Austen novel in elementary school and has been an Austen addict ever since. Fascinated by the Regency era in English history, Eden became a regular in the Regency section of the reference department at her local library, painstakingly researching this extraordinary chapter in history. Eden is an award winning author of short stories and Regency-era novels, including Courting Miss Lancaster and The Accidental Wife.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781608617968
Publisher:
Deseret Book Company
Publication date:
09/06/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
128,612
File size:
1 MB

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Seeking Persephone 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
JRallison More than 1 year ago
If you like G-rated romances that are sweet yet meaningful, you'll enjoy this book. Sarah takes a guy who at first is unlikable and makes you not only like him, but hope that he and Persephone can be happy together.
Anonymous 9 days ago
Witty and Clean fun read with well developed plot and Characters. Anything by Sarah always is and this is no exception
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TheBookmaiden 10 months ago
Love this book! So sweet! Clean, romantic and engrossing. By turns a romance, by turns some psychology, by turns Beauty and the Beast and the Greek tale of Persephone and Hades - with a sweeter interpretation than I was taught in school. Normally Greek mythology would put me off as pagan and often cruel or immoral, but this was blended in poetically and purposefully. Very well crafted story. Part Gothic romance part Regency. I've read it twice since buying it, and it motivated me to read the rest of the collection (all of which are good, but none do I love and think of as much as this - though Drops of Gold is close behind!) I just love Persephone, and Kilder (great name!) is so amusing and touching as he notices Persephone, cares for her and falls in lover with her. And she is charming with her loving trust in and kindness towards him, even before she was romantically in love with him. I loved seeing how Kilder continues to grow and emotionally mature in the other books in which he appears. I'd love to see another book about one of Persephone's sisters just to see Persephone and Kilder again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sarah Eden knows how to pull the heart strings! She makes you feel for every character and cheer them on to the very end. This story is almost a tale of beauty and the beast cross with the Greek mythology of persephone and Hades. Very sweet w/ romance that is slowly building throughout without realizing it. Worth every penny!
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A diverse range of characters and moods to make for an entertaining read. Loved the parallel to Phantom of Opera and Beast stories. Clean. Romantic. Re-readable.
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Loved this book! It is a story where Greek mythology meets Jane Austin in a delightful way. I found the story well written and easy to become immersed in. The characters are well developed and I could identify with their personalities. I can't wait to read more from Sarah M. Eden! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent read clean . You dont miss out on emtions and the characters were well written . Dont miss this read i couldnt put it down! Enjoy
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LauraBastian More than 1 year ago
I LOVE it when a romance is clean and sweet and you are left wishing it wasn’t clean, but so relieved when it really is clean. Sarah Eden is a masterful writer and none of her plots are the same or feel forced. This was such a cute book, and I wondered how on earth people back then did what they did, and why they would possibly consider marrying someone they had never met to save their family from ruin. It would never happen today, but by Sarah's wonderful storytelling, you can see how the characters would do just that. And still believe it was all logical. The only thing I didn't really love in this story is the villain and the harm he caused seemed slightly odd. His retaliation seemed a little too mean for the offense given to him. But of course, he was a jerk, so they do those things right? Persephone went through a lot, but held up really well. She was such a positive thinker and tried so hard that I was getting really irritated at Adam for not realizing how fortunate he really was sooner. I loved how Adam was a mean bear, but still had a soft spot, and his friend Harry is so awesome. (He's featured as the Hero in a follow-up book "Courting Miss Lancaster" and I absolutely recommend it too since Persephone and Adam are in it as well) See my review on it coming soon. Wonderful book all around. Get it. You won't be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great book with such a strong message that beauty goes much deeper than surface. Once I started reading couldn't put it down. Great story!
magpiesews More than 1 year ago
What a satisfying story! SO much better than the stuff that falls under "romance" but is actually more about sex than romance. Well written, well thought out. I especially enjoyed the interplay between the two main male characters.
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Sarah Eden has become one of my favorite authors! If you like Jane Austen, you will love her!
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MusicnurseMT More than 1 year ago
Seeking Persephone by Sarah M. Eden is a wonderfully romantic story written in the same style readers came to love in Courting Miss Lancater and The Kiss of a Stranger. As in those stories, Seeking Persephone starts with a very unlikely coupling. But facing challenges and overcoming barriers wins the prize of love in the end. The novel is beautifully set in Northumberland during the reign of Mad King George. Persephone Lancaster receives a marriage proposal via letter from the Duke of Kielder. The obscene sum of money he offers to pay her family will save them from ruin. She has been mother to her siblings for the past eight years while raising the baby her mother died giving birth to. She tears herself from her family and travels to the far reaches of Northumberland to wed this greatly feared stranger. The Duke's castle is deep in a thick forest infested with wild dogs. His stealing determination to protect his estate and heart at all costs is challenged by his growing attachment to his gentle bride. When grave danger arises, the Duke realizes he must take the risk of revealing his true feeling or lose the woman he cannot live without. I laughed out loud at many of Duke of Kielder's lines and wanted to hug the man who fiercely covers the pain and anguish he harbors over years of rejections due to the terrible scars on his body. Hope was sparked by the Dukes small acts of kindness and Persephone's indomitable optimism. I cried for the pain and isolation Persephone endured. I gripped the edge of my chair in the scary wolf-inhabited forest scenes. And I cheered at the glorious, happy ending when the Duke of Kielder reveals the true inner soul he has hidden to all others. A true romantic at heart, Sarah Eden harbors a true weakness for the Regency era in English history. Between world war on a scale unheard of until that time, the political upheaval at home, a changing economy, the rise of industrialism and the burgeoning belief in the importance of romantic love, Sarah says the early 19th Century has a little of everything.