The Admiral's Penniless Bride

The Admiral's Penniless Bride

by Carla Kelly
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Admiral's Penniless Bride 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
Lulu_Burroughs More than 1 year ago
Carla Kelly is a master storyteller and she never disappoints me. She certainly knows how to create characters that pull you in and keep you reading. The Admiral's Penniless Bride had me chuckling in Chapter One, crying a few chapters later, and sighing in contentment at the end. Sally (aka Spohie) and Charles are mature characters who meet when their lives seem to be meandering out of their control. Their marriage of convenience is supposed to solve their most immediate problems and not involve their hearts, but each soon discovers that the other has filled an empty void that each had in their heart and life. I only put this book down because I needed to get some sleep; otherwise, I'd have stayed up all night. Definitely an engaging, emotional read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read a few of her other books and they did not have any sexual content in them so this was a complete disappointment and $4 was wasted.
mlorio More than 1 year ago
Sally Paul is a widow whose husband killed himself after being involved with a Naval scandal. She has neither a job nor money when her path crosses with Admiral Sir Charles Bright. Sir Bright wants to marry immediately to get his female relatives off his back. When he realizes the desperate state Sally is in he offers matrimony. As unlikely as the premise is, the marry actually works as the couple falls in love. I really liked this story and the way it defies the characteristics of a typical Regency romance. The hero is not handsome, not even in a battle scared way, nor is he rich. In almost all other romances all wrongs are righted. In this story, the hero and heroine do end up happily together, but a miscarriage of justice can not be rectified. Some how this all added to the story's appeal.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ugh! I am trying to think of a single part of this book that I liked and I am not coming up with anything. I usually like Carla Kelly books. This was a complete waste of time and money. I wish that I could give it zero stars but it won't let me post this without a star. Don't waste your money. It's not worth it. I was wondering if it was the sexual parts that I didn't like, but it was just the whole thing. The wife could not stop wining and the husband was a complete disappointment in the end! Disgusted!
Emma_Skye More than 1 year ago
This was an absolutely wonderful story. I generally lean towards the young virgin/older hero type story lines and when I first read the lead characters ages I wasn't sure I would continue with the book, but I am so very glad I did. Carla Kelly has a way with building the characters, separately and together. The way she weaves their lives within the story engages you from start to finish. This was an all-nighter for me, I couldn't put it down. From beginning to end, it was a delightful read. And the end is very satisfying.
kronan1 More than 1 year ago
Original and Well Written.......................................................... What I loved about it was  he was not a duke or an earl.  Though he was an Admiral in the navy which made him seem more macho.  She was a woman who had known real adversity but was nor bitter about it.  She had a  great heart and empathy for other people. He was over forty and she was over thirty.  They were able to talk to each other without all those he said she said moments that breed misunderstanding.  Lots of quirky characters and interesting storyline.     What cost it a star was the fact that there was way to much crying going on.  These people are English for heavens sake.  They invented the stiff upper lip.  This group could get hysterical at a Macdonalds commercial if they had had them.  Also the story ended so abruptly.  I thought the writer might have had to catch a plane.  Plus if ever a story screamed for an Epilogue it was this one.
Marina_The_All-Knowing More than 1 year ago
I rather enjoyed this, despite disappointment from other readers. I think I've read others in the series, and enjoyed them too. Despite any errors on her part, she always spins a great yarn. Stop keeping me up all night, Ms Kelly--no, don't!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stay with it. The payoff as she builds these characters is big ... fun minor characters and real anguish until the Admiral gets his act together.
northamericanwordcat More than 1 year ago
Excellent. This book is compelling in its characterization and plot but the  love story is like watching a flower unfurl in slow motions--utterly stunning.  Kelly, always, writes with such finesse and historical truth while never losing sight of the utter humanity of the individual lives of the smallest of characters in her book.  Here we have a heroine who knows what it is to hungry, a plain hero whose soul is large and a happily ever after we can believe in. This is simply a stellar read. Heartbreaking and heartwarming but always clear sighted and filled with empathy.  I love it and hope you will as well.
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