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Engaged to the Earl: The Penhallow Dynasty Kindle Edition
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...is another sophisticated, elegantly written study on character and love...lovely and satisfying. Graceful, lyrical, and charming.--Kirkus Reviews
"Jane Austen would approve. Strongly recommended.--Historical Novel Society
Humor abounds in Berne's witty, tongue-in-cheek romance. And her choice to tell the story through multiple viewpoints puts the reader in the center of the action, adding to the fast-paced fun.--BookPage
The beguiling fourth installment of Berne's Penhallow Dynasty series (after The Bride Takes a Groom) is full of witty banter and sweet romance...This expertly plotted love story is a must-read for Regency fans.--Publishers Weekly
"One of the most exciting new historical writers in a long time."--Julia Quinn --This text refers to the mass_market edition.
About the Author
Lisa Berne read her first Georgette Heyer book at fourteen, and was instantly captivated. Later, she was a graduate student, a grant writer, and an investment banker, but is thrilled to be returning to her roots and writing her own historical romance novels. She lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest.
Moira Quirk, a British actress and Earphones Award-winning narrator, co-narrated Ben Bova's Mercury and has narrated other popular audiobooks for which she received Audie Award nominations. She is a successful comedian and can be heard on Nickelodeon's cartoon My Life as a Teenage Robot as well as in The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd, The Wild Thornberrys Feature, and Serendipity, among others. She has also lent her voice to several video games, including Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction and Haunting Ground.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B07D2CS1HB
- Publisher : Avon (25 February 2020)
- Language : English
- File size : 4266 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 387 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 397,673 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Gwen has been bought to London for her season by Duchess of Egremont, Cousin Judith. There is plenty of adventure with the Duchess’s family with mixup and secret hatred causing confusion and a last minute elopement. Gwen is a modern lady for her time and it’s her sense of adventure which will find true love.
It’s worth sticking with this adventure and the many characters that come and go.
I was given an ARC of this book by Edelweiss and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Gwendolyn Penhallow is the envy of debutantes everywhere. During her first season, she has managed to capture the attention of one of society’s most eligible bachelors, Julian, Earl of Westenbury, Beautiful and spirited Gwen cannot believe her luck and having fallen madly in love with Julian, she simply cannot wait to marry her handsome earl and begin a long and happy life with the dashing aristocrat. Gwen believes that she has truly met the love of her life and that no man could possible match her intended’s good looks, charisma and style. Gwen is sure that there isn’t a single man in the entire world who could make her feel the way Julian does – until her childhood friend Christopher Beck saunters back into her life and turns her entire world upside down!
Christopher is as far removed from the pampered fops and dandies of polite society as it is possible to get. Having learned at a very early age to march to the beat of his own drum, Christopher had shaken off the shackles imposed upon him by his ambitious father to become a gentleman and has traveled the world and broadened his horizons and realized that there’s more to life than trying to keep up with the aristocracy. A man who is confident, intelligent and devilishly attractive, Christopher’s return to society has certainly not gone unnoticed – especially by his old childhood friend, Gwendolyn Penhallow, who cannot believe her eyes that her boyish next door neighbour is back in her life and kindling deep within her feelings and emotions she has no business feeling about anyone other than her fiancé!
Unlike Julian, Christopher is unconventional, funny, sarcastic, worldly and a man Gwen simply cannot stop herself from thinking about. The more time she spends in Christopher’s company, the more she begins to fall head over heels in love with him. As Christopher and Gwen find themselves drawn to one another, Gwen cannot help but wonder whether she might have got engaged to the wrong man…
Is Gwen about to let Christopher walk out of her life for good? Or will the two of them find a way to spend the rest of their lives together?
Lisa Berne’s historical romances are an absolute joy to read! Her writing is crisp, fresh and spirited, her humor witty, stylish and full of gusto and flair and her ability to pen a funny, captivating and poignant romance packed with rich period atmosphere absolutely superb.
Engaged to the Earl is a delightful, sparkling and spellbinding historical romance that is absolutely irresistible. Gwen and Christopher are terrific characters who are wonderfully nuanced and they leap off the pages and straight into readers’ hearts. I also loved how brilliantly Lisa Berne fleshed out the secondary characters in Engaged to the Earl and how enjoyable the sub-plots were without detracting from Gwen and Christopher’s love story.
A splendid historical romance full of aristocratic hi-jinks, delicious humor and tender emotion, Lisa Berne’s Engaged to the Earl is an immensely enjoyable Regency tale aficionados of the genre will not want to miss.
There seems to be an awful lot of unchaperoned time spend between H and h as well as h and Earl. At times the language chosen by characters seems unusually vulgar for their station.
I think what I missed the most was passion. The romance is tepid and on a very slow burn; develops invisible to the reader. The main characters don't get to spend a lot of time together so even though we obviously know they will end up together we don't really know why. Unless being a goody-two-shoes is enough.
The most emotional and engaging scene was somebody giving birth. I think that says it all, really.
However, this is a story with far too many secondary characters and not enough interaction between the hero and heroine. Aside from Gwendolyn and Christopher Beck talking about running away to get married when they were children, there's not much that happens that makes the reader feel their love for each other.
There is a lot of repetitive dialogue, and after Christopher Beck returns from wandering around the Greek countryside and training horses, this book was pretty boring. I think I read the first quarter and skimmed the rest.