Haughty Lady Helen Radney is one of London's most beautiful women and the daughter of a duke, but her sharp tongue has frightened away most of her suitors. When her father gambles away his fortune, the duke's only chance for recouping his losses lies in marrying off Lady Helen to any man wealthy enough to take a bride with nothing to recommend her but a lovely face and an eight-hundred-year-old pedigree. Enter Mr. Ethan Brundy, once an illegitimate workhouse orphan, now owner of a Lancashire textile mill and one of England's richest men. When he glimpses Lady Helen at Covent Garden Theatre, he is instantly smitten and vows to marry her. But this commonest of commoners will have his work cut out for him if he hopes to win the heart of his aristocratic bride.
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At age sixteen, Sheri Cobb South discovered Georgette Heyer, and came to the startling realization that she had been born into the wrong century. Although she doubtless would have been a chambermaid had she actually lived in Regency England, that didn’t stop her from fantasizing about waltzing the night away in the arms of a handsome, wealthy, and titled gentleman. Since Georgette Heyer was dead and could not write any more Regencies, Ms. South came to the conclusion she would have to do it herself. She is the author of several Regency romances, including the critically acclaimed THE WEAVER TAKES A WIFE, as well as a series of Regency-set mysteries featuring Bow Street Runner John Pickett and Lady Fieldhurst, the beautiful widow he loves from afar. A native of Alabama, Ms. South now lives in Loveland, Colorado.Review:
"****!" The Weaver Takes a Wife is a well-written, witty, and warm tale of a woman who learns that true nobility depends not on birth, but on the quality of a man's heart and mind. I hope that Regency fans will...give Ethan and Helen the audience they deserve. -- The Romance Reader
"Four hearts! A well-written and entertaining romance whose unconventional hero is a great creation." -- The Romance Reader
Ethan Brundy is one of the most lovable heroes I've ever met. -- Paula Tanner Girard, author of The Sister Season
It is easy to understand why Regency romances are so popular with women. Like Cinderella, Pamela, and Jane Eyre, the heroines in these books labor on, unappreciated, until a wealthy aristocrat happens along, recognizes their true worth, and whisks them off to his world of wealth, privilege, and abundant hired help. Although Sheri Cobb South calls her new novel a Regency romance, The Weaver Takes a Wife is not typical of the genre. In this case, the heroine is an aristocrat, the daughter of a duke, while the hero is an orphan without a pedigree. All that Ethan Brundy has to recommend his as a husband is the wealth he derives from his textile mill in Lancashire. One of the reasons the characters are so believable is that...all of them speak exactly as they would have during the Regency period. South is at her best when she lets her characters reveal themselves in dialogue. Occasionally, the novel moves toward melodrama, but fortunately the author soon returns to her comic mode, or even to farce, as in the final episode. The Weaver Takes a Wife is really too good a book to be dismissed as a Regency romance; it deserves to be described as a novel of manners in the Austen tradition. -- First Draft
Sheri Cobb South is...a most welcome addition to the Regency publishing world. The Weaver Takes a Wife is very much in the classical Regency mode with the traditional Regency voice. Where it departs from the usual is in its hero. Ethan Brundy...can claim no noble blood, legitimate or otherwise. All he is is an honorable man with a good humored, generous heart. You will like him, and you will like this deft and witty book. -- Romance Communications, January 1999
The Weaver Takes a Wife is a truly lovely story of first impressions, second chances, and seeing beneath the surface. In an original twist on the old Pygmalion tale, the aristocratic heroine does the real changing, from the inside out, while the touch-your-heart hero shines through his unfashionable garb as brightly as through the tailored clothing into which he is reluctantly stuffed. Sheri Cobb South learned her trade at the figurative knee of Georgette Heyer, giving us a love story rich in traditional Regency style and heartwarming charm. I fell for the completely unpolished, wholly decent Ethan Brundy, and wouldn't want him any other way. -- Emma Jensen, author of Best Laid Schemes
Written by the talented Sheri Cobb South, The Weaver Takes a Wife is an unusual Regency tale that is by turns wonderfully poignant and laugh-aloud humorous. It will delight readers and touch hearts. -- April Kihlstrom, author of The Reckless Barrister
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