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A Perfect Bride [Mass Market Paperback]

Samantha James
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Joanna Cotler Books; 3rd Revised edition edition (May 1967)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060006617
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060006617
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.4 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 219,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly marvelous 11 Nov 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A Perfect Bride is chronologically the 1st of 3 books (the other two are A Perfect Groom and A Perfect Hero) and it talks about etremely poor, but proud Devon who works in a tavern in a worst part of London. One evening when she's returning home (pretending to be pregnant to avoid rapists and robbers) she is attacked by two robbers and in a fight kills one of them but is hurt as well.... And when she wakes up, she is wrapped in fine linen and staring into the eyes of the most handsome man she has ever seen - Sebastian Sterlin, marquess od Thurston who judging her appearance and manner thinks the worst of her...
I recommend this book to anyone who is a big fan of Samantha James...
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Read 19 Jan 2010
By J. Wood
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The meeting of the main characters was dramatic and inventive,they literally collided with each other,the intrigue started there and then. This feisty girl from one of the most deprived / sleazy areas of London and this upright,uptight male representative of high society were bound to bring out the worst in one another.Their separate insecurities and strengths made them both antagonistic and likeable at the same time. You were drawn into the characters of Devon and Sebastian and before you knew it you became desperate to read on and find out what was going to happen between the two of them. The only problem is once you read this novel you then have to read the two novels that follow!!Throroughly enjoyed
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable but predictable. 26 Oct 2007
By Naomi
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I enjoyed this book mainly because of the characters and the humour in it.
The two disapointments was the predictablity, and the fact that something major happens and it felt like it was swept under the carpet.

That said I will be looking forward to reading some of her other work, particularly the other two to this series.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WELCOME BACK Samantha!!! 22 Aug 2004
By Kristi Ahlers - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Finally she's back! I have been a long time fan of this very talented author and had to resort to re-reading her older books while she was away from writing. Once I found out she was back I quickly picked up this book and inhaled it in one day!

The characters are wonderful and I can hardly wait for the rest of the books in this series. Our heroine is tough and tender all at the same time. Our hero is just how a hero should be. Dark, handsome, with just a touch of insecurity which makes him real.

Devon St. James lives in a rough part of London but she doesn't let that stop her from being a dreamer and working hard at holding her head high. One night on her way home from her job at the tavern her life changes in a way she never expected. Someone tries to rob her of her mothers necklace, an item that holds great personal meaning. It came from her father that she never knew, and she fights for it. She manages to hang on to it, but is stabbed in the side and is left for dead. Dying in the gutter of St. Giles is not how she imagined her end.

Sebastian Sterling, Marquess of Thurston has had is own battles to fight in his life. He has had to live down the whispers and scandal that his mother brought down on their heads when she ran away with her lover only to die while crossing the channel. He has just announced to society that he is now looking for a bride. This of course has brought out all of the matchmaking mama's out of the woodwork. His needs are simple, she must be refined, of good character, and she must want to have and love her childen. Little does he know that he's about to learn a lot about what he thought he wanted and how you may just find what your looking for in the most unlikely of places. Namely St. Giles on a rain drenched night looking for his brother Justin!

This was a wonderful romance. Each and every character brings something to the story. The storyline although not new (girl from wrong side of the tracks meets a prince...okay lord) is told in such a way that it will stand out in your memory. This was a sweet romance and one that I highly recommend! Thank you Ms. James for finally returning and offering a read that was truly worth waiting for!

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Positively and Perfectly Charming Romance 18 Sep 2004
By M. Rondeau - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Setting - London 1815 --- Devon St. James, lived in St. Giles working in an ale house for meager earnings. She had survived the dangerous streets by playing it smart and taking precautions by disguising herself as a heavily pregnant woman when walking home in the dark. This particular evening she carried not only her desperately needed wages but her most precious possession, her mothers necklace. She was set upon by thugs and fought like a wild cat to get back her necklace by defending herself then being stabbed and left to die in the gutter. When she opened her eyes, it was to see herself being rescued by the biggest, handsomest man she'd ever seen and thought she'd died and gone to heaven.

Sebastian Sterling, Marquess of Thurston had grown up serious, letting duty chart his life. Since the age of 10 he'd assumed the responsibility of taking care of his two younger siblings and did his best to shield them from their father's cold and unrelenting displeasure. That night searching for his younger wild brother Justin, he was directed to a gaming hell in the dangerous part of London known as St. Giles. He was on his way there when he came upon a body lying in the street. Upon closer examination, he found the bundle to be a female, alive but severely wounded and rather than try to find a doctor in the wee hours of the morning, he brought her home to his town house. In the light and removing her filthy clothing, he discovered a young woman who nearly took his breath away. Perhaps it was kismet, or the fates laughing at him that he chanced upon this street urchin, particularly when he had all but announced his intention of finding a `perfect bride'.

This was the first time I've read this author's work and I can tell you that I will be looking forward to researching her back booklists and pre-ordering the proposed sequels to this `Perfect' new trilogy. This was a `perfect' read of an absolutely divine romance filled with wit, charm and beautifully drawn and endearing characters. Several times I found myself chuckling out loud by the lively interplay between the very proper Sebastian and street wise and irascible Devon, as he became entirely captivated by her forthright manner. Bottom Line - You'll laugh, you'll cry, and you'll sigh over this perfectly wonderful regency era love story! -- Marilyn Rondeau, for [...] ---
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Prepare to fall in love! 20 Sep 2005
By D. Lane - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Delightful! Both characters felt "real" and made me believe they were in love with one another deeply. Both had great senses of humor too, which is always a plus. Samantha James is such a master at weaving a fairy tale and this book is just that. Sebastian and Devon are such dynamic characters in their own right that it's only a matter of time before the sparks fly. If you long to be swept into the lives of two enchanting people, I highly recommend this one. This book had everything you need to create a good romance: a dashing hero, a beautiful heroine, a person who always seems to interfere with the hero and heroine, and, most of all...PASSION! Samantha James has the ability to break down her characters souls and feed their emotional struggles onto the pages. Samantha James has found a perfect match for the dashing Sebastian with feisty Devon. They are well matched in temperament, intelligence and in their loyalty to their families. It was an interesting. There is enough conflict to make the story line interesting and not so much that your left wondering why they ever got together. The reader will feel the despair, the heartbreak, passion and the joy of Sebastian and Devon in this very excellent character driven romance. A Perfect Bride is a very easy reads. I read this book in half a day and enjoyed it to the end. I love this series.

I really don't agree with the reviewer who says she thought Devon's dismissal of his marriage proposal extreme and unlikely. I think it was realistic. Devon didn't trust Sebastian at that point and she had her grandmother to be able to take care of her. Sebastian needed to prove he love her no matter what. Devon felt used by Sebastian. I likes seeing Sebastian romance Devon.

I'm reading this book for the 3rd time and I still love it.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Successful Return. ** Grade: B+ ** 23 Sep 2004
By MaryGrace Meloche - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Welcome back Samantha James, after a three-year hiatus, it is a joy to have you writing romance again! This is one author that is on my automatic purchase list, so what about THE PERFECT BRIDE? I liked it! This is light easy reading, this is page turner material, this is "make you feel good" entertainment. And that is the joy of reading -- entertainment.

Devon St. James is a victim of circumstance; Devon St. James lives in a London slum. Sebastian Sterling is a marquess; Sebastian Sterling lives his life above reproach. Devon and Sebastian are destined to share a life together. Ms. James manages to surround her romantic couple employing small doses of humor, light distress, and desire. The author even winds an air of poignancy into the story as Devon emerges from society's sidelines.

Yet, there are problems with the story. A contemporary feeling prevails. Questions surround the lack of a female maid to help with Devon's introductory care. Questions surround the long hours Sebastian donates to Devon's refinement - after all this man is a marquess -- why not hire staff? And finally Harry's corny return. However, look past these MINOR concerns and just imagine the stuff of fairytales. Grade: B+

Grace Atkinson, Ontario - Canada.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A light but predictable romance 27 Mar 2005
By booklover68 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I loved One Moonlite Night which was the first Samantha James book that I had read. The Perfect Bride did not measure up to my expectations. I was a basic rags to riches story. Poor girl is saved by rich man. Rich man is attracted to poor girl. He educates her and they fall into lust/love. He breaks her heart and has to work hard to regain her trust.

I really didn't enjoy this book too much. I was really predictable. It took me a few days to finsih it. I usually read a good story in 1-2 days.

The story wasn't poorly written but it lacked that magic that One Moonlite Night had. The characters were not that compelling and I didn't have that I can't wait to see what happens next feeling.

Sensuality rating 3 out of 5
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