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Bridal Season [Mass Market Paperback]

Connie Brockway
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1 Jan 2002
With the dazzling storytelling that has become her trademark, acclaimed author Connie Brockway sweeps readers to Victorian England—a glittering world of titled society and scandalous secrets—in the enchanting tale of a woman who commits the most startling indiscretion of all: she falls in love.
 
Letty Potts, a petty schemer by necessity, has decided to go straight. But after narrowly escaping the wrath of her partner in crime, she finds herself at Paddington Station with nothing but the gown she’s wearing and another woman’s train ticket clutched in her hand. Masquerading as the redoubtable “Lady Agatha” of Whyte Wedding Celebrations, Letty arrives in the remote village of Little Bidewell, where she is to arrange the nuptials of a young society bride.
 
Amid the dizzying whirl of pre-wedding festivities, nobody suspects Letty’s secret—except Sir Elliot March. A war hero who has forsworn love, Elliot senses something decidedly amiss about this outspoken young woman, yet she awakens in him a passionate yearning he’d thought was lost forever. Soon, though, a desperate deception embroils them both in a web of scandal and danger as Letty’s past catches up with her, threatening not only her life but Elliot’s—and their love.


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group (1 Jan 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0508151805
  • ISBN-13: 978-0508151800
  • ASIN: 0440236711
  • Product Dimensions: 17.9 x 11.1 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 956,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Romance, Fun Heroine, Sexy Hero 5 Sep 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a story about Letty Potts, the unrecognized bastard daughter of a Viscount. Letty's background is in the theatre, but more recently she has been serving as an accomplice to a rough con man, Nick Sparkle, who now wants to move up the action. Letty can't bring herself to accommodate him, he burns down the building she lives in, so Letty runs away and heads to the train station with nothing but the clothes on her back, her feisty spirit and a boat load of gumption.

While at the train station, she encounters a gentleman attempting to get his lady to agree to marry him. With Letty's help, the lady says "yes," tosses her train ticket on the floor of the train station and voila! Letty has a way to escape the dastardly Nick. Unbeknownst to Letty, she has taken the place of Lady Agatha, daughter of a duke, who is a renowned wedding planner on her way to Little Bidewell, to plan the wedding of country girl Angela Bigglesworth to a Marquis of some renown. When Letty arrives at Little Bidewell, she is greeted by several prominent citizens, including the bride, the bride's mother and local magistrate, Sir Elliott March. Letty, without a feather to fly with and some of the con artist resident in her soul, decides that she will pretend to be Agatha until she can figure out a longer term plan.

Letty fails to consider a few factors, including the acceptance she receives from the lovely people of Little Bidewell, her involvement with the bride's family in ways she couldn't have foreseen and then there's the handsome, Sir Elliott March. She's captivated by him, he's captivated by her and very soon they are sizzling together. One. Major. Problem. - Sir Elliott is the local magistrate. She's terrified that he will find out who she is "not" and for his part - He. Just. Wants.
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"The Bridal Season" is another gem of a romance written by this admirably talented author. The story is set in late Victorian England mostly in a small backwater town called Little Bidewell. Letty Pott a young and sophisticated musichall performer is desperate to get away from London and leave her problems and slightly tarnished past behind. By sheer luck she picks up a ticket at Paddington Station and travels down to Little Bidewell. To her surprise there is a friendly aristocratic family awaiting her at the station believing that she is Lady Agatha Whyte, a professional society wedding planner who came to organise Angela Bigglesworth's upcoming nuptials. Letty is a practical girl and she accepts her role with natural grace until she can get away. The Bigglesworths treat her with friendly respect and Letty's softer emotions threaten to overpower her. She meets Sir Elliot March a handsome young bachelor who is not only a good family friend but the local magistrate too. Their attraction is noticable since their first meeting and it grows from day to day. Elliot is intrigued by Letty's charming outgoing behaviour and he suspects she is hiding something. He is a dutiful young man hardened by his years in the war and he hasn't thought himself capable of love. He cannot resist Letty's natural sensuality and he decides never to let her go. Letty is full of remorse and guilt because of her deception and her growing love for Elliot makes her re-think her life when her dangerous past catches up with her. The author has a dazzling style of storytelling, which she demonstrates in this wonderful book too. Letty and Elliot are introduced to the reader with great feeling showing their deep character and human shortcomings. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars villain gets to cheat, lie, steal, and kick the dog, cause.. 5 Jun 2005
By Kotori - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Stepping politely over the failures which some Regencies set purely in London court, Connie Brockway charms entirely within the confines of a little traveled village & and it's occupants.

Being only my second novel from this author, I didn't know to look forwards to a plot with a `confidence trickster' masquerading as a Duke's daughter - instead I dreaded it. Until about 10 pages in when I realized it was absolutely perfect!

The brash Letty impersonates Lady Agatha White & fills her shoes in arranging a wedding for a country miss. She becomes involved unwillingly drawn into the lives and mini melodramas of the people around her, and falls hard for the local magistrate - Elliot. And that is enough of a plot synopsis for you lot! (greedy eyes)

Charming where it could have been ridiculous, bold when it could have been trite, the simple ease and humor with which the author delights and entertains the reader is impossible to describe.

In the unlikely Letty, we find no shrinking heroine, but a `woman of the world' who is quite aware of her own appeal and not a bit above using it. Every chapter begins with a maxim, and I came to thoroughly enjoy them - take for example, `The villain gets to cheat, lie, steal, and kick the dog, because in the end you shoot him'. All slightly stage centered advice passed on from her mother and the applicable line before each short chapter.

Even the hero is thoroughly believable and wonderfully suave.

Setting the time frame a little later than Regency England, into the last decade of Queen Victoria's reign, the dress provides a refreshing change from all that dampened muslin and so on! Sweeping hats are delightfully apparent, and our heroine sashays well..

A wonderful companion novel to Bridal Favours by Connie Brockway
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful 15 Feb 2002
By Emma - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I just love Connie Brockway. Her characters are vibrant, real people that you would like to know. "A Bridal Season" was laugh-out-loud funny. Lily Potts is charming, witty, and flawed. Her attempts at aristocratic social graces are laughable, she's loud, ambitious, an opportunist, and something of a vamp, but she is so full of honest good will and humor you love her for it. Elliot March is sexy. If he wasn't make-believe that is. He is a man of integrity and honesty, a man who truly lives by what he feels is right and wrong, which I admire. But under his reserve lies a wonderfully open and humorous spirt, and he loosens up when he meets the woman of his dreams to give as good as he gets. My favorite thing about Brockway's heroes is how hard they fall for the women they love. And Elliot is no exception. I just love the scene at the end where Elliot claims his bride-- throwing all his reserve and propriety to the wind. My only regret is that Ms. Brockway did not show us as much as I would have liked of Lily and Elliot's love scene. Elliot is a very sensual man, but I felt that scene was only half completed. This aspect keeps "A Bridal Season" from being one of my favorite Brockway books. But truly, a delightful & hilarious story. Connie Brockway is one of a handful of writers I buy on name only.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure delight! 6 Dec 2001
By Teresa Medeiros - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
THE BRIDAL SEASON immediately shot to the top of my "Best Reads of 2001" list. It's fresh, funny, and thoroughly delightful from the first page to the last. You can't help but root for Letty and fall in love with Elliot. It's not Letty's strengths, but her flaws that make her such a compelling character. I hate reading about perfect women because I've never been one! The croquet game is truly a classic scene. All of the secondary characters are perfection, even Fagin/Lambikins. I liked this book so much that I ordered it in hardcover (...) after I'd already read it in paperback. Bravo, Ms. Brockway!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Connie Brockway rules! 24 Nov 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
THE BRIDAL SEASON is just what the doctor ordered for post-turkey Blahs. Letty Potts and Elliot March are the odd-couple of the romance world and do sparks ever fly when they're together. She's pretending to be a high-class lady but she knows it can only be for a very short time and she also knows that he's the last person on earth that she should fall in love with. He's a high-class gentleman and ex-soldier who knows that there's something off about the beautiful "Lady Agatha" but the more he gets to know her the less he can concentrate on, well, ANYTHING! Laugh out loud funny but shivery romantic, too, the perfect holiday read.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Witty and Fun Romance 27 Feb 2004
By sondra prowett - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Connie Brockway- "The Bridal Season" A+ This is a Victorian read and reminded me a bit of Lisa Kleypas, not quite as sensuous, but a VERY good story. Likeable characters. I couldn't see how she was going to pull off everything without scandal for the HEA, but she did it and made me believe in it! I'll be looking for more of her books; she's on my to buy list now for sure!
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