A Perfect Bride Mass Market Paperback – 1 May 1967
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About the Author
It was Samantha James's love of reading as a child that steered her toward a writing career. Among her favorites in those days were the Trixie Belden and Cherry Ames series of books. She still loves a blend of mystery and romance, and, of course, a happily-ever-after ending. The award-winning, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of many romances and one novella, her books have ranged from medieval to Regency.
Top Customer Reviews
I recommend this book to anyone who is a big fan of Samantha James...
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
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!
Offical reviewer for [...]
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 [...] ---
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.
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.
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