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Wedding Belles (Signet Regency Romance) Mass Market Paperback – 1 May 2004

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5.0 out of 5 stars Short stories 29 July 2016
By A. Walters - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
Enjoyed the short stories in this anthology.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it 9 April 2013
By Joan J Olson - Published on
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I am a big fan of Barbara Metzger and was not disappointed with this book either.
She always amuses me - laugh out loud many times.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 19 Stars - Explanation Follows!! 22 May 2004
By Susan Smith - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
19 Stars: 5 each for Layton, Metzger and Kelly; 2 each for Lane and Kerstan. However, if you are fans of the first three, buy the book and ignore or skim the other two offerings.
Layton, Metzger and Kelly are auto-buys for me but, please, Signet, spare us from Alison Lane's efforts in these eagerly awaited anthologies. It was forgettable - I could not be bothered to finish this tepid and ill-written story of a girl fleeing a wicked guardian into the arms of a rake without much cash. It's part of a series but I won't be tempted to read any of the other stories. It's intended to be an "action" type of story with evid-doers chasing the heroine but it's just too shallow and written in such stilted prose that, well, I just didn't care at all.
Lynn Kerstan can, and has done, better. Her story is about a penniless ward who is given the opportunity to choose between three sons of a Duke. The three brothers are OK but Julia is immature, silly, acts like a spolit child (which she is) and the story drags on and on until the final resolution. Why, please does the author let the heroine refer to a clergyman (not a nice one we gather) as "Pawson Ribble"? Does she have a speech defect? What's wrong with Parson Ribble? The only thing of any interest (and it stretched credulity) was the heir to the dukedom has asthma and his middle brother applies 21st century techniques to get it under control. Oh botheration, nothing more to be said here.
Layton's offering was cleverly written and it had a definite theme: love across class divisions and it was written with grace and humour. It was not her best effort but her characters include a cast of characters from an aristocratic family and one of the city type abhored by the ton. It's a farcical type of tale of two people trying to prevent the marriage of their siblings and, in due course, they fall in love seeing for themselves that love can transcend many obstacles.
Metzger, as always, writes with a light hand and spins a fairy tale about good versus evil by having the devil and St Peter fight for the soul of a Marquis who has been a bad boy back in London and now lies near death on a Spanish battlefield. As always, her prose is light, sparkling and funny and her characters act out a cleverly plotted tale on their way to a happy and romantic conclusion.
Kelly, always an admired favourite has a very unusual offering. Her story of a widowed American sea captain who falls in love with a prickly and unhappy Englishwoman was well written as always with this author and it was charming to read a story of a 40 year old widower falling in love despite himself with a 32 year old spinster. A background of the press gangs and President Jefferson's imminent Embargo Act of 1807 gave the story a very interesting setting.
Buy the book if you like Signet anthologies as much as I do and enjoy the three best stories. Maybe some readers will enjoy Lane and Kerstan but I'm certain everyone will enjoy Layton, Metzger and Kelly!
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable 22 April 2012
By Observant1 - Published on
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I am just finishing Wedding Belles and so far have enjoyed the stories by Lynn Kerstan, Edith Layton and Allison Lane. This is light but enjoyable reading, nicely paces, well written.
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good (Not Great) Assortment of Short Stories 31 Jan. 2016
By JJares - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The stories in this book vary from not-so-good to absolutely wonderful.​

For Richer or Poorer​ (Allison Lane​) I don't know anything about this author; thus I am uncertain if the ​'Three Beaux​'​ are part of a series. Whatever the case, two of the Beaux figure prominently in this story. ​Richard sees a poorly-dressed woman​ sneak into his sister's wedding. He helps her escape her guardian, especially when he finds out she is an abused relative of his archenemy.

A Marriage of True Minds (Edith Layton) This is a cleverly written story about the down-side of the class system in England. Terence wants to save his Viscount brother from a wealthy, but lower-class woman (Joanna). Valerie, Joanna's sister, wants to keep her sister from the clutches of the mindless aristocracy. She and Terence decide to join forces to keep them apart. The last scene is wonderful.

The Marriage Scheme (Lynn Kerstan) This seemed to be an overblown plot device; the parents (of the three young men in question) fight over everything. The duchess wants Julia, an orphaned ward, to marry her oldest son; while the duke wants his ward to marry the youngest. However, the middle son wants Julia for his bride. How can they help his parents believe it is their wish too?

A Match Made in Heaven--or Hell (Barbara Metzger) Old Nick and St. Peter are having an argument about a dying British man of nobility: Hugh, Marquess of Hardesty. In London, Hugh is a notorious womanizer; but he saved many men by taking leadership of rudderless soldiers on the Spanish battlefield. After long arguments, Satan and St. Peter decide to let him live, and see if he can redeem himself. Both are confident that Hugh will be theirs.

A Hasty Marriage (Carla Kelly) This is an absolutely delightful story about a 32 year-old spinster who runs away from home, rather than marry a boring man of the peerage. She runs to her old governess and meets an American sea captain. The story is deliciously different.
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