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At the age of 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 or some such thing had she actually lived in Regency England, that didn’t stop her from fantasizing about waltzing the night away at Almack’s 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 simply have to do it herself. After honing her craft on five young adult books for Bantam’s long-running Sweet Dreams series, she tried her hand at the genre she had loved for so long. Her first Regency romance, THE WEAVER TAKES A WIFE, was published in 1999, to critical acclaim. In addition to the Weaver trilogy (THE WEAVER TAKES A WIFE, BRIGHTON HONEYMOON, and FRENCH LEAVE), her Regency titles include the award-winning MISS DARBY'S DUENNA, as well as a series of Regency-set mysteries featuring idealistic young Bow Street Runner John Pickett, described by All About Romance as “a little young, but wholly delectable.” A native a long-time resident of Alabama, Ms. South recently moved to Loveland, Colorado, where she has a view of Long’s Peak from her office window.

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  • File Size: 272 KB
  • Print Length: 158 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Belgrave House/Regency Reads (October 11, 2011)
  • Publication Date: October 11, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005V55GXU
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I am the author of fifteen novels, ranging in genre from regency to mystery to young adult to Christian fiction. I began my career writing teen romance for Bantam's Sweet Dreams series. When that series was cancelled in 1995, I began writing for adults. I've always enjoyed the books of Georgette Heyer, so it was only natural that I should turn to the Regency genre. I love writing (and reading!) books with humor, clever dialogue, and romance. Because my books have no "on-stage" sex scenes, they can be enjoyed by readers of all ages.

My works have been translated into Polish, Chinese, Dutch, French, and Norwegian. They have appeared in large-print editions and have been recorded by the U. S. Library of Congress as part of their Books for the Blind program.

A native and longtime resident of Alabama, I recently moved to Colorado with my husband of over 30 years. We enjoy the proximity to the Rocky Mountains and the elk that occasionally wander through our neighborhood, but I still speak with a pronounced Southern drawl!

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By M. Rondeau VINE VOICE on October 25, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Unassuming, hardworking, underpaid curate and sometime tutor James Weatherly was resigned to his lot in life of genteel poverty until approached by a solicitor informing him he was the heir to a dukedom of Montford. Unfortunately, traveling by stage on the road to claiming his inheritance he was later set upon by footpads, beaten severely and lost his memory and any identifying papers.

Margaret Darrington after having waited long enough to meet up with the new tutor she'd hired to teach her brother, set off for home when she discovered James on the road. Seeing his scattered books and his shabby dress she incorrectly assumes he is Mr. Fanshawe, her errant tutor and brings him to her home. Having lost his memory James goes along with her feeling that perhaps he is Mr. Fanshawe, for being a tutor seemed to feel right.

As time went by, Margaret couldn't help but notice after the bruises faded, Mr. Fanshawe was both pleasing in looks and personality. After disabusing James of any hope of a winning her beautiful sister Amanda's hand (in whom Margaret planned a brilliant match to save the family) Margaret knows Amanda would be the only one who could attract a wealthy suitor, perhaps even the new Duke of Montford not knowing that true Duke was her very own dear Mr. Fanshawe.

*** Rejoice good people, all rumors about Regency being dead should be put aside! If OF PAUPERS AND PEERS is any example of the brilliance of that genre, it is alive and flourishing exceedingly well as evidenced from this superlative offering from Ms. Sherri Cobb Smith! Oh what a perfectly splendid reading experience!

Smith's grasp of the genre is evident in the well-written story using dialogs utilizing the cant of the period and moving the reader right into Ms. Jane Austen's England.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on October 24, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The London solicitor searches the College of Arms tome for four months to determine who inherits the wealth and title of the Duke of Montford, whose previous occupant died with no offspring. Finally having to go back a century to a family estrangement, the attorney determines that Fairfield Curator James Weatherly is the new Duke. James is stunned to learn he inherited two million acres in Surrey and other properties.

James travels to the prime seat of Montford stopping at an inn where he intercedes in a dispute, but by doing so he shows he is carrying a lot of money. On the final leg of his journey, two thugs accost him, take his cash, and leave him unconscious from a blow to the head. Margaret Darrington finds the bewildered injured James and assumes he is the tutor Mr. Fanshawe she hired to teach her fourteen year old brother Philip. She finds the teacher quite attractive, but is unhappy he seems to desire her beautiful eighteen years old sisters Amanda. With encouragement from her wacky Aunt Hattie and as he begins to recover his memory, James knows he loves one of the siblings, the one he considers the adult not the teen.

OF PAUPERS AND PEERS is an interesting Regency romance starring two likable protagonists and a solid honorable secondary cast. Margaret the lioness protects her siblings and her aunt, but also is jealous of her sister for the first time as she assumes Mr. Fanshawe is like every other male who fawns over the beautiful angelic Amanda. Fans will appreciate this fine historical as the lead male begins to regain his memory he knows whether he is Fanshawe or Weatherly he is in love.

Harriet Klausner
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L. Menzel on December 7, 2006
Format: Hardcover
If you haven't read a really good Regency romance lately, then treat yourself to this one. Yes, it has the seemingly obligatory duke and an amnesia aspect, but these are simply minor plot devices in a well crafted, beautifully written story.

I always enjoy a convincing plot and pacing that keeps me involved from page to page--and this book has both. But it also has wonderful, multi-dimensional characters who engaged me from the moment I met them.

I encourage any Regency lover to buy this book, or borrow it from their library. My copy is going to my daughter and then directly to my keeper shelf to eventually be reread and enjoyed again.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Diana Lebaron on December 4, 2006
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Sheri Cobb South has done it again. She truly understands the Regency era with its "feel" and had written a captivating tale. Just when you think it is possibly clicheed - the "in cognito" duke with amnesia - it takes new turns and twists. I am so glad to see the genre so well presented.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Judge Tabor TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 9, 2015
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Five stars for sweetness and great characters. After getting my can full of debauched heroes in some of the Guhrke and James books I've been reading, what a delightful switch to enter into the bright, clean world of James Weatherly. Although I must confess that having been raised in near poverty during my growing up years, I don't particularly care to read about the primary characters in my fluffly historical romance novels struggling along with barely a feather to fly with.

But, then there's poverty in life that often includes poverty of the soul and there's the other kind of poverty. That would be those who live with very little in the way of material goods and often wonder where their next bit will come from and yet have a richness of the soul. James Weatherly may have been a lowly curate with shabby clothes and a few shillings to his name, but his soul abounded in richness.

When I consider that he had the fortitude to ask the belle of the village - Miss Prescott - to be his wife, I marveled at his audacity. Of course she denied his suit which left him with some wounds. And, yet once he inherited the dukedom, that rejection colored his thinking when he decided to ask for his true love's hand in marriage. Thus, he kept his true identity from her until she rejected him which kinda backfires a bit but of course everything comes out like a charm.
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