- Publisher: New American Library; First Edition edition (2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451228456
- ISBN-13: 978-0451228451
- ASIN: B007CIKTLI
- Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.1 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,811,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Bargain Bride (Signet Eclipse) Paperback – 2009
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In this story, we have a comical though sometimes painful dissection of an arranged marriage of convenience. This marriage is set up for the usual reasons of advancement and money and will cross quite serious class divides. However, our heroine, the daughter of a rich and ambitious cit, has taken umbrage at being kept waiting for 13 years and is ready to kick over the traces. Our hero, originally the younger son, finds himself inheriting his father's title and, suddenly, his life needs to undergo some serious change - no longer in the Army, no longer living the life of a young buck in London, he needs to set up his nursery with a willing wife.
There are the usual coterie of oddball servants and relatives in this one; watch out for Marcel, her grandpa's valet, and a pretty unusual pug dog who needs the kiss of life every now and then. Add in some annoying stepsisters, a bit of a mystery and an abduction and you have one of the author's funny and harum scarum set-ups.
I particularly liked the homage to the late Edith Layton that appears in the chapter headings purporting to be from a tome on arranged marriages; some terrific one-liners here - worth the price of the book in my view.
I really liked this and had several hours of real reading pleasure. Highly recommended to her fans but also to those who like regencies, like comedy and appreciate talented, well crafted prose.
However, West changes his mind upon meeting the beautiful effervescent Penny. Her father suggests Penny marry her stepbrother Nigel, son of his second wife. Instead West invokes the agreement, but his former lover and her odious step-sibling have other abduction plans for the pair that ignores West and Penny falling in love.
THE BARGAIN BRIDE is a humorous Regency romance filled with an eccentric cast that seems to have escaped from bedlam as their chaotic antics are fun to follow; but centered and owned by the lead couple. Fans will relish this fine historical as the battle for who marries Penny shapes into a zany free for all in which Penny must determine whom she can trust with her life. Topped by citations from the chronicles of "By Arrangement" heading each chapter, this is an amusing entertaining tale with a suspense subplot enhancing the jocularity; as Barbara Metzger is at the top of her game.
But this is also the first Barbara Metzger I haven't finished. On my second try, I made it just over halfway. I'll probably give it a third try at some point, but since Metzger is in my top five must buy list, The Bargain Bride has to go down in the disappointment category. It has all the elements I love - the self capable heroine, the repentant hero, the arranged marriage (I'm a sucker for those), the positive view of male relationships, but it fails to come together. There's too much farce and not enough friction. Penny is angry, West is resigned, but why are they together? He's ready to make the best of it, she's decided she must fight him at all costs or we'd lack a plot. I mean, or her heart will be broken again. There are typically wonderful touches - Penny's book of adolescent poetry is as dreadful as it should be, West understands her reluctance to be seduced - but it never gains enough speed to lift all the baggage it carries.
I'm absolutely buying the author's next book, but this one just wasn't for me.
Penny meanwhile has been living for years with her grandfather in the country, where she was sent after her father remarried. She has been unable to consider other marriage proposals because of her engagement, all while reading of West's womanizing in the gossip pages. She once thought him a knight in shining armor, but he has completely failed her and broken her heart in the process. Penny is now 26 years of age and wants nothing to do with West. The only feeling she has towards him is EXTREME anger. Then her father forces West to honor his commitment, and she has no choice but to wed him. However, she insists they get to know each other before their marriage is consummated, hoping to stall him as long as possible to inflict some deserved pain on her now eager suitor. What Penny is surprised to discover is her own pain and longing from their forced estrangement.
Overall this was an entertaining, lighthearted read. The author made good use of humor, the supporting cast was quirky and fun, and the story's "full speed ahead" pace was often exhilarating. In fact, the humor and storyline - a kind of farce involving the couple's odd assemblage of friends and relatives - was much stronger than the romance itself.Read more ›
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I only made it through about 40% of this book. I grew sick of the ridiculous reasons that the h couldn't consummate their marriage, 'oh my, I made a weird sound while making love... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Kindle Customer
The characters, both the major and the minor, were so well done and so memorable. I think the valet Marcel and the former mistress who dressed all in green were two of my... Read morePublished 22 months ago by HappyBookWorm
Sorry. I usually enjoy Barbara Metzger's novels, but not this one. At least, not much. There were some humorous parts, particularly at the beginning. Read morePublished on September 20, 2013 by Tracy Dunn
I always love Barbara Metzger's books because of how much humor she has in them, but this is one of my favorites.Published on June 19, 2013 by Cindy V
At 95, my late mother was still reading almost a book each day. She loved these easy to read, happy ending romances; perfect for keeping her occupied. Read morePublished on June 6, 2013 by Poodle Lover
Todays pick is The Bargain Bride. I read this about three times when I was starting my collection of romance novels again. Let me share the history. Read morePublished on January 27, 2013 by Melody May
There is little point in rehashing the plot of this story as it is well outlined in other reviews.
The poor reviews on this site do little more than demonstrate that one... Read more
I don't usually read romance novels, but this book just seemed to call to me. I wasn't sorry as I laughed myself silly for the 1 1/2 days It took to read it (actually fast for me),... Read morePublished on September 18, 2012 by A. Starkey
I put up a good fight, but I couldn't finish it. The heroine was awful. She "hated" the hero...but he was god from Olympus...but wait, she hates the hero...no, no... Read morePublished on July 18, 2011 by P. Warwick