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The Bridal Season: A Loveswept Classic Romance by [Brockway, Connie]
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Music hall performer Letty Potts is the original sow's ear who turns herself into a silk purse. Burned out of her rooming house by her unscrupulous ex-boyfriend Nick Sparkle, Letty needs to get out of London--and fast. Opportunity presents itself in the form of a train ticket to Little Bidewell discarded by Lady Agatha Whyte, society wedding planner. Upon her arrival, Letty is mistaken for Lady Agatha by the Bigglesworth family who have hired her to make their daughter's wedding the event of the decade. Never one to let good fortune slip by her, Letty utilizes her acting talent to pass as a duke's daughter forced to earn a living as a wedding coordinator. Thoroughly enmeshed in prewedding preparations, Letty finds herself unable to hurt the Bigglesworths who have welcomed her--as Lady Agatha--so graciously and who need her so much. However, when it turns out that the Bigglesworths' neighbor, the oh-so-handsome, unquestionably honorable, and all too eligible Sir Elliot March, is also the local magistrate, Letty figures it's time to get out of Dodge, uh, Little Bidewell. The larcenous Letty is utterly astonished by her overwhelming attraction to the serious--and seriously sexy--Elliot. He, too, seems completely astounded by Letty's natural sensuality, which leaves Elliot prone to behave in a most ungentlemanly manner. To further complicate matters, who should appear in Little Bidewell but the notorious Nick Sparkle, who believes Letty's working a con and wants in on the take. When the jig is up and Letty must face the music, it is left to Elliot to investigate and possibly prosecute the woman he has fallen in love with and wants to marry. Will two such different people, from such disparate places in society, be able to close the gap that exists everywhere but in their hearts? Read Connie Brockway's delicious frolic of a novel, The Bridal Season, to find out! --Alison Trinkle

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Attempting to elude her occasional partner in crime, Nick Sparkle, music hall performer Letty Potts found freedom at the Paddington train station in the form of a ticket to Little Bidewell originally purchased by Lady Agatha Whyte, a wedding coordinator hired by the Bigglesworth family. Upon arriving in Little Bidewell, Letty is immediately mistaken by the Bigglesworths for Lady Agatha, and before she realizes what's happening, Letty finds herself masquerading as a high-society wedding consultant. At first no one, not even the delectably handsome local magistrate, Sir Elliot March, suspects Letty's secret, but the longer Letty stays in Little Bidewell, the greater the chance she has of not only hurting the Bigglesworths but also of falling in love with Elliot. This frothy literary confection sparkles with insouciant charm. Characters, setting, and plot are all handled with perfect aplomb by Brockway, who displays a true gift for humor. Witty and wonderful! John Charles
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  • File Size: 3248 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Publisher: Loveswept (December 18, 2007)
  • Publication Date: December 18, 2007
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000XU8DD8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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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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By Emma on February 14, 2002
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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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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!
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This 2001 Victorian romance is one of my Brockway favorites. It's fun, frothy and totally romantic. And the hero is one of my all-time favorite HR leading men. He's just so gosh-darned good and honorable (not to mention handsome, sexy and somewhat intense) that I fell in love with him right along with the heroine.

The plot would make a really fun rom-com movie. Sometime music hall performer and part-time scam artist Letty Potts needs to flee London and manages to find herself masquerading as an upper-class wedding planner in a small English village. Letty, who had been sitting at Paddington railway station when the real wedding planner tossed her ticket away and eloped with her French suitor, picks up the ticket and ends up in Little Bidewell, where everyone assumes she is Lady Agatha, the wedding planner.

So she assumes Lady Agatha's identity, but along the way she manages to recover the heart and conscience she had of necessity buried inside herself while in survival mode in London. Brockway makes her heroine strong and street-smart yet vulnerable and a much better and kinder person than she believes herself to be.

All the characters, main and secondary, are delightful, deftly drawn and three-dimensional. And the romance? Totally romantic and swoon-worthy. This is light and frothy. In the hands of a less deft author, it would probably be the kind of romance I dislike. But Brockway writes so well, has such great characters and such excellent dialogue that there's not a trace of the silliness or absurdness that annoys me in other lightweight romances I have read.
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