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A Perfect Bride (Sterling trilogy #1)

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  1,892 ratings  ·  66 reviews
The incomparable USA Today bestseller Samanth James cordially invites you to Regency England for a Sterling affair . . .

Perfectly Marvelous

Devon St. James must surely be dreaming! She closes her eyes in London's poorest slum, and awakens wrapped in fine linens . . . staring into the eyes of the most gorgeous man she has ever seen! Sebastian Sterling, marquess of Thurston,
ebook, 384 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published January 11th 2004)
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Jun 04, 2011 Shawna rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of spirited, destitute heroines & wealthy lord pairings
5+ stars – Historical/Regency Romance

This was my first read by Samantha James and I loved it! It’s definitely my favorite of the Perfect/Sterling trilogy, all of which I enjoyed. I was in desperate need of a feel-good romance, and this definitely hit the spot! It’s reminiscent of “My Fair Lady” and “Cinderella” and also reminded me a little of Julia Quinn’s An Offer From a Gentleman, which is one of my favorites in the Bridgertons series; yet the story and characters seem wholly original as well
This book is such a hidden gem.


It made me a very very happy girl. I loved everything about it!! Devon St. Clair is a bastard daughter who grew up with her mother in St. Giles. Despite this, she promised that she would never "steal, beg or whore" and she's managed to survive with her innocence intact. One night she is attacked by two ruffians and she stabs one of them to get away and he stabs her back. She's left bleeding in the street and thinks she will die...

...until Sebastian Sterling, Marqu
I was craving a good historical romance, and this definitely worked for me. I was intrigued by the premise, poor girl taken from St. Giles, the worst slum in London, by a rich, handsome lord, how will they make it work, because, y'know, lords aren't supposed to marry poor slum girls. But since this is a romance, I knew it would end well, and the journey was great.
Devon St. James is the heroine, in the beginning, she's working in a tavern, dealing with all these grubby guys groping on her, tryin
Jun 18, 2008 ChloeLeeNH rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Regency Era fans
I don't know what took me so long to read this book... I used to read her medievals but I really loved this book. There was something very endearing about the h/h. I can't wait to get to the second book in the series
A very sweet, charming book that could be a Disney movie, probably PG-13 because of a few scenes at the end of the book. It was a mixture of My Fair Lady; the heroine, Devon, is poor, alone in the world, and dirty and beaten after she was just robbed. She has figured out how to stay alive in her situation and keep the good morals her mother had taught her, but she has dreams to get out of this horrible life and move to the other other side of the tracks where she belongs. I was raised on musical ...more
Unexpectedly endearing. I love both the hero and heroine. Sebastian is wonderful, with his protective manly self along with his sensitive side. I love it all. Devon (I loved her name) is a poor girl, who happens to be a bastard daughter to a peer. Either way, she is on the wrong side of the track until Sebastian rescues her and tends her.

They have a great interaction which is important because they were mostly in only each others company, except the sparse intervals with Justin or Dumpling and
English historical Cinderella romance with a single young bastard-born young lady found in the slums that is re-created into a real lady by a rich gentleman, so a taste of My Fair Lady and Pygmalion. It reminds me of the the book I just read One Perfect Rose with a well-born child lost in the slums to be adopted and then married back into the noble London society, in this case it is a hidden secret bastard child growing up in the slums.
Miss Devon St. James is alone in the world after her mother
Very cute My Fair Lady story. I was so vested in this couple and terrified they wouldn't end up together. It made me emotional and want to keep reading. I didn't like that he was noncommittal to her at first. I loved that she became a rich duchess but I wish he committed to her before that happened. They were both great characters with a strong connection. I loved the cute romantic scenes with them playing with and enjoying each other. It made me laugh and smile. The chasing rabbit scene was so ...more
Lynsey A
This was truly a delightful story. The hero and heroine were hardly at odds through this book and it was so heartwarming. Sebastian rescued Devon on the streets and at first thought she was a thief but eventually warmed up to her. They were cute and loving together.

There was a revelation about the heroine that wasn't quite a surprise but it was nice.

Near the end they were separated but the hero's heartfelt avowals to Devon were heartbreaking.

Lovely story and I hope the other two books in the s
Mar 10, 2013 Nina rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone needed a lighthearted romance with a little tension only at the end

3.4999 stars !!!!!!!!

I have to be honest with this one. I'm not starry eyed. Far from it actually. The plot was a bit seen it all before but I did enjoy the lightness of the dialogues and such. Somehow I saw no darkness in it. A very nice sunny spring day book, when you just have nothing to do and want your mind to a perfect world.

I think the main reasons I didn't enjoy this book, I think, have nothing to do with the book itself more with me. If I had read this book 3 months ago I probably woul

2.5 stars.
Esta historia me ha dejado indiferente. A pesar de que empieza bien y parece entretenida, en seguida se viene abajo, se vuelve predecible y poco original. Al final me aburrió un poco y me costó terminarla.
Demasiado “diálogo interior”, demasiados “no puedo” pero “lo hago igualmente” y un final donde todo encaja tan a la perfección que no es creíble, y desde luego, no es romántico.
A medida que la historia avanza empieza a parecer cada vez más superficial y los personajes dejan de ser
It was clear from the begining how this story would end but after awhile it just became so tedious. She loves him she hates him she loves him she hates him or avoid scandal or embrace scandal by the end I did not care one way or the other. Devon was feisty even though she grew up in poverty and lived under the stigma of illegitimacy, she stayed true to herself. Sebastian was your typical blue bood; stuffy, judgmental and rich. Although he did suffer growing up with an abusive father and the aban ...more
Oh Sebastian! i still think this book should have been called the perfect hero. He was in all essence the best guy. He did not want to see Devon cry thus he burdenrd himself just to make sure she was happy and smilling. As i read, some scenes reminded of Until you by Judith Mcnaught and " An offer from a Gentleman" by Julia Quinn. Generally, its a must read!
I am a sucker for the downtrotten, street urchin heroine meets lordling.

I have no rational explanation why I like this totally unrealistic trope, but I do. :) Especially if they are done well and the characters are likable. I got all of that here. I found it romantic. Is it over the top? Of course. Would a Lord ever pick up a street urchin and fall for her? I doubt it. But then, I read fiction, not non fiction.

Only thing that made even me roll my eyes was the tidy at the end. And the stubbornn
Amei esse livro. É um típico romance de regência, com todos os ingredientes usuais, uma trama simples, sem maiores complexidades, centrada no romantismo, mas com diálogos bem elaborados e uma narrativa envolvente. O casal protagonista é muito carismático, ela é de origem humilde, mas com uma resposta na ponta da língua, espirituosa e fala o que pensa. Ele é um verdadeiro lorde inglês, nos pés a cabeça, lindo, gentil, carinhoso e riquíssimo. Um homem preso a um dever de lealdade ao decoro e às re ...more
It was okay, nothing stood out for me and I probably wouldn't read the rest of the books in the series. There was no depth to the story... a lot of reviewers have said it was very cute, and that's exactly what it was, nothing had any consequences and there was no depth to the plot. I felt like the writer was directing to much, rather than letting the characters speak for themselves, and as a result the characters seem very flat. There is barely any conflict, because though they moan and cry abou ...more
So, it's a little bit unrealistic, but it's a delightful story. I love the main characters and the twist of the story which involves Devon and her past. I'm looking forward to the reading the second in the series.
It was very predictable for me. Nothing new and wasnt refreshing. I've read a lot of historical romance, so maybe thats the reason i knew how things were going. Nothing fresh. Im deleting this from my bookshelf.
Um bom livro, embora um pouco piegas com um final perfeito! e o que me faz lembrar de uma frase: o amor pode se encontrar nos lugares mais impossíveis, que o digam Devon e Sebastian!
i really wanted to like this - the story had so much promise. but while i loved sebastians character and his inner struggle with duty/desire, devon was such a sook and i couldnt get over it. this book is going straight to the op-shop.
A Cinderella story featuring a poor but noble young woman and a proper aristocrat whose paths cross and change both their lives.

The revelation about Devon's heritage was obvious from early on, the couple acted idiotically sometimes and I didn't like Devon's running away before giving Sebastian a chance to talk to her.

Some parts in the story were a bit disjointed, but as a whole it was light and enjoyable.

Next comes Julian's story in A Perfect Groom.
Mia  P.
I really enjoyed this, I can't say it was swoon worthy, but still a good light and fun read.
I don't usually rate romance novels, but this was a great read.
Nowhere near as good as Sterling Trilogy, #2; Heroine Devon implausible or rather not fully fleshed-out. Still The second volume is so good that it makes seeing the family again worthwhile.

I recommend reading Perfect Groom first if only to ensure that you don't loose interest--or is it just my thing for redheads talking?

Note to Self: Oldest Brother Sebastian and St. Giles urchin Devon's story. Seb and 2 siblings were abandoned by a flighty mother who died enroute to France with a lover to the n
Tiffany Day
The book's premise had promise: uptight, stoic aristocrat rescues beautiful h from the wrong side of the tracks after she was attacked in the London slums - but it ended up with a predictable story that was poorly written melodrama filled with every cliche in the genre. I did like the brother, around whom the next in the trilogy centers... so, it's possible I might give Samantha James another try... 2 1/2 stars, but just didn't feel I could round up to 3 here, as I really only finished it for th ...more
Shamim Kheir
totally brilliant!!
Theresa Contreras
This was a sweet romance by samantha james so i have to give it a 4.5, i read part two first and well ive been taken by that book every time ive ever read it. this was good enough but nothing was really "tugging" at my heart the way justins book did.. i was glad to get a little more back story about justin and now i will re-read part two for scientific reasons of course. wink wink lol.. i really love justin and i guess thats why i couldn't really love his brother as much as my heart was already ...more
Jun 24, 2011 Quinn rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Regency lovers, rags to riches story lovers
Shelves: romance
Another winner from Samantha James! This is just what I want in a Regency romance. As soon as I finished it, I asked for it on The copy I read was a library book, but I need it for my collection.

I just adore this story, and each and every one of it's characters. There's was not one person where I thought to myself, "I really wish she'd hit the delete button on this guy/gal". And Dumpling was just an adorable added element! Total homerun for me. Two thumbs up!
This was pretty cliche, filled with some popular historical tropes. The story is about an innocent young woman in dire financial straits getting attacked, then rescued by a gallant rich guy who takes care of her and falls for her at the same time. She builds fairy tales out of thin air and he is constrained by tradition and family reputations, resulting in angst till he finally comes to his senses. It was a sweet reminder of Judith McNaught's books.
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