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A Perfect Bride (Sterling Trilogy #1)

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  2,524 Ratings  ·  100 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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Feb 27, 2011 Shawna rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Updated after re-read 16/1/1

This book is such a hidden gem! Just as good the second time around!


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 str
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
Mar 31, 2008 ChloeLeeNH rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Oct 27, 2009 Nisha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Quirky Omega
I don't know why I'd been stalling on reading this book. It's an almost perfect Cinderella story.
The chemistry between the leads is incendiary. Of course, as usual, the hero is just yummy with the way he treats the heroine and there are some really adorable moments with the hero's fumbling after saying something foolish to the heroine. It's just something when supremely confident heroes are stripped (both figuratively and literally :P) to their adorable and loving selves.
Eve Hart
Another re-read. I first read this book early 2000s, and I liked it then, which is why I wanted to re-read it. Good story, passionate prose, overly emotional heroine (what's with all the weepy females?), and an emotionally stunted hero.

I enjoyed it. Will most likely read it again.
A perfect bride is a sweet albeit predictable love story about a young women trying to survive in the poorest and most dangerous area of London. She has recently lost her mother who raised her with strong values despite her surroundings. One night while walking home late after work at an alehouse, she is attacked and injured. A wealthy Lord comes across her body and takes her home in an attempt to save her life. He suspects she is a criminal and harlot because of her appearance and proximity to ...more
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
Feb 04, 2013 Christienne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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 Justin's story in A Perfect Groom.
Jun 15, 2015 puppitypup rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Historic Romance Disappointing

Well, I can see I'm the odd man out here. Maybe it's just my mood, but I got to the 55% point in this book and could not go one more page.

The book spends a lot of time in the thoughts of the main characters, and their thoughts are just too repetitive to hold my attention. It's a shame, because I loved Book 3 in the series.

This book has a few more bad words than most Historical Romance.
3.5 Stars
Tyler Leigh
Very predictable, but still a fun read.
I really enjoyed the first two thirds of A Perfect Bride. Then it got a little stupid. (view spoiler) Overall, I rate it at 3.5/5 stars.
Eden Mengistu
Feb 16, 2017 Eden Mengistu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i loved this one. sebastian was agreat hero and i liked them together. there was a time he was a jerk but i think he groveled enough to get the h back.
I really liked this historical. I love the stories where the perfect hero fall for someone they aren't supposed to; and how deeply they fall.
To be honest, this wasn’t all that well written. It lacked some of the wit and charm I’ve come to expect from the historical romances I read. I still enjoyed it though because I sat down and nearly read it straight through. The plot itself was predictable. You could kind of just guess how everything was going to play out. For example, I saw the (view spoiler) twist coming a mile away. I think the thing that kept me from truly loving this was the ...more
Holly Minch
Jul 14, 2016 Holly Minch rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hrm
I read this book many years ago and decided to reread the stories of the St.Johns, I enjoyed this book it is a twist on my fair lady and you can see some of the plot twist coming from a mile away but it is still fun to read. The plot is pretty much on point with what you read in the back blurb man finds ragged injured women takes her home and turns her into a lady falls in love. While it was a good read there were some points that make you wonder if they were added just for filler, the tension o ...more
Mar 15, 2016 Nessa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It didn't have the heart wrenching jealous lover effect in those highlander stories but still a solid 5 stars.
You know that moment where you just adore to read the simple conversations between the hero and heroine and not get bored? Thats when you know you love the story!

It has been awhile since I encountered books like these apart from my favourite authors who haven't come up with new titles yet. So I was ravenous and glad to stumble upon this.

Ever the rigid o
Dec 19, 2012 Nina rated it liked it  ·  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
This is one of my go-to ridiculous fluff romance novels; I don't actually think most of this series is very good, and Samantha James's writing is quite excessive even for historicals, but this book is definitely the best of the three. It's tropey as all hell and has the surprise-well-connected-family reveal that's pretty standard in mysterious-stranger plots, but it's sweet, more plausible than the following two, and just feels like it has a genuine heart to it, which is always a good thing for ...more
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
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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
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
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
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Growing up in Joliet, Illinois, Samantha James had many childhood aspirations--being a writer was never one of them. When she was ten, she was certain she was destined to be an astronomer. That soon changed (happened a lot during those pre-teen years!) when she decided archaeology was in her future. Detective work was her next goal, thanks to the Trixie Belden mysteries she was reading, and before ...more
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Sterling Trilogy (3 books)
  • A Perfect Groom (Sterling trilogy, #2)
  • A Perfect Hero (Sterling trilogy, #3)

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