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Seeking Persephone (The Lancaster Family #1)

4.13  ·  Rating Details ·  6,297 Ratings  ·  958 Reviews
When Persephone Lancaster receives a marriage proposal from the ill-tempered Duke of Kielder, she refuses, and then reconsiders. The obscene sum of money he's offering Persephone would save her family from ruin. With her characteristic optimism, she travels to the far reaches of Northumberland to wed a greatly feared stranger. Lodged deep in a thick forest infested with wi ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published 2008
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Kathy * Bookworm Nation
When I saw a friend had reviewed this the other day it of course got me thinking about it again and so I thought I'd just pick it up and read a bit, and of course got sucked in and ended up reading the whole thing! This is one of my favorite regencies, I've read it quite a few times. I realized when I went to review it, that I had actually read it the past couple summers, always in June - this seems to be a summer favorite of mine. I'll of course have to pick up Courting Miss Lancaster because t ...more
spoiler-free, mainly (no big suspense give-aways)

Wonderfully written "Beauty and the Beast" Regency Romance, set in 1805 in Northumberland, near the Scottish border. Despite the "clean" factor, Eden manages to engender sexual tension, imbuing her characters with emotional depth. This is not a Christian romance, despite the publisher. No mention of scriptures and Eden does not evangelize.

The POV shifts from Adam to Persephone. Internal musings are limited to brief digressions so it does not hin
I love Sarah's books they are full of wit and great banter between her lead characters. This book was no different. Persephone what a name, and fitting at that. I really liked Persephone she was courageous, that Duke Kielder(sounds like killed her), now would that not be intimidating! Persephone is intimidated, but stands strong and tries not to show it, she is witty, happy, kind,and sensitive. Duke Kielder (Adam), is over barring, egotistical in a good way, ornery, brooding, intimidating, and h ...more
May 23, 2013 Daniel rated it it was ok
Seeking Persephone was entertaining and quick. I read through it in one day and enjoyed it. If you are looking for a cute love story that is clean, fun, and short, this a good pick. If you are looking for something more, look elsewhere.
There are two reasons I didn't rate it higher. First, I didn't enjoy it as much as other books I've read. Frankly, I thought the main character Adam was annoying. His character was defined by exactly one characteristic and emotion. Later in the book he kind of de
Kathy Jo

Adam was born with his right ear missing. Several surgeons believed that his ear was just under the surface and with surgery they could dig it out of hiding. Several unsuccessful surgeries later, his parents finally gave up hope that the ear would ever make an appearance. But all this left Adam even more disfigured and scarred both physically and emotionally. Feeling rejected by his mother, dealing with his father's untimely death and then being shipped off to school was just too much for little
Sep 24, 2011 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I hope Mrs. Eden won't take this the wrong way. I met her the other night at a book signing. She's lovely. However, I am a little upset at these new LDS authors. I feel a certain level of indignation because what do they think they are they doing with their sweet, chaste romances, anyway? I thought I was too sophisticated for such nonsense. I mean, of course I have no problem with the chaste romance part. It's just that these authors are changing my perception of the LDS literature I knew as a t ...more
LOVED, LOVED! This had a Beauty and the Beast theme going on which I thought worked really well without any magical elements to it and without it being a repeat story. This doesn't have a whole lot of exciting plots going on. It sticks with the relationship being the main focus of the story. And that works in this case! I never found myself wishing something exciting would happen, I just got lost in the story for what it was. I loved how angry and bitter Adam was because of his disfigurement. I ...more
Shiralea Woodhouse
Jan 04, 2010 Shiralea Woodhouse rated it it was amazing
This update to all my goodreads friends: Just saw that the Provo library has this book now! It was re-published by Covenant and I will be getting myself a copy! (don't like the new cover as much - why replace the guy with awesome sideburns? lol!)

I am going to Gush now - I LOVE LOVE LOVE this book! It was a wonderful romance...a little bit P&P, a dash Jane Eyre (Adam, the Duke of Kielder, was definitely reminiscent of Mr. Rochester) , and a pinch Beauty and the Beast. Except this Romance begi
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
~4.5 stars~

This book has been sitting on my shelf at home for far too long. I purchased the book and several more of Sarah Eden's books because I really want to read them. I have heard (or read) good things about them and couldn't wait to discover them for myself.

Persephone is a lovable and vulnerable character. She lives her life for everyone else, she sacrifices her wants and desires to help the people she loves. When she receives an offer of marriage by post, offering her family a substantia
Aug 01, 2016 Nina rated it it was ok
Blegggh. I wanted to like this book. It's got the set up of a book I would really like. It's equal parts Beauty and the Beast, Persephone, and Jane Austen.

But holy cow was Adam a whiny babyman.

Look, I get that the beast/Hades/whoever is supposed to be cold towards our mc at first. Part of the fun is watching him soften up, because we all know under the frostiness he's got a heart of gold. But Adam was just flat out hard to like. His mom and dad split up when he was little, and he has minor scarr
Nov 02, 2012 Jill rated it really liked it
First read: November 2, 2012:
I must be on a romance book kick lately; they just keep drawing me in. Maybe it's the season? Whatever. I loved this book. I ordered the sample on my kindle first to see if the characters or dialogue irritated or interested me. I finished the sample and immediately bought the book.

I adored the fun banter between the characters and the setting. Lets be honest, I know little of Britain's topography, but I do have an imagination and am happy to jump into a novel and di
Katie W
I wish this book would have been re-released before Courting Miss Landcaster, because I loved getting to know the background of grumpy, irritable Adam.

Adam, a duke, is very cranky and fearsome and decides that he needs a wife in order to keep a cousin in line to inherit at bay. His solicitor makes arrangements and Persephone joins the household. But...she's different than he expected. bit by bit, she works at becoming at least friends with the duke.

Very cute regency romance. It almost had a Bea
Apr 13, 2009 Rane rated it it was amazing
This is the frist Sarah M.Eden book I've picked up and it won't be the last.
I adore the wit and courage of her characters, both Adam and Persephone by time brought out something in each other, and thru that love blossom.

I really loved that.

That both just didn't fall head over heels in love with each at frist sight, but they're love grew by getting to know each other.

Just a all around wonderful book!
Loved every word of this book!!!!...and I mean LOVED!
I have loved everything that I've read of Sarah M Eden's though so maybe I am bias!:) I just really enjoyed this regency "beauty and the beast" type clean romance and I am so excited that I have added it permenately to my home library!! I'm anxiously waiting for more of this authors work to be published!!!
Nov 22, 2014 Leanne rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, tween-worthy
I knew right off that this book was another take on Beauty and the Beast, but what I have never given much thought to before is how the fairy tale itself is really a re-telling of the Hades/Persephone Greek myth. Which has me thinking:
1) Why do Beauty/Beast or Hades/Persephone tales continue to be so popular?

If you have read any modern interpretations, you have surely heard the complaint that the fairy tale encourages young women to marry horrible men in the mistaken belief that the touch of a w
May 10, 2012 Heidi rated it it was amazing
This story contains elements of Beauty and the Beast except that Persephone isn't a beauty and the Duke is not really a beast. Although most who know the Duke consider him a 'beast' in terms of behavior and his tendency to bury himself at his estate. Few are willing to enter his domain, but Persephone must to save her family from poverty. She greatly fears that she has little chance of happiness in the cold and cheerless environment in which she finds herself. But slowly she starts to see that t ...more
Sep 11, 2011 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Before I have even started reading, I have pasted a piece of pretty wrapping paper over the cover because it is that awful. After waiting for this book (which I have no doubt will be amazing) for an eternity to be published so that I may finally get my hands on a copy to read, I am greeted by this cover so bad that I really don't want anyone to see me reading it. TO PUBLISHERS EVERYWHERE: Stop putting the face of the character on the front cover, it's insulting. And PLEASE stop this trend of the ...more
Anne Osterlund
Jul 20, 2014 Anne Osterlund rated it really liked it
Adam is the Duke of Kielder, plausibly the most powerful position in England after the throne. Unfortunately his cousin, who stands in line as Adam’s heir, is an idiot. Which means Adam really only has one legal alternative. Marriage. A rather unlikely proposition considering his reputation, his complete dearth of manners, and the fact that half his face has been scarred since childhood.
Persephone is the eldest sibling of a family with no prospects. Her mother is dead, her father an impractical
Feb 11, 2009 Shanda rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: romance readers
As far as regency romance goes, this one was pretty good. The Duke of Kielder is scarred, anti-social, and successfully intimidates pretty much everyone. He's refuses to leave his estate to a cousin he feels is an idiot, and the only other solution besides burning the place down is to produce an heir. Convinced no one would stick around long enough to give him one because of his scars, he "buys" a bride from a very poor family, expecting her to be unattractive and unable to ever marry otherwise. ...more
Mar 22, 2013 Ginny rated it it was amazing
From the back-cover description of this book I thought it was going to be a retelling of the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale. Not so, it followed a different story line completely, one much less used and far more interesting. I loved seeing how the author implemented all of the elements of that story into this one. I am so embarrassed it took me so long to figure out which story it was; really, it should’ve been blatantly obvious from the beginning. After I figured it out though, I couldn’t put ...more
Nov 09, 2012 Felicia rated it it was ok
What was I thinking? This is a mild Beauty and the Beast redux.

The Positive - the characters were well developed and I liked the attention paid to really developing the supporting characters. Persephone was strong in description but her inner and outer dialog was insipid at times (note the BAD comment below). Adam was definitely worth getting to know. I enjoyed the scenery - the writing was good even though the plot muddled through a minor 'threat'. That threat brought the couple together in a
Dec 29, 2013 Rebecca rated it liked it
I would actually give this 3.5 stars. I always enjoy a clean romance, one that is quick to read and keeps me entertained. This book did just that. I thought some parts were pretty weak however. First, he married strictly for an heir, yet as soon as he married, he avoided at all cost the woman who would provide him with that heir. He also must be pretty messed up from his childhood to think that a few scars would keep women scared and running away. Sort of reminded me of the movie Penelope in rev ...more
Natalie Dennis
Jun 14, 2016 Natalie Dennis rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
An easy read, it was short so it didn't feel too dragged out, but very predictable predictable.

This is pretty much just like the “Beauty and the Beast” fairy tale. Girls fall in love with the beast…

It’s the classic predicament of a large family with no financial means unless one of the children marries someone wealthy. Persephone and Adam are the two destined to find their happily ever after together. Adam has no heirs and doesn't want the dukedom to go to his cousin. He is a bit of a recluse b
Mar 02, 2014 Tori rated it it was amazing
March 2014 - 5 stars

Nov. 2014 - I just read this for the 2nd time this year and I LOVED it. I love the Duke. In my head he sounded like the Beast off the Disney movie. It was awesome to see his walls come down as the book progressed. Persephone had such a great attitude and found the positive side of every situation. Such a sweet love story!! I also love the mythological story of Hades and Persephone. ❤❤❤

June 2016- Still a total 5 star read! One of my favorite books
Nov 28, 2016 TJ rated it it was amazing
Sweet perfection.
Goodness, this book brought out the waterworks and in a very good way! The first of the book has an over abundance of needless chatter between Adam and his friend Harry that almost made me put the book down. But, man, am I happy I persevered! As the story progresses, the layers are expertly uncovered until the tears were flowing as the pitch-perfect ending wrapped up this absolutely beautiful love story!
Jan 29, 2015 Laura rated it it was amazing
This is a thoroughly enjoyable clean romance. Humor, romantic tension, and witty dialogue...there is so much to love about this novel. While I initially thought it impossible for me to fully appreciate the Duke of Kielder's personality, I was proven wrong. Both of the main characters (and several secondary characters a well) were relatable and well crafted--I loved reading the dual POV! Great novel.
Miriam Reeves
Nov 07, 2012 Miriam Reeves rated it really liked it
I enjoyed it! It was a cute quick read
Oct 10, 2011 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't help it, I LOVE regency/victorian novels...they just make me happy! This one did not disappoint! Thank you Sarah! Keep them coming!
3 stars. Very cute, but a bit too slowed and dragged on for my tastes.

Either that or I'm too used to "dirty" regency romances lol.
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“Adam?” “Yes, dear?” Dear? Adam sat stunned for a moment that such a word had come so naturally to his lips. “Please stay with me,” Persephone whispered. He didn’t know what brought on the impulse, but he leaned over and kissed her lightly on the forehead, lingering a moment longer than necessary. “If you will stay with me,” he answered silently.” 5 likes
“Adam grasped him by the throat once more and, his face an inch from Smith’s, growled out, “I am the Duke of Kielder. I am the law.” 5 likes
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