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Seeking Persephone (The Lancaster Family #1)

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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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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
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
Read June 2015: I always enjoy reading this one and the companion novel, Courting Miss Lancaster. Great go-to books when I'm waiting for a new Eden book to come out.

Read June 2012: I enjoyed it just as much this time around. I really like the story and characters. Makes me want to go and read Courting Miss Lancaster again too. A great regency read!

Read Sep 2011: I really enjoyed this book! Sarah Eden is one of my favorite authors and I had to buy Seeking Persephone as soon as it was released.
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
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
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
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
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
Anne Osterlund
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
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!!!
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
Feb 11, 2009 Shanda rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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
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
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
Katie Watkins
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
Final feeling: pleasantly surprised

This book has been on my Kindle for months, and I've put off reading it because I'm not crazy about a few other books by this author. But I really liked it! A few thoughts:

What I liked:
Harry was my favorite character in the story - loved him! He was loyal and sweet, but there was some complexity in him too. I'm so glad the author didn't add a love triangle or jealousy to the plot!!!

The story didn't have excessive arguing or a big angsty misunderstanding betwee
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. ...more
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!
Miriam Reeves
I enjoyed it! It was a cute quick read
Recientemente he vuelto a reencontrarme con mi amor por el romance histórico y este libro ha sido una excelente adición a mi lista de favoritos. ¿Recuerdan que por despistada me leí el segundo libro de esta serie? He corrido con suerte y los dos libros que la conforman pueden leerse de forma independiente. Ambos me han gustado mucho, pero creo que me quedo con Seeking Persephone como favorito.

Ha sido una historia muy divertida y rápida de leer. El romance está en punto, siguiendo correctamente l
"She felt certain she merely needed time to get to know him better, to understand his moods and thoughts. On more than one occasion in the past week, Persephone thought Adam had been moments from kissing her, from reaching out to her. In time, he would stop fighting those instincts, she assured herself. She held out hope that he would, that she might even be able to resurrect a few of her now-dead dreams of love and happy ever after."

I loved this! It was right up my alley, since I absolutely lov
I really enjoyed this story. It is clean fiction (just a few kisses) set in a great era (Regency England). It was fun reading the tie-in between the Greek myth and Seeking Persephone. Although the title doesn’t quite fit, as the story is told mainly from her perspective and when we read from his perspective it doesn’t seem like he’s exactly seeking her.

Persephone is a wonderful heroine and her strength of character shines through, but at the same time we are allowed to see her vulnerability. I l
This was a very fast, fun, entertaining read. Adam Boyce, Duke of Kielder, doesn't like the idea of his estate going to a distant cousin, whom he sees as spineless and brainless. Having undergone many surgeries as a child to try to replace a missing ear, he sees himself as being undesirable as a husband. His gruff exterior would put anyone off, and the rumors abound as to his exploits, some true, some not.

Persephone is young woman who is destined to become a spinster, not having enough money to
So last night I was all hopped up on gingerbread cookies and thought that I would cruise Amazon for a book to read until I fell asleep. I saw Sarah Eden's Seeking Persephone and I had wanted that one since it came out, so I clicked the button (it's so easy!) and said Merry Christmas to myself.

It was 10:30 p.m. so I went upstairs and told myself I'd only read the first chapter and then go to bed. I read one chapter, then two, then three, and the next thing I knew it was 2:30 a.m. and I was finish
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
I hadn't read this book because I read Courting Miss Lancaster (Book 2 in the series) a while ago and wasn't crazy about it! I wish I had read this book first because I think I would have liked the second book much better with all the background on Adam and Harry!

Adam is the Duke of Kielder and has been since he was 7 years old. For 20 years everyone has feared him, because of the scars on his face (from being born without ears and all the surgeries that were performed trying to "correct" the pr
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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.” 1 likes
“Adam crossed to her bed and pulled off the blanket. He reached her at the window and draped it over her shoulders. “Adam?” Persephone looked up at him, so obviously confused. “You should have come in when the wolves first started.” Adam made his way to the door. “Come in?” she repeated. “And curled up on the bed.” He stopped at the door and turned toward her, waiting. “You knew?” Persephone whispered, her face paling noticeably. “I . . . I thought . . . I thought you were asleep.” “Asleep?” Adam answered, with an ironic raise of his eyebrows. “That’s the problem.” “Problem?” “I can’t sleep.” 0 likes
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