The Admiral's Penniless Bride
Admiral Sir Charles Bright's seafaring days are over—and according to society, that must mean he's in need of a wife! Discovering Sally's in need of a home, he offers a solution...more
Carla Kelly has a way of telling a story that is so down to earth for the reader, from the hardships that the characters to face that are very relatable to her humor that will always make you laugh to the pains that will make you cry.
Newly retired from the fleet, Admiral Sir Charles Bright finds himself in a quandary no man wishes to find himself in: his well meaning sisters mean to find him a wife. In a bid to circumvent what he knows will be a disaster of epic proportions, he decides to find a respectable woman and have a marriage of convenience. S...more
Admiral Sir Charles Bright sees Sally...more
The hero and heroine are both wonderful people. They both deserve happiness and contentment. Neither of them is young, which i particularly appreciate, and they are both adrift, more-or-less outcasts, granted that the hero is a relatively wealthy outcast.
It would have been so easy to write a sickly sweet story, but it's so beautifully and simply written, that it just flows. Parts of it made me chuckle, parts of it made me s...more
In the Admiral's Penniless Bride, the hero, Sir Charles Bright, is 46 years old, and has just retired from the Navy after 35 years service. Luckily he...more
Carla Kelly's writing is fun to get lost in, which is saying something since I rarely read historical romances. She has an easy, flowing style that drew me in and held my interest. Her writing has a light touch, including enough detail without getting wordy and the right amount of dry humor in her characters. Charles and Sophie weren't perfect in form or character, but were warm and believable.
What holds this book back from being great is a weak plot. The outlines of...more
What is it about Carla Kelly's books that puts most of them in my 5 star category? I think it is the fact that her books don't have pretensions, they don't generally hav...more
This is a refreshingly different kind of read because there is innocence and depth of feeling that is so different from many romances that provide incredibly detailed love scenes giving the reader more sexual impact initially than emotional. Not so with the The Admiral’s Penniless Bride.
What this provides, is great detail of emotion, internal dialogue and evo...more
Oh, it has it's issues. The cover, for one - Sally is a brunette, Charles is grey-haired, and has a HOOK for a hand (one edition shows a black-haired, two-handed gentleman!).
The second issue being the title - it indicates that this book is about a woman, when it most certainly is not. This is about the Admiral, who has retired from a lifetime career at sea...more
... Okay, not as terrible as Beau Crusoe, not as good as her best. I am afraid I...more
Admiral Sir Charles Bright sees Sally Pa...more
I also didn't like that Sophie kept whining about the past. AND the fact that she ran away and left him, never even once thinking to tell him that she's pre...more
Fun premise where a homeless, jobless, penniless, destitute (but of course, pretty) young widow accepts the spontaneous marriage proposal of a retired navy admiral that she meets at a teahouse as she is contemplating what to do next in her pathetic situation. He, being an un...more
Although Carla Kelly is well known among her readers as a writer of Regency romance, her main interest (and first writing success) is Western American fiction—more specifically, writing about America's Indian Wars. Although she had sold some of her work before, it was not until Carla began work in the National P...more