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Engaged to the Earl

(The Penhallow Dynasty #4)

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  119 ratings  ·  38 reviews
A spirited debutante—a brash adventurer—the perfect fiancé—and good intentions gone terribly, deliciously bad. The Penhallow Dynasty continues in this sparkling Regency romp!

Christopher Beck came striding into a glamorous London drawing-room and can’t believe his eyes. The last time he’d seen Gwendolyn Penhallow, she was a dreamy, strong-willed girl with a wild imagination
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Published February 25th 2020 by Avon
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Jessica Grogan
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
So I honestly have no idea how I made it through this. That’s a lie...I skipped a lot at the end. There was just a lot in this book, some of it good but so much of it not. Like in the previous book, there were lots of small subplots and I had to wonder if they were really needed.

We’re told Gwendolyn and Christopher are such great friends as children but we only get one real interaction with them during that time and it’s not exactly the friendliest. And honestly, they didn’t spend much time tog
Barbara Rogers
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Series: The Penhallow Dynasty #4
Publication Date: 2/25/20
Number of Pages: 384

Christopher Beck was a delightful hero, you couldn’t help but love him. As a very young man, he had a contentious relationship with his father. His father didn’t understand Christopher at all and was constantly pushing him into things that Christopher just hated. So, when Christopher was twenty, he decided to leave home – and when he told his father he was leaving, but would write – his father told him not to bother. He
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: slow-burn, arc
After several years living abroad, Christopher Beck has returned to England and finds himself circulating through fashionable London society. He's surprised to find that his childhood neighbor, Gwendolyn Penhallow, has transformed from an imaginative, whimsical young girl into a beautiful, poised woman. Too bad she's engaged to the Earl of Westenbury and it seems Christopher has returned from his adventures a bit too late.

Gwendolyn considers herself lucky to be engaged to the most perfect man an
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Engaged to the Earl
The Penhallow Dynasty series #4
Lisa Berne
Release date 02/25/2020
Publisher Avon

Blurb :

Christopher Beck came striding into a glamorous London drawing-room and can’t believe his eyes. The last time he’d seen Gwendolyn Penhallow, she was a dreamy, strong-willed girl with a wild imagination, and now she’s a beautiful and beguiling young lady . . . who’s engaged to Society’s darling the Earl of Westenbury. Christopher had fled England to seek
Susan (susayq ~)
Sadly, this didn't do it for me. This was the second book in a row that I've read that had horrid side characters. There was what seemed like a lot of nothing going on, and our heroine was engaged to someone else through most of the book. I did like our hero Christopher though.

I am sure this would be lovely for others. It just wasn't for me.

Jessica *The Lovely Books*
Feb 23, 2020 rated it did not like it
I was much looking forward to Engaged to the Earl but along the way I must have gotten lost. Because I couldn’t for the life of me enjoy this in the least. I was very bored and my goodness, there wasn’t any sexual tension or chemistry between the two leads. They felt like distant cousins, if anything.

I wish I could say this got better the more I read, but unfortunately, it didn’t. If you’re looking for an epic romance, you won’t find it here!

*Thank you to the publisher for sending a free copy f
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Engaged to the Earl by Lisa Berne is book 4 in The Penhallow Dynasty Series. This is the story of Gwendolyn Penhallow and Christopher Beck. I have read the previous book, but feel this is a standalone book if you wish to do so. Gwendolyn and Christopher used to be neighbors and childhood friends. Gwendolyn even had asked him to marry her when she was a young teenager. But Christopher had a terrible realshionship with his father, so much so that he left home never to be heard from again..until no ...more
Norah Gibbons
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book to read through Edelweiss+ in exchange for a fair review. Engaged To The Earl is the fourth book in Lisa Berne’s Penhallow Dynasty Series. It can be read as a standalone. One of the things I loved about this book was the fairy tale feel to it, the sense of it being a story that has been told over and over to loved ones because it’s their favourite bedtime story. Gwendolyn Penhallow first asked Christopher Beck to marry her when she was fourteen years old. Christoph ...more
Danielle Urban
Feb 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Engaged to the Earl by Lisa Berne is a fun historical romance read. I was laughing along with the characters throughout the book. The sweet innocence and personality of the heroine was refreshing. In all of the historical novels I have read, I have never encountered such a character like Gwennie. She is bright, kind to a fault, and a breath of fresh air. She makes others behave in a way. She is the kindest most generous person readers will get to meet. It's hard to behave in any other fashion wh ...more
Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reviewed on my blog, Becky on Books, on 3/12/20.

Just delightful!

Apparently, I haven't read any of the books in this series yet--not sure how that happened!--but it worked perfectly fine as a standalone. And, bonus! I've now got 3 more books to add to my TBR. Not that I needed any help in that department, mind you... ;)

I really loved Christopher and Gwendolyn, even though he wasted his big opportunity to marry Gwennie the first time she asked him, at age fourteen, to get it over with quickly and
Marilyn Rondeau
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-challenge
Gwendolyn Penhallow had finally entered into her first Debutante Season expecting all things wonderful to happen – and guess what – they did! It seemed like from the very first ball, the most handsomest man Gwen had ever seen walked into the room, and just like that, their eyes met across the ballroom floor and it was instantaneous love-at-first-sight. He was society’s darling and one of the most eligible bachelors, the Earl of Westenbury, who immediately asked to be introduced to Gwen. From the ...more
Linda McCutcheon
Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Engaged to the Earl by Lisa Berne is a romantic recency romp with an unexpected sincere coming of age love story premise.

Gwendolyn Penhallow is 21 years old in 1818 when she becomes engaged to the Earl. They both say it was love at first sight and they mean it. This is why she is so confused when her heart skips a beat when her neighbor Christopher returns after a seven year absence.

Christopher doesn't realize at first that the beautiful woman he is staring at is his neighbor who was just 14 wh
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
I very much enjoyed Lisa Berne's "Engaged to the Earl," a delightful Regency romp that reminded me of some of my favorite historical romances by authors such as Julia Quinn and Eloisa James. Ms. Berne has a unique, subtly witty writing style with which I really connected; the book didn't contain any outrageous, over-the-top scenes, but I still found myself chuckling at many of the things the characters said, did, or thought.

The story's main characters, Gwendolyn and Christopher, were quite likea
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am really surprised by the other reviews of this book, I really enjoyed it.

There wasn’t a huge amount of conflict between the hero and heroine. They were attracted to each other and enjoyed spending time together, and it made a nice change for the two protagonists to be friends and kind to each other.
The book was more concerned with showing Christopher’s pain at his estrangements, and on developing Gwendolyn’s understanding.

The way that Lisa Berne developed Gwendolyn’s character and understa
Mar 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this very much. Gwendolyn Penhallow goes to London for the Season and stays with her cousins there, especially Helen and Owen, who are a little younger than she and who know her twin brothers, Francis and Percy, well. Gwendolyn is swept off her feet by the Earl of Westonbury and accepts his proposal, without meeting his family first. Her childhood friend and neighbor, Christopher Beck, comes home from years wandering in Greece and Italy, and the parties meet up in London. I enjoy watch ...more
Misty (Reds Romance Reviews)
Everything was going according to plan for young debutante Gwendolyn Penhallow, she had a chance meeting at her first ball that brought a very dashing man into her life, who is now her fiancee.

But that little plan of hers has just hit a little snag, a man from her past has come home seeking a bride of his own and he has his sights set on Gwendolyn!

Engaged to the Earl is a captivating friends to lovers historical romance novel that is destined to charm readers. Historical romances are normally n
Patricia Solla
Apr 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own, arc
Engaged to the Earl by Lisa Berne is a lively tale of engagement, romance and marriage for Gwendolyn Penhallow. Gwendolyn is engaged to the Earl of Westenbury and she is extremely happy. Enter Christopher Beck, a childhood friend of Gwendolyn's, who has returned to England after living abroad for many years. The tale continues with an explanation of Christopher's and Gwendolyn's relationship as children and Christopher's travels abroad. The reader is then treated to a lively romantic adventure c ...more
Kathleen Gray
Feb 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A guilty pleasure even though I hadn't read the earlier books and was a little at sea with some of the characters. That said, this tale of two people who were childhood friends and then apart for many years before finding one another again- well, that's a plot that resonates back from the Regency setting, Gwendolyn is engaged to the Earl of Westenbury, who she thinks is going to be her happily ever after (but maybe not). Christopher and his father had a disagreement and he took off to Italy wher ...more
Charlotte Pawson
Gwendolyn gets engaged to her Earl it had been love at first sight. Until Christopher Beck came back into her life after going on his great adventure.
Gwen has been bought to London for her season by Duchess of Egremont, Cousin Judith. There is plenty of adventure with the Duchess’s family with mixup and secret hatred causing confusion and a last minute elopement. Gwen is a modern lady for her time and it’s her sense of adventure which will find true love.
It’s worth sticking with this adventure
Apr 08, 2020 marked it as dnf

I was so exited for this book,I read the others first three books just so i can read this one but i didn't even finish half of it. The writing is amazing. The story is great, though I felt it was stretched - not sure if it fit but couldn't think of another one- and made it annoying for me. I loved Gwendolyn in the previous book but here she was so annoying that i couldn't finish the book after trying to finish it more that five times. Christopher is a great hero but he was such a child while dea

Lori D
A delightful tale of the dreams of a girl coming true, finding her true love at a ball and thinking she will live happily ever after. That is until a childhood friend shows up who she has not seen since she was fourteen!
Gwendolyn really had a little bit of growing up to do and she does it beautifully as she rekindles her friendship with Christopher and they spend time together.
But what should she do? She needs to follow her heart and it may take her awhile to get there, but her journey is enjo
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: autoread
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
VERDICT Although Berne’s (The Bride Takes a Groom) dialog for female characters is often melodramatic and may not appeal to every reader, followers of the series will enjoy seeing a prodigal son returning home to find his match.

The full review was originally published in Library Journal, January 2020 v. 145 no. 1 and online in Library Journal Romance Reviews.

Gwendolyn plans to go to London, meet the Prince, dance at balls, wear beautiful gowns and fall in love. And she does! The earl is handsome, courteous, and so proper. There are the funniest scenes when they kiss. Soon, Gwendolyn realizes that she is less than enamored with him and his family. On the sidelines is her longtime friend, Christopher, recently returned from living abroad. Their story is a warm unraveling if finding love. What a great read!
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
This was a very disappointing book for me. I didn't get into the heroine and mostly just thought she need to grow up and get a clue. There was a lot of prologue to the eventual story; some of it helped the story along, but some of it just seemed like space filler. The book seemed very disjointed and generally just failed for me.
This was the fourth book in the series and I enjoyed reading it except towards the end. Both the hero Christopher and heroine Gwendolyn were interesting characters. This author loves writing detailed love stories which at times can be boring. It was almost like a coming of age romance where the two childhood friends discover each other slowly. The ending was a bit too long after the HEA.
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There was something about the writing style that just didn't work for me. Add in a rather tame and slightly insipid central love story and a female protagonist who was more annoying than anything else, and the result was a book that I struggled to finish.
Kathy Cohen
Mar 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Nice character development in both the hero and heroine. Sweet romance, although the hero is a man of few words.
Cindy Schneider
Mar 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
another amazing book, loved almost everything about it
didn't care for Helen, thought she was a spoiled girl
Kristina Brownell
Mar 20, 2020 rated it liked it
It was fine. Kinda boring. Suprisingly clean.
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