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The Penniless Bride

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FROM A PAPER MARRIAGE ... TO WEDDED BLISS?

Lord Robert Selborne intended to kiss the chimney sweep's daughter for luck at his cousin's wedding ... not marry her! But of all the ladies assembled, she was the only one who captured his interest. And unless she became his wife in name only, he would forfeit his inheritance ...

Having been raised by a brutal father on the London
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Mass Market Paperback, Harlequin Historical #725, 298 pages
Published October 2004 by Harlequin Books (first published 2003)
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Mary - Buried Under Romance
A very lighthearted, sweet read.
4.5 stars/5 stars

When I came across this book by chance while browsing, the plot immediately intrigued me. While I've read many books where the heroine is of a lower social status than the lord hero, this is the first I've come across where the heroine is actually a chimney sweep's daughter!

The story begins comically when the hero, Robert Selborne, comes back from war and finds out that in order to receive his inheritance from his deceased father and grandmother,
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Fina Andres garcia
Una historia entretenida pero algo floja, tiene que ser de las primeras que escribió, al principio cuesta engancharse, creo que también necesita algo de repaso por la editorial, hay muchas palabras juntas, guiones por en medio, letras que faltan, etc.
Lo mejor los dialogos, que se lee bastante rápido y el final, es una pena porque tiene muchos elementos para ser una gran historia.
Desi
leído en Dic 2012

Entretenida!!
Ivonne
2,5*
Não sei se foi por ter lido "alguns" romances do género e de a fórmula me parecer igual, mas esperava melhor de Nicola Cornick. Foi um romance leve, com algumas falhas e omissões no plot [exemplo: como sabia Letty da localização do Jack?], mas entreteve por umas horas.
Phylisha Stone
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: regency lovers
This book gets a A+ in my book. Great story, great characters featuring a educated young women who is the well to do daughter of a chimney sweep and a young man of the ton who chose military life over his fathers wishes. I learned some new things about regency times regarding the inviting of chimney sweeps to high profile events such as weddings for good luck. I will be reading more of nicola cornick's books.
Veronica Jonsson
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Den här tyckte jag väldigt mycket om.
Angelica
Nov 07, 2017 rated it liked it
3,5 *
Catsalive
Aug 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Great fun. Highly fantastic, of course, but very enjoyable reading. Robert & Jemima were very likeablecharacters, & there was a bit of humour throughout.

Robert, Earl of Selborne, has a problem - relatives who did not consult each other before writing their wills!

The last will and testament of the late Earl of Selborne:

"My son is to choose a bride from amongst the young ladies present at the marriage of his cousin, Miss Anne Selborne, and is to mar
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Elle
Jul 12, 2011 rated it liked it
I really liked this story, but I wondered how "true" it was. What I "know" about the period is pretty much defined by what I read in historical romances, which I know often exaggerate things to lend drama to the story. Still, the conventions of the genre leave me thinking that no matter how high he is in the social hierarchy, marriage to a chimney sweep's daughter would pretty much end him, socially. The social snobbery of the day definitely plays a part, and Cornick is at pains to make sure we ...more
Natalija
Feb 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
This was a lovely read! I liked both Rob and Jemima and immediately knew they would make a great couple. As to the plot, it thickens towards then end, and that's what knocked a star off for me. There were too many events, and I don't think a second love story was that necessary. It felt very rushed and lacked credibility as far as the acceptance of Jack goes. Despite these minor comments, the story was definitely worth reading.
Ana
Oct 03, 2010 rated it liked it
A chimney sweep heroine? How cute is that? The Penniless Bride is a darling romance that will not only make you smile, but you’ll learn quite a bit about the dangers chimney sweeps faced long ago. Cornick took her research and ran with it to create a heroine that you’ll never forget. While I had to suspend disbelief that society was ultimately so accepting of her background, this novel provides a sweet and charming escape into romantic fantasy. ~ Ana, www.ireadromance.com
Leanne
Jul 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
Having jumped to this book from reading Ms. Cornick's Kidnapped: His Innocent Mistress, this romance was too mild and slightly boring to me. The romance felt a bit flat to me, but the premise was promising. I loved the chimney sweep's daughter idea, but everything felt so practical and pragmatic.
Laura
Aug 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this story. It was a sweet romantic story. I was a little off in guessing the story line. I was sure the father of the heroine would come back in to the story, but he never did.
Denise
Aug 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
I like the element of "lower" quality in this book - both of the Jewell siblings bring a little something different to the standard cookie-cutter Regency.
Kathleen
Oct 31, 2014 rated it it was ok
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Mugdha
Aug 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Sweet Cheesy romance!
Frances
Jun 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
The books I read are highly improbable, this one tipped the scales into total improbability.
Mandy
Nov 15, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great escapism for a gray weekend.
Jordanmcinroy
Apr 01, 2010 rated it it was ok
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i thought this book was really good. had alot of decriptions that i could live without but other than that i thought the main story was awesome!
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