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Seeking Persephone

(The Lancaster Family #1)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  8,189 ratings  ·  1,191 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 ...more
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Published September 2011 (first published 2008)
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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
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 ...more
4.75 stars - pg/mild pg13

Love this story! Love Adam, the Duke of Kielder and Harry, his best and only friend! The two of them are hysterical together. (I enjoyed book two, which is Harry's story, but, truly, I liked Harry even more in this book.) Love this author! I rarely re-read books; Sarah Eden's books are one of the exceptions (along with Georgette Heyer) -- I will gladly re-read hers for years to come. So far I've read this one twice and loved it just as much both times.

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Preeti ♥︎ (Romance She Reads)
I so love the 'beauty and the beast' trope. And this book has all its fundamentals right, admixing in the Persephone/Hades tale as well - have to be the original beauty and the beast.
It's sweet, charming, leisurely and (too) clean.

The h is a sweet, biddable girl doing her duty to her family by marrying - sight unseen - a man who seems quite perfect on paper. A wealthy duke, not even thirty yet.
The H is a grumpy loner, a physically and emotionally scarred person who doesn't believe that any
Kathy Jo
December 2018:

Definitely still a favorite of mine! Spent the day reading it and fell in love all over again!

December 2017:

*dreamy sigh* Oh how I love this book! It is still one of my favorites of Ms. Eden's!

June 2016:

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
Enjoyed. I had already read books 2 & 3 in the series. Fun to go back and read how these two came together.
content: clean
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I listened to the audio book version of this novel.

This was such a fun, moving, and entertaining story to listen to. I loved listening as these characters married for convenience and worked to try to figure each other out. Sweet and clean story that I really enjoyed. I enjoyed the narrator and thought she did a good job of creating different voices for the characters.
May 23, 2013 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
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 ...more
1-15-18 - I was in the mood for a really good book so thought I'd go back to the tried and true and read a bunch of Sarah Eden's books. They don't disappoint! And can I say how much I love her hero's? Adam is awesome.

12/25/13 - Another re-read...just as great the third time around.

12/19/12 - Rereading all of hers, LOVE THEM!!! They make me happy when skies are gray.

9/19/11 - So good! I am so glad they republished this. I stayed up till 2:00 in the morning to finish it. I hope they redo more of
Jane Stewart
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the relationships and dialogue.

Adam has facial scars. He doesn’t like to be around people. He is a Duke. He realizes he needs a wife and heir so his cousins won’t inherit his lands. He pays a large sum of money to a family with money problems in return for Persephone becoming his wife. He hopes she is ugly. He does not see her until the wedding. He is surprised that she is prettier than he wanted.

I enjoyed the way Adam insulted his best friend Harry but Harry laughed at every insult.

May 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Wow I loved this book! I was engrossed in the first page and couldn't put it down. Not that it is a fast passed action packed adventurer, far from it. This is a English romance that was a joy to read! Edan creates great complex characters and explains why they do the things they do and why it is logical to do them. In so many romance novels the heroines are very changeable and you wonder why they do the things they do but not Edan's characters. I just love a sweet, complicated love story and you ...more
Jan 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Readers looking for a clean, secular romance
Seeking Persephone was a light,fluffy read. It was a little piece of brain candy, like all of Sarah M Eden's books are. Quick read, clean romance.
REREAD, audiobook. I forgot how much I enjoyed this cute story. I'm bumping my rating up to 4 stars. The narrator was decent, but she kept pronouncing valet 'val-lay' instead of 'val-let' and they were in England. Silly peeve.

Adam is a curmudgeon who just needs lurve. He has scars and stuff. Persephone somehow
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Eeeeeepppp!!! I'm in a Regency daze of epic proportions. How is it that I haven't read a Sarah M. Eden book before???? She has written a bunch of swoonilicious novels, including 14 Regencies! This is me hyperventilating over 8 years of missing out! Gah! Time for a fast and furious game of catch-up!

Fainting couches, lace fans and smelling salts are definitely necessary accoutrements for this reading journey. Stock up and be prepared to be charmed by witty banter and the social graces of the
Sep 24, 2011 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 ...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 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
Apr 13, 2009 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!!!
Cik Aini
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
An arranged marriage, nothing out of ordinary, but i love how the author delves into the characters. Potraying them falling in love gradually
This was a nice sweet read, and I loved how the myth of Persephone was really woven into it. The best thing about this book really was the relationship between Persephone and the Duke. The tension between them was wonderfully written and I just loved everyone. Honestly, no complaints. Read this if you want to end up with a smile on your face :)
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
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When I first read the book I felt a little weird liking it since Adam was abrupt and cold at times. After seeing him in the next books, especially Daphne's, I realized it was all a facade. Although he really is grumpy and loves to threaten people, deep inside he is just a grumpy but lovable bear.

I do admit that I got fired at times of Persephone thinking that she was at fault while it was just Adam's shyness and old issues talking. That's something Sarah M Eden does with most of her books. I
Aug 01, 2016 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
Nov 02, 2012 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
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
Feb 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved the nods to Beauty and the Beast and the tension it made. Persephone, to save her family, must go to the Beast's castle and essentially get locked up there (well, it's remote, and he isn't friendly with his neighbors, so she ends up very secluded). Pretty soon we get to see that Adam is not quite so much a beast as he would like to appear, but refuses to open the door of his heart. Can Persephone ever find the key?
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sarah-eden
oh how i wished i read this before i read the 3rd book. i love this series! off to the 2nd book
Dec 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Squeaky clean Regency with all the elements of a deeper love story I enjoy! Sarah Eden has quickly become one of my favorite authors in this time period. She endured me to the ever reluctant and completely redeemable Duke of Keilder, but don't tell him that, lest he think ill of you! There IS a soft heart beating underneath all that gruff, especially when it comes to Persephone and her gentle ways. She is the beauty in the beast and soothes his wild demeanor. Theirs is a love story that spans ...more
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“He actually winked at Persephone as if to say, “I told you.” “You had better be suffering from an uncontrollable muscle tic,” Adam grumbled, still seemingly concentrating on the food on his plate. “Completely uncontrollable.” Harry’s smile belied his words. “Good. Otherwise I would think you were just winking at my wife.” 8 likes
“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.” 7 likes
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