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You May Kiss the Bride

by Lisa Berne

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A Publishers Weekly Best of the Year Pick! In an unforgettable debut, Lisa Berne introduces you to the Penhallow Dynasty--men destined to marry, but hesitant to love. Wealthy and arrogant, Gabriel Penhallow knows it's time to fulfill his dynastic duty. All he must do is follow "The Penhallow way"--find a biddable bride, produce an heir and a spare, and then live separate lives. It's worked so well for generations, certainly one kiss with the delectable Livia Stuart isn't going to change things. Society dictates he marry her, and one chit is as good as another as long as she's from a decent family. But Livia's transformation from an original to a mundane diamond of the first water makes Gabriel realize he desperately wants the woman who somehow provoked him into that kiss. And for all the ladies who've thrown themselves at him, it's the one who wants to flee whom he now wants. But how will he keep this independent miss from flying away?… (more)
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Gabriel's grandmother (who only goes by Mrs. Penhallow) tries to set him up with a perfectly refined wife. However he comes across Olivia who is essentially a nobody but who also stirs his passion. The family goes to Bath where Gabriel mostly avoids his grandmother and Olivia whom she is turning into a real lady. He still learns that he's falling for Olivia even through the few encounters they share. Mrs. Penhallow becomes ill and the struggles that come from that bring the family closer together. Then they go to the country estate to find things in disrepair and this causes a rift in the family again. Gabriel's cousin shows up and there is a misunderstanding in which Gabriel thinks his cousin and Olivia have fallen in love. Gabriel releases her from their engagement and Olivia runs away. Gabriel goes after her, tells her he loves her and everyone becomes close again. ( )
  emsue88 | Nov 19, 2019 |
Gabriel Penhallow comes to Wiltshire to meet the woman his grandmother as picked to be his bride. She is beautiful, accomplished, a perfect ornament to the society marriage he expects as a member of the wealthy Penhallow family. Instead, he ends up kissing the poor but rebellious orphan neighbor girl, Livia, in the garden at the ball where he is supposed to propose to Celia, the aforesaid 'perfect' woman. Of course, they are caught and Gabriel proposes to Livia instead.
She is whirled away to Bath to be trained in 'the Penhallow Way' by his grandmother while Gabriel makes places to ensconce her at his country estate while he travels the world.
I enjoyed this book very much. There were times when Gabriel was too 'Mr. Darcy-like' (the pompous, arrogant one), and one scene was a take-off of Mr. Rochester and Jane Eyre meeting, but as the story went on, I could see the reasons for his pomposity in his childhood. Livia was a bit immature as could be expected from her upbringing, but she lost some of her fire partway through the book as she took on a bit too much of 'the Penhallow Way' persona. Ms. Berne is an engaging writer though, and I couldn't stop reading it. I just grabbed the next book in the series about the Scottish wastrel Penhallow cousin and I'm looking forward to reading it. ( )
  N.W.Moors | Sep 16, 2017 |
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A Publishers Weekly Best of the Year Pick! In an unforgettable debut, Lisa Berne introduces you to the Penhallow Dynasty--men destined to marry, but hesitant to love. Wealthy and arrogant, Gabriel Penhallow knows it's time to fulfill his dynastic duty. All he must do is follow "The Penhallow way"--find a biddable bride, produce an heir and a spare, and then live separate lives. It's worked so well for generations, certainly one kiss with the delectable Livia Stuart isn't going to change things. Society dictates he marry her, and one chit is as good as another as long as she's from a decent family. But Livia's transformation from an original to a mundane diamond of the first water makes Gabriel realize he desperately wants the woman who somehow provoked him into that kiss. And for all the ladies who've thrown themselves at him, it's the one who wants to flee whom he now wants. But how will he keep this independent miss from flying away?

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