Haughty Lady Helen Radney is one of London's most beautiful women, and the daughter of a duke, but her sharp tongue has frightened away most of her suitors. When her father gambles away his fortune, the duke's only chance for recouping his losses lies in marrying off Lady Helen to any man wealthy enough to take a bride with nothing to recommend her but a lovely face and an 800-year-old pedigree.
Enter Mr. Ethan Brundy: once an illegitimate workhouse orphan, now owner of a Lancashire textile mill and one of England's richest men. When he glimpses Lady Helen at Covent Garden Theatre, he is instantly smitten and vows to marry her. But this commonest of commoners will have his work cut out for him if he hopes to win the heart of his aristocratic bride.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this humorous, well-narrated book. I loved the hero's dry wit -- the heroine's sarcastic wit.
I'm not going to say too much except it was very entertaining, because in my opinion the introduction to the story gave more information than this listener needed. The story flowed well, the characters were well defined. It's a light, feel-good book. The narrator was effectively chosen.
I'm batting a thousand on my last three books, I couldn't be more pleased with my recent selections.
I highly recommend "The Weaver Takes A Wife"!
"Traditional Regency, Georgette Heyer style!"
I received a request from the author asking me if I would be interested in reviewing the audio version of The Weaver Takes a Wife. When I saw that the book had a foreward by Mary Balogh, I immediately accepted the request in exchange for an honest review. I’m so glad I did. This is a wonderful traditional Regency.
At first I was not sure I would like Lady Helen, but her character arch is incredible. Ms. Cobb South took me from almost dislike to love by the end of the book. Lady Helen starts out as a self-centered young woman who thinks everyone is beneath her. After all, she is the daughter of a duke. As the story progresses, she starts to see the world from a different perspective, her husband’s. I always love it when a character redeems themselves and Lady Helen does this in a most satisfying way.
Ethan Brundy is by far the most unusual hero I have ever come across, and I have read a lot of books. He is a fantastic hero with plenty of backbone and initiative. Once he makes his mind up, nothing will stand in his way. However, he accomplishes his goals the old-fashioned way, with hard work and determination. In many ways he reminds me of my father because he was also a self-made man.
This story has a sweetly unfolding romance between Lady Helen and Ethan. Their marriage does not start out as a love match, but through Ethan’s gentle wooing, his honor and his kindness, he wins Lady Helen’s heart. I loved it when the proud, haughty Lady Helen realizes Ethan is the man of her dreams, exactly the kind of man she has been longing for, ever since her come out.
As a narrator, Noah Michael Levine is fantastic. I normally have problems with a male reader because their female voices are uninspiring, but Mr. Levine does an outstanding job of portraying Lady Helen with just the right touch. His interpretation of the male characters is incredible. He gives each character, whether male or female a distinct voice and handles the different accents from cockney to upper crust with apparent ease. In many ways his reading style reminds me of the narrator, Jim Dale from the Harry Potter series. Mr. Levine is a true joy to listen to, and I will be looking for other books performed by him in the future.
The Weaver Takes a Wife is a sweet traditional Regency romance and anyone who is a fan of Georgette Heyer will thoroughly enjoy this delightful tale. It has been many years since I have read a traditional Regency romance, and this book reminds me of why I fell in love with this period as a young girl. Thank you Sheri Cobb South for giving a chance to take a trip down memory lane. Happy reading!
"Utterly Charming Take On Regency Romance"
This book turns the classic romance upside down. The protagonist is a delightful character who traditionally would simply be a support character to a handsome, young, perhaps dis-inherited nobleman in search of (or fleeing from) a desirable marriage. Instead, Mr. Brumby sets out to win the prize. The author has painted him so clearly, strengths and flaws, that you cannot help rooting for him all the way. One of the most charming books that I have listen to on Audible and, despite its brevity, it absolutely is worth a credit.
"A True Classic 🌟"
I read this book when it was released years ago and I loved it. I'm so glad I revisited this one on audio. What a treat! 😋
This is such a wonderful memorable story that is filled with delightful characters. Lady Helen Radney is a mean spirited, rude and snobbish young woman and Mr Ethan Brundy is a generous, forgiving, patient, gentle, ordinary man. They make the most unlikely couple but ultimately the most ideal This story is endearing, sweet and surprisingly fun. The writing is superb and the narration is perfect. I highly recommend this for everyone who enjoys a clean classic story.💑
My sincere thanks to the author, narrator or publisher for providing me this audio book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. 📚
I got this book via audiobook boom. I did not think I was going to like this story and it took me until almost the end before I started to enjoy it. It is a reflection of the times then and now. The rich think they can treat people who are not as rich as they are any way they want and believe it is acceptable. That cad who kept trying to break up the marriage so that he could get all of Mr. Bundy's money deserved what he got. I was so glad that Ethan Bundy did not allow anyone to talk down to him and he did it in such a smooth manner that they could not take offense and even if they did it was water off his back and he kept living his life. Helen finally came to her senses as well. The narrator was very good and he nailed Mr. Bundy's accent very well.
"Oooh, I just want more!"
I can't even begin to describe how much I love this regency story and how captivating it was. Sheri Cobb South is my new favorite author in the historical fiction/regency genre!
This is a story about a successful, wealthy and low-born weaver, Ethan Bundy, who falls deeply in love with the high-born Lady Helen who agrees to marry him. Not for love, but to save her father from his debts.
Lady Helen is spoiled and obnoxious in the beginning, but she will grow on you and her character develops tremendously during the story. Mr. Bundy is patient, loving and straight-forward and he has to fight to get Lady Helen to love him AND to get accepted in the high society life. Money is not enough, when you don't have a title. However, he can't be underestimated with a high self-esteem like that!
I loved the character development and the writing. It's filled with great humor and I can't wait to listen to the next book in this triology. Don't expect a normal romance story here - the story is so much more than that.
Narrator Noah Michael Levine is outstanding in his performance and I enjoyed his many voices for the characters. He also nailed the humorous parts of the story and was very into the story.
*This book was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review.
Absolutely delightful. I loved every minute of this engaging story.
While Sheri Cobb South weaves colorful pictures in ones mind, Noah Michael Levine tells this tale in the audiobook with so much gusto and feeling that he totally brings it to life.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
"Great Characters and an Engaging Story"
I really liked the characters, especially Mr. Bundy, and the plot of this story. I laughed out loud quite a few times. It's fascinating to watch Mr. Bundy's transformation without losing his inherent goodness. All the main characters are clearly defined. My favorite scene was when Mr. Bundy and Helen visited his mill in Manchester. I loved how he interacted with his workers. Today's supervisor's could take a leaf from his book. I couldn't stop listening.
I've never heard of this author, but I'll definitely be reading more of her Regency books and her John Pickett series. Hopefully these books will be released on audio.
P.S. There are no gratuitous sex scenes, just a well-written and engaging story with a truly lovable main character.
"A wonderful treat"
I loved everything about this book -- except for the intro, which has spoilers in it. I recommend you skip straight to chapter one.
Ironically, the true gentleman in the book is our hero, the "misbegotten" boy who went from rags to riches by the time he's 28. He's a wonderful man and, given that there's always a HEA in Regency romances, I don't think it's a spoiler to say that Helen eventually sees his true worth.
I've already listened to this audio version twice, so I am truly grateful to AudiobookBoom for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
Our unlikely hero is seemingly out of his depth, but wins the the heart of fair maiden and takes London ton by storm. Sheri Cobb South is a master story 'weaver'.
"Charming Regency tale with likeable leads"
The author writes very much in the vein of Georgette Heyer and, like her, develops some fascinating characters. Mr Brundy is very sympathetically written, from first thinking he's a clod, like the heroine we learn to appreciate his strengths and end up rooting for them both.
There are some laugh out loud moments and some very moving ones. There is plenty of 'event' along the way, and we learn enough about the leads to leave us speculating about their earlier lives and what will happen to them next.
While there are nods to earlier writers, the originality of the lead characters leaves this feeling fresh. When we do see a little 'beyond the bedroom door', it is deftly handled and helpful to the plot.
The American author uses a plausible back story to give Mr Brundy a generic working class English accent, avoiding the pitfalls of trying to write dialect, and the narrator makes him attractively softly spoken. There are a few American pronunciations of place names, but if the novel is seen as an American homage to an English institution, these become charming too!
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