The Weaver Takes a Wife by Sheri Cobb South
Publisher & Release Date: Belgrave House/Regency Reads; 15th Anniversary Edition, January 2, 2014
Time and setting: 1816, London, England
Genre: Historical Regency Romance
Length: 269 pages
Heat Level: 1 Sweet Heart
Rating: 5 Gold Crowns
Beautiful, haughty Lady Helen Radney is the daughter of a duke who has gambled away his fortune. The duke’s plan is to marry her off to recoup his losses, but the only one interested in this sharp-tongued lady is Mr. Ethan Brundy. Once a workhouse orphan, Brundy is now the owner of a Lancashire textile mill, a very rich man—and smitten with Helen.
Regency Romance by Sheri Cobb South; originally published by PrinnyWorld Press
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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, one of my all-time favorite authors, 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!