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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.

©2014 Sheri Cobb South (P)2015 Sheri Cobb South

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Delightful!

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"!

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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. 📚


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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.

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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.

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Traditional Regency, Georgette Heyer style!

My Musings

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!

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Unique Hero Woos an Unusual Heroine

Any additional comments?

A man is not the clothes he wears or his manner of speech. He is an accumulation of his experiences, his intellect, and above all his concern and respect for his fellow man. Lady Helen Radney, daughter to a duke, does not want to learn anything about her newly acquired husband, Ethan Brundy. Ethan Brundy’s occupation? Weaver. Doesn’t that say it all?

This book was first published in 1999, republished last year with the audio produced at the beginning of this year. It’s satisfying to me to see books being republished and produced in audio. With excellent narrators who know how to tell a good story, it virtually is brought to life.

I enjoyed listening to the introduction to the book by Mary Balogh, giving a good inkling of what was to come while leaving us a few teasers. This story is told with a bit of humor, because frankly, it is a quite humorous situation. Well, not for Lady Helen, nor for Ethan Brundy. It was humorous to this reader to watch the development of a marriage with such peculiar circumstances. How could it possibly be successful?

The hero is neither dashing, debonair, or a rude, intelligent type you find in most Regencies. This hero, Ethan Brundy, is a man honed by his circumstances, hard work, his wits and a stroke of luck when he was taken from the workhouse for orphans to work for a weaver. The hard knocks of life have taught him to go after what he wants. And go after he did, with impossible odds.

When he spied the Lady Helen at a theatre, he knows he must meet her, so has his friend introduce him to the lady. Unfortunately, Ethan never lost his accent which marks him as part of the common, poor folk. His attire, nevertheless clean and of quality, only made people of the ton scoff behind his back. But Ethan has many redeeming qualities, among them are determination, kindness, understanding and patience. Whether or not Lady Helen is sweet or a harpy, he could not take his eyes from her and she was his goal. Ethan Brundy was smitten with cupid’s arrow. But perhaps it would end being more of a dagger!

Lady Helen is a person who knows how to cut people, whose acid tongue and demeanor keep more would-be suitors away, all except those who like the challenge. Her father, a duke, must marry her off, for more reason than to remove the huge amount of money it takes to house her. If her father were completely honest, it really is because of his great loss at cards, a debt now impossible to pay. If something is not done, well they would be simply ruined. His commodity is his daughter.

Ethan approaches Lady Helen’s father asking for her hand. Ludicrous as it seems, once her father checks his credentials and financial capabilities and learns Ethan will pay him a dowry of sorts, versus asking more for taking his daughter, he gives his daughter a choice – to work as a governess or marry, that is, marry Ethan Brundy.

Even after they marry, Lady Helen seeks the balls, the attention of men and one in particular, a Lord Waverly. But Waverly is rather a snake hoping to soil what Ethan won.

Ethan wants her heart, for he was smitten from the first moment he saw her. This simple man won my heart early in the listen. Ethan learns to woo his wife, being such a simple man, it took real resolve and courage to parade in front of the ton. There were so many times she cut him down. So I fell in love with Ethan long before I had any soft feelings for his caustic wife.

The narrator with energy told this delightful Regency with a voice perfect for Ethan Brundy. I saw him clearly in my mind. He encapsulates Ethan’s humble nature, with his lower class accent dropping the h from the word. Lady Helen sounded like a cold fish, although in her inner thoughts she sounded desperate and most of her haughtiness was fear of her husband and the marriage bed and a way to protect herself from the unknown. As her understanding of her husband changes, so, too, we hear the true Lady Helen a woman changed by love.

If you fall in love with Ethan Brandy, be happy! Ms. South has written a trilogy continuing the story of the Brundy’s. The second book is Brighton Honeymoon and lastly Lord Waverly, villain from book one, stars in French Leave.

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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.

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Charming fun!

A charming short listen that I only wished was a little longer to develop the characters and their romance a bit more. I want an Ethan Brundy of my own. Narrator Noah Michael Levine was wry and witty, most appropriate for a book like this.

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Lovable Hero! Progressively changing heroine!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Weaver Takes a Wife to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the printed version, but I can now imagine what Ethan's voice would sound like.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ethan Brundy because of his steadfastness.

Which character – as performed by Noah Michael Levine – was your favorite?

I thought he did the voice for Ethan Brundy very well. He made you cringe on Ethan's behalf when he dropped his "H's" in conversation with polite society.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Taming of the shrew.

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed this book and am glad to know there is a sequel and plan to read it. I liked the fact that Ethan Brundy wasn't the typical hero, handsome, witty, well-dressed, always in command of his situation. That is more like his rival for his wife's attention, Lord Waverly. Instead, he is solid, honest, knows his own mind, and has tremendous patience to achieve his goal of winning the love of the wife who married him only for his money. He's not perfect, because his jealousy for his wife causes him to make a spectacle of himself, which only shows that he also has a passionate nature as well.

Lady Helen Radney isn't someone you like at first, haughty, full of self-importance, and materialistic. She is a Duke's daughter, but is given the choice to marry the humble Ethan or get a job. Of course she marries him and treats him in a very shrewish, insulting manner, even though she should owe him a great deal of gratitude for helping her noble but destitute family. However, his patience, kindness and generous soul brings out the best in her. She begins to see her husband with different "eyes" and makes some serious mistakes because she doesn't trust what she has come to learn about him.

When I began listening, I couldn't stop because I had to find out who changes the most in this relationship.

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Remarkable

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.

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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!