Lately, I have been reading a great deal of many joyous historical-fiction novels and I am pleased that "The Bride Takes a Groom," was yet another lovely jewel to add to my book collection. The story is boldly written with a delightful nature unfolding throughout the pages and I will confess to loving the story in general as I certainly had no dilemmas in turning the pages of my reading.
However, I did find the romance to be severely lacking in this story as was the chemistry between Hugo and Katherine. Yes, there was an attraction, a very, very tamed attraction at best but at least I could feel like the characters were at least interested in one another one in a romantic view. Yet, the romance never seemed to go anywhere. As much as I loved the story I found the absence of any strong romance rather disappointing. Plainly, this book is not for romantics. Had, the writing itself not been so irresistible I would have looked down upon this book for the nonexistence of romance, but I won't.
I greatly enjoyed both Hugo and Katherine. Katherine, I think might be a heroine that can cause a stir with readers as she often times comes off selfish and overly pampered. Still, I liked Katherine's character from the beginning. Beneath, the shine that she has about herself there is a woman who is longing to be understood and accepted for who she was a person and not for her wealth alone. Hugo was my favorite character, I won't lie. Hugo was a poor hero. I think this made him far more humble and I loved his character for that.
Together, the characters were able to forge ahead in their lives but I am not convinced that Hugo nor Katherine was established enough within their romance for an HEA-ending, but since I loved the overall story I would recommend this book.
Lisa Berne’s Penhallow Dynasty continues with a pair of star-crossed childhood friends who meet again years later—and find love where they least expect it . . .
Katherine Brooke may be a fabulously wealthy heiress, but she’s trapped, a pawn in her parents’ ruthless game to marry her into the nobility. Then Captain Hugo Penhallow—so charming, as handsome as a Greek god—comes into her life once more, and suddenly she sees a chance to be free.
As a Penhallow, his is one of the highest names in the land, but still his family is facing ruin. So Katherine boldly proposes an exchange: his name for her money. But only if Hugo understands it’s merely a practical arrangement, and that she’s not surrendering herself entirely.
Back from eight years in America and determined to give his younger siblings a better life, Hugo agrees. He’s never fallen in love, so why not? Yet neither of them guesses that this marriage will become far, far more than they ever dreamed of . . .