The Bride Takes A Groom by Lisa Berne

The Bride Takes A Groom by Lisa Berne

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 . . .


The Bride Takes A Groom
The Penhallow Dynasty #3
4 out of 5 stars

I have to say, this was a very different kind of read. Lisa Berne created a heroine that reminded me, at least in part, of Scarlett O’Hara. Like Scarlett, Katherine is not an easy heroine to like let alone love. She’s cold, rude, and self-centered, and quite spoiled in terms of money and goods. And yet, underneath that troubled, selfish, icy exterior, there is much more to her than one might think. Because while she’s all those things above, she’s also self-sufficient, intelligent, determined, and resourceful, and she’s in perfect contrast to the lovable, likable hero, Hugo Penhallow.

Berne masterfully developed a flawed heroine that immediately engages a readers emotions, and while those might be negative at the start, she also managed to create a particularly unique, living, breathing person on the page. This is very much a heroine with something to learn, and her story is broad and absolutely fascinating.

The hero, Hugo, is a charming fellow who, despite his circumstances, has a bright outlook and a plan to improve his life. And while most modern humans would scoff at his plan to marry for money, others will no doubt understand what drives him to marry. He’s a good hero, though he is not without faults. Which makes his character just as fascinating to read about as Katherine’s character is.

The Bride Takes A Groom is a well-written, well-characterized historical romance. Both main characters make you feel things, even if they aren’t always positive at first. And while it is not an easy read, it is a vastly entertaining one. Especially if you love a good character study on top of a good, sweeping romance.


Author: Lisa Berne
Series:  The Penhallow Dynasty #3
Publisher: HarperCollins
Imprint: Avon Romance | Avon Books
Genre: Fiction | Romance | Historical
ISBN: 9780062451842
Pages: 384
Pub Date: Apr. 24, 2018
Purchase: Amazon | B & N | Avon Romance
Other Retailers: Google Play | iBooks

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…

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Oh, damn, her heart was hammering hard within her, as if it were a caged animal trying to burst free. To combat it, to bring herself back into coolness,

into her mind she summoned an image, a certain passage from one of her hidden history books, this one about the ancient Romans. Cornelius Tacitus had written in 97 A.D. about the Sitones, a tribe in northern Europe which was believed to be a matriarchal society. Among the Sitones, Tacitus said, the women were powerful; the women chose their mates.

It was a wild, a radical idea back then—disapprovingly had Tacitus commented upon its harmful effects—and it still was, of course, seventeen hundred years later. Even in this modern era, in which civilization had evolved with things like the printing press, steam engines, inoculations, gas lights, the Encyclopædia Britannica, and Herschel’s great telescopes, women were still supposed to demurely sit around, waiting for some man to ask her to be his wife.

But an hour ago, Hugo Penhallow had unexpectedly strolled into her parents’ drawing-room, and maybe, just maybe, they could effect a trade to their mutual benefit. It was not, to say the least, a romantic proposition, but it had been a long, long time since she had indulged in girlish dreams of love, a soulmate, happily ever after.

And here, right in front of her, was an opportunity to escape Brooke House.

So to Hugo she said, in a voice that was only a little bit breathless:

“Marry me.”


Tour-Wide Giveaway

To celebrate the release of THE BRIDE TAKES A GROOM by Lisa Berne, we’re giving away for two fan bundles each containing the entire Penhallow Dynasty series in paperback, a charm necklace, and a signed postcard from the author!


GIVEAWAY TERMS & CONDITIONS:  Open to US shipping addresses only. Two winners will each receive a fan bundle containing the entire Penhallow Dynasty series in paperback, a charm necklace, and a signed postcard from the author. This giveaway is administered by Pure Textuality PR on behalf of Avon Romance.  Giveaway ends 5/4/2018 @ 11:59pm EST. Avon Romance will send the winning copies out to the winner directly. Limit one entry per reader and mailing address.  Duplicates will be deleted.




Lisa Berne read her first Georgette Heyer book at fourteen, and was instantly captivated. Later, she was a graduate student, a teacher, and a grant writer — and is now an author of historical romance, with her first three books set in Regency-era Britain. She lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest.


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Deanna Lynn has been a substitute teacher, a baker, a website designer, a ceramic artist, a business co-owner and a sales and marketing manager for a ceramic shop in Oklahoma. She reads widely, laughs often and loves to talk about writing, books, and this confusing thing called life.

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