The celebrated Penhallow Dynasty series continues in this deliciously witty and romantic Regency, perfect for the readers of Eloisa James, Lisa Kleypas, and Sarah Maclean.
How many times can a rake get it wrong . . . before he becomes Mr. Right?
Philip Thane—rogue, rake and scoundrel extraordinaire—hadn’t wanted to visit some dumpy provincial town to give a speech, but he’d struck a devil’s bargain with old Henrietta Penhallow, the imperious family matriarch. Nor did he expect that once he got there, he’d somehow be living the same day over and over again. It’s strange! It’s terrible!
On the other hand, it is giving him time to cozy up to the delectable, brainy Margaret Allen, in town to research the book she’s writing. Philip is sure she’ll fall starry-eyed into his arms, just as women always do.
But to his amazement Miss Allen stands firm against his wiles, day after day. How can she resist his seductive charm? Why won’t she change her mind? What must he do to win her heart?
Maybe—just maybe—it isn’t Margaret who needs to change, but rather a certain rogue, in love for the first time in his life, who will . . .
“Enchanting . . . Champagne in book form—bubbly, fun, and intoxicating.” —Entertainment Weekly on Lisa Berne’s The Worst Duke in the World
Berne's winning sixth Penhallow Dynasty Regency romance (after The Worst Duke in the World) begins when Philip Thane, an unrepentant rake whose debts are catching up with him, visits his relative Henrietta Penhallow to ask for money. She agrees on the condition that Philip visits the agrarian village of Whittlesey to deliver a speech on her behalf at their annual Plough Day festival. En route, Philip meets Margaret Allen, a ravishing folklore scholar researching Plough Day, who can't stand his snobby, lecherous behavior. Philip's hopes for a perfunctory trip are dashed in bizarre fashion when he wakes after the festivities to find it's Plough Day all over again. From there, anyone familiar with Groundhog Daywill anticipate what comes next, as it follows the movie almost beat for beat (though Berne deserves credit for the copious humor and heart). As Philip progresses from confusion through hedonism to desperation to bed Margaret (who will have none of it) and near-madness, Berne patiently lays the groundwork for his redemption: learning to see cozy Whittlesey as more than a backwater and Margaret as more than an object of desire. The eventual coloring-in of the setting and central relationship leads to a romantic and satisfying conclusion. It's familiar but expertly crafted. Agent: Cheryl Pientka, Jill Grinberg Literary.
Although the author does a good job in making each of the repeating days unique, I found myself bored with the repetitiveness. I found myself just wanting it all to finish. I find the premise a little hard to believe.