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The Redemption of Philip Thane

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I'm a fan of Regency romance and had high expectation for this story as the blurb seemed very orignal and interesting.
Unfortunately I found it a bit repetetive and skimmed a lot.
Not my cup of tea.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine
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A book I was glad to reach the end off. Part is a series but can definitely be read as a stand alone. I know the repeating of a specific day was the premise of the book but it did become a bit wearing. Whether this made the actual progression of the story past this day any sweeter I cannot say but I was glad when it progressed. Not a series I’ll be reading more of but was enjoyable in places. 

Thank you Netgalley
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Didn’t realise this was #6 in a series when requested. Will have to read the others first and review later as hate to start series midway even if they can technically be read as standalone! 

Thank you so much.
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Philip Thane is a rake. 

With connections to illustrious families, he has cut a swathe through the ladies of the Ton. Persuing his lustful progress in Europe, gets him shot by a jealous husband.

Not only is he a rake, he is a scoundrel, a self centered dandy and massively in debt.

A trip to Somerset, to touch an elderly relative for cash meets more resistance than expected. Mrs. Henrietta Penhallow knows exactly what kind of man Philip is.
She offers some financial assistance, if he travels to Whittlesey to deliver a speech, related to a project she sponsored.

On the way to Whittlesey, he is persuaded to give a lift to Miss Margaret Allen and her companions. 
Miss Allen is studying folk rituals and is interested in Plough Day at Whittlesey.

On Plough Day, Philip is rude, flippant and gives a dreadful speech. His behaviour for the rest of the day impresses no-one, especially Margaret Allen. 
When they leave the coach gets stuck in snow and has to turn back.

Next morning Philip is shocked to find that it is Plough Day again.
Philip lives through the same day so many times that he loses count. At first he is upset, then he gets reckless. He lusts after Margaret and ingratiates himself in order to seduce. Numerous attempts fail.

The endless Plough Days lead to melancholy and despair. After that, the only way is up.
He re-evaluates his life. He comes to appreciate Margaret’s mind as well as her body. 

With Margaret’s help he realises that the curse of Plough Day, is also a gift of time. So he spends weeks in the library studying. 

But will he escape Plough Day and will he win Margaret’s heart?

It is an enjoyable story of redemption and love. 
However, it's not really Regency England. Too many Americanisms and total disregard for propriety.

I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving a review. All views expressed are my own.
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Philip Thane is a rogue and a rake. His aunt arranges for him to complete a speech at Plough Day on Whittlesey. He is reluctant to go and ends up providing a ride in his carriage to Miss Margaret Allen who seems to be able to resist his charms. After the first day in Whittlesey Philip ends up living the same day over and over again. 

This is the 6th book in the Penhallow Dynasty series. I didn't realise this when I started but you can get away with reading this one if you haven't read the other books in the series. This book has the 'Groundhog Day' trope which isn't my favourite. Due to the nature of this trope, the story is repetitive as the characters live the same day. There were some enjoyable moments but because of the repetition, I did find that the story moved slowly and the romance happened much later in the book as Margaret was not aware that the day was repeating. 

Overall this was an ok read. I liked the writing but the plot was not my favourite. I am interested to check out more from this author and the other books in this series.
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I have to say I have read all the previous books in this series and I liked them all more than I liked this one, because of the groundhog day conceit. However, Lisa Berne did handle Phillips's character development and the romance between him and the delightfully clever Margaret really well. I found the groundhog day repetitiveness did start to grate on me after a while, but I am not sure how else it could have been handled, and I hated the movie too.

What I really loved with this book was the character arc for Phillip who was a reprehensible human at the start of the book. It took a long time for him to really see himself clearly and to make a true change, but that was the best part of the book for me. I really think Lisa Berne has made each book in this series different, and has done a brilliant job with this one despite my personal dislike of the groundhog day conceit. I felt that the way she developed the relationship so that Margaret's behaviour over the course of one day over and over again, really worked on and slowly changed Phillip for the better, was beautifully judged. Yes it is low steam, but that's hardly surprising as the action happens over one day.


I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book and all opinions are my own.
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3.5 stars
There were things I enjoyed about this book and things I didn’t. I did like the character of Margaret, she was such a kind and caring person who always tried to see the best in people and to give them a second chance. There wasn’t much to like about Philip until the latter stages of the book, when he more than redeemed himself. I realise that the idea of living through the same day would include some repetition but it got a bit too much for me. I did like the extended epilogue that told the reader what happened in the future. I will look for future books from this author. I received a copy and have voluntarily reviewed it. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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Philip Thane – rogue, rake, and scoundrel extraordinaire – hadn’t wanted to show up in the little town of Whittlesey to give a speech. He also didn’t expect to somehow find himself stuck in time, waking up every morning to live exactly the same day over and over again. 

On the plus side, it’s giving him time to further his acquaintance with the delightful Miss Margaret Allen, in town to research the book she’s writing. And Philip has no doubt she’ll fall starry-eyed into his arms, just like so many other ladies of the ton have done before.

Yet Miss Allen stands firm against his wiles, day after day. How is it even possible? 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, who – if only he knew it – is head over heels in love . . . and badly in need of redemption.
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The Penhallow Dynasty #6

Philip Thane  - a rogue, rake and scoundrel extraordinaire - hadn't wanted to visit some dumpy provincial town to give a speech, but he'd struck a devils 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. On the other hand, it's giving him time to cosy up to the delectable Margaret Allen, who's in town to research the book she's been writing.

I did not know this book was part of a series when I requested it. Ahistorical romance entwined with groundhog day. There's an instant attraction when Philip Thane meets Margaret Allen. The story takes place  over a day and that day keeps repeating itself. The plotline did not work as well on paper, reading about a groundhog day. The first half of the book was more interesting, the second half was boring. I did like the main characters and Philip Thane improved a little each day
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This book had a great concept and I really enjoyed it for the 1st 3rd of the book - but then it got repetitive, we were being told the characters were developing rather than being shown, and to be honest while a piece of literary fiction could be held up as good that we got as sick of the time loop as Philip did, but this is general / popular fiction, and it took away from the enjoyment - in the end I just wanted it to end and the ending was far too saccharine. Also, Margaret's interaction with the time loop was never satisfactorily explained. 

A short story would have been too short, but I think this book would have been highly enjoyable had it been a novella - it was just a bit much for a novel.
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A Mash up of a charming historical romance of the rake-meets-his-match-but-must-reform type, and the actual movie groundhog day.
Philip Thane, penniless rake, wastrel, with a chip the size of Chippenham on his shoulder, must perform a simple task to keep his aunt sweet and get his hands on some much needed cash. He must give a speech on her behalf at the Wittlesay Plough day festival. It does not even have to be a good speech.
Margaret Allen, industrious bluestocking, is thrilled to attend plough day also. She is there to study the folk traditions of England for the book she is writing.
Philip unexpectedly find himself trapped in Wittlesay, living slightly different versions of the same day over and over again, trying to win the heart of Margaret and making pretty much all the mistakes that Bill Murray makes in the movie, only less American and more historical.

It is a fun idea for a story and well written, I did like the main characters and enjoyed the 'journey' that Philip took. It is a hazard with this plot though, that thing get dull as the same chunks of text are repeated over and over again (especially at the start of the book), I found this quite boring and skipped bits - I may have missed some subtle nuance here and there, but life is too short to live it over and over again.. For the most part though the writing was witty and entertaining. The ending was a little too perfect for my liking - but this is a historical romance after all. I guess I might have been a little more blown away by it if I had not already seen the film....
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Philip Thane, an in-and-out rake, with more debts than even he would like to think, finally needs help to pay off the debt, but there's a slight problem, all his near relations are done paying his debts without ever getting a penny back, so he finally has to approach Henrietta, his faraway aunt, hoping to charm her into helping him because frankly charm and intelligence were the only two good qualities he had.
But sadly, Henrietta was simply too clever and obviously knows his history so she refuses, unless he attends a function of Plough Day and gives a speech on her behalf, for the person she assigned the job got sick and can't go now. Now, Philip loathed this idea but necessity made him agree to this condition nonetheless.
On the drive there, he encountered a beautiful woman who asked him for his help for her carriage broke so like a gentleman he is, he did.
On the Plough Day, he gave a boring speech, tried to impress that woman, but when she wasn't he simply wooed someone else.
But then he wake up the next day, and it's Plough day again. And so is the next day.
Turns out he is stuck reliving the same day, until he actually figures out how to get out of it. And in figuring it out his whole life can change, but maybe it'll change for good.


I really liked this book. Maybe it's because I've not seen Groundhog Days, but nonetheless, it was fun to read.
I never thought for once the author is exaggerating or that there's too much repitition, for it works well for the plot. As readers we needed to feel atleast a portion of how tired he was of reliving the same day. I liked the transistion of his perspective on having to relive the day. And even though he was a rake, I liked how his character arc progressed, which felt natural to me.
Margaret was a wonderful character, and to look at her change even in Philip's eyes was pretty interesting.
I liked the concept and how it is executed and even though a specific reason isn't given as to why the day keeps on repeating, yet I didn't mind it.
It was an amazing book, and I would recommend it to anyone who wishes to see the process of how a person can change with time, with a romantic sidetrack.
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I didn’t realise that this was book 6 in a series when I requested. Will have to hunt down the rest of series and come back to review at a later date
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This is my first book from  this author but what an interesting take on the usual 'historical romance'. Our hero is not the most heroic initially but in a twist of fate he must live the same day for many days and in doing so improves his behaviour. Sound familiar? Anyone who has watched the movie Groundhog Day will see the parallel in this story. The only criticism I would have on this book is the repetition necessary to carry the tale, I confess to skipping I am afraid. However it is an entertaining enough story and I would happily give the book a solid 3.5. My thanks to Netgalley and the publishers  for an ARC of this book
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This book was an interesting take on the historical romance genre and time loops which I didn’t expect. 
The story starts with Phillip Thane, on a mission from his Aunt Henrietta to attend Plough Day. On the way he meets  Miss Margaret Allen, her Aunt Seraphina, and Mr. Lawrence in an inn courtyard and offersvthem a ride. There's an instant attraction between Margaret and Phillip but his rakish wnd insulting acts and keep her away. The book takes place over one day that loops over again and again, the days unfold much like the movie but from the perspectives of Thane and Allen. I loved that detail and especially the points where Allen was close enough ro remember repeating the day. The character development was very clear as it was the same day, especially Phillip Thane's.
I must say the beginning was okay-ish but it did progress well later one. As mush as a time look sounds interesting some parts were pretty boring but other than that this book was beautifully written and was a delight to read.
I would give this a solid 3.5 stars,
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This book was an interesting take on the historical romance genre and time loops which I didn’t expect. It was decently written and easy to get into even though I am confused about the time loop, was it all in their heads? Was it some sort of curse? The author didn’t make that particularly clear, to me at least but apart from that this was a fun and frothy book which I really enjoyed
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The Groundhog Day story revisited  in this book seemed like fun at the start of this book but I found that the characters were quite bland and the storyline a bit too repetitive. I continued to he end and the book livened up in the last few chapters.
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A Regency retelling of Groundhog Day. Philip Thane is a rake, who racks up debts and generally thinks of nobody but himself, until the day he is sent by his aunt to make a speech at the Plough Day festival in another village, where he meets a woman to whom he is drawn, but who won't give him the time of day due to his bad character. Not to fear though, because he has a chance to live the day over again. And again. And again. 

Parts of it are very funny, parts of it are very sweet. It's a likeable and enjoyable book that hit me in the feels by the end.

With thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this book in return for an honest review.
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My thanks to NetGalley and the Publishers for the opportunity to read this in exchange for an honest review.

I gave this a 2.5 stars or 5/10.

The Redemption of Philip Thane (The Penhallow Dynasty #6) is the sixth book in a series.  I haven't read the previous five so have no idea if any of the previous characters return in this book or if any of the characters in this book have been in the previous ones.  This book can easily be read as a standalone.

I thought the premise of the characters experiencing Groundhog Day was quite a novel one in a book, having watched the film (that is not the same story) and knowing what Groundhog Day refers to I knew what to expect.  However, I didn't feel that it worked as well on paper as it does on film.  I have to admit that I got a little bored and found that it dragged a bit.  Having said this it won't put me off reading other books by this Author as I enjoyed the writing style, start and the ending, I just found the story dragged in the middle.  

Philip Thane is a rake and his reputation in many ways proceeds him.  When he is asked to travel to Whittlesey to give a speech, it's not something that he is looking forward to doing.  Margaret Allen is a single lady who also happens to be in town, doing some research for a book that she is writing.  As their paths inevitably cross, Philip is certain that she like many other ladies before her will find him irresistible.  However, Margaret is different to the ladies he has known in the past, she is rather more discerning and his charms or lack of them do not immediately attract her attentions.

As fate makes them both experience the same day time after time, it is down to Philip to try to change his ways if he can, if he is to charm Margaret and make her fall for him.  Do Philip and Margaret have a future that is destined to be spent together or will she spurn the rake that he comes across at at first meeting?  Can people change their behaviour?  Only time will tell as the characters experience Plough Day over and over in the style of Groundhog Day.

I had to comment on this sentence that was spoken by Philip to Margaret 'You own over three hundred books, and one of your favourite things to do is poke around bookshops - not necessarily to buy something, but just to be around books and see what's new and interesting.'  Many of us readers will know exactly why Margaret enjoyed being the bookshop and many of us will also own well in excess of 300 books. 

'To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.'  This sentence that was in the book reminds me of one of my favourite songs called Turn, Turn, Turn by The Byrds.  This quote are words taken from Ecclesiastes 3 King James version of the Bible and the song is based on it.  .
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As a big fan of Julia Quinn I was excited to read what is described as a “rip-roaring regency comedy fans of Julia Quinn, Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer”. Sadly, The Redemption of Philip Thane just didn’t do it for me, which makes this a difficult review to write. 
Philip Thane is described as a “rogue, rake, and scoundrel extraordinaire”, which Lisa Berne has portrayed accurately and well throughout the book. Whilst he could have been a charming rake or one of those ‘bad boys that you know you shouldn’t – but still do’, his personality instead came across as irritating and obnoxious which made him a very difficult character to like. As a result, I didn’t become invested in his story or his journey to redemption. 
I understand the concept of ‘groundhog day’ means that elements of the story will be revisited however this quickly became quite tiresome and I found myself skipping or skimming large paragraphs to reach the inevitable difference in the end of the event, but missing out the bits I had already read time and time again. I understand the process of redemption that Lisa Berne was trying to demonstrate however whilst it might work in a film, it just doesn’t work in a book.
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