The story had so much promise, but it just became silly. A few of the characters were unlikeable
Yes. She is terrific.
A good narrator cannot save a unbelievable,silly story.
Fan of mystery & romance -- particularly of historical persuasion!"
Cute series of books. Almost everything narrated by Davina Porter is a winner in my mind, and this is no exception!
This was a very pleasant surprise. A lovely new turn for M.C Beaton. It has become one of my new favorites and I will definitely listen to it again.
This is a comedy of manners, reminiscent of Oscar Wilde. Lots of humor through tears, lots of nice historical details.
The first meeting of Lady Fortescue and Colonel.
It is light, enjoyable reading at its best.
It has a terrific story, humorous, sprinkled with tidbits of history and customs of the times which I loved! I have avoided "Regency Romances" with their lurid book covers and rote story lines and I was very hesitant to buy this book - but the story premise was different, intriguing. Here is a story of the genteel poverty stricken protagonists, several of senior years. Hmmmm, how will that be played out? Now, there are young protagonists, too! And there is some genteel romance!. This is not a bodice ripper and if you want graphic sex then this is not for you. Rather, this is an exceedingly well crafted story with an original plot, engaging characters, a expose of mores and customs of the later 1700's and is a MUST read in my opinion.
I have a real crazy in love relationship with books!!!
I thought this was a cute little story. I think I got it on a sale which is great, but I would not have used a credit or spent cash for full price.
The premise of poor royals getting together to build a business was great. I enjoyed the characters, the narration and the story itself, but I did not find this phenomenal. It helped to pass the time.
Glad to be part of the audible community and I hope that my reviews help to choose the right book and share my love of reading.
The series is a fun read. This is book 1 and in this book Lady Fortescue, widowed and alone save for two loyal, unpaid servants, has sold off almost all of the furnishings in her large Bond Street home and faces a grim future. To the rescue comes Colonel Sandhurst - and many other impoverished aristocrats. The characters are likeable and well developed.
The book shines the light on real problems during those days, many historic facts and some funny happenings.
In book 1 my favorite character was Colonel Sandhurst as he compliments the more opinionated Lady Fortescue.
Ms. Porter just knows how to read, act, and draw you in - she is superb.
I would highly recommend this series IF books are on sale - a credit better reserved for something a bit more deep and longer in audio hours. But overall I would recommend the book(s).
Love the way Davina Porter takes this little story and makes it into something worth listening to. Sets up the series in a very strong manner with the Duke gets the girl out of the kitchen. What's in #2?
Yes, there are a number of characters and I would read again to make sure I had each of them in my mind correctly. Not too many that you can't keep track, but background details on each is what I would want to clarify better.
The concept of the "poor relations"
Not that I know of. I've listened to a number of audio books but do not generally pay attention to the narrator.
Loved the story. Lots of texture with cross genurations interacting. Great narration loved the accents dialects very talented narrator. Love Davina Porter. LoveLove love love this series.
And Im really not all that into regency novels. Not smutty just histerically funny.
No. It was a delightful, light tale - no need to do it again.
Harriett. She's a fine heroine - plucky, bright and rising above hard times.
She can read anything and be the very best at it. This is no exception.
A ragtag bunch of down-on-their-luck characters with pluck and wit to make their way.