I didn't read the print version BUT with Davina Porter narrating, the audio has to be better. Everything Ms. Porter narrates is marvelous.
Yes. I liked the strength of the characters and how they interacted. Lady Fortescue was very avant-garde for the time. I pictured her like Maggie Smith in Downton Abby on PBS. Very starched!
I like all the scenes but especially the one of Harriet in her bath in the kitchen. How risque to take a bath with no clothes--for the time anyway.
Nothing extreme but it did give me a chuckle now and then and sometimes I wanted to punch the Duke for his lack of backbone.
Communications Professional, Jewelry Artist and Lifelong Reader
Davina Porter's narration is what I liked best about this book. In my opinion, it's hard to say anything negative about Ms. Porter -- she's a very versatile, female narrator. On the other hand, I'm not sure if I'll listen to any other books by this author. The story was very cute and I laughed out loud in more than one scene. Overall, the story felt kind of slow and just didn't quite succeed in totally sucking me in. I want to read books that are so engaging, they make it hard to go about my daily life because I just want to keep reading/listening. Lady Fortescue didn't inspire that degree of engagement from me.
The ending was good, but I don't think all of the plot points were totally resolved. It's obvious the author is setting up the architecture for additional books in the series. However, there is one particular plot line relating to a certain necklace that doesn't get resolved even though it feels pretty central to this book.
Yes, I have and this performance is on par with the other one I've listened to (The Outlander). I will definitely listen to other books narrated by Ms. Porter.
It's a very G-rated romance. When I discuss books with my friends, we use "marital inspiration" as one of the measurements of a good romance novel. This book had very little of that. So, if you choose romances because you're looking for a few good, healthy sex scenes, this book will not fit the bill. If you're looking for a light, humorous read with very tame male/female tension, then this is the book for you.
Davina Porter is my all time favorite narrator as she is able to do many voice types convincingly. Also, this story is funny, satirical, and very open about the problems of the regency era. Though the ending is of course a fairy tale, I will definitely be listening to the rest of the series. I hope it's as good as the first one!
Reader. Painter. Newspaper columnist. Nurse. Humane Society. Lake life. Walker. Happily remarried - was a widow.
You won't regret listening to this delightful and fun book! The story is fast paced, highly interesting, and just so much fun that I listened to it straight through. A group of quietly desperate people band together to fix their problems, and along the way, bring purpose and happiness to their lives. I found it an excellent read. Not cottage mystery, but more like a cleverly designed slice of life, useful for any time period or generation. I really liked it. A lot. Narration is well above average as well. Sometimes the narrator has an irritating voice or pace. This is very well done.
M. C. Beaton normally writes contemporary mysteries. This isn't, of course, a mystery, and the plot is fine, the characters are all right, but it is neither bodice-ripper (thank goodness) nor comedy of manners based on the constraints of the period in which it is set. While it would have short-circuited the plot to have the protagonists display the background expected, it seems just silly to propose the idea that a gentlewoman would have learned how to cook so well that she would have been able to turn out multi-course meals appropriate in fine dining establishments during the Napoleonic era. And that a gentleman would be so intemporate in his language to one of his own class. So this is definitely fluff and if you aren't looking for Jane Austen or Finess it is just fine but be prepared to roll your eyes if you keep listening.
This is a cute, mindless, fun listen. It isn't stellar life-altering fiction. It is a fun book that is great to listen to while doing other things (laundry, cooking, cleaning - all the stuff I don't always enjoy but need to get done!). Davina Porter is a wonderful reader and she does a stand-out job with this book. Enjoy!
I agree with a lot of the reviewers that this is fun, but short and maybe lacking a little something that I can't quite put my finger on. But it's only the first in the series and I likely will try others in time. It has got me curious about the Regency period. I too wondered if it had been made by the Brits into a series. I think it could be.
This is more like a novella than a full- length book. I picked it up on sale, as much because Davina Porter was the performer as anything else, and I love her narration. The story was charming, if somewhat predictable, and I loved the characters. A quick read!
I have read 5 of the 6 books in the series and have to say that the thing I love are the characters. They are eccentric but totally believable. These are really more romances. Always a beautiful young woman in need of a husband. But there are always parts of the books that make me laugh out loud. How these romances end up being realized is fun, silly, exasperating and simply delightful. For a clean, cozy, comforting, captivating read, read these.
I like Miss Tonks because she is still developing. The others are wonderful, but seem fully formed.
Sir Philip - what a crank.
All of it.
These are light, cheerful reads, not profound.