This book met my needs perfectly - a light and entertaining story to listen to while driving. There really aren't any plot twists that will shock and surprise, but the characters and story are fun and interesting. For the times when you want something that won't make you feel sad or stressed, or tax your brain too much when you're concentrating on driving, this is it.
Not a classic, but a good story to pass the time with. Most importantly in regard to what I learned was the truth regarding the pressure to perform by those regarded as having capital when in fact, it does not exist.
Collaboration is important in survival which seemed to be a main theme here.
M. C. Beaton has a light touch with all of her works (I love the Hamish MacBeth stories) and this is no exception. She creates enjoyable characters, and although the plots are fairly predictable it's a fun journey getting there.
If the next in the series goes on sale on Audible, I'll probably by it, just to revisit this cast of characters and see what they're up to.
If you're looking for high drama, this won't satisfy, but if you enjoy a period piece, light romantic comedy this should fit the bill.
I enjoyed this book for the humor and distinct charm of the characters.
Sir Philip and his penchant for theivery along with his devious but humerous trickery added so much to the story.
I laughed out loud several times while listening to this story.
12 step program please. I am addicted to Audible! I love trashy sexy books, award winning novels and everything between. Bring it!
Yes because Davina Porter's voice has range and i thought she added to the comedy and hijinks of the poor, fallen aristocratic 6. This was a fun, very likable story!
I liked all the characters but Sir Philip was my favorite because he was the most audacious and most unscrupulous of the 6. He made me laugh. Next in line is Lady Fortescue because she is trying to keep it together even if that means a little thievery. Plus I appreciated her strong will and temperament. She is the antithesis of the reigning aristocracy - she is practical and level headed.
I purchased this book on sale a while back and I'm so glad I did. I was introduced to this clever little series and I hope more sales come along because I'd love to listen to more!
Probably not. It just wasn't a very good story.
She sounds like an old lady.
The book was too short, boring, and unfinished. I'm not sure why it was listed as a romance...the main romance hardly has any interaction between the two characters. There is no depth to the characters personalities and the love story is non-existent. Apparently, it's enough that the heroine was beautiful and that's all it took for the Duke to marry outside of societal norms? The story is unfinished - you don't know who is trying to hurt the heroine - I'm assuming this gets answered in the next book(s) in the series, but I won't be wasting my time or money to read them.
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!