Reader, of course. 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.
I found it a pleasant distraction while driving, with droll humor and good narration. Short, a good choice as a "palate cleanser", so to speak, between the longer audio books I usually choose.
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.
Listening and loving it!
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.
I didn't know that Marion Chesney used the pseudonym M C Beaton to write the Hamish McBeth and Agatha Raisin murder mysteries - I purchased this book based on the fact that M C Beaton wrote it, and thought it would be along the lines of Agatha Raisin. I was very disappointed to learn it was a Regency romance novel. If the author had been listed as Marion Chesney I wouldn't have purchased it, although I did enjoy Chesney's vivid descriptions of life as it was in England in the early 1800's.