Hetty doesn't have much going for her at the beginning of the book; her boyfriend has dumped her in a particularly painful way, and since he was also her boss, she's out of work too. She finds herself in an elderly relative's country estate, trying to get ready for the annual spring open house tours while he is ill. Soon the entire village is helping Hetty and dreading the arrival of the heir, who wants to pull the house down.
I found the characters appealing and the dialog surprisingly realistic and in parts extremely funny. The description of the house and its revival was charming. The pace was a little slow at times, but I enjoyed Hetty's progress as she acquired skills and confidence.
There's a hint of Bridget Jones, a little Cinderella, and maybe a nod to the houses of the 1995 Pride and Prejudice miniseries. I thought the narrator was excellent.
Interesting variety of characters.
Good descriptions of a trip to the lake district of Italy.
Her Italian accents are excellent.
No, it was slow in places and I took longer than usual to finish it.
I wasn't sure I would like this as it started rather slowly with some unlikeable characters. Also the ending was not exactly what I expected. I enjoyed the development of the story, especially once the scene shifted to Italy.
I collect Heyer's books and have reread them many times. This isn't my favorite Heyer and wouldn't recommend it as the first Heyer to read. Serena and Rotherham are almost unlikeable, as if the author wanted to see if she could make us care about them in spite of ourselves. Some reviews said he was missing in too much of the book; however, when he does appear, attention must be paid as we learn important things about him. I enjoyed Sian's reading, because when I read the book I skip a lot. She makes every scene count and brings all the characters to life. As others have said, I couldn't stop listening until the tangle was un-tangled. This is a different kind of heroine and there's much to love for a Heyer fan.
I don't think this was the book for me. I didn't see the humor when the whining about Seattle, and Canadians, became repetitive. I listened to more than a third of the book and although I could see where it was going, I just didn't care about or like the characters.
I'm not sure if a different narrator would have made a difference, but I didn't care for this one.
Narrator's voice is somewhat too old for the main character. Her male voices are better, but lack personality.
Among the books in this series, this was a pretty good one.
The hospital and clinic scenes were very well drawn.
She is so good as Stephanie that I'm sure we can't imagine anyone else doing the reading. She captures the flavor of the books and all the characters, including the men. (Ba-a-abe!)
How about Ranger and Morelli?
Sparkling vintage Heyer.
Horry and Rule, of course.
Hunt does an excellent job with all the characters. The narrator just disappears and the story flows along.
This story isn't my very favorite Heyer but the way she develops the relationship between Horatia and Rule is subtle and moving. I have re-read it more than once and will definitely listen to this version again.
This wasn't my favorite SEP title. It seemed dark at the beginning--our heroine was really burdened with problems and our hero didn't seem like the solution to any of them. The book seemed long and didn't hold my interest. The subplot was also too dark for my taste. But I did finish it.
I have loved several of her books, and enjoy the humor in them.
She does a good job of capturing both male and female voices and also the Italian accents were convincing.
This book did make me smile sometimes, and the restaurant details were fun. It's definitely a "cozy."
Not sure, but I did not care for this narrator. I think the story might have improved with a more skillful reading.
I enjoyed most of the characters, but I didn't find the book to be particularly well written. In places it needed a good editor. There were some really wonderful lines and then some awkward passages.
Not sure this is my favorite Kinsella, but it was very enjoyable. I love her intricate plots. This one requires a complete suspension of disbelief, even without the presence of the ghost. But it's always fun to see how masterfully this author wraps up all the plot lines. After getting her characters into impossible situations, she magically gets them out. I enjoyed these characters and the period details. A yummy hero too. Landor does a good job with a rather difficult challenge, since Aunt Sadie was probably not easy to portray.
This is the last novel about John Dortmunder and his gang of thieves that Westlake wrote before his death in 2008. You don't have to read them in order; the first one was The Hot Rock. Even minor characters are colorfully portrayed and the gang members seem like old friends. This one has a clever premise and Westlake is just having a lot of fun spinning out the twists in the story in his own sweet time.
He does a great job with the characters.
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