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The Vintage Girl | [Hester Browne]

The Vintage Girl

When Evie Nicholson is asked to visit Kettlesheer Castle in Scotland to archive the family heirlooms, she jumps at the chance. Evie's passion for antiques means that, for her, the castle is a treasure trove of mysteries just waiting to be uncovered. But in each heirloom lies a story, and in the course of her investigations Evie stumbles upon some long-buried family secrets. Add handsome, gloomy heir Robert McAndrew and a traditional candlelit gala to the mix, and Evie's heart is sent reeling with an enthusiasm that may just extend beyond the Kettlesheer silver....
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Publisher's Summary

When Evie Nicholson is asked to visit Kettlesheer Castle in Scotland to archive the family heirlooms, she jumps at the chance. Evie's passion for antiques means that, for her, the castle is a treasure trove of mysteries just waiting to be uncovered.

But in each heirloom lies a story, and in the course of her investigations Evie stumbles upon some long-buried family secrets. Add handsome, gloomy heir Robert McAndrew and a traditional candlelit gala to the mix, and Evie's heart is sent reeling with an enthusiasm that may just extend beyond the Kettlesheer silver....

©2011 Hester Browne (P)2014 WF Howes Ltd

What the Critics Say

"Hester Browne writes with such wit and polish. I love it!" (Sophie Kinsella)

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  • Kaggy
    United Kingdom
    1/26/15
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    "A little ray of sunshine"

    The story is slight and the heroine is as daffy as the day as long, but there is something likeable about this unassuming little comedy romance. I think it is partly because it lacks the venom and spite that crops up in many other chick lit books. It has a great assembly of amusing characters including Evie's big sister who is a delight with her flamboyant clothing and eccentric choice in eyewear accessories, and the description of the Scottish ball is very atmospheric.
    For me the top marks go to the narration. Cathleen McCarron reads this with infectious enthusiasm and really carries the story along. Don't read this if you want to be mentally challenged, but do if you really want to brighten up your day.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MISS
    Coleshill, United Kingdom
    1/24/15
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    Story
    "Average chick lit"

    I wouldn't choose to read another by the same author based on this book. It wasn't bad but predictable and narrated in a rather breathy style that I found slightly annoying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cate Morris
    1/20/15
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    "A wonderful romance."

    A great story of sisters, antiques, gorgeous men, dancing and day-dreams. Humour, romance and a dash of mysterious past. Just perfect for curling up with on a winter's evening (or whilst recovering from flu, like me). Enjoy

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Merelina
    Halinghen, France
    12/30/14
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    "Vintage girl a big disapointment."

    Started off well and was interesting, then it got so complicated. The narrator is not good inflections are in the wrong places making sentences difficult to understand. The book breaks off at the end in mid sentence during a reel, so I do not even know how it ends. Normally end of books have "we hope you have enjoyed..." I like books that give a bit of history on the subject but this one gives nothing about antiques, no little stories about things. Disappointing, sorry to be negative.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • L. Mcfarlane
    Saltburn-by-the-sea
    12/28/14
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    Story
    "Not funny, not clever, awful narration"
    Would you try another book written by Hester Browne or narrated by Cathleen McCarron?

    My friend raves about Hester Browne but this is a stinker of a book. The plot is pathetic and the heroine is irritating


    Has The Vintage Girl put you off other books in this genre?

    Its put me off books read by Cathleen McCarron


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She emphasises the wrong words in a sentence, and she has no idea how to say "antimacassar"


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lucy Hargrave
    Wellingborough, United Kingdom
    12/7/14
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    "Genuinely laugh-out-loud funny"
    If you could sum up The Vintage Girl in three words, what would they be?

    Fun, Scottish and old


    What did you like best about this story?

    Evie’s love of all things old and how Robert learned to humour her for it.


    What about Cathleen McCarron’s performance did you like?

    The emotion she put into the story was simply amazing. Although all the different voices were incredibly well done.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Does this question actually help people decide if they want the book?


    Any additional comments?

    For a more well-developed review than audible will allow visit my blog post on this book at http://bit.ly/1CVN9EY

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • david clough
    11/13/14
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    "Worth the read"
    What did you like most about The Vintage Girl?

    This is Clear logical story it is not over manipulated with false jeopardy. Neither is the end to obvious as in so many romance novels


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Evi because she is real


    What does Cathleen McCarron bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Great characterization


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No like a box of chocolates its good to read/taste in sessions.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great book for light reading. Chill out by the fire with a mug of hot chocolate and this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lara
    Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal
    10/13/14
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    "Light romance, hugely entertaining"
    What did you like most about The Vintage Girl?

    The lightness of it. The fact that it had a story without dwelling on drama.


    What other book might you compare The Vintage Girl to, and why?

    I can't think of one.


    What about Cathleen McCarron’s performance did you like?

    I know I enjoy a narrator when I can't really remember her/his voice without thinking of the characters. In this case the performance was very on the mark for the kind of book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I remember the parts I laughed more. And there were a few.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lynn T.
    9/19/14
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    "Nice but slow going"

    The narration was good but I found the story a little far fetched. The ending was predictable but in a nice way. I did enjoy the book at the time, its an easy listen but I didn't find myself rushing to stick my earphones in at every possible opportunity. Was an enjoyable book but wasn't to disappointed when it was over.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • CHARLES
    9/16/14
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    "Irritating cliched pap"
    What would have made The Vintage Girl better?

    decent characters and a plot would have made this story better. Bought this because of comment by Sophie Kinsella, whom I like, but really, its slow, utterly cliched and dull, dull, dull?


    What will your next listen be?

    anything with a story line.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Cathleen McCarron’s performances?

    No


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Vintage Girl?

    All of them


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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