This book was fun, light entertainment. The narration was excellent. Marion Chesney's books are the type of stories that help me to reduce stress...Show More » A pleasant listen with plenty of interesting plot twists to keep your attention.
Chesney (Beaton) doesn't write typical regency romantic fluff. Her characters are usually harder, more self-centered, and less sympathetic than found..Show More » in other books of the genre, and she often exposes the realities of a world in which women had little-to-no power. Nor does she romanticize the period: her books provide many details about the less attractive characteristics of an era plagued by serious class discrepancy, unrelieved poverty, unchecked crime, universally poor hygiene, and ridiculous fashions and practices among the wealthy.
Like a Dickens novel, this particular story is full of intrigue, plots, counter-plots, pitfalls, scrapes and escapes; and the many historical details bring the period vividly to life as the story unfolds. The book has the strongest central character I've found in a Chesney book so far - a young woman who manages to take care of herself through a combination of physical strength, native cunning, a sensible brain, a kind heart, and the ability to take life as it comes. I think this is my favorite Chesney book outside of her Traveling Matchmaker series (which is a bit "fluffier" than this story).
MC Beaton's regency stories are usually peopled with less likable characters and contain more abusive situations than is typical of the genre, but usu..Show More »ally there is some change and redemption by the end of the book. There are NO sympathetic characters in this book nor do they ever become likable. In fact, I grew to dislike them more as the story went along.
One distasteful aspect of some Beaton stories is violence to women. This book has both casual and deliberate violence toward women. Because I'd not previously encountered a Beaton book this awful, I continued to listen to the end hoping for better, but I was heartily sick of both main characters and the book itself by the time I got to the end.
It makes me leery of listening to the next one I downloaded...
This is the first time I have written a review and I'm sorry it's because I disliked the narrators grating voice and poor performance. It was hard to ..Show More »tell one character from another. The men's voices were not well done. I won't buy any more books with this narrator.