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Publisher's Summary

"I do not think I want to be married at all. I want to be rich. Very rich…."

When Henrietta Bascombe opens a confectionary shop in order to turn her pittance of an inheritance into a fortune, her friends are shocked to hear of such a well-bred lady going into trade. The earl of Carrisdown is both drawn to and repelled by her shop-girl status.

Undaunted, Henrietta proceeds to hang out the traditional confectioners' sign of a golden pineapple and soon finds a set of beautiful women in her employ, drawing the attention of Earl of Carrisdown's younger brother and best friend. Distressed by the situation, the Earl makes it his mission to put Henrietta out of business. But he looks forward to tangling with the fiery sweetshop owner more than he's willing to admit.

©2013 Marion Chesney (P)2013 AudioGO

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Romance with controlling/verbally abusive swain

I normally love M.C Beaton's romances. But found myself screaming at my phone for the heroine Miss Bascom to run the other way when the hero proposed by threatening to beat her. Not sure how this could ever be considered "romantic" even in the early 1900's. With spousal abuse so common this made me want to throw my phone.

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So bad

I like her written style normally, but this book is terrible. The ‘love story’ ends with the woman being threatened that if she doesn’t marry him he’ll wring her neck. Disgusting.


Also, another one where she fat shames people a ton. Really gross.

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Love the narrator. Perfect choice for narration.

Love the narrator Lindy Nettleton. Perfect choice for narration and a delightful, imaginative story.

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Fun, start to finish!

Laughs followed by giggles followed by chuckles back to outright laughs kept me going throughout! This is one of Chesney-Beaton’s wittiest historical romances. I highly recommend it for an escape of the highest quality, of the most fun books ever. [Caveat: Do not wear leather pants in the rain.]

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I loved it

Such an awesome story! Great climax and just awesome ending. Short and sweet but also with a little suspense.

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Pretty good until the end.

I was enjoying it like 3-3.5 stars and then that proposal at the end basically ruined it. Seriously. Marry me or I'll ring your neck...? Absolutely horrible. This narrator was pretty good.

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Unique storyline

Although Marion Chesney tends to use many of the same descriptions in quite a few of her books, this one was slightly different, which made it more interesting. I like this narrator, though some spots were a little slow, so I speed up the rate a skosh.

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Sexist and disrespectful story for women.

Such a sad and disempowering story for women. Heroine is pathetic choosing such a masochistic man for her fiancée.

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Romantic Confection

Delicious characters, novel plot, interesting background setting in a Regency confectionary all add up to a delightful tale well told.

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ho hum

What disappointed you about At the Sign of the Golden Pineapple?

MC Beaton's cozy mysteries are fun. This one wasn't horrible but I certainly won't bother to listen to it again.

What do you think your next listen will be?

not the next one in this series!