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Emily Goes to Exeter

The Traveling Matchmaker, Book 1
Narrated by: Helen Lisanti
Series: The Traveling Matchmaker, Book 1
Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
4 out of 5 stars (336 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

A dead employer’s legacy of 5,000 pounds allows spinster Hannah Pym to resign from housekeeping and find adventure traveling the English countryside by stagecoach. But adventure soon finds Miss Pym in the form of Miss Emily Freemantle, a spoilt violet-eyed beauty fleeing an arranged marriage to a rake she has never met. When the girl’s darkly handsome betrothed boards their stage, Miss Pym is certain Emily was rash to bolt from this aristocratic catch!

And so as soon as the travelers repair to an inn, Miss Pym begins her matchmaking… and although Lord Ranger Harley complains he’ll not marry an ungrateful minx, Miss Pym suspects once she’s marshaled the couple into sharing intimate household chores, all romantic knots will be untangled!

©1990 Marion Chesney (P)2012 AudioGO

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MC Beaton Gives Us a History Lesson...

Marion Chesney a/k/a M.C. Beaton is known for her quick read Hamish MacBeth series as well as Agatha Raisin. While I enjoy the HM series I was in the mood for regency and had no idea that this author was so well versed in the era. This is a history lesson in coach travel at the time. MCB often starts somewhat slow but then the pace picks up and off we go as fast as a flying machine (or traveling coach!). The main character (NOT Emily) is Hanna Pim, a spinster and former housekeeper. You will fall in love with sweet little Hanna and I found myself finishing the series NOT because I cared so much about Emily (it's a romance, we know there will be HEA "Happily Ever After") coming her way but Hanna I wasn't so sure about. This is a little gem hidden in a world of ridiculous harlequin romances. The narration is OUTSTANDING. I cannot say enough about Helen Lisanti and her skill at doing both male and female voices. She really is one in a million. Take the time to enjoy The Traveling Matchmaker books!

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cute, if a bit predictable

What other book might you compare Emily Goes to Exeter to and why?

The book reminds me of Alexander McCall Smith's books, with a thoughly "good" main character, smooth rythm of the story, and attention to background.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

To me, the performance seemed consistently irritating - half of the characters sound like whispy toddlers.

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Overall, a lovely book, especially if you find the narrator tolerable; I am definitely downloading the next book from the series.

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Sweet

Sweet and light. Nothing too overwhelmingly exciting, but cute and easy to read. I liked it. I love a good murder mystery, political intrigue, and interesting space opera, but I also like to read books that are just nice and easy. This is an enjoyable book and a fun start to a series. I have downloaded the next book as well.

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Delightful!

Everything about this book was unique! The heroine is so practical and yet romantic. The main characters are well-rounded and the lesser characters add realism and depth. Some good humor, too!

I’ll definitely be listening to this series!

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Entertaining!

This was my first book by M.C. Beaton and although it was different than I expected, I thoroughly enjoyed it...and Helen Lisanti gave a wonderful performance.

In "Emily Goes to Exeter" we are introduced to Miss Hannah Pym, a former housekeeper who has come into a small inheritance when her employer dies. Miss Pym decides to use her money on her life-long ambition. All her life she has watched the "Flying Machine" (stagecoach) pass by her window, and finally she has the chance for her own adventure!

Miss Pym's first ride on a "Flying Machine" is indeed an adventure: Highway Men, Blizzard, Mystery and Match Making!

This is a "clean romance" - fun and funny, drama and hilarious escapades. Worth listening to at any age.

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Interesting

What does Helen Lisanti bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

You can feel the people coming out of the book. She expresses them very well

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love the matchmaker

Where does Emily Goes to Exeter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I loved this book. I was only expecting a story about a housekeeper, kind of like a Downton Abbey from the staff perspective. But I got more than I bargained. Hannah is smart and full of adventure. I could relate to the character and her desire to travel and seek out adventure. There is a bit of romance and mystery. I loved the book and can't wait to continue the series.

What did you like best about this story?

There's a lot more to people than just what you see. God made us each so uniquely. It offered more than just a love story.

What does Helen Lisanti bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She brings life to the different characters. You could imagine them in your mind.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Come on an adventure: Mystery, matchmaking and mayhem.

Any additional comments?

Can't wait to start the next book!

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Cure clean story

Cute, clean story. Nothing original or thought provoking but decent enough to warrant 3 stars. Not sure how historically correct it would be but I needed a break from stories filled with filth.

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cute

M C Beaton books are to be depended on. A good story. The narrator did a good job also.

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Emily goes to Exeter: The Traveling Matchmaker, Book 1

I am so glad to have found Marion Chesney. Her books are so great for a little escape from reality. Not heavy or stressful. Sweet stories that make me smile a lot. I want to read them all!
Miss Hannah Pym has retired from being a housekeeper, after she was left an inheritance in her employer’s will. She decides she is going to travel on the stagecoach she has always watched from the window of her employer’s home.
On the stagecoach she meets Emily, who happens to be dressed as a young man. Emily has run away from her parents because she doesn’t want to marry the old Lord Ranger Harley. Well, Lord Ranger Harley isn’t old after all. He is handsome and kind. He ends up being on the very same stagecoach as Emily.
Hannah and the other characters in this novel are stranded in an inn because of a snowstorm. Because the maids are not there to serve them, the group has to take care of chores and make meals for themselves. The matchmaker, Hannah, also decides to make matches.
Every moment Hannah spends in this first book is viewed as an adventure. She makes the best of her situation and seems to make others feel at ease in her presence. Helen Lisanti is a great narrator. She does a perfect job with both male and female characters.