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Groom, best man, guests, even a bishop - but where is the bride? An orphan fresh out of convent school, Prue Pagan has no home and nowhere to go. Then a chance meeting with her worldly-wise friend Cleo lands her a summer job in the north of England at Mountjoy Castle, where generations of the Mountjoy family have loved, lusted, and scandalised their neighbours. Prue's innocence is no protection against the wickedness of the English upper classes. As a long sultry summer settles on the castle and its surrounding villages, Prue must find her feet and make friends in an unfamiliar world of musicians, aristocrats and witchy housekeepers - and fend off the advances of attractive, predatory Valdemar Mountjoy. Will Prue take fright, listen to her heart - or succumb to the temptations lurking on every side? Music, magic, mischief, and mayhem entangled with more than a hint of midsummer madness make for an enchanting, witty, and romantic listen. Escape into another world and delight in the lives of a host of fascinating characters. This is the England of Wodehouse and Downton Abbey, where wickedness and scandal lurk beneath the superb self-confidence of the upper classes.

©1994 Elizabeth Pewsey (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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Pru's life has dramatic changes

Orphaned and raised in boarding school by an only aunt. Left with no money and no place to live she sets out on her own after aunts death.Through wonderful chances of events she finds her in a soon marriage to money. But will she marry? Non stop reading will lead you to the unexpected delightful end. Enjoy!

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disappointment

I had read all of this author's works under their other name (Elizabeth Edmondson) and enjoyed them, so was very much looking forward to her works using the Aston name, and the Mountjoy series seemed a good place to start. The novel started off well enough, but it went in a direction that I found distasteful. I will not be reading or listening to any more of the Mountjoy series. Dawn Murphy did an acceptable job of reading the story, but I disliked what she was given to read.

The main character, Prue, made some life choices that were both out of character as she was shown in the beginning of the novel and that were distasteful to me personally.

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The best laid plans

I enjoyed this story, the characters, and the narrator. It was not at all what I expected but I am glad I finished the book.

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  • Linda
  • 10-07-17

Persevere - you might well be surprised

It took me a while to get into this book with its Enid Blyton type dialogue and rather over the top characters - and then I stopped questioning whether I liked it and just went with the flow. Surprisingly I found myself looking forward to the next instalment and by the time I reached the end I was hooked on the Mounjoy family and their friends. Read tremendously well with an impressive array of easily distinguishable voices.

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  • Seagull
  • 08-22-15

Thoroughly Enjoyable

I've now downloaded all novels in this series, which must be a testament in itself. The stories are interesting, the characters engaging, and they are all beautifully read by Dawn Murphy, who manages to give different and recognisable voices to a large cast of protagonists. I thoroughly recommend.

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