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Publisher's Summary

Even the inhabitants of secluded Nethercote looked pityingly upon young Henrietta, the vicar's sister; her plain features seemed to almost guarantee her a solitary future. And yet she had a determined spirit and magnificent hazel eyes. So when her great-aunt Hester left her unexpected wealth, Henrietta set out to conquer London's glittering high society and confound them all.

But the fashionable elite was less than warm in its reception, especially when the newcomer, this bold minx, made clear her intention of winning the heart of one of society's most treasured gems: the irresistible, extravagant, heart-stopping Lord Beau Reckford, a prize wildly beyond her humble origins.

©1979 Marion Chesney (P)2014 Blackstone Audiobooks

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Cute

A fun little romp with a few tedious parts. The shenanigans and misunderstanding go on a little too long for me, but nothing I couldn’t remedy with a faster speed and a couple of quick skips. Good for an evenings entertainment. Lindy was an excellent narrator as usual.

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One of my favorite MC Beaton stories

Although it's very long for one of her books, the story is different and the characters are fun. The heroine is plump and the hero is not conventionally handsome but they are funny.

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Written in the 70s... so expect some nonsense

This book is free, so that’s an easy enough reason to get this book.

However, it can be problematic. Not nearly as problematic as others I’ve read, but still.

There’s a significant amount of fat phobia. Our heroine is introduced as chubby and not pretty, except for her “magnificent haze eyes.” Fine! We love an unconventional heroine. However, she goes through some emotional distress and her appetite takes a nose dive. SUDDENLY she’s pretty! The hero thinks so! There’s some more nonsense, but this should give you some indication.

It’s certainly an amusing book. The twists and turns can be a bit excessive, but it was entertaining. I’ll be listening to more in the series.

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bad free book...

I almost ditched this book a bunch of times. Not only is the relationship of this couple horrible but the plot just got worse and worse. I do not recommend this book.

spoilers: when the male protagonist found out who the murderer was he flew off the rails and kidnaped the female protagonist at gunpoint and locked her in his attic even tho he could have explained his plan to her. like not sensible at all!!! and how the female lead was in love at first sight but then the male lead would do horrible stuff to her constantly and she still liked him?? is she a masochist? most of it was miscommunication sub plots.

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I dislike incredibly stupid heroines

Henrietta makes the same mistakes over and over. So does the hero.It reminds me of the bad horror movies where the stupid girl follows a blood trail into the dark basement…….and we know how that ends.
Henrietta Survives, against all odds. But she never gets any smarter. Neither does the hero

I did finish it. it was pleasant and g rated….at least she was smart enough to keep her clothes on.
It wasn’t a book I will
read again, but it passed the time.




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Cute!

I love to listen to these MC Beaton Regency books in between my monthly audible book selection. They are a pleasant way to pass the time and very good for easy and light reading. 👍🏻 Please keep them in the plus catalog!

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Way more enters than I had expected!

I love M C Beaton’s books and only tried this because of her. Was expecting a typical bodice ripper (was free with Audible Plus or I never would have chosen it) but got this hysterical send up. It will never be great literature but it is a hoot and very entertaining.

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Thoroughly Ridiculous & Fun!

I do not think this was meant to be a serious writing endeavor. It will be best enjoyed if you listen with an ear for exaggeration and silliness. Do not even attempt to analyze believability or plot continuity or character development in this one. It's just a fun romp through all the stock Victorian romance clichés and caricatures.

As a free "INCLUDED" audio book It's well worth a listen!

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Got weird in chapter 7…

Got very strange in chapter 7, paranormal? I don’t listen to weird things like that so didn’t finish…

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A great mystery/comedy!

I enjoyed this one a lot. This should be a movie. Someone make this a movie!