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Miss Darby's Duenna

Narrated by: Joel L. Froomkin
Length: 5 hrs and 27 mins
Categories: Romance, Regency
4.5 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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A lady in distress...a gentleman in a dress?

Amiable but clueless young baronet Sir Harry Hawthorne thought he was making a marriage of convenience to a childhood friend...until his fiancée catches the eye of the dashing and dangerous Lord Mannerly. 

Suddenly, Sir Harry’s jealousy is roused to the point that he assumes the identity of his reclusive grandmother in order to keep the all-too-grown-up Miss Olivia Darby under his watchful eye. But the course of true love never did run smooth, and among the obstacles Sir Harry must face are a love-struck younger sister, an elderly widower with an amorous interest in the faux “Lady Hawthorne”, and a rival more ruthless than the hapless Sir Harry ever imagined.

©1999 Sheri Cobb South (P)2019 Sheri Cobb South

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This was such a fun listen!

I got such a kick out of listening to this book!! It was the very definition of madcap. I felt like Baronet Harry Hawthorne, the main character, was channeling his inner Lucy Ricardo with all of the schemes he had going. It was really quite entertaining up to an including that wonderful ending.

Froomkin's narration was flawless. There were so many voices and his attention to detail is what makes this listen next level. Loved it!

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Miss Darby's Duenna

This book is just as funny as the authors other stories. I loved Harry, he had me laughing at the things he would do or say.
I did at times feel like slapping Miss Darby for the things she did. She says she loves him yet I felt she did not really understand him. But then again neither did Harry understand his intended, so of course there was loads of misunderstanding.
I would highly recommend this to those who love clean historical romance with humour.

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Fun, witty, entertaining...:)

Ms Sheri Cobb South never disappoints:) Her books are entertaining, witty, well-paced and generally fun to read or listen to - even if you have to suspend your belief to a point, like in this case:)

I didn't think I'd like Sir Harry so much at the beginning; he takes Olive for granted, without paying her a second thought... But then, as the story develops and he gets himself into more and more trouble with her and everyone around, he turns out to be amiable, funny and, well, loyal. And really in love with his betrothed:) Olive is also a character you get to like very quickly, and she has a surprise or two up her sleeve when it comes to her character and decision-making... The secondary characters of Harry's sister and the evil Lord Mannerly are equally well-written, colourful and ambiguous to a point, which makes them feel real.
The pace of the story is fast, things happen quickly, take a few unexpected turns, and all this is accopanied by slighly satirical sense of humour which adds lightness to the book.

Narration by Mr Froomkin is very good, especially considering how many female voices of women of every age he had to do. It's a job really well done:) Also, the pace of his reading is quite all right, and the interpretation of individual characters great.

DISCLAIMER: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Delightfully Humorous

Ms Sheri Cobb South does not disappoint in this humorous tale of a Lord (Hawthorne) who doesn't know what he's got until it's almost lost. Lord Harry Hawthorne and Lady Olivia Darby have been pledged to one another since childhood. She has always been quite open about her adoration for Harry. While Harry, who has adored his Livie, has also seen no reason to publicly show his true feelings. That is until his nemesis, the Marquis of Mannerly, begins to openly pay his Livie attention.

The chuckles begin in full force as Harry devises a plan to watch over his Livie and keep her naiveté from falling for Mannerly's scheming ways by disguising himself as his grandmother.

Joel Froomkin delivers a wonderful performance. I must admit, he is one of my favorite male narrators and I love when he teams with Cobb South. I know I'm guaranteed a fabulous listening experience.

I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author. My review is honest in content and freely offered.

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4.5 Stars. A Fun Historical Farce Playing Games

This story is fun and full of unacknowledged love and desire from the young and inexperienced and the older sets pride.

Henry always knew he was going to marry Olivia but the city and all its possibilities were too tempting He takes Olivias acceptance of his proposal for granted and until he sees her as the beauty and desired woman does recognize his love
The game of impersonating his grandmother... Olivias pursuit by another man and Henry’s misdirected love os full of fun and sweetness
Love these historical romance with dialogue quotes and personalities
The narrator was great!

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  • 01-17-20

Very good fun with a hapless hero.

Miss Darby's Duenna is a fun and rather frivolous Regency-style romance in which the hapless hero goes to extreme lengths to protect the woman he loves from a callous rakehell who is bent on vengeance.

I wasn't quite sure what to expect from this book but I thought it sounded like great fun, and that's exactly what it turned out to be. Containing far more levity than is usual of the genre, Miss Darby's Duenna follows the slightly Bertie Wooster-esque Sir Harry Hawthorne, as he escorts his sister and his betrothed through their first London season.

The Regency etiquette and the language used is much more accurate in this audiobook than my previous listen by Cobb South, which was a pleasant surprise given the outlandish premise. Consequently, it felt more at home in the era, with far fewer errors despite the obvious liberties being taken with propriety.

This was my first audiobook narrated by Joel L. Froomkin, but it will not be the last. Not only did he have a pleasant voice but he captured the fun in this audiobook without it ever feeling like it spilled over into ridiculousness. He was very good at portraying the voices of both the haughty patronesses and the society dandies, and though he gives our hero the voice of a 'hooray Henry' type, that suited Harry rather well.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Regency romance or historical romance and wants a really fun and lightweight listen. It was the perfect company on a rainy afternoon.

*I received this audiobook free of charge in the hope of an honest, unbiased review.