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In Regency England, Mrs. Thorne's School for Young Ladies is about to close due to the death of young Clarissa's mother a year ago. This leaves 18-year-old Clarissa Thorne and her three schoolmistress friends no option but to return to the bosoms of their families as despised 'poor relations' - at everyone's beck and call for all their lives.

But Clarissa has just inherited Ashcroft, a large, crumbling estate, and she offers her companions an escape - to run away with her to a life of independence and adventure. They must put the estate to rights with little money and less experience. Can sensible Miss Micklethwaite, aging romantic Miss Appleby, and the beautiful Miss Oriana Petersham escape their fate? To keep the vivacious, impulsive Clarissa in check, they must at least try.

However, their relatives may have other plans.

Meeting the Earl of Grandiston and his companion (a devotee of the divine Oriana) on the road sets hilarious events in motion. Perhaps to adventure the ladies must add romance.

©2016 Geraldine Cameron (P)2016 Geraldine Cameron

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Fun, no sex, historical romance.

A Georgette Heyer style romance. Charming, light and amusing with out the sex. No melodrama.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Channeling Jane and Georgette

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. Delightful, clean, witty romance in the style of Georgette Heyer and Jane Austen.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Clarissa and the Poor Relations?

Cornelia receiving her just rewards.

Which character – as performed by Heath Miller – was your favorite?

He did very well on both Grandiston and Elfoy

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The story made me smile. Finished in a single Saturday.

Any additional comments?

More like this from Alicia Cameron, please.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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An Enjoyable Surprise

I am not familiar with this arthor but I throughly enjoyed the story. I recomend it to those who like regency romances. It is light and funny and very entertaining.

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  • Susynne
  • hartland, VT, United States
  • 02-10-17

Hard to follow

I found this very hard to follow, I ended up alternating between reading what I had just listened to and back and forth to clarify. I'm not sure it was worth it.... Yet I can't really point to any specific issue that is bad. All in all okay with the potential to have been really good as the story itself was interesting, just told too fast perhaps. (Not fast like talking fast, tho a little of that too at times)

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hard to follow

the narrator did a good job. However, the story line was hard to follow. I had to keep rewinding to remember who the characters were.

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Brilliant!

I'd never heard of this author but this was such a great departure from the usual girl under male control story. Horrible brother & godawful sister in law, but Clarissa & her friends bring them to rout. With the help of a fab supporting cast of friends. Funny & great read by narrator. Please could I have a Sullivan as butler on my next estate(Dream on)!

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Fun story

This was such fun. I enjoyed it very much. It was like reading a Georgette Heyer.
Well narrated too for a man reading feminine parts.

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Lovely romance

Great storyline, very good character development for all in the story and so engaging. Did not want to put down the book. Loved it.

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  • bebe
  • South Carolina
  • 12-27-17

Well done romance

Enjoyable. Puts me in mind of Georgette Heyer novels, but not as good in my opinion. The characters are likeable and the plot is good. There is just a little too much gong on at one time. And it all was rather rushed. There is a wonderfully unlikeable villain that I wanted to get her just deserts. This book just did not quite hit the mark for me, but it was still a good listen.

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adorable book

loved it ...very funny and charming, a cute love story, very clean .definitely recommend , I laughed and grinned the whole story

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  • GemStaff
  • 05-30-16

A true gem!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Warm characters and irresistible humour.

What did you like best about this story?

The unexpected elements that turned this Regency romp into something more.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The scenes where the girls' older companion flirts the old fashioned way.

Any additional comments?

Loved, loved, loved this audiobook! I had already bought the Kindle version of this book and enjoyed it so much I decided to buy the audiobook book too. And I am so glad I did. The book is an absolute charm - well written, witty and full of loveable characters, and anyone who loves Georgette Heyer really needs to snap this up. Of course, part of the success is due to the choice of narrator - Heath Miller. I hadn't heard of him before, but his reading of this Regency romp was spot on and I'll certainly look out for him in the future. All in all, the best audiobook I've ever listened to.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful