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The Dashing Widow

The Regency Romps Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Julia Eve
Series: Regency Romps Series, Book 1
Length: 3 hrs and 27 mins
4 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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Abigail Merriweather is learning the hard way that the Ton does not look kindly on newcomers to its ranks - especially when that newcomer is a dashing young widow whose wealth comes from the trades. Were it not for the gentle guidance of her best friend, Abby doubts she would have survived the Beau Monde's disapproval for even a week - and especially not the critical gaze of the Earl of Gloucester. The man is insufferable, arrogant, and everything that Abby hates about the Ton - except those rare moments when he laughs, and Abby's heart starts to beat in a most uncomfortable rhythm.
 

George, Earl of Gloucester, is horrified at the scrapes his sister's best friend keeps falling into. True not all of them are her fault, but that doesn't change the fact that her actions reflect poorly on his family. Since Mrs Merriweather doesn't have any intentions of leaving London before the Season's end, there's nothing for it but for George to step in and help her navigate the treacherous waters of the Ton. She's impulsive, tempestuous, headstrong, and willful; in short, everything that he claims to dislike in a woman...except after spending time with Abigail Merriweather, he's starting to wonder whether her faults are what make her so endearing.
 

Abby and George may be developing a strange sort of friendship, but they come from different worlds that are not entirely compatible. The real question is whether they can get past their own prejudices - and the interference of their friends and family - to find out whether an arrogant Earl and a dashing young widow can fall in love without creating a scandal.

©2016 Elizabeth Bramwell (P)2019 Elizabeth Bramwell

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Entertaining and funny:)

It's a novella rather than a novel, so there's no room for deep character development and some things happen maybe too soon and too out of the blue, but overall it's an entertaining listen.

The main couple, Abigail and George, follow the "hate to love" pattern so often found in romances, but it's nicely done and we do keep our fingers crossed for them. The other couple - the more surprising one, that is Richard and Charlotte, almost steal the show, however, their love story is a more complicated one and they face real obstacles on their way to the happily ever after. But following both couples' (mis)adventures makes for an entertainig afternoon...:)

Narration by Ms Eve is quite good but a little too slow (I sped it up a bit) and although I liked most voices she did, some of them sounded not quite right. But generally it's a good interpretation of the story.

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

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Earl Can't Resist Charismatic Widow

The Dashing Widow is a sweet Regency short story that is both endearing and entertaining. The story begins when wealthy widow Abigail Merriweather visits her pregnant friend in London. While there, the headstrong and free spirited Abigail can’t help but make a spectacle of herself, such as when she went for a ride in a hot air balloon. Out of fear that Abigails’ actions will reflect poorly on his family, the arrogant Earl of Gloucester decides to help her navigate her way through social events of the Ton. However, just like Mr. Darcy can’t help but fall for the charms (and fine brown eyes) of Elizabeth Bennet, the Earl can’t resist the charismatic beautiful widow.

I listened to the audio version of this short story narrated by Julia Eve, which runs about 3 1/2 hours long. Her narration was very enjoyable and she really bought the characters to life, using a variety of distinct voices. I can’t wait to listen to the next book in The Regency Romps Series!

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Just like Pride and Prejudice

The characters are amazing and the story is witty and fun. I couldn’t stop listening!

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A fun Regency Romp!

Are you a fan of Georgette Heyer? Her books are the gold standard of fun, topsy-turvy action in a regency romance novel. This book, as noted in a very lovely afterword by the author, is very similar to a Heyer novel, and was a fun listen that got me through some time I would otherwise have spent feeling ghastly (summer migraine got the better of me!) but by the time the novel was over, I was in a better mood, my head felt better, and I actually felt human again! The author notes that she wrote this book at the suggestion of her mother, who also enjoys books written by Georgette Heyer. This was a wonderful send-up/homage to that author, and if you enjoy any of her books, you will enjoy this one as well. The characters are lively and fun, The widow is dashing indeed, Beau Brummell has a cameo, and our main characters **MINOR spoiler ahead** help bring together a couple who otherwise would not have been able to marry due to a young debutante’s mother’s snobbish aspirations.

Overall, a fun tale of enemies-to-lovers with a happily ever after for all, including the aforementioned, very charming afterwards by the author Elizabeth Bramwell inviting criticism (!) and enlightening us on why she wrote the book was quite endearing (but then isn’t anything we do for our Moms?). Narrator Julia Eve did a wonderful job of lending this tale a Heyer-esque flair that was easy on the ears and lovely to listen to, Overall, A+ for story, writing style and narration!

I was given this free review copy audiobook and this is my honest opinion.

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The Dashing Widown

This is an ok regency romance but it is not the best I have read/listened too.

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Entertaining Romance

I received this book for free. I am voluntarily leaving this review and all opinions expressed herein are mine.

Here, wealthy widow Abigail Merriweather is visiting her friend, who is pregnant, in London. While in London, Abigail has made a bit of a spectacle of herself, much to the chagrin of her friend's brother, the Earl. The Earl wants her to behave with more decorum and Abigail is too free-spirited. So why does the Earl's sister believe their perfect for each other?

This quick regency romance is filled with entertaining conversations - with humorous double entendres - all the while with undercurrents of romance. As with regency stories, class structure is very important, which makes it important for a young lady [or her overbearing mother] to find a suitable match. Well-written and very entertaining.

The narrator did a very good job. She did voices for all of the characters amd her comic delivery was on point.

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Condemnation Turns To Praise

I have always enjoyed historical novels and this is a a sweet romance and enjoyable story.
Abagail is a widow staying with her best friend who is expecting. Abagail has a quick tongue and temperament that gets society angry at her. Her friends brother George is abby the book type of man and dresses Abigail regularly until her realizes his anger is hiding his interest in her.
Mistaken appearances, good friends, gossipy matriarchs make for a fun story.
The narrator does a nice job, but I sped up the audio as she was way too slow ..speeding it up would make a big difference.

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

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Charming

A delightful and charming story pairing up a stuffy earl and a hoydon widow. Their story was fun to hear and the development of their story is engaging. I received a complimentary audio and this review is voluntary.

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Short but that’s okay

I was given a code for the Audible edition in exchange for an honest review.

I don’t like novellas so I was disappointed to see that this was only 3+ hours long. As I listened, I was glad it was that short.

I understand this was the author’s first attempt at a Regency romance so I’ll cut her some slack. Still, I found this boring with some awkward dialogue and sentence structure. Abigail has the potential to be a totally awesome character but, nope; ran out of time. The best part for me was Richard and Charlotte.

The narration was okay. Charlotte was a bit too whiny for me and some of the men’s voices were odd.

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Very Enjoyable!

I really enjoyed this delightfully romantic story which is exceptionally well written. It has lots of funny situations and characters, some of whom you might just love to hate and others to simply love.
The main character, the Dashing Widow, Abigail Merriweather, is a law unto herself and manages to get up to all kinds of mischief while falling in love.
It is a quick but very gripping read made all the more interesting by the very enjoyable voice acting/narration performed by Julia Eve.
I requested and listened to the audiobook version and my voluntary review above is unbiased.

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  • DubaiReader
  • 08-03-19

Shocking the aristocracy.

I was a bit out of my comfort zone here, not being much of a romance lover, but after a slightly slow start, this turned into a fun read. Apparently Dashing, in Regency England, meant a bit forward and shocking - not that it seems it takes much for a woman to shock the aristocracy, while men can do whatever they want.
Abigail Merriweather has been widowed at a young age and is invited by her friend Emma, to join her and her husband in London for 'the season'. Certain members of the 'Ton' (I had to google that term, it means the London aristocracy of the time), took a dislike to Abbie for her exploits. She is baffled as to how she has offended anyone, but she is from Yorkshire and unfamiliar with the ways of London.
She is a fabulous character and a great starting point for all manner of intrigue.

I liked that although this was a romance, it didn't involve anything more than kissing.
The narrator did a good job, though for some reason I felt she sounded older than the characters she was reading, which threw me a bit.
These characters were the same age as my kids, I was just imagining them behaving as Regency aristocracy.

There is an interesting Afterword to the book, where the author explains how she came to write the Regency Romps Series - she wrote them for her mother, a lover of Georgette Heyer. Her mother had read every GH book multiple times, so Ms Bramwell wrote a Heyeresque novel for her mother for a gift. I thought that was so cool.

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  • Inishowen Cailin
  • 07-23-19

A lively and entertaining regency romance.

I enjoyed listening to this book. Abigail and George are a cute couple. Their bickering at the beginning is fun to watch as it is obvious that they are attracted to each other. I couldn't wait to see them get together. They had many sweet moments and one of my favourites was the dancing lesson.
The style of this book reminded of stories written by Georgette Heyer. They make you laugh and leave you with a warm feeling at the end.
This was a great start to the series and I look forward to more.

I voluntarily reviewed an advance reading audio copy.

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  • Helen
  • 06-26-19

Lovely story

Enjoyed this audio book very much well written and the narrater was great too hopefully more books to come