• The Intrigue

  • The Daughters of Mannerling Series, Book 2
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Charlotte Anne Dore
  • Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (320 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Mannerling, the splendid family estate gambled away by Sir Beverley, remains the passionate desire of his daughters. Beverley himself has died and the eldest daughter, Isabella - having failed in her bid to reclaim their home - is blissfully wed. The mantle of savior then falls to the next eldest daughter, Jessica. How fortunate that the new owner of Mannerling has a marriageable son. In truth, Harry is a brutal lecher, a drunkard, and a wastrel, but Jessica, blinded by determination, vows to secure a betrothal. She is barely aware of the attentions of handsome, charming Professor Robert Sommerville, whose affection for Jessica is equaled only by the fear that her obsession to secure Mannerling will lead to disaster for all concerned. As scandal and intrigue swirl around her, Jessica must discover where the heart finds true happiness.

©2013 AudioGO; 2013 M.C. Beaton

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The same story retold

I am on a bit of an MC Beaton kick lately. I love her books. This is Book #2 in a series. I really enjoyed the first book, The Banishment, but was disappointed to find no new storyline in the second book. The MC basically goes through the SAME conflict with minor differences.
This series apparently follows 6 beautiful sisters as they navigate the marriage mart. I’m assuming the third book tells the story of the third oldest etc…. After losing their childhood home/mansion, the entire family is obsessed with getting it back at all costs. Not only did the sisters not seem to learn from the oldest sister in the first book, but they are all prone to make the SAME mistakes.
This book was so predictable, I thought about quitting 4 chapters in. However, I decided to stick it out so I could write a fair review. The story, unfortunately did not get better. I found myself irritated with the MC and her incredibly shallow and naïve ways.
There is a new character introduced, however, that seems to have an interesting past that is hinted at and will most likely be part of the next few books. The governess.
Not sure if I will try the next book or not 🤷🏻‍♀️

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Good story, narration needs polish

The second in a series, this book tells a story that is almost as good as the first one. The narrator has an interesting, rather gravelly voice. She does a good job making characters distinct and easy to follow. There are, however a number of mispronunciations through out the book. Even allowing for differences in UK vs US pronunciation, there are many errors and I find it sadly annoying and it detracts from an otherwise good performance.

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over worked storyline

This was two chapters longer than it should have been. Burn the house already

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Love Marion Chesney, but not this narrator

Love M.C. Beaton. What an astoundingly gifted entertaining novelist. But this narration is clumsy and tasteless.

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not as good as the first one

the plot was mostly about Jessica being foolish and whiny. Robert wasn't that compelling of a character either. miss trumble was the best character.

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Similar story to Book 1

Although the narrator is mediocre at best, I enjoyed Isabella’s story in the first book. Book 2 continues in exact same format with the Jessica, the second eldest daughter. I expect this will be the trend- same story with a different daughter, so I am done with this series.

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It’s too bad…

…It’s too sad…about Charlotte Anne Dore’s inability to read sentences or pronounce words correctly. Or maybe she just hasn’t gotten it yet that she should either listen to herself and compare her narration to others’ better than hers, such as Davina Porter’s or even Lindy Nettleton’s. And she’d definitely benefit from a first-year French course in pronunciation (or did she not pay attention the first time around?). “Dame” Marion Chesney Beaton (“Dame” is in quotes only because the Queen failed to name her so, surely by oversight) didn’t get to choose her narrators; she would never freely have chosen Dore (or was she extorted?). I love Beaton/Chesney enough to go on listening to her books regardless of the narrator. But, Audible…help?

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This was like the book “Banishment” that preceded it

Although I admire Marion Chesney (MC Beaton) as a writer, these two books are full of materialistic characters.
I didn’t like the first but gave this second one a chance hoping it would be better. Sadly, I was disappointed.
Back to Hamish Macbeth for me. A series I thoroughly enjoyed.

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Good story

M. C. Beaton has turned out another wonderful book. Manderly has bewitched its occupants. They enter into a bit of madness. Will the daughters survive?

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