• The Lady's Guide to Celestial Mechanics

  • Feminine Pursuits
  • By: Olivia Waite
  • Narrated by: Morag Sims
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (288 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

As Lucy Muchelney watches her ex-lover’s sham of a wedding, she wishes herself anywhere else. It isn’t until she finds a letter from the countess of Moth, looking for someone to translate a groundbreaking French astronomy text, that she knows where to go. Showing up at the countess’ London home, she hoped to find a challenge, not a woman who takes her breath away.

Catherine St Day looks forward to a quiet widowhood once her late husband’s scientific legacy is fulfilled. She expected to hand off the translation and wash her hands of the project - instead, she is intrigued by the young woman who turns up at her door, begging to be allowed to do the work, and she agrees to let Lucy stay. But as Catherine finds herself longing for Lucy, everything she believes about herself and her life is tested.

While Lucy spends her days interpreting the complicated French text, she spends her nights falling in love with the alluring Catherine. But sabotage and old wounds threaten to sever the threads that bind them. Can Lucy and Catherine find the strength to stay together, or are they doomed to be star-crossed lovers? 

©2019 Olivia Waite (P)2020 HarperAudio

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Great F/F Romance

This book is lovely. The characters are interesting. The science is cool. Embroidery galore! It really is a treasure and I highly suggest it.

The narrator is absolutely fantastic. Morag differentiated the two main characters well and the other characters were well done. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this person speak!

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Excellent

As far as historical romances go, this is now in my top 5. Do you like good romance writing, a satisfying plot, women's achievements being celebrated and a juicy slow burn romance? Then what are you waiting for - use that credit! Fyi I found to my relief that one doesn't need to know much about or love astronomy to love this book. One may even learn something.
The narration only enhances an already extraordinary lesbian romance novel. Highly recommended.

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An accidental book

I came to this book accidentally and I loved it. Loved the story line and the characters.
Narration was very good

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Absolutely Beautiful

I usually dislike audiobooks, but I absolutely loved the performance of this one! The book itself was also beautifully written! An excellently witty novel about smart women in love.

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Sobbing Happily

If you like period romance this is, imho, and absolute must. A delightful acceptance of the world as it is (and was), in such a way as to make room for individual love and happiness. Never have I had the pleasure of a story so thoughtfully and together at every stage.

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A must read LGBTQ romance

I'm not going to lie, I was skeptical. But I absolutely LOVED THIS BOOK!

It had a good story. But the romance was just *chef's kiss*. What I especially enjoyed was that it didn't take the entire book for the characters to just touch each other. There's a slow burn romance, then there's plain teasing. This is the opposite. It was the girl on girl, saucy, novel I've been wanting.

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Give this book a try.

Good Audiobook.
Give it a try, I did and enjoyed how easy it was to listen to the story. I liked the book.
There should be a Book 2 to continue with the story.

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Nice Book

I loved the story and I did like the narrator even though some of her word pronunciations were weird and also when she was doing the french person's accent, it was too much, especially since the accent was described as being light. She layer it on way too thick and at times I didn't understand what she was saying.

overall though, the book was really nice and I'll be listening to any and all sequels

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id watch this!

i really like this one! strong women , strong story line! i liked that the drama was on the low and the character builds were strong... also the reader was really fun to listen to!

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Excellent.

I loved The Ladies Guide. I loved the story. Imagine back when women had to publish under their husbands or fathers name. It makes your blood boil. I wish I had read or listened to this sooner. I admit I let the title throw me. Morag Sims does an excellent job with the narration.

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  • 05-19-22

Not my cuppa

I tried a new to me genre and a new author. I did only listen to 50%. It is a long list of accomplished women being discriminated, ignored and carelessly insulted. It got boring.
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  • 12-09-20

It was ok

I like the romance. Its interesting to have a astrology and artsy couple.
Some quotes are give lovely images eg we will always be in each others orbit even if we are apart.

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  • 02-04-22

Brilliant

Fantastic story line and beautifully read by Morag Sims. Definitely money well spent. Highly recommend!

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  • 09-07-20

The voices are funny, but entertaining

The story I'd give 5 stars: poetic, lovely, and hopeful!
The audio narrating work : it sounds like trolling at times. She makes a 35-40 year old women sounds like a 70 year old with some terminal illness. But it is entertaining that way too, although it can be distracting at times. I had to stop myself several times with a grin across my face thinking "Oh my god the French accent does not sound like that !", " Does the character have a lisp or something?" But I thoroughly enjoyed the humor of it. Definitively much better than monotonous singular voice and kept me thoroughly entertained.