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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (428 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: M. C. Beaton Narrator: Charlotte Anne Dore Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Six Sisters Series Release Date:
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Minerva marks the delightful debut of the Six Sisters series, a family saga in six volumes that recounts the romantic adventures of the six marriageable daughters of a country vicar, the Reverend Charles Armitage, in Regency England.

The eldest, Minerva, is enchantingly beautiful—but a prude. She lives in the country looking after her siblings while her mother reclines on a chaise longue happily inventing new maladies. Her father, a vicar of decidedly secular inclinations, indulges a hearty passion for hunting instead of worrying about the girls’ dowries. But when he wants to send his boys to Eton, the money must be found—and how better than by marrying Minerva off to a man of fortune?

Dispatched to town, Minerva experiences her first season under the wing of an elderly relative. But age, it seems, is no guarantee of respectability, and Lady Godolphin’s plan for a good time scandalizes her young charge. Minerva’s moralizing ways make her the subject of a shocking wager among the rakes and dandies of Regency London.

Meanwhile, the handsome Lord Sylvester Comfrey is observing her progress in the marriage market. For such a virtuous girl, Minerva unaccountably finds herself in some extremely compromising situations with this gentleman who, alas, professes not to be the marrying kind.

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  • “Despite the dandies’ dreadful pranks, clumsy-to-sinister attempts on Minerva’s virtue, and a duel in the wind, it all ends beautifully—complete with a subplot about Minerva’s sister Annabelle, who’ll have the next book in Chesney’s projected series. And, indeed, readers who long for the brightest and best of today’s Regencies will give thanks that the Reverend Armitage has five more daughters.”

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by BonnieBew | 2/17/2014

    " This was the first Regency romance I ever read. I was @ 13, so it did a lot to set the baseline for what I look for in the genre. While my tastes have matured somewhat, I still find The Six Sisters and Marion Chesney's other series entertaining. It's a sentimental favorite! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jay | 2/15/2014

    " The first of the "Seven Sisters" series, Minerva was my introduction to author Marian Chesney. This author writes slim Regency-period romances, not as polished or in-depth as Jane Austen or Georgette Heyer, but they are fun. Most are also mysteries. I love these for the information you WON'T find in other Regency novels, the disgusting habits of the Ton that are left out of novels by Austen or Heyer. Fascinating, easy reading, often lots of fun. All Chesney's books are not as well written as Minerva, but it's a great one to start with. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lauren | 2/9/2014

    " Lady Godolphin is hilarious! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jill | 2/1/2014

    " 4 stars for a light read, engaging, Jane Austen-esque. Easy and enjoyable. "

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