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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: November 2012 ISBN: 9781482983487
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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 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 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 Lauren | 2/9/2014

    " Lady Godolphin is hilarious! "

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

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 LuvGirl | 1/30/2014

    " Excellent read! Marion Chesney has a way with words! I love her writing style! This book was funny and engaging. I only wished for more interactions between Minerva and Lord Sylvester, but even the secondary characters were interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Audrey | 1/23/2014

    " Thoroughly enjoyed this gentle regency romp. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 1/16/2014

    " This is the series that got me hooked on Regency Romances... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam Boarder | 12/23/2013

    " Charming little book, first in the series. Looking forward to the next one! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathryn | 11/21/2013

    " Fun, light regency romance. I really enjoy Marion Chesney's books. PG-13 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bunnyk | 11/19/2013

    " Book 1 of the Six Sisters. Ahhh :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elena | 10/26/2013

    " Great series. Funny, cozy romantic comedies. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mary Ellen | 10/2/2013

    " Awful! I really like the rest of M. C. Beaton's book, so tried this new series. Do NOT waste your time. I am very glad I got it as a free audio download. Skipped to the end. The rich London Lord got the poor girl from the country. There was even a duel. Just way too much! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Claire | 8/12/2013

    " I didn't enjoy this book I found the characters in this book very one dimensional with no real depth to their personality, the plot was mostly a series of increasingly unlike events making it really difficult to get involved in the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nell | 8/12/2013

    " MC Beaton's quirky writing style works really well with this regency romantic comedy. A lovely sparky chick lit with tongue firmly in cheek! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Algy | 7/26/2013

    " A nice halfway house between Georgette Heyer and authors like Julia Quinn. Only major quibble was that the resolution seemed a little rushed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pinky | 5/19/2013

    " Fun regency romance. Minerva of exacting moral standards must marry in order to save her family - she's got a gaggle of siblings that she's responsible for. Her father just can't get his act together and her mother is a total hypochondriac. Enter the handsome rake. I'll keep reading this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole | 5/12/2013

    " This book reminded me of Jane Austen but a little different. A little more naughty and a little less wordy, not better, but both good and different and the same all at the same time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanne | 5/4/2013

    " A nice story but didn't really keep me attentive, you kinda know where it's going to go and there are no strong characters that you grow to love. Certainly not one of the better series of beatons. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Water | 2/11/2013

    " Watch the prim, prudish, prosy Minerva catch the heart of London's biggest rake, Lord Sylvester! A delightful read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shana Wolfe | 12/30/2012

    " Enjoyed this book. Completely got lost in the characters. Now onto the next!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicola Townend | 12/13/2012

    " This has been republished under M.C Beaton. A typical regency romance a la Heyer and more recently Joanna Quinn. An easy, light-hearted romp. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anduine | 11/28/2012

    " as long as you do not expect jane austin, and are just looking for some fun-easy flowing-light-summer reading, you will enjoy this book. at least i did. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kris Isom | 11/20/2012

    " Good and a fast light read. Very reminicent of Jane Austin. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 11/17/2012

    " Terribly old-fashioned but just what I was in the mood for. "

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About the Author

M. C. Beaton has won international acclaim for her bestselling Hamish Macbeth mysteries and the Agatha Raisin mystery series. She is also the author of more than one hundred romance titles and a series of romantic suspense novels, the Edwardian Mystery series. Born in Scotland, she now divides her time between Paris and the English Cotswolds.

About the Narrator

Charlotte Anne Dore works in theater and film around New England. She played Elizabeth Hopkins in The American Experience, was a gorilla puppeteer in Zookeeper, and runs the award-winning Rosalita’s Puppets. As a storyteller, she has worked for Ghost and Gravestones ghost tour and Read Boston, a summer reading program.