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Loved this series, highly recommend it

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-07-20

This has been a great series. I've thoroughly enjoyed listening to them. A perfect combination of humour, reality and interesting background of a village doctor's surgery. I loved the fun rapport between Taffie & Dan, lots of LOL moments, Elsie is such a darling, Alice and Grace and then Holly holding the story altogether. Fab. I hope there is another story following the introduction of a new member of staff...!!

Absolutely dreadful narration!

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-06-20

I'm afraid I didn't get more than a minute in to this book. Dreadful. Truly Dreadful. My recommendation is to buy the paperback version and read it yourself! I apologise to the author as I was interested in the story from the description, but I should have thought to listen to the excerpt. I don't bother normally as in all my years of being with audible I have generally accepted all the books I have bought, even though some of the narrators have irritated me, but this was just intolerable. What a shame.

Very enjoyable

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-04-20

Firstly the description of the play by the Smyth- Smiths is worth the download of this book on its own!

Overall though it’s a different take on the usual story format. I don’t think there’s a Julia Quinn book I haven’t enjoyed, but I come back to the Bridgertons and Smyth-Smiths over and over

As a balance to the other review..!

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-03-20

So we all know that this is historical romance fiction don't we? So many of the authors take some historical liberties mostly I find with language and many of the societal ettiquettes, but then what the hey, James Bond isn't exactly factual either is it?!

This being the fourth in this series, it was nice to see so many of the previous characters back again and meet some newer expanded cast. Interesting to explore the worlds of returning soldiers from the American Revolution and also the conditions is Bedlam Hospital

Yes ok, there's some ethusiastic sex going on. Who knows whether this is realistic or not, I'm sure not everyone was totally repressed and innocent and tbh I've heard more and less explicit across the genre. If it's not your bag, fair enough, but it's in keeping with EJ's other novels that I've listened to, so you shouldn't be THAT surprised..! But if you prefer to less or no sex, then stick to Georgette Heyer!

Overall, I'm enjoying the series, it makes a change from some of the usual story lines that you see echoing across historical romance and it's nice to hear what happens to each in a family. I hope Aunt Know gets to meet someone by the end of the series as she deserves a bit of attention... it shouldn't all be for the young ones.. indeed after this book, I hope she's getting it away with the brewer, was it me or was that hinted at!!

Dreadful dreadful narrator. Story ok

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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-02-20

This is driving me mad. I don’t mind this author, the stories aren’t bad but Mary Sarah is APPALLING!!! Really!!! I’ve never heard so many mispronunciations!! I get it, their supposed to be posh, but that isn’t even how English posh people speak! She’s so obviously an American doing her best, but no. Just NO. Totally spoils my enjoyment and she’s reading so many stories on Audible!Ugh!

I’m now actively avoiding books read by her. Shame for the authors as I buy lots of books!

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Seriously dreadful narrator, book quite good

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4 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-10-19

I've now listened to a several books read by Mary Sarah, I'm sure she's lovely, but she's American, quite obviously and painfully. The weirdest of pronunciations, as mentioned by many reviewers, tries hard to spoil the story, but if you try hard, you can just about withstand it. I think the biggest problem is with the letter A, it's always a letter that causes issues, but seriously, if you are going to cut costs by getting an American narrator, PLEASE get one that researches the nuances of English enough to know that even "well to do" people NEVER pronounce FATHER with BOTHER! Then you have POLM for palm... etc etc uuuuuuughghghghgh!

All that aside, the story is good if the usually preposterous and unlikely that Historical Romance usually is, but nice character development, a little twist here and there. Worth trying to ignore the narration for.

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Story is ok, but the narration..!

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4 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-09-19

I get that there is a big market outside the UK for Regency Romance, but seriously, you need to have these stories read by someone who SPEAKS English/English and not American/English! There were some of the most distracting, inconsistent and weird pronunciations of words I have never heard uttered by anyone of any "class". Plus there are words that supersede accent eg "blancmange" has a silent "c", same issue with "blackguard" even Siri knows it isn't pronounced black-guard..etc etc!!! As another reviewer mentions words like "palm"... very distracting! I'm not necessarily being a "purist", but I'm sure an American market wont know the difference, but to an English audience, I guarantee you that they do!!!

That being said, when she wasn't mispronouncing words, it was fine!

So disappointed

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-08-19

I had high hopes for this book.... but I was disappointed! I thought it would reflect the wit and wisdom you get when you hear MO talking, but no. I'm not sure why they began the book from GGGrandparents or whatever, but there was nothing I could catch on to, unfamiliar names, unfamiliar events, nothing to do with MO except it is her blood line. Sure, if they wanted to hark back to her association with previous generations as the book goes on, then fine, but to start with that when you're wanting to hear about the First Lady is a dire mistake.

MO should have written and read her own book, it would be brisk, witty and wise.

After all that, the writing style is SOOO boring and the narration equals that. If I could be bothered I'd get a refund.

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Bravo to Tim Campbell!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-05-19

I've been on a bit of a Christi Caldwell splurge over the last few weeks, some of the stories have been a little obvious and have echoes from many other historical romance stories I've listened to, but this series is a little different with the less glossy side of history and yet still strong surviving women and I'm sure there were many.

I admit I don't always enjoy Tim Campbell's pronunciation but I suppose he's aiming for "RP" which always sounds odd I suppose to the modern ear, but what drew me to comment on this particular book was his singing! Who knows if he researched actual melodies, I don't care, it was rather charming and evocative of those times and added that je ne sais quoi to an already enjoyable book.

Ok. But weird narration

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-01-19

Overall I suppose this was as an enjoyable story as most other romantic fiction, however, the narration was just a little weird, perhaps forced - I suppose it's closest thing is RP, but who speaks like that nowadays and certainly at the time these books were set, I doubt they spoke like that either! Just a bit off putting. I've heard better narration