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Summary

Can the posh student win the uptight professor?

Helen Swift is almost 50 and tired of her day job as a professor at Oxford University. She prefers to write cozy mysteries under a well-hidden pen name in her Cotswolds cottage. She's also far too busy to even consider romance.

Posh girl, Victoria "Rory" Carlisle, is over the moon when she snags Helen as her DPhil supervisor, and not only because of Professor Swift's academic prowess. Rory takes an instant shine to Helen, who is far from charmed by her advances.

Can Rory make a dent in the wall that Helen has built around herself? And does Helen even have the time for such an inappropriate dalliance?

©2019 Harper Bliss (P)2020 Tantor

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love this so much

Gorgeous narrator, lovely posh mcs, not too much angst which was very pleasant, just a jolly sexy love story in the English countryside. I don't usually like stories about massively privileged characters but these two were very likeable indeed.

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more authors?

I've thoroughly enjoyed this series, and although it must be a complicated arrangement linking the plots with different authors, I really hope the village has more to come. I'm already a fan of Harpers, but throughout the 3, Gabrielle Baker has performed wonderfully, I especially liked her characterization of Ellie and Rory, very seductive.

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  • Weazelz
  • 02-05-20

Narration was not for me.

I did not finish this book.

I'm a fan of Harper Bliss. The premise of this book is great. A romance with a bit of an age gap, something that I think is a bit of Harper's forte. And while I only got an hour and half into it, the book itself was promising.

But the narration just killed it for me.

English is not my native language, and I'm no linguist.
But I would describe Gabrielle's voice as, medium-thick British, with a bit of a lisp.
My main complaint is the voices she makes for the main characters. Possibly to make them sound more upper-classy, or "posh" (this word sounds silly to me), but they really just come of as exaggerated to me. And when she does them, her lisp just gets so much more worse. Pronunciation is of and every s turns into two or three.
It's a shame, because when she voices some of the side characters, her voice is really clear & pleasant.
I don't think she's a bad narrator, but she simply didn't pull of the voices she did for the main characters.


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  • Sab
  • 21-04-20

The best of the trilogy

This one was the best of the trilogy, and it can stand by itself. The story flows well, there is humor used by the characters, and the narration was excellent

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  • Kobu Zero
  • 25-01-21

A fitting end

I normally love Harper's books and loved this one too. Everything was paced fairly well and it was fun to see how everything played out in the end.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 16-01-21

Wonderful Audiobook

Loved this age gap between Victoria and Helen, it was quite a gap. Despite the gap the persistent shown by Victoria was very commendable. The meddling also displayed by Helens friends was to say the least was a bit outlandish if not comical. The storyline was well written as usual by Harper Bliss and as usual thoroughly enjoyable to read and downright entertaining. Parts making you want to cry for both women or want too shake some sense into them. But whatever you were feeling it was because the writer had pulled you into the story completely. Great story.

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  • Carolyn G. Manuel
  • 10-07-20

The Professor and The Student

Helen is a Professor of Literature at Oxford and a supervisor of Doctoral students. She’s also a secret cozy mystery writer. Rory is looking for a supervisor for her research into lesbians in modern literature. From their first meeting there is an attraction. Great performance and story. Fun characters and lots of sexual tension. Recommend.