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Summary

When Evie Nicholson is asked to visit Kettlesheer Castle in Scotland to archive the family heirlooms, she jumps at the chance. Evie's passion for antiques means that, for her, the castle is a treasure trove of mysteries just waiting to be uncovered.

But in each heirloom lies a story, and in the course of her investigations Evie stumbles upon some long-buried family secrets. Add handsome, gloomy heir Robert McAndrew and a traditional candlelit gala to the mix, and Evie's heart is sent reeling with an enthusiasm that may just extend beyond the Kettlesheer silver....

©2011 Hester Browne (P)2014 WF Howes Ltd

Critic reviews

"Hester Browne writes with such wit and polish. I love it!" (Sophie Kinsella)

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A very light romance

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I don't think I would have continued to the end if I had been reading, but ok for car journey listening although at one point I just wanted to get to the end.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

More depth, more passion, more drama - most of the time I just wanted to tell her to stop being so annoyingly pathetic.

What aspect of Cathleen McCarron’s performance might you have changed?

Some of the voices were better than others.

Could you see The Vintage Girl being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

No

Any additional comments?

Main character little too much "Woe is me" - I'm too tall, too gangly, too uncoordinated, too romantic - just too much angst for me.

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A bit of fun

A fun, well written story with a relatable protagonist. McCarron’s accent slips a few times but not enough to be terribly confusing. Ending is a little abrupt, could have benefited from an epilogue.

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predictable but fun

I began by thinking that I had made a terrible mistake. I wanted something light for a change but thought that it was too light. Then I really got into it and ended up carrying my tablet everywhere with me. it is light but enjoyable, I like thrillers but sometimes evil and bodies need a rest.

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Great heart lifting listen

Loved this book. Romantic, fun, great characters, well narrated. Great listen! Actually disappointed it's finished! Would be a good beach book.

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okay not brilliant

enjoyed but took a while to like / get use to narrattors voice. At 1st wasn't keen on some of the voices but once I got use to them the story took over

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Escapism with a hint of possible

What did you like most about The Vintage Girl?

I love vintage and it was possible as well as a happy ending. All in all an easy listen without anything bad happening!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Evie as she had the adventure and carried you along with her

What about Cathleen McCarron’s performance did you like?

No accent so I liked the way it came over.

Any additional comments?

Loved the details of the reels! Brought it to life!

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Easy listening

Enjoyable easy listen
Light weight but still a nice fun story
The narrator didnt irritate the heck out of me either so thats good!!

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  • Kaggy
  • United Kingdom
  • 26-01-15

A little ray of sunshine

The story is slight and the heroine is as daffy as the day as long, but there is something likeable about this unassuming little comedy romance. I think it is partly because it lacks the venom and spite that crops up in many other chick lit books. It has a great assembly of amusing characters including Evie's big sister who is a delight with her flamboyant clothing and eccentric choice in eyewear accessories, and the description of the Scottish ball is very atmospheric.
For me the top marks go to the narration. Cathleen McCarron reads this with infectious enthusiasm and really carries the story along. Don't read this if you want to be mentally challenged, but do if you really want to brighten up your day.

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Average chick lit

I wouldn't choose to read another by the same author based on this book. It wasn't bad but predictable and narrated in a rather breathy style that I found slightly annoying.

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A wonderful romance.

A great story of sisters, antiques, gorgeous men, dancing and day-dreams. Humour, romance and a dash of mysterious past. Just perfect for curling up with on a winter's evening (or whilst recovering from flu, like me). Enjoy