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Leaving behind the rural charms of Finnshire, Miss Penelope Fairweather arrives in London with hope in her heart and a dream in her eye. The dowager, no less, has invited her for a season in London, where she will attempt to catch a husband.

Thus begins our heroine’s tale as she attempts to tackle the London season with all her rustic finesse. Unfortunately her rustic finesse turns out to be as delicate as a fat bear trying to rip apart a honeycomb infested with buzzing bees.

What follows is a series of misadventures, love affairs, moonlit balls, fancy clothes, fake moustaches, highwaymen, sneering beauties, pickpockets, and the wrath of a devilishly handsome duke.

©2015 Anya Wylde (P)2020 Anya Wylde

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really loved this

I've read thousands of romance book and this one i adored , I giggled lots of times and even my husband laughed at times when in the same room . I'm only gutted that there are not any more books by this lady .

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Totally unbelievable, but enjoyable.

A Country Bumpkin turns up in the TON with a goat. Yet despite all the lessons about etiquette no one points out that goats don't fit in. She makes one farcical mistake after another, but still manages to remain respectable. Her coach into respectable society is a so called Homosexual, posing as a woman manture maker. Only a few know his secret, what he is gets more ridiculous. Lets not get into the stupid house rules, the so called Hero, who is a bully, with a consciousness. The good hearted Highway Man, evil Stepmother and so on. As I said enjoyable, but totally unbelievable, could be set in any era, even a parallel universe. just not plausible in the time set.

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  • MHTex
  • 12-11-20

Madcap is THE key word here.

Take a break from COVID, politics, and the snarkiness wars on social media making the ills of the world just that much worse....and give this audio a chance. Just as everyone has already said it is madcap, slapstick and laugh-out-loud hilarious. Penelope, taken under the wing of the Lady who gave her mother a promise to look after her. She's not only a poor girl from the country with no social skills whatsoever, she has also been told by her evil step-mother to not even think about coming back home under any circumstance whatsoever. Whew! No pressure. However, mishaps just refuse to let her have a break. She has a huge heart though, and even though you are going to get to the point where you might want to slap her upside the head, or give her a big shake, she tries so hard to help the people she's living with. Those all go wrong too. The Hero is a piece of work with a stick up his backside, and so many of her mishaps might have been little nothings if he had given her a slight bit of kindness himself. Him, I really wanted to slap. It goes right to the very end with constant misunderstandings, but Penelope keeps trying. And his redemption is the s-l-o-w-e-s-t melt I've ever read. Even with the slow melt, it moves quickly like a Phaeton race. Everyone at the Dukes house comes to really care about her, from scullery maid to the Dowager. Sometimes it's a little 'Lucy and Ethel,' and sometimes it's the 'Perils of Pauline.' But as critical as I can get about my reading, this left me with a BIG smile on my face. I won this audio in a giveaway, which I entered having read and loved the book. These are my own opinions.

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  • photogeek
  • 12-08-20

Wonderful Laugh Out Loud Story

Penelope's story involves a little tiny bit of My Fair Lady, some slapstick comedy, a duke, and toss in a goat into that mix as well.While the story is silly, there is definitely a plot involved. The heroine does grow as a character as the book progresses, but she never loses the charm that makes her who she is. I read Penelope a few years ago and absolutely loved the book. Listening to the book now, and I still absolutely love the book. It is laugh out loud funny, very silly, and just the sort of thing for you when you need something light to read to make your day a little better. The narrator is also excellent. She brought the characters alive just like I imagined that they would sound and does an absolutely terrific job. I enjoyed listening to her. I hope the rest of the series is also going to be on Audible and narrated by Deryn Oliver. *I received a free copy of the audiobook

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  • Rosemary Hughes
  • 01-08-20

It was like revisiting old friends

I had read this book, and when I had the chance to listen to the audiobook of the tale, I jumped at the opportunity. Some stories are like revisiting old friends, you enjoy the first acquaintance, but love to go back, to rekindle the friendship. This is one of those tales. I won't bore you with a synapses of the story, you can read that from the blurb. What I will say is that if you like Regency Romance, and enemies to lover tales, well this is the book for you! Yes, the audiobook was just like the version in my head, when I read the book, but much more colorful, due to the adaptation of voice characteristics for each person. Yes, I really enjoyed this visit with these old friends.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-06-20

Great Story and Delightful Performance

I purchased and read Penelope years ago and absolutely loved it. It was fun and hilarious and also had a lot of heart. This is one of the books I go to when I need a good laugh and want something upbeat. So when I learned that there was an audiobook available, I jumped on it. I'm so glad I did! I was able to engage in the book in a whole new way and it was just as great as ever. The narrator did a good job of capturing the setting and whimsy of the book. I loved hearing the characters interact and the narrator even sang the song that's in the book. Don't hesitate to read the book and if you can, take a listen as well. *I received a free copy of the audiobook.

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  • Sophia Rose
  • 28-05-20

Penelope Invites the Listener to Laugh Long & Hard

Penelope stood the test of time for me when I picked it up as a re-read in the audio version and found it as zany and madcap as ever. It was "excessively diverting" to quote Austen who would have found this one absurd, but oodles of entertaining fun all the same. It was a listening delight and, fair warning, if you are embarrassed by your laugh then banish yourself to listen at home. Penelope begins when Miss Penelope Fairweather is brought to town for a London Season chaperoned by none other than a dowager duchess who owed an old friend so is bringing out her daughter. Penelope is not a bit like the shy, retiring country miss the ducal family was expecting. The Duke is something of a martinet and has the household running on a strict set of rules that Penelope's arrival quite turns on its head. Without an effort, she gets into the worst, most embarrassing scrapes embarrassing the duke who already loathes her for being such a bumbling disruption. Even her pet goat, yes, you read that right, contributes to the mayhem. But along the way, her good nature and heart win her the duke's crotchety grandfather, his mother, his sister and perhaps if she can avoid disaster long enough, find romance with the most surprising person. Penelope is a story that is sheer entertainment and something you definitely have to be in the mood for. It is not meant to be taken seriously on any level. Think of the great slapstick comedies that have a general storyline and then zing all over the place running foul of historical backdrop, manners, straight characters, and witty repertoire. Though, it doesn't go off the rails with the plot which is there and strong through it all. Penelope is a sweet-hearted, country girl who is there to gain some London polish and take her chances finding a husband during the London social season while a staid, pompous, rule-following duke learns to loosen up and see his life plan change as he observes Penelope tripping her way into some poise, refinement, and fashion. Deryn Oliver was a new to me narrator, but her narration work was easy to listen to and slip into the story. I would often click on the story, planning to only listen to a little, and getting caught up in it and ignoring my plans. She caught the tone of the tale and the personalities of the characters. The characters were already a trip, but she worked with their comedic caricature so they were not too bombastic and were just right for this sort of story. Once in a while, I'd have to listen to a section over again, but that was the wordiness of the book and not the narration. In summary, this Regency-era romp tickled my funny bone and I can heartily recommend it to those who enjoy a dab of sweet romance and a huge dollop of madcap comedy.

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  • Tanja
  • 11-05-20

Sweet story

This was a well written sweet and funny story. I highly recommend this title if you are looking for a sweet clean love story. A bit predictable. This should be a series