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The Dashing Widow

The Regency Romps Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Julia Eve
Series: Regency Romps Series, Book 1
Length: 3 hrs and 27 mins
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Abigail Merriweather is learning the hard way that the Ton does not look kindly on newcomers to its ranks - especially when that newcomer is a dashing young widow whose wealth comes from the trades. Were it not for the gentle guidance of her best friend, Abby doubts she would have survived the Beau Monde's disapproval for even a week - and especially not the critical gaze of the Earl of Gloucester. The man is insufferable, arrogant, and everything that Abby hates about the Ton - except those rare moments when he laughs, and Abby's heart starts to beat in a most uncomfortable rhythm.
 

George, Earl of Gloucester, is horrified at the scrapes his sister's best friend keeps falling into. True not all of them are her fault, but that doesn't change the fact that her actions reflect poorly on his family. Since Mrs Merriweather doesn't have any intentions of leaving London before the Season's end, there's nothing for it but for George to step in and help her navigate the treacherous waters of the Ton. She's impulsive, tempestuous, headstrong, and willful; in short, everything that he claims to dislike in a woman...except after spending time with Abigail Merriweather, he's starting to wonder whether her faults are what make her so endearing.
 

Abby and George may be developing a strange sort of friendship, but they come from different worlds that are not entirely compatible. The real question is whether they can get past their own prejudices - and the interference of their friends and family - to find out whether an arrogant Earl and a dashing young widow can fall in love without creating a scandal.

©2016 Elizabeth Bramwell (P)2019 Elizabeth Bramwell

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A delightful romance

I am really loving these enchanting regency romances. They are light, whimsical and well written. It's easy to loose yourself in these stories for a few hours and pretend you're in a different time.

Julia offers a fantastic performance. Her voice is melodic and easy to fall into. Her male voices are great too!

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  • DubaiReader
  • Holsworthy, Devon, United Kingdom
  • 03-08-19

Shocking the aristocracy.

I was a bit out of my comfort zone here, not being much of a romance lover, but after a slightly slow start, this turned into a fun read. Apparently Dashing, in Regency England, meant a bit forward and shocking - not that it seems it takes much for a woman to shock the aristocracy, while men can do whatever they want.
Abigail Merriweather has been widowed at a young age and is invited by her friend Emma, to join her and her husband in London for 'the season'. Certain members of the 'Ton' (I had to google that term, it means the London aristocracy of the time), took a dislike to Abbie for her exploits. She is baffled as to how she has offended anyone, but she is from Yorkshire and unfamiliar with the ways of London.
She is a fabulous character and a great starting point for all manner of intrigue.

I liked that although this was a romance, it didn't involve anything more than kissing.
The narrator did a good job, though for some reason I felt she sounded older than the characters she was reading, which threw me a bit.
These characters were the same age as my kids, I was just imagining them behaving as Regency aristocracy.

There is an interesting Afterword to the book, where the author explains how she came to write the Regency Romps Series - she wrote them for her mother, a lover of Georgette Heyer. Her mother had read every GH book multiple times, so Ms Bramwell wrote a Heyeresque novel for her mother for a gift. I thought that was so cool.

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A lively and entertaining regency romance.

I enjoyed listening to this book. Abigail and George are a cute couple. Their bickering at the beginning is fun to watch as it is obvious that they are attracted to each other. I couldn't wait to see them get together. They had many sweet moments and one of my favourites was the dancing lesson.
The style of this book reminded of stories written by Georgette Heyer. They make you laugh and leave you with a warm feeling at the end.
This was a great start to the series and I look forward to more.

I voluntarily reviewed an advance reading audio copy.

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  • Helen
  • Paignton Devon
  • 26-06-19

Lovely story

Enjoyed this audio book very much well written and the narrater was great too hopefully more books to come

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  • Christi Love4Books.me
  • 24-10-19

Cute and Funny!

Title: The Dashing Widow
Author: Elizabeth Bramwell
Format: Audio
Narrator: Julia Eve
Genre: Historical (Regency) Romance
Standalone: yes
Part of a Series: Book 1 of the Regency Romp series
POV: Mostly George and Abigail
Steam Level: Clean
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The Dashing Widow was a fun regency romp. The miscommunications throughout were funny and made the story quite enjoyable. I haven’t read a lot of historical Romances and this one was a lot of fun.

I received this audiobook for free from Audiobook Obsession. This is my honest and voluntary review

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  • JLarsen
  • 23-10-19

Such a Fun Read -- Engaging Characters!

Abigail Merriweather, a rich widow, arrives on the London scene as a house guest at her dear friend Emma’s home. Abigail, never had a season in London before, and London will never be the same! Abigail’s husband Robert was not of genteel birth, and his fortune was made in trade – things the Ton cannot help but disparage.

The Ton needed no additional reason to snub her, but she gave them additional fuel when she ran her phaeton down St. James Street, blowing a kiss to the Bow Window, and don’t even bring up the balloon ascension!

Emma’s brother, George, Earl of Gloucester feels that Abby, is the “most appalling female that he had ever had the misfortune to meet!” Emma and her husband feel they have the solution to fixing Abigail’s reputation: have George dance attendance on Abigail for a few days, and hopefully the Ton can move on to the next scandal, forgetting about Abigail’s indiscretions. And thus, this fun romp begins!

From their first waltz together and kiss, their attraction was evident. I loved the interaction between the Abigail, the “hoyden,” and George, the “most starched up, unbending high stickler” -- they are a match made in literary heaven. Elizabeth’s writing is just delightful, and you will be glad of the misunderstandings that occur, so that the delightful story, with its engaging characters can play on.

I have both read the book and listened to the audio book, compliments of the author, narrated by the very talented Julia Eve, who has an amazing range of voices, and made listening to this book a real pleasure.

Just a huge plus for me, this was a clean Regency read, just some great kissing.

I purchased the book, but was given an audio code; these are my own opinions.

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  • Taj-Marie Lingofelter
  • 21-10-19

I loved this one

Okay guys I fell in love with this story! This is more of a realistic love story to me. They hate each other in the beginning and then fall madly in love! I couldn't get enough of George and Abby!

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  • Amy
  • 13-10-19

Funny and sweet

These books are my guilty pleasures. I love a sweet time period romance. This was one was just and sweet and filled we scandal at every turn.
Narration was spot one and she made the story come alive.

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  • Rachele L
  • 11-10-19

A Simple Pleasure

The Dashing Widow had a slow start for me, but hooked me with an interesting story line and mischievous main character. The narrator had a pleasant enough voice and made it easy to tell the difference between the characters. Overall this book was a simple pleasure. #AudiobookObsessionReviewer

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  • DivaC
  • 31-08-19

Good regency romp

A fun cozy listen with a sense of humor and a great cast of characters and a story that flowed quite nicely. The narrator did a nice job of holding your attention, So when you, get a chance, pick up a copy and enjoy.

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  • Jen K
  • 31-08-19

An OK Regency Romp

I received this book free to review. However, all thoughts are my own.

Let's start with the narration of Julia Eve since it was the highlight of the book for me. I loved Julia's British accent . It was clear and her pacing was great. I enjoyed that she did different voices for each of the characters, as it helped the story become more alive. This was my first audio from Julia Eve, but I'll definitely be listening to more in the future.

Now on to the story. It's an okay story. It's pretty obvious that it's the debut novel from the author. It's not bad... it's more underdeveloped for my tastes. I could have used a bit more background, character growth and even romance development. As it stands, the book takes place over a short period of time and it's evident that the main characters have somewhat of a history and it's more of them coming to the realization that they have feelings for one another.

I'll probably give this series and author another chance just to see if they get better with experience. But that said, if you like an uncomplicated regency novella, give this one a try.

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  • Lidia Chymkowska
  • 13-08-19

Entertaining and funny:)

It's a novella rather than a novel, so there's no room for deep character development and some things happen maybe too soon and too out of the blue, but overall it's an entertaining listen.

The main couple, Abigail and George, follow the "hate to love" pattern so often found in romances, but it's nicely done and we do keep our fingers crossed for them. The other couple - the more surprising one, that is Richard and Charlotte, almost steal the show, however, their love story is a more complicated one and they face real obstacles on their way to the happily ever after. But following both couples' (mis)adventures makes for an entertainig afternoon...:)

Narration by Ms Eve is quite good but a little too slow (I sped it up a bit) and although I liked most voices she did, some of them sounded not quite right. But generally it's a good interpretation of the story.

DISCLAIMER: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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  • LilMissMolly
  • 08-08-19

Earl Can't Resist Charismatic Widow

The Dashing Widow is a sweet Regency short story that is both endearing and entertaining. The story begins when wealthy widow Abigail Merriweather visits her pregnant friend in London. While there, the headstrong and free spirited Abigail can’t help but make a spectacle of herself, such as when she went for a ride in a hot air balloon. Out of fear that Abigails’ actions will reflect poorly on his family, the arrogant Earl of Gloucester decides to help her navigate her way through social events of the Ton. However, just like Mr. Darcy can’t help but fall for the charms (and fine brown eyes) of Elizabeth Bennet, the Earl can’t resist the charismatic beautiful widow.

I listened to the audio version of this short story narrated by Julia Eve, which runs about 3 1/2 hours long. Her narration was very enjoyable and she really bought the characters to life, using a variety of distinct voices. I can’t wait to listen to the next book in The Regency Romps Series!

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  • HollyGal
  • 07-08-19

Just like Pride and Prejudice

The characters are amazing and the story is witty and fun. I couldn’t stop listening!