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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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Summary

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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Great book

Loved it. I do enjoy a good historical fiction and this book didn't disappoint. I enjoyed the characters and their story. The narrating was good as well .

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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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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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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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  • Ginny Aybar-Flores
  • 22-02-20

Sweet

First book in a series, its nice sweet and clean story with many amusing part. Worth the listening too.

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  • kdb
  • 09-02-20

Cute and entertaining

Feisty heroine Abigail holds her own with George. With spirited dialogue between the two keeps you engaged throughout.

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  • Cyn
  • 31-01-20

Thrilling, exciting and totally loveable

I found this to be humorous, fun, cute, loved the cat and mouse game between Abby and George. I laughed a few times, shook my head and watched as they get into one mess after another. George doesn’t know what hit him when the out spoken Abby comes along. Abby can be daring, she is just a darling woman after my own heart. The author gives you a little of just about everything making this a big win for me.

The narrator did an outstanding job from her true emotions to her character voices. I always knew who was talking and how they were feeling, it really showed in her voice. Her different character voices were wonderful, she really bought the story to life. There were no volume changes, no background noise just a wonderfully delightful and very enjoyable audio that I got lost in. Her character voice were powerful, her tones right on the money. I had not listen to any of her work before but I look forward to listening to more of it.

I thought the author did a great job pulling the listener in, giving a delightful story that took you way not wanting it to end. Her characters show strength, power, passion and have become to feel like part of my family. The women stand up for their selves not backing down but also showing true passion. Her men are hard but kind, true gentleman. The romance is sweet, daring, filled with fun, thrilling, a little danger and so much passion. I truly enjoyed this from start to finish. I can’t wait to start the other ones in this series. I totally enjoyed this authors writing very much, it is one that I will listen to again.

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  • Elizabeth J
  • 29-01-20

Loved ot

I read alot of r regency novels and I particularly liked the storyline of this one while not completely novel the interactions and the characters were a breath of the fresh air!

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  • tnfarmgal
  • 25-01-20

Interesting

First book in this series. It has a good plot and the characters are well developed and interesting. Abagail is quite the character for her time. These are stand alones but each book does have characters from the previous. For the most part, the narrative was good, I did have trouble with understanding occasional words. I'm not sure Regancy is for me, but will finish out the series.

I received this for free and am leaving an unbiased review.

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  • Brenda L.Murphree
  • 12-01-20

A Fun Story

I really enjoyed the voice of the narrator. She did a wonderful job. The story was great too with likable characters. This novel was a fun read. There was a curse word that was used several times which I wish the author left out but other than that it was a clean book. If you like the Regency Period and a good romance you will like this book.
I was given an audio copy of this book but was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.

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  • Catrina P
  • 08-01-20

The Dashing Widow

I really enjoyed this regency romance. The characters were well developed and I especially loved Abigail’s spunky manner.

Elizabeth Bramwell has come up with a great storyline and a very satisfying ending. I’m looking forward to checking out the other books in the series.

The narration by Julia Eve was very entertaining. She definitely brought the story to life.

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

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  • Shelley B
  • 24-12-19

I enjoyed this fun regency romance

This author was new to me but enjoy it very much. It’s a short fun read with great characters.

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  • Megan Wells
  • 27-11-19

Fun read

This book was surprisingly good. I love historical romances but the shorter ones tend to not be as well written. But this one was fantastic. I loved that the heroine was outspoken and wild. The hero of the story was fine. He didn’t do a whole lot for me but I do think he was sweet.

The narration was also pretty good. The male voice was a bit flat but overall I think she did a great job.
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  • Keira
  • 20-11-19

Sweet and Clean

A delightful story and spirited reading. Ms. Eve's voice is wonderfully suited for a fun regency read by the incomparable Elizabeth Bramwell.