In Regency England, Mrs. Thorne's School for Young Ladies is about to close due to the death of young Clarissa's mother a year ago. This leaves 18-year-old Clarissa Thorne and her three schoolmistress friends no option but to return to the bosoms of their families as despised 'poor relations' - at everyone's beck and call for all their lives.
But Clarissa has just inherited Ashcroft, a large, crumbling estate, and she offers her companions an escape - to run away with her to a life of independence and adventure. They must put the estate to rights with little money and less experience. Can sensible Miss Micklethwaite, aging romantic Miss Appleby, and the beautiful Miss Oriana Petersham escape their fate? To keep the vivacious, impulsive Clarissa in check, they must at least try.
However, their relatives may have other plans.
Meeting the Earl of Grandiston and his companion (a devotee of the divine Oriana) on the road sets hilarious events in motion. Perhaps to adventure the ladies must add romance.
©2016 Geraldine Cameron (P)2016 Geraldine Cameron
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"Fun, no sex, historical romance."
A Georgette Heyer style romance. Charming, light and amusing with out the sex. No melodrama.
"An Enjoyable Surprise"
I am not familiar with this arthor but I throughly enjoyed the story. I recomend it to those who like regency romances. It is light and funny and very entertaining.
"My Kinda Story"
The first I've read that has an excellent ending. This is a laugh out loud story. I especially liked seeing that witch and her husband get what's coming to them. I was shocked to see that the whole house was in on the conspiracy.
"A light and loverly farce."
A very exciting read, with likable and realistic characters.
The narrator helped to added even more dimension to the portrayal of each character.
The unfolding of the story was so much fun, I could not put it down until I discovered how it all ended.
"hard to follow"
the narrator did a good job. However, the story line was hard to follow. I had to keep rewinding to remember who the characters were.
I'd never heard of this author but this was such a great departure from the usual girl under male control story. Horrible brother & godawful sister in law, but Clarissa & her friends bring them to rout. With the help of a fab supporting cast of friends. Funny & great read by narrator. Please could I have a Sullivan as butler on my next estate(Dream on)!
"Channeling Jane and Georgette"
Yes. Delightful, clean, witty romance in the style of Georgette Heyer and Jane Austen.
Cornelia receiving her just rewards.
He did very well on both Grandiston and Elfoy
The story made me smile. Finished in a single Saturday.
More like this from Alicia Cameron, please.
"A true gem!"
Warm characters and irresistible humour.
The unexpected elements that turned this Regency romp into something more.
The scenes where the girls' older companion flirts the old fashioned way.
Loved, loved, loved this audiobook! I had already bought the Kindle version of this book and enjoyed it so much I decided to buy the audiobook book too. And I am so glad I did. The book is an absolute charm - well written, witty and full of loveable characters, and anyone who loves Georgette Heyer really needs to snap this up. Of course, part of the success is due to the choice of narrator - Heath Miller. I hadn't heard of him before, but his reading of this Regency romp was spot on and I'll certainly look out for him in the future. All in all, the best audiobook I've ever listened to.
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