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Publisher's Summary

London’s best and most covert spy tries to escape the man who has always adored her.

New York Times best-selling author Gail Carriger brings you a charming story of enduring love set in her popular Parasolverse, narrated by Emma Newman.

Intelligencer

Agatha Woosmoss, the Wallflower, is the greatest intelligencer of her generation. And no one knows she exists. She has been invisible, capable, and cunning for well over four decades. Her greatest skill is in her ability to go forever unnoticed. Except by one man. 

Versus Intellectual

Pillover Plumleigh-Teignmott is a professor of ancient languages at Oxford University. He’s tried to ignore his training as an evil genius and live a quiet life away from politics and intrigue. 

When an assignment goes horribly wrong, Agatha must hide and heal. So she goes to ground with the only person who’s always kept her safe: Pillover. 

Can Pillover hold on to the deadly woman who specializes in getting away? Will Agatha realize that patience is indeed a virtue, and that perhaps it is good to be noticed by the one who waits? 

Spinning off from Miss Gail’s Finishing School series, this story stands on its own and spans decades, but was written after Defy or Defend. May contain vampires, old injuries, lost love, and the reappearance of many favorite characters. If you like gruff but caring men with secret sorrows and the tough smart women they love, you’ll also enjoy How to Marry a Werewolf, also narrated by Emma.

©2021 Gail Carriger LLC (P)2021 Gail Carriger LLC

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Loved it!

Another wonderful story that can be enjoyed alone but is better with other books from Gail's world. and another fantastic performance by Emma. Thoroughly enjoyed.

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  • E. G. Koon
  • 21-11-2021

Someone needs to tell the narrator how to pronounce names. It’s very rattling and jarring to hear them pronounced so horribly!

Narrator, please listen to the other books and get into the mood of the stories! Learn about how the names work! I’ve been waiting for this book for ages and you’ve wrecked it! I will be returning it (sorry Gail)

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  • Christine Gittens
  • 12-01-2022

I love English Accents!

Emma Newman's performance of this short story was everything I expected and more. This story of Agatha and Pillover fits well in the Parasol Protectorate universe.

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  • Suzanne Goodwin
  • 03-01-2022

Nice story of unrequited love.

Not as adventurous as her usual tales. An almost simple story of unrequited love through the ages, but worth the read.

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  • PW
  • 28-12-2021

Real talk in a fairy tale

I’ve been a fan since Soulless and, although that series remains my favorite, I have carried on exploring this universe. I recommend this author to anyone who has need of a whimsical perspective on the very real workings of human nature, no matter how ridiculous it all may seem. Or that the characters themselves may not actually be human!

This book in particular seems very well written to me. It feeds my ongoing interest in the inhabitants of this world I’ve come to know, and delivers a poignant love story. I enjoyed it.

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  • Alex
  • 15-12-2021

Subdued

The writing and performance are excellent as usual. The love story is sweet, subdued, and melancholic. Was hoping for more humor and action.

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  • Amanda Summers
  • 12-12-2021

Fabulous story

Hauntingly beautiful. A must read for lovers of this universe. Enjoy. You'll love it.

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  • Kate
  • 06-12-2021

A new in a series I love

I love all the books in this universe. This one is no exception. The characters endear themselves and are lovely

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-12-2021

Felt like a love letter

This was probably my favorite book that’s not part of a “main” series. It felt almost like a love letter from Gail to her readers. Especially the ending which actually made me tear up a bit. My only issue what how the narrator pronounced the names of certain characters but honestly that’s ok because she did a wonderful job overall.

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  • Vetta
  • 28-11-2021

perfect

I loved the melancholy love story. About a seemingly apathetic boy and his lost traveling spy.

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  • Clare
  • 02-01-2022

Slightly disappointed

I'm very torn about this one. I love Gail Carriger's books and have listened to or read them all. Possibly because i've been on a bit of a binge with her books recently, I found this one the weakest with too much repetition of the other books. I completely get that the timescale of the book means it's important and necessary to make the links, but these were just too lengthy for me. I'd have preferred to hear more about Agatha's missions.

That brings me to the narrator. I know that Emma Newman is Ms Carriger's preferred narrator and I also know that I don't fully understand the murky world of how narrators are imposed on authors and the lack of contact permitted between the two. BUT, Emma Newman's narration just doesn't work for me at all. It's too flat, with too little distinction between characters and tends to sound like the narrator is really rather bored, which is a shame. Many times i've zoned out - not just on this book but others with the same narrator - only to have to rewind several times to pick up the narrative. Accents also don't work for me and as others have noted, the difference in pronunciation of names compared to previous books is jarring. If I hadn't bought them in audio format already I would be avoiding the next three and picking them up in print instead.

Sorry this isn't more positive - I really wanted to love it but the combination made that hard. I won't be returning it, but unlike some of the other titles in the series I doubt this one will be a repeat listen.

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