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Of Paupers and Peers

Narrated by: Stevie Zimmerman
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Overworked and underpaid curate James Weatherly is resigned to a life of genteel poverty, never suspecting he is heir to a dukedom until a solicitor appears on his doorstep. Alas, on the way to claim his inheritance, James is set upon by ruffians whose handiwork deprives him of his memory. 

Margaret Darrington is no stranger to genteel poverty herself, since the death of her father has left her in charge of her two younger siblings and feather-brained aunt. But Margaret has a plan: To salvage the family's finances, she has only to put her beautiful younger sister, Amanda, in the way of marrying a wealthy man - perhaps the new Duke of Montford, who is expected to arrive any day. 

When Margaret finds a beaten and bloodied young man in the road, his shabby attire and collection of secondhand books lead her to mistake him for the tutor she has hired for her younger brother. Still reeling from the attack upon his person, James is relieved to have the mystery of his identity so easily "solved" and accompanies her home. As James' bruises fade, Margaret discovers that he is, if not classically handsome, undeniably pleasing to look upon, with an appealingly self-deprecating wit. Suddenly Amanda's brilliant marriage is in jeopardy, for how can any impressionable female resist such a paragon? 

But nothing about the penniless pedagogue is quite as it seems, and Margaret would do well to forget about her sister's prospects and look to her own heart instead...

©2006, 2013 Sheri Cobb South (P)2018 Sheri Cobb South

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  • Rebecca
  • 22-01-2019

Heartwarming Book!!!

I loved this book....It had a wonderful story line and the narration was excellent. I think I have found a new favorite author.

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  • Shilo
  • 26-01-2019

Delightfully sweet

This was such a sweet regency romance! The story was a delightful case of mistaken identity with a couple punch to the gut moments where it seemed the hero and heroine would never put aside their pride and get together. Of course all was resolved in the end, and I find myself quite without anything to quibble about.

The audiobook narration was very well done and I enjoyed it immensely.

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  • Romance junkie
  • 14-03-2019

Wonderfully Historical Romance - Financial Security or Love?

A family who disowns a son for marrying for love comes 100 years later needing to draw from that son’s line a new duke.
James is not well to do and has been on the receiving end of a denied marriage proposal because of his lack of station and money.
On his way to London he is robbed, loses his memory for a time a comes to tutor in a family where the oldest daughter, though a good person, seeks a wealthy marriage for her sister for financial security.
Love develops, misunderstandings, mistakes, hurt feelings, and past hurts cause a rocky road to love.
A story where you cringe for mistaken words, hurt feelings, cheer for the couple to find each other and love the HEA.
A fantastic narrator with emotions, timing, tone, and voice variation ..so perfectly done.
You must buy this story if you enjoy historical romance, even if you don’t! This author and narrator are two I will look for in the future.

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  • Malena
  • 01-03-2019

Sweet heartwarming Romance

This was my first Sheri Cobb South book. I'll be purchasing more. Of Paupers and Peers was a well done amnesia plot. I usually dislike them, but the author was able to make the character development interesting. You really do fall in love with the hero. His personality is charming and without the trite hyper-masculinity we so often see in romance novels. On his way to claim a dukedom, our hero, James Weatherly finds himself unable to remember his past and employed by Margaret Darrington, a lovely young woman in genteel poverty who was left in charge of her two siblings and addle-brained aunt. Ms. Darrington has little interest in love. She wants to make an excellent match for her beautiful younger sister in hopes it will save the family from poverty. The book deals a lot on whether money or love is most important. I say a little of both can't hurt.
The dialogue between James and Margaret is sweet and funny. The plots moves along quickly enough to keep you interested.

Overall the book is worth a credit. It has a bit of a Georgette Hyer feel, but unique in itself. I read it really quickly the first time and went back to listen to it again. I actually enjoyed it more on re-read. Everyone needs a heartwarming tale once in a while.

"This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review."


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  • Laura
  • 22-02-2019

"Jane Austen"esque Enjoyable Regency Romance

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I am quickly becoming a big fan of Sheri Cobb South. This is another fun historical romance which reminded me a bit of Jane Austen. Here, James Weatherly has been poor his entire life and worked as a tutor until unexpectly he learns that he has inherited an estate and a title. On his way to claim his inheritance, he is accosted and robbed. The assault leaves him unconscious and when he awakes, he has no memory of his true self and is assumed to be a tutor hired by the Darrington family.

This was a very enjoyable clean well written mistaken identity story which develops into a romance. I really like that the female MC are not swooning and weak but women with thoughts, feelings and desires. I love the humor, which often develops out of realistic situations.

The narrator, Stevie Zimmerman, did a good job with the narration and made an enjoyable story even more so.

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  • korinka
  • 22-02-2019

Fun and clean

I love Sheri Cobb Souths regency mysteries, so I definitely wasn't going to pass on one of her romances. It was a story that can't happen anymore in this day and age, what with our IDs and all-mighty search engines. When you can't google who the Duke should be, and he doesn't remember himself, all kinds of aspirations rise up. It's probably not best to make self-assured statements of how things will pan out, dear Margaret :) Poor gal had to go through several mental adjustments to get to the happy ending. It was a very pleasurable listen. Kudos, Stevie Zimmerman.

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  • Betababe
  • 22-02-2019

Sense and Pride

The family's meager prospects depend on the beautiful younger sister making an advantageous match. He's been bashed on the head and lost his memory; when it is assumed he is the awaited tutor, the books he is carrying seem to support that surmise. With all the charm one could hope for in a Regency, author Sheri Cobb South engages us in another delightful tale of crossed lovers and misunderstood intentions. I had the pleasure of listening to narrator Stevie Zimmerman's expressive enacting, making the story that much more enjoyable with the added dimension.

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  • CuteAsADaisy
  • 15-02-2019

Heartwarming Regency Romance

I absolutely loved this book... it was charming, frustrating and entirely enjoyable all wrapped up in a Jane Austen style regency romance. It's a story of forgotten identity that pride and yes... prejudice enters into as the story goes on. The narrator does a wonderful job with this story and was a pleasure to listen to. I would definitely recommend this to those who enjoy clean regency romances.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Lidia Chymkowska
  • 12-02-2019

Charming, sweet and very romantic:)

This is a kind of romance that has that elegant charm of old-fashioned tales (books and movies) in which the H and the h kiss at the end of the story - and we sigh delighted that they finally get to do it:)

The plot is deceitfully simple - James Weatherly, a poor curate, finds out that he's a duke, while on the way to claim his inheritance he's attacked by some ruffians, loses his memory and is hired to be a tutor to the younger brother of Margaret Darrington's, who in turn would do almost anything for their other sister to marry a duke (or so she says, at least:))... But as Fortune loves to interfere with mere humans' plans, not everything goes according to Margaret's intentions:)

It's a typical comedy of errors - people are not who they are thought to be, or who they themselves think they are, and there are more than one misunderstanding when it comes to who loves whom and who is going to propose to whom.... But the tale is woven with such charm and elegance that you feel like reading your favourite Jane Austen's novel - it has a similar feeel to it... at least it does for me:)

Both James and Margaret are charming characters, though you don't expect to like Margaret so much when you meet her for the first time (she does sound like a money hunter, you know:)). Background characters are also very agreeable (as Jane Austen would have probably called them), and each of them has their part to play in James and Margaret's love affair...

Narration by Ms Zimmerman is almost perfect The pace of her reading is very good, the female voices great, and although some of the male characters sound a bit overdone, she is spot on when it comes to conveying their personalities through the way they speak (one of James's friends does sound like a bored aristocrat he seems to be judging from his description:)).

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

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  • Erin S
  • 10-02-2019

Very enjoyable listen!

Of Paupers and Peers has a nice storyline, enjoyable and well-developed characters, and is narrated perfectly by Stevie Zimmerman. Sheri Cobb South has written a sweet romance, with enough adventure and twists and turns in the plot to keep me entertained.

Margaret puts her hopes and dreams on the back burner so that she can give her younger sister the opportunity to make an advantageous marriage. A situation that has happened to countless women over time. Will her sister make that advantageous match? And what about Margaret? Listen and find out...

I was given a promotional copy of this audiobook and this is my voluntary, honest review.

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  • Layla
  • 18-03-2019

Another Great story.

I loved the John Pickett series by this author so when I saw this I had to get my hands on it. I have to admit that I do prefere John Pickett mysteries more than this however, I still enjoyed it. It had mystery, romance, humour and tension.
I would highly recommend it to everyone.

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  • Inishowen Cailin
  • 02-02-2019

Loved this.

This is a lovely, traditional Regency romance full of humour and characters to cheer for.
James was such a delightful character, good natured and a well rounded nice person. He unfortunately falls for the wrong sister at the beginning but it doesn't take him long to realise his mistake. Margaret is much more suited to the quiet tutor and I couldn't wait to see the two of them get their happy ever after.

This was a lovely listen and the narrator did an excellent job.

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