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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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  • 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.

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

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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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  • 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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  • Catrina P
  • 05-02-2019

Of Paupers and Peers

A sweet regency romance. With a case of mistaken identity and the desire to find love for love’s sake, the twists really enhanced this story.

Sheri Cobb South is able to give us s wonderful story with very likable characters. I look forward to enjoying more of her stories.

Stevie Zimmerman’s narration was fantastic. The perfect voice for the characters.

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  • Jan M
  • 01-02-2019

Great Regency Story!

Sheri Cobb South writes fabulous regency stories. I was immediately attracted to this book by seeing her name as the author, and was not disappointed at all. I loved how this story was not the expected, but full of twists, endearing characters, and incredible imagery. This is a feel good listen, and Stevie Zimmerman performs it brilliantly. She brings the characters to life with distinguishable voices, and delightful banter. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. I will definitely listen to more books by this author and narrator.

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  • Amazon CustomerBeliever
  • 30-01-2019

Pleasantly Surprised

I got this ARC via audiobook boom and this is my voluntary review. This story was a surprise to me. It was well developed and the main characters really made a nice show. The secondary characters and the second HEA really moved the story along. The ghost was also a nice touch. The reasons for turning down the proposals were not well thought out but did add a twist to the story. When they finally got to the end and their HEA was a good climax.

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  • 1CheekyLass
  • 30-01-2019

A Cute Regency

I am a huge Sheri Cobb South fan. I've read all of her books, my favorites being the John Pickett series. So I was happy to give this one a try. This turned out to be a cute regency with all of the fluff and frills of the era. Sheri has a magical way of writing. The plot was simple, not many surprises yet enjoyable. The characters were mostly likable, especially James and flighty Aunt Hattie. Margaret was a bit of a stiff though. At times, a part me felt that James was too good for her. She was a bit too practical and prideful for me. There was however a sweet side love story as well--I was so happy for this HEA. This varied from the normal amnesia plot just a bit. Only two issues for me: The extended misunderstanding and I did feel like last hour was a bit rushed. All in all, it was a fun, quick read with the expected HEA. 4 stars for story and narration.

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  • HeatherY
  • 30-01-2019

Just lovely!

This was my first listen by Sheri Cobb South and I loved it, it's a clean historical romance with a very lovable main couple. There were plenty of sweet moments, and plenty of times I laughed out loud. I've grown used to reading historical romances with a world weary rake who is finally claimed by a shy young miss. Nothing wrong with that story line at all, but Of Paupers and Peers is just the opposite. James is a sweet tempered and poor young man, just beginning to come into his own, and Margaret is a self assured woman who has been managing her estate and her family for years, and she isn't afraid to take the lead. It was a pleasure all through!

Stevie Zimmerman was wonderful as always in this historical romance, it makes good use of her range and accents. She always has the best voice for the male lead and makes it believable. I requested a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review. I'd definitely recommend this one to fans of clean historical romance!

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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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