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Publisher's Summary

A lighthearted, fun and romantic romp from the much-loved classic author Jilly Cooper. 

Prudence had been overjoyed when Pendle invited her home for the weekend to meet his family. Then she met his brother, Jack - handsome, married and only too ready to take over with Pru if Pendle didn't get a move on. It was only when she noticed the way Pendle looked at Jack's wife, Maggie, that it began to dawn on Pru that this weekend looked like a nonstop game of changing partners....

©1978 Jilly Cooper (P)2018 W.F. Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"The Jane Austen of our time." (Harper's Bazaar)

"Simply enjoy the wicked pleasures Cooper does so well." (The Observer on Wicked!)  

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  • Lucius
  • 09-04-2018

Love Jilly usually, but disappointed

This has dated really poorly and lacks the depth of the Ruthshire Chronicles. Wish there was more of that series available on Audible- I bought this as Rivals isn't available- big mistake

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  • Maggie
  • 03-04-2018

Nostalgic, but a delight

I’d forgotten how much I enjoyed reading Prudence all those years ago. Yes, it’s of it’s time, but then we don’t cavil about period books from the 20s and 30s, so why not the 70s?
When Prudence meets Pendle (named after the hill so sort of gets away with it) in London it’s a slow start, but once they visit his family, the Mullhollands, in the Lake District the story comes to life. What is meant to be a weekend visit lengthens for Prudence, as she’s stuck there with a heavy cold.
A great cast of characters, both adult and children, a light and enjoyable read, what’s not to like? I particularly love the horrendous Berenice, a ghastly member of the food police well ahead of her time.
A book that’s fun, with a load of typical Jilly phrases and jokes, and the reliable happy ending.
Thank you Audible for recording all these books. I just wish there was some consistency to the narration standards, because some are great but some considerably less so.
Ideal choices: Louise Barrett (who reads this) for all these single novels - one of my favourites, Imogen, hopefully is still to come so may as well ask...
And Gerri Halligan for the missing Rutshire Chronicles please!

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