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Abigail Merriweather is learning the hard way that the Ton does not look kindly on newcomers to its ranks - especially when that newcomer is a dashing young widow whose wealth comes from the trades. Were it not for the gentle guidance of her best friend, Abby doubts she would have survived the Beau Monde's disapproval for even a week - and especially not the critical gaze of the Earl of Gloucester. The man is insufferable, arrogant, and everything that Abby hates about the Ton - except those rare moments when he laughs, and Abby's heart starts to beat in a most uncomfortable rhythm.
 

George, Earl of Gloucester, is horrified at the scrapes his sister's best friend keeps falling into. True not all of them are her fault, but that doesn't change the fact that her actions reflect poorly on his family. Since Mrs Merriweather doesn't have any intentions of leaving London before the Season's end, there's nothing for it but for George to step in and help her navigate the treacherous waters of the Ton. She's impulsive, tempestuous, headstrong, and willful; in short, everything that he claims to dislike in a woman...except after spending time with Abigail Merriweather, he's starting to wonder whether her faults are what make her so endearing.
 

Abby and George may be developing a strange sort of friendship, but they come from different worlds that are not entirely compatible. The real question is whether they can get past their own prejudices - and the interference of their friends and family - to find out whether an arrogant Earl and a dashing young widow can fall in love without creating a scandal.

©2016 Elizabeth Bramwell (P)2019 Elizabeth Bramwell

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  • clssunshine
  • 03-08-2021

Too light with Lots of potential

This author writes well but she needs more character development and depth in her storyline and resolutions. It was fine overall but I paid full book price for a cute short story

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  • Jocelyne
  • 07-08-2020

Sweet and Beautiful Regency Romance!

This is the first book in the Regency Romps Series, a sweet and beautiful Regency Romance. I loved it! The characters are great. Abigail and George are perfect together! Abigail is such a wonderful character, caring and supportive. George is handsome, and protective. I love the storyline. This is a great start to this Series. Julia Eve did an outstanding job with the narration. She has the perfect voice for this Regency Romance. I enjoyed it! If you like Regency Romance, this one is for you!

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  • BradTL3
  • 16-06-2020

Great book!

Charming & beautifully written. Julia Eve does a beautiful job narrating this book. You can visualize the time period as well as the story as Julia narrates. I recommend that you listen to this book (as well as the entire series).

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  • Shaylin Maxwell
  • 27-05-2020

Clean romance

This was a very cut book. It held my interest right till the end. It had a lot of cute interactions in it and of course a happy ending. The narrator did a great job as well.

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  • KGood
  • 29-04-2020

Sweet Regency Romance!

I was very into all the regency books for a long time... but i took a break because I got so tired of the same story over and over. This quick listen was great! Abigail is not your typical regency widow! She has a lot of spunk and humor. It was a great romance to start out the series- I can’t wait to read or listen to more!
Also the narrator was fantastic! Really liked her performance of this book!

I received this book for free in return of an honest review. And I honestly loved it.

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  • Kimberly D
  • 19-04-2020

Fantastic Narration of an Excellent Story

This is a fun regency romance with a twist in the plot. Julia Eve does a fantastic job of narrating and does a great separating characters. This was a pleasure to listen to.

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  • Jennifer Seaman
  • 16-04-2020

Thoroughly enjoyable read!

I had so much fun listening to this book!

Abigail is learning the ways of the London Ton after becoming a young widow. She is staying with her friends and is learning through them. After a scandalous trip on a hot air balloon, her friend's brother decides to step in and help. George, the Earl of Gloucester, is determined to not let his sister's friend Abigail embarrass the family. In the process, although they seem to always be at odds, is there something more like attraction growing between the two of them.

I loved this book! It was so much fun to read. In such a short story, I was able to feel like I knew the characters and their personalities well. Their relationship was so sweet. I loved that we got to see a good amount of the world around them and more than just the two main characters. I enjoyed that because, when a book doesn't have other characters, it doesn't seem quite as realistic. I felt like I got into this world quickly and I can't wait to read more from this author.

The narration by Julia Eve worked well for this story. I feel like she did a great job creating the world with her narration. I also liked that she helped create the different characters in the story with her voice. I enjoyed her performance in this audiobook.

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  • Ria
  • 03-04-2020

Fun romp

This is well described as a romp. It is fun, quick moving, with quirky characters. An enjoyable read.

The narrator did a good job as well.

Sex: tongue action kisses, innuendo
Language: a little, Deity
Violence: a little, mild

*I received a complimentary copy of the audiobook and voluntarily choose to review it.

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  • Kim
  • 29-03-2020

Enjoyed it

The Dashing Widow is an enjoyable clean regency romance. This book is well written with wonderful characters. I love Abby’s strong and sassy character. The performer does a great job with the narration.
I received a complimentary copy and have chosen to give my honest opinion.

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  • Chantale F
  • 27-02-2020

Sweet book

This is the first book in a sweet and entertaining series.

I don't often listen to historical romance audiobooks but I am so glad I listened to this one because I loved it. Can't wait to listen to the next one.

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  • Chris Christo
  • 05-03-2020

Lovely story and I bet your mum is very proud!

I think my favourite part was the author’s notes. Written for a mother who is a huge Georgette Heyer fan (as am I) I think she has done her proud. I loved the story and the characters. I am a fast and firm fan of this author now after only two books. I just know I will finish all of them too quickly. The narrator also does a wonderful job. If you like Heyer, you will love this book!

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  • Sandy C
  • 05-08-2021

Definitely a fun romp and adventure

I was pleased to find this series to be a clean read with the romps not being in the bedroom LOL. The Dashing Widow is a totally delightful short Regency romance. Perhaps the best I have every read due to its totally delightful and enigmatic characters and fun twists and turns throughout.

I could not recommend it highly enough as a novel and Julia Eve's excellent narration is perfect for the characters.

I have to say before finishing that Abigails character and personality seemed so similar to the author's. Elizabeth Bramwell seems to have the same spicy capacity for adventure and fun and also to love deeply and warmly. This is my second book in this series (I read 4 first) and I am loving it.

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  • Mo Bass
  • 14-07-2021

Great story - irritating narration

A delightful Regency romp spoilt by nasal, overdone and pedestrian narration. An officer accepted by the Ton would not have had a regional accent. It's such a pity that the rest of the series is also narrated by Julia Eve.

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  • Sandra W
  • 30-03-2021

Pure unequivocal joy!!

With all the style, wit and clever hijinks of a Georgette Heyer at her best!!
Elizabeth Bramwell has written one thoroughly enjoyable romp of the highest calibre. Full of mesmerising characters, sparkling rapier-sharp wit, joyously meddlesome scheming and artful managing that seed hilarious misunderstandings and chemistry that dazzles and coaxes you to pose yourself on tenderhooks for one fast paced, highly pleasurable, mad dash, adventure through the snobbish Haute Ton.
A ride orchestrated by the scandalously captivating, loyal, impulsive, fun loving minx that is Abby (the dashing widow) as she attempts to reintegrate herself into society. Not expecting to trip and fall so effortlessly for her bestfriend's brother, the high stickler for propriety, George (Earl of Gloucester) in the most joyous bouts of eloquent word play, enflamed bickering and energised tension fueled way that so ensnared me I couldn't of been pulled away!
With the addition of Julia Eve's narration, to cleverly bring it all to life and make it resonant and swirl so long after in your mind!
Just fabulous really, a book I will enjoy coming back to again and again!! - a must for any Georgette Heyer fan or lover of a well written, heartwarming, fun filled, caper!

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  • Jacky
  • 04-05-2020

Good period saga

Funny well written, scandalous and cheeky I am looking forward to the next book Elizabth

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  • Aggie
  • 03-01-2020

Great book

Loved it. I do enjoy a good historical fiction and this book didn't disappoint. I enjoyed the characters and their story. The narrating was good as well .

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  • Terra Dorn
  • 01-10-2019

A delightful romance

I am really loving these enchanting regency romances. They are light, whimsical and well written. It's easy to loose yourself in these stories for a few hours and pretend you're in a different time.

Julia offers a fantastic performance. Her voice is melodic and easy to fall into. Her male voices are great too!

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  • DubaiReader
  • 03-08-2019

Shocking the aristocracy.

I was a bit out of my comfort zone here, not being much of a romance lover, but after a slightly slow start, this turned into a fun read. Apparently Dashing, in Regency England, meant a bit forward and shocking - not that it seems it takes much for a woman to shock the aristocracy, while men can do whatever they want.
Abigail Merriweather has been widowed at a young age and is invited by her friend Emma, to join her and her husband in London for 'the season'. Certain members of the 'Ton' (I had to google that term, it means the London aristocracy of the time), took a dislike to Abbie for her exploits. She is baffled as to how she has offended anyone, but she is from Yorkshire and unfamiliar with the ways of London.
She is a fabulous character and a great starting point for all manner of intrigue.

I liked that although this was a romance, it didn't involve anything more than kissing.
The narrator did a good job, though for some reason I felt she sounded older than the characters she was reading, which threw me a bit.
These characters were the same age as my kids, I was just imagining them behaving as Regency aristocracy.

There is an interesting Afterword to the book, where the author explains how she came to write the Regency Romps Series - she wrote them for her mother, a lover of Georgette Heyer. Her mother had read every GH book multiple times, so Ms Bramwell wrote a Heyeresque novel for her mother for a gift. I thought that was so cool.

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  • Inishowen Cailin
  • 23-07-2019

A lively and entertaining regency romance.

I enjoyed listening to this book. Abigail and George are a cute couple. Their bickering at the beginning is fun to watch as it is obvious that they are attracted to each other. I couldn't wait to see them get together. They had many sweet moments and one of my favourites was the dancing lesson.
The style of this book reminded of stories written by Georgette Heyer. They make you laugh and leave you with a warm feeling at the end.
This was a great start to the series and I look forward to more.

I voluntarily reviewed an advance reading audio copy.

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  • Helen
  • 26-06-2019

Lovely story

Enjoyed this audio book very much well written and the narrater was great too hopefully more books to come

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