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In the modern Regency romance Lady John, performed as a refined British lady would by Charlotte Cole, we follow the story of a recently widowed woman, Olivia Martingale, who goes to live with the wealthy family of her now deceased husband.

In this strange and invigorating new setting, the spunky and bubbly Olivia meets Lord Menwin, a handsome man who is most dreadfully rude to her. But perhaps Lord Menwin will turn out to be like the insecure schoolyard boy who picks on the girl because he fancies her.

A period piece full of love, longing, misunderstandings, and manners that’s a very easy listen, aka, Jane Austen light.

Publisher's Summary

The last time Olivia Martingale saw Menwin it was in Brussels on the eve of Waterloo. She had loved him then, but her love was not returned. Instead she yielded to the insistent Lord John Temperer, married him, and was left a widow.

With the war at last over, visiting John’s family seemed like a good idea. But John’s brother the Duke disliked her; John’s mother wanted to match-make for her… and into the middle of all this walked Menwin, filling the room with his presence. Olivia felt the old attraction rising again - until Menwin looked right through her as if she was not even worth noticing.

©1982 Madeleine Robins (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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  • Linda
  • 05-11-13

Author Comparable to Georgette Heyer

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The story is well written and very interesting. It's not just a fluffy piece that solely focusses on how people felt when the were near each other or gazing at each other across the room. It is an enjoyable submersion into the 1800s life.

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  • Elly
  • 17-10-20

Badly written Georgette Heyer imitation

I really wanted to like this book, as the story sounded promising and I like the genre, but I had to give up after a couple of chapters. I can cope with the narrator making the occasional mispronunciation (there are several) but at the first incorrect use of language by one of the characters (a preposition misapplied to idiomatic speech) I cringed so badly I had to stop listening. That kind of error throws me out of the story to the extent that I can’t enjoy it. I’m a huge Georgette Heyer fan and she sets a very high standard for literary style, correct application of period language, and plain good penmanship, so maybe I’m a harsh judge!

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  • Jul
  • 27-10-20

light romance

this was a very light Regency romance novel rather predictable but it was a nice listen while you're doing light housework

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  • Eugenie
  • 26-03-21

Almost 5 stars

Well-written enjoyable love story. It wasn’t ruined by the narrator but her frequent mistakes in pronunciation and syntax were annoying and occasionally ludicrous.

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  • D. Damari
  • 23-02-21

Narrator wasn't the best..

but the story is good and enjoyable and I enjoyed it regardless of the poor narration.

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  • 2Navykids
  • 21-01-21

A Slow Read

I really wanted to enjoy this book, however, the first 6 chapters dragged on and on. I finally gave up. Very disappointed.

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  • L. Davis
  • 19-12-20

So in the style of Georgette Heyer!

if you crave charming characters, their contretemps and witty banter, MR's historical romance books are for you.

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  • Nora and Neil
  • 18-11-20

Reads like a Regency novel

I love this author. All of her Regency romances are so well researched, I feel like I'm reading a book written in that era!

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  • Purrkneader
  • 07-11-20

I think the narrator needs a dictionary ;)

I truly enjoyed this book. The narrator did a wonderful with different voices for all the different people. However she mispronounced so many words, that it pulled me out of the story every time. The characters were pretty well rounded and there personalities were very evident. I love this author by the way. I like the way she thinks.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-11-20

Simple lovely little story

Funny family and good little story about happily ever after. Zero angst! Perfect for listening with children in the same place or while doing projects.