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Deirdre and Desire (The Six Sisters)

Deirdre and Desire (The Six Sisters) [Kindle Edition]

M.C. Beaton
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Nicely atmospheric, most notable for its gentle humour and adventurous spirit (Publishers Weekly)

A delightful tale... romance fans are in for a treat (Booklist)

(M C Beaton) is the best of the Regency writers (Kirkus Reviews)

Book Description

The third in M.C. Beaton's great fun Regency Romance series: The Six Sisters.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 488 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson (16 Feb 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005RZB6OM
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #60,703 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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M C Beaton was born in Scotland. She worked for many years as a journalist on Fleet Street.

As well as the bestselling Agatha Raisin series, she is the author of the acclaimed Hamish Macbeth mysteries.

She divides her time between the Cotswolds, where she lives in a village very much like Agatha's beloved Carsely, and Paris.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous light reading 20 Feb 2012
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This is the third book in the Six Sisters series and a very enjoyable story it is too. Deirdre, Charles Armitage's third daughter, is next in line to be launched on society in the hope she will make a good match. Charles is as usual short of money and wants Deirdre to find herself a rich husband, just as her two older sisters have done. When he hears that Lord Harry Desire must marry if he is to inherit a fortune Charles approaches him and asks if her would like to marry Deirdre.

Deirdre fancies herself in love with Guy Wentwater who has already proved himself to be something of a cad in the two previous books in the series. Guy wants revenge on the Armitage family and doesn't really care how he gets it. The story of a fast paced romp with plenty of misunderstandings, failed elopements and on/off engagements in which Deirdre gradually learns to deal with life.

There are some fantastic characters in this book. Charles Armitage is rapidly becoming a comic character of heroic proportions though he does have his softer side where his family is concerned. Lady Godolphin makes a welcome reappearance as do Minerva and Annabelle - Deirdre's two older sisters.

If you enjoy light hearted Regency romances with a touch of humour alongside the romance then try this series. They could be read as standalone stores but are best read in order, in my opinion, starting with Minerva (The Six Sisters Series)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 3rd in series. 3.5 stars. 5 April 2012
Red-haired, jade-eyed Deirdre is determined to marry for Love - nothing else will do. So the fact her father's candidate for her hand, Lord Harry Desire, is well bred and good looking, interests her not a jot! But the feelings he arouses in her are truly distracting. Deirdre's discovery of what desire can mean and where her heart really lies brings about a delicious climax to this adventure of intrigue, misunderstanding - and love!

Damaskcat has done a great review, one which I agree with.

This was an amusing book to read. The vicar is truly funny. As for Lady Godolphin - classic! And Beth the maid - ha ha!!!!


1. At the beginning of the story Lord Harry was potrayed one way and then he turned out to be totally different, but no explanation was given as to why he potrayed himself as such (you have to read the book to know what I mean).

2. I wasn't keen on Deirdre. I liked her about as much as I liked Minera (which wasn't a lot).

This really an amusing tale with great support characters. Their antics made for many laugh-out-loud moments. I would recommend you read the first in the series and then this one. You miss nothing by not reading book 2.

1. Minerva
2. The Taming of Annabelle
3. Deirdre and Desire
4. Daphne
5. Diana the Huntress
6. Frederica in Fashion
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Light Read 15 Aug 2013
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This is the first of the 'The Six Sisters' novels I have read. Being a male I just picked it up for something light to read and wasn't really expecting anything too great. I was surprised though to find myself soon caught up in the tale. Although being the third volume this is more or less a stand-a-lone novel. There are references in some places to things that have obviously been covered in the first two books, but it isn't difficult to work out what has gone before.

The Reverend Charles Armitage has been lucky in that his two eldest daughters have made fine marriages for themselves. Alas though the Reverend is short of funds to maintain his fox hounds and thus tries to false his daughter Deidre into marriage. Lord Harry Desire may initially need to be married so that he will his inherit his uncle's wealth, but what does Deidre think, after all she is already in love with Guy Wentworth?

With romance, revenge, murder and blackmail this is quite a fun book to read, with an enjoyable story. Although really more for the female market, even I as a male found myself enjoying it, so will probably other men if they give it a go. Obviously inspired by Jane Austen's works, M C Beaton has put some comedy in this, my favourite character being the lecherous old Lady Godolphin, who is full of malapropisms.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By Marshall Lord TOP 500 REVIEWER
This is the third book in a charming series of six regency romances, each of which has as its central character one of the six daughters of the Reverend Armitage, a warm-hearted but reprobate "squarson" who would rather hunt than preach. It tells the story of the romance between his third daughter, Deirdre, and Lord Harry Desire.

The full sequence of titles in "The Six Sisters" series is:

1) Minerva (The Six Sisters Series)
2) The Taming of Annabelle (The Six Sisters Series)
3) This book, "Deirdre and Desire"
4) Daphne (The Six Sisters Series)
5) Diana the Huntress (The Six Sisters Series)
6) Frederica in Fashion (The Six Sisters Series)

There is signficant character development through the series: although the books can stand on their own they are best read in the above order, starting with Minerva.

The author is a prolific detective story writer, creator of the Hamish MacBeth and Agatha Raisin books, and also of regency romances. To date she has usually published detective stories as M.C. Beaton and romances as Marion Chesney, and this series was originally published under that latter pen-name, but it has now been republished under the "M.C. Beaton" label, so to speak.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good light read
Published 4 months ago by Carol Cole
4.0 out of 5 stars M.C. Beaton (The Six Sisters, Book 3
Have found the first four books in the series very entertaining. I am now reading the fifth.
Would certainly consider reading other books by M.C. Beaton.
Published 10 months ago by L.M.R. Wright
4.0 out of 5 stars MC Beaton
Easy to read. Reasonable story. Agatha Raisin and Hamish MacBeth are more my favourites, though. Usual good standard of writing
Published 13 months ago by S. SINCLAIR
4.0 out of 5 stars A Delightful Regency Romp
Totally frivolous! But Oh so delightful. I have been looking for,some time for a 'new' Georgette Heyer and in M C Beaton I may have found it. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Kindle Bookworm
4.0 out of 5 stars Frivolous and fun, a quick read and easy.
I needed a little escapism and found it within these pages. The characters were interesting enough to keep me entertained.
Published 14 months ago by Kathryn Hirst
5.0 out of 5 stars book series
This was a good purchase because it completed a set that we only had part of. A very good series by this author.
Published 21 months ago by D.G.FRENCH
3.0 out of 5 stars Another sister to marry
I like this series of books and reading how each of the sisters finds their beau. It has the usual twists and turns as they lthe path of true love doesn't run smoothly. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The Six Sisters
I would Recommend all these books. Please read in the correct order to follow the stories through. Couldn't put any of these books down!
Published 22 months ago by H. Lerigo
3.0 out of 5 stars easy reading
another in the series that is fine for holidays. all books in the style of Georgette Heyer, light and easy for a sunlounger!!
Published 23 months ago by Mrs. G. R. Drew
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
I love period dramas and I absolutely loved this book. I had to buy the series after reading the first book on Minerva. Read more
Published on 18 Dec 2012 by Miss Kerry A. MacLeod
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