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Emily Goes to Exeter

Emily Goes to Exeter [Kindle Edition]

M.C. Beaton
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A dead employer’s legacy of five thousand pounds allows spinster Hannah Pym to resign from housekeeping and find adventure travelling the English countryside by stagecoach. But adventure soon finds Miss Pym in the form of Miss Emily Freemantle, a spoilt violet-eyed beauty fleeing an arranged marriage to a rake she has never met.

What the girl’s darkly handsome betrothed boards their stage, Miss Pym is certain Emily was rash to bolt from this aristocratic catch! And so as soon as the travellers repair to an inn, Miss Pym begins her matchmaking… and although Lord Ranger Harley complains he’ll not marry an ungrateful minx, Miss Pym suspects once she’s marshalled the couple into sharing intimate household chores, all romantic knots will be untangled!

About the Author

M.C. Beaton is the author of the hugely successful Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth series, both published by Constable & Robinson. She left a full time career in journalism to turn to writing, and now lives in a village in the Cotswolds very much like Agatha's beloved Carsely.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 425 KB
  • Print Length: 186 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1849014795
  • Publisher: Robinson (24 Feb 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004H4X85Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,371 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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66 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming story 26 Feb 2011
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This book is the first in the Travelling Matchmaker series. Having enjoyed M C Beaton's Hamish Macbeth, Agatha Raisin and Edwardian Mystery series I decided to try this one as well. I thoroughly enjoyed it and read it in one evening. Hannah Pym - housekeeper - is unexpectedly left a legacy of five thousand pounds by her late employer.

Hannah lacks excitement in her life and for years has waved to the stage coach which passes the house where she works. Now she is a comparatively wealthy woman she decides to travel and having found herself inexpensive rooms, above a bakers, she sets out on a journey to Exeter.

But it is winter and the journey is far from straightforward involving as it does highwaymen, deep snow and various other hazards of a typical journey through England at the start of the nineteenth century. Hannah's fellow passengers are all far from being what they seem and there are some ill assorted couples who Hannah vows to rearrange.

I loved Hannah - practical resourceful and an excellent judge of character. The other characters are interesting as well - Lord Ranger Harley, the obnoxious Captain Seaton, the down to earth Mrs Bradley and Mr Fletcher the lawyer among others. This is a feel good story and I will definitely be reading the other five books in the series. There is humour, good dialogue and well drawn characters - what more could anyone want from a book on a cold winter's evening?
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Frothy & Fun 25 Mar 2011
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Hannah Pym has worked her way up to the top of the servants pile, making it as Housekeeper to Mr Clarence. When her employer dies Hannah is shocked and delighted that he has left to her the remarkable sum of £5,000! What to do with such riches? Hannah decides to set out on adventure by boarding the Exeter Fly, a stagecoach that she has watched every day passing by her employers home - I suppose it's the Regency equivalent of wishing you were on a plane off to somewhere exotic!

Hannah's adventures are written in a light and entertaining style. The coach is first held up by a highwayman and later the passengers are all stranded at an inn in thick snow where Hannah really comes into her own! The eponymous Emily does deserve seeing a bit of cold hard reality, as one does quite want to slap the silly young thing to start with! Of course all's well that ends well and the romantic entanglements are resolved!

I look forward to reading the rest of the series!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read, not easy to put down. 6 April 2011
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First book I have read from this author but enoyed it so much I have downloaded to kindle the next in the series.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun 18 May 2011
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I have read a number of M C Beaton's novels including some in both the Agatha Raisin and Hamish MacBeth series. To be honest I can't say I really liked them very much, but I thought I would try the first one in the Travelling Matchmaker series. What a joy - a thoroughly entertaining, amusing and at times outrageous and impossible Regency romp. It was a wonderful piece of escapism which I read in one sitting. I will certainly read the others in the series when I get an opportunity.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Feel-good reading 19 May 2012
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This is an uncomplicated story of a housekeeper and her dream to seek adventure by traveling on the stage-coach. Thanks to a legacy, Miss Pym is able to make her dream a reality and sets off on the road to Exeter......

For me, what sets this book apart are Beaton's wonderful array of characters and attention to detail. I read this in an evening and found myself smiling as I read. A simple but beautifully told story with oodles of feel-good factor. Lovely!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An adorable series 26 April 2011
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Having read four in the series now have to say they tick a lot of boxes for me -
Entertaining, amusing, period drama, historically accurate social observation, romance, protagonists in peril, even some 'adult themes'! Dare to say it'd be the perfect series to read whilst travelling on holiday!

I only regret to report that they're all quite short, so it's easy to consume one in a single day. Am now rationing the next one, with four books by other authors to be read first, and then will indulge in the next instalment.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Entertainment 10 April 2011
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`Emily Goes to Exeter' is the first of a series of six books that chronicle the adventures of Hannah Pym, a 45 year old housekeeper who has recently been left a bequest of £5,000 by her late employer. Hannah has no remaining family and, having been abandoned by a suitor years before, she feels the urge to travel now that she is a woman of means. Her first trip is by coach to... Exeter and we share Hannah's first real journey outside of the house where she has worked since the age of 12.

The tale is light-hearted and at times events along the journey feel slightly rushed as we are led through snowstorms to an Inn where the main part of the story takes place.

I enjoyed the book, reading it during an afternoon and early evening in the garden although I did feel that a further 20 or so pages of text might have added a little to the experience. Having said that, Hannah's adventures continue in a further five books (the next being Belinda Goes to Bath) so there is plenty more to come.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lighter than a cloud! 22 Jan 2012
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I've read a few Beaton novels, yet found this one somewhat lacking. An incredibly fluffy read, there is little to be enthralled by. Some of the characters are stereotyped heavily, whilst Emily Freemantle, I despaired over. I was expecting something in the same vein as Heyer or Quinn, but even on Beaton's own merit, this is not a great book. Will try the second in the series to see if things improve. Barely worth the 99p paid in the 12 days of Kindle sale, let alone full price.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Nice easy reading
Published 8 days ago by Janet
3.0 out of 5 stars not that great
I really like Georgette Heyer, grew up on them and still read some of my favourites occasionally. This book however is not particularly interesting or well written nor would I read... Read more
Published 21 days ago by toni
5.0 out of 5 stars Emily goes to exeter
Quick easy light hearted read in the spirit of m c beaton, I can't wait for my next adventure either.bring it on
Published 26 days ago by cheryl camps
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy enjoyable read
I loved the history of the book, well written, a change for me from the thriller books I read I will, be 'reading more of M.C. Beaton
Published 2 months ago by carolyn heys
5.0 out of 5 stars good shame about the spelling mistakes, M.C. Beaton needs a new editor
good shame about the spelling mistakes, M.C. Beaton needs a new editor but otherwise a good read. I enjoyed it.
Published 2 months ago by Marinda Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
I really liked this book it was well written and amusing too. Up to MC Beatons usual excellent standard great.
Published 2 months ago by J. Ingleby
5.0 out of 5 stars Throughly enjoyed :-)o
I have read many M C Beaton books and I enjoyed this as much as all the others.

Fast moving story line that keeps you interested. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read with its twists and turns
I thoroughly enjoy M C Beaton's books. The outcome is fairly predictable from an early stage in the book but how it is achieved gives insight into life in those days and there are... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Puffin
5.0 out of 5 stars First in the matchmaker series.
Another great series created by M.C. Beaton. After reading most of the Agatha Raisin books, I was wondering how I'd get by without M.C.'s characters. Read more
Published 4 months ago by S. J. Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
I chose the 4 star rating as I thoroughly enjoyed the story but felt the ending left me a 'little in the air'. I felt I had been unceremoniously dropped without anywhere to go.
Published 6 months ago by Sandra
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