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Emily Goes to Exeter [Kindle Edition]

M.C. Beaton
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Book Description

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!

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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 (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #47,394 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Frothy & Fun 25 Mar. 2011
By Mrs. D. J. Smith VINE VOICE
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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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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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars That Magnificent Woman in her Flying Machine 15 April 2011
Hannah Pym has worked her way up from being a scullery maid to housekeeper but when her employer dies and she is left a bequest of five thousand pounds she decided that what she needs is some adventure.

After every day of watching the stagecoach, the Flying Machine goes past with six horses, Hannah wants to experience travel. She is not bothered as much about her final destination but the act of going there; to her this is an adventure. First journey is London to Exeter on the Exeter Fly a journey which will take 3 days. However it is midwinter and before they have even left London, snow is starting to fall but that will not be their only problem along the journey. We are in a time of highwayman in Kensington (of all places!) and corrupt toll keepers. All these will be encountered by Hannah and the other passengers on the trip.

The passengers are an eclectic mix, a widow Mrs Bisely, with her new fiancée Captain Seaton who only sees money and not love for his future. Mr Fletcher, a lawyer, rather unkempt and quiet. Mrs Bradley a lady who has a bagful of lotions, potions and ointments to cure every ill or complaint. Lord Harley is looking for someone who has run away. Edward Smith does not appear to all that he seems and when they reach the first inn sleeping arrangements become a cause for concern.

Snowed in and differing people, including the coachman and the post boy as well as the `outsiders' those that pay to sit atop the coach not inside are all thrown together. Human nature takes over with some of them, and for Hannah it seems an ideal opportunity to organise them as she has organised keeping a house. The tag of this book and the subsequent others is The Travelling Matchmaker, so it is apparent where the story is going to go.
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Hannah Pym - Traveling Matchmaker Extraordinaire
Hannah Pym has been in service at Thornton Hall since the age of twelve, working her way up through the servant ranks from scullery maid, kitchen maid, in-between-stairs maid,... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Judge Tabor
4.0 out of 5 stars Miss Pym, not so Prim
I like the Agatha Raisin books so gave this a try. It was a good easy read and gave a good account of life at that time.
Published 5 months ago by sparkly jane
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good.
Good read. keeps reader guessing as to where it is going.
Published 6 months ago by Barbara MX
5.0 out of 5 stars Miss Pym's travels
What can I say except that her books do not disappoint. Another fun light read.
Published 6 months ago by judyb
5.0 out of 5 stars Good holiday read
Loved it. Currently working my way through the Agatha Raisin stories and thought I would give this a try. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Gina2000
3.0 out of 5 stars I was a little disappointed by this book
I was a little disappointed by this book, as I found it a little dreary and slow-moving. That being said, it was easy to read and simple, so if you like romantic stories with a... Read more
Published 7 months ago by KG
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Nice easy reading
Published 7 months 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 8 months 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 8 months 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 9 months ago by clara
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