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Minerva (The Six Sisters series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

M.C. Beaton
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Raven-haired Minerva, eldest daughter of an impecunious vicar, When the Reverend Charles Armitage, an impecunious country vicar in Regency England, announces that raven-haired Minerva, the eldest of his six daughters, is to have her coming-out in London, the news is not well received by the rest of the family. Mrs. Armitage has one of her Spasms and has to be brought round by burning a quantity of feathers under her nose. Annabelle, the nearest in age to Minerva, is clearly jealous, the boys are all surly, and the other girls just start off crying.

Minerva is despatched to Town under the wing of the disreputable old Lady Godolphin. Her task - to find a rich husband and thereby restore the ailing family fortunes.

But the other five daughters will all get their chance, because Minerva is but the first volume in The Six Sisters series by Marion Chesney.

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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)

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

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1440 KB
  • Print Length: 241 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson (16 Feb. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184901485X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849014854
  • ASIN: B005RZB5PM
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #109,759 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
By Marshall Lord TOP 500 REVIEWER
This book kicks off the "Six Sisters" series of humorous 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" (a word formed by combining squire and parson, which was a nickname used at the time for a vicar who acted more like a local dignitary than a man of God.) The Reverend Armitage would much rather hunt or enjoy himself than preach or look after his parishioners.

But by the winter of 1811, when this book starts, this behaviour combined with several bad harvests in the two farms which he owns, have left him in severe financial difficulties. So he decides that the eldest of his six daughters, Minerva, must rescue the family fortunes by making a rich marriage. This book tells the story of how Minerva, who is very beautiful (which was an asset on the marriage market), highly intelligent (which wasn't) and has a strong propensity for saying exactly what she thinks (which is disastrous) eventually does find a husband, but with plenty of amusing upsets along the way.

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

1) This book, "Minerva"
2) The Taming of Annabelle (The Six Sisters Series)
3) Deirdre and Desire (The Six Sisters Series)
4) Daphne (The Six Sisters Series)
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Light-hearted Regency romance 17 Feb. 2012
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Charles Armitage - rural vicar and hunting fanatic - has six daughters and two sons, an invalid wife and not very much money. He hits on the idea of launching his oldest daughter, Minerva, at the next London season in the hope that she will find a rich husband and repair the family's fortines.

Minerva is not that keen on the idea because she finds satisfaction in looking after the family, helping her father's parishioners and writing his sermons. In a nutshell, Minerva is a bit of a prig. As well as being a bit sanctimonious Minerva has many endearing qualities including a tendency to being accident prone.

Her launch into society is almost scuppered by her tendency to say exactly what she is thinking rather than the polite white lies which are expected of her. I really enjoyed reading this story and laughed out loud at the antics of some of Minerva's would-be suitors. The hero is interesting with a mixture of good and bad qualities and Lady Godolphin - Minerva's chaperone - is suitably vulgar and worldly-wise. Even her father shows himself to be humane and caring - as well as spendthrift. Minerva's sisters exhibit a realistic mixture of sibling rivalries and sisterly love and support.

I read this book at a sitting and immediately started on the second one The Taming of Annabelle (The Six Sisters Series) If you want some light reading and enjoyed this author's Travelling Matchmaker series then you will probably enjoy this book. It is well written and shows an excellent knowledge of the Regency period and life in high society. It is the first in the Six Sisters series.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars First in a charming set of six regency romances 12 Oct. 2007
By Marshall Lord TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This book kicks off a 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 eldest daughter, Minerva.

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

1) Minerva
2) The Taming of Annabelle
3) Deirdre and Desire
4) Daphne
5) Diana the Huntress
6) Frederica in Fashion

There is some character development through the series, so although the books can stand on their own they are best read in the above order, starting with this one.

Marion Chesney is a prolific writer of Regency romances: she also writes mystery stories under the name M.C. Beaton.

This was the first of her books which I ever read (some years ago now), and probably the one which gave me most pleasure. Marion Chesney's novels vary considerably in sophistication: even her simplest ones are at least slightly more challenging than most of the trashy regency romances on the market, while her best romances - of which this is one - are considerably better than the average for the genre but still a rung downmarket from Georgette Heyer or several rungs down from Jane Austen.

The story nevertheless includes most of the classic Regency Romance cliches.
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4.0 out of 5 stars for the series
Minerva is the beginning of The Six Sisters which is a good regency romance series, and I would recommend it to anyone who was interested in the genre or the period, as I also feel... Read more
Published 1 hour ago by j mason
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Interesting story but not sure if I will read more in the series
Published 5 months ago by Mrs. Susan Hammond
3.0 out of 5 stars Older Regency with Great Characters
t took me a while to get into this story, mostly because the heroine, Minerva, is a stiff necked prude who writes the weekly sermons for her father and continually sermonizes to... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Judge Tabor
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good light read
Published 12 months ago by Carol Cole
5.0 out of 5 stars MCBeaton
A good light read in the Regency vein. The characters are well portrayed and varied, the plot is quite interesting.
Published 14 months ago by S. SINCLAIR
5.0 out of 5 stars M.C Beaton the Best
These Books are wonderfully written this \lady has great talent, I have read nearly all her books now have caught up with the latest ones and look forward to the next new book out... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Beryl Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars easy read
Frivolous and light in the Georgette Heyer vein, this is easy to read and fun. Enough of a story to entertain a brooding hero and a temperamental heroine. Read more
Published 16 months ago by M. Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars bought on a whim
I thoroughly enjoyed the book - thought it was a brilliant read. Will buy more from this author. Would recommend
Published 17 months ago by Mrs Dawn Ratcliffe
4.0 out of 5 stars Witty, light & well written
I am really getting into these M C Beaton books at the moment. They are frivolous & light, but are well written by someone who clearly knows much about the period. Read more
Published 18 months ago by sarah Marshall
2.0 out of 5 stars Gone off MC Beaton
Ummm - it was a 99p er. What can I say. I finished it, it was pretty silly, but probably kept me very mildly entertained on holiday. Wouldn't bother again. Read more
Published 18 months ago by MrsS
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