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Minerva (The Six Sisters Series) [Kindle Edition]

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

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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 the first volume in The Six Sisters series by M.C. Beaton.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 437 KB
  • Print Length: 241 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 184901485X
  • 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
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,902 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
By Marshall Lord TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
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)
5)
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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
By Damaskcat HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Minerva (Six Sisters 1) 17 Feb 2012
By S Riaz HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition
'Being the First Volume of the Six Sisters,' this is the first book in a series of Regency romances concerning the Armitage family. The Reverend Charles Armitage is the vicar of St Charles and St Jude, in the country parish of Hopeworth. His problem is that he has a love of hunting that is proving rather expensive and he has six daughters and two sons to provide for. His twin sons, Peregrine and James, are now coming to the age when he needs to consider their education, but that costs money. When his brother, Sir Edwin Armitage, refuses to help - and selling one of his hunters is simply not an option - he turns to his eldest daughter Minerva for help. Priggish Minerva is the eldest daughter, who runs the household and helps her father with his parish work, but there is nothing for it - she must go to London and find a husband in the season. In other words, her father needs money and she must marry it.

M C Beaton is a very accomplished writer and, although this is not great literature, she peoples her novels with interesting characters and they are always deftly plotted. You feel you are in the hands of a master, as she introduces the racy Lady Godolphin, who agrees to pay for Minerva's season, so she can 'nail a rich husband.' This is a matter that will prove extremely difficult, as Minerva is more used to parish visiting than flirting and has a terrible urge to be honest with people that she meets. There are some highly unsuitable rakes and, of course, we need a hero. He goes by the name of Lord Sylvester Comfrey, son of the Duke of Allsbury. Also,there is an interesting side story concerning the second sister, Annabelle, and an excellent twist at the end of the book that will be sure to make you want to read on. This is great fun, a light, fun read which is slightly daring in places and cleverly written.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 2 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 3 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 3 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 5 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 6 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 6 months ago by MrsS
3.0 out of 5 stars Quite good
I enjoed this story but not as much as other romantic historical novels. It was ok but not as gripping as I expected.
Published 7 months ago by JKP
4.0 out of 5 stars Good romantic story
I downy usually read historical romances but enjoyed this one and will read the other five in the series over the next few months. A nice easy read to relax with.
Published 8 months ago by Sue and Charles hyde
2.0 out of 5 stars Not My cup of tea
I ordered two books in this series, but I did not like this authors style of writing. I persevered through a few chapters but I did not engage with the main characters and on that... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mrs Barbara A Payne
5.0 out of 5 stars The six sister are a good series
the six sister book are very good I enjoyed this one very much i am looking foward to reading the rest of the series
Published 14 months ago by audrey gibbard
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