'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.