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Penelope Goes to Portsmouth (Travelling Matchmaker 3) Paperback – 24 Feb 2011


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  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson Publishing (24 Feb. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849014817
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849014816
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 1.3 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 387,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kew on 13 Mar. 2011
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This is the third book in the Travelling Matchmaker series (the first two books in order are Emily Goes to Exeter (Travelling Matchmaker) and Belinda Goes to Bath (Travelling Matchmaker)) This one is not quite as light and frothy as the first two. As usual Hannah is on the look out for suitable couples to match but things don't go so smoothly this time and now she has made some enemies. She begins to question the future happiness of the people she has matched. There is a lot of humour in the book too though. A very enjoyable series and I look forward to the release of the next two books Beatrice Goes to Brighton (Travelling Matchmaker) and Yvonne Goes to York (Travelling Matchmaker).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Crux Roesia on 1 Nov. 2011
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This is the third book in the Miss Pym and the Travelling Stagecoach adventure series, and like its predecessors, it's nice and light and fluffy, though it does leave a couple of intriguing threads hanging at the end to invite you to take another adventure with Hannah Pym.

The main idea of the stories is Miss Hannah Pym, former housekeeper now gentlewoman, has been left a legacy by her old lord and is travelling the country on the stage and having adventures along the way. Being of a forthright and rather romantic disposition, she has a habit of getting involved in the lives of the other passengers, especially where matchmaking is concerned, and her trip to Portsmouth is no exception.
This time, her companions include the beautiful daughter of a Portsmouth merchant (the Penelope of the title), an indolent 2nd son of an earl, a rough and ready American heading back to port to take ship for home and a bitter ex-governess travelling to seek another position through an old acquaintance. The adventure really begins when Hannah and Penelope take up the case of a condemned footman, enlisting the young frivolous Lord Augustus's aid in helping to clear the footman's name before he is hung. From there, it is one catastrophe and event after another for the group, which doesn't end upon their reaching Portsmouth.

A light, tongue-in-cheek Regency adventure romance. If you take it in this context and don't expect any Georgette Heyer plots or prose, these are really enjoyable stories.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Mar. 2011
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Hannah Pym, former housekeeper and travelling matchmaker, decides to go to Portsmouth because she wants to see the sea for the first time in her life. At first it looks as though her journey is going to be a lot less eventful than previous journeys but things change quickly when the stage coach stops at Esher where a man is about to be hanged. From there the coach party become involved in crime and Hannah gets all the excitement and adventure she could wish for.

I really enjoyed this third book in the Travelling Matchmaker series. Hannah is her usual resourceful and practical self and her fellow passengers are a mixture of interesting and unpleasant. I particularly liked Mr Cato - the American businessman hoping to catch a ship to New England. Penelope was well drawn too as was Miss Trenton - who was by turns nice and nasty.

This is a good light read with plenty of humour and interesting characters and sparkling dialogue. The characters are believable and human with good points and bad. If you have enjoyed M C Beaton's other series - Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth and you enjoy Georgette Heyer then you may enjoy this series which is quirky, charming and something out of the ordinary.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jo D'Arcy TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Jun. 2011
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Miss Pym has been on her adventures in Exeter and Bath, in third book in the travelling matchmaker series she embarks ona journey to Portsmouth. And this time she makes it to Portsmouth and gets to experience the sea, which is the reason why she wanted to go in the first place.

Miss Hannah Pym, former servant and now through a legacy has the wherewithal to travel. Not abroad but by stagecoach to various English cities. Along the way Miss Pym invariably finds herself in a coach with passengers who are she feels in need matchmaking. Somehow her audacity, charm and plotting means that they by the end of the journey she has succeeded. Not without a few obstacles along the way.

On her travels to Portsmouth, Miss Pym has to contend with a rather bitter governess Miss Trenton, who despise the pretty young girl she has taught in the past. Therefore despising Miss Penelope Wilkins who graces the title of this book as well as the hearts of the men she meets. One of them is Lord Augustus, the second son and his place in life is rather unclear and therefore he spends his days wasting time with pretty things and gambling. A Lord with very little prospect. Mr Cato, an American and rather brash is on his way back after unsuccessfully it transpires into finding a wife to make life more companionable.

They hit problems with the stagecoach, and their perpetrator of the crime is somewhat surprising. Then we have a glorious wicked lady in Lady Carsey who seems to have her mind sent on dastardly matters especially when it comes to footman. Miss Pym has a lot to contend with on her journey south.
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