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Deirdre and Desire (The Six Sisters series Book 3) by [Beaton, M.C.]
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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 third in M.C. Beaton's great fun Regency Romance series: The Six Sisters.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 976 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Constable (16 Feb. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005RZB6OM
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #169,480 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Feb. 2012
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This is the third book in the Six Sisters series and a very enjoyable story it is too. Deirdre, Charles Armitage's third daughter, is next in line to be launched on society in the hope she will make a good match. Charles is as usual short of money and wants Deirdre to find herself a rich husband, just as her two older sisters have done. When he hears that Lord Harry Desire must marry if he is to inherit a fortune Charles approaches him and asks if her would like to marry Deirdre.

Deirdre fancies herself in love with Guy Wentwater who has already proved himself to be something of a cad in the two previous books in the series. Guy wants revenge on the Armitage family and doesn't really care how he gets it. The story of a fast paced romp with plenty of misunderstandings, failed elopements and on/off engagements in which Deirdre gradually learns to deal with life.

There are some fantastic characters in this book. Charles Armitage is rapidly becoming a comic character of heroic proportions though he does have his softer side where his family is concerned. Lady Godolphin makes a welcome reappearance as do Minerva and Annabelle - Deirdre's two older sisters.

If you enjoy light hearted Regency romances with a touch of humour alongside the romance then try this series. They could be read as standalone stores but are best read in order, in my opinion, starting with Minerva (The Six Sisters Series)
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Red-haired, jade-eyed Deirdre is determined to marry for Love - nothing else will do. So the fact her father's candidate for her hand, Lord Harry Desire, is well bred and good looking, interests her not a jot! But the feelings he arouses in her are truly distracting. Deirdre's discovery of what desire can mean and where her heart really lies brings about a delicious climax to this adventure of intrigue, misunderstanding - and love!

Damaskcat has done a great review, one which I agree with.

This was an amusing book to read. The vicar is truly funny. As for Lady Godolphin - classic! And Beth the maid - ha ha!!!!


1. At the beginning of the story Lord Harry was potrayed one way and then he turned out to be totally different, but no explanation was given as to why he potrayed himself as such (you have to read the book to know what I mean).

2. I wasn't keen on Deirdre. I liked her about as much as I liked Minera (which wasn't a lot).

This really an amusing tale with great support characters. Their antics made for many laugh-out-loud moments. I would recommend you read the first in the series and then this one. You miss nothing by not reading book 2.

1. Minerva
2. The Taming of Annabelle
3. Deirdre and Desire
4. Daphne
5. Diana the Huntress
6. Frederica in Fashion
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This is the third book in a charming 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 romance between his third daughter, Deirdre, and Lord Harry Desire.

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

1) Minerva (The Six Sisters Series)
2) The Taming of Annabelle (The Six Sisters Series)
3) This book, "Deirdre and Desire"
4) Daphne (The Six Sisters Series)
5) Diana the Huntress (The Six Sisters Series)
6) Frederica in Fashion (The Six Sisters Series)

There is signficant character development through the series: although the books can stand on their own they are best read in the above order, starting with Minerva.

The author is a prolific detective story writer, creator of the Hamish MacBeth and Agatha Raisin books, and also of regency romances. To date she has usually published detective stories as M.C. Beaton and romances as Marion Chesney, and this series was originally published under that latter pen-name, but it has now been republished under the "M.C. Beaton" label, so to speak.
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This is the first of the 'The Six Sisters' novels I have read. Being a male I just picked it up for something light to read and wasn't really expecting anything too great. I was surprised though to find myself soon caught up in the tale. Although being the third volume this is more or less a stand-a-lone novel. There are references in some places to things that have obviously been covered in the first two books, but it isn't difficult to work out what has gone before.

The Reverend Charles Armitage has been lucky in that his two eldest daughters have made fine marriages for themselves. Alas though the Reverend is short of funds to maintain his fox hounds and thus tries to false his daughter Deidre into marriage. Lord Harry Desire may initially need to be married so that he will his inherit his uncle's wealth, but what does Deidre think, after all she is already in love with Guy Wentworth?

With romance, revenge, murder and blackmail this is quite a fun book to read, with an enjoyable story. Although really more for the female market, even I as a male found myself enjoying it, so will probably other men if they give it a go. Obviously inspired by Jane Austen's works, M C Beaton has put some comedy in this, my favourite character being the lecherous old Lady Godolphin, who is full of malapropisms.
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