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Minerva (The Six Sisters series Book 1) by [Beaton, M.C.]
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3.7 out of 5 stars 40 customer reviews
Book 1 of 6 in The Six Sisters Series (6 Book Series)
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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: 1441 KB
  • Print Length: 241 pages
  • Publisher: Constable (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 40 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #174,954 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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By S Riaz HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Feb. 2012
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'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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