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Polly: Edwardian Candlelight 1 by [Beaton, M.C.]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 372 KB
  • Print Length: 246 pages
  • Publisher: Canvas (6 Dec. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00837F50C
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 40 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #133,449 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I did enjoy reading this light-hearted romance. This is feel good escapism but which is well-written. There is also plenty of humour in the tale, I especially loved Polly's cockney family which had me laughing out loud at times. The book isn't very long though, I read it in an evening.
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By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Dec. 2012
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Edwardian London - city of contrasts - where women were only just starting to be accepted in the work place. Polly is ambitious and she wants to leave her working class upbringing behind and make a better life for herself. She gets a job as a stenographer with an import/export company which is owned by a Duke's family. Polly soon makes herself indispensable but she is not popular with some of her co-workers. Once she meets and falls in love with Lord Peter, the younger son of the Duke, she thinks her dream has come true but there will be many problems before Polly finally finds happiness.

I loved the characters in this entertaining and amusing story. Polly at first glance seems not to be a sympathetic character but I found myself warming to her as she tried to fight her way through all the nuances and traps for the unwary in an unfamiliar social milieu. I thought all the characters were well done and the dialogue believable and fast paced. I liked Polly's family - especially Ma - and the way she has no problem getting on with the aristocracy without changing the way she behaves.

This is a real feel good story and it managed to get me out of a bad mood and made me laugh. I loved the sub plot with the invalid Lady Blenkinsop and her irascible husband. Mr Baines, the office manager, is also an ultimately lovable character as are the other office workers. The book is well written and if you want something to make you feel better about life then try Polly. Great literature it isn't but it is first class entertainment and an enjoyable read.
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By JenP on 23 Dec. 2012
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This was enjoyable as a shortish story but it was very predictable, I kept thinking I'd read it before because it's very similar to something like Pride & Prejudice. I wouldn't keep it or read it again!
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By Frenchie TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 20 Feb. 2013
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Born in East London, beautiful Polly was given ideas above her station by her loving, but very 'working class' parents. Her old teacher insisted that Polly was given elocution lesson to get rid of her Cockney accent. When she landed a job as stenographer in an illustrious firm, Polly had already decided that she would marry the owner's younger son (said owner being of the 'nobility'). Alas, not everything goes according to plan, and Polly does make a few faux pas but does not realise that she should know her place in society. But as she has always been called ''the Duchess'' as an affectionate nickname from the people from her East End lane, it is only natural, in her mind, that she should become a real one.
But Polly was sometimes too stubborn for her own good and too overpowering yet, at times, disarmingly naive. I think it is a question of 'love her' or 'hate her'. Polly could be quite single minded and selfish too but I think she did not mean to be. She was only a young girl following her dream and the rest was collateral damage until she realised that she was going about it the wrong way.
I have enjoyed Polly, it is a well written book, quite full of humour and a good dose of no nonsense from Ma, Polly's mum.
Easy to read in one afternoon, it is perfect for a week end treat.
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I really enjoy all of MC Beaton's books. Having gone through all the Hamish Macbeth (on Audible as well!) and Agatha Raisin I decided to start on her Regency and Edwardian novels. Yes, there are quite a few typos but nothing to detract from the storyline. I like a bit of escapism and these books fit the bill.
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I love MC Beaton's historical romances so was expecting to enjoy this one. Instead, the main character of Polly was an unpleasant heroine which made for a disappointing read. I didn't like her and didn't think she deserved a happy ending after the way she treated others. I would skip this book and read the others instead, you don't need to read them all (or in order) for them to make sense.

I almost didn't read the rest of the series but am glad I persevered as they are so much better than this first book. Molly and Ginny are far more likeable characters and their books are much more enjoyable because of it.

Molly: Edwardian Candlelight 2

A small note re the Kindle version, there are an annoying number of mistakes in the copy which proved distracting.
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I have read a number of MC Beaton's books over the past 20 years or so, and have rediscovered them via kindle. I was initially pleased with this one, there seemed to be depth to the plot and the Edwardian element differed from the Regency novels I am more familiar with. Trouble is, Polly is completely unlikeable, and did not deserve a happy ever after. Also, the ending, what?
Has anyone seen the lady writer sketches on Little Britain? Were they referring to Ms Chesney/Beaton? It seems so to me.
I don't think this author likes her minor characters much, they have as much depth as wallpaper. Is she starting to get bored with her plots before she writes the end of her books? I wont continue with the series.
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