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Minerva (The Six Sisters series) [Kindle Edition]

M.C. Beaton
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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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Raven-haired Minerva, eldest daughter of an impecunious vicar, When the Reverend Charles Armitage, an impecunious country vicar in Regency England, announces that raven-haired Minerva, the eldest of his six daughters, is to have her coming-out in London, the news is not well received by the rest of the family. Mrs. Armitage has one of her Spasms and has to be brought round by burning a quantity of feathers under her nose. Annabelle, the nearest in age to Minerva, is clearly jealous, the boys are all surly, and the other girls just start off crying.



Minerva is despatched to Town under the wing of the disreputable old Lady Godolphin. Her task - to find a rich husband and thereby restore the ailing family fortunes.



But the other five daughters will all get their chance, because Minerva is but the first volume in The Six Sisters series by Marion Chesney.


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5.0 von 5 Sternen Ein wunderbarer Auftakt 13. August 2012
Von Daggi C
Format:Kindle Edition
Im ersten Band der "Six sisters" geht es um die älteste Schwester, Minerva.
Ihr Vater hat durch seine Passion als Jäger und sein absolutes Unvermögen als Pfarrer und Grundbesitzer sein Geld durchgebracht und sieht nur eine Chance auf eine Restaurierung seines Vermögens: Seine älteste Tochter muss heiraten! Hübsch genug ist sie ja und wenn sie in London einen reichen Ehemann ergattern kann, dann muss man in den sauren Apfel beißen und das bisschen Geld, das man noch besitzt (oder besser, das der zukünftige Ehemann haben wird!) in das Debut der Tochter stecken. Niemals käme dem Vikar die Idee, dass er ein Jagdpferd veräußern könnte. Dies ist die Ausgangssituation dieses Buches - Respektive dieser Reihe.
Minerva ist im Herzen eine selbstgerechte, rechthaberische und alte Jungfer. Sie kümmert sich zwar liebevoll und aufopfernd aber immer mit strenger Hand um ihre kleinen Schwestern, übernimmt die Pflichten der Ehefrau des Vikars in der Gemeinde und ist so bibelfest wie man nur sein kann. Sie hat ihre Rolle in der Familie selbst gefestigt: Sie ist eine Märtyrerin, die alles für ihre Familie tun würde. Eine Heirat wäre ihr nicht in den Sinn gekommen, aber ist die Selbstaufgabe in einer (ungewollten) Ehe nicht das ultimative Opfer für die kleinen Schwestern?!
Gesagt - getan. Schon bald ist sie auf dem Weg nach London, wo eine alte Freundin der Familie sie in die Gesellschaft einführen soll (Minervas Mutter freilich ist eine berufsmäßige Kranke, die mir Vorliebe nach neuen Krankheiten zum Ausprobieren sucht). Leider hat Lady Godolphin sich seit dem letzen Zusammentreffen mit Charles Armitage ein wenig verändert.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen The Reverend Armtiage needs to marry off his eldest daughter, Minerva 4. März 2006
Von Lawrance Bernabo - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
When the Reverend Charles Armitage, a country vicar in Regency England, announces that Minerva, the eldest of his six daughters, is to have her coming-out in London, the news is not well received by the rest of the family. Mrs. Armitage has one of her Spasms ("her ultimate weapon") and has to be brought round by burning a quantity of feathers under her nose. Annabelle, the nearest in age to Minerva, is clearly jealous, the boys are all surly, and the other girls just start off crying. But the other five daughters will all get their chance, because "Minerva" is but the first volume in The Six Sisters series by Marion Chesney.

Minerva, the eldest, is beautiful but a prude. While her mother reclines on a chaise longue coming up with new malaises and her father is off hunting instead of worrying about the dowries the girls need to be married off. But then Papa decides the boys should be sent to Eton, which requires money, and his solution is to marry Minerva off to some man with a fortune. So she is dispatched to town, where a man is walking around wearing nothing but green (Minerva is shocked), for her first season and her first target, Lady Wentwater's nephew. It goes without saying that this match is not going to work out and that reducing marriage to an economic transaction is never going to pan out in a romance novel.

The comic irony here is that the man who is perfect for Minerva is one who has a ringside seat to her failed machinations. A common theme of Chesney's book is that poor Minerva is scandalized by life in the big city. She is being tutored on how to act in society by an elderly relative, Lady Godolphin, but nothing will stop Minerva from making her moral superiority known to one and all. Consequently, she becomes the subject of a rather inappropriate wager among the supposed gentlemen of Regency London. Time after time, Minerva finds herself in extremely compromising situations with a certain gentleman, who has wagered 50,000 pounds of the matter, but who insists he is not the marrying kind.

Poor Minerva. A prude being seduced is going to be a tale ripe for humor and Chesney indulges in some ribaldry (I was shocked, shocked I tell you, that the word virgin escapes Minerva's lips). The emphasis is clearly on the comedy more than the romance, and my favorite point is when Lady Godolphin demands to know a gentleman's intentions towards Miss Armitage only to be told "You ask me my intentions, ma'am. Well, they're the worst, damme! The very worse!" Then the guy strides away. Now, I realize that could read like something serious, but it really is pretty funny. In comparison to the obvious reference point of Jane Austen, Chesney's offering displays a broader sense of humor, which should be enough to tell you whether or not you would find this book and this series appealing. After all, the vicar still has Annabelle, Deirdre, and three more daughters to marry off as successfully as he manages with this first one (ahem).
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The best of Chesney's Regency series 6. Februar 2006
Von voracious reader - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
Minerva is the first in the Six Sisters series, a set of Regency-era romances by Marion Chesney (who also publishes other romances and mysteries under several pseudonyms). Chesney produced a number of Regency series (Rake's Progress, House for the Season, Mannerling Series, et.al.) but the Six Sisters is her finest romance work by far. Each of the six Armitage sisters has her own complete story;Minerva sets the tone for the whole set-- each girl is beautiful but distinct and flawed, not a perfect doll-like character with no depth. As the eldest of the girls, Minerva must make her way through the perils of London, while falling in love! The supporting cast of hunt-obsessed father, hypochondriac mother and grand dame chaperone who refuses to age gracefully add a backdrop of hilarity and consistency to the stories. Chesney's writing is a standout in this genre because the situations and characters and funny and quirky but not awkward or tedious.

Chesney also adds lots of intersting cultural and historical information, blended so well into the narrative that it serves to make the characters more fascinating. Once you read Chesney's work, you won't be able to read the standard dull, pretentious Regency romance-type again. One of my favorite relaxing-reading sets of stories. I only wish the stories were longer--each only runs about 150 pages.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Best Regency Author 28. November 2001
Von Ariesgirl - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
In my opinion, Marion Chesney is the best of all regency authors.
Her books aren't more sugary than treacle syrup, nor are they
ever so proper like some regencies are. And best of all she
doesn't pull out every darn regency slang word that ever existed
and put it all in one novel like some do. She educates about the
Regency Era and at the same time amuses with her quirky humor
and good romance between the hero and heroine.
The Six Sisters is my favorite of her six book series and Minerva
is my favorite of all her 80 to 90 novels. (99% of which I have
read.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Incredibly funny characters and wonderful attention to detail 23. Juli 2010
Von Hardt2 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
I loved Minerva. But more than that, I love that Marion Chesney released her previously out of print Six Sisters Series to Kindle. What a treat! Every single character is fully developed. Yes, I took the bait and ordered one right after the other. Yes, all six. And believe me, when I finished the last one I was very sad that I would never again enjoy the exploits of Lady Goldolphin, The Vicar, and the entire catastrophic troupe of young ladies and their hysterical coming out parties in London. I'd never read much about the Regency period and generally hate romance novels. Oh, but these are so much more than that... So now, like a dutiful, serenely addicted nutcase, I'm off again with another Chesney series called Emily Goes to Exeter. What a great escape. I've also learned from other bloggers that I might enjoy Georgette Heyer--LOL, who would have ever thought!

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4.0 von 5 Sternen First in MC Beaton/Marion Chesney's "Six Sisters" regency sextet 18. Februar 2012
Von Marshall Lord - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
This book kicks off a 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 and 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) Diana the Huntress (The Six Sisters Series)
6) Frederica in Fashion (Six Sisters 6)

There is some character development through the series, so although the books can stand on their own they are best read in the above order, starting with this one.

The author is a prolific writer of detective stories, including the Hamish MacBeth and Agatha Raisin books, and also of regency romances. Up to now she has usually published the former as M.C. Beaton and the latter as Marion Chesney, and this series was originally published under that second pen-name, but it has now been republished under the "M.C. Beaton" label, so to speak.

This was the first of her books which I ever read (more years ago now than I wish to remember), and probably the one which gave me most pleasure. The author's romance novels vary considerably in sophistication: even her simplest ones are at least slightly more challenging than most of the trashy regency romances on the market, while her best romances - of which this is one - are considerably better than the average for the genre but still a rung downmarket from Georgette Heyer or several rungs down from Jane Austen.

The story nevertheless includes most of the classic Regency Romance cliches. The naive, headstrong young heroine who meets an imposing but sinister man with whom she initially gets off entirely on the wrong foot, but who usually turns out to be the hero; the snobbish wealthy parents of one partner in the romance; the proud but penniless aristocrats; the heroine's scheming rival; servants with a heart of gold; a villain hiding behind a mask of respectability; various social successes and disasters in front of the 'ton' (high society) at formal balls; the heroine makes a complete fool of herself and nearly gets ruined/elopes/is dramatically abducted but is rescued by the hero, etc, etc, etc ...

Two things lift this book above the general run of regency romances. The first is that it does not take itself too seriously and has some good use of humour. The second is that where Beaton gives her sympathetic characters views or attitudes which are essential to keep the regard of modern readers but which were by no means universal at the time, such as a belief in education for women or opposition to slavery, she is open about the fact.

For example, the Armitage family do have a horror of slavery. The slave trade was made illegal in 1807 precisely because there really were people in George III's Britain who disapproved of this immoral trade so strongly as to want it banned even though it was then highly lucrative, but their view was by no means unanimous. Chesney explains this, adds why the heroine and her sisters were among those who did despise slavers, and integrates it well into the story.

This is one of many little nuggets of real historical information which, as with many of her novels, Beaton throws in throughout the story. Some readers will enjoy these: in some of tthe other books other readers may find them poorly integrated into the narrative and that they can come over as lecturing. I didn't have that problem with "Minerva."

Bottom line, if you have read and enjoyed any of the other romances which Beaton published as Marion Chesney, such as the "Daughters of Mannerling," "A House for the Season" or "Poor Relation" series, you will very probably like this one. It is definately a step up from the "School for Manners" or "Travelling Matchmaker" books, or from the majority of modern books in the genre. It is not in the same league as Georgette Heyer, let alone Jane Austen, but it is entertaining.
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