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Taming of Annabelle (The Six Sisters Series) [Kindle Edition]

M.C. Beaton
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From the moment honey-tressed young Annabelle met her sister Minerva's intended, Lord Sylvester, she developed a secret passion for him that obsessed her. Now she was determined to take him away from Minerva - no matter what!

The second in M.C. Beaton's witty Regency Romance series: The Six Sisters.

Über den Autor

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.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 257 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 1849014868
  • Verlag: Robinson (16. Februar 2012)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1849014868
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849014861
  • ASIN: B005RZB6XS
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Die zweite der Schwestern 13. August 2012
Von Daggi C
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„The Taming of Annabelle“ ist der zweite Roman der „Six Sisters“ Serie. Die zweitälteste Tochter von Charles Armitage lässt sich sehr einfach charakterisieren: Annabelle ist eine streitlustige, neidische, verwöhnte, gemeine und überaus selbstsüchtige Ziege. Sie missgönnt ihrer Schwester das große Liebesglück, das sie mit ihrem Verlobten gefunden hat und will ihn für sich selbst. Annabelle hält sich selbst für unwiderstehlich und versucht das junge Glück zu zerstören. Allen außer Minerva ist klar, dass Annabelle etwas im Schilde führt als sie auf den Landsitz der Familie ihres zukünftigen Schwagers ankommt. Vor allem ein guter Freund Lord Comfreys, Maquess of Brabington, der sich in die hübsche Armitage Tochter verliebt hat, versucht sie von ihren Plänen abzuhalten. Bald schon muss Annabelle einsehen, dass sie die geplante Hochzeit ihrer Schwester nicht mehr verhindern kann. Und was für eine großartige Hochzeit geplant wird! Nur das allerfeinste und Minvera im Mittelpunkt – das ist zu viel für Annabelle. Kurz entschlossen verlobt sie sich mit dem Maquess of Brabington und schlägt eine Doppelhochzeit vor. Als verheiratete Dame würde sie dann neue Versuche starten, ihren Liebsten zu einer Romanze zu überreden (Der ton ist ja immerhin voll von Paaren, die sich gegenseitig betrügen, warum sollte sie da nicht auch ihre eigene Schwester hintergehen können?). Mit diesen Gedanken im Hinterkopf erscheint sie auf ihrer eigenen Hochzeit. Während der Hochzeitsnacht nennt sie dann natürlich auch prompt den falschen Namen... entrüstet verschwindet ihr Gemahl. Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Second in MC Beaton/Marion Chesney's "Six Sisters" Regency sextet 18. Februar 2012
Von Marshall Lord - Veröffentlicht auf
This is the second 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 and enjoy himself than preach, and consequently keeps getting himself in debt. It tells the story of the second daughter, Annabelle.

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

1) Minerva (The Six Sisters Series)
2) This book, "The Taming of Annabelle"
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 Minerva.

At the start of this second book, Annabelle falls in love with the hero of the previous volume, Lord Sylvester Comfrey, in spite of the fact that he is very much spoken for, as the fiance of her elder sister Minerva. So Annabelle hatches an insane plan to get close to Sylvester by encouraging the attentions of his best friend, the Marquis of Brabington. As Brabington is already taken with Annabelle, an engagement is soon announced and the sisters have a double wedding.

At which point Annabelle finally realises that she has married a man who is in love with her while herself in love with a man she cannot have, and everything goes terribly wrong ...

Unlike many regency romances, in this book the wedding is about a third of the way through the book rather than the fairytale ending. Apart from that the story nevertheless includes most of the classic Regency Romance cliches.

E.g. a naive, headstrong young heroine who meets an imposing but sinister man with whom she gets off entirely on the wrong foot, though rarely as disastrously as this time; the snobbish wealthy parents of one partner in the romance; 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 ...

Although the six books in the series are told in the same style and flow together as one almost continuous narrartive, they avoid being carbon copies because of the very distinctive and different personalities of the six heroines. Where Minerva, heroine of the first book, had looked after all her siblings because their mother is an extreme hypocondriac, and Minerva had therefore been forced to develop a responsible attitude and a very practical, down-to-earth approach to life, Annabelle is selfish, vain, irresponsible, and prone to develop mad schemes. The gulf in maturity between the sisters is far greater than the three-year gap (twenty to seventeen) in their ages.

As the title hints, this is almost a "taming of the shrew" novel - not quite, because for all Annabelle's faults, shrewishness isn't one of them - but it's not far off. Unlike the other five books in the series, this is one which some readers may not like because they can't warm to the heroine, though others will appreciate the persistence of the hero. It's saved for me by the humour of the book: e.g. the disastrous situations Annabelle gets herself into can be quite funny, and the dry wit of several of the characters.

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 pen-name, but it has now been republished under the "M.C. Beaton" label, so to speak.

Three things lift this series 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 the six sisters series.

A third strength of this little sextet is the character development throughout the six books. The reprobate vicar, the Reverend Armitage, his friend, Squire Radford, and long-suffering curate, Mr Pettifor, and several other members of the Armitage vicarage staff are all gradually developed through the stories. Younger sisters in the first five books appear as minor characters and give hints of what is to come, while the elder sisters, particularly Minerva, appear from time to time in books two to six, mostly to help out the heroine of the moment. This reduces the irritating impression given by many romance stories that the only interesting part of a character's life is between puberty and marriage.

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. Although the series isn't in the same league as Georgette Heyer, let alone Jane Austen, it is an entertaining and amusing light read.
3.0 von 5 Sternen Annabelle's flights of fancy get her into trouble 19. Juni 2014
Von Michelle Boytim - Veröffentlicht auf
The second book in the Six Sisters series focuses on Annabelle. She is very jealous of her sister Miranda's engagement to Lord Sylvester and has convinced herself that she is in love with him. She is sent off to London for the Season. Her adoption of slang terms for which she has no idea of the true meaning, embarrass her and her family. Minerva has enormous patience for her sister, but Annabelle keeps scheming her wild plans. In order to make Lord Sylvester jealous, she places her attentions on the Marquis of Brabington, his best friend. While he truly falls for Annabelle, she uses his feelings to goad him into a double wedding. A big misstep on her part leaves Annabelle completely miserable, and her father and family friend must step in to right her path behind the scenes. While Annabelle is a bit more annoying than Minerva, this a light, short, Regency romance and is good for light reading.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Unexpected 21. September 2013
Von D. Stone - Veröffentlicht auf
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This was a most unexpected delight from MC Beaton. I've read a number of her detective stories but never a story like this. It was funny, lively, clever, and a real page turner for me. I hated to come to the end. A fun read.
3.0 von 5 Sternen An Amusing Regency Tale 7. November 2012
Von kathyrhino - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Kindle Edition
I love Georgette Heyer regency romances and although this hasn't the same quality of period details, character development or plot I enjoyed it. I felt the first book of the series Minerva was a better read however.
1.0 von 5 Sternen Give this one a miss and read the next one. 21. April 2012
Von StarPlayer - Veröffentlicht auf
From the moment honey-tressed young Annabelle met her sister Minerva's intended, Lord Sylvester, she developed a secret passion for him that obsessed her. Now she was determined to take him away from Minerva - no matter what!


1. There aren't any!


1. No witty dialogue.

2. The support characters weren't as amusing as in the first book.

3. The hero isn't developed. You don't really get a 'feel' for him.

4. At the start of the book Annabelle is a self-absorbed, selfish, self-centred girl and at the end of the book she is exactly the same. This is one heroine I didn't want to have a HEA.

You don't have to read this (and I recommend that you don't) to enjoy the next book.

1. Minerva
2. The Taming of Annabelle
3. Deirdre and Desire
4. Daphne
5. Diana the Huntress
6. Frederica in Fashion

27 april 2012.
Now that I've read the rest of the series I've had to drop this to 1 star as, even though the last 3 aren't that good they are better than this one.
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