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Description Delivery Warranty. The first title in M. Beaton's Regency Romance series, School for Manners. We can make the Best of the Worst. Vowing to prepare even the most difficult misses for marriage, the Tribble sisters will spend a London season on each client, educating them in their School for Manners. Felicity Baronsheath, their first assignment, turns out to be more of a challenge than they could have ever imagined.

Not only is Felicity indifferent to the idea of marriage, she is also a spoilt brat. And when, despite their best endeavours, Felicity insists on remaining unrefined and hoydenish, the Tribbles begin to fear that her season - and their new business venture - will end in disaster.

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Beaton weaves tales of the era that are able to deliver a quick and humorous read focusing on the essence of the era, very able to keep your attention and entertain with escapades from historical London. Each unique storyline introduces you to delightful, likable, and colorful characters that enter the lives of the two eccentric older ladies, known as Amy and Effie Tribble, that are tasked with finding husbands for girls that are 'difficult' to deal with.

They each have quirky and distinct personalities. This tale is clean and wholesome, able to keep your attention and entertain with escapades from historical London. I especially enjoy the humorous bits. It concludes with a H. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

To view it, click here. I enjoyed this comedic trainwrecky regency story a lot even though the romantic storyline didn't wow me. The 2 characters who were the most entertaining in this story were the elderly spinster twin Tribble sisters, Amy and Effie. They reminded me of Dorothy and Blanche from that sensationally funny and classic sitcom The Golden Girls.

Amy reminded me of Dorothy because she's the very tall, austere, sarcastic with a biting bitter and dry witty personality. Effie reminded me of Blanche because she I enjoyed this comedic trainwrecky regency story a lot even though the romantic storyline didn't wow me. Effie reminded me of Blanche because she's very feminine and is obsessed with talking to, and about, men. The Golden Girls became one of my fav sitcoms a couple years ago when I ended up buying every season on dvd.

Both Tribble sisters are virgins though, because this is the regency era and they're still waiting to find their true loves. They're living a life of genteel poverty but they're accepted by everyone in the Ton because their family name is well respected. The sisters' lose their last hope when their elderly aunt dies and leaves all her money to a dandy gigolo called Desmond Callaghan. Then her face lit up. We have got something to sell. We can sell ourselves. We can be chaperones. Look here! We have the right connections. We are good ton. There are many counter-jumpers and mushrooms who would pay for the chance of getting into society.

Refining Felicity Kindle Locations Kindle Edition. These 2 cracked me up because they're the last persons who ought to be training young girls. The sisters are lovable characters with a huge personalities and they certainly made up the deficit when I started to get annoyed with the H and heroine of the story.

Felicity is spoilt rotten, tomboyish, and out shoot, out hunt, out ride and out cuss most men! Her mother's at her wits end because Felicity has little interest in her upcoming societal debut. The heroine's mother wants her daughter to marry their neighbour, Charles. He's the Marquess of Ravenswood and also the most eligible bachelor in the Ton. But Charles detests Felicity and thinks she's a rude hoyden. The heroine claims to hate him but she has a latent infatuation with him. Felicity is so wild and petulant that she gets so angry when she sees Charles talking to a dainty blonde called Betty.

This happens at Felicity's birthday ball and the rebellious , wild heroine is so jealous that she slides down the staircase banister in her evening gown in full view of the guests. That's the final straw for her poor mother, who packs her off to the Tribble sisters for etiquette training and lesson in ladylike comportment. Felicity ends up wreaking a bit of havoc because she rebels against the Tribbles' rules and she's also jealous when Charles announces his engagement to Betty. Charles and Betty don't have an intimate relationship but Felicity is unaware of that. Her jealousy makes her do a lot of silly spiteful stuff like encouraging the attentions of a young man called Lord Bremmer.

She manipulates him into eloping to Gretna Green because she wants to create a huge embarrassing fallout for the Tribble sisters. Lord Bremmer soon gets a nervous breakdown while they're on the road to Gretna Green because the hellion heroine makes him take a detour so she can go join a hunting party. Felicity ends up shocking him by dressing like a man, drinking port straight from the bottle, getting drunk and cussing like a man. Turned off from a noble household? And what of the Tribbles?

But it is of no use, and I may as well save my breath. If only the Tribbles or your mother would listen to me!

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I would tell them to send you to a convent in Belgium and to leave you there until some sense was driven into your head. Felicity becomes a likable heroine after this and she grovels to the Tribbles. But, she's depressed because she's in love with Charles and he's still engaged to Betty. The Tribble sisters come to the rescue with the perfect plan: they know that Betty will never jilt Charles and that the Ton would view the H as a dishonorable man if he breaks the formal engagement. That's when Amy tells him that he ought to pretend to be the worst type of chauvinistic lecher while he's around Betty.

The plan works and Betty goes crying to her mommy, who breaks the formal signed betrothal and allows her daughter to become engaged to Lord Bremmer. Lord B is happy to be with Betty because she's the opposite of Felicity and the H is free to ask the heroine to marry him. There's mild OM and OW interference in this story but no actual cheating.

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The Tribbles get their hefty payday and are happy except for the fight that they still have to find their own true loves. However, the author did introduce an elderly bachelor called Mr. Benjamin Haddon who will obviously become a love interest for one of the sisters in the subsequent novels in the series.


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This is the heroine, Felicity: This is the long suffering H, Charles View 2 comments. Shelves: insane-characters , go-away-and-never-come-back , reads , dnf. Unbelievably bad. Ridiculous and asinine. The only positive thing about this story is its summary; which makes it sound as an enjoyable read. Also, I want my five euros back.

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View all 3 comments. Jun 11, Terry Southard rated it really liked it. Ok, let's just get this out of the way: Marion Chesney is not Georgette Heyer. But you sometimes run out of Heyer books to read and you need to have something light, sweet, and delectable with which to amuse yourself. That's where this book comes in. This book is the first in a series of 6 books starring the hilarious sister duo of Effy and Amy Tribble.

Fifty-something impoverished members of the ton, they take to helping "troublesome" young misses m Ok, let's just get this out of the way: Marion Chesney is not Georgette Heyer. Fifty-something impoverished members of the ton, they take to helping "troublesome" young misses make their debuts during the London season - with a view to finding a mate on the marriage market.

The stories are rather formulaic. The young women in question change too quickly to be realistic. But the Tribble sisters make the books worth the read - at least to me. Easily read in a night or two, this isn't great literature. But it is fun fluff. Amy and Effy were adorable.

Well, mostly Amy. The premise was also pretty cute. Lady Felicity Vane was fairly likable. I was fine with Lord Ravenswood up until that bedroom scene.

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Then I got pissed with him and hated the rest of the book. Why did it have to go so crass? This was otherwise quite fun. I might look for the sequel. Nov 06, Lindley Walter-smith rated it did not like it Shelves: disappointing , romance. This neatly sums at the worst of Regencies: a teenage heroine, a much older man who "tames" her by scolding her to tears, threatening her with rape, and thinking of her as a "seductress" because molesting her as punishment!

But, you know. He's dark and brooding and has a title. If you enjoy a heroine who This neatly sums at the worst of Regencies: a teenage heroine, a much older man who "tames" her by scolding her to tears, threatening her with rape, and thinking of her as a "seductress" because molesting her as punishment! If you enjoy a heroine who starts "spirited" read, insane but is "tamed" by dressing her in gowns that show off her bosom and "firm young buttocks" and abuses herself as a slut after being threatened with rape, constant mockery of older women for thinking they might possible be attractive, and true love by erection, this might be your cup of tea.

Me, I was fooled by the updated cover and finishing school theme into thinking it might actually be fun. More fool me. When gently born but impoverished elderly spinsters Amy and Effie Tribble advertise to hire themselves out as professional chaperones for difficult young ladies, they get more than they bargained for with Lady Felicity Baronsheath, who refuses to stop acting like a wild boy. Aided by Lady Felicity's neighbor, the Marquess of Ravenswood, the Tribbles are determined to refine Felicity and land her a husband.

This is one of the best Regency books I've read in a long time. The Tribble sisters are hi When gently born but impoverished elderly spinsters Amy and Effie Tribble advertise to hire themselves out as professional chaperones for difficult young ladies, they get more than they bargained for with Lady Felicity Baronsheath, who refuses to stop acting like a wild boy. The Tribble sisters are hilarious in their efforts to catch a man for themselves and in their dealings with Felicity.

Felicity comes across as a spoiled brat but I really have sympathy for her and wouldn't wish to be a woman of her station at that time. The romance parts were stupid and unrealistic and I enjoyed the Tribble sisters more than the central romance. I can't wait to read more about the Tribble sisters!

Mar 11, Brittany rated it it was amazing Shelves: zchallenge , romance , historical-fiction , fiction , 5-stars , reviews , humor. Check out my blog to see Reviews of Book and Movies, and check out some Recipes! This book was a delightful random pick from my local library. It was light it was fun, and it was hilarious. It appears her father wanted a son and got stuck with her instead and now she has become too crude to attract a suitor of any standing. With the help of the older 30 Lord Ravenswood, The Tribble sisters are able to pretend at wealth and do their bet to turn Felicity into a proper lady.

The writing is witty and entertaining. If you want a nice light read this is perfect fro the occasion. This is great book to forget everyday problems. I loved it! It's easy to read and also funny. Not my favourite book genre but lots of fun! Two spinster sisters in financial difficulties hit on the idea of advertising their services as chaperones for difficult misses. Dec 05, Bookish Ally rated it liked it. The Tribble sister are a hoot. The flatfooted one is my favorite. Fun scheming ensues! Narrator Anne Flosnik fell flat. Thought she would have been better.

Mild Foul Language. May 25, Laura Pugh rated it liked it.

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A fun, fairly short read. Enjoyable and lighthearted. It's like a Jane Austen with a Rom Com feel and a bit of farce thrown in. A lovely book, the first of the Regency Romance series I have read. Very amusing and entertaining. Amy and Effy Tribble have fallen on hard times and decide to set up a business hiring themselves out as professional chaperones, for difficult misses. Their first assignment finds them introducing the challenging Miss Felicity Vane into society.

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Although difficult, Felicity is delightful and never fails to captivate the reader, similarly with the Tribble sisters, who though eccentric, are real chara A lovely book, the first of the Regency Romance series I have read. Although difficult, Felicity is delightful and never fails to captivate the reader, similarly with the Tribble sisters, who though eccentric, are real characters, very spirited, though impoverished ladies. Using their initiative and connections they deftly steer Felicity through a number of difficulties, with several suitors on the horizon, leaving the reader guessing as to what the outcome will be.

I can recommend this as a light hearted and at times, comic, read. I will be looking out for more of the School for Manners series. I am totally not a regency romance fan.

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