A Bachelor Establishment

  • by Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by Anna Bentinck
  • 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

High adventure and dark mystery combine in a sparkling historical romance, by Jodi Taylor writing as Isabella Barclay from The Chronicles of St. Mary's.
Bascombe, widowed and tied to an impoverished estate, has learned to ask little of life. With no hope of leaving, the years have passed her by. Lord Ryde, exiled abroad after a scandal, has returned to strip his estate and make a new start in America. A chance encounter changes their plans, plunging Elinor and Lord Ryde into adventure and not a little peril until, finally, they are forced to confront the mystery of what happened on that night, all those years ago.
Are they both so entangled in the riddles of the past that they are about to miss this one last opportunity for future happiness?


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Customer Reviews

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I am not a romance fan.. At all. But I am a HUGE Jodi Taylor fan!!! So, I absolutely gave this a try. I fell in love with her version of a romance!!! Please more... Don't stop writing St Mary's books (please please never ever) but this was throughly enjoyable. I immediately cared about the characters, I was immersed in the world building and snickered all the way through. MORE MORE MORE!
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- janet

A clever and well-plotted Regency Romance

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I'm still smiling. Clever humor, a plot that is fun but not over-convoluted; no extra filler, just a well-told story. (No explicit sex.) The interplay between hero and heroine was very fun and the romance made total sense. It comes to a very satisfactory and HEA ending for many. I'm not sure it fits exactly into the Regency genre; Napoleon is gone, but there are few other time clues, but it doesn't matter. This is a short, delicious listen.

Ann Bentinck does quite a good job, although her voice is high enough that her men's voices are not great. I didn't find that a hindrance to my enjoyment, however, she is a very good narrator and the way she approached the reading highlighted the book itself, not her narration, which is how I much prefer to hear books read.

Isabella Barclay, as Jodi Taylor, writes a wonderful series of time travel scientists that is also very clever and whimsical, although a bit darker than this story. I would recommend those books to anyone who likes sci fi/fantasy books, with a small bit of romance thrown in.

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- Hope "I love well-written books in virtually every genre. Quirky characters delight me, and it breaks my heart when a good plot is badly done."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-15-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios