Emma Porter is 40, fat, frumpy, and a passionate amateur gardener. When her longtime lover dumps her for a younger woman, Emma escapes the cloying sympathy of family and friends by setting out on a summer-long driving tour of England's glorious gardens. A Dimity-contrived coincidence brings her to Penford Hall, a sprawling Gothic mansion in Cornwall, where she finds a duke in search of a missing lantern with extraordinary powers.
Suspecting there's more than one mystery to be solved at Penford Hall, Emma accepts the duke's invitation to stay on and restore the once glorious chapel garden to its former beauty. The dark rumors surrounding a rock star and the near-death of the duke's beautiful cousin confirm Emma's suspicions, and set her - with Aunt Dimity's ghostly guidance - on the path to Penford Hall's secrets and the pleasure of unexpected love.
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One of my favorite books ruined by the reader.
The performer appears to be learning to read. Every "a" is pronounced as a long a.
The character Emma is written as smar, logical, strong and is here made to sound weak, young, and non-assertive. All the English characters speak with big spaces between each word.
I was really happy that you had made this book available. I preordered so I anticipated enjoying the reading. I forced myself to listen twice, hoping it would sound better the second time. It was just as annoying.
I can get free recordings through a government program for the handicapped. They have a great recoding of this book, but I have no way of copying it because they use a unique recording method.
I am also VERY sorry to see that, now that you have made the series available, it is all performed by the same artless individual.
The book, not the erecording, has many of the qualities of Charlotte MacLeod's Sarah Kelling series: Charm, wit, and humor. These qualities do not come across in your version.
The text is great and does not need cutting.
Please rerecord with a different performer.
Nice development of a background character
The Aunt Dimity series has been delightful diversion, Nancy Atherton has inserted this volume skillfully into the series.
Reminds one of a teacher reading to an elementary school class.