Originally published in separate anthologies, and out-of-print for many years, these three novellas by legendary Regency romance author Barbara Metzger are in one volume for the first time ever!
This collection includes the following stories:
"The Management Requests"
"A Match Made in Heaven - Or Hell"
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Just Clever Enough to Keep You Interested
It kept my just entertained enough to be satisfied while I ran errands, so from that point of view it was a credit well spent. Not a favorite though.
Her performance was lovely, but this audio—like Metzger's others—had some production problems with skipping/repeating. Nothing too bothersome though.
Actually, a Lifetime Original Movie isn't a bad analogy for what this short story collection is. Moderately amusing fluff that does the job well enough if you're in the kind of mood, but is otherwise not particularly noteworthy.
The mildly frustrating thing about these stories is that I know Metzger is a better writer than she displays here. Indeed, the stories all had flashes of great wit and humor—it just wasn't sustained the way it ought to have been. For example, the idea of the dog Imp (in the third story) was brilliant, and I so wish it had been better fleshed out. Read 'A Loyal Companion' for a much better example of what the author's capable of.
As a side note, this is the first Metzger book I've run into that has anything resembling risque language or adult references. It doesn't bother me—and the references are quite mild by most standards—but it's sufficient that this is one audiobook I'd be careful about playing around my grandmother. Just a heads up for anyone else that's used to putting Metzger's books on in the car with conservative ears around.
- E. Didi
Very good almost as I imagined it!!
I would because it was a lovely hilarious book, I feel Barbara Metzger has the best Georgette Heyer feel and love all her books! While I love her longer books, I feel there is a place for the slightly shorter regency!
I like how she is scheming to get all her sisters married to the people they love and while she is doing it the grandest gentleman is falling in love with her.
while I love Stevie! I think she needs a bit of early Phyllida Nash A la The Corinthian by Georgette Heyer, if she could listen to that audiobook before recording the next Barbara Metzger that would fab!
I would love to see all the Barbara Metzger books in audiobook form especially
1. An Affair of Interest
2. Saved by Scandal
3.The Primrose Path
4.A Suspicious Affair