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I enjoyed this second book of the "The Traveling Matchmaker" series, but not as much as the first.
Miss Pym has quite an adventure in this second book: On the "flying machine" (stage coach) to Bath she meets a young 'single' lady, which causes her Match Making antennas to rise up. When their coach has a mishap, and they are rescued by a handsome Marquess, she immediately starts thinking about the Marquess and her traveling companion ....but there's a catch, the Marquess has invited a young lady and her parents for a visit to his home, with the intent of proposing.....
I plan on listening to the entire series eventually. The two I have listened to have been a light, refreshing read.
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What did you love best about Belinda Goes to Bath?
On the very surface this is a light historical romance with a predictable plot and stereotypical characters. And yet, like everything M. C. Beaton writes each character has a twist that takes the reader by surprise and sometimes a laugh. This is part of a series of books based on an ex-housekeeper, gifted with an inheritance, which she uses to travel around England. In her wonderings she deftly, finds jobs for the jobless, homes for the homeless, and love for the loveless. There is no snappy banter, sex beyond a brush of lips, or even a dawn meeting with pistols, or at least not the standard duel. There is an
underlying thread of reality that makes the whole thing just a little unusual.
What other book might you compare Belinda Goes to Bath to and why?
Standard historical romances come close.
What does Helen Lisanti bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Helen Lisanti is an excellent narrator. She manages to change characters without overpowering the story with so much acting that she pulls the listener out of the story. I enjoyed listening to her.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
I laughed at a point that was one coincidence to many.
Any additional comments?
Just that I am glad M.C. Beaton chose to give up a career in journalism to write novels with some very very dry wit, hidden among the standard plots.
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