The Cheer in Charming an Earl : The Naughty Girls

  • by Emma Locke
  • Narrated by Marian Hussey
  • Series: The Naughty Girls
  • 3 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

For love.
The second of five impoverished sisters, Miss Elinor Conley knows her dream of becoming a lady is farfetched. When an unmarried gentleman happens by her brother's smithy, it is up to her to act quickly - and rashly - to secure his interest. But Grantham Wendell, Earl Chelford, isn't in the market for anything more than a new horseshoe. What's a bachelor to do when an innocent miss turns up at his Christmas Eve bacchanalia? He ought to make her leave, but his Twelfth Night party just became more entertaining.


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Crashing into Xmas love Regency-style...literally

I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

Elinor Conley is in the unenviable position of being the second of five impoverished sisters in a town with no unmarried men...desireable or not. So when a handsome, unmarried earl happens to stop in her brother's blacksmith shop when his horse throws a shoe, Elinor hatches a mad plot to take matters into her own hands. Feigning a desire to attend the deathbed of an aunt she had never been particularly close with before, but who happens to live within a few miles of the earl in question, Elinor dashes off to the country. But as she approaches the estate of Grantham Wendell, Earl Chelford, she engineers an accident that lands her entire carriage in his kitchen. But Grantham is in the middle of hosting his annual Christmas baccanalia--a notoriously inappropriate fortnight-long orgy of debauchery, and all are trapped in by a snowstorm. As Elinor naively hoped, Grantham is taken with her at first sight. But how will Grantham keep an innocent from discovering his predilection towards debauchery with his baccanalia going on in her midst? How will she emerge from spending the night under his roof unchaperoned with a group of notorious degenerates with her reputation intact? As for Elinor, once she realizes the gravity of the accident and how much more serious the harm could have been, she knows her role cannot remains hidden forever. Will Grantham still think her the innocent and love her the same once he knows her secret? Will she be able to convince him that she loves him and is not just another fortune hunter?

This is a fun and light novella that is a delightful departure from typical holiday-themed stories out there. The limited length makes the progression of the love story a bit too rapid--Grantham and Elinor fall in love so quickly, it requires a great deal of the Christmas spirit to indulge in the belief that their love-at-first-sight story is even possible. But the baccanalia guests and their bawdy humor are a great foil for Elinor's naïveté and innocence and are the perfect backdrop against which the author can showcase the differences between her and the usual women of Grantham's set, making it easier to see why he falls for her so quickly. The performance given for the audiobook version of the novella was excellent. Marian Hussey excels at giving each speaker a unique voice that matches the personality ascribed in the novella, no h directly and by more subtle means such as though what they say and do to others. This novella is an excellent way for Regency romance lovers to indulge their love of the holiday season without sacrificing the quality of of the work. I'm looking forward to more of The Naughty Girl series.
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- Sam

A charming romp

This was an entertaining story to listen to, it’s quite an amusing story about a young miss, Elinor Conley, who is determined to marry her earl, Grantham Wendell, Earl of Chelford. Elinor concocts an elaborate plot to meet the Earl, which goes spectacularly wrong. From then on, we have a series of mishaps and misunderstandings. The only criticism I would have was that the ending was rather short. I would have preferred an epilogue to round off the story. Marion Hussey performed a very good narration and she really brought the characters to life. I received a copy and have voluntarily reviewed it.
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- cheryl

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-13-2016
  • Publisher: Emma Locke