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Charity Steane has nothing in the world but hope. 

Escaping a miserable life under her tyrannical aunt, she decides to take her chances with her estranged grandfather in London. Now it's just a matter of finding him.... And as a 'charity girl' with no dowry and no options, hope can only get her so far. 

But with the help of the dashing and kind-hearted Desford and his dearest friend Hetta, it seems like Charity's fortunes might be about to change. 

That is, until the surprise appearance of a long-lost relative throws things into chaos and suddenly the three friends find themselves surrounded by blackmail and scandal. 

Will their efforts to do right by each other plunge them all into ruin?

©1970 Georgette Heyer (P)2021 Penguin Audio
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Romance

Critic Reviews

"Absolutely delicious tales of Regency heroes [...] Utter, immersive escapism." (Sophie Kinsella)

"I could mainline Heyer's Regency romances until the end of time and still not get bored [...] Georgette Heyer is perfect lockdown escapism." (India Knight)

"One of my perennial comfort authors. Heyer's books are as incisively witty and quietly subversive as any of Jane Austen's." (Joanne Harris)

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  • 08-04-21

Unable to listen

The narration was ver poor it became impossible-to continue listening. It’s a shame as the story seemed fun. I shall be returning this book

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  • Emma
  • 02-09-22

Quality of georgette heyer but poor narrator

Fantastic story as expected for Georgette Heyer but the narrator cannot do voices. When talking in his normal voice or a male character it’s ok, but when voices a lady it is awful, particularly Cherry Steane. Ruins the whole listening experience.

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  • Twiglet
  • 10-11-21

Ok story, off-putting narration

Not one of my favourite Georgette Heyer stories, but main problem was the narrator isn't good at doing the female voices. The voice for Cherry in particular reminded me of Monty Python women - which didn't make for the best listening experience! Will probably avoid this narrator next time.

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  • Jean Gibbons
  • 05-04-21

Typically excellent Georgette story

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Reading of the tale disappointing voices of the persons in the tale. Wondering how it would be with a lady reader.

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  • Grandma- Gateshead
  • 04-28-21

Delightful story

This is well up to the standard of Georgette Heyer"s other tales. Hugh Skinner reads charmingly in general but needs to work harder on female voices. This issue however was not enough to detract from my enjoyment of this delightful escapism

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  • 08-06-22

Terrible narration

Yet another brilliant Heyer destroyed by ghastly narration. These penguin re-records are utterly dreadful.

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