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Publisher's Summary

The first kiss crumbles her world. The second mystifies. The third unbalances. The fourth sends her reeling. And the fifth - ah, the fifth....

Inspired by Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, Miss Sarah Meacham has always behaved circumspectly, until an emotional outburst directed at a well-deserved gentleman earns her the nickname of Miss Shrew. As a result, she vows to never trust - or love - again. But when her father decrees that her younger sister cannot marry the man of her dreams, until Sarah has secured a suitor of her own, she is faced with a dilemma: deny her sister marital bliss or feign an interest in the next gentleman to come along, at least until their father relents.

Mr. Ian Collum is no gentleman. A tradesman and newcomer to Brighton, he has been searching high and low for the perfect house. When he at last discovers Ivy Cottage, with its magnificent views, extensive lands, and a large oak tree reminiscent of his favorite childhood escape, he will do whatever it takes to obtain it. Trouble is, the owner of the property will only sell if Ian agrees to court the beautiful and infamous Miss Shrew - a woman as intent on eluding Ian as he is on pursuing her.

©2021 Rachael Anderson (P)2021 Rachael Anderson
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Romance

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Romantic and Funny

This was a really fun and very romantic story. I love Ian and Sarah both as individuals and as a couple. I really enjoyed the way this slow burn romance developed as well as lots of humor along the way.

Highly recommend this one as well as the audible version of it!

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Flirty, funny and clean!

A delightful listen! I enjoyed the relationships portrayed, Ian was my favorite!
Justine Eyre is one of my favorites even though her man voice isn't great I enjoy listening to her!

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good clean regency

What a fun nod to The Taming of the Shrew! I quite enjoyed this retelling.

After badly handling being mistreated by a gentleman Sarah is labeled Ms Shrew and swears off men. When her younger sister is ready to marry her father says she can not marry unless her older sister agrees to start letting gentleman court her again. Enter Mr. Collum who wants to purchase a house from said younger sister's almost fiance, Mr. Giles. Mr. Giles agrees to sell it if Mr. Collum will agree to try courting Sarah.

It really was a fun story and very well done. My favorite part was the "redecorating" and then the elpilogue. So funny!

I also recommend the audible version. The narrator did a good job.

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Loved it!

It had been a while since I had read a book from this author. I loved it from the start. Just the right comedy and romance. But most importantly, this was a clean read!

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The Main Characters Were So Likeable

Narration was also very good. Would recommend. I don't like excessive drama, so appreciated the fact it was minimal. Rachael Anderson is an entertaining author. She adds humor to her stories.

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Disappointing

I love the author and her work. This book, however, was fair and rather disappointing. I skipped sections and raced to the epilogue. Justine Eyre was fabulous as usual.

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Entertaining and Sweet

This lovable story redeemed The Taming of the Shrew in my opinion. The framework of the Shakespeare's story was present but the characters were not only funny but respectful to one another. I also appreciated that the story remained lighthearted even at its most conflicted areas. This is due in small part to the frequent use of humor and the narrator's performance of it. Her blend of a Scottish-English accent was well done too. This was a very enjoyable read for me.

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Thoroughly Enjoyable

I enjoyed the story and the pace. it's not the most "exciting" read, but a sweet story and great character development.
The narrator is fantastic. She brought the story to life.

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Loved this story!

Justine Eyre makes this story such a great listen, she switches accents and voices so easily and fast. I loved all the characters in this story. It was a very enjoyable listen. I highly recommend

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Just okay

Felt like same ol’ same ol’. Maybe even with less excitement than usual for this genre. No twist or turns, not even much romantic spark. Doesn’t even come close to a page turner. However, Justine Eyre is wonderful as usual.

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Clean Sweet Regency Romance

My 1st from this author and I enjoyed it. Clean, nothing scary and a happy ending. I liked the characters and the narrator did a good job.