Tilly by M. C. Beaton audiobook

Tilly

By M. C. Beaton writing as Marion Chesney
Read by Charlotte Anne Dore

Blackstone Publishing

The Ladies in Love Series: Book 3

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The Beast—that was what they called her. With her plump body and rough tomboy ways, she felt more like a clown. It was hopeless. Poor penniless Tilly could only sit among the chaperons as a paid companion to the spiteful Lady Aileen. The best she could do was sit … and dream. But suddenly Philip, Marquess of Heppleford, the most eligible bachelor of all, decided he wanted her for himself, to be his wife, and they were married. His intent was to keep his freedom, fulfill the conditions of his father's will, and shock his aunts. He never imagined he'd return from a scandalous adventure in Paris only to find a seductive beauty—a beauty who had learned that loving well is the best revenge. In this whirlwind series, Marion Chesney brings us spirited, independent women who are at once bewitching, beguiling, and determined to make their mark on the world, be it within their social circle or extending beyond. With their arms wide open, these women are absolutely original and unforgettable, as are the tales in which they are featured.

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Summary

Summary

The Beast—that was what they called her. With her plump body and rough tomboy ways, she felt more like a clown. It was hopeless. Poor penniless Tilly could only sit among the chaperons as a paid companion to the spiteful Lady Aileen. The best she could do was sit … and dream. But suddenly Philip, Marquess of Heppleford, the most eligible bachelor of all, decided he wanted her for himself, to be his wife, and they were married. His intent was to keep his freedom, fulfill the conditions of his father's will, and shock his aunts. He never imagined he'd return from a scandalous adventure in Paris only to find a seductive beauty—a beauty who had learned that loving well is the best revenge.

In this whirlwind series, Marion Chesney brings us spirited, independent women who are at once bewitching, beguiling, and determined to make their mark on the world, be it within their social circle or extending beyond. With their arms wide open, these women are absolutely original and unforgettable, as are the tales in which they are featured.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Chesney is a romance writer who deftly blends humor and adventure…[sustaining] her devoted audience to the last gasp.” Booklist
“As ever, Chesney shows herself a master of historical detail and color.” Publishers Weekly on Our Lady of Pain
“Nobody writes Jane Austen like Marion Chesney…[She] gets it right every time.” Detroit Free Press, praise for the author

Reviews

Reviews

by Stormi 9/13/2017
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A good historical romance

This is my first book by M. C. Beaton and if I get the chance I would be up to reading some more of her books (or listening).

Poor Tilly is called the 'beast' because she is always made up horribly and is a little plump. She is left penniless when her father died and she is now resigned to being a paid chaperon. She is a tomboy and doesn't know anything really about how to dress or put on makeup and nobody really seems to want to help the they would just much rather make fun of her.

The Marquess Heppleford doesn't really want to get married but his father put in his will that he must marry within one month of the reading of the will or he forfeits his wealth to his nephew. Phillip is not happy with this and since he has to marry he decides to just floor everyone with his choice of Tilly. He states that it will be more of a business arrangement, but Tilly didn't exactly know what that meant until later. All she knows is that she fancies herself in love with him.

Phillip leaves Tilly on their wedding night to go back to Paris to be with his mistress. This leaves Tilly to all the gossip around town, but soon she hires a french maid she knew to give her a make over. With proper diet and knowledge of social graces she transforms from the beast to a butterfly and surprises Phillip when he comes home.

Tilly was very niave but she had gumption and that was what I liked about her. I think my favorite part was when she smacks the Marquess in the nose after he smacked her. It was their first fight and she held her own and it made me laugh.

I was not a real fan of Phillip even though he redeems himself at the end I found his actions deplorable. I mean, he left his new wife on their wedding night to go to his mistress! I would not have been as forgiving and Tilly was even if in love. He does something else that also makes me made but I don't want to mention it. Over all he just wasn't a very likable character in my eyes.

Despite not liking Phillip the books is really more about Tilly and what she does for love and so in that retrospect I enjoyed the novel. This was a quick listen and I enjoyed it and think that if you like historical romances you should give it a try.

The Narrator:

This was read by Charlotte Anne Dore. The narrator was okay but she wasn't the best I have heard and her male voices were horrible and a bit grading on the ears. Once I got use to her it was okay but I think it would have been better with a different narrator.

Author

Author Bio: M. C. Beaton

Author Bio: M. C. Beaton

M. C. Beaton (1936–2019) won international acclaim for her New York Times bestselling Agatha Raisin novels and Hamish Macbeth mysteries. Her Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth titles have sold more than 21 million copies worldwide and have both been adapted into BBC television series. She has been hailed as the “Queen of Crime” by the Toronto Globe and Mail, and her books have been translated into seventeen languages.

Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Romance
Runtime: 5.53
Audience: Adult
Language: English