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By Marion Chesney | Comments: ( 130 ) | Date: ( Jan 28, 2020 )

Eldest of the lovely Armitage sisters, raven haired Minerva, is sent by their hunting mad father vicar to find a rich husband under disreputable old Lady Godolphin When Minerva s honesty mars her London debut and alienates vengeful Dandies, eligible Lord Sylvester Comfrey offers her lessons in flirting with surprising consequences.

  • Title: Minerva
  • Author: Marion Chesney
  • ISBN: 9780312533601
  • Page: 312
  • Format: Hardcover

About Author:

Marion Chesney

Marion Chesney Gibbonsaka Ann Fairfax, Jennie Tremaine, Helen Crampton, Charlotte Ward, M.C Beaton, Sarah Chester Marion Chesney was born on 1936 in Glasgow, Scotland, UK, and started her first job as a bookseller in charge of the fiction department in John Smith Sons Ltd While bookselling, by chance, she got an offer from the Scottish Daily Mail to review variety shows and quickly rose to be their theatre critic She left Smith s to join Scottish Field magazine as a secretary in the advertising department, without any shorthand or typing, but quickly got the job of fashion editor instead She then moved to the Scottish Daily Express where she reported mostly on crime This was followed by a move to Fleet Street to the Daily Express where she became chief woman reporter After marrying Harry Scott Gibbons and having a son, Charles, Marion went to the United States where Harry had been offered the job of editor of the Oyster Bay Guardian When that didn t work out, they went to Virginia and Marion worked as a waitress in a greasy spoon on the Jefferson Davies in Alexandria while Harry washed the dishes Both then got jobs on Rupert Murdoch s new tabloid, The Star, and moved to New York.Anxious to spend time at home with her small son, Marion, urged by her husband, started to write historical romances in 1977 After she had written over 100 of them under her maiden name, Marion Chesney, and under the pseudonyms Ann Fairfax, Jennie Tremaine, Helen Crampton, Charlotte Ward, and Sarah Chester, she getting fed up with 1714 to 1910, she began to write detectives stories in 1985 under the pseudonym of M C Beaton On a trip from the States to Sutherland on holiday, a course at a fishing school inspired the first Constable Hamish Macbeth story They returned to Britain and bought a croft house and croft in Sutherland where Harry reared a flock of black sheep But Charles was at school, in London so when he finished and both tired of the long commute to the north of Scotland, they moved to the Cotswolds where Agatha Raisin was created.

Comments Minerva

  • Shala K.

    I read all of the books in the Six Sisters series within a couple of days, and my reaction to all of them is basically the same, so I'm only going to review the first. Even though it's clear almost from the first few pages who is going to end up with whom and the books are mildly formulaic, the path the characters take to come together is enjoyable and relatively unique in each book, as Chesney (M.C. Beaton) does a good job of making each of the six sisters their own person, and not simply pale [...]

  • Mela

    My favorite Marion Chesney's book as for now. Simply charming.Characters were well chosen. Thanks to them I felt like I was reading rather Austen than just Regency romance. Lady Godolphin, Rev. Armitage, Minerva, Comfrey were one of the best but I felt that all characters, even minor, were considered by Chesney. And the potential of the rest sisters. It is obvious that I am going to read at least next two book of series (I am sure Annabelle and Deirdre had own charming stories.)Really, it is har [...]

  • Grace

    Marion Chesney wrote six six-volume series: Six Sisters, House for the Season, School for Manners, Travelling Matchmaker, Poor Relation (my least favorite series), and the Daughters of Mannerling. I know that later publishers lumped her books together in some semblance of non-chronological order, but these were her groupings. Minerva is the first book in the author's foray into serious series, and after reading her older works (I'll get around to reviewing all of them at some point), I can see w [...]

  • Kathy * Bookworm Nation

    I can’t remember where exactly I heard about this book, but I’ve seen the author’s name around and heard that this series of six sisters was clean so I thought I’d give it a try. I liked the overall story; unfortunately there were just too many things that bugged me. In a way it reminded me of the movie Grease, where the nice moral girl is transformed and becomes more worldly. Those kinds of stories just make me sad, it’s sad when someone gives into peer pressure and changes who they a [...]

  • Yukari Watanabe

    As another reviewer wrote, it's a "British sit-com version of Regency England". I like the fact it was written by Scottish author.

  • Denise

    I'll tell you one thing: Mary Bennet would Not Have Approved of this book.I mention the third Bennet sister because Minerva Armitage, heroine of this book, is comparable to her. Both possess exacting moral standards and a tendency to preach without sensitivity to the situation or regard for the people around them. Where they differ lies in the fact that because Minerva's a main heroine, she gets to be ravishingly beautiful, with a more generously endowed chest (if it's explicitly mentioned in th [...]

  • Yue

    I like this author and I'll continue reading Her School of Manners series. On the other hand, will definitely not continue with this series, since this book was dreadful. But at least it was short.Minerva was such a prig, I think there is only one time where I found her ok, which was when she was being mean to her suitors. I liked that she was honest and that she didn't try to appeal to people just because it was the norm. She didn't like parties and the debauchery of London society, and that wa [...]

  • Lynne Tull

    This is one of the few books/series I would read again. These stories of Marion Chesney started me on my adventureading Regency Romance/Novels/History! I love them all. It must be a "past life" thing:)

  • An Odd1

    "Follicles! uttered in a whisper by a hairdresser" is the "favorite oath" of Lady Godolphin p 66, a poor chaperone for Minerva. Hunt-happy vicar Armitage sends his eldest daughter to restore the family fortune in a London season. Lady G stumbles over malapropisms, mistaking French military "fornications" for "fortifications", and overnights with married Colonel. Her "barrage of peculiar scents" are "from lead paint to a perfume called 'Miss In Her Teens', brandy, rose water, and sour sweat" p 6 [...]

  • Pauline Ross

    This is the first in a series of six Regency romances about the various daughters of a country vicar, similar in style to Georgette Heyer. It's years since I read anything like this, but at one stage I worked my way through pretty much everything Heyer wrote, so when the whole set were on 's Daily Deal, it seemed worth a shot. This one focuses on the eldest daughter, but there's enough interaction with the second in line, Annabelle, to set the stage for book 2 of the series. All these romances f [...]

  • QNPoohBear

    Rev. Charles Armitage, a country vicar, loves nothing more than hunting and hounds but alas for him, more mundane problems face him when a series of poor farming techniques and bad harvests, a wife who continually seeks "treatments" for her "spasms" combined with his excess of spending to create financial difficulties. The Reverend realizes he can send his daughters to London to marry and chooses his eldest, Minerva, to visit a distant relative for her come-out. Prim, proper Minerva takes an ins [...]

  • Sara

    I could swear I have read this before, but maybe it was pre-. Anyway, I could read it every year and enjoy it just as much. A coruscating gem among Chesney's Regency romances. I'll have to go back and pull out some of the best quotes. As usual her descriptions of characters are unforgettable - "that old rip" Lady Godolphin among others - but there are some striking one-line evocations of landscape also. (And not just of the landscape revealed in romantic encountersbut there is that too!)

  • Jay

    The first of the "Seven Sisters" series, Minerva was my introduction to author Marian Chesney. This author writes slim Regency-period romances, not as polished or in-depth as Jane Austen or Georgette Heyer, but they are fun. Most are also mysteries. I love these for the information you WON'T find in other Regency novels, the disgusting habits of the Ton that are left out of novels by Austen or Heyer. Fascinating, easy reading, often lots of fun. All Chesney's books are not as well written as Min [...]

  • Mary

    Actually, I'm not finished. I quit. And I usually finish books that I start.Minerva was given as a Georgette Heyer read-alike, and that may be part of the problem. I was expecting Georgette Heyer and didn't get it. The biggest difference I have seen between Heyer and other Regency romances is that Heyer's leading ladies are strong characters. I think there are a few exceptions, but they are mostly strong women. Sometimes quiet, sometimes vivacious, but smart and capable. I miss that in other Reg [...]

  • Pat Beard

    Good. I find that I do not like regencies as much as I did years ago. Still this was a mildly entertaining read and Chesney's still a much better practitioner of the genre than most.

  • Mckinley

    Fine to listen to. The characters are a bit simple and not stereotyped. Th the martyr sister, the jealous sister, the wicked fashionable gentlemen, etc. Especially the sisters. This one set me up to not have a very favorable opinion of Annabelle who is the heroine in the next book.

  • Carissa

    Predictable but cute regency read.

  • Karen Darling

    The heroine was too dumb.

  • Tria

    4 stars. Not bad, but again, not great; will review later.

  • Mary K.

    Jane Austin meets the 21st Century. Highly entertaining.

  • benebean

    I really wanted to like this book, but protagonist stupidity killed it. The male lead was wasted on her

  • Marilyn Fontane

    I picked up the six volume The Six Sisters because I occasionally enjoy reading about Agatha Raison or Hamish Macbeth. I wanted to see what M.C. Beaton (Marion Chesney) wrote in her earlier years. It was not mystery cozies. The Six Sisters are Regency Romances. The basic plot of the series is based on Pride and Prejudice (not the details). The Reverend Charles Armitage and his wife have six beautiful daughters and two young sons. Mrs. Armitage is as happy to keep to her bed as Mrs. Bennet (altho [...]

  • Zarabeth Davies

    Really enjoyable light fun read!

  • Chris


  • Bree (AnotherLookBook)

    A Regency historical novel about a vicar’s daughter who is sent off to London to make her debut, with specific instructions to make a wealthy match and thereby help her debt-ridden family. 1982.Full review (and other recommendations!) at Another look bookA fun, frothy kind of Regency story, with a very interesting (and, to me, new) array of historical details tossed in there. If you enjoy the frothier aspects of Georgette Heyer, you'll probably love Marion Chesney as well. Chesney (pseudonym M [...]

  • D.D. Chant

    I've read all the books in this series over the last 2 days and now it comes to rating them I'm having a hard time. They are slightly 'warmer' stories than I usually read and it did effect my enjoyment of them.For the first 80% of this book it was a solid 4 star read, then the last 20% threw up all over everything I loved about the story.First the good:1. I loved Minerva! Yes she was straight laced, proper and a bit of a drama queen, full of the idea of being worthy. Yet somehow I still liked he [...]

  • Michelle

    The first in a series about six sisters, set in the Regency timeframe, this brief novel introduces us to the family of a country vicar, Charles Armitage, who would much rather hunt than write sermons. His wife is subject to the vapors and leaves the running of the household to their overly serious eldest daughter, Minerva. Charles realizes that their fortunes are in bad shape and after being turned down for a loan by his wealthy brother, comes up with a wild idea of marrying off one of his daugh [...]

  • Mo

    I remember reading a slew of Marion Chesney novels when my children were very young. They were just the right kind of light, mindless entertainment that I needed at the time. I had to read things that were very put-downable books that would not consume me. My free time to read was very limited.Basically, all of the books in any given Marion Chesney series were the same book. She had a formula, and stuck to it. She changed names, places and circumstances, but the basic plots remained identical. T [...]

  • Kirsti

    A bit predictable, but still more enjoyable than your average regency Mills and Boon novel. There was more innocence to it, but still plenty of descriptions of the Regency world I so enjoy reading about. The writing is simple but descriptive, something I appreciated very much. The characters were interesting, especially Minerva and the next sister in age, whom I cannot recall her name except that she will be the leading lady in the next book. Sylvester is a great leading man, even if he is no Mr [...]

  • Janet McCord

    This was a completely enjoyable book. The author's facility for bringing varied characters to life is tremendous! This is the first of a series and I hope to read the rest before too long. I've always loved the Regency period and books set in that time period since I read my first Georgette Heyer but these are almost Heyer-Plus! Each character and setting are detailed so that you are seeing and living and interacting with them. It gives us a naive but self-righteous heroine who "sacrifices" hers [...]

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