Refining Felicity Paperback
by M. C. Beaton
Part of the School for Manners series
'If you have a Wild, Unruly, or Undisciplined Daugher, two Ladies of Genteel Birth offer to Bring Out said Daughter and Refine what may have seemed Unrefinable.
We can make the Best of the Worst' When Amy and Effie Tribble, two charming but impoverished spinster sisters, lose out on an inheritance, they place this advertisement in The Morning Post and hire themselves out as professional chaperones.
Vowing to prepare even the most difficult misses for marriage, the Tribble sisters will spend a London season on each client, educating them in their School for Manners. Felicity Baronsheath, their first assignment, turns out to be more of a challenge than they could have ever imagined.
Not only is Felicity indifferent to the idea of marriage, she is also a spoilt brat! And when, despite their best endeavours, Felicity insists on remaining unrefined and hoydenish, the Tribbles begin to fear that her season - and their new business venture - will end in disaster.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 192 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 16/08/2012
- Category: Romance
- ISBN: 9781780333113
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Review by AdonisGuilfoyle
I wasn't sure if I would like M.C. Beaton's quirky Regency novels, but I was pleasantly rewarded for giving the first in the 'School for Manners' series a try. In the style of Georgette Heyer, only better written, <i>Refining Felicity</i> is a giggle. The Tribble sisters, Effy and Amy, decide to set up in business as chaperones for 'wild, unruly or undisciplined daughters', and are put through their paces with the hoydenish Lady Felicity. Like Heyer's romances, there really is no mystery in who Felicity is most suited to - her parents intend to pair her with the gruff, slightly roguish neighbouring landowner, Ravenswood, and after 'much ado about nothing', Felicity gets her man. The time-honoured secondary couple, Lord Bremmer and Betty Andrews, are no competition. Beaton gets this style of wry social comedy spot on, with a nod to Regency etiquette, a host of madcap characters, and a choice selection of epithets (Amy Tribble has a rather saucy tongue for a middle-aged spinster!) One rather risque confrontation between the hero and heroine made me think of Lauren Willig's Pink Carnation books, which I personally love, but some gentle readers might be put off by a random dose of smut in the middle of a fluffy romace. There is also the danger that the rest of the books in the series might grow too cute to stomach, but the 'novellas' are only short, so I'll keep reading!