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  • The Accidental Queen

  • A Midlife Fairy Tale
  • By: Kristen Painter
  • Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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The Accidental Queen

By: Kristen Painter
Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
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Summary

Sparrow “Ro” Meadowcroft is about to get the promotion she’s always dreamed of–curator of the museum where she works. She loves old things and the history that surrounds them, so when a patron leaves some items to the museum, Ro is eager to dig in.

The sword in the stone that comes with those items is clearly a joke. A well-made but obvious replica meant to be a conversation starter. Why anyone would think that belonged in the museum is beyond her, but she can’t resist taking a crack at it and finding out if she’s the chosen one.

And as it turns out...she is.

©2022 Kristen Painter (P)2022 Kristen Painter

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Brilliant first book

I have enjoyed every book written by Kristen Painter and narrated B. J. Harrison. The are both captivating, exciting and well read. Thank you.

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fantastic!

loved it. very much a setting up story, cannot wait for next one. always love her books

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Well written BUT very slow

The book is well written and will hold your attention.
The performance is great.
The story is slow, you can work out what is going to happen about 4 hours before it happens. The story has little depth, something to fall asleep to.

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  • Audible Customer
  • 01-10-22

Exquisite, a breath of fresh air

This audiobook will capture you from the beginning. As soon as B.J. start narrating this story his words get wrap around you and you can feel every emotion there is to feel.

This audiobook is about a mature woman in her 50 that has to confront changes in her life and does it with thoughtfulness and not cowering down. It combines actual moments in life with a dash of history (Excalibur), a bit of time/place travel, a new view of Fairyland and a lot of fun.

It's a fantasy with a different twist. I'm an avid listener of Paranormal and usually I can guess what's coming next but not with this one. It continued to surprise me at every turn and I can't wait for the next one.

Teresa

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  • Chris
  • 05-10-22

Children's fairytale

This was a pleasant diversion, but certainly not thrilling or thought provoking. I think labeling it as "mid life women's fiction" is way off the mark. It was a somewhat interesting though predictable story that is closer to a children's tale , not even young adult. Even the narrator sounded like he was reading to a young child.
It has potential, but seems more like a rough draft that hasn't been fleshed out with anything exciting.

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  • chrisf
  • 07-10-22

I love Painters books but….

While this book has well developed characters and an interesting story concept, the book overall is slow. I found myself easily distracted and had to listen at a faster pace just to maintain interest. I will definitely read the next one as I am a huge fan, but I hope it will be more of a race to finish rather than a leisurely stroll in the garden!

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  • aleisha
  • 26-10-22

Very enjoyable

Very much enjoyed this book and I’m assuming there will be more books to continue the story

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  • vote4anya
  • 21-10-22

Predictable, shallow, and linear.

As I'm listening to this book, I wonder if it's a young adult book due to the simplicity of the plot and characters. The characters are flat, the dialogue is bland and tedious and neither adds to the story. Every step of the plot is predictable. The book ends abruptly with nothing resolved, although I can imagine how it will end since the entire premise seems to be following a foreseeable trajectory. I won't be listening to the conclusion of this book. (Notice that I call it the conclusion, not the second in the series because of how The Accidental Queen ends before it should.)

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  • Estella Blessed
  • 01-10-22

Kristen Painter does it again.

Sparrow “Ro” Meadowcroft is about to get the promotion she’s always dreamed of–curator of the museum where she works. She loves old things and the history that surrounds them, so when a patron leaves some items to the museum, Ro is eager to dig in.

The sword in the stone that comes with those items is clearly a joke. A well-made but obvious replica meant to be a conversation starter. Why anyone would think that belonged in the museum is beyond her, but she can’t resist taking a crack at it and finding out if she’s the chosen one.

And as it turns out...she is.

Kristen Painter does it again. This is a great start to another series. I must say that Kristen Painter for me is that author that I love all her books! Ro is an excellent charater. She is very relatable. This book is a great introduction to what I believe is going to be another great series. If you love a well written and entertaining paranormal book , you have to give this book a chance, Trust me you don't want to miss this book or series,

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  • Watching and Reading
  • 01-10-22

Met expectations as a pleasant read

I began reading Ms Painter’s works with Nocturne Falls and then read through the rest of her novels. The only series I didn’t love were the First Fangs Club novels as there were cliff hangers between books. That always seems manipulative to me.

There is some romance, a little magic and an emphasis on family. I enjoyed this book. It comes across as comforting as a hug.

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  • Carolyn Philpot
  • 27-01-23

Not Just Another Sword in the Stone

Good start of a hopeful long series. Main female character learns that not only has she stumbled into becoming a Queen of a Faerie Kingdom but that she and her son are also Faerie. Good character development so far and plenty of drama in this well written story. The male narrator has a very calming and sensual voice. Does a good job on different characters.

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  • Leala Price
  • 24-01-23

Good story

I love the story line and the intricacies of the characters. Kristen Painter never disappoints.

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  • Cindy Belfortti
  • 23-01-23

Awesome book!

I really enjoyed this book. So much that I wish for more. Series please. I have many Kristen Painter books, not a bad one yet. Thank you B.J. Harrison for great narration.