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  • The Duke's Holiday

  • The Regency Romp Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Maggie Fenton
  • Narrated by: Sue Pitkin
  • Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (40 ratings)

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Summary

The cold, precise Duke of Montford demands things his way: neatly ordered, in place, and adhering closely to the rules. So he is furious when he learns that the tenant of his ducal estate has been dead for a year, and a stranger has been running the Honeywell business - which, by contract, is now Montford's. When he arrives in Yorkshire to investigate, he discovers that the estate is being run by an unruly, tomboyish woman - and a bluestocking at that!

Fiery redhead Astrid Honeywell is independent and educated. She's been handling the Honeywell family business for years. And she's not about to relinquish it to anyone - not even Montford - because of some archaic contract.

Montford and Astrid have an instant hatred for one another...and an undeniable, unspeakable attraction. They must resist this improper desire - after all, Montford has a fiancée in London. But when Astrid's life is placed in terrible danger, Montford finds he may be willing to risk everything to save her.

©2014 Margaret Cooke (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Terrible

I wasted a credit on this book. It's too long , poorly written. To be honest it's silly.
It took about two months for me to finally complete..

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laugh out loud

i absolutely loved it made me laugh out loud. awesome funny audiobook cried outt thanks!!!

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Very good fun

Makes you laugh, particularly the scene with the pig, when Mountford first encounters la famille Honeywell.... little did the poor sod know!

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Awful!

I really did try to listen to this, but I had to admit defeat. The narration was just so awful and overdone, and it really grated on my nerves. Also, the story was boring, and Astrid was so annoying I wanted to slap her. Enough said.

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Quite ridiculous! But...

Although the behaviour of many of the characters is quite preposterous for the times and the language.. is at times very modern!!!! Nevertheless I did quite enjoy this, however, because it didn't have that historical accuracy I'm not sure I'll be bothered to look into the rest of the series, I prefer proper history with a story within it, rather than this which is a story set in a period, almost cynically appalling to those that just want the raunchy bits, whereas for me, the history is a priority and the romance is the bonus. I think, just not an author for me.

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Loved this book

A most read book. Entertaining. Loved characters. Well read, and romantic. Good story, listen non stop from start to finish.

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A funny loveable romance

This book had me chuckling out loud at times. I love the way the way the characters intermingle with each other and the way their lives change. A must listen for all romantics. Can't wait to hear the next book. Thank you for the fun Maggie Fennton and Sue Pitkin.

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Fun story, somewhat horrible narration.

The story was fun, a proper, or not so proper, Regency romp. The narrators voice was nice and pleasant to listen to, but her character voices were just horrible. So horrible that they were almost laughable. But the story is worth listening too, if you can tolerate her horrible accentss.

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Don't go there

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

I am not sure I would recommend to anyone I'm afraid

What could Maggie Fenton have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Sometimes, one sentence will do! Get to the point!

What three words best describe Sue Pitkin’s performance?

Clear, light and bright

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It actually sent me to sleep!

Any additional comments?

I have read many many period romances and this is by far the worst. The storyline was weak and far too verbose. So much so that you forget what point the author is trying to make. Very poor

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Slightly Annoying!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Probably not in all truthfulness - as main characters started to become very annoying!

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

About time!!! And definitely a second book with Sebastian I feel.

What about Sue Pitkin’s performance did you like?

I think she was very expressive and a good narrator

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not really had to keep pushing myself to finish it

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  • 🌸DARA
  • 17-04-15

Quirky Regency Romp

I needed a book long enough to listen to while recovering from bronchitis and I I found this one on sale for $5.24 and thought I'd take a chance. Wow, I hit the jackpot with this book because it is a delightful romp. From beginning to the end this fun story kept me entertained with characters that are enchanting, quirky, and silly. It literally helped me feel better!

Get this one before the sale ends. It's definitely worth more than the price!





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  • Leah
  • 29-04-15

Delightful romance with excellent Narration,

Humorous romance with never a dull moment in the story. Many interesting characters that were fully sketched in by the author wonderfully narrated. I read many romances but this one was fresh and fun. I hope the author can write another with the same quality.

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  • Sweet Pea
  • 07-05-15

An awesome little diamond in the rough!

Would you listen to The Duke's Holiday again? Why?

Yes, I would! I got this when it was on sale thanks to a reviewer I follow. I'm glad I did! I found it was an adorable light read. Not realistic in the slightest. So if your looking for a realistic accurate fictional Victorian romance you may want to go elsewhere. But if you want a cute, funny, light read then you'll enjoy this.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I adored Montford (jeez do I hate that name & I actually like his real ones, go figure). Perhaps its because I'm a slight perfectionist and could relate, but I found the fact that Montford had OCD genius! Even if he was a little too egotistical at times, I think he is one of my favorite Heroes thanks to his quirkiness. At the very least he was memorable. And that may just be me relating to the H on some weird level, but I think his feeling like he was slowly going mad quite entertaining. I'm pretty sure that makes me a little crazy O.o'
Oh, well! Crazy seems good to me, if it let's me enjoy this sweet story!

Which scene was your favorite?

That drunken race around town was hilarious. But the best part was the "reward" at the end of the race. Let's just say it doesn't turn out the way you think it will....

Any additional comments?

I'm not sure why but I see this story playing in my head like some type of hybrid Victorian Manga/ Anime (that's like a comic/ cartoon but it can be a little more mature and refined). It would actually make a really good manga/ anime, now that I think about it, all-be-it an English style one IMHO. Please don't bash me if you actually know what I'm talking about, and don't agree. I already told you I was crazy!

OK, all that aside this was a really great sale buy! But even the regular member price is pretty good. So go ahead and give this one a whirl, if you are in the mood for a quirky light romantic comedy. It.was a pretty good first book for the author!

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  • Lia
  • 18-04-16

3.5 *s for The Duke's Holiday

It was really enjoyable to experience Montford's "undoing" - his transformation from the most uptight person Yorkshire (or maybe even London) has ever encountered to someone who embraces life with all its uneven edges and burning wigs.

On a much smaller scale we see Astrid transform, or at least come to a realization, that her family can and will survive without her overseeing every aspect of their lives.

To that end we have an H&H who are kindred spirits in the responsibility arena. And that's where the similarities stop. To say that they get along like oil and water (for 95% of the story) is putting it too mildly.

Astrid's characterisation was ridiculous in the extreme, a 26 year old who acts like a spoiled teenager. She runs a business, stomps, rants, flails, yells, wears trousers, has bluestocking tendencies, curses, has flaming red hair, freckles and curves -- you get the picture. Basically every independent Regency-era heroine cliché was rolled into one woman. (Oh, and these outstanding qualities garnered her two offers of marriage by upstanding community members, the vicar included.) Hmmm....

Montford was the more sympathetic of the two leading characters, especially given his traumatic childhood history, although his OCD and unbending will became tiresome rather quickly. The chemistry he and Astrid shared was exciting and suspenseful at times but the constant (and I do mean constant) bickering and immature behavior ruined the anticipation in many parts of the story.

There are some amusing segments to the story which kept it moving at a good pace. I just wish there had been less teenage dramatics and clichéd characters (the dotty aunt, the bad guy - speaking of which, whatever happened to him? - the snooty London relatives, etc.) and more afterthought.
Whatever DID happen to Lightfoot? That was strange. And the bickering was over the top - it was funny at first but got tedious fast.
What happened with Astrid's sister and the elopement

Sue Pitkin was OK with the delivery of the story

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  • Maine Knitter
  • 06-05-15

What a delight!

What a delight! This would have been perfect except for the slowness at the beginning. For some reason, I had a hard time getting into this book but I'm so glad I stuck with it.

The story of the 4-year old Montford is heartbreaking but it explains why he has a few phobias. Astrid is a treasure! Smart, independent, and a fiery redhead. Sparks fly constantly between the two of them and that makes for a riotous good time.

I laughed a lot listening to this book. The author wrote great dialogue and Petunia the Pig is priceless. I enjoyed the narration a great deal. Both the author and the narrator are new to me and I look forward to more from each of them.

A great book!

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  • Sharnet
  • 16-04-15

Absolutely my favorite

I loved the plot. Read it on kindle and has been checking for the audio ever since. It's a fantastic read and a keeper. Love the foot and ale race best!!!

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  • denise
  • 18-06-15

Story is better than the narrator

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Fun romantic comedy with lots of twists and turns. There are a lot of supporting characters that add depth to the story. It has a little bit of everything; a pig, a mean Aunt, a crazy Aunt, a stuffy duke, an independent girl and of course steamy love scenes. Unfortunately the narrator does not do different voices well and they all sound alike and sound lispy or whinny. The story is great, the narrator needs work.

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  • P.Turner
  • 07-05-15

Worth 10 credits!!!

I could not have loved this book more!!!! I ended up laughing out loud so many times that I lost count. This book was beyond entertaining. The narrator only added to the whole experience. I truly hope this author writes quickly so I can read/listen to the next installment of this series! I would have paid 10 credits for this book!!! I highly recommend it, it starts off a little slowly, but after about 25-30 minutes you won't be able to put it down!

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  • ShareTheDeets
  • 23-04-15

I enjoyed this book a lot!

I found this book to be a good original story. There were many humorous moments. It exceeded my expectations.

My favorite part in the book was when they were all at the beer festival it was absolutely hilarious to me.

The narration was well done.

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  • Doris
  • 09-06-15

More please

I loved LOVED this book!!! Please please write more book cause I'll buy them all.

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