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Emily Goes to Exeter (The Traveling Matchmaker #1)

3.67  ·  Rating Details  ·  948 Ratings  ·  115 Reviews
Miss Hannah Pym 45 retires from housekeeping to ride the 1800 stagecoach, first to Exeter. Spoiled beauty Emily flees marriage to older Lord Ranger Harley 33. Widow Lizzie Bisley regrets engagement to bully Captain Seaton, when others are more respectful, especially shy lawyer Fletcher. When snow strands them in an inn, Hannah organizes chores and romances.
Hardcover, First Edition, 151 pages
Published November 1990 by St Martin's Press
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Feb 01, 2015 Suzanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amusing first book in 'The Matchmaker' series. Loved the adventurous Miss Pym and her thirst to experience more of life.
Karen (Kew)
Jul 11, 2011 Karen (Kew) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book in the Travelling Matchmaker series. The central character, Hannah Pym, receives an unexpected legacy from her late employer which gives her the means to indulge in her wish to travel on the "flying machines" as the stage coaches were named in the early 1800s. Single herself, she can't resist meddling in the lives of her fellow passengers, for their own good! She keeps a look out for suitable couples to matchmake! It's a light hearted and enjoyable read.
Apr 19, 2013 Jerelyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regency-romance
I laughed out loud reading this and I am on a Marion Chesney, aka M.C. Beaton roll. This is the first in the matchmaker series, and it is classic Chesney, rich storytelling unforgettable lovable characters. Don't let the cheesy covers fool you these are fun books and if you are someone that prefers a clean story line this author is for you. Very close to a 5 star read.
Overall rating for this 6 book series: 2.5 stars.
Emily Goes To Exeter: A Novel of Regency England - Being the First Volume of The Traveling Matchmaker

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Aug 14, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a feel good read and I really enjoyed it. The only MC Beaton books I had read before were the Agatha Raisin ones but a friend lent me the Travelling Matchmaker books as she had enjoyed them. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series as Hannah is such a great character and I love books set in the Regency era. In this the first book, Hannah Pym, a housekeeper, watches the stagecoach pass the gloomy house where she works and dreams being able to board it and of finding adventur ...more
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.
(This story is set in 1800, so not quite the Regency)

For nearly her whole life, Miss Hannah Pym has faithfully served the same employer. She has achieved her life long dream of becoming a housekeeper, however, she longs for something more - an adventure on one of the new fangled "flying machines" (stage coaches). When her employer dies and leaves her a legacy, his brother takes an interest in Hannah and encourages her to fulfill her dream. Hannah sets off on the stage and meets several eccentri
Jan 24, 2015 Pöfivonat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kellemes kikapcsolódás, semmi extra. Pont egy hétvégi könnyed olvasnivaló. :)
Jan 20, 2016 Jasbr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historisch
Die Autorin M. C. Beaton habe ich durch ihre Agatha-Raisin-Krimis entdeckt und da mir ihr schreibstil sehr gut gefällt, wollte ich auch die Reihe ihrer historischen Abenteuerromane ausprobieren. Ich wurde nicht enttäuscht.
Das Buch spielt um 1800 in England, genauer gesagt in London. Anders als der Titel vermuten lässt, ist die Hauptfigur Hannah, eine ehemalige Hausangestellte, die nach dem Tod ihres Arbeitsgebers geld erbt und damit nun in der Postkutsche auf Reisen gehen und das Land entdecken
Lynne Tull
Apr 06, 2011 Lynne Tull rated it really liked it
Shelves: regency-romance
This is one of the few books/series I would read again. These stories of Marion Chesney started me on my adventure...reading Regency Romance/Novels/History! There is not a set of books that will teach you more about the basics about life in Regency England. There are six series with six books each. I love them all. It must be a "past life" thing:)
Tracy Enright
This is the first of the Travelling Matchmaker books written by Marion Chesney, who also writes under the name of MC Beaton.

It tells the tale of Hannah Pym, a housekeeper who inherits some money on her employer's death and is finally able to realise her dream of finding adventure by travelling on the Flying Machines, the stagecoaches that take travellers the length and breadth of the county in the early 1800s. She certainly finds adventure when the coach becomes stranded during a dangerous blizz
Apr 29, 2012 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2012, kindle, series
I bought this in an Amazon Kindle sale and chose it out of the series only because it had my name in the title. I didn't even think that reading them in order might make sense. Thank goodness this was the first!

Sweet, simple. Just enough mystery, just enough romance. Nice time period. I look forward to the other books in the series.
Janet McCord
Apr 18, 2014 Janet McCord rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
The first in the Travelling Matchmaker series, this was a treat. As with the author's other short Regency/Historical novels this one is full of characters, romance, intrigue and a whole slew of somewhat obscure historical detail. Hannah Pym is a former housekeeper who has received a legacy from her former employer in his will. She decides to spend the money travelling on the stagecoaches that she used to see (and dream of) passing her window every day. As she travels and meets many different peo ...more
May 16, 2011 Kathryn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read all of the Traveling Matchmaker books in a week or so. They are short and fun. Very light reading but very enjoyable!
Sep 18, 2012 Shelly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recorded-books
Good library download. I listened while doing other things.
This is not my favorite genre, but I do enjoy Georgette Heyer's work and this seems very similar to her books. Am sure I purchased it on one of Audible's sales. So far it is pretty good. I wanted a short listen before I dive into another 40+ hour one. :-)
Update - I've finished this one and must say that it was very enjoyable. Much like Heyer's books (she's still my favorite), but I will probably read more of Ms. Beaton's in this genre. I believe she also writes mysteries. These are a nice respit
May 23, 2014 Beverly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Totally delightful! I definitely will look into more of the Traveling Matchmaker Series. I love romances within a Regency England setting. I can thank Jane Austin for that. Marion Chesney has another pen name. M.C. Beaton writes the Agatha Raisin mysteries and the Hamish MacBeth novels. I also love both of those series. As far as I'm concerned, I just can't go wrong with this author. She is one I reach for when I just get tired of reading. She will kick start my interest in a heartbeat. This one ...more
An Odd1
Sep 11, 2013 An Odd1 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fun has a free 9 page short story by same author if you have a Kindle.

In 1800, Hannah Pym 45 inherits a legacy that allows her to travel England by stagecoach, first to Exeter. Sir George, her late employer's heir, invites her to tea at Gunter's, and requests a report on her return. Violet-eyed beauty Emily Freemantle 20s chopped off her hair to run, as a man, from marriage with Lord Ranger Harley 33. On meeting the vain selfish chit, misled by her novel-reading governe
Sep 27, 2011 Mandolin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sugar and spice, Regency style! The first book in the Traveling Matchmaker series by Marion Chesney (aka M.C. Beaton) is just the right blend of fluff and fun set in 19th century Britain. The book introduces us to a spinster housekeeper with a penchant for gossip, Miss Hannah Pym, who has just received a legacy from her recently deceased employer, allowing her the freedom she's always dreamed of to ride the "Flying Machine"(stagecoach) and see the world - or England, at least. She has no particu ...more
Jori Richardson
I am not sure why I decided to read this book, as it is not really my type of reading. As the corny title and the name of the series suggests, this book does not exactly appear to be anything profound.
And no, it wasn't.

This is the story of Miss Hannah Pym, a middle aged woman who inherits a small fortune from her deceased employer. With her money, she decides that she would like to travel, in the hope of having adventures. On her journey to Exeter, she meets a young lady disguised as a man becau
Aug 09, 2012 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really cute novel, that was a short but funny and enthralling read.

I found this novel because of an Amazon-advertisement and found myself drawn to it because of the cute cover. Emily goes to Exeter is what you'd call a typical british- historical romace-novel, which didn't really put the forcus on one lovestory, but on the story of a travel-group with many mysteries.
Hannah Pym, the protagonist, is inheriting a large amount of money and wants to spend part of it with travels on a really fast coa
Hannah Pym has worked her way up to the top of the servants pile, making it as Housekeeper to Mr Clarence. When her employer dies Hannah is shocked and delighted that he has left to her the remarkable sum of 5,000! What to do with such riches? Hannah decides to set out on adventure by boarding the Exeter Fly, a stagecoach that she has watched every day passing by her employers home - I suppose it's the Regency equivalent of wishing you were on a plane off to somewhere exotic!

Hannah's adventures
Jan 18, 2015 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun read. I have enjoyed other books by M. C. Beaton. The author writes under the name of Marion Chesney in this series. I listened to an audio version of this book, and finished it after listening while I did my morning exercises, and later when I got home from church. It's a fast read or listen in my case. This is the first book in the series, and was quite delightful.
Ginni Brinkley
I've read a few MC Beaton/Marion Chesney novels, goodness me she knocks them out at a furious rate! All her regency books have the feel of a lustier Georgette Heyer, with characters more likely to flaunt the conventions of marriage (e.g. who marries who class-wise) than Heyer's. they're generally an undemanding read, and quite fun, and this one's no exception. It introduces the character of Hannah Pym, a housekeeper who was left money by her late employer and has a fancy to travel through Englan ...more
Helene Harrison
Review - I really loved Hannah Pym, and having now read some of the later books in the series, I would have to say that this one, the first, is my favourite character-wise, as I loved Emily and Ranger, and actually most of the supporting characters too. I think this one is also one of my favourites story-wise, although I do also love Deborah Goes to Dover. The idea of people coming out of their boxes to help out in a bad situation, is one which we can empathise with even now.

Genre? - Historical
May 01, 2014 Leslie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read
Delightful story about Hannah Pym, former servant, who began her adventures after receiving funds from her former employer's estate. She wanted to travel more than settle down and this was her first trip. Miss Pym managed to make two matches on the trip and have a grand time. It was fun to re-read this and delve back into the series.
Jenny Schwartz
Mar 09, 2014 Jenny Schwartz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, romance
"Emily Goes to Exeter" is as charming as its cover. Sometimes MC Beaton's almost too harsh for me in how she skewers people's pretensions and the silly "rules" by which we live our lives. But in this opening to the Travelling Matchmaker series, I think she's struck the perfect balance of wry good humour and hope.

A delightful book.
M.C. Beaton has written a very frothy Regency romance featuring Miss Hannah Pym, erstwhile housekeeper to Sir Clarence. She is middle-aged, aching for excitement, and out of a job when her employer dies. However Sir Clarence leaves her 5000 pounds in his will and Hannah decides to seek adventure by traveling all over England by stagecoach. Her first excursion takes her to Exeter. Her co-travelers include an eloping couple, a forbidding lord, a mysterious youth, a poor lawyer, and several other c ...more
Emily Barnes
Not terrible but really, extremely predictable. The romance has no suspense at all, and though we are blissfully saved from lust at first sight, the feelings come swiftly and are unrealistic. There is an attempted-murder-mystery, too, but unless you are brain dead you can guess who had done it pretty much immediately. All problems are set up and resolved within five pages. I finished it, which must count for something, but altogether I was disappointed. It did not make me laugh, sigh or cheer. I ...more
May 31, 2014 Katja rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regency-romance
This is a sweet series. Hannah, the main character, is courageous, upbeat, friendly, helpful, and nosy in a good way. There are a lot of interesting details about life and travel in Regency England. I'm definitely going to read more of the series.
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Marion Chesney Gibbons
aka: 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
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