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Emily Goes to Exeter (The Traveling Matchmaker #1)

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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.
Mass Market Paperback, 160 pages
Published September 28th 1991 by St Martins Paperbacks (first published November 1990)
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Karen (Kew)
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.
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.
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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
Helene Harrison
ISBN? – 9781849014793

Publishing - 2011 by Robinson Publishing (first published 1990)

Genre? - Historical / Romance

Characters? - Hannah Pym / Emily Freemantle / Ranger Harley / Lizzle Bisley / Captain Seaton / Mr Fletcher / George Clarence

Setting? - Exeter (England)

Series? - Travelling Matchmaker #1

Title? - Emily is the heroine and Exeter is the place.

Character Analysis? - 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 f
Lynne Tull
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:)
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
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
I read all of the Traveling Matchmaker books in a week or so. They are short and fun. Very light reading but very enjoyable!
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
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
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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
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
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
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Shelves: brit-lit, regency
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.
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
(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
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
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
"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
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.
Jennifer Gray
I absolutly love this little book, it was written well and quick to read. I really could'nt wait to turn page after page to find out what Miss Hannah Pym was up too regarding Emily and lord harley stuck together in a snowed in inn with the other coach passangers Hard work, jealousy, kidnapp and 2 secret letter's all follow a hard working ex house keeper with a good inheritance from her late employer and those wonderfull camelion eye's but as Hannah match make's with young love will Hannah find l ...more
I was delighted to make the acquaintance of Miss Hannah Pym, once a housekeeper and now a travelling match-maker. Every facet of her adventure was engaging - perfect sense of time and place, interesting characters, wonderful dialogue - I found myself chuckling more than once. There is a phrase often used to describe books set in this era, 'rollicking regency'. In my experience many novels set in this period fail to rollick at all, but that certainly can't be said of this one. I loved it, and if ...more
This is a re-read for me... I adore Marion Chesney's Beaton, MC regencies, and after reading one of her more modern mysteries, I felt the need to go back to them.

This is the story of Miss Hannah Pym, a housekeeper who is unexpectedly left a legacy in her late employer's will, enough to indulge her dreams of travelling on the stage coach. This, the first of her adventures, tells of her encounter with Emily, a young lady running away from home dressed as a boy, to escape her arranged marriage. Amu
Melissa McLees
A little sad at first. Then it got very interesting and mysterious. I read it in one day.
I came across this book while looking through the ebook section of a library web site. I had no idea that M. C. Beaton wrote a series of historical romances. The same sort of insight into characters and humor that she displays in her Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth series comes into play in this series about a housekeeper for an aristocratic family who receives a bequest on the death of her employer. She has always wanted to travel and decides to do so before buying a cottage and settling down. ...more
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