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The Wicked Godmother (A House for the Season #3)

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  342 ratings  ·  27 reviews
With Each London Season, an Enchanting Romance Moves into the Fashionable Town House at number 67 Clarges Street. And There Below Stairs the Staff Has a Special Mission--to Arrange a Hatch a Scheme ... to Bring Love Home to


Lovely but penniless Harriet Metcalf is aghast when a nobleman's will names her guardian of his snobbish twin daughters
Published December 1st 1987 by St Martins Mass Market Paper (first published 1987)
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Twenty-five year old country beauty Harriet Metcalf is made godmother to the eighteen-year-old twins of Sir Benjamin Hayner, a neighbor and close friend. Harriet takes the twins off the London for the Season to stay at 67 Clarges Street and hopes to find husbands for the twins. She thinks she's found suitable matches in the Marquess of Huntingdon and his friend, Lord Vere, but the gentlemen may have interest elsewhere that Harriet did not expect, especially since every time she meets the Marques ...more
Ginni Brinkley
Why do I do it? Why do I keep reading trashy Regency novels by MC Beaton?
An Odd1
Lovely but penniless Harriet Metcalf admires twins who hide their hate when father Sir Benjamin Hayner names her guardian for their London come-out. Butler Rainbird directs staff of Clarges Street to help the innocent beauty fight nasty rumors spread by Sarah, Annabelle, and their maid. The Marquis of Huntingdon gives up his mistress; his best friend Lord Vere also proposes.

Harriet, "Unknown to herself, she was on the brink of discovering she preferred to make up her own mind" p 77. Even weak k
Harriet has been left in charge of her twin goddaughters, Sarah and Annabelle until they are twenty one. She has the use of their money until the come of age or marry so she decided to lease a house in fashionable London to see if she can find husbands for the girls.

The three move into 67 Clarges Street and soon settle into the routine of the season aided by the servants who will be familiar to readers of the previous two books in the series. It is soon clear to onlookers that Sarah and Annabe
After recently rereading after 20 years or so, I think this book and "Rake's Progress" (number 4 in the "House for a Season" series) have held up the best. I also reread number 6, "Marrying Harriet" and found the beginning of an annoying habit I have since become resigned to in Beaton's multiple series, mystery and romance - spending way too many of the precious few pages winding up tons of extraneous plot points and characters accrued over the life of the series, stretching any actual plot for ...more
Apr 11, 2013 Mo added it
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.
Another year and another season for 67 Clarges Street.

The Lovers
Not my favourite so far.

Harriet (the heroine) was irritatingly naive in this book nearly o the point of me putting the book down. She made some of the silliest, unsafe decisions and was blind to the actions of others that should have been glaringly obvious. It really grated on my nerves after a while and then when she did finally find out the truth I felt a little cheated by the outcome.

The hero was a numpty at one point and very
With Each London Season, an Enchanting Romance Moves into the Fashionable Town House at number 67 Clarges Street. And There Below Stairs the Staff Has a Special Mission--to Arrange a Hatch a Scheme ... to Bring Love Home to


Lovely but penniless Harriet Metcalf is aghast when a nobleman's will names her guardian of his snobbish twin daughters when they come out during the next London Season! But is innocent Harriet wily
Helene Harrison
ISBN? - 9781780333076

Genre? - Historical / Romance

Characters? - Harriet Metcalf / Marquess of Huntingdon / Lord Vere / Josephine Spencer / John Rainbird / Lizzie / Sarah Hayner / Annabelle Hayner / Joseph / Mrs Middleton / Dave / Belinda Romney

Setting? - London (England)

Series? - A House for the Season #3

Title? - The title comes from the Hayner twins' opinion of their godmother, though unjust.

Character Analysis? - I loved Harriet. She was so conflicted and strong, although also a little naive. T
Another successful installment of the series "A House for the Season." The stars again are the servants of 67 Clarges Street, Mayfair, who this time are definitely on the verge of popping out of their proper societal place and acting independently and equally. Then there is an ugly dog named Beauty...
Our heroine for most of the book is just TOO good, but her innate good sense triumphs and redeems her, liberating the spiciness underneath.
Chesney always rings an original change on the obligatory R
A fun Regency romance with a 'will they, won't they' theme, and a mad dog thrown in for good measure.
Marion Chesney is not a clever or witty writer, her conversation doesn't sparkle... but the stories are fun and romantic. I find I like the series as much as I did when I first ran across a couple of the books 40 years ago(!).
But this time I'll get a chance to read and enjoy them all.

It is a fun premise: making the house and servants the constant (but allowing for growth and character development with the servants) while the romance is completely different each time, changing with the renters f
Good read light and fluffy
Angela Kitchen
I do love Beaton's regency books, light and easy -- helps you leave all your stresses to one side for a while.
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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:)
Thanks to the wonders of the Kindle lending library, I'm revisiting this series after having enjoyed it in childhood, and I have to say that this is the only one the has held up to a second reading. I liked it enough that I was actually tempted to purchase it. The characters are likable, and the story is mostly believable and very fun.
~Third installment in the House for the Season series~ 3.2 stars

Another delightful escape although this one isn't as amusing since the heroine is a bit of an airhead and some of her naïveté is annoying rather than funny. Still, if all you're looking for is a silly romance to kill an hour or two, this is a good one to read.
Wilde Sky
A Regency romance where a penniless, but young and lovely, godmother has to put up with her snobbish charges and try and get them accepted into London society.

The book has a simple and amusing plot.

An easy read if you want a couple of hours of unpretentious entertainment.
The Third in the series... How awful were the twins! they're the wicked ones not the godmother who is sweet and nice. I loved the dog!
The marquess is another example of maleness as onmly MC Beaton can write them.
Truly enjoyable read!
Number 3 in another Marion Chesney series about regent England. These are serial guilty pleasures. The saga continues about 67 Clarges street in London during the "season". The plot is always an easy get away for a day.
Another fun episode in the property on Clarges Street. The main story was perhaps a little weak but the developing relationships among the servants are very sweet and it's good when the baddies get their just deserts.
Regency series historical romance
amusing, entertaining read great for a long airplane ride
Kaye Dewar
Simplistic but enjoyable.
cute story.
Potato chip book.
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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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A House for the Season (6 books)
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