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The Education of Mrs. Brimley (Chambers Trilogy #1)

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A little knowledge is a dangerous thing...

Emma Brimley made one small fib in her application to teach at the Pettibone School for Young Ladies: She claimed to be a widow. But when she arrives in Yorkshire, she is dismayed to learn that she's expected to prepare her students for the intimacies of marriage—of which she knows nothing! Her only hope of maintaining her place li
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Hardcover, 325 pages
Published June 4th 2010 by Penguin Group (USA) (first published October 2nd 2007)
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Dina
Sep 04, 2010 Dina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my 1st read by Ms. MacMeans and her debut book, and it was a great start for both of us. :)

Emma Heatherston is forced to escape from London after she overhears her sleezy uncle's plans for her: she's to be sold to the highest bidder - a rich husband or a brothel, it doesn't matter - to fund his expensive lifestyle. Pretending to be Mrs. Emma Brimley, a young widow in need of a new life, she manages to get a teaching job at the Pettibone School for Young Ladies. Upon arrival, she's infor
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Rane
Feb 10, 2010 Rane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: keeper, victorian-era
When Emma Brimley pretends to be a widow in order to work at a all girl’s school, she’s shocked to learn she’ll be teaching more then literary, but getting the girls reading for relationship with their future husbands! Turning to the neighboring artist with a rep for being a rake Lord Nicholas Chambers, to help her teach the girls some bedroom etiquette, didn’t prepare her for losing her heart in the deal!


I truly lost my heart to this stunning book, I couldn’t get enough of both Nicholas and E
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Holly
Dec 24, 2008 Holly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
To teach at the Pettibone School for Young Ladies in Yorkshire, Emma Brimley lied on her application and said she was a young widow. This small fib lands her in big trouble when the schoolmistress informs her that the patron of their school wishes for the older girls to be taught about the intimacies of marriage. Emma doesn't know what to do then she remembers the man she shared the coach ride with from the train station. Known as "Lord Bedchambers" Emma turns to Lord Nicholas Chambers for instr ...more
LibraryLass
Nov 04, 2016 LibraryLass rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Light historical romance readers
This is a great debut novel with a storyline which is not the norm. I liked the build up of the sensual heat between Emma and Nicholas. At first I thought I would be put off with the idea of her posing for an artist, but it worked really well throughout the whole story.
The author built towards the end with a good rhythm and pace to her storyline. The essential secondary characters were well written and added to the story quite nicely. The only negative comment is that I thought the author could
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Ruth
This book was a total surprise to me, and as a result, I'm struggling for how to review it. From the relatively low average rating and the title, I thought it was going to be a silly, fun, sexy story, but no, it was so much more than that.

The hero and heroine are both likeable, with purpose in their lives beyond marriage and babies, and character flaws and past history. The story is also much better written than most HRs. There are one or two plot points which are fairly predictable, but the se
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Nisha
As a debut novel, this is off the charts. I loved it. Unlike most of the historical romances I read, this one takes place during the Victorian, specifically the late 19th c. Out hero is Lord Nicholas Chambers, a man with a scandalous reputation and aspirations to be an artist. Still a player, but he's an artist, so I guess it is easy to forgive. Our heroine is just as awesome. She is Mrs. Emma "Brimley", the new girls schoolteacher of Literature and manners, along with the bedroom arts (aka. sex ...more
Cheryl
Jan 15, 2010 Cheryl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a delight to read! It was funny, cute and sexy! It was an easy book to read and just plain fun! So, if you are looking for a light entertaining story to read, this is it.

The tension between Nicholas and Emma was PERFECT!! As a matter of fact, I reread SEVERAL of the scenes because they were so steamy! I thought that the h/h were perfect for each other and the book could not have ended on a more perfect note! Read it!! :)

Characters:
Nicholas- Colin Farrell

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♥ℳelody
What a dud. Oy. The plot and set up had sooo much potential but the actual execution was really disappointing and fell completely FLAT.

It took me forever to finish this. I just could not get into it and I felt the story dragged out forever. One of my main issues with this was the heroine, Emma. I'm not a fan of uptight prudish heroines, my patience runs really short usually when I'm stuck with a book that has one. It just dries up the story for me and makes it less enjoyable to read. But beside
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Julianna
Jan 21, 2016 Julianna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Historical Romance
Reviewed for THC Reviews
The Education of Mrs. Brimley was my first read by Donna MacMeans and also her debut novel. I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I picked it up. On the one hand, the premise sounded sweet and sexy, and I also discovered that the book won RWA's prestigious Golden Heart award. On the other hand, the GoodReads rating for the book is kind of middle of the road. I'm happy to say that I generally enjoyed the story and thought it was well-done for a first effort, but at the s
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Christa
Sep 17, 2008 Christa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: booksfree-com
I found this book to be okay, but nothing special. At the beginning of the book, I did not find the hero appealing, but I liked him better as the book progressed. The heroine was mostly likeable, but I found her to be somewhat annoying. Her attitude towards the hero seemed to waver back and forth in a tiresome manner.

Emma Brimley has been hired to teach at a school for young ladies in Yorkshire. Upon arrival, she finds that she is required to teach what young ladies should expect from marital in
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Emery Lee
May 06, 2011 Emery Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very well-written and atypical historical romance.

When Emma Heatherston, masquerading as the widowed Mrs. Brimley, accepts a position as a teacher at Pettibone's finishing school, she has no idea she will be expected to prepared the young ladies for their conjugal duties.

Desperate to acquire knowledge she doesn't have, rather than be dismissed, she turns to a neighboring rake, Lord Nicholas Chambers aka Lord Bedchambers. In need of a semi-nude model for his latest painting, Lord Nicholas str
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Melissa
Jan 24, 2016 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book, even though the premise is completely ridiculous and some of the things that happened made me roll my eyes. It kept me entertained the whole time, and sometimes that's all I need. A 3.5 rating, I'd say.
Ana
The premise of the book sounded promising, but I had some problems with the heroine.

Emma ran away from London and her uncle who wanted to sell her to the highest bidder. To get the job at the academy she had to lie and claim that she was a widow. A little unusual requirement, but she didn't hesitate. And then she found out the reason for it. She is to teach her students about the intimate side of the marriage. She found herself in a bad position. As a virgin she had no idea what to say. Thankful
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Sia McKye
Mar 31, 2016 Sia McKye rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was such a fun story!

What I like about Donna MacMeans stories is her ability to put you in the time period she's writing. She never preaches but you do learn to see the time period accurately and especially with this story and what women did and didn't know.

Emma, Mrs. Brimley, is very much a product of her time, always covered head to toe as befits a lady, in possession of proper behavior, and very little knowledge of the opposite sex. Donna MacMeans gives you that viewpoint with well wr
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Belinda Kroll
May 04, 2011 Belinda Kroll rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I devoured this book. The chemistry between Emma and Nicholas was charming, scintillating, and sexy. Emma has the predicament of having to teach her students about their wifely duties. As a young widow, one might assume she knows a thing or two about this. And no doubt she would, if she were the widow she claimed to be. Enter the hero, Lord Nicholas "Bedchambers" Chambers, the lord next door with a penchant for artistry. Emma turns to him for instruction and guidance, getting that and more.

This
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Pamela(AllHoney)
In this delightfully sexy debut, Donna MacMeans vividly portrays the importance of a well-rounded education...
Emma Brimley made one small fib in her application to teach at the Pettibone School for Young Ladies: She claimed to be a widow. But when she arrives in Yorkshire, she is dismayed to learn that she's expected to prepare her students for the intimacies of marriage--of which she knows nothing! Her only hope of maintaining her place lies with the alluring Lord Nicholas Chambers, a neighbori
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Cissa
Jun 26, 2009 Cissa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sherry Hartzler
Sep 04, 2011 Sherry Hartzler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you love historicals and have at least one "hot" romantic bone in your body, you will thoroughly enjoy this book. Well written, beautiful character development. The protagonist, Mrs. Brimley, isn't exactly who she says she is, and the problems that evolve in this prim and proper English school-girl setting, makes for a page-turning story.
Zoe
May 13, 2010 Zoe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What fun! This Victorian Romance is a bit wittier and funnier than the others. The heroine is a bit geeky - by circumstance and nature, and the bohemian artist hero is a perfect foil. Charming - this was Macmeans first (published) novel, I cannot wait to read more!
Goldie
Sep 25, 2012 Goldie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is originally posted at My Book Musings.

You know how after you’ve been reading a particular genre for quite some time now and you’re already getting quite bored but you still keep looking for that refreshing new book in the same genre? Well that’s how I’ve been feeling about historical romance lately. After all, I’ve been reading it almost everyday for a year and the plots are getting quite redundant to my taste. I’m now veering away and going back to reading young adult and fantasy novels,
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Audrey
Jun 24, 2011 Audrey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
I struggled with this one.

The plot is of (a) a runaway maiden pretending to be a widow so that she can take a position at a school where (b) she finds out she is expected to teach the girls about their "wifely duties," of which she is also (unbeknownst to the headmistresses) ignorant, so of course (c) she goes to the local rakish recluse (isn't that an oxymoron in and of itself?) for "lessons" on said "wifely duties," which (d) he agrees to provide in exchange for her posing for his paintings.
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Lord Rose
I can't say I particularly enjoyed this book. Eventually, I just found myself caring so little for the characters that I just gave up. Normally I like books with artistic heroes, and the premise seemed interesting, so it was kind of disappointing.

There were quite a few outbursts that only made sense if you were following the character's train of thought. In normal conversation, they'd seem completely out of the blue and somewhat daft. For example, the hero was speaking about how women feel arous
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Victoria Vane
Aug 25, 2012 Victoria Vane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very well-written and atypical historical romance.

When Emma Heatherston, masquerading as the widowed Mrs. Brimley, accepts a position as a teacher at Pettibone's finishing school, she has no idea she will be expected to prepared the young ladies for their conjugal duties.

Desperate to acquire knowledge she doesn't have, rather than be dismissed, she turns to a neighboring rake, Lord Nicholas Chambers aka Lord Bedchambers. In need of a semi-nude model for his latest painting, Lord Nicholas str
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Bronwyn Rykiert
The Education Of Mrs. Brimley is a sensational debut novel by Donna MacMeans.

Emma Heatherston flees London after she overhears her uncle's plans for her future. She runs to Yorkshire to be a teacher at The Pettibone School for Young Ladies. There Emma takes on a new role as widow Emma Brimley. Emma's first night she meets her neighbor the notorious Lord Nicholas Chambers.

Lord Nicholas Chambers likes his quiet peaceful life painting in the countryside. His first meeting of the Widow Brimley intri
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RomReader❤️Spoiler Giver✨
In order to escape her uncle's plans to marry her off for money, young teacher pretends to be a widow to teach at a privileged girls' school but finds out that she is required to teach the older girls about marital relations, which she knows nothing about. She agrees to pose as model for artist hero in return for sex education, which becomes more hands-on as it progresses.

The premise of the book was promising but I had problem with its pacing. There was something about the writing that didn't l
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Lorka
Jun 08, 2015 Lorka rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The idea of the storyline sounded cute to me and I was excited to try it (and a new author). It started off well... but the heroine got annoying real fast with how wishy-washy she was. She would agree with the hero on how she would ask questions, and what she would need to do it return for that info. But any little thing the the hero did had her running off crying out that the bargain is over. Time and time again this dragged on. She was way too uptight and the hero fell for her too quickly. All ...more
Amanda
Jan 28, 2015 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
[fans myself]
This is one of the yummiest romance novels I've ever read. Take your innocent, clueless-about-sex-virgin and throw her into the mix with the experienced artist who wishes to have her pose for him in exchange for "educating" her about matters of sex. Sound intriguing? Well, it is. The chemistry between the two characters is powerful, and there are plenty of steamy scenes that almost make you forget to breathe as you're so engrossed in the moments.
Education of Mrs. Brimley - more like
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Summer Ann
I thought the first half of this book somewhere around 4-5 stars. It had a great opening, the hero has to be among one of my favorites, and the plot ,while not exactly original, kept me glued to the pages. However after the halfway mark it started to loose my interest. Some of your typical romance cliches appeared and it didn't seem as interesting. But fortunately it didn't totally loose its appeal and as a whole I found it to still be a solid read. I just had wished some of the excitement from ...more
Fira Rosli
This book had so much potential to be an awesome book because of it's storyline, which got me into picking up this book, but it disappoints me. Flow of story was alright but the characters need more development as well as their storyline. I was bored, slightly interested, frustrated and damning the book at times because of the characters. Oh, and the plot of this story is too predictable. I'm usually correct when I predict the next "outcome" or "problem" they'll have. When I do this, the book is ...more
E.
Dec 04, 2010 E. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, regency
Entertaining twist on the impoverished female becoming a teacher to support herself while fleeing from wicked relative theme. Difficult to be tasked with teaching young marriageable females the joys of the marriage bed when one's own marital status has been lied about. The seductive artist/neighbor is an exceedingly adept tutor and their interactions are enjoyable, not bad for an initial effort.
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“William: My brother has an appreciation of art, so I imagine the woman he chooses must be beautiful beyond the pale. Once he outgrows his current predilection with painting and accepts his family responsibilities, he'll need a wife who can move throughout society. She must have proper carriage and be a witty conversationalist. She should have excellent bloodlines as well, in the event of offspring.
Emma: With the possible exception of a witty conversationalist, I believe you've described all the attributes of a racehorse.”
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“Nicholas: I know you, brother. You've been threatened with matrimonial pursuits before. Why are you really here?
William: I received an invitation.
Nicholas: Not from me you didn't.
William: Of course not from you, brother. Parliament would go up in flames before I receive a social invitation from you. ”
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