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Mrs. Martin’s Incomparable Adventure

(The Worth Saga #2.75)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  1,850 ratings  ·  468 reviews
Mrs. Bertrice Martin—a widow, some seventy-three years young—has kept her youthful-ish appearance with the most powerful of home remedies: daily doses of spite, regular baths in man-tears, and refusing to give so much as a single damn about her Terrible Nephew.

Then proper, correct Miss Violetta Beauchamps, a sprightly young thing of nine and sixty, crashes into her life.
Kindle Edition, 156 pages
Published March 26th 2019 by Courtney Milan
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K.J. Charles
A thoroughly enjoyable light-hearted frothy romance which is also a howl of pure screaming rage. We don't get enough of those.

We also don't get enough f/f histrom, and we particularly don't get enough romances with heroines in their sixties and seventies. But here it is: two ladies who are properly old, with bad knees and gnarly knuckles and papery skin, and who are still desirable and desiring and ready to love--and one of them was never beautiful and has a squint, for heaven's sake, and they
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I CONFIRM WHAT I SAID IN MY PREVIEW this was lovely and such a mood!!!

Older sapphic women fall in love while on a quest to make Terrible Men pay for, you know, Everything.

TW: panic attack, misogyny, patriarchy, mention of rape and sexual assault, "more than friends"

So this is apparently a historical f/f novella with two older women and the mood is "hell yeah"
Chasia Lloyd
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
***ARC received from the author's team***



What? Was it just me? Hah hah, no way.

In a lot of ways it felt like this novella was tailored specifically for me. Milan's AFTER THE WEDDING was easily my favorite book of last year, and I was thirsting after Mrs. Martin immediately after she made her brief, but memo
Mar 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: over-40
This was a delightful little novella. It was funny and entertaining and had me laughing out loud a few times. There’s also a lot of heart in it making it a very enjoyable read.

Violetta is a 69-year-old manager of a rooming house. She’s let go of her job right before she’s able to receive her promised pension. Desperate, she connives to get her money from Mrs. Martin (73), aka Bertrice, to collect a debt from Bertrice’s nephew who they call Terrible Nephew. Terrible Nephew has been living in the
Ollie Z Book Minx
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
This is a delightfully angry romp about two women who have had ENOUGH, are finding their voice, their power, and each other. It’s probably the angriest romance I’ve ever read and I’m so impressed with the way Milan channeled something so many of us have been feeling into a glorious work that manages to explore themes of class, privilege, bisexuality, #notallmen, pervasive misogyny, and the cisheteropatriarchy.

Throughout the story, societal assumptions that men are better, smarter, or somehow wor
Li Sian
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this, but I... did not. Milan's heroines do not sound like women living in England in the nineteenth century, they sound like an American novelist trying - and doing a bad job of - to sound like women living in England in the nineteenth century. Is it voice, or is it exposition? Milan's not very good at distinguishing between the two. I was also... not invested in either the plot or the relationship between the two main characters. We get it, men are terrible. As a co-signer of ...more
Well, this is just an utterly adorable and fabulous novella about two elderly Victorian women (both of whom have been through a LOT from the men who've legally controlled their lives so far) teaming up to take down a Brett Kavenaugh-like Terrible Man, succeeding against all odds, and falling in love along the way.

There were so many lines I loved and highlighted along the way, like:

"Discussions never helped anything; they inevitaby ended in people begging Bertrice not to do whatever it was she w
Mrs. Martin’s Incomparable Adventure by Courtney Milan is another one of those writers who I normally won’t pick because they write mainstream. But she ventured into lesfic territory and it’s a historical so here we are.

In short, two old birds join forces to burn down patriarchy, fall in love and make wonderful toasty cheese thingies together. I had hoped for a bit more pash between Bertrice and Violetta because as it was (a few measly paragraphs) their romance got short shrifted.

The plot was si
AnnMaree Of Oz
Nov 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
oh, oh! What a fun and unique romp!

Mrs Bertrice Martin is 73, and is a woman of gumption and wealth. She doesn't mince her words, and prefers forthrightness and honestly, despite the demour era of 1867 and pleasantries the time insists upon. She hates most men, and makes no apologies for it.

Miss Violetta Beauchamps is 69 a more reserved. She's worked hard her whole life, doing the 'right' things but was looked over and forgotten in her youth because she wasn't deemed pretty with her crossed ey
anna (½ of readsrainbow)
rep: lesbian mcs
tw: mention of past rape, misogyny

this is what lesbianism is all abt actually
This was a little on the nose in parts (mostly dialogue), but it was also full of spit and vinegar. I could feel Courtney Milan's rage (tempered with good humor) on every page, and it wasn't an incoherent rage, more like a well-harnessed one. The rest of her body of work shows compassion for men caught up in the same patriarchal system that puts women at an inherent disadvantage, but I guess she just needed let this one rip, just let out a pure expression of feminine rage. That it's elderly, lon ...more
Freya Marske
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Two elderly queer ladies fall in love, make cheese toast, and do their very best to - literally - burn down the patriarchy. I read the entire thing with the world's most enormous grin on my face. ...more
Bethany (Beautifully Bookish Bethany)
This was a great little novella! If you're looking for a sapphic historical romance featuring senior-aged characters, then look no further. This follows two women who are 69 and 73. Violetta is financially desperate, Bertrice is extremely wealthy, but both are lonely and struggling. They go to London to antagonize Bertrice's Terrible Nephew, engage in some entertaining escapades, and slowly begin to fall for each other. It's charming, but also addresses some real underlying history of how older ...more
Courtney Milan is not good at writing lesbian romance.

I was hesitant to say as much based on just the lesbian side couple in Brothers Sinister; they were, after all, a side couple. But these two were the heroines of their own story, and that cinched it for me. None of the attraction felt organic; in Milan's world, lesbians express attraction for each other by thinking wistfully of how popular the other woman must be with men. Also, at one point a woman's pubic hair is described as a "silver fore
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
After seeing the summary for this in my recommendations on Amazon (and some goodreads friends), I couldn't resist picking it up and starting it right away (and ignoring my other reads). I was hoping for a light and fun read to take my mind off stuff that was bothering me that day.

This delivered :) I had so much fun reading this and laughed so many times (at some things probably harder than I should have). I haven't read the other books in the series but I didn't feel lost here as I followed our
Mrs Martin is as memorable a character as I’ve ever read. I adore how she says what’s on her mind, and ooh what a creative mind it is! Her ideas for driving the Terrible Nephew out of the rooming house (and her life) are wilder than I could have imagined and occasionally left me laughing so hard that I had to put my Kindle down because I was weeping and couldn’t see.

As sharp and untamable as Bertrice is, Violetta is admirable. Yes, she’s trying to deceive someone to get money, but she’s doing wh
Anne Boleyn's Ghost
Feb 07, 2022 rated it really liked it
There are few authors who I trust to write about two spunky old broads burning down - quite literally - the patriarchy and falling in love along the way. Courtney Milan is one of them.

Mrs. Martin's Incomparable Adventure was a delightful, thoroughly entertaining story by turns amusing and poignant, rageful and compassionate. And, of course, it devoted ample page time to the ooey gooey deliciousness of cheesy toast. Pro tip: do not read while hungry!
4.5 stars
This novella is part of The Worth Saga, and stars one of the minor supporting characters of After the Wedding. You really don't need to have read that book, though (unless you want to, it's good, but sad), this story stands perfectly on its own.

Courtney Milan is a marvel. She writes incredibly satisfying, yet informative romance novels (you are unlikely to find historical inaccuracies in her stories, unless she's changed something on purpose) and manages to take a genre so full of trope
Lexxi Kitty
I read three books so I could read this book here, which I believe I owned before I owned the others. Why? Because the other books were chronologically before this book, and in the same series. Plus this book is a historical fiction book by an author who I rather enjoy, and it involved a f-f relationship romance.

Three series related things to note before I move on from this being a series book: 1) this is the fifth book currently published in this series and I've read four of them; 2) at least t
I’ve been on a quest for good f/f. Bonus points if it’s historical. M/m is so represented in the genre and obviously f/m is ubiquitous, but f/f is hard to find and, often, very pricey. I have managed to read some acceptable books but they’ve been, patchy, to say the least:
- The Covert Captain: Or, A Marriage of Equals
- The Brutal Truth
- Spring Flowering

Funnily enough, most of these books have the same issues - overly complex and not hitting the necessary romance beats. None of them are terribly
“You really shouldn’t blame men for everything.”

“No, just the ninety-eight percent of society’s ills they’re responsible for.”

I don't think I've ever read a story where I was sobbing with laughter in one second and then weeping in rage the next second. I usually read fiction to escape the terrible world around me. Sometimes I feel numb from all the news headlines; if I let myself feel too much rage at the world, my mental health starts to take an emotional toll. And there's so much to feel rage
Oct 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Courtney Milan writes good M/F romances. When I heard of this novella which features an F/F romance between 2 mature senior citizen women, I had to pick this up. I love Beatrice Martin. She's frank and direct and does not give much of a damn about what's considered proper by society. Violetta is more quiet and kinda down trodden by circumstances, but also prove really strong and brave. Their crusade against Bertrice's Terrible Nephew is over the top. But, he is really terrible, so who can blame ...more
Heather Jones
I can’t be anything other than delighted to find romance authors with established reputations and readerships venturing out into the field of f/f historic romance. Courtney Milan has tackled not only same-sex romance but a later-life  discovery of love, as well as tossing our two protagonists into a “burn down the patriarchy!” (literally) adventure. I admire the enthusiasm and cheerful fury of the non-romance plot, but certain aspects of this historic setting fell a bit flat for me.

I mean: serva
Jun 25, 2019 rated it liked it

It must be the times we're living in because the raging feminist politics of grievance felt downright cathartic here. Powerful men taking what they want and "surplus" women desperate to make their mark and prove that not only do they exist. but they have just as much a right to struck me as the appropriate story to tell and to read. There is though very little subtlety in the plot and I'm not sure this is a book that wins over readers not already hankering for some good old retribution from w
Iona Sharma
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
Sweet, satisfying romance about two older Victorian ladies and the hilarious revenge they wreak on a Terrible Nephew.
It was almost like being on holiday - a holiday where she lived in her own rooms and tormented men for fun and profit.

That. Was. Epic.

One cranky widow and a shy spinster team up to make the life of a deflated balloon of a human being miserable. It's unapologetic, it's angry, and incredibly touching.

"Oh, for God's sake. Forty-nine is extremely young. If forty-nine is not you, that would make me old, and I am not old. I have reached the age of maturity to which all humans must particularly
'Nathan Burgoine
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: queer

Full review up over on my Short Stories 366 project, here.
Sep 06, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a pretty fun F/F book that has the rare twist of having two MCs that are in their late 60s/early 70s.

It's by Courtney Milan so the dialogue was sassy and funny in the best ways. Both Bertice and Violetta are likable protagonists who form a close bond as Bertice teaches her Terrible Nephew (TM) a lesson he'll never forget.

The book falters, however, when it comes to the romance. Not because the MCs aren't attracted to each other (since the book is told from both of their POVs, it's fairly
Anwen Hayward
One of my all-time favourites, and I only just reread it but already I'm looking forward to the next reread. 73 year old Bertrice Martin is two things: rich as hell, and absolutely desperate to teach her arsehole nephew a lesson. His landlady, the 69 year old Violetta Beauchamps, seems best placed to help her with this plan. This novella, which should be 900 pages long, is basically two hilarious old ladies sticking two middle fingers up at the patriarchy, eating chocolate, letting farm animals ...more
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Courtney Milan writes books about carriages, corsets, and smartwatches. Her books have received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Booklist. She is a New York Times and a USA Today Bestseller.

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Other books in the series

The Worth Saga (7 books)
  • Once Upon a Marquess (The Worth Saga, #1)
  • After the Wedding (The Worth Saga, #2)
  • The Devil Comes Courting (The Worth Saga #3)
  • The Return of the Scoundrel (The Worth Saga, #4)
  • The Kissing Hour (The Worth Saga, #5)
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