The French Affair



[KINDLE] ❃ The French Affair ❆ Marion Chesney – E17streets4all.co.uk It was true The lovely young widow, Lady Charteris Delphine to her friends , had agreed to abide by her parents wishes and marry the Comte Saint Pierre Delphine s parents had long since died in the Fr It was true The lovely young widow, Lady Charteris Delphine to her friends , had agreed to abide by her parents wishes and marry the Comte Saint Pierre Delphine s parents had long since died in the French terror, but when she learned of their wishes for her, she believed it her duty to respect their wishes Delphine would marry, but it would be a marriage in name The French Kindle - onlyBut when Delphine saw Jules Saint Pierre, she got the shock of her lifeHe was the same man she had seen juggling in the streets at a local fair What was he doing as the Comte Saint Pierre Was he posing Had she made some terrible mistake.The French Affair

Marion Chesney Gibbonsaka Ann Fairfax, Jennie Tremaine, Helen Crampton, Charlotte Ward, MC Beaton, Sarah Chester Marion Chesney was born on 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 rose to be their theatre The French Kindle - critic She left Smith s to join Scottish Field magazine as a secretary in the advertising department, without any shorthand or typing, but quickly got the job of fashion editor instead She then moved to the Scottish Daily Express where she reported mostly on crime This was followed by a move to Fleet Street to the Daily Express where she became chief woman reporter After marrying Harry Scott Gibbons and having a son, Charles, Marion went to the United States where Harry had been offered the job of editor of the Oyster Bay Guardian When that didn t work out, they went to Virginia and Marion worked as a waitress in a greasy spoon on the Jefferson Davies in Alexandria while Harry washed the dishes Both then got jobs on Rupert Murdoch s new tabloid, The Star, and moved to New YorkAnxious to spendtime at home with her small son, Marion, urged by her husband, started to write historical romances in After she had written over of them under her maiden name, Marion Chesney, and under the pseudonyms Ann Fairfax, Jennie Tremaine, Helen Crampton, Charlotte Ward, and Sarah Chester, she getting fed up with to , she began to write detectives stories in under the pseudonym of M C Beaton On a trip from the States to Sutherland on holiday, a course at a fishing school inspired the first Constable Hamish Macbeth story They returned to Britain and bought a croft house and croft in Sutherland where Harry reared a flock of black sheep But Charles was at school, in London so when he finished and both tired of the long commute to the north of Scotland, they moved to the Cotswolds where Agatha Raisin was created.

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  • Kindle Edition
  • 265 pages
  • The French Affair
  • Marion Chesney
  • English
  • 19 October 2019

10 thoughts on “The French Affair

  1. says:

    Rating 3 1 2 starsA delightful story with fun and intriguing twists in a quaint English village where the main characters both survivors of The Terror connect and breathe new life into the community and learn how to live, heal and love If the h was a bit annoying at times, then the joi de vie of the H Jules made up for it all Jules was intelligent, rakish, and debonair His positive energetic independence and warmth, along with a laid back attitude made him so very noble and likable I Rating 3 1 2 starsA delightful story with fun and intriguing twists in a quaint English village where the main characters both survivors of The Terror connect and breathe new life into the community and learn how to live, heal and love If the h was a bit annoying at times, then the joi de vie of the H Jules made up for it all Jules was intelligent, rakish, and debonair His positive energetic independence and warmth, along with a laid back attitude made him so very noble and likable I did like that Delphine was spirited and strong willed She did not take anything off of anyone, especially her bullying and meddling sister in law, Maria All in all, this was quite entertaining

  2. says:

    I normally find this author s work intriguing, but this series has not been compelling to me This one just never piqued much of my interest.I listened to the audio version of this book through Hoopla The narrator, Vanessa Benjamin, did an excellent job portraying the different accents I found it difficult to identify with the characters in this book The plot was odd, the characters never grew in depth, and the romance was not believable in the least There was a huge gap between the last two I normally find this author s work intriguing, but this series has not been compelling to me This one just never piqued much of my interest.I listened to the audio version of this book through Hoopla The narrator, Vanessa Benjamin, did an excellent job portraying the different accents I found it difficult to identify with the characters in this book The plot was odd, the characters never grew in depth, and the romance was not believable in the least There was a huge gap between the last two scenes that was barely glossed over.It was clean, able to stand on its own and delivered an H.E.A.I will be reading book 3, since I downloaded the first 3 books in anticipation of liking this series as much as this author s previous series

  3. says:

    Not a favorite despite having an unusual hero and heroine French emigres in Britain after the Terror There was an odd little French spy plot late in the book that felt it was just thrown in for good measure Also, Dephine at first was intriguing having to deal with the scorn and prejudice of the village people because she was first a foreigner and secondly a lady farmer who had the audacity to manage her own estates after the death of her husband I enjoyed two rather odd characters Char Not a favorite despite having an unusual hero and heroine French emigres in Britain after the Terror There was an odd little French spy plot late in the book that felt it was just thrown in for good measure Also, Dephine at first was intriguing having to deal with the scorn and prejudice of the village people because she was first a foreigner and secondly a lady farmer who had the audacity to manage her own estates after the death of her husband I enjoyed two rather odd characters Charlie the odd little tiger valet manservant friend to Jules and Maria Bencastle, Delphine s widowed sister in law Maria was the fly in the ointment this time instead of a murdering mistress or a talkative mynah bird She s described as looking like a female John Bull , who has looked like she was ready to attend a funeral since she was a child Even after three years she dresses in black to mourn her brother She truly lived on spleen and tea , looking with disfavor and suspicion and certain blind prejudice at anyone anything non English She was always grumpy and always critical and a malicious gossip

  4. says:

    I enjoyed this bookthan I thought I would, and I can t seem to get it out of my head It is a poignant story about two young people who have overcome a tragic family history during the French Revolution, but have dealt with it in different ways.The hero is not the one who needs to be redeemed, it is the heroine who needs to change, although she is a good person The characters past gave this story a seriousness that made them seem so real and sympathetic They were not just two frivolous I enjoyed this bookthan I thought I would, and I can t seem to get it out of my head It is a poignant story about two young people who have overcome a tragic family history during the French Revolution, but have dealt with it in different ways.The hero is not the one who needs to be redeemed, it is the heroine who needs to change, although she is a good person The characters past gave this story a seriousness that made them seem so real and sympathetic They were not just two frivolous young people searching for love.I also like the way Delphine loves and respects her first husband In loving the Comte, she doesn t end up hating her first husband, Lord Charteris.Now that I have read it for free froms Kindle Unlimited, I am going to buy it and read it again

  5. says:

    The writing was decent but the story was uneven It was as if there were chapters missing and no one noticed it upon publishing There was muchpotential to this story.

  6. says:

    Despite its title, it s actually a nice little story and I rather enjoy a change of pace from my usual mystery diet, but only because it s written by favorite author M C Beaton Despite its title, it s actually a nice little story and I rather enjoy a change of pace from my usual mystery diet, but only because it s written by favorite author M C Beaton

  7. says:

    I have read a significant number and variety of Marion Chesney historical romances over the last couple of years They are like comfort food, the small snackable types that have a low calorie count and therefore engender little to no guilt, but also come in limited flavours Oft repeated names and character archetypes abound, and villains and subplots can often be guessed before they come in Everything is so cosy and easily established.The downside is that the thinking is quite old Obviously, I have read a significant number and variety of Marion Chesney historical romances over the last couple of years They are like comfort food, the small snackable types that have a low calorie count and therefore engender little to no guilt, but also come in limited flavours Oft repeated names and character archetypes abound, and villains and subplots can often be guessed before they come in Everything is so cosy and easily established.The downside is that the thinking is quite old Obviously, the books themselves are old, so this is to be expected, and if I go in expecting anything progressive, than on my own head be it But I m always put off when I come across a sticky issue This one isn t horrible it s not like a self punishing peek at the Censored Eleven but it always gets worse when I see that I m the rare reader who didn t believe the judgmental bullshit view of the heroine.When she was five years old, Delphine was rescued from France by Lord Charteris He coddled and sheltered her through childhood and then into an infantilising marriage, never allowing her to meet other French refugees, nor to speak her own language she only learned French because he considered it something a proper English lady learned and he refused to tell her the circumstances of her rescue or her parents death Always claiming that he would tell her someday Until he died.Three years later, she lives with his disapproving gossip of a widowed sister, Maria Bencastle, who decries her as too French to the neighbours behind her back, makes life less fun, and is basically the reason no one pays calls At the start of the story, they are taking a rare, nigh unheard of trip to a fair to raise funds for French refugees, and Delphine encounters a juggler who gives her a flower She later learns he is the Comte Jules Saint Pierre, and the two of them are parties to a marriage agreement between their parents that dates back to childhood.The rest of the story is about Jules being perfect and right all the time, even when he makes a mistake or acts like an ass, and every last tiny thing Delphine does wrong is worthy of burning her at the stake Some faux pas are legitimately head shaking and tie into her character arc But Jules has no arc and is never considered by the narrative to have done anything wrong, even if he has done.As a Chesney HR, this book doesn t seem to know what it wants to be It felt kind of like it was emulating my struggle with still reading them after a saturation point The antagonist is a pointedly unpleasant poor relation by marriage to the heroine But she repents of her behaviour immediately and threatens to leave the story early on Delphine stands up to her right away, so she never needs to learn anything from her interactions with Mrs Bencastle Theirs is not the timid heroine and overbearing authority figure conflict, nor is it the heroine blinded by loyalty to an awful person conflict.Delphine s characterisation fluctuates wildly while the book tries to find its place At first, she is the capable businesswoman who has made her late husband s estates flourish Then she s bored with it and thinks of how the juggler represents fun But then she disapproves because the juggler lacks dignity The fair awoke her need to be with other French people, but she takes a long time to question Lord Charteris s treatment of her and forced rejection of her nationality When the marriage comes up, she s firmly stuffed into the slot of being stodgy and a shrill fishwife who nags Jules in public Never mind that he puts both of them in danger and never shows any care for her safety He does care about her safety he simply chooses to punish her by not making any outward show of it.I never liked Jules I only got that he was supposed to be a foil teaching Delphine to have fun and lighten up because I am genre savvy It was executed extremely poorly Jules was a lightly sketched character who phoned in everything and sailed through all of his conflict without so much as a speed bump Delphine was a likeable character who got morphed and badmouthed in order to sell me on things I didn t buy Somehow she was always the bad guy when they argued, even when it was clear that Jules should have taken some responsibility or at least effing apologised.Of course an inattentive reader would believe the bad press about Delphine and not disapprove of Jules She s an actual character with an arc He s just there without any consequences This made the majority of the book feel either frustrating or just empty I know sometimes Chesney HRs have the cards stacked in the hero s favour, but this was ridiculous

  8. says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Frensh revolution affected French aristocrats, with French protagonists this book moves slowly and emotionally.What I like about this book is for the first time I read about poor mutli talented Hero, who try to do whatever to live and survive, marries a wealthy widow with no affection towards him at all but embarrassment It was light book to read, but passion and emotions were slow paced, wished to haveadventures andsparkle.

  9. says:

    Good heavens, I m so thankful that the audiobook only robbed me of a mere five hours of my life What an unbelievable love story And what kind of author in her right bloody mind skips over, oh say, the BATTLE OF WATERLOO Would have been the only interesting part in the entire bloody book Ah well, live and learn.

  10. says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here It was a quick, ok read, not nearly my favorite by this author But I have to wonder, am I the only one who thought Sir George was creepy He rescued a child, sheltered and raised her in the way a parent would, but then marries her as soon as she s 18

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