A Bachelor Establishment
by Jodi Taylor, writing as Isabella Barclay
Audio book narrated by Anna Bentinck
After years of traveling the continent, Lord Ryde goes to his family estate to see what he can sell to finance his travels, only to be almost trampled while examining a ditch in one of his fields. The rider of the horse is Mrs. Elinor Bascombe who jumped the hedge onto his property while taking a short cut to her own. They clash immediately, but when she is shot, he saves her life and takes her to his home. Before he knows it, five more females from her estate descend on him and disrupt his bachelor establishment.
Lord Ryde is a forty-something curmudgeon and Elinor a plump 38-year-old widow, so I liked that the characters were different from the typical teenage girl and older man. They fall in love, of course, as do their respective sidekicks. There are two mysteries in the plot, one involving the question of who shot Elinor and the other related to the death of Lord Ryde’s father and the disappearance of Elinor’s brother-in-law years before. Taylor’s typical witty banter and snarky inner thought plus Bentinck’s stellar performance made the audio book really enjoyable.
Taylor also writes the Chronicles of St. Mary’s, those crazy time-traveling historian books that I enjoy so much. I reviewed the first two books in the series back in 2015.
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It is nice to see the trope re-imagined to include a middle aged heroine!
I couldn’t agree more, Sarah!
Sounds fun! I bet my sister would enjoy this book. (I’m currently looking for gifts for her.) Thanks for reviewing!
Sounds like a magnificent life, riding through fields and jumping hedges. Getting shot probably wouldn’t be that much fun, but leading to a new love has it’s up side. Sounds like the plot has a bit of everything for the reader to enjoy. – Margy
As I was reading your review my question was “who shot her?” But I see that’s one of the book’s mysteries. 🙂
Sounds interesting. Thanks for reviewing!
Yes, that’s the big mystery and it took a while to figure out what was going on.
I used to read a lot of historical romances, thanks for reviewing!
A romantic mystery! What fun!
Personally, I wouldn’t call it a romantic mystery.