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HE WAS ATTRACTIVE ENOUGH TO TEMPT EVEN A VERY DEDICATED BLUESTOCKING! A woman of independent means with a healthy dose of cynicism about the male population, Harriet Tremayne is content with her circle of spinster friends and their devotion to literature, women's rights, and other intellectual interests. However, when she undertakes a London Season for her beautiful but fea HE WAS ATTRACTIVE ENOUGH TO TEMPT EVEN A VERY DEDICATED BLUESTOCKING! A woman of independent means with a healthy dose of cynicism about the male population, Harriet Tremayne is content with her circle of spinster friends and their devotion to literature, women's rights, and other intellectual interests. However, when she undertakes a London Season for her beautiful but featherbrained niece, she concedes she must appear less a bluestocking and more a fashion plate to successfully sponsor an impossible miss whose only real desire is to consume chocolate. Certainly her modish new appearance has nothing to do with the attentions of Lord Dangerfield, a wicked man of the world who has designs on the fair Susan, but spends an inordinate amount of time trying to convince Harriet of his all-too-obvious attributes...


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HE WAS ATTRACTIVE ENOUGH TO TEMPT EVEN A VERY DEDICATED BLUESTOCKING! A woman of independent means with a healthy dose of cynicism about the male population, Harriet Tremayne is content with her circle of spinster friends and their devotion to literature, women's rights, and other intellectual interests. However, when she undertakes a London Season for her beautiful but fea HE WAS ATTRACTIVE ENOUGH TO TEMPT EVEN A VERY DEDICATED BLUESTOCKING! A woman of independent means with a healthy dose of cynicism about the male population, Harriet Tremayne is content with her circle of spinster friends and their devotion to literature, women's rights, and other intellectual interests. However, when she undertakes a London Season for her beautiful but featherbrained niece, she concedes she must appear less a bluestocking and more a fashion plate to successfully sponsor an impossible miss whose only real desire is to consume chocolate. Certainly her modish new appearance has nothing to do with the attentions of Lord Dangerfield, a wicked man of the world who has designs on the fair Susan, but spends an inordinate amount of time trying to convince Harriet of his all-too-obvious attributes...

30 review for The Chocolate Debutante

  1. 4 out of 5

    Treece

    Rating: 3 1/2 The h was extremely annoying due to her self-inflicted sheltered lifestyle but her niece and charge, Susan, made everything fun and worthwhile. She was mixture of shrewdness and a load of surprises. The H was awesome and amazing. This was a fun book where all the villains are humiliated and receive their just desserts.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mela

    Funnier than most of Chesney I have read. She wondered what illness Mary had found to “put on,” for her sister dressed herself in various ailments with all the enthusiasm of a fashion-conscious dandy sporting a new waistcoat. Two charming and amusing love stories. If one has never been in love before, then it is difficult to recognize the beast when it comes along. And of course a few sentences here and there about Regency era. The Regency was an age of hard gambling, and therefore it was more import Funnier than most of Chesney I have read. She wondered what illness Mary had found to “put on,” for her sister dressed herself in various ailments with all the enthusiasm of a fashion-conscious dandy sporting a new waistcoat. Two charming and amusing love stories. If one has never been in love before, then it is difficult to recognize the beast when it comes along. And of course a few sentences here and there about Regency era. The Regency was an age of hard gambling, and therefore it was more important than ever to keep the family finances afloat by marrying well. Also, between lines, some wisdom about human nature --> e.g. Jack Barnaby's story. I could just say classical Chesney's romance.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Grace

    Hilarious! One of those books that are just outright fantastical in its plot, and somehow makes you laugh for the sheer outrageousness of it. Protagonist has been left in charge of her niece, a girl who's addicted to chocolate and can't eat it enough. So she has to devise a way to marry off the girl... Hilarious! One of those books that are just outright fantastical in its plot, and somehow makes you laugh for the sheer outrageousness of it. Protagonist has been left in charge of her niece, a girl who's addicted to chocolate and can't eat it enough. So she has to devise a way to marry off the girl...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Be

    Quick read. I liked it well enough. I do however always find it strange that a heroine starts off in the book all starchy and wise ...... only to end up losing the ability to use her brain later on in the book. Oh well I breezed through it and will look for other books by this author.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Denae

    I didn't just laugh. I cackled. While I would never say this book is good, it is absolutely hilarious. The niece eats a centerpiece. I already have a definite weakness for Regency romances and I couldn't sleep. This turned out to be the perfect choice. I didn't just laugh. I cackled. While I would never say this book is good, it is absolutely hilarious. The niece eats a centerpiece. I already have a definite weakness for Regency romances and I couldn't sleep. This turned out to be the perfect choice.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rachael

    Had I the benefit of the paperback cover, I might not have listened to this frankly repetitive, vulgar, and rather lame duck of a novel. The only reason I finished listening to it was the reader's performance. A woman in the Regency who, thanks to an inheritance, not being required by money to marry, has settled in as a bluestocking. She's content to read and write and discuss women's rights with her friends. One day, her sister, married with several children, asks her to present and chaperone h Had I the benefit of the paperback cover, I might not have listened to this frankly repetitive, vulgar, and rather lame duck of a novel. The only reason I finished listening to it was the reader's performance. A woman in the Regency who, thanks to an inheritance, not being required by money to marry, has settled in as a bluestocking. She's content to read and write and discuss women's rights with her friends. One day, her sister, married with several children, asks her to present and chaperone her eldest daughter for the London Season. The girl managed to fake sick enough at her elite finishing school to avoid learning to read or write. Her aunt takes her in hand, but still has to convince the girl not to eat every sweet she can lay hands on. A dreadful man the aunt encounters at an inn before picking up the appalling niece provides an obvious romantic foil. And then there's his mistress, (woman scorned), her other lover (ugh) and a kidnapping plot. Half of the problems in this book would have been solved if people would just have talked to each other. The other half could have been solved by people just living morally. But the reader of the audio book deserved a star.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Calli

    Sounded great, and started off great, but ended up being so-so.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jenne

    I used to really like Marion Chesney's romances back in high school, but twenty years later this just seemed kind of stupid. Live and learn. I used to really like Marion Chesney's romances back in high school, but twenty years later this just seemed kind of stupid. Live and learn.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Annette

    A delightful and funny story of love in Regency England. Spinster by choice Harriet Tremayne is talked into sponsoring her niece for the upcoming season by her hypochondriac sister. Harriet's niece though beautiful, is a feather-brain who loves chocolate and abhors bathing. Harriet has her hands full, she concedes she must appear less a bluestocking and more fashionable to successfully sponsor her niece. On top of all this Harriet must contend with the attentions of Lord Dangerfield, a wicked ma A delightful and funny story of love in Regency England. Spinster by choice Harriet Tremayne is talked into sponsoring her niece for the upcoming season by her hypochondriac sister. Harriet's niece though beautiful, is a feather-brain who loves chocolate and abhors bathing. Harriet has her hands full, she concedes she must appear less a bluestocking and more fashionable to successfully sponsor her niece. On top of all this Harriet must contend with the attentions of Lord Dangerfield, a wicked man of the world who has designs on the fair niece yet spends an inordinate amount of time trying to sell Harriet on the virtues of his all-too-obvious attributes.

  10. 5 out of 5

    So-Cal Reader

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Not bad if read as a tongue in cheek spoof on romance novels. The main character starts off as a very level headed woman although very naive in the ways of men -- and the ways of men and women as couples. By the end of the book she is much more acquainted with men but thankfully finds a man who admires her for her brain as well as her looks. In between she makes a lot of not very thought out decisions but acts like a 'silly emotional woman'. One of the secondary characters, the protagonist's niec Not bad if read as a tongue in cheek spoof on romance novels. The main character starts off as a very level headed woman although very naive in the ways of men -- and the ways of men and women as couples. By the end of the book she is much more acquainted with men but thankfully finds a man who admires her for her brain as well as her looks. In between she makes a lot of not very thought out decisions but acts like a 'silly emotional woman'. One of the secondary characters, the protagonist's niece, is a real hoot and was the main reason I finished the book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Vera Saunders

    Marion Chesney [MC Beaton] has been a favourite of mine for escapist reading. I have lately gone off, even though all the kindle books did their job for bedtime reading. And the majority of her books have been on audio from the library, which again, I enjoyed when going through the first fifteen years of audiobook listening.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    Harriet Tremayne is independently wealthy and very happy as a spinster. Then her sister asks her to put a London season on for her niece. The niece turns out to be very attractive and absolutely loves food and causes problems. The Earl of Dangerfield ends up helping Harriet. Light and fluffy and funny is parts.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    Cute and fun audiobook to listen to. Didn't love the spinsters-are-just-jealous subplot, but making allowances for the era it was written in! I've been shy about listening to regency romances, but this one was not steamy at all. Cute and fun audiobook to listen to. Didn't love the spinsters-are-just-jealous subplot, but making allowances for the era it was written in! I've been shy about listening to regency romances, but this one was not steamy at all.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    Silly and fun - made me thing of all the romances my grandma had. I didn't know MC Beaton was such a prolific author! Silly and fun - made me thing of all the romances my grandma had. I didn't know MC Beaton was such a prolific author!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Karen Darling

    ok

  16. 4 out of 5

    Reforming

    3.5 A fun read, not at all dated other than a refreshing lack of the boilerplate sex scenes so common today. Book had interesting characters and a decent plot. I will be reading more of Chesney.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Joan

    Every regency novel by ms Beaton has something new and hilarious. Just when u think you’ve read every possible scenario she comes up with a fresh story! This one is a must read!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Amy Garnica

    witty historical romance - the Marion Chesney books are a super guilty pleasure!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ellen

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Loved

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sheila

    A Regency Romance with sufficient plot and character development.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kelli

    Audiobook. I didn't enjoy the voices of the reader and did not like the story's characters. The story was ok. Audiobook. I didn't enjoy the voices of the reader and did not like the story's characters. The story was ok.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Carmen

    It was entertaining but I did not like the writing style.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    Pure fluff and romantic silliness, perfect if you need a lighthearted love wins in the end book. It was a clean read.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Tasneem

    A easy, non-taxing read to while away a lazy afternoon. Harriet is so sure that she escaped the horrors of marriage that when she finally falls in love, she is sure she is mistaken, or that Lord Dangerfield is only toying with her. I loved Harriet's niece Susan [the chocolate débutante]. She is so funny, yet so smart in the ways of the world too. An enjoyable read. Re-read - 30/09/2016 This is such a happy easy read. I enjoyed seeing Susan and her Courtney's courtship. Her affection for chocolate A easy, non-taxing read to while away a lazy afternoon. Harriet is so sure that she escaped the horrors of marriage that when she finally falls in love, she is sure she is mistaken, or that Lord Dangerfield is only toying with her. I loved Harriet's niece Susan [the chocolate débutante]. She is so funny, yet so smart in the ways of the world too. An enjoyable read. Re-read - 30/09/2016 This is such a happy easy read. I enjoyed seeing Susan and her Courtney's courtship. Her affection for chocolate and sweetmeats are only eventually replaced by her desire for his kisses. I also liked Jack and his Moll, their desire to go straight, and then their desire to be lazy villains again. Robert Dangerfield is so masterful and full of arrogance. I like how Beaton uses that aristocratic trait of arrogance in her heroes. It is what makes them unable to accept that a woman could be cool towards them. Dangerfield is initially interested in Harriet for the simple reason that she is not interested in him as a man. She dismisses him and is happy in her spinsterish state.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Deborah Vespo

    Funny story, funny characters. Loved the scene where her lazy, without any self-control, chocolate eating niece eats the center piece at a ball and then later discovers her fiancé Charles is something she desires even more. Bluestocking, independently wealthy, and who has no faith in the masculine sex, Harriet Tremayne is happy with her reclusive life. She hangs with her spinster friends and wants for nothing more. Her sister, who is always hanging on the edge of death, in her own mind, contacts Funny story, funny characters. Loved the scene where her lazy, without any self-control, chocolate eating niece eats the center piece at a ball and then later discovers her fiancé Charles is something she desires even more. Bluestocking, independently wealthy, and who has no faith in the masculine sex, Harriet Tremayne is happy with her reclusive life. She hangs with her spinster friends and wants for nothing more. Her sister, who is always hanging on the edge of death, in her own mind, contacts her and asks her to bring her "incomparable" daughter out for the season. The handsome and rakish Lord Dangerfield initially appears to have feelings for Harriet's young charge but while on the other hand is exerting that charm on the newly dressed and beautifully quaffed Harriet, all while dealing with a rather Iago like villain. Loved it!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Damaskcat

    Harriet Tremayne, bluestocking and wealthy spinster, has been asked to chaperone her niece, Susan, during her first London season. To do this she needs to revamp her own wardrobe and general appearance which leads to a falling out with her friends. She also needs to persuade Susan that life does not consist of eating chocolates and failing to wash. Harriet soon realises that her troubles are only just beginning when Susan attracts the attentions of Charles Courtney and the enmity of the mistress Harriet Tremayne, bluestocking and wealthy spinster, has been asked to chaperone her niece, Susan, during her first London season. To do this she needs to revamp her own wardrobe and general appearance which leads to a falling out with her friends. She also needs to persuade Susan that life does not consist of eating chocolates and failing to wash. Harriet soon realises that her troubles are only just beginning when Susan attracts the attentions of Charles Courtney and the enmity of the mistress of the attractive Lord Dangerfield. This is a funny and fast paced Regency romp with some endearing characters – the prickly Harriet and the unconventional but beautiful Susan. If you want a book that doesn’t take too much effort to read and you want to be entertained for an evening then you could do worse than read ‘The Chocolate Debutante.’

  27. 4 out of 5

    Leslie

    I really this book with an older than normal heroine. Harriet Tremayne is a bluestocking spinster who skipped her season and lived a happy, single life. when it is her niece Susan year to come out Harriet is convinced to host her. On her trip to retrieve the girl she meets an annoying Lord Dangerfield. And while Susan is a silly, ignorant, nasty bit of fluff Harriet decides she is beautiful enough to marry off quickly and agrees. Once Susan is buffed she is indeed the It girl of the Season and qu I really this book with an older than normal heroine. Harriet Tremayne is a bluestocking spinster who skipped her season and lived a happy, single life. when it is her niece Susan year to come out Harriet is convinced to host her. On her trip to retrieve the girl she meets an annoying Lord Dangerfield. And while Susan is a silly, ignorant, nasty bit of fluff Harriet decides she is beautiful enough to marry off quickly and agrees. Once Susan is buffed she is indeed the It girl of the Season and quickly has a beau. But Harriet has been transformed as well and is sought by several gentlemen. her improvement is offensive to her friends who think Harriet should have stayed dowdy. After reading many Regency romances with 16- 19 year old girls marrying 20 -40 year old Earls, Dukes, Viscounts and Lords it is nice to have a mature woman as the leading lady.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    2.5 I enjoyed the main characters mostly. I thought the chocolate obsessions a little out there and for Harriet who is supposed to be so smart and independent to act more dim witted and confinded to the world and society that it went agsinst who her character was supposed to be. Also i found het so unbelievable self conscious it got a little annoying, but still I like the end and the interactions mostly.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Nan

    I can turn to this author again and again, for Regency romances under this name, or under her other ones for mysteries. Pure pleasure for listening while knitting or at the gym. Love the characters--the feisty and confident Harriet, and watching her niece Susan develop her own sense of self. I'll be downloading another one in the series soon. I can turn to this author again and again, for Regency romances under this name, or under her other ones for mysteries. Pure pleasure for listening while knitting or at the gym. Love the characters--the feisty and confident Harriet, and watching her niece Susan develop her own sense of self. I'll be downloading another one in the series soon.

  30. 4 out of 5

    AlegnaB †

    Overall, I liked the story, but I didn't like Susan, the debutante; the term "blond bimbo" comes to mind when I think about her. The story got a little risqué at the end, although it wasn't detailed. Overall, I liked the story, but I didn't like Susan, the debutante; the term "blond bimbo" comes to mind when I think about her. The story got a little risqué at the end, although it wasn't detailed.

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