Mrs. Martin's Incomparable Adventure

Mrs. Martin's Incomparable Adventure

by Courtney Milan

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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. The Terrible Nephew is living in her rooming house, and Violetta wants him gone.

Mrs. Martin isn't about to start giving damns, not even for someone as intriguing as Miss Violetta. But she hatches another plan—to make her nephew sorry, to make Miss Violetta smile, and to have the finest adventure of all time.

If she makes Terrible Men angry and wins the hand of a lovely lady in the process? Those are just added bonuses.

Author's Note: Sometimes I write villains who are subtle and nuanced. This is not one of those times. The Terrible Nephew is terrible, and terrible things happen to him because he deserves them. Sometime villains really are bad and wrong, and sometimes, we want them to suffer a lot of consequences.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161393123
Publisher: Courtney Milan
Publication date: 03/26/2019
Series: Worth Saga Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 58,529
File size: 1 MB

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Mrs. Martin's Incomparable Adventure 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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lcdolphin More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing, incomparable story. Usually a heroine is considered older when she's in her 40s. These ladies are in their 70s and still making a difference. Being older myself, this was so uplifting and I hope I can stay as vibrant as they are. Ms Milan's style of writing draws you in to all her stories like no other author. Highly recommend.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The year's earliest candidate for Finest Use of the Hallelujah Chorus in a Romance Novel. This novella in Milan's ongoing Worth saga is a standalone f/f romance. Mrs. Martin did appear as a minor character in the previous book, After the Wedding. She was an unrepentant scene-stealer in that book, but it's not necessary to read that book to enjoy this; the woman can introduce herself in this one just fine. At seventy-three and sixty-five, Bertrice Martin and Violetta Beauchamps are not average romance novel heroines, but this book doesn't skimp on either the romance (in typical Milan fashion, it's built on the fun dynamic of discovering trust in oneself as well as someone else) or the plot. The protagonists have to resort to some inventive prank-like action to protect themselves from Terrible Nephew; as women with little recourse aside from Bertrice's wealth, they use the tools at their disposal. The best is when the tools are their own voices. While Terrible Nephew is terrible and we're not at all asked to empathize with whatever humanity he does have (GOOD), Milan uses her characters to highlight the systems and power dynamics that we're swimming in (in some cases, drowning in). There are things this book isn't subtle about, at all, and the book summary is right on the money about it: spite, man-tears, not giving a damn. I wouldn't have expected it, but the combination of spite and romance was an invigorating blend of flavor. At the sentence level, I think this was some of Milan's best prose; there were so many great turns of phrase. It's a short book, and it's unique in its tone. FTC Disclosure: I received an advanced review copy of this book. This review is cross-posted to B&N from Goodreads.