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For lovely young Miss Patricia Patterson, life seemed a delightful dream--until the specter of her guardian, Lord Charles Gaunt, cast a shadow over her carefree days of idleness and enchanting evenings of dazzling balls and delicious flirtations. Lord Charles demanded she act the part of a proper and perfectly boring young Miss. Even worse, he insisted she devote her wakin For lovely young Miss Patricia Patterson, life seemed a delightful dream--until the specter of her guardian, Lord Charles Gaunt, cast a shadow over her carefree days of idleness and enchanting evenings of dazzling balls and delicious flirtations. Lord Charles demanded she act the part of a proper and perfectly boring young Miss. Even worse, he insisted she devote her waking hours to cultivating her mind rather than captivating her swarm of admirers. Thus the battle was joined--between the handsome, arrogant aristocrat who had Patricia in his lawful power, and Patricia, who vowed to turn this hateful tyrant into her lovelorn slave. . . .


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For lovely young Miss Patricia Patterson, life seemed a delightful dream--until the specter of her guardian, Lord Charles Gaunt, cast a shadow over her carefree days of idleness and enchanting evenings of dazzling balls and delicious flirtations. Lord Charles demanded she act the part of a proper and perfectly boring young Miss. Even worse, he insisted she devote her wakin For lovely young Miss Patricia Patterson, life seemed a delightful dream--until the specter of her guardian, Lord Charles Gaunt, cast a shadow over her carefree days of idleness and enchanting evenings of dazzling balls and delicious flirtations. Lord Charles demanded she act the part of a proper and perfectly boring young Miss. Even worse, he insisted she devote her waking hours to cultivating her mind rather than captivating her swarm of admirers. Thus the battle was joined--between the handsome, arrogant aristocrat who had Patricia in his lawful power, and Patricia, who vowed to turn this hateful tyrant into her lovelorn slave. . . .

30 review for The Education of Miss Patterson

  1. 5 out of 5

    Rane

    As I started The Education of Miss Patterson, I started to have some doubts, I enjoy reading about heroines which are likable and relatable but when you first meet Miss. Patricia Patterson she’s a spoiled brat of sixteen, whose use to have it her way, when her hard guardian Lord Charles finally makes an appearance, he sees how spoiled she is and sets out to change her ways, getting her first a silly and somewhat vain governess pushing Patricia to the edge with all the sudden rules forced on her, As I started The Education of Miss Patterson, I started to have some doubts, I enjoy reading about heroines which are likable and relatable but when you first meet Miss. Patricia Patterson she’s a spoiled brat of sixteen, whose use to have it her way, when her hard guardian Lord Charles finally makes an appearance, he sees how spoiled she is and sets out to change her ways, getting her first a silly and somewhat vain governess pushing Patricia to the edge with all the sudden rules forced on her, has a fit of temper and throws a potted plant through the window aimed at her guardian. Lord Charles finally has enough and sends Patricia to America until she learns to grow up and Patricia vows revenge then and there on her wicked guardian. Two years later a proper miss and a beauty Patricia decides to get her revenge on Lord Charles and make him fall in love with her and then break his heart, only when she meets Lord Charles again, things have changed and Patricia is in danger of falling in love with her Lord Charles herself. I didn’t care for Patricia at first, I never felt any of her actions had any malice when she was sixteen, when she comes back from her long stay in America, you see her plan of revenge already falling apart as she finally sees Lord Charles as a man and not as a wicked guardian she thought him. Patricia truly grows up, and through the cracks in her armor you start to see the fun loving and kind woman emerge. Lord Charles at the same time starts to see the woman he thinks he wants to marry isn’t all she appears to be, from being very cold and not caring for anyone but herself, Patricia brings a light in Charles life he didn’t know he was lacking. Charles is caring and kind, and even admits him acting over the top when he first met Patricia instead of talking to her to make her understand that she needed to change. I really grew to enjoy both leads as they start to change, and start to see one another for whom they truly are and not what they first to appear to be. With the added “villains” to Charles fiancé to Patricia’s vain governess who is half way in love with Lord Charles when he showed her kindness in his concern for Patricia well-being. This governess was silly and vain to boot, and in her mind instead of helping Patricia grow up and understand her feelings, the governess became to hate Patricia, as Patricia and Charles grow closer. The other dumb villains only added to the story making it humorous. The villains were bumps in the road to the leads HEA, I still had some trouble with the pacing of the story. The real story didn’t start until about 50+ pages in, but this once again gave a good backstory to both leads and what happens when they meet again. As a reader I “grew” to care for the leads and didn’t care for either, but I felt this was a charm in the book that just drew you in more. Overall: a great romance story showing that first meetings are not all their cracked up to be and sometimes growing up, opens ones eyes to the world around us.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ivy H

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I am on a roll with Marion Chesney's regency stories ! And I'm having a lot of fun - so much fun that I've finished 3 of her novels and haven't made time to catch up with the reviews. This book was pure comic entertainment ! I love the cast of zany characters that this author creates and the vivid way she's able to define and mold each one as the storyline progresses. In this story, the heroine meets the H for the first time when she's only 16 yrs old, but nothing romantic happens until she's 19 I am on a roll with Marion Chesney's regency stories ! And I'm having a lot of fun - so much fun that I've finished 3 of her novels and haven't made time to catch up with the reviews. This book was pure comic entertainment ! I love the cast of zany characters that this author creates and the vivid way she's able to define and mold each one as the storyline progresses. In this story, the heroine meets the H for the first time when she's only 16 yrs old, but nothing romantic happens until she's 19 because they're both annoyed with each other. The heroine Patricia starts off as a very spoilt bratty 16 yr old orphan whose temporary caretakers ( until her guardian, the H, arrives from his continental travels ) are an eccentric senile nanny and a governess who's a former whore. Nobody knew Miss Simpkin had been a whore ( otherwise she'd not have been hired ) but there were so many hints; three of which included her caked on make up, her failure to teach anything educational to Patricia and her penchant for gaping at men lustfully. OK, so these 3 characteristics wouldn't define a woman as a whore in our era but this was, after all, the regency period where women of good repute were expected to behave properly. The heroine, Patricia, ended up as a very precocious yet childish 16 yr old as a result of Miss Simpkins' tutelage. Patricia was left to do whatever she wanted, including wearing rouge, grown up courtesan type dresses and cutting her own hair ( poorly ) after she saw some modish hairstyles in La Belle Assemblée magazine. As a result, we end up with a heroine who looks like this: But acts like this: The poor hero Lord Charles, is stupefied when he meets Patricia for the first time ! She's dressed like a 30 yr old woman and is flirting coquettishly with him. It was so funny because Patricia isn't even aware of the ramifications of her behaviour or how it would be interpreted; she's merely copying Miss Simpkins' simpering mannerisms. The heroine's effort to play "dress up" is shocking to Charles but he is speechless with anger because she took 3 whole hours to get dressed and kept him waiting: Patricia waited confidently for his eyes to light up with pleasure when he saw her. But he glared at her and did not bother to walk forward to greet her. He merely stood where he was in front of the fire. “I am glad you have decided to honor me with your company, Miss Patricia,” he said. “Did your parents never tell you it is rude to keep guests waiting?” “I did not expect you, my lord,” said Patricia. “I wished to look my best for you and so I took time over my appearance.” She pirouetted in front of him, giggled, and sank into a curtsy. The green eyes surveying her looked, if anything, a trifle colder and harder. Beaton, M. C.. The Education of Miss Patterson (The Love and Temptation Series Book 3) (Kindle Locations 76-83). RosettaBooks. Kindle Edition. Things go downhill, in the most amusing manner, from there. The 30 yr old H is stumped by Patricia. He thinks the entire household is out of control since the childish Patricia has been allowed to rule the roost since her parents' deaths. Patricia had redecorated entire sections of the manor house in the most garishly childish manner: she's had the living room painted pink and gold and decorated with poorly done amateur paintings of herself done by her friends yet she continues to sleep in the nursery ! It's ludicrous and it's a God awful mess and the poor H is pulling his hair out wondering what he's supposed to do about this girl. On his first night at the manor, the spoilt Patricia is so peeved that he hadn't fallen at her feet and told her how pretty she looked that she hides a rough old, stuffed hedgehog toy in his bed. A week later, he brings in a new stern governess to replace the tarty ( but lovable ) Miss Simpkin. The H doesn't fire Miss Simpkin but merely tells her that Miss Sinclair is to be solely in charge of Patricia's education. Patricia rebels against this by acting out. She runs off with a drunken soldier who is besotted with her but the H rescues her in time before the guy can take advantage of the young heroine. Patricia wasn't even attracted to the soldier. She only ran off with him in a childish fit of tantrum throwing after the H treated her very sternly. Then, after the nasty mean and evil Miss Sinclair locked her in the nursery without food for a whole day, Patricia got mad and threw a boulder through the drawing room window. Charles was so mad that he lost his temper and spoke to her very rudely. This only served to make the nasty governess develop an unhealthy infatuation with the handsome H: Charles' next decision is to send Patricia and Miss Sinclair to stay with some friends of his in Boston. He thinks that she's too unruly and needs to learn how to settle down and behave like a lady before she can be exposed to the Ton during a London season. Miss Simpkins, the tarty but kind governess is sad and appalled but can't do anything about it. This is Miss Simpkins: The evil governess, Miss Sinclair, is also angry but her reasons are different; she's mad because she won't be able to indulge her newfound infatuation if she's across the ocean and far away from Charles. This is Miss Sinclair: Patricia spends 3 yrs in Boston and manages to learn how to dress properly and behave like a lady. That's because the American family she's staying with are very hospitable and the lady of the house treats the heroine like a daughter. Patricia also becomes less bratty and spoilt since she's away from the influence of her old nanny and Miss Simpkins. Miss Sinclair is very depressed, however, because she misses being around Charles and is ecstatic when he finally sends a letter telling her to return to England with Patricia. The H is shocked and filled with unwanted lust when he meets the 19 yr old Patricia. This is the grown up and sexy version of Patricia: ( Notice how Patricia looks nothing like how she does in the first photo ? That's a trick I copied from the movies, where different actors replace younger ones who played the same role. And please ignore the fact that her clothing looks far too modern for the regency era. Lol. ) Anyway, where was I ? Oh yes, Charles is becoming besotted with Patricia but he can't do anything about it since he's gone and gotten himself engaged to a dowdy, sourpuss and prudish woman called Miss Chalmers. This is Miss Chalmers: Miss Chalmers hates Patricia on sight. She's jealous insecure because Patricia's glamorous and more beautiful, so she immediately starts to nag Charles about enforcing stricter rules for the young heroine. Miss Sinclair is also heartbroken since the object of her infatuation is out of her reach due to his engagement, but she soon notices that he and Patricia are attracted to each other. This leads the bitter governess to form an evil alliance with the fiancee Miss Chalmers so that both women can plot and scheme to destroy poor Patricia. The H isn't even aware of any of this because he's never really bothered much with his fiancee; he'd only proposed to her because he felt that a prudish, staid and prim woman would make a better wife than one who was glamorous and frivolous. Charles had only ever kissed Miss Chalmers once and that had been a brief kiss on the lips when he had proposed to her. Miss Chalmers, for her part, is rather frigid and disdains outward shows of physical affection: The MC's soon start to develop strong feelings for each other and Charles comes to the conclusion that he must break the engagement with Miss Chalmers because he's in love with Patricia. However, the scheming fiancee and Miss Sinclair get a shortlived victory when they unearth a damning letter which breaks the hero's heart and makes him think that Patricia is just manipulating him. He fires Miss Sinclair, dumps Miss Chalmers and then tries to forcibly seduce Patricia in anger. Everything goes haywire after that because the tarty other governess ( Miss Simpkins ) is being blackmailed by one of her former clients/Johns and Patricia ends up being kidnapped by this guy's stupid, dandy son. The H rescues Patricia, the MC's confess their love for each other and can then go on to live HEA. There's no sex in this story and the romantic relationship between the MC's only starts to develop after the heroine returns from Boston, but this was a lot of fun to read. It's quirky, humorous and free from horrible angst; most of the conflict that occurs is presented in a somewhat slapstick manner by the author. Patricia was an entertaining heroine who didn't take shit from anybody ! Some readers might not find this novel appealing but I belong to the half that's gonna give it a standing ovation:

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lady Delacour

    Amusing, whimsical, lighthearted romance. Narrator Alison Larkin, with her quirky voice and over the top theatrics, made for a joyful listen. Almost clean, a few adult descriptive words.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Gaele

    AudioBook Review: Stars: Overall: 4 Narration: 4 Story: 4 Like all of Marion Chesney/M.C. Beaton's romance titles, they are short, sweet and fun, with a touch of a retro feel: most were penned twenty years ago, and even with the historical romances you do notice the age on some of these titles. That is not, however, a bad thing: you know what you are getting, they are fun and light with a very British feel in both style and delivery. In this story, Patricia Patterson is youthful and exubera AudioBook Review: Stars: Overall: 4 Narration: 4 Story: 4 Like all of Marion Chesney/M.C. Beaton's romance titles, they are short, sweet and fun, with a touch of a retro feel: most were penned twenty years ago, and even with the historical romances you do notice the age on some of these titles. That is not, however, a bad thing: you know what you are getting, they are fun and light with a very British feel in both style and delivery. In this story, Patricia Patterson is youthful and exuberant, more than a little spoiled and in charge of her own life after the death of her parents. Her guardian has not appeared to rein in her fun, tell her what to do, or lay the conventional expectations of society on her shoulders. Scandalous, certainly, but she is strong willed and coddled, used to having her own way without often being told no. Not much time expires before a stranger appears in the form of Lord Charles Gaunt, claiming his position as her guardian. Lord Charles is uptight and hemmed in: critical of Patricia's attitude and behavior as well as the few extra pounds she carries. Instantly hiring a governess/tutor and seeking Patricia's acquiescence and tractability: he was not prepared for her rebellion. Unwilling to allow her rebellious behavior to cause scandal, Lord Charles ships her off to Boston to be "finished". This could have ended the story, or it could have resulted in a story about a school, but instead we find Patricia returning after plotting for her two years to gain an advantage. She returns, and decides that she will cause the unflappable Lord Charles several moments of discomfort as she seeks to make him hers. Yes, the secondary characters are close to stereotypical villains, but they are truly only serving as background and to add some conflict before our couple is reunited to get to their happy ending. Narration provided by Alison Larkin was perfectly suited to this story, giving appropriate attention to the inflections and pacing to illustrate character differences, presenting strength and stubbornness in equal balance for Lord Charles, adding a touch of stomping two year old to the early renditions of Patricia and bringing us a more cultured and coy young woman upon her return. This was a fun, sweet and short romance that isn't going to challenge but will charm. I received an MP3 Download from the AudioProducer via AudioBook Jukebox. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Damaskcat

    Miss Patricia Paterson is a spoilt sixteen year old who is used to getting her own way and who spends as much time as she can flirting with any man she comes across. She is an orphan and an heiress and has been left to the guardianship of the eligible Lord Charles Gaunt. Sparks fly between them as soon as they meet but Lord Charles is determined that Patricia will grow up well educated and able to fit in with society so that she can make an eligible marriage. What happens when Patrici Miss Patricia Paterson is a spoilt sixteen year old who is used to getting her own way and who spends as much time as she can flirting with any man she comes across. She is an orphan and an heiress and has been left to the guardianship of the eligible Lord Charles Gaunt. Sparks fly between them as soon as they meet but Lord Charles is determined that Patricia will grow up well educated and able to fit in with society so that she can make an eligible marriage. What happens when Patricia makes her come out is entertaining and amusing reading and both characters will be changed before matters can be arranged to suit both of them. I found myself chuckling over this story of the irresistible force meeting the immovable object. If you want a light hearted Regency romance to curl up with on a cold winter's afternoon then you could do worse than settle for this one.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Ok, I admit it. I read the whole stupid book. I'm the eternal optimist believing that a book won't be as lame as all flashing lights say it's going to be! The jist of this book is if a guy gets drunk he'll attempt to rape someone. Awesome story right? Wrong! If you're considering this book I would just skip it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    ✨ Gramy ✨

    . This was a cozy and enjoyable Regency romance read, based on a guardian and his ward. Nice way to entertain yourself in the world of fiction. This book can stand on its own and delivers an HEA. These are very important attributes in a series for me. I'm glad I found this one.

  8. 5 out of 5

    LemontreeLime

    Could not rouse an inch of sympathy for the heroine, thus i exited the tale unfinished.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Laura Steinert

    One of Chesney's earlier stand alone books. Suitable romance for mid teens, complete with subtle instructions on obeying your elders dressing properly, and not letting boys take advantage of you. One near rape scene, but not as graphic as day-time television. I don't usually read "pure romance" books, but I've finished all the Hamish Macbeth books, all the Poor Relations, and and waiting my turn for the library to provide the Agatha Raisin series.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jade

    Paternalistic tosh.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    While Miss Patterson's guardian is pushing her to have more education and learn how to behave, she is dreaming of revenge on him. She soon realizes what was once revenge is turning into love.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    "Some things are better left unread." Marion Chesney, The Education of Miss Patterson ***Audiobook from Blackstone Publishing Narrated by Alison Larkin app 5 hrs

  13. 5 out of 5

    Walks Through Walls

    Cutesy, fun, delightfully old fashioned, and a fast read. No complaints.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mckinley

    Didn't like this series so much. See her Poor Relations and The Traveling Matchmaker for fun romances.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tara

    I love these books. There's always a villain and an evil plot and a lot of silly, enjoyable characters. Good stuff.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Leslie

    Cute formulaic story in the Love & Temptation Series. Here a youngish man is made guardian for a 16 year old young lady who has been quiet spoiled. When she pulls a Lydia (Bennet) rather than submit to her guardian's wishes; he packs her off to Boston, MA, USA for several years to learn proper behavior. Upon her return to learns him to be be engaged to a proper lady of the ton. her plot for revenge goes awry when she falls in love with him.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Nathalie S

    M .C. Beaton is such a good writer she makes me want to listen to Regency romances! Reader Alison Larkin, of Benedict Cumberbatch/Martin Freeman "Sherlock" fame, is the perfect reader for such escapades!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Camille

    Just recently discovered Marion Chesney or MC Beaton. She is another author to add to a growing list of entertaining regency romance writers. This was the first book of her that I read and it was entertaining and funny enough to continue reading some of her other writings.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    I really enjoy these Regency era stories. I'd prefer it if Miss Beaton would leave more to the imagination on some scenes which is one of the reasons that I like Regency era so much is because they are usually fairly squeaky clean.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Woods

    Very cute A little confusing with all the females in love with the guardian...but pretty sweet how it all turns out in the end. Not my favorite book by far, but worth a read, especially due to some of the more humorous situations and thoughts expressed.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sally

    Now this is definitely fluff--but fun. I like a romance and this takes place in the Regency period so I can think of Jane Austen as I read. I enjoy a happily ever after story even though I know that life doesn't happen that way. I just read this kind to escape.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Gloria Mccracken

    A little more far-ranging than some of the other books by Marion Chesney/M.C. Beaton. As usual, full of escapades and dirty doings.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Le

    I think this would had been better as a movie. I feel like some of the humor doesn't shine as openly as if you could see it, but otherwise, very humours!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Tylise

    A nice quick read.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Damilola Dowole

    Not bad at all

  26. 5 out of 5

    Vivien

    Quick 2 hour read. Boring but not bad.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Niatross

  28. 4 out of 5

    Marie

  29. 5 out of 5

    Gillian

  30. 4 out of 5

    natalie

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