some starry-eyed love struck person!!!
She was as good as she could have been with this ridiculous material!
Disbelieve that anyone would publish something so dumb. This book should have been rejected by any publisher. It's an insult to an intelligent reader!!!
skip this one!!!!
Reader, of course. Painter. Newspaper columnist. Nurse. Humane Society. Lake life. Walker. Happily remarried - was a widow.
I got this on sale because it was a fun and light story with enough depth to not put me to sleep or make me laugh out loud at the simplicity of plot.
The writing is good.
The plot interesting with a few twists and turns.
Characters had some depth and development. Not your usual heaving bosoms and darkly handsome misunderstood and incredibly rich secretly wounded older and wiser artistocratic male lead. The female lead was smart and not a sweet young thing just waiting to be introduced to life.
The ending was happy.
What can I say, I read "hard stuff" but TV bores me and I occasionally like a good romance novel, sort of like snitching a chocolate candy now and then.
If you're going to indulge, this is a good choice and is worth your time. I was promised a good historical romance and I got one.
I hate it when I keep hearing the narrator repeat the same exact phrase over and over again throughout a book. It seems to me that this is easy enough to avoid, the English language is filled with multiple words that can mean the same thing, it's also why we have Thesauruses, perhaps this author should try employing one. The story would have been okay except that it is fleshed out with boring, pedantic mewling dialogue. The heroine this time is NOT the most beautiful woman our hero has ever seen, in fact, she's quite plain. Well, she certainly is written that way and in case you missed it the first or second or third time, it's repeatedly drubbed into the reader throughout the book. Okay, we get it. The thing is that this could've been an interesting perspective but she is also a scold and somewhat delusional because she keeps repeating how she can "make" people like her because she just can, it's what she does. Nowadays we'd put someone like her on meds. This one is just ridiculous. Most romances are somewhat unbelievable, but at least they can be fun so that we want to suspend our disbelief. This one makes me feel like I just spent 2 hours in detention for being naughty in catechism class.
I was so pleasantly surprised! I chose all 4 in the series.
The romance descriptions without the
This is my 1st Mary Balogh's books, but not my last.
You renewed my pleasure in romance novels, Mary. Also, Anne Flosnik did a great job of narrating.
I have listened to over 250 audiobooks and this was the first one I couldn't even finish. It just didn't hold my interest, I wont purchase any more of this authors books.
QUESTION : DOES LISTENING TO AUDIO BOOKS MAKE YOU SMARTER? If so, I'm. Freakin Genius!
I bought this book a LONG time ago. So long, that I almost forgot about it. Now, I am really glad that I found this book, turns out I really liked it. (makes me wonder how many other books in my library I have overlooked......)
OK, back to my review:
One of the reasons that I found this book so interesting is that the heroine isn't you typical "the most beautiful woman in the world" that we find in so many of the other books in the romantic genre. No, she is plain, but because of her outlook on life, and her personality, she becomes one of the most beautiful characters that I have ever had the pleasure to discover through my "reading" of a book.
I would really recommend this book. It was like a breath of fresh air.
Oh my this book was a waste of time. I only made it thru half it's completely confusing. I still can't figure out who the main character was.
I see a couple of pretty harsh reviews for this book so felt I needed to add another perspective. This book reminded me a lot of Pride and Prejudice...not to say it's the same story or the same quality but the character interactions are similar, there are even a few scenes that seemed reminiscent of P&P. I did find this book a little slow in parts but overall I really enjoyed it. I loved the Conn character but can't figure out if he shows himself in one of the other books in this series...it would be great to see his issues resolved. The "dowdy" heroine was a little strange but it was interesting to see it play out....that too reminded me of Mr. Darcy's first commentary on Elizabeth.
I couldn't have said it better: slow, pedantic narration, plodding, pedantic writing. ick.
And this from a master of Regency! I would say this is her rare slip up and anything from her is worth reading or listening to, except by this narrator.