Teacher, avid reader/listener, yarn-fiend, romantic cynic.
I was anticipating loving this story as a light-hearted sequel to "What Happened In London". In some ways, that's exactly what it is - Miss Butterworth's author "Sara Gorley" strikes again in really awful (and yet fantastic!) gothic romances which make the interaction between the characters smile worthy. Yet this book deals with more somber themes in general than "What Happens In London" - the both the heroine and the hero are struggling with issues and Quinn briefly touches on women's rights (or lack thereof) in the era she writes in.
My one complaint about this book is that the heroine and hero waffle. I understand their motivations, I understand their logic, but they are both so clearly not okay with the situation she is placed in and flabbergasted that her relations would put her in this situation - yet reluctant to abandon the familial plans for her. I struggle with the on-again-off-again "I should, I shouldn't" aspect of the plot, even while I acknowledge that the reality of life at that time would have meant Annabelle would not have been able to simply ignore her family's plans for her, despite how despicable (or weirdly connected - there's a twist at the climax that I didn't anticipate) the villian is to Annabelle.
Olivia and Harry make quick appearances, but really Edward is the teaser in the book. Maybe there will be a book for him sometime? (Hint, hint, Ms. Quinn!)
I'm giving this three stars for story because it was 1) harder to pull me into, 2) a more frustrating listen plot-wise (Listen to Louisa already, Annabelle!) and 3) a little slower, yet heavier thematically than I was expecting. If I could give it three-and-a-half, I would because I do like that we get to know Sebastian-the-Charmer's more serious side and background and kudos to Quinn for not pretending that Annabelle could instantly make "the right choice".
To sum it up: Sara Gorley and her Miss Butterworth series made this book an entertaining read.
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I have read all Julia Quinn's books. I have heard Rosalyn Landor many times. I will use my credits for them.
This is my first listen but I believe this book is a bit below Quinn's normally excellent standard. Whether a book is read or heard the story must carry the "reader" from start to finish. This one had very good moments. When you laugh out loud or tear up the book has you involved. That makes it a good book worth the price. No one can expect an author to hit a home run everytime and getting to second is nothing to be ashamed of.
Each character lived up to their part of the story. The good were good and the bad were bad!
There are authors you read once. Then there are authors you follow and anticipate any new offering. Quinn is one to follow.
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This is the third book in the series and in my opinion it is the best. Also in the series is Miranda Cheevely Secret Diaries and What Happens in London. This is a sweet and simple romance that easily keeps your attention. Although I didn't mind the narrator, I didn't care overly for the male voice impression.
Sadly, I was a bit disappointed. I normally love all of Julia Quinn's books, every single one of them. I think this has to be the only one that's disappointed me. It got a little... tedious & boring about 3/4ths of the way in.
Julia Quinn is always a joy. This is one of her funny books. You'll laugh out loud throughout the book.
I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
This is the third book in the series and in my opinion it is the best. Also in the series is Miranda Cheevely Secret Diaries and What Happens in London. This is a sweet and simple romance that easily keeps your attention. Rosalyn Landor and Julia Quinn what a great combination
Audio-fiction ADDICT !
This was the first book I listened to for Julia. I enjoyed it! The characters interactions were wonderful, smart, and charming. I am planning to listen to more of Julia Quinn
Fluff... Lots of fluff... but I really enjoy the light heartedness that Julia Quinn puts into her characters. So I found myself smiling throughout the book - and sometimes that's just what I need! The plot is predictable but the quirky characters are just fun and the author ensures you really do care about what happens to them. A fun, pleasant read perfect when you need a smile.
My biggest problem with the book was the narrators voice for our Hero... it took me half the book to "listen through" the voice. He sounded like a popinjay - someone that lacked strength or intelligence. I didn't like it at all.
just splendid. I was smiling at inside jokes more often than not.
Quinn novel most likely to be launched in a capsule into space as an example of human humor to aliens.
1. Very entertaining
2. Because it made me laugh out loud and
3. Even more, it made me fall in love with falling in love
4. A heroine that was not a complete ninny as so many seem to be
5 - 10. Sebastian.