I enjoyed this book but all the jumping back and forth from past and present means you need to focus all your attention on this book. It is not something that can be listened to say as you are driving or you will probably get lost both in the book and on the road trying to concentrate on either one. Give it a chance but make sure you have time to dedicate just to the book.
The love stories.
This was a very well read, well written and entertaining story. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it.
The book starts stronger then it ends but I still enjoyed listening
The main character
No one scene stood out for me
No just the story just caught my interest
Enjoyable listen. Well read. The mixing of the present day and historic story is well done. The premise that the young hero character needs to be hidden, to the point of no acknowledgement of a wife and child seems a bit over the top to me BUT it was still a fine story.
Water for Elephants
I write few reviews but this book deserves some comment. The narration was terrific. I have found that female actors do a better job with male voices then male actors generally do with female voices. That was certainly true here. The book contains two story lines. One is modern day, the other is 300 years ago. Not only does Ms. Landor handle all the different character voices but she even provides two different narration voices - a helpful hint cluing era shifts between chapters.The book contains English, Irish and Scottish accents. Within the Scottish accents we have both class and era distinctions. I can't attest to Ms. Landor's accuracy but I can attest the the accents were usefully distinctive and even the most difficult accents were still clear to an American reader. It reminded me of going to a Shakespearean play with good actors - the meaning is clear even if not all the words are familiar. Now about the story I will say very little as I don't like reviews that give anything away. But it was well worth the listen. It is the best book I've heard since Water for Elephants. There are great characters and an interesting story, well put together.
Ok.. I'm not a romance reader. I got this book because I looked at other peoples reviews and thought this book was going to be a historical fiction book with a bit of romance. I was wrong! It's a romance book with a bit of historical fiction.
So needless to say I cringed through most of the book because romance isn't really my thing. Having said that it is really well written and performed - I can't believe how many accents the narrator did, and did well. And despite my cringing at the mushy bits I did listen to it all the way to the end because I wanted to find out what happened.
So, all in all, If you like a good romance this is probably a good book for you. It's just not my cup of tea!
I really loved this book, with its dual romances in two time periods. I bought it in the recent Audible sale for $6.95 and am so glad I did. The narration by Rosalyn Landor was really wonderful. I frequently dislike her narration because even her young heroes sound so old and stuffy, but perhaps that's just her English aristocrat accent, because the Scots accented men in this book are just wonderful. She also does a great job in distinguishing what is current and what is 18th century by the narrator's accent she employs (North American for modern and gentle Scots for the past. This is by far the best narration of hers that I've listened to and I've listened to at least a dozen.
I had been a little reluctant about reading this book because I was worried it would be too Outlander-ish and I really didn't want to read a cheap knockoff of one of my favorite books. Once reading it, though, I didn't once make comparisons between the books. This has a very different feel and sensibility about it.
The historical setting in the 1708 Jacobite rising was one I'm not really familiar with, and it was a pleasure to learn about another period of history. There was plenty of gritty reality, but not TOO gritty. No graphic descriptions of hangings or scourgings or anything like that, but plenty of tears to go around.
I docked it a half star because I thought the pseudoscience genetic memory explanation was just too much BS to stomach. Far better to ascribe it to some unexplained phenomenon like the second sight than to invoke DNA in a completely ridiculous way.
Nonetheless, it was ultimately a very satisfying historical romance, so much so that I just might turn around and listen to again it right now.
the story in the story, liked it !!, I will listen to it again
all of it
Honestly, I was reluctant to buy this book after reading The Rose Garden. The writing and descriptions were fine, but the story was most depressing! The reviews for this book were glowing and it was on the $6.95 sale list, so I went with it.
The beautiful descriptions of Scottish life, both modern and old were so good. I want to pack my bags and go rent Jimmy Keith's cottage right now.
It's not the hoplessly sad book I feared. There are deluxe box Kleenex moments, most certainly, but hang in there.
I have a couple of quarrels with the way Ms. Kearsley handles certain situations. The way Stuart Keith is treated is bothersome. It's not in keeping with the behavior of thoughtful, respectful people. The circumstances of Anna don't seem realistic, but this was a different age and a time of war, so what do I know.
The idea of genetic memory is fascinating. Ms. Kearsley used it just enough, in my opinion.
The narration is wonderful! I am familiar with Ms. Landor's other work, but she outdoes herself with the number and variety of accents and dialects.
Well worth a credit (or sale price in this case).
Compelling story effortlessly weaving back and forth between past and present. I literally stayed awake listening and stole every moment to get away to the little house on the cliff!