Widowed after only ten months of marriage, Martha Russell was hearing from the lawyer that unless she had some reason (pregnancy) she would have to vacate her estate and leave her beloved servants to the mercy at the hands of her malevolent brother-in-law. Only if an heir were on the way could she forestall him from taking over the estate and thrusting all the female servants into his despicable hands. Gathering all her strength and determination to not let that happen, Martha approaches her neighbor, the rakish exiled son of a baron from London. The strictly business proposition; one month of sexual attention to which she would pay him a hefty fee!
*** Theophilus Mirkwood couldn’t decide if he should have been insulted or flattered by Martha’s proposition. Knowing he should be on his best behavior if he ever wanted to return to London, Theo thought long and hard but seeing as how she was so very lovely decided to succumb. However, when push came to shove so to speak when Theo arrived to do the “deed” he was the one that felt quite outraged. Martha really was going to treat this as a total ‘business’ pursuit and there was no such thing as making ‘love’ to a woman who simply submitted while she most probably thought of other things than what was happening to her body.
The author created Martha as a woman who never experienced any type of loving relationship from her deceased husband; she knew no better and expected all men to behave the same. However, cold she acted towards Theo, she was caring and loving towards the people she felt were her responsibility, otherwise she never would have considered faking a pregnancy simply to feather her own nest, so to speak. Martha convinced herself she was truly doing this to save her female staff from a man whose despicable behavior simply could not and should not be brought down on the female staff she now cared for.
What was really very well done though was the change that came over both leads. Martha learned to feel for the man who did his best to befriend her and Theo was taught crucial points of not just land management from his land steward, but to realize that the people whose lives he ultimately controlled were under his care as well. In fact, Theo came to enjoy the challenge of what he could accomplish once he put his mind to it; as well as having Martha’s good opinion.
Bottom line: I found it hard to like Martha because of her rigidity in how she was going about getting herself pregnant, even though, I always knew she was doing this for the greater good. I loved the slow build-up of the love that developed between the two. This was definitely an interesting read and as I listened to this as an audio, the performance by Susan Erickson was well done. Martha was a tough heroine to like but in the end - I was very happy in how all turned out!
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......Hmmm I wouldn't know who would like it really because I felt it was dragging on too slow and there wasn't anything that kept my interested. It took me a week to finish and usually I finish a book in a day or two. The characters I felt were not developed enough and did not suit one another.
In search of it!
Yes it did in some way.
I wish there was more romance and thrill to it!
this rates at at least a 10
the strong female character "in charge" of her life and knows what she wants, but equally strong male character, don't get me wrong, but he falls first. Most of these regency romances are always the other way. This one is so unique, at least that I have read.
Yes, she is Eve Dallas in JD Robbs In Death Series. She is super, I have heard her in others besides the In Death, by far the BEST out there. I have about 5 that I look for when I listen and Susan is one of the best.
nothing extreme, nothing any other typical regency book gets from me, anyway.
super book, worth the money or credit, and super narration. Im already getting book 2, with the same narrator, so I know it will be good. LOL
Enjoyable listen. The narrator was a little stiff sounding at first, but as I got to know the protagonist, it became the perfect tone and rate. A good listen for historical romance fans. Not one of those ballroom books, though, so a little less predictable and a little more interesting. The changes the leads go through happen slowly enough that they are less unbelievable than some historics.
Actually the story is a good one but a long one. I think Ms Grant could have shorten the book in some areas especially the beginning.So that by the time you get to the meat of the story, you are not yelling for them to get on with it.There seems to be a lot that goes on towards the end of the book is timed better than the slow beginning. I am sure we are to take into account the youth of woman in question and her inexperience. But where she shows hints of intelligence in some areas, you'd think she carry them through to others. I personally am a huge Susan Ericksen fan so it is the narration that got me through the slower parts. I tend to like the paranormal romance stories, which include vamps,werewolves,fairies,fey,druids and even the highlanders. So this was a bit of different. It is a romantic historical based period love story. Best I can say for this type of book was it was okay.
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 such a funny, meaningful, passionate, and unique story. I think it's much better as an audiobook, as Susan Ericksen is flawless in her performance. I stongly recommend this book. I have already purchased the next one and will keep my eye out for Cecilia Grant. She is an amazing new author with a new perspective. I listened to this in one sitting, stayed up till 5am.
I love books! Audiobooks take stories to the next level. I'm obsessed with Audible and will try to rate all of my books. Happy Listening! ;)
I seem to be a minority here but I didn't like this book. The author wrote scene after scene of the most boring and bland sex scenes ever. Literally this couple spent a month trying to get pregnant and basically 28 of those days our heroine was looking at the ceiling and the hero gave her "his seed" in about thirty seconds. Those thirty seconds were followed by deep conversations about cows and country living...
The narration was very good and it's the only reason why I actually finished the book. The last hour or so of the story was very sweet and I liked the ending but I wish I could get those 12 hours of my life back...
In search of the next great Cindarella story
no it was not what I expect in a romance it seemed that the writer was more interested in the daily lives of the poor then the connection of the main characters
no for the above reason
yes it did in that the story was slow so it made sense that the narration was slow also I lessoned to it on my iPhone at the speed of 1.25
I do not think so
I purchased this book on the recommendation of someone I follow, it did not live up to her five stars. The author was more passionate about the tragedy and suffering of the everyday poor then the connection of the two main characters. I probably would not have mined the intrusion so much it the other was just as passionate. If I want to read doom and gloom I would read the newspaper.
Hard to put down.
I loved both characters and how they developed together throughout the book.
I loved that her story was so tender and intelligent. She took 2 characters with obvious short comings and created a story where they strove to become better people, far different people than they thought they could be, inspired by each other.
I thought so much of this book that I bought it for friends.
The book made me cry in several places, not sad tears, but for the tenderness portrayed so uniquely.
Just get it!