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!
HATE spoilers! Enjoy HOT, sexy books w/a plot. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. Books outside HOT genre = books given to me to review
Cecilia Grant did not impress me with this first listen. I will probably pass on anything else she has written.
There are a lot of great historical authors out there that I would listen to first. Try Julie Garwood or Wendy Lindstrom - if you like Highland romances go for Hannah Howell or Jennifer Ashley.
Susan Ericksen's performance was appropriate for the material...blah.
Newly widowed and desperate to protect her estate and beloved servants from her malevolent brother-in-law, Martha Russell conceives a daring plan. Or rather, a daring plan to conceive. After all, if she has an heir on the way, her future will be secured. Forsaking all she knows of propriety, Martha approaches her neighbor, a London exile with a wicked reputation, and offers a strictly business proposition: a month of illicit interludes... for a fee.
Theophilus Mirkwood ought to be insulted. Should be appalled. But how can he resist this siren in widow's weeds, whose offer is simply too outrageously tempting to decline? Determined she'll get her money's worth, Theo endeavors to awaken this shamefully neglected beauty to the pleasures of the flesh-only to find her dead set against taking any enjoyment in the scandalous bargain. Surely she can't resist him forever. But could a lady's sweet surrender open their hearts to the most unexpected arrival of all... love?
This was a recount of 30 nights of a snooze fest of 'passion' as Mrs. Russell tries to get pregnant by Theo. The days are mundane and tedious. The author tries to provide a bit of dimension with Martha's interest in starting a school and getting to know her neighbors (after having lived in the town for several years).
Save your $ and credit for the many, many deserving titles out there...this is not even worth the under $5 sale price for which I got it.
The story is so well written.
She has an interesting voice that is easy yo listen to and no annoying accents.
This book is even better after being read several times. The main character is a little off-putting at first, but she will really grow on you as you experience the whole story.
The whole story dragged out. It would have been a nice easy read/listen if it was not 12.5hrs long
The hero and the maid
Yes I thought she fitted the era very well
I feel to sleep so many times, I had to keep going back
As I said I think the story was different and nice. Martha was very hard to like and it was all too long
People who want detailed information about agriculture and dairy farming in their historical romance novels. People who like judgmental, prudish, unlikeable heroines.
She was the only reason I stuck with it. I love Susan Ericksen's narration of historical romances.
The heroine-at least I would make her a lot less pious and priggish.
A well written story with believable characters. Susan Ericksen has a pleasant voice and narrates well.
When was she going to awaken, it never happened. I didnt finish the book.
Someone waking up! Celcilia Grant maybe?
Disappointment for sure, I hoped for more and didnt get it.
I though that this book would be better but I really didn't like it. The story was lame and I could not really get into the story. I had hoped that it would be better then it was.
It was historical that I liked.
Good but slow.
Theo. He so so patient, smart, kind, loving, funny and persistent.
Everything. She did a good job with the different characters and voices
The reluctant lover
This book is slow but it is good. Unpredictable and different. The ending is sort of abrupt but it does not take away from the story. The plot is weird, but so is Martha. Our heroine is emotionally perturbed/damaged. The healing process is sloooww. The love scenes (eventually) are pretty good. It is worth a credit.
I laughed out loud!
Smart, funny, and so worth the money! Can't wait to listen to it again!