Okay, let's get the negative stuff out of the way. The largest problem with this story is that the female protagonist, Lady Jessica Stanton, is able to speak & navigate the waters of high society w/out anyone having any idea that she's deaf. It's hard to believe that she can speak without any accent betraying her deafness. BUT, if you can put that aside I think you'll find this novel to be a real treat. Laura Landon isn't skimpy with the twists, turns, and action scenes that make fiction so exciting. Featuring a resourceful woman, deranged step-brother, conniving mistress, and fallen aristocrat, this novel's cast of characters has all the makings of an exciting love story.
When Lady Stanton is told by her friend and solicitor that she must marry in less than a week, it sets off a chain of events that land her in a marriage with the one man she would not have chosen for herself. But, as with all the historical romance novels we love, a series of attacks & mutual misunderstandings ultimately lead them to each other's arms, and ultimately each other's hearts.
This book was my first by this author but I found it quite enjoyable. Rosalyn Landor is always exceptional.
This was a great story. Without spoiling the ending I want to say it ended slightly different than the normal historical romance.
Jessica - Her secret passion was unique (or it was to me since I have only recenlty started this genera)
All of them - Rosalyn is a great narrator.
Nothing too extreme - I am sensative to suspensful moments and started getting scared/excited during a critical point. Couple times I wanted to yell at one of the main characters!
Wish the romance was hotter - I almost missed the 1st love scene...
Great story!! Light on the sex scenes but the story is very interesting.
All. Rosalyn Landor is my favorite narrator...
Audio-fiction ADDICT !
I enjoyed this book. I think what ever Rosalyn Landor narrates I'll enjoy, with her performances she improves the book.
This is my first book for this author. I liked her style of writing, simple yet a bit sparkLESS.
I miss the the spark quality that makes your heart ache that I find in Lisa Kleypas's historical romances :( I think this is the problem, that I end up comparing all the historical romances to LK.
Having said this, it's a solid book with nice story and phenomenal performance.
Enjoy it :)
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The book goes from one mystery to another, always leaving you on the edge of your seat waiting for the next issue to resolve itself (in a good way). From the big secret, to where Jessie will end up, to the antithesis of the story you will love the book and have strong emotions throughout. You will love the main characters, sometimes hate their decisions, feel sorry for everyone involved, and writhe in horror at the villain(s).
Overall this is a happy story. The ending leaves you wanting more of the characters but unlike many books in this genre, it does not leave you hanging with loose threads. You will be contented with the ended and just hoping for the follow up.
I love not only the story, but the description of the scenery, love, and ball gowns!
I finished this book in two days. It's that good. It is one of those books you just can't stop.
This is one of my new favorites on Audible. The author and narrator pair exceptionally well together. I will be looking up more of their books as soon as I am done writing this review.
If you enjoyed this book, I have a few similar recommendations: The countess, The Husband Hunt, The Selection, The Elite, The False Princess, The Amelia Peabody Series, and How to Dance with a Duke. I think these stories all have wonderful narrators, excellent story lines and a similar feeling to them. So if you like this book you should like those books. They are all mystery/love stories that evoke deep emotion and love for the characters. I prefer stories that I can't entirely guess the ending, falling in love with the characters, and especially books with a witty repertoire.
The repetitiveness had me skipping pages and sometimes even entire chapters. The main couple came across at best as naive and at worse, borderline moronic. The villain perpetrated violent and sadistic acts against women and innocent young girls. I bought this book because of the narrator, but I couldn't finish it. I'm glad Audible has a good return policy in place .
You will enjoy this book if you've never read a well-writtn, well-researched period romance and you don't care about historical or linguistic accuracy.
If they're all this poorly researched and full of this many cliches, no.
The whole book was so aweful that I didn't even finish it. However, this narrator is one of my favorites, and her performance here is as good as always. Too bad she didn't have much to work with.
First of all, this author needs to do some research into the language used during the time period when the story was set. I swear the main characters said "bloody hell!" at least 5 times a chapter. Variety is the spice of life, and she could have put just a tiny bit of effort into looking up some other othes and explatives of the time.
Also, there is no way, NONE! that a completely deaf woman who had been deaf since childhood could converse with perfect diction 100% of the time. The lip reading...fine. She could have taught herself that. But--and this is not meant in any way to be dirogatory toward the fully deaf--it is simply not possible for Jessica to have had perfect diction without the intervention of any kind of teacher or language therapist.
Finally, waltzing. Based on the clothing styles referenced in the book and a comment one character made about "the American colonies", it is safe to assume that this book was set in the late 1700's. Fine. However, waltzing was not widely accepted in English high society until the early 1800's. Again, a little research would have gone a long way.
Laura Landon needs to read a Heyer. The story itself wasn't badly written, just incredibly poorly researched and lacking in credibility.