From the author, yes, from the narrator--NO.
While this is a relatively standard forced-marriage trope book, the author showed some signs of being able to write a good story. I would give her another try, in print or with a different narrator. As it was, I only got through 12 chapters of the audiobook before I had to give up and download (purchase) it for my Kindle to finish it.
As a narrator for this story, Sarah Coomes is horrible. She's so slow, I had to speed up the playback time to 1.25 for it to even approach something that sounded somewhat normal. I tried it on 1.5, but that was just slightly too fast. About 1.3 or 1.4 would have been better.
In checking out the samples from some of the other books she's narrated, it sounds like British may actually be her real accent. But it's so overwrought, so over-enunciated, so poorly spoken (many mispronunciations---and I know how certain words are pronounced by the British; it seemed she just didn't know them and took a shot in the dark and missed), and so . . . broken . . . up with pauses in strange places. It was. As if there, were; punctuation. Marks indicating ...hesitations. And pauses in weird. Places? Not to mention her bizarrely inappropriate emPHAsis on certain words that shouldn't be EMphaSIZed.
And she seems to have learned her "Scottish" accent from watching Mel Gibson in Braveheart one too many times. Not good at all.
When I finally made the decision to stop listening and switch to reading a text version of it because I couldn't listen to one more minute of it.
Nicholas Boulton or Ashford McNabb or Bianca Amato or Rosalyn Landor or Lucy Scott or Davina Porter or Steve West or Katherine Kellgren or Susan Lyons or Helen Stern or Justine Eyre or Susan Duerden or Charlotte Parry.
I have audiobooks by all of these readers, and they're wonderful narrators!
Will be returning this one.
Excellent narration. I love listening to the Scottish accents.
A great romance also with mystery and suspense thrown in.
A marriage planned from birth to a family that you have been taught to hate.
Luckily, even though the family may be evil, his/her forced marriage is not what you'd expect. Husband & Wife have never met and have been growing up being taught to hate the other's family. How will the husband treat his new wife? Will the wife escape? Accept? Give in?
Why do the families hate each other?
Read this very enjoyable book to find out.
I read the reviews and decide to give it a chance and i'm glad I did.
didn't want it to end, this book draws u in and has you hanging on.
I can't wait for more from sarah coomes . loved the whole book and now its on my fav.
Say something about yourself!
Great highland story great chemistry between the two main characters. Very romantic everything you love in a good highlander story. Wish there was a book two.
Great narration hooked from the first chapter.
My favorite way to get my reading fix when I am on the move
Sarah Coomes is the best narrator. This and every book I have heard her read just come to life in my head. She does a wonderful job moving from character to character.
Yes. I just hated putting it down.
I just loved this book. Once I finished it, I started it all over again and enjoyed it just as much the second time.
This was a brilliant highland romance. Brogan takes the story of ‘marriage by order of the king’ and runs with it. She mixes romance, history, and battle scenes together to create an intriguing tale. She weaves together an intricate story and develops the land and scenery to support it.
The characters in this novel were well put together and developed in a manner that makes them seem real and believable. I really appreciated how the heroine was able to stand on her own, rather than being a meek heiress with others waiting on her. The male lead was also a well-rounded individual who was easy to like but that was not a pushover.
All in all this was an awesome trip back in time and a brilliant escape from reality.
Wonderful love story.
Fair to compare this book to other romance books of this type. Story is changed up a bit but alas is typical.
I loved the way she could switch accents with fluid transition.
This book is not film worthy.
It is a book that I would read again.
Working mom (HRMgr/healthcare) in western Michigan. INTJ. Red Vines. Disneyfreak.
The reviews had described that it is more than halfway before the heroine Fiona even begins to thaw towards her hero husband Miles (?Myles). I could not make it that far. She came across petty, stupid, and unworthy of her situation, much less his constant devotion and lust. If there had been a better backstory for the first half of the book, perhaps I could have lasted through her neverending tantrum, but the sub-plots were just not all that interesting. The characters were not all that interesting. I was seeking a diversion from reading some books on the financial crisis, and historical fiction such as Phillippa Gregory. I think this may just have been too big of a culture shock. It doesn't help that Outlander (Diana Gabaldon) has ruined me, of course, haha.
Say at home mom/ wife.... Children are grown. Have 4 Grandchildren. Like to listen to books while I quilt.
This was such a good find!! Story line was all you wanted it to be. But what was so wonderful was the performance!! I will be watching for Sarah Coomes as one of my favorites!!
I got this one on sale & I'm glad I did. It had a good plot that was a bit different and had more twists and turns than the average Highland romance. And the person who turned out to be the murderer was a surprise, so it wasn't entirely predictable. At first, I really couldn't stand either of the two main characters and it took me several hours in to like either of them at all but by the end, I was rooting for both of them.
The narrator wasn't my favorite, but she wasn't in the "so bad it's distracting" category either. At the beginning of the book, she read so slowly that I almost sped up the recording. During the steamier parts, she overdid it. But overall,she did a decent job.