I didn't realize it was the other side of The Countess. I was hoping for more Suzette and less other side of The Countess. The performance was excellent but at first I thought I was listening to a book I'd already read. I had to get around that first.
I love Sands' writing and this was no exception. Just that I am not a fan of reading the same story twice--even if it is from a different character's POV.
I thoroughly enjoyed this foray into the same world as the Parasol Protectorate. It was fun to see familiar faces (if much younger) show up.
This is set some 30? years before the Parasol Protectorate. I have to admit that I expected it to be about the daughter from those books so was thrown a bit at first. I kept trying to figure out why Sophronia's mother was so odd. :D
Once I let go of that expectation, this story charmed. The narrator excelled at the delivery. I found that the voices were quite distinct.
All in all, this book was a delightful romp!
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