Haven't read the print version, but would like to.
Except for her name, Douglas, I enjoyed the main female character. The author portrayed her as any woman would act having a knight from 400 years ago appear before her.
Would have liked to have heard the women's voices portrayed differently. Mr. West performed the male characters very well.
Love that spans the ages!
Prepare for an emotional ride, the extremes of love, heart ache, happiness and despair.
I wish the story would have continued a bit beyond the end. It's like dropping one's child off on his/her first day of school. You know they will be ok, but you're not there to see it and feel it.
A not so naïve heroine and something likeable in the hero. She's too immature and he's too manipulating.
No! However, I'm very leery of this author, now. I was interested enough in the plot and story line to see how everything turned out. My feeling is that it could have been written better. It seemed to be a good story written by a starry-eyed teenager.
Her diction. The female characters sounded as if they were all hillbillies. Narrator sounded as if she were reading to small children. Her male characters were fine. However, I will steer away from this narrator. Yet, I'm very much in the minority here, so don't go by my opinion alone.
Scenes and story were good. Just wish they were better written.
My opinion is definitely in the minority among previous reviews, so if this book sounds interesting, listen to the sample first and go from there.
Less emphasis on women's rights or at least giving them female characters a little feeling. Instead, they are mad at every man they meet - before the guy even opens his mouth.
The beginning where the hero takes the place of his dead friend when he returns to England from the Battle of Waterloo was the most interesting. The least interesting to me was the mystery of the feud going on between the two families.
Yes, but could have been a bit better. Bet she was as board as I was reading some of the drivel that came out of the female voices.
I would have gotten rid of the silly mystery all together and toned down the heroine's ferocity.
After all this, I'm tempted to listen to Book 2 of this series as chapter 1 was tacked onto the end of this book and sounded interesting. Hopefully, the author was just trying to find her way with book 1 and book 2 will be better. Though Cat Gould's narration is different, I enjoy her portrayals if the book is half-way good.
Let me say up front that this is not a Romance!!! Though a very good story, don't be mislead! See additional comments below. With that said:
Katherine Kellgren's narration! She really nailed the characters. And the story had just the right amounts of humor, melancholy, and action.
Mary/Jack was my favorite character. She took every situation practically head on; especially the older she got.
Terrific tongue in cheek humor brought to life.
19th Century high seas adventures complete with seaman, pirates, and a girl masquerading as a ship's boy.
This really does not belong in the romance section. Though a delightful story, it's 90% adventure (probably for young adults or older children) and 10% - or even just 5% romance. Don't let the way this story was categorized mislead you!
This is a traditional love story but not with merely a twist. There were several surprises that caught me, and I am usually able to predict what will happen eventually to the characters. I love it when I don't "see it coming" as happened so often with this story. Something is always going on and there is little repetition that so many of the other stories have. The characters are revealed bit by bit gaining this reader's understanding and endearment and respect. The writer is clever, and I enjoyed every bit of the story
When Lord Dane receives payback from Lady Jessica at a gaming hell after the scandalous
Loved Lord Dane and his dark humor, but I really loved Kate Reading's portrayal of Jessica. Just the perfect amount of sarcasm and warmth, stubbornness and frailty.
Yes, made me tear up a couple of times and laugh out loud several times. Loved the way Jessica knew how to reason out Dane's actions instead of tearing into him impulsively - that is most of the time.
Definitely worth a credit! This one is a keeper!
Enjoyed the audio book very much until the second half. "Meg" just keeps making things harder and harder for the hero. Seems to me, he would have told her to buzz off by the end of the story. She didn't listen to him or any one else. Created all kinds of chaos. She got on my nerves.
Not a bit. I'll be wary of the rest of this series, however.
Mmmm. I think Meg's mother, Rosalund. Mr. Ferguson did an excellent job with all the characters - even Meg - in my opinion. His reading of Meg was probably the only reason I got through the story. Meg annoyed me. A more whiny reading of her would probably have been more appropriate. Thank goodness the narrator didn't do it.
Oh, yes. It was extremely heart-felt and emotional which I always love. Just wish Meg would have been smarter.
While the plot was engaging, the writing was well, sort of hokey, I thought. I found myself rolling my eyes frequently. The plot, however, did hold my attention to the end. Sorry, but I just didn't like the heroine's name either, Storm. Storm? Really?
I liked the two fathers, the clan chieftains. The way they dealt with their children was not unlike many of today's parents. I definitely recognized their frustrations.
Not really. I might try another Hannah Howell though just to see if her writing is any different. I hope the plot will be as good.
Am doing it now with a friend. It's one of those stories that you love so much, you want to listen to it again to see if you missed something - and relive it! The narrator is fantastic as always. Mr. Boulton brings to life the once spoiled and still arrogant, but now frustrated and angry duke. The duke is all male, growling and sarcastic one moment, and sweet and gentle the next. Maddy Girl (love that name) is typically straight-laced and follows her religion to the letter; yet how can she not realize that perhaps God is the one who brought the duke into her life.
Haven't listened to a book this good since Diana Gabldon's Outlander series. I love all these books. Not sure I could choose which I enjoyed more. However, I get bogged down with all the characters and side-stories in the Outlander series. This book is all about one story - Maddy and Christian.
All of the ones which portray the duke's thoughts. He not only hears and speaks brokenly, but he thinks that way, too. It's so funny, and you know exactly what he means and how he feels. Love the duke's friends as well.
As another reviewer wrote, this book should be savored and not gulped.
So glad for Laura Kinsale and Nicholas Boulton!
Definitely. It's a nice break from the light romances I usually listen to. And the narrator was soothing and wonderful.
The emotional depth of the characters. A serious and realistic story of a boy and girl growing up and falling in love in the early 1800s in England. Being trapped is a feeling a lot of people can relate to.
When Kate reveals her final secret to Henry.
Men and women falling in love face the same trials and emotions no matter what era it is.
Beautiful writing. Compelling and visual descriptions without going overboard. The narrator was fantastic.
It was more realistic and the changes and emotions of the characters were deep and came through clearly.
Alex finding the little girl.
Alex. His character was likeable in book 1, but Mr. Perkins brings out the depth of the character, layer by layer. He is outstanding in each character portrayal.
Yes, and practically did.
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