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  • An English Bride in Scotland

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Lynsay Sands
    • Narrated By Mary Jane Wells
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (225)
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    (206)
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    (206)

    Annabel was about to take the veil to become a nun, when her mother suddenly arrived at the abbey to take her home...so that she can marry the Scottish laird who is betrothed to her runaway sister! She knows nothing about being a wife, nothing about how to run a household, and definitely nothing about the marriage bed. From the moment Ross MacKay sets eyes on Annabel, he is taken with his shy, sweet bride...and the fact that she's blessed with lush curves only makes him utter his own prayers of thanks. But when an enemy endangers her life, he'll move the Highlands themselves to save her.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "So Adorably Sweet!"
    "At least I got it for free..."
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    What did you like best about An English Bride in Scotland? What did you like least?

    Best: The story had some promise (failed to deliver though).
    Least: Female protagonist was extremely Mary Sue (please authors: clumsiness is not enough to save your oh so perfect heroine from Suedom). This thing clocked in at 9 hours, give or take, and nothing much happened. Some contrived plot went on in the background, but figuring out early on that it would have no impact whatsoever, I wasn't on the edge of my seat... The resulting boredom made me stop listening about 6 hours in, and I'm not going to finish it.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Lynsay Sands? Why or why not?

    Not likely. See above re: Mary Sue-ness.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Very odd inflection during dialogue. The female lead sounded like a medieval valley girl half the time, especially every time she said "aye?" as if she was wondering it that was the right answer. When it comes to the male voice I can see the hardship of voicing a man whose every word is "grunted", but I can't help but feel there was a better way to do it than making him permanently constipated and/or suffering from laryngitis. Also pretty sure there were a few words pronounced wrong (not parts of dialogue, so not a result of accents), and that took me right out of the story.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    Heavyhanded editor? Different author? Might have made it better, but I think irresistible would be an unattainable goal regardless.


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