Nicholas Vaughn is Lord of New Romney and also a Baron of the Cinque Ports. He directs a fleet of ships that service the king 15 days a year in exchange for special privileges.
When Muriel Draper causes havoc on his wharf, he realizes she is a spinster - a woman who spins wool for a living - from the town. Her late father has angered the Clothmaker's Guild and now Muriel and her brother have been excommunicated from the guild and also left with a debt to the baron that he insists Muriel repays.
She can either give the baron her deceased mother's wedding ring - the only memory of her parents she has left - or she can live with him at his manor house and be his personal clothier to pay back the debt.
Can a merchant's daughter and a Baron of the Cinque Ports find a safe harbor with the passion for each other that burns between them, or will title and status sink that ship before it's even sailed?
©2015 Elizabeth Rose Krejcik (P)2015 Elizabeth Rose Krejcik
This audiobook is one I truly enjoyed. At first the voice of the narrator, who was new to me seemed slow, but his enunciation was great and I really liked his interpretation of the voices of each individual character. I would gladly listen to more of Chandler's work.
This story had the audience battle with so many different emotions throughout the plot: anger, sadness, worry, laughter- I became engrossed in the story and couldn't put it down. It also had several moments that made me laugh out loud.
This is my first Stan Chandler story. I have several narrators that I listen to regularly, and his style is unique, as it should be. I found myself enjoying his performance greatly, especially his vocal characters. I will definitely listen to him again.
I would take Baron Nicholas's friend John, as he sounds like he would be a good time.
I received this audiobook free in a contest, and have not met the author. I would give the audiobook 4.5 stars. It is the first book of this author's that I have read or listened to, but after this one, I definitely plan to read more of her work!
I have no idea what this author was thinking but she made it almost impossible to like Nicholas or Muriel. They both had the attitude that they were better than everyone else, he even had her sleep on the floor at the foot of his bed. Yeah, that’s real romantic. She has nothing on and nothing to wear and she refuses to put on a servants dress on while hers dries and then wonders how anyone can wear something so coarse and scratchy? Really? And Nicholas was so full of himself you’d have thought he was the King himself, along with those pompous asses Conlin and John.
And the wording, “scoping out her body?” or “scoping out her whereabouts?” Do you really think that “scoping out” was used that far back in history? And her telling of how to use that spindle was just crazy. I read that part twice and still couldn’t figure it out. If I were watching it it might have been different but having it written was not telling me anything. All it did was take up pages in the book.
One reviewer mentioned this story was “erotic.” At 48% there were no thoughts of desire or wanting, just a couple of kisses. If that means erotic then I have no idea what erotic is. Or maybe the other reviewer doesn’t know. At any rate, at 48% I can’t finish this silly book. I can’t stand any character, except Isaac, Muriel’s younger brother. Their attitudes are just too much for my liking.
I have no idea if there was any sex, there wasn’t up to the point I quit reading. There was no swearing to speak of.
As to the narrator: Stan Chandler did an excellent job. The men all had great voices and the women sounded like women. I was really impressed when the book called for a laugh and he actually let out a belly-laugh, several times. The narrator was the best part of the book.
Muriel's mother and father had both died and she was taking care of her brother. She was on a mission to keep her father's business going as she spun wool and weaved it. The Clothmaker's Guild would not let her in to sell her products because she was a woman. She was left with a debt to pay and she did not want to give up her mother's ring to settle it.
Lord Nicholas and also Baron of the Clinque Ports gives Muriel a proposition. You will need to listen to this one! It is exciting and with the combination of the narrator and the author it is wonderful!
I don't know where to start. The amateurish level of writing is not so much in the pros but is rather in the lack of attention historical detail. Medieval term for a group of children is not"Kids". I don't believe that she did much in the way of actual research. The attitudes of the characters are those of modern sensibilities instead of the traditional gender roles. Whether we agree with them or notnow is irrelevant. At the time that was the norm.
I haven't read the print version, but it's always nice to hear a good narration. It really brings the story to life.
I liked the baron's character growth and how much he learned about love. I also liked the author's sense of humor throughout the book.
My favorite scene was when they got caught in the solar.
There were several places where I laughed and some where I really felt for the characters.
I usually prefer dual narration because I don't like hearing the high-pitched attempts at a woman's voice by male narrators, but I enjoyed listening to Chandler's reading. His accent is very pleasant to hear, and he did a good job of doing different voices, even the women's.
My favorite books are 'Historical Romance'. A good book takes you away from your everyday life & puts you in the middle of an adventure.
I thought Stan Chandler narrated the book nicely.
The Baron's Quest: The Barons of the Cinque Ports Series - Book 1
By Elizabeth Rose
I found this book delightful and refreshing. I completely enjoyed learning the historical merchants trade in the eastern ports of the English Channel. Put in a beautiful love story, author Elizabeth Rose gives her readers pure delight. Nicholas Vaughn is Lord of New Romney and also Baron of Cinque Ports. He is an important man of nobility. His life suddenly becomes out of sorts and turned upside down by a beautiful merchant's daughter. Muriel Draper is a spinster, one who actually spins wool for a living. Another fun fact I did not know. She and her brother are grieving the death of their father as rumors cast suspicion on their father's reputation. Muriel and her brother become outcast from the Clothmaker's Guild. How is she suppose to sell her goods when no one will buy from her. The Baron of the port offers her employment at his manor home. Soon a romance begins and passions are stirred. How can a Baron even consider a future with the daughter of a merchant and can Nicholas trust Muriel, or is she a part of a bigger scheme. Only time will tell. Beautifully written with superb historical details. An absolute must read. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I really enjoyed Elizabeth Rose’s book, Baron’s Quest, this is a book about two people from different stations in life. We have Nicholas Vaughn who is a second son and a Baron of the Cinque Ports. Muriel Draper is a merchant’s daughter, she isn’t a peasant nor is she a noble woman. After Muriel’s father dies she and her brother Isaac are struggling to keep the home they have known and to keep the family business going. Muriel isn’t afraid to combat the men in charge, but with mounting debt they have fallen behind in their rents to Baron Nicholas Vaugh. Muriel is courageous and smart woman and knows she must do something before it’s too late. Nicholas takes the one thing Muriel has of value, her mother’s ring. Nicholas offers to let her work for him and earn her ring back. Nicholas and Muriel can’t fight the attraction to each other as they grow closer, but will their stations in life keep them apart. They work together to solve the mystery of the docks and possible find out that Muriel’s father was murdered. Will they make sacrifices to remain together or go their separate ways? Their lives are filled humor and a little steamy romance along the way to finding their happily ever after.
There's nothing better than listening to someone reading you a great book. The story comes to life as you listen to the different voices from the narrator.
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