Though Bernard wishes to use Annabelle to propel his family up the social ladder, his son does not wish to marry her, preferring instead to live the wild, single life he is accustomed to. With this, Bernard serves his son an ultimatum: marry Annabelle, or make do without family funds. Having no choice, Reginald consents, and enters into a hostile engagement in which the prospective bride and groom are openly antagonistic, each one resenting the other for their current state of affairs while their respective fathers revel in their suffering.
So begins an intoxicating tale rife with dark secrets, deception, and the trials of love - a story in which very little is as it seems.
©2009 Mary Balogh; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I am a long-time Mary Balogh fan and have been getting a little tired of her stories of late. However, this book reminded me of why she is so great. Wonderful romance with a twist. The narrator did take a little getting used to, but I quickly got passed that and would happily listen to Anne Flosnik again. Well worth the purchase price and four of my happiest hours spent this Christmas...
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Loved it! Short and sweet with unexpected turns . Loved the mail characters . I would really reccomand it :)
A great listen! I am a Mary Balogh fan and this book is everything I expect from this author and more. The characters have depth as does the story - so much so I listened to it twice in close succession and enjoyed my second listen every bit as much as the first.
I enjoyed the characters and the storyline as well as the descriptive writing.
Annabelle because she has a lot of "pluck!
Ann Flosnik does all the characters well. She is a true professional and I adore her narrations.
NO FILM! I like my imagination better.
This novel is short and sweet, great for a Sunday afternoon. I was quilting while listening to the book. It made for a wonderfully sweet, content day.
Not so much. Though the narrator wasn't awful, she definitely is not one of my favorites.
I enjoyed the characters and the twists and turns.
Oh... just didn't much care for her style.
It's one of those stories I enjoyed as much, if not more, the second time around.
I like the narrator and the story was never boring.
Reginald and Annabelle are the main characters and they were delightful.
I like flashbacks and there were plenty.
I don't like short stories and I am glad this one went a little beyond so that I did not pass it by. However, it appears to be the dying to become a real novel.
It did not fit the normal historical story line.
I actually really like the way she narrates. I feel she fits the genre really well.
I just love the twist.
Definitely worth the listen. With a new twist on a "happily every after" type romance story, this book quickly became one I was glad I purchased. I can honestly say I was very pleasantly surprised and found myself smiling throughout most of the book, and then at the end I wanted to listen again. Two thumbs up.
"Just the wrong reader"
It's hard to tell how good this book is - I suspect it's not Mary Balogh at her wonderfully absorbing best, but it's an interesting and quite subtle book. However, with this reader it's simply dull. All the subtlety is beaten out of the book by her slightly odd, monotonous and formulaic reading. I'm trying to get used to her as she seems to have read a number of Mary Balogh's books. But it's tough going, and for this book at least I can't get beyond it.
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