As the head of his family, Robert Beckford, the Earl of Masten, was accustomed to dealing with various problems his siblings had caused of one sort or another. However, he wasn't prepared when his cad of brother ruined and then abandoned a young lady. To right the wrong, Robert married the girl himself; but his chivalry only went so far. He didn't want a wife, and most certainly not a scandalous one. So, after repeating his vows, he sent her packing, off to a secluded estate and expected her to stay put.
After years of mistreatment at the hands of her family, Lydia was prepared to be an accommodating wife; but her rigid and unforgiving husband asked too much of her. After languishing for years in her opulent prison, Lydia leaves her country estate for the glamour and excitement of London - and unfortunately her husband's path.
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She does a great job expressing the characters emotions
Lots of stuff going on in this book. The premise was interesting. You need to read the books in the series in order because otherwise you'll be overwhelmed by characters and plots that were detailed in the previous books. This is the first in the series. There were wonderful love scenes, which, in my opinion, are so important in a romance. They have to be written in a believable way with heart and lots of hot seduction.
I love the timeless elements to this story, the narration was amazing (the kids were spot-on) and the twists were perfect! I have been looking for a good classic read for a while now and I have found it here. I love how she leaves you guessing the entire book as to whether Lydia is sincere or manipulative, you never know but there is enough to wonder. I wish there were more books available, I'm dying to continue on the journey. If you love Pride and Prejudice or any other regency stories, you will love this! Tempted to listen to it again but I think I will continue searching for the next book or at least one by the same Author. She's amazing!
At the top of the list, she brought something new which makes me want t read more by this author.
I would love to have more books by this author
I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again
Within the hours of pleasurable listening you will encounter Robert who is the saint and head of the family who is always cleaning up his scoundrel of a brother's mistakes. One of them was Lydia who was compromised by one brother then quickly married off to the other and dumped in the country for 5 years to be forgotten about by both men.
In those years she grew up and the caterpillar has now become a butterfly who's come back to London to finally live life but she's been spotted by her husband Robert (drat) who decides he rather likes being married to his beautiful wife and wants more - much much more (yeah now he wants her) and sets in motion a plan to entice and snare her.
A heartwarming romantic tale with great likeable main characters and a cast of interesting secondary characters including a vindictive ex mistress, a good plot which delivers a few unpleasant surprises along the way including murder and a scandal. There are lots of hints left and groundwork has been laid for the second instalment.
Worth a credit? Yes and I'm off to listen to book 2.
The story is about a woman named Lydia who has to get married after she having an indiscretion and getting caught. The man who had her ways with her flees and to save her from a scandal his brother steps in to do the honorable deed and marries her. He then takes her to one of his estates and leaves her there alone with the instruction not to leave the estate. After 6 years of loneliness she decides to leave and go to London to stay with her cousins for a season. While there she and her husband both get invited and appear at the same party without the knowledge of the other attending. Lydia gets much attention from the men at the party including her husband, except that he does not know the beautiful red head is actually his own wife.
The story had a good start but then it goes flat despite Ava Stone’s attempts at recovery. She tries to give the story some excitement but then resolves it as quickly. The name of the book is misleading and the narrator is terrible. There are also looonnnnggg pauses where one assumes the device has stopped working before it continues. I do not recommend this book at all. Spend your time on something more worth your while.
I love books, no matter the form. They have always been the place to go for peace and quiet.
That must give you some indication of how much I liked it. Normally I have to speed up the narration but not in this case. This is the first book in the series. So much humor and drama. The story about family honor, an unintended marriage, bad younger brother. All of the usual cast of characters but a very different story.
Such a believable story about the lives of a compromised young lady and the man who married her to save her reputation.
But situations aren't always what they appear to be and the story unfolds painting quite a different picture.
It was so touching to see them realize that they had fallen in love with each other.
Beautifully written as a romance with many very touching scenes, and with intrigue and mysteries being solved too. A lovely tale about family life.
Ava Stone and Stevie Zimmerman make a good team and I recommend this as a great book/audiobook
Liked it a lot. Though I did read the third and second one first. This one helps with all the characters in the other 2 books.
This series is going in my rereading pile....In order the next time around. :-)
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