At long last, Britain is at peace, and General Jack Armstrong is coming home to the wife he barely knows. Wed for mutual convenience, their union unconsummated, the couple has exchanged only cold, dutiful letters. With no more wars to fight, Jack is ready to attempt a peace treaty of his own.
Elizabeth Armstrong is on the warpath. She never expected fidelity from the husband she knew for only a week, but his scandalous exploits have made her the object of pity for years. Now that he's back, she has no intention of sharing her bed with him - or providing him with an heir - unless he can earn her forgiveness. No matter what feelings he ignites within her....
Jack is not expecting a spirited, confident woman in place of the meek girl he left behind. As his desire intensifies, he wants much more than a marriage in name only. But winning his wife's love may be the greatest battle he's faced yet.
©2012 Susanna Fraser (P)2012 Audible, Inc
Never judge a book by its movie
is is one of the best books in my library.
It goes off the path if the standard historical romance,
Jack Armstrong and Elizabeth Hamilton marry after Elizabeth husband of 1 week dies, and makes them promise,to marry each other so Elizabeth is taken care of.
Jack Armstrong is a soldier home from Canada where he is serving in the British Army during the war with the Americas. He never had any intention of marrying especially to this dowdy drab woman in mourning.
They marry, a week later he goes back to Canada, never consummating their marriage.
E Elizabeth is left to manage the,estate and care for his sickly mother for 5 years. Yes she doesn't see him for 5 years, . They only correspond through letters.
While she is waiting back in England, he is bedding as many women as he can.
But she finds out. While she is hurt and angry, he makes the decision to try to make his marriage work.
But it's not so easy when he comes home. Elizabeth has changed, and he wants her, but she wants him punished.
The moment she finds out that Jack held one more important piece of information from her.
Loved both Jack & Elizabeth
Homecoming , Heartbreak & Healing
Get this book! This reads like a diary that has been found in an old mansion. Relationships are one of the many casualties of war, this novel takes you through the forgiving and healing process.
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I very much enjoyed this story but I was disapointed with the narrator. I think her voice was excellent for Elizabeth but her husband's voice sounded almost identical. I couldn't figure out who was talking half the time and it was distracting and a little weird.
Elizabeth was strong and resiliant, an overall excellent female heroine.
Oh dear, the male voices were just terrible I'm sorry to say.
Parts of it yes, but I wasn't compelled to walk around with my headphones all day.
Absolutely NOT. WAY TOO BORING -not performed but read in monotone. I never under-stand how such poor quality is produced when there are so many great narrators. Maybe someone is doing a favor for a relative!!
All purchasers of the audio should get a refund!
Love reading. Love listening.
I tend to get irritated with problems that could have been ameliorated by communication. Of course had Jack continued to carry on knowing what he was doing wrong,vcvk, it may have been worse, and it really wouldn't ha changed the plot. But at least he would have known why Elizabeth was angry. Then there's the timing. The War of 1812 ended in February, 1815, and the soldiers who had been stationed in Canada prior to the war would have been unlikely to have been sent home immediately. But let's say he did get on the first ship out, he spent time in London before traveling home. Then he had to romance the angry wife and all of a sudden they're off to Belgium in March or April to wait for Napoleon to march out of Paris to Waterloo, the battle of which occurred in June, 1815. This timeline just doesn't work for me. Cognitive dissonance. I think, if I decide to give it a re-listen, I'll do some research of the British wars of the early 1800s first. Okay, all that aside, I wanted to slap the stuffing out of Elizabeth because she got angry over something she read he said right after their unconsummated marriage of convenience he said to his last English bedmate. The narration was okay - I wouldn't avoid a book because of her narration. Overall though, I won't likely listen again.
It is difficult to imagine soldiers in battle or heated love scenes or anything else when all of the characters sound like a 12 year old girl.
If it was narrated by someone else.
The story had a good theme--'boyhood friend promises to marry wife of dying friend to save her from poverty', but not written well, in my opinion. It wasn't just the over-much detail, but that the detail added nothing to the story-- like helping to transport yourself into the story or picture the surroundings...it's hard to explain.
On the upside, I liked the characters...but It would have been nice if the "Hero" soldier had not sounded just like his wife. It's hard to picture a tall, handsome, muscular man with the voice of a soft spoken women. The monotone narrater became irritating with no inflection in her voice, it was hard to tell who was speaking with her hum-drum voice.
Since it cost me a credit, I stayed with it for about 6-7 hours hoping it would get better, but....
This was my first Susanna Fraser book, and probably my last.
I ask myself if this is one of those books I'd suggest to someone. Well, if you were standing there with a copy in your hands and asked if it were worth reading I would probably say 'why not?'. If you asked if it were worth a credit I don't know what I would say.
This was such an excellent idea for a good book. But the reality of it fell short to be sure. The performance was mediocre, making the story line wobble about a bit when the voices suddenly sounded exactly the same just long enough to mess things up! Altho the voice remained pleasant enough the narrator just wasn't ready for this story.
There wasn't quite enough to it. I have to admit it was not unpleasant, I finished it after all. I have many on audio and not on audio that were never and will never be read or listened to until the conclusion. But the drama, the rises and fall, the climax of the story,,, were flat for the most part. I respected the heroine, and how they got into what they had. But the idea could have been magnificent!! but it wasn't.
Worth a credit? If you've run out of possibilities then maybe.
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