Orphaned and raised by her uncle, the feisty 16-year-old Chelynne resolves to show her gratitude by marrying the man of her uncle's choice. Bracing herself for a graying, sickly noble, the last man she expects for a husband is the dashing future Earl of Bryant, Chadwick Hawthorne - suddenly, being a loving wife doesn't seem too hard a task. But he spurns her affection and remains her husband only in name, never in deed. Tormented by unfinished business from his past and an uprising threatening his land, Chad resolves to keep his distance from everyone, including his young wife.
Chelynne will go to any lengths to ignite her husband’s passion and save their marriage. But when she finally goes too far, the Earl must share his dark secret before Chelynne loses her reputation - or worse, her life.
Set during the English Restoration, Chelynne is filled with political conspiracies, family secrets, and shocking affairs, creating a deliciously complicated plot. Fans of Virgin River will love this historical novel written with Robyn's trademark zest for life.
Robyn Carr is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of the Virgin River series, published by Mira. Chelynne is the first of her nine historical novels, which will be reissued as digital editions in the coming months.
©1980 Robyn Carr (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"A delightful book…. Robyn Carr is absolutely marvelous." (Danielle Steel)
"Adventure, danger, derring-do, as well as doings at the glittering anything-goes court of Charles II.... Carr tells an entertaining yarn." (Publishers Weekly)
I am quiet and love being comfortable. I love curling up in a corner either reading or listening to a nice romantic book.
I am not sure if I am disappointed in the author or the narrator. Not sure if I will read another book by this author, The story was dragged out for so long with no sexual relations until the story was nearly finished.The narrator did a horrible voice of the King, I was so disappointed.
Robyn Carr is a very talented writer who can depict characters in such a way as we feel empathy even if they are unlikable. The storyline was on point for the genre even though there were parts that I felt I had heard elsewhere. Altogether a most enjoyable book - absolutely ruined by the narrator.
I think that Robyn Carr has done an excellent job with the language of the day but Alison Larkin destroyed it. She had two female voices. The first was a silly little girl and the second was an embarrassing attempt at a temptress. She also had two mail voice. One was a quivering old man and the second was a quivering old man with a dirty mind. It was very hard to take the heroes seriously. I appreciate it very much when a narrator takes the time to perhaps read a piece before recording it so they can develop an understanding of what the author is trying to say, especially with dialogue. I got the feeling that Alison's narration was the first time she had put her eyes to the page. A lot of what she recited was an inaccurate portrayal of the scene. I found I was correcting her as I listened most of the time and this certainly detracted from the listen.
I love Robyn Carr books - all of them - but I hope she never uses Alison Larkin again.
No, I really like the story, but the reader was terrible
I have heard a story almost like this one by another author
Maybe with a different reader
The reader read so fast that the whole book was as one word. No pause at sentence end, no definition or emphasis. Very dull.
The book was ok. I did not like that the love found by the Earl happened so late in book.
Major problem with book was the narrator. I had to stop listening many times because her voice was like fingernails on a chalkboard. Whinny women voices. Men's voices not much better.
I love Epic Fantasy....have become a Historical Romance fan because I am a sucker for a good Happily Ever After. Good characters are a must
YES! This story was full of angst, secrets, villains, love and rogues. I wasn't sure I was going to like it after some of the reviews, but I was caught up from the beginning and hardly could press pause!
Memorable.....when Chelynne is saved from harm by John....the second time. The night they spent together and with their conversation and other....eye opening moment for her.
I loved Carr's By Right Of Arms....liked The Bellrose Bargain pretty good.....did NOT like The Braeswood Tapestry...so I didn't know what to expect with Chelynne. WELL WORTH THE CREDIT or MONEY. GREAT CHARACTERS!!! GREAT STORY!!!
I have alway enjoyed being read to, but when found audible it was a dream come true, love listening to books
I had listen to alison larkin narration before and she is just not great....I would listen to another book from robyn carr..
alison is just not a good narrator she has a very winee voice...
no, because it just was all that good....
i just think the book could had been better if robyn had pick a better narrartor...
The performance was adequate. Many of the character voices were exaggerated almost comical.
The main character is young and immature. I had expected a stronger main character and there was no development. The subplot was weak and never fully developed. Overall it is a book that can easily be skipped.
Good plots and sympathetic characters, the king however sounded like a fool which he may have been but not appropriate for his station. More could have been made of Chelynne's age, It was hard to remember she was only 16.
Robyn Carr is my Favorite author I love her books and hope to get more in the future she is so talented i can't get enough please keep writing robyn Carr
The best way to read.
This book was more complex and entertaining than Robyn Carr's usual books. She allows the story and characters to go beyond the usual "formula" romance.
Chad is a not a nice man, but not in a sexy, arrogant way. He is truly an insensitive man. R.C. is not afraid for the reader to be diappointed with, or fed up, with Chad's behaviors.
Chelynne is sweet, naive, and genuine, but not sickeningly so. She is easy to relate to when considering the life lessons she learns and her position in an older, unsavory group of peers. She was not whiney or simple. I was actually rooting for her during most of the story, which is unlike me.
There were aspects of the story that had me speculating, such as whether John was playing with people or sincere in his dealings. I was continually wondering about what would come next.
Not increased, but made the era come to life. I love the time period and the complexities in relationships. Whether the particpants are wealthy or not, there are always unwritten social rules that people must instinctively know and adhere to. There was a gross inequity between husbands and wives that can make for some creative events within the story.
The whole story is full of detail, and the reader is made to understand all that occurs and the nuances of the time period, but it is seamless.
Chelynne's character was portrayed as a bit too frivilous and girly, but otherwise all was good.
This was an awesome book. It was just plain entertaining and full of life. I lost many hours of sleep because I did not want to trun off my mp3 player so I could go to sleep. I was truly suprised at how different this book was from anything R.C. has previously written. I have read the entire Virgin River series and can say this is probably the best book she has written to date. I hope to see/hear more. WELL WORTH YOUR CREDIT.
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