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Chelynne | [Robyn Carr]

Chelynne

Orphaned and raised by her uncle, the feisty sixteen-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....
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Publisher's Summary

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.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Jay TX, USA 08-04-13
    Jay TX, USA 08-04-13 Member Since 2009

    I am quiet and love being comfortable. I love curling up in a corner either reading or listening to a nice romantic book.

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    "Not happy"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Liz Ocean Grove, Australia 05-05-13
    Liz Ocean Grove, Australia 05-05-13 Listener Since 2010
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    "A Good Book RUINED"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Louisville, Ky USA 04-14-13
    Laura Louisville, Ky USA 04-14-13 Member Since 2008

    CD DIVA

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    "EXCELLENT ROBYN CARR"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, I really like the story, but the reader was terrible


    What other book might you compare Chelynne to and why?

    I have heard a story almost like this one by another author


    Would you be willing to try another one of Alison Larkin’s performances?

    No


    Do you think Chelynne needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Maybe with a different reader


    Any additional comments?

    The reader read so fast that the whole book was as one word. No pause at sentence end, no definition or emphasis. Very dull.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth United States 11-07-13
    Elizabeth United States 11-07-13 Member Since 2012

    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

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    "One of Carr's Best Historical Romance"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Chelynne?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea North Salt Lake, Utah, United States 08-06-13
    Andrea North Salt Lake, Utah, United States 08-06-13 Member Since 2009
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    "If you want a Heroine skip this book"
    Would you try another book from Robyn Carr and/or Alison Larkin?

    no


    How could the performance have been better?

    The performance was adequate. Many of the character voices were exaggerated almost comical.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cathy PORT MACQUARIE, Australia 06-17-13
    Cathy PORT MACQUARIE, Australia 06-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "WORTH BUYING UNDER $10.00"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    katie GOSNELLS, Australia 06-03-13
    katie GOSNELLS, Australia 06-03-13 Member Since 2009
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    "enjoyed alot"
    If you could sum up Chelynne in three words, what would they be?

    Great story


    Any additional comments?

    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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lee Seymour, WI, United States 05-02-13
    Lee Seymour, WI, United States 05-02-13 Member Since 2009

    The best way to read.

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    "Much More Than I Expected!"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    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.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    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.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    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.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Chelynne's character was portrayed as a bit too frivilous and girly, but otherwise all was good.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    signe randers nv, Denmark 04-28-13
    signe randers nv, Denmark 04-28-13 Member Since 2011

    I love romantic historical novels.

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    "A bit long, and the girl have a lot of patience"
    Would you listen to Chelynne again? Why?

    Yes. But maybe next time i will skip some of the longer chapters, where i belive it's just fillings for the book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Chelynne?

    Where Chelynne is ill, and her husband finds out how, he feels about her.


    Have you listened to any of Alison Larkin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. this is the first, so i can't compare it


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, it's to long some times.


    Any additional comments?

    The storyline is great. I love it. Man lost great love. Man gets marrid to young naive girl. Man don't want wife. Wife fights to get her husbands attention. Just think that some times that the chapters are a bit long whit nothing. If the story is so long, i would like to see Chelynne be a bit more feisty. She gives up to easy. Maby some more rebellious behavior. But overall i LOVE the book. Purchasing the book is cheaper then using your credit. But worth every penny.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    sarah United States 10-15-13
    sarah United States 10-15-13 Member Since 2011

    I have alway enjoyed being read to, but when found audible it was a dream come true, love listening to books

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    "COULD HAD BEEN BETTER"
    Would you try another book from Robyn Carr and/or Alison Larkin?

    I had listen to alison larkin narration before and she is just not great....I would listen to another book from robyn carr..


    If you’ve listened to books by Robyn Carr before, how does this one compare?

    no


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    alison is just not a good narrator she has a very winee voice...


    Do you think Chelynne needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    no, because it just was all that good....


    Any additional comments?

    i just think the book could had been better if robyn had pick a better narrartor...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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