Alexander Lambeth, fifth earl of Grenville, had eyes only for the fair Lady Elizabeth during his first London season. Unfortunately Elizabeth's father brokered her marriage to another.
Fancying himself broken hearted, Alex consented to a loveless union with Lady Felicity, daughter of wealthy Lord Morecombe. Five years into his marriage, his first love is widowed, and Alex's wife seems to believe he will waste no time making Lady Elizabeth his mistress.
As Felicity chooses to live apart from him, a surprisingly difficult choice is thrust upon Alex. Whom does he truly desire - the ethereal Elizabeth or the maddening Felicity?
©2014 G.G. Vandagriff (P)2015 C.L. Oakwood
I would rate it highly. It was a very enjoyable read - I adored the heroine, Felicity, and the narration was spot on. The book is absolutely charming and I'll recommend it to friends. A great summer. read.
The moment when Felicity and Alex are reunited is pretty great... it's very cinematic and had great romantic sweep. The setting was wonderful and you got real sense of old-school Wuthering Heights style drama.
There are several scenes where you can just sense disaster on the horizon and you become very invested in the characters learning to really communicate. I think the fact that the whole novel builds up to a moment where that takes place is really effective.
Both - there are some wonderful characters in the novel.... the aunt is fabulous and performed very well. And I did find myself quite teary toward the end. If you get choked up during Pride and Prejudice - you'll totally fall for these characters 100 percent.
Yes, I would. I think the narrator brings great zest to his performance and it made it very enjoyable to listen to. I really enjoyed the structure of the book - switching between the viewpoint of the two protagonists. It was particularly effective for a period piece like this, in which social constraints prevent characters from just speaking their mind... It allowed you to really feel for both characters and become totally invested in their relationship.
I loved the Aunt - she was feisty and very funny. I also think Felicity is a wonderful heroine... she's strong yet vulnerable... and the protective walls she's built up really make the reader invest in the outcome.
I thought he was great... Particularly considering the challenge of voicing a leading female character through the whole book... I think he did a great job with Felicity - I never felt distracted. On the contrary, i thought he gave a very emotionally affecting performance.
The climax of the book - Alex's journey to find Felicity - was great. There are several moments where I think the reader just wants to yell at the characters because their inability to connect is infuriating (because you are so invested in their relationship). The book is a real tug of war... it has a structure that feels almost like the serialized novels of the time that were published in periodicals chapter by chapter.. there are some true emotional cliff hangers.
It has a real Jane Austen charm too it... There is a wonderful authenticity and detail to the novel and I really loved these characters and felt totally swept up in the romance of the story. It's not a bodice-ripper type romance at all... it's elegant, charming and will enchant BBC and Downton fans for sure.
I really enjoyed that it was a fresh spin on a period romance. I'd never read a book that took a couple that were already together and explored how social confines, and the dictates of advantageous marriages etc. could serve as an obstacle to discovering the true person to whom you are wed. It was engaging and I really loved the alternating points of view.
Felicity - I think she's a great character that you real feel for - she totally holds up to the Jane Austen/Jane Eyre kind of strong female character who has an inner life totally at odds with her outer experience.
A lovely range. I thought the way he approached both lead characters was lovely. A lot of male narrators struggle to make a female lead character seem emotionally accessible and not silly... I had no issues here. He gave a subtle performance that gave depth to the story...and in places he was quite witty.
It's easy to choose love. If you know where to find it.
I really enjoyed this book. It was charming with two characters who are well-drawn and very engaging. The whole book is a wonderful tug of war between the characters inner feelings and outer decorum. It's a really interesting spin on a romance... since the lead characters are already married... I'd never encountered a story that had quite this approach before. It was a charming exploration of the difference between love and obsession - devotion and infatuation. Felicity and Alex are a wonderful foil to each other - and the supporting characters, especially the Aunt, are absolutely delightful. The narration is excellent - witty, charming and sensitive.
I thought this was a lovely read and the characters caught my attention. I liked that the two leading characters were both flawed and were often their own worst enemy... It was fun to see the inner thoughts and peek at both character's perspective on the same events. The writer is excellent at painting the period... and it felt absolutely like an authentic novel of the time. I liked that the romance in the novel was truly that - romantic - and again, in keeping with the style of Austen etc. If you're looking for an enjoyable and charming tale to tug at the heart, this one is a treat. I also enjoyed the narrator - he brought a wide variety of color to the various characters and didn't simply 'read' the book... He brings the dialogue to life and it felt at times like I was listening to Masterpiece Theatre kind of performance.
To my knowledge this is a first for my listening to this author and narrator, but certainly not the last.
The story is very well written, moves along smoothly without excessive wordiness. In my opinion if an author has a good command of the English language there is no need for using more words than is necessary to make a point, nor redundant expressions. G.G. Vandagriff proves to have a good command of language.
I feel to go beyond the author's summation of the story would be to spoil it for some, so I will not elaborate on it.
The book is well worth a credit, and Joel Froomkin gave a wonderful performance. His voices for all the characters were well portrayed; increasing the listener's enjoyment.
I highly recommend it.
It was tough to get through the story because of the narrator. He couldn't get the voices right for the men or women.
While the narrator's voice was not annoying in itself, his over acting was.....very annoying. And the thinness of the story did not make it worth listening to his histrionics.
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