Somewhere on the North Atlantic, 1820...
Rosalie Whitwell has spent most of her life sailing the globe with her adventurous father, dreaming of the day she can settle in one place long enough to have a home and family of her own. When her father suffers a fatal heart attack in the middle of the North Atlantic, Rosalie turns in her panic to a fellow passenger - the cool, reclusive Lord Deal.
For years David Linney, Marquess of Deal, has avoided the society of others. Even so, he's drawn to his lovely shipmate, like him, the victim of family tragedy.
As the voyage nears its end, Lord Deal is compelled to propose. But on their wedding night, Rosalie gets an unwelcome surprise: Her handsome husband is strangely reluctant to consummate the marriage. Does she fall short of her groom's expectations? Or is he hiding a secret past that only she can unlock?
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the narration was great, the secret seemed to take forever to uncover, and then the story ended abruptly, leaving me with a feeling of indifference over the whole book.
Yes. I would listen again, despite my misgivings about the performance because it's such a good story.
The romance is well-developed and well-written. Rosalie is a very engaging heroine, and even though Deal is very reserved, it's clear that there's a lot more to him than meets the eye. I thought the storyline that dealt with his "secrets" was unusual for a historical romance, and that the author dealt with a difficult issue in a sensitive manner.It's one of those books in which there are no spies, no adventures or action scenes, or an overload of sex scenes - just a story about a man with twenty years worth of secrets and regrets learning to come to terms with them with the help of a woman who sees him as he really is.
Accent and pronunciation.Ms Patterson's voice is pleasant and her pacing and vocal inflections were generally very good. She managed to maintain her English accent reasonably well for about 80% of the performance, but there were several times when Deal suddenly developed an American accent and there were a number of seriously tortuous mispronunciations that really should have been picked up in the editing.For instance, in "What's the matter?" the word "matter" was pronounced "MAHTER"."Calm" was constantly pronounced as "COLM".The majority of historical romances are set in Britain or have British principals - therefore you need someone who can sustain the accent 100% or you have to use a Brit.
Ms Everett's other audiobook, "Ruined by Rumor", had the fabulous and ever-reliable Rosalyn Landor as narrator, and it's a shame she wasn't used for this one. The story was more intense, and it would have been so much more fitting for this audio to have had the benefit of her experience and talent.
I love to read! With kids, that hobby is impossible...enter Audible...problem solved. Chores that I dread are now quiet time for this Mommy!!!
I enjoyed the previous title from Alyssa Everett and downloaded this one with the same expectation of a lovely romance. Yeah,...not so much. I liked the premise of the story and enjoyed the narrator, but the plot....seemed.....to.....drag...on....and....on. There was no real resolution until the bitter end and I just felt like I was left wanting...all that build up then, plop. Not worth a credit, maybe a revision of the story is a good idea.
The "secret" is too easily dealt with when we finally learn what it is.--not quite believable. Nicely drawn characters. Narrator does well. A good little listen, but probably not worth a credit. Wait until it's on sale.
I thought I knew what was going to happen and maybe I had an inkling but I didn't really believe it would be the case. The only thing that really disappointed me was the resolution came too quickly with out really dealing with the heroes feelings and the road he would have to travel. That said, it was a good story.
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