Lord Lucas Stokehurst is captivated by the gentle grace and regal beauty of “Miss Karen Billings”, who appeared seemingly out of nowhere and now stands demurely before him. Enchanted, the gallant, haunted widower impetuously offers her a position as governess to his young daughter, taking the lady of mystery into his home.
But “Miss Billings” has another name, Anastasia, and a dark past that pursues her still. Condemned for a crime she cannot remember, she barely escaped the gallows. And now she seeks shelter in the arms of a man devastated by tragedy, a man who must now defy society and the forces of vengeance to keep his lady safe and their bold new love alive.
©1995 Lisa Kleypas (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
All business but contemporary fun!
I am a big LK fan and was very surprised in how much I disliked this book.
The story is about a young Russian Aristocratic lady that gets sentenced to death for a crime she did not commit. She escapes to England where she ends up as a governess for a wealthy man's 14 year old child.
My main issue was with the male lead. The man, Lord Stokehurst, is widowed and has lost one arm, in a heroic attempt to save his late wife. That made his, of course, stronger and more detached, which I accepted. However, throughout the book, he was shown as heartless, unfair, manipulative and flat out constantly aroused. The worst thing of all, Anastasia's age, 18, (which you could tell she was this young from her actions), was too close for comfort to his daugther's age. I kept telling Anastasia to run as far away from him as possible. She didn't and he seduced her before they were even married. Sorry. I really didn't feel this one.
Lisa Kleypas' later work (e.g. The Hathaways) is far superior to this early book.
Secretive, enticing, Alluring!
Any of Lisa Kleypas' books. Once you begin to read them you are pulled in until you finish it.
Yes. She is a great narrator. Listened to her reading the Historical books by Julie Garwood which I would recommend.
Yes, Yes and Yes!!!
I have read 3 books by Ms. Kleypas' historical romance series and they are all lovely stories. My next one sitting book is "Prince of Dreams" which is book 2 of "The Stokehursts" series. Can't wait.....
Say at home mom/ wife.... Children are grown. Have 4 Grandchildren. Like to listen to books while I quilt.
I really enjoyed this book, couldn't stop listening to it! I enjoyed the story line. It was different then most, but the romance was good!
I love books! Audiobooks take stories to the next level. I'm obsessed with Audible and will try to rate all of my books. Happy Listening! ;)
This wasn't my favorite Lisa Kleypas book. I guess the fact that the heroine is just 18 years old and the hero is 34 didn't do it for me. I know it happened a lot back then but I like my heroines over 21. The hero was very much an alpha male and I didn't see the build up of the romance as the author usually delivers. It was an ok historical romance for me but not one that I wanted to listen to in one day. Tante narration was ok too. Didn't really like the Russian accent she did though.
The story was interesting and about both England and Russia.
The descriptions of Russia and its' political intrigues.
She had a believable accented voice. She helped the story tremendously, and she did not take away from the enjoyment of listening to the romance between the two characters.
Midnight Angel, although a nice read-it is not Lisa Kleypas best. But, it was a nice book, and had a good ending.
Yes. Everything you want in an historical romance, but not a cliche.
Tasia was my favorite character. Her journey was very interesting
The performance was good, but sometimes it felt a little too monotone in the narrative sections.
I wanted to listen to the whole thing in one sitting, but because there are a few tense moments, I had to pause to get my own emotions under control!
I liked the plot twists. It didn't develop quite as a I thought it would and that was great.
The performance. Susan Duerden did an amazing job with all the characters. She brought the whole story to life.
Hard to pick...
She made each of the characters their own. The voices were all unique and I felt like I was watching a movie instead of listening to a book.
Yep...I pretty much did too!
I have read the book previously and really enjoyed listening to it read by Ms. Duerden.
The Russian angle along with next book in the series.
The heroine is different and lovely
Almost as good as Nicholas's story . Gotta love those badass Russians !
The story was promising up through the first half of the book.
Very good narration, it was well done.
no, it would be x-rated.
Once these characters "hooked" up, the story faded and it became all about sex. As much as I really wanted to hear the outcome, I quit listening near the end because the story line was lost and replaced with sex.
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