Miss Sophia Vane, a hoyden of the first order, makes an unlikely match when she weds Nathaniel Ellison, the rich and wary Duke of Scarsdale. What starts with an unexpected friendship soon blooms into a fiery passion. But a betrayal plunges Sophia into the thorny world of London Society and entangles her in a labyrinth of manipulation and jealousy that will test the strength of her marriage. Behind her husband's sudden icy facade, Sophia believes dwells the caring, passionate man she loves. To break through the barriers and reclaim their happiness, they must do more than simply cast away their pride. They must fight for their very lives.
©2015 Julie Johnstone (P)2015 Julie Johnstone
This is the story of two people with messed-up childhoods who come together despite class distinctions. They marry (not a spoiler) and then their lives take on a series of obstacles. Lots of obstacles. Sophia cares deeply for her younger brother and hopes to provide them both with a better life. She meets Nathan, the Duke of Scarsdale, who wants to save her from a horrible existence in her father's tavern. What happens from there is what gives the rollercoaster of emotions. The ending was a bit rushed, however.
I don't agree with the publishers review that Sophia is a hoyden.
The narration was quite good. So many times, male readers portray female voices as too high-pitched or whiny. Tim Campbell reads all the voices well.
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Amelia her brother Harry's relationship!!
Great Narration. Tim Campbell does an excellent job narrating the different characters and there accents.
I wouldn't make a movie of this book
The story started out very good but fell off the cliff fast. Someone is trying to kill The Duke of Scarsdale. During one of theses attempts he was nursed by Sophie Vane a tavern waitress. Her drunkard father Frank owned the tavern. Frank insists that Sophie and Scarsdale marry, because she was alone with him unclothe. His Shirt was off. Yeah right!! No Duke would marry a waitress working at a tavern no matter if she did save his life. Anyway to protect Sophie and her brother Harry from further physical abuse by there father Frank they marry. I liked all the characters but the story gets weighed now with Scarsdale kidnapping an torture. This goes on to long Then his escape and what he perceives as the betrayal of his wife Sophie. I wanted to just say at this point OK already get on with the romance. All these different dark scenarios detract from what could have been a very good romance and love story, between Sophie and Nathan. If you like stories with mistress and plots aplenty then My Seductive Innocent is for you. But for me it just missed the mark
Great storyline, well written characters and emotionally engaging. Julie Johnstone really allows her readers to feel the love, despair and anger throughout the book. I got so emotional in parts that I had to remind myself this is only a book. Someone's imaginations, so caaaaalm down. I'd rather get emotionally entangled in a book and feeling more than I wish to feel than not being able to wait to be done with it. A VERY enjoyable read. Purchase with confidence.
Julie Johnstone has yet to disappoint! Her stories are always full of romance and entertainment from start to finish! Her characters are life like and she really pulls me back to the setting as if I've personally seen and been to each location. In a great combination of skill, Tim Campbell voices a distinct personality to Johnstone's characters as if I were hearing each individual truly come to life and not the voice of just one man. I highly recommend any of their work, together or seperate!
I have read another book by this author that I really liked, so I decided to try this book. This story was a little slow to draw me in. Once I got into it, I did enjoy it. When I got to the end I was a little disappointed. The story had established a good pace, but the end felt a little rushed. Overall good book.
I found this book difficult to get through. The writing is cumbersome, and i found my self rolling my eyes a lot.
I liked the best the story line, did not like the narrator
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