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My Sweet Folly | [Laura Kinsale]

My Sweet Folly

Through their innocent correspondence, a lonely young wife grows to love an imaginary man thousands of miles away. But when he returns to England from India, her idea of reality is turned upside down. Drawn from a safe world of tea and parlor chat into madness and mystery, she cannot find her own cherished Robert in the frightening stranger who claims her love. Laura Kinsale personally chose the exceptional talent of Nicholas Boulton to voice her favorite heroine, sweet, witty Folie with her ferret, Toot.
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Publisher's Summary

"My dear girl! I could never fall in love by letter. Though I have no doubt you are a notorious breaker of hearts, not to mention a princess in disguise, and if I were a few miles closer to Toot-above-the-Batch I would be in great danger. From the safe distance of another continent, I will admit to a modest desire to see how your pearl becomes you, even to know the color of your hair and eyes, but this is mere curiosity, I assure you."

-Your knight, Robert

Through their innocent correspondence, a lonely young wife grows to love an imaginary man thousands of miles away. But when he returns to England from India, her idea of reality is turned upside down. Drawn from a safe world of tea and parlor chat into madness and mystery, she cannot find her own cherished Robert in the frightening stranger who claims her love.

Laura Kinsale personally chose the exceptional talent of Nicholas Boulton to voice her favorite heroine, sweet, witty Folie with her ferret, Toot.

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What the Critics Say

  • Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award
  • "Flawless transitions and pacing convey the elements of suspense and sexuality in this romantic mystery." (AudioFile Magazine)

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    ~~ DARA ~~ Niagara Falls 09-12-13
    ~~ DARA ~~ Niagara Falls 09-12-13

    ~~~~~~~HOPEFUL ROMANTIC~~~~~~~~~ ~~Love Audiobooks~~ Especially Historical & Inspirational Romances ~~No Spoilers Here~~

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    "Delightful Journey of Romance vs Reality"

    This is my first book by Laura Kinsale so I didnt know what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised to find this author wrote complex real to life characters along with a story that was a combination of romance, mystery, and adventure.

    For me, this was the kind of book that kept me guessing along the way. The main character Robert is a controlled, multi-faceted man of means and Folly is a woman who is a romantic dreamer who slowly loses faith in her quest. Together their romance grows in an unusual progression of adventure where they learn trust, faith and the journey of love.

    The narrator was terrific. His voice is perfect for this type of story. His voice reminds me of the voice of (the actor) Richard Armitage who has narrated a few books on Audible. .

    If you enjoy a great romantic/mystery story that doesn't have detailed sex scenes then I would highly recommend this book.

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Laura 01-23-14
    Laura 01-23-14
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    "More like My Fiesty Folly! Great Heroine!"
    What does Nicholas Boulton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He doesn't read the book to you -- he acts out the book to you. There are no words to describe how brilliant his acting is. Every character has a distinct personality and I'm positive the personality is exactly as Laura Kinsale intended.


    Any additional comments?

    I wondered how Laura Kinsale would get 10+ hours out of such a sweet beginning. I should have known there would be a few "what!" moments. It's Laura Kinsale afterall. And I must say that I really liked our heroine, Folly. She was a real person (witty and appropriately sarcastic!) Robert on the other hand was hard to like but again a very real person - I've definitely known men like him in my lifetime. Worth the credit and your time!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    anne Mililani, HI, United States 06-02-14
    anne Mililani, HI, United States 06-02-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Gothic Romance Revisited"

    Laura Kinsale reminds me of the Bronte sisters and their tales of damaged men and the sweet naïve women who loved them. I loved the story of an unlikely romance between two very different people with a mystery of nefarious evil brewing in the background threatening to ruin their love and lives. Except for Robert's abrupt manner and terrible courtship skills, I felt his pain when he revisited his past. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed the gothic romances of the 19th century women who brought their abundant skills to the printed page.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kathie 09-08-13
    Kathie 09-08-13
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    "Another brilliant read from Kinsale and Boulton"

    As with the other Kinsale books I've enjoyed, the two main characters are interesting and complex. The secondary characters are also well developed. The story is unveiled skillfully and I enjoyed it completely. The story had similar themes as Prince of Midnight and Flowers from the Storm - wherein the main character is in a struggle for recovery or redemption. Ms. Kinsale's characters are not drawn from the model of male or female perfection; they evolve through the course of the story.

    This is a sweet love story that takes place over a number of years; there is a bit of adventure and a nice bit of romance.

    And, as always, Boulton's narration alone is worth the credit.

    13 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Cam Las Vegas, NV, United States 09-13-13
    Cam Las Vegas, NV, United States 09-13-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Complex & wonderful storyline,amazing narrator"
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    This is perhaps one of Laura Kinsale's best books I have listened to on Audible. The plot here is one of the most complex I have seen her do and she keeps you guessing throughout the book to no avail. LK is a truly talented writer. This book is witty, clever, and touching. Again, I can not say enough about how Nicholas Boulton brings characters to life with his superb narration. I absolutely adore him. LK + NB = An amazing book well worth your time.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Kristin Brookings, SD, United States 09-15-13
    Kristin Brookings, SD, United States 09-15-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Another amazing listen!!!"

    Cannot say enough about the combination of this author and this narrator. Amazing how she portrays the struggles in the minds of characters. Laughed out loud many times in this book, and also was very touched by the twists in the story line. This ranks right up there with 'Flowers From the Storm' as my all time favorite audio books. And the narrator continues to be amazing. What a talent for bringing characters, thoughts and emotions to life! I listened to almost the entire book in one day, couldn't wait to find out what happened next. Would give 10 stars for this if I could.

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Earl Cedar Hill, Tx, United States 09-06-13
    Earl Cedar Hill, Tx, United States 09-06-13 Member Since 2008
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    This fellow is just the best there is to bring the printed word to the heard word. Get the audible version even if you have the printed text. Audible listening like it should be with the choice of narrator really enhancing your fun.

    13 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Bluebonnet 09-06-13
    Bluebonnet 09-06-13
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    "Powerful Narrationi"
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    A great read in print, while an absolutely nonpareil narrator brings the characters to life in the audio version in all their fullness providing an extra dimension only the ear can perceive. Buy the audio even if you've read the printed book. Congrations to the author for finding such a superb reader.

    13 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Tuscaloosa, AL, United States 08-28-14
    Linda Tuscaloosa, AL, United States 08-28-14 Member Since 2012

    Nurse, mom, loved to read....but now I love to listen. When I retire I hope to hear waves crashing in 1 ear and audible in the other!

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    "I have Kinsale overload!"

    This story was good with wonderful narration but Flowers from....and The Prince of......were so good this story was unable to live up to my high expectations! I think I just need to back off Kinsale for awhile due to burnout because I really do adore her stories.

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    Katie Katie somewhere in the US 09-25-13
    Katie Katie somewhere in the US 09-25-13 Member Since 2010

    married lady

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    "Beautiful writing and great narration"
    Would you consider the audio edition of My Sweet Folly to be better than the print version?

    Yes!, Nicholas Bolton adds life and depth.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Robert. Laura kinsale is not afraid to write male characters that are tour tortured, brave, vulnerable and strong.


    What does Nicholas Boulton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He seems to be breathing and feeling the words - never reading. His voices are all distinct and three-dimensional. They have depth and humor and passion.


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

    Yes!! I was sitting in the parking lot at work.


    Any additional comments?

    I had the same experience with another of her books and Nicholas' acting. What does this man do in his spare time?

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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