"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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"HOPEFUL ROMANTIC" ~~ ( 5 = Excellent, 4 = Very Good, 3 = Good, 2 = Poor, 1 = Awful ) ~~ Reviews should never contain "spoilers" ;-)
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.
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.
I did not learn to read until I was in my twenties. Have not stopped since. The two most important things to learn are reading & chess.
This is the second book by Kinsale I have listen to. I am hooked. The plots are similar but at the same time they are different enough to keep the audience wanting here more and listen to the end. I do not think anyone but Boulton could do theses stories justice. He gives a great performance.
Before finishing "My Sweet Folly" I downloaded another Kinsale book.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is a historic romance novel with believable characters and plot. Its Jane Austin meets Sherlock Holmes story. The first few chapters are the best for the main characters have a wonderful banner with each other. In a great many of these type books the relationship is a physical one. This relationship started off sight unseen. This pair also had a common interest which was rare for these couples. There is no other words to describe what some would call the romance in this book as anything else but awkward and cannot imagine what the author was thinking there.
Yes!, Nicholas Bolton adds life and depth.
Robert. Laura kinsale is not afraid to write male characters that are tour tortured, brave, vulnerable and strong.
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.
Yes!! I was sitting in the parking lot at work.
I had the same experience with another of her books and Nicholas' acting. What does this man do in his spare time?
Laura Kinsale and Nicholas Boulton are a magical duo--blending romance and intrigue seamlessly. I hope he performs all of her books for the benefit of audible listeners. I encourage you to read the ones currently available to see if you don't join me in my plea for more.
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