RITA Award-winning, New York Times best-selling author Mary Jo Putney is justly celebrated as a master of the Regency romance. Here Alexander Randall is the last heir to the Earl of Daventry and he must find himself a bride. His prayers are answered in the form of distressed midwife Julia Bancroft. But though their union would benefit both parties, Julia is reluctant to surrender her heart.
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“… rich in complex, realistically complicated characters, expertly spiced with intrigue, and infused with a wickedly subtle wit.” (Booklist)
I read so I can write
What a great story. Fantastic Julia has suffered some really horrible stuff done by her first husband, his father, and her own father. Then she gets hooked up with a really cool guy who is willing to do whatever it takes her to get past all of that and have a normal life as a wife and mother. Somewhere along the way add a great little boy who needs someone to love him, and you have a family.
Simon Prebble isn't just good. He's one of the best, and as usual his performance brings this terrific story to life.
Well worth the time and credit.
I purchased the Audible book after a great sale recently. I had read and liked Mary Jo Putney's works in the past (though not in the last decade) and decided to find a good Summer read.
What I really liked about this book is that it managed to avoid nearly every cliche that are so rampant in the romance field right now. Despite there being many chances, there were no "great misunderstanding" and the characters reacted logically, calmly, and intelligently to situations. There was no evil 'big baddie' forcing deus et machina situations. The female character isn't an annoying 'spitfire' who gets into situations just so she can be rescued by the alpha male. The male isn't even alpha - he's respectful of the heroine but not so much that it is anachronistic. The Heroine doesn't suddenly develop the ability to shoot a gun, ride a horse, or any other implausible ability just to get out of a situation. Nor is modern knowledge of medicine used to make fun of the doctoring of that era.
What we have is a very gentle, well written, emotionally resonating story of two people getting to know each other and learning to trust. It is skillfully plotted novel that doesn't rely on action so much as communication to build the relationship over time. It's what I would characterize as a mature novel - for those who are tired of the cliches and overwrought plots and just want a novel of two decent people, with hard pasts, who learn to overcome their own fears of intimacy to create a love match.
The audible narrator, though male, did an excellent job of both the female and male voices as well as the plot.
Avid mystery reader, huge Agatha Christie fan.
I really enjoyed this performance and this story. I was very leery about trying another romance novel as an audiobook, my first romance audiobook experience didn't end well (in fact, it hasn't ended, I can't bear to finish it).
However, Simon Prebble gave a very enjoyable performance of one of Putney's usually enjoyable Regency romances. His pace and rhythm were entirely appropriate and his voicing of the various characters was very well done, indeed. I particularly liked that he did not try to force his voice to some ridiculously high pitch for the female parts, rather he adopted a softness of tone which he even managed to vary for different female characters.
The story itself is characteristic of Mary Jo Putney, there is a wide cast of characters from related novels, but they manage not to encroach too much on the central characters' development, something I have always appreciated about her "serial" books. Apart from the feeling that the story ended somewhat abruptly, likely because the characters will re-appear in subsequent novels, I thoroughly enjoyed this particular listening experience.
A decent man works to heal he woman he loves, ah...so refreshing, no stupid misunderstandings, just two people trying to make each other whole. Nothing more to say other than I enjoyed it immensely.
this man is a fantastic narrator. He makes these stories come to life, the combination of Mary Jo Putney's writing and Simon's narration are priceless for historical regency romance! I look forward to more!
Plot holes, cardboard characters with zero development, modern sensibilities and turns of phrase totally out of place in the historic context... My disbelief was less and less suspendible.
Say something about yourself!
The story flowed in such a way I "couldn't put it down"
This book was a reminder of the older Putney books I enjoyed so much. Might have to buy them again!
Randall. He was strong without arrogance. Sensitive without weakness.
The reaction of Julia's brother to her after years of separation brought tears to my eyes.
If Never Less than a Lady is typical storyline and writing style of this author, then no I would not try another of her books.
I may listen to A discovery of Witches again, I've been spoiled by Deborah Harkness.
No. I found this narrator disappointing. His voice droned through much of the story and barely stopped between one sentence to the next. Thus far the worst narration I have experienced.
No. Subtracting anyone from the story could leave it even drier. None of the characters caused an emotional response for me to either want them out of the story or enjoy how they were portrayed.
I enjoy a book that has layers. This book did not get my attention let alone keep,it. The narration style only added to my disappointment.
The heroine drove me crazy; I couldn’t wait for this to be over. She thought of everyone but her self to the point that it became ridiculous.
Simon Prebble himself, who reminds me vocally of the actor Jonathan Pryce- one of my favorites partly due to his beautiful voice. I'm currently listening to this book for the third time!!
This is my favorite among MJP's "Lost Lords" series. I'm hoping that some of her "Fallen Angel" series are added to Audible's catalog, which are among my favorites. This book is equal to them.
The scene in the inn while on their way to London. That is certainly an interesting way of consumating a marriage!
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I'm thoroughly enjoying this book. Prebble does it very well. I'm on my third go round listening to it and I'm getting rather strange looks from my co workers who don't realize I'm not listening to music on my mp3 player. They can't figure out why I'm grinning depending on what scene I'm listening to.
"Never Less Than a Lady"
I found this a really enjoyable audiobook, fairly typical of it's genre. I love listening to Simon Prebble read, he has an excellent way with characterisation and is very easy to listen to.
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