In April 1831, her grace Corinne Monroe wants her widowed son, Lord Julian, to marry her best friend’s daughter, Miss Sophie Wilkie. Julian last saw Sophie when she was twelve years old, silent, skinny, and always staring at him. However, his mother is nothing if not persuasive, and Julian reluctantly accompanies her to London to meet the young lady.
And he knows that whatever happens isn’t going to be good.
Lord Devlin Monroe, Julian’s nephew, is very fond of his intriguing reputation in society: he delights, he frightens, he brings on delicious shudders. He’s enjoying an extraordinarily pleasant bachelor life until Miss Roxanne Radcliffe and her niece, Miss Sophie Wilkie, appear in London society, and he suddenly finds himself wondering how he could have enjoyed midnight alone.
Julian and Devlin must discover what really happened three years earlier when Julian’s first wife, Lily, was found dead. If they don’t find out the truth, their lives could be ruined. And there is another, even more perfidious, danger that lurks in the shadows, waiting.
©2011 Catherine Coulter (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I am a huge fan of romances and happy endings. I like books that take me away from everyday life and into the land of romance, some adventure and of course happy endings.
It was well written and had that spark of humor that Catherine Coulter has in all her historical novels.
It kept me guessing and interested in what was coming next.
I have been reading Cathering Coulter's books for many years and fell in love with her characters and story plots - but as hard as I tried, this one never ever engaged at all on any level. I really encourage you to read her early historical romances - but do not waste a credit or your time on this one. I saw the bad review and decided to give it a chance because of her past books - I am sorry that I did.
It wasn't a bad story once you got to the last 25% of the book. The first 75% of this book just drug on and on. To be honest, I can't believe that I stuck with it until the end. There were a couple times that I asked myself why I continued to listen to it. The end is good though...you just have to get there.
No. I only kept going until it finally got good because I didn't want to waste a credit.
No. I really did not like this narrator. She made the female characters sound childish and whiny. It was hard to reconcile some of the voices with the fierce, sassy demeanor of the female characters.
I don't have anything against this author...this just wasn't for me. Long and drawn with a subpar narrator. Not a great combination.
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This was not one of my favorite Catherine Coulter books. I just did not find the relationships between the four main characters that believable. Too many attempted kidnappings in one book to one character. Anne Flosnik, as usual, did a great job as narrator.
Anne Flosnik, performance was outstanding, but even with that said she at times seemed eager to finish this boring dribble.
I used to be excited when I saw a new Coulter historical romance but after the Valcourt Heiress, and now this one, I am done. For those of you like me who enjoyed the Bride Series and the Magic Trilogy, this has absolutely none of that appeal. It's not really a romance and the suspense aspect is thread bare. To say that it is a Sherbrooke novel, is a poor attempt to get those of us that enjoyed that series to buy this book.
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