Millicent understands the terms of her arranged marriage all too well. She gets to be a Countess by marrying an impoverished Earl. And in return, the Earl Fitzhugh receives the benefit of her vast wealth, saving his family from bankruptcy. Because of her youth, they have agreed to wait eight years before consummating the marriage--and then, only to beget an heir. After which, they will lead separate lives. It is a most sensible arrangement. Except for one little thing. Somehow Millie has fallen head over heels in love with her husband. Her husband, who has become her very best friend, but nothing more...Her husband, who plans to reunite with his childhood sweetheart, the beautiful and newly widowed Isabella, as soon as he has honored the pact with his wife...
As the hour they truly become husband-and-wife draws near, both Millie and Fitzhugh must face the truth in their hearts. Has their pact bred only a great friendship--or has it, without either of them quite noticing, given rise to a great love?
©2012 Sherry Thomas (P)2013 Recorded Books
This book is engaging with good character and plot development and a satisfying, albeit predicatable conclusion. While the predictability didn't bother - it is a romance novel after all - the degree of back and forth repetition and vacillating between the main characters near the end was a bit annoying. They've already been through the 'fidelity/infidelity' and 'love you/love someone else/love you' scenarios a number during the course of the story so reintroducing it again in the final chapters is somewhat offsetting and makes the book drag on a bit too long to no avail.
Even though you may read the reviews and they say this is an abridged work and some of the work is missing, it is a good book. If you haven't read the book, you may not know the difference. I did wish that the main female character would have had someone else trying to court her but this version makes it appear as though she had blind devotion. The male character her love interest frustrated me a lot. He was trying to make too many people happy. This story switches between past to present almost every chapter so if you don't like time jumping this is not the story for you. Overall it does what a story is suppose to do, makes you smile and sometimes frustrates you.
I loved the fragility of the hero and heroine in this tender story of a forced marriage that turns into friendship and eventually love. The main characters felt very human and their story was told with such tender loving care you couldn't help but root for them. Every character was well fleshed out and given respect and dignity. This was an excellent read and very credit worthy. Jenny Sterlin will whisk you away to another time and place with her soothing voice.
Having downloaded and loved many romantic historical novels by Diana Gabaldon and Maya Banks in this genre, I purchased this download with great expectations. Unfortunately it fell far short and ended up being a disappointment. While the narration was sufficient, the writer fails to create a compelling dialogue.The plot is disclosed in the description and does not change in the book. The monotony of whining over potential love does not really create the tension that you typically find with similar heroine and unreachable disenchanted lover. The flashbacks become annoying. Even though only 8 hours, I found this book a challenge to listen to. As an aside it lacks to the historical fact basis and poignancy of the authors cited in my past downloads.Save your money, or your credits, and look somewhere else for a stimulating and credible romantic historical novel set in Great Britain.
No. If it had been my first book in this genre, I would answer Yes.
Jenny Sterlin did a good job reading this novel.
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