Peter Gilbert, Duke of Sudworth, is a good man. He has inherited the title and the debt that his deceased brother and father created, having had to leave the home that he had set up away from his dysfunctional family. Facing bankruptcy, he has determined to keep the family home at whatever cost. Only those closest to him know that it is not for his own benefit.
Rosalind, is the eldest daughter of Mr Johnson, a 'cit', a man who has earned his fortune through business. He is determined that his four daughters will marry the highest titles in the country, whether they like it or not, and he is prepared to pay to achieve his goal.
Two people forced together because of circumstances that they did not create would be set for a shaky start at best. However with local gossip, illegitimate children and an alleged affair, things were never going to be quiet in the home of the Duke and Duchess of Sudworth.
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When I began this book I almost just did not keep listening because it began almost plot point to plot point like my favorite of Georgette Heyer's books, a Civil Contract. This is story is an aristocrat marrying a Cit, exchanging his title for her fortune, a small wedding and the first time the married couple is able to converse about their marriage is in a carriage just after the wedding. Being fond of Georgette Heyer I was irritated by what I falsely assumed would be a pale retelling of an old tale.
I am glad I kept reading because the problems the young people face are their own and original to them. It is true in this book, the tension is increased by misunderstandings, but we humans see what we expect to see. The Bride expected to be snubbed by her husband's friends, and the Groom expected to find his new wife critical. So they believed what they expected to see, and heartache follows, to be warmly and tenderly repaired. Actually this book is quite historically accurate. The ending is truly a twist, and for these two people a happy one.
Intriguing, romantic, well written
When the stars align and all the characters get just what they want - no spoilers here!
I really wanted to find out what came next throughout.
Rosalind is a genteel well written romance with lots to keep you guessing. Not as predictable as many period romances.
The narration brought all the characters to life. I think it would have been much less interesting to just read to myself.
When I heard the words, "The End", my instant reaction was, "oh no!" Such was my total involvement with this book that I just couldn't believe that the story had ended.
The storyline was cleverly plotted out and this beautiful tale was told. It was also skillfully narrated.
This author has the ability to tell a good story, so do yourself a favor and read or listen to the audiobooks in this series!
She's great and her talent wasted on this one.
I'd ask a friend first to see if it had a HAPPY ENDING..Then NO!!
This is an author's efforts to be DIFFERENT.. ENJOYED her first audio but never again!,
Unhappy that it appears that even if you read all 4 books you never find out who is the true Duke.
Btw Phaeton is pronounced faeton NOT feeton
Plus the British aristocracy "ride" they don't engage in "horse riding" or "horseback riding"
As the younger son of a Duke he would be styled Lord Peter Gilbert & his wife Lady Peter Gilbert. He would NOT have a peerage in his own right.
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