Set in the opulent world of the 18th century aristocracy, Lucinda Brant delivers another delicious 18th century romantic experience. High drama, witty prose, a deft palette of historical detail, and a weave of subplots will keep you mesmerized from beginning to end.
England, 1763. The Earl of Salt Hendon and squire's daughter Jane Despard share a secret past of mistrust, heartache, and misery. Forced into a marriage neither wants, the patient and ever optimistic Jane believes love conquers all; the Earl will take some convincing. Enter Diana St. John, who will go to extreme lengths, even murder, to hold the Earl's attention. Can the newlyweds overcome past prejudices and sinister opposition to fall in love all over again?
ARRA Awards Finalist 2011 Favorite Historical Romance
©2011 Lucinda Brant (P)2014 Lucinda Brant
Much as I liked Jane & Salt's story, they were upstaged by the scenery chewing Lady Diana, a truly dreadful friend and mother. I hope she has another juicy role in Salt Redux. This was my second listen and I enjoyed the book much more. Perhaps it was my mood. Or maybe it was catching details I had missed the first time. Whatever the reason, I urge you to listen.
What a wonderful cast of characters! From the very purest of hearts, Jane Despard, soon to become Lady Salt, to Diane, Lady St. John, whose mind machinations will have you anxiously follow her every move. This woman is capable of horrendous deeds. Beware!
New-to-me author Lucinda Brant, provided a fabulous listen and I won’t be able to NOT read/listen to the sequel. She has me hanging from a precipice. She draws her scenes in such detail I feel the swirl of emotion bouncing in the expanse of the scene. She captures scrupulously what happens in the mind of an individual when her dark side demands total manipulation of people with the quest to gain her goal. It leaves the reader shuddering with angst for her victims. I love to hate her villain!
I enjoyed hearing the jargon of the day in dialog and participate in more than dancing and balls. Narrator Ms. Hussey is easy to listen to, with sharp, well enunciated words. Her voice is perfect in depicting the innocent demeanor of Jane, to the voice of the Earl, a man whose heart loves Jane, but dares not believe such a thing himself. After all, didn’t she break off their relationship four years earlier? Or was it the other way around? This is the second time I’ve heard Marian Hussey narrate. Her voice is extremely versatile, a lower resonance and quite mesmerizing in how she portrays characters.
We got to see what happens below stairs amongst the servants, how loyalties are made or broken. We participated in the lives of the crème de la crème of society.
I particularly marveled at the in-depth characterization of deranged Diana, Lady Saint John, who had a façade of normalcy, but evil lurked behind her beautiful face and proper demeanor. She was absolutely terrifying.
Ms. Brant has written quite a few novels. I’ll be delving into her others. It’s such a pleasure to find another author who pulls the right strings enthralling me, completely entertained for hours!
I haven't read this book
I couldn't pick just one. The story is one that is constantly moving.
This was my first experience of this Author.
I just couldn't stop listening......then I was disappointed when it was over.
Lucinda Brant is an author who has made a very considered selection of narrator when choosing Marian Hussey........a faultless reading with great characterization
I have alway enjoyed being read to, but when found audible it was a dream come true, love listening to books
Yes, it was such a wonderful story about salt and jane
When salt finally gain the truth about his cousin Diana
She did a wonderful job,, I hope when Ms brant next audible book come out she has Marian Hussey narrate them..,,
It didn't make me laugh or cry it just keep interested.. It was very well written and good story all the way to the end...
I truly looking forward to her next books on audible I enjoyed listen to salt bride so much on audio....
Lucinda Brant has quickly become one of my all time favorite authors. Her command of writing for this era is superbly shown in all of her books and this one is no exception. Her characters, from main all the way down to the maids have each unique personalities and NONE resemble any of her other books, as many other authors do. The only point I have found in common, and only in a couple of her books, is that the hero finds out information the heroine was to inform him of from someone else and thus the finale we expect as readers does not come to pass.
I do hope that the next book is the ending to this wonderful series as I would loath to wait on yet another book due to my impatience. It's funny how when you love a book you commit every free moment to read and yet the end is unwelcome. LB's quick wit comes through her writing and I am in awe of her mastery in not only developing characters and building them to the point of intimate familiarity but also at the same time allowing and building strong personal attachments to these characters for it's readers. Her hero in the Noble Satyr is one I will never forget, so realistic the portrayal. I think I have read that book about 5 times in just the past two months. This book is also a masterpiece.
I think, the characters - they are so real I can see them. Not just that, but they have so full and interesting and I want to know them, I'm intrigued by them and when I'm away from my book I truly am thinking about getting back to them the quickest I can.
I'm very biased as I adore anything written by Lucinda Brant so I highly recommend her other series, Alec Halsey Mysteries and the Roxton saga which is also a series in progress.
That is too hard and by far there are too many. With the intrigue comes such satisfying conversations, revelations and interactions, truly perfect.
Oh yes, the only thing that got in the way was real life. I did however drive to work slower, take the long way home and went to bed earlier, just so I could get back to my new world of treachery, love and intrigue.
Lucinda Brant is simply amazing. I cannot find the words to adequately describe her amazing skills. She breathes life into characters that I want to know, that I'm drawn to - the story is woven with such intricacies that the "Ah ha" moments when they come, have my admiration for her soaring as I see the almost transparent breadcrumb trail that has been left for the reader. I am happy to be led, and I will follow this amazing author anywhere she wants to take me. Thank you
Having read the book, I just had to hear the audio and it was amazing as the book. The narrator spoke clearly and put much of herself as she read the story keeping you captivated. Lucinda is one of my top favorite authors and all her stories are a must to read and listen too.
A wonderfully written story from Lucinda Brant...& an outstanding performance by Marian Hussey! This story has everything you could want & more...it has several plots going on at the same time & such evil that will make you shiver. The period is so well detailed you can picture the scenery & clothes & all that white powder! You feel as if the story is going on around you...such detail! I can't wait to start the sequel Salt Redux!
What an intriguing story that certainly kept my interest with all of the twists and turns. A well-written romance that was perfect for a summer listen. The reader was very, very good. I will definitely read more books by Lucinda Brant and hope to start listening to the sequel, Salt Redux, very soon. Need to find out what happens to the Earl and his family. I also want to search out more books read b Marian Hussey.
Loved the story It kept my interest and the narrator did the story justice. I am going to read the sequel next. Not my usual style to read the sequel right after the first book;but I want to hear more. It has peaked my interest, so I MUST continue reading. Highly recommended this book and its author.
Excellent book and narration - love romance goodies baddies and all manor of secondary figures! Can't recommend this book enough - definitely worth a credit!
"great book read well"
One of my top books,
Jane, Lady Salt she is a strong and amazing woman
no this is my first so nothing to compare it to
the end always moves me when, Salt talks and explains what he has discovered.
I found that Marian Hussey's voices in the beginning of the book didn't match the characters she was reading but as she got in to the story and the different characters I found that the book started to come alive for me
This story started off so good then very soon became very bogged down with unnecessary words! Unfortunately more often than not I was pressing the fast forward button to try and get to the obvious point quicker. Also the narrators voice started to grate on me about half way through.
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