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Serena

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Publisher's Summary

Witty and refreshingly candid, lovely Serena has been capturing hearts young and old alike. Her guardian uncle worries, though, that at 23 she will soon become a spinster. He wants a better life for her than that, but she doesn't want to make a match without her heart being in it.

And none of the men courting her have touched her heart - not Warren, the old friend who woos her even as he eyes other women; certainly not Eustace, the minister concerned more with appearances than compassion; not even Freddy, perhaps the most ardent of her suitors but at 19 still a puppy.

Then Freddy's uncle, the handsome Lord Pendleton, arrives to extract his nephew from the woman he expects Serena to be - one interested only in wealth and a title. When he refuses to believe that, far from trying to ensnare Freddy, she has been urging him to return to Oxford, her ire gets the better of her. She decides to let his lordship stew in his own juices. And when it becomes clear Lord Arrogant's plan is to get her to change her course from Freddy to himself, feisty Serena sets her own course.

©2014 Claudy Conn (P)2014 Claudy Conn

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    Lady M 12-14-14
    Lady M 12-14-14
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    This is only the second book I have listened to written by Claudy Conn, but I enjoyed Serena even more than the first, which I found engaging. I have added a couple more of her books to my wish list. I really like her writing style. I like the way she defines her characters personalities, as well as their appearance. You feel like you have been picked up and set into the scene she is describing.

    It is hard to find an author with fresh ideas for those of us that read/listen to several books per month, but "Serena" fits that category. I didn't want to put it down, so to speak, and listened to it straight through.

    The book is about the adventures of a beautiful unconventional lady; who, at the age of 23, was being pressured to choose a man to marry from her numerous suitors. Serena refuses to marry without love.

    Freddy, one of Serena's suitors, is a wealthy, titled young man of 19. He tells his mother he is going to marry Serena. Upset that her son is considering marrying an "older woman" and refusing to return to University she asks her brother, Lord Pendleton, Freddy's uncle, to investigate the woman and talk some sense into her son.

    For Serena, it is love at first sight when she meets Lord Pendleton, although she doesn't recognize the feeling. For Lord Pendleton plan "B" in rescuing his nephew is to turn Serena's attention away from Freddy to himself.

    The story includes love and romance, murder and mayhem and theft of a gold shipment.

    This was my first time to hear Mary Sarah Agliotta read, but she gave a noteworthy performance.

    I highly recommend "Serena".

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Cam 05-15-15
    Cam 05-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Enjoyable but not terribly memorable"

    I enjoyed reading the book and felt the plot was interesting enough but I gage books by how eager I am to find out what happens next. The book I enjoyed but did not hurry through. Hard to explain it but although enjoyable, it was not a super gripper for me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Chris A. Blair 01-10-15
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    "Amazing"
    If you could sum up Serena in three words, what would they be?

    Charming, exciting, sexy


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is my first audiobook and I must say I love it!! Claudy Conn is one of my favorite authors. Serena is an amazing read AND listening to it was a treat! Will definitely be downloading more from Claudy Conn.


    Have you listened to any of Mary Sarah Agliotta and VOplanet Studios ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    You can never go wrong with Claudy Conn!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    virgen caraballo 12-17-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful love story"
    If you could sum up Serena in three words, what would they be?

    Inspiring love story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Serena?

    She always did what her heart told her to do no matter the danger!


    Have you listened to any of Mary Sarah Agliotta and VOplanet Studios ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    It just sounded very wonderful and enjoyable.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes when Daniel misjudges her and doesn't have enough faith in her love, so that made me very upset as well because I could relate. Then what made me laugh was when Daniel beat up the reverien because he deserved it for slapping Serena!


    Any additional comments?

    I thought this was a very inspiring and wonderfully written story and I enjoyed reading it very much. I just love author Claudy Conn's writing skills and wonderful imagination for creating such wonderful stories for her reader to read. I would recommend her books for others to read for they are such great reads and once you grab one of her books you won't want to stop!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Staci Simmons 12-15-14
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    "Lovely!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this book. Claudy's books are all unique in their own right. She knows how to put a story together and make you fall in love with the characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Serena!


    What about Mary Sarah Agliotta and VOplanet Studios ’s performance did you like?

    She knew how to read the characters.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The whole thing moved me. I love these characters.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    JMc 02-23-16
    JMc 02-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "started out a very enjoyable read but....."

    But I can't understand why a writer presents a wise beyond her years sensible and wonderful heroine then to continue controversy I suppose has that same savvy intelligent character make the dumbest decisions and assumptions. creating bad situations and relational dynamics that a simple word or two of communication would solve. a communication that any normal person would have made under the same circumstances. I found myself so infuriated I could not continue the book, though I was more than halfway through it and wanted to know what would happen next. Sorry mega dumb leading ladies sours the read for me. Great narration however, Ms. Agliotta is as usual without peer in her excellent narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rosemary 08-06-15
    Rosemary 08-06-15 Member Since 2007
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    What made the experience of listening to Serena the most enjoyable?

    the story is so good and a joy to listen to


    What did you like best about this story?

    Lord Pendleton and his ideas were funny since Serena has a mind of her own


    Which character – as performed by Mary Sarah Agliotta and VOplanet Studios – was your favorite?

    Serna she cam alive with the narration


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    laugh


    Any additional comments?

    Caludy Conn has written a story MADE to be listened to

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dawn Sullivan Boston, Mass USA 05-04-15
    Dawn Sullivan Boston, Mass USA 05-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Sweet Romance"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Serena to be better than the print version?

    I would have to say that I got different experiences from both. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I would have to say Serena, a beautiful young lady who is happy with her life. She takes care of her uncle and he wants her to find happiness and marry but she is holding out for a love match. She knows that none of the men she has met will do. Well that is until she meets Lord Pendleton.


    Have you listened to any of Mary Sarah Agliotta and VOplanet Studios ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first I have listened of them but I did really enjoy it and hope to listen to more of them.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Amazingly sweet love story that will pull at your heart strings


    Any additional comments?

    I can't get enough of Claudy's books!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nicole Garcia Brooklyn, New York, United States 04-10-15
    Nicole Garcia Brooklyn, New York, United States 04-10-15 Member Since 2013

    N.Y. Times Bestselling Author

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    "Another Amazing Historical!!"
    If you could sum up Serena in three words, what would they be?

    Romantic, wonderful, magical,


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Serena?

    I thoroughly enjoyed the whole book and have read the e-book version as well. Listening to this version definitely made the entire book memorable.


    Which character – as performed by Mary Sarah Agliotta and VOplanet Studios – was your favorite?

    I loved Serena. I truly enjoy all Claudy Conn's heroines and Mary did a fantastic job with the narration.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Historical romance at its best.


    Any additional comments?

    What can I say Claudy has done it again. Her talent and beautiful writing never cease to amaze me. What I love most about her writing is her ability to bring you into the story as if you are livng it. Claudy's realistic descriptions allow you to escape into another place and time.
    Beautiful Serena has many men both young and old interested in courting her. Though she is only twenty-three, her uncle is worries she will never get married and be a spinster for the rest of her life. But, Serena doesn't want to just marry anyone. She only wants to marry for love, and none of the men who hve been courting her hold her interest. That is until shs meets Freddy's uncle, Lord Pendleton. Freddy wants to marry Serena and have her as his bride, but she is much more concerned with Pendleton. Pendleton thinks Serena only wants to marry wealth and have a title, but that is far from the truth.
    This book is another winner from Claudy Conn. Each book I read is better than the last. If you love romantic historicals with a bit of humor, and fiesty women, then Claudy's books are for you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Heather 01-12-15
    Heather 01-12-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Beautiful."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Serena to be better than the print version?

    Its nice hearing the book in audio. it brings it more to life and i didn't tgink that
    was possible.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Thst fact that Sarena wanted to wait for love, instead
    of just marring anyone.


    What does Mary Sarah Agliotta and VOplanet Studios bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    More life. character seperation.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    All of it


    Any additional comments?

    Love Claudys books! Amazing !

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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