Charlotte Downing, the duchess of Charming, wants what she wants. Today, it's a fine pair of lacy slippers crafted by the renowned Ella's Establishment. To be picture perfect for her presentation to the queen, Charlotte will survive crashed ceilings and falling bricks. Yet, has she met her match in the conservative merchant, whose autumn-colored eyes make her pulse race, especially when he says no?
Caught between the glittering world of the ton and the respectable profession of selling shoes, Edwin Cinder can't understand the lady's persistence or the fire lighting her blue eyes when she's challenged. With his lack of pedigree, there's no chance for this common God-fearing man to win her hand, but he'll risk all to save the duchess from the ravages of a London gale.
Swept Away is a Regency retelling of Cinderella with a twist.
©2014 Vanessa Riley (P)2015 Vanessa Riley
better storyline, couldn't get interested.
"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast."
"I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast dot com."
loved it. indidnt want to put it down.
I am the kind of reader who prefers audiobooks. I'd already purchased Swept Away as a kindle e-book, but when I found a review copy available through Audiobook Blast, I jumped at the chance to get the audiobook. So before I start the review, here's my disclaimer:
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast
I was intrigued at the twist in the Cinderella story, and this story did not disappoint. I don't normally read or listen to regency romances, but I looked for familiar elements. I enjoyed how the author mixed them into things (the name of hte shop, the midnight deadline, Duchess Charming, the lone shoe) so that parts were familiar, yet it was its own story. Both main characters are quite likable, and you just root for them to be together despite a few misunderstandings.
One thing about the story that did surprise me was the elements of Christian faith and prayer. This wasn't mentioned in the summary. That can be either a selling point or a turn off depending on the reader. For me, I found it a rather lovely surprise as I am not used to such things in a lot of the romances I read.
I felt that the narrator was quite capable and made the story move along. In some ways, I didn't notice her, but she made it so I could concentrate on the story instead of picking apart the performance.
I recommend this story to people who like fairy tale retellings or short and sweet romances.
I don’t usually read many books from this genre, but I really enjoyed this one. The narration brought the story to life and held my interest throughout. The story was well thought out, complete and will keep you listening. I will definitely be watching for this author in the future.
* I was provided a free copy of this book from AudioBookBlast for review.
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