An all new full-length Raveneau Novel.
"Cynthia Wright is a gem among writers!" (Literary Times)
A marriage of convenience in the Gilded Age....
Newport heiress Catherine Beasley Parrish has been groomed all her life to marry an English duke. However, when she meets Adam Raveneau, the latest in a long line of Raveneau rakes and a newly created viscount, Cathy awakens to a destiny worth fighting for.
Although Raveneau insists that he is not marriage material, he is in desperate need of funds to restore Tempest Hall, his crumbling family estate on Barbados. And when Cathy begs him to save her from the toad-like duke her mother intends her to marry, Adam realizes that they may be able help each other.
Following a passionate honeymoon voyage on the high seas, Cathy and Adam arrive at their island home to find legends of pirate treasure and face the realities of their complicated marriage of convenience.
Can two people who wed for all the wrong reasons discover that a lasting love is the greatest treasure of all?
©2012 Cynthia Challed (P)2014 Cynthia Challed
"Tempest is Cynthia Wright at her best, and I savored every delightful page! I was swept away by sinfully sexy Adam Raveneau, wondering how he and Cathy could ever untangle their problems, and thrilled to find myself in the midst of adventures with pirates, buried treasure, and a romantic abduction. I believe Cynthia Wright will make a lifelong fan out of every person who reads Tempest." (Lauren Royal, best-selling author of Amethyst)
Emily Beresford's narration of Cynthia Wright's TEMPEST gave this favorite book new life for me. Although I have read it four times, I felt like I was listening to it for the very first time. Details previously lost in my haste to gulp down the story came into vivid focus as I sat and really listened to the author's beautiful, descriptive language. It was nearly as real as if I were watching a movie instead of just listening to an audio recording.
Of course, the book itself is part of a wonderfully romantic, adventure-packed series marked by their unforgettable heroes. A Raveneau man always has been and always will be swoon-worthy beyond compare. From the beginning of Cynthia Wright's Raveneau Novels, Privateer Captain Andre Raveneau set the tone of these books spanning many generations-- they are men so unfailingly brave, so dashingly handsome, so wickedly bad that they are irresistible. Adam Raveneau, a newly named English Viscount, is the latest tempting morsel in this delicious family.
Set in the Gilded Age, Cynthia Wright's novel is as always a beautiful glimpse into the lifestyle and mindset of people living in that time. Opening with a lavish masquarade ball set at the newly-built seaside estate of an American millionaire intent on seeing his daughter married to a Duke, the book shows a glimpse of what life was like for those who had wealth, but lacked the noble connections they so desired.
Catherine Parrish's mother, although from a wealthy Southern family, had not been thought "good enough" to marry Catherine's prestegious father. As a result, she raised Catherine carefully, grooming her to someday be the wife of a wealth English Duke. Regardless of what Catherine may or may not want, Mrs. Parrish finally has the coveted fish, a toad-like (in Catherine's opinion) English Duke, on the line. She expects that he will propose that very night.
But two strikingly handsome young men come to the door and turn everything upside down. Bryon Matthews (who readers will recognize from the author's books set in the American West) walks in, bringing his friend who is none other than Adam Raveneau. Dressed as a Barbadian pirate, Adam looks so handsome and dangerous that Catherine's breath is taken away.
A chance meeting in a Chinese teahouse in the gardens brings the two together for a few moments alone and they realize they are both people in need -- she needs away to escape the destiny planned by her mother, he needs a wealthy wife to help restore his destitute estate. That night, Catherine begins a plan in her mind that will help them both: a marriage of convenience.
A quick wedding, a delightfully romantic sea voyage, stories of pirate treasure, and the awakening of two wounded hearts follows. As always, Cynthia Wright weaves characters in from her past novels and that adds such a wonderful depth to the story. The author has done quite a bit of research on both the era and the places mentioned in the book, which adds a depth to the story that you won't often find in this genre. The accuracy makes the story seem even more real, if that's possible.
As with all of Cynthia Wright's novels, there are twists and turns, the magic of first love, tragic heartbreak, and love scenes that are absolutely unforgettable--beautiful, never raunchy, but immensely satisfying and glorious to read. Once you start this story, you'll not want to put it down until you've finished. If you haven't read any of this author's other novels you should click right over to Amazon's author page and download Silver Storm (The Raveneau Novels, Book 1) and then make your way through the rest. Each and every one is one to remember and to revisit over and over again! I have read hundreds of historical romances and can truthfully say that I enjoy hers above all others. You won't find a better way to spend an evening than curled up in a comfy chair listening to a book by Cynthia Wright!
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Cynthia Wright takes us back into the late 1800’s spinning a story of control, dream, hopes, fears, mystery along with dashing men who are alpha and a little on the wild side. As with all of this author books the settings our vivid, clean, crisp and spellbinding I loved this island and all it bright colors. Her men might be a little rough around the edges but they capture your heart taking you on a very romantic journey. What do you get when you put a dashing rough man with a hot tempered headstrong woman? One delightful adventure filled with meaning, learning, finding one’s self and learning to start over.
Ms. Beresford as the narration did a delightful job brings the story to life with her many different character voices. You have no trouble knowing who was talking or what emotion they were feeling. I did think some of her male character voices where a little close to others but I still knew who was talking. There are no background noises or any places where the audio was higher or lower than the chapter before. If breaks were taken you could not tell. The audio was clean, clear and crisp with true emotion being giving to each character. Her male voices were as lovely as her female ones. She has put a lot of thought and energy into making a delightful audio. I could really feel the pain in Catherine from the lost of her brother, how her father and husband hurt her as well as the pain her mother caused. This was an audio I had trouble putting down first because of the author and second because of the narrator really brings the story to life for me. I had no trouble picturing the scenes as they unfold the narrator really gave a whole hearted structure to really make me see what the author wanted us to. I very much look forward to listening to more of her work.
There is no doubt Adam was pushed in to marrying Cathy there is little doubt he wanted to or he would not have. Cathy comes with a lot of money which really hurt his male pride. He has a hard time getting over this in return he pushes her way for that and a few other reasons. Cathy not understanding it pulls father into herself. On Adams return home there are a few surprises waiting for him, some rather shocking to both Adam and Cathy. Cathy being the lady she is takes the bull by the horn and makes the best of it until she said ENOUGH. It doesn’t help when her mother puts up road blocks at every turn. Cathy is going to have to learn to deal with her feelings on many different issues before she can make her marriage work. Adam is still knocked for a loop from his mistress to how bad his home is and all he will have to do to bring it back to life. He is going to have a lot of decisions to make I am really glad I am not in his shoes. Can these two over look the bad and find some common ground that will pull them back into a HAE?
I really didn’t like Cathy’s mother I wasn’t alone not one character likes her. She is a piece of work and I have to totally agree with what Adam yelled at her. You see Paul’s mother a lot in the first part of the story. I do have to wonder what happen to her and how Paul took that. I would have also liked to have known just what Cathy’s mother said about the ending of the story. My heart really went out to Cathy’s father I feel for the most part he made the correct move. I adored the old cook she was a very wise women.
What worked for me was the mystery, how they came together. Working together as a team to restore their home. Cathy is a woman before her own time demanding to be an equal not settling for less. Both Cathy and Adam are strong willed and strong character giving you many smiles as well as sadness. I was glad to see Adam learned to deal with Cathy’s money and solving the mystery was a pleasure to watch. As in all this was a good book you have those you love and those you don’t. You have evil, jealousy always someone wanting what you have. There were a few things left unsaid I would have liked to know more about. I did enjoy the plot the adventure and the arguing. Cathy’s mother really added a lot to the story. There is no way you can read this and not feel sorry for everyone who has to deal with her.
I thought this was well written with delightful characters you can relate to. I enjoyed the little danger they went through. The trip on the ship was a add bonus. Once Adam makes up his mind he sure has a few wonderful moves that would capture any lady. The audio was outstanding it is one I would listen to again. I really enjoyed the story and plot.
I have listened to the previous 3 books in the Raveneau series and I enjoyed this one also. The story has jumped about 90 years from the last book so we have moved into the early 1900's. I liked how, while we have moved ahead, we also learned some more about the characters that we have come to love in the earlier books. I liked hearing about Andre, Devon, Nathan and especially Adrienne.
When Adam took Cathy on their adventure to search for the treasure.
The Tempest is a nice addition to the Raveneau family saga. While I'm not the biggest fan of historical romance stories Ms. Wright has done a wonderful job of keeping my interest thru out the entire series. I enjoyed the spirited independence of Cathy once she realized that she had a voice. I liked her way of standing up for herself against her controlling mother. I think Cathy is ahead of her time.
Ms. Beresford has made this series a joy to listen to. She has consistently kept my attention through out. I would love to hear what comes next for the Raveneaus.
Set back in the late 1800s, we get to know another generation of the Raveneau's. Remembering in the last book with Adrienne and Nathan & Adrienne was with child. In this book, we meet Adam the grand child of Adrienne and Nathan. Adam's parent's died young, so Adam is raised in Barbados by his grand parents.
A young Adam Raveneau ventures out to the United States while Barbados is swamped with Small Pox. It is there that Adam meets Catherine Parrish, who asks him to marry her. Catherine is paired with an old man because he has a title and he doesn't even like her. To get out of marrying him, Catherine proposes to Adam, a total stranger - but she does like him. Adam stirs something up in her every time she sees him and she loves how he calls her Cathy!
Catherine marries Adam, much against her mother's wishes and set sail for Barbados. Cathy has no idea of the lifestyle she will live when she gets there or what condition the home is on.
Cathy also meets Gemma, who turns out to be an old mistress to Adam. Adam learns Gemma gave birth to a son too. We also get to explore for treasure and have picnics and lots of out door fun! Barbados is a wonderful setting for a story! The ending is fantastic too!
I loved this story and this entire series. I love reading about characters I remember from past books and can relate to the story better! The author, Cynthia Wright has had my attention since book 1! What a great series!!! The narrator, Emily Beresford as always did another fine job delivering this story to us with all her voices and accents! Great job ladies!
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Tempest is ranks in the top tier with my other Cynthia Wright audiobook, Silver Storm. There is depth and growth of characters with a vibrant Barbadian background.Definite must have for your audio library.
I have a difficult time choosing a favorite character, with a loving, all knowing older cook who has been in the family for generations. Such s treasure. Adam and Cathy have so much growing and learning to do, so they can truly come together. Both characters endear themselves to the reader, that it is hard to choose between them. Normally I can say I have a definite favorite, but not this time, in a way, they were each others catalyst for growth and healing.
Again, I was not able to clearly favor either Adam or Cathy over the other. I felt equal endearment to both and wanted to encourage both.
My heart melted completely. This story was so endearing, the characters had so much possible hope within and around them. I felt joy when their flawed, but loving world came together?.
At times I wondered , while listening to this book, if Andre and Devon from Silver Storm had not been reincarnated within Adam and Cathy to come together again. The similarities were calling to me. Cathy and Devon both had older brothers who died at sea, they were free spirits, lived in coastal New England towns and were sheltered. Adam was descended from Andre, had his looks, moodiness, was hurt by parental infidelity, knew sailing, how to use swords and had ties to tropical island homes. Such a beautiful story!
I recommend this and any story by Cynthia Wright.
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Catherine is getting older (all of 21) and her mother is looking for someone of stature for her to marry. As her mother announces to Catherine that she is to marry a certain English Duke, she panics. Adam Raveneau happens to be in the room and she gives him a panicked look. They get married.
Because of their hasty marriage, each is suspicious of the other… Cathy is wealthy with a good size dowry and Adam was womanizer, as is her father and most men she knows.
They take leave from New England and sale to Barbados, where Adam has a rundown family home, tempest tall.
Kathy gets right to work, restoring the estate as best that she can while Adam attends to business. They become more and more passionate, but those doubts keep each of them from committing their hearts to their marriage.
Cynthia Wright has written a wonderful series in the Raveneau novels. They are rich with descriptions of characters and landscapes, of feelings, heartache and love. It has been a pleasure *listening to this entire series in exchange for my thoughts, opinions & this review.*
Emily Beresford is a gem, perfect for the role in the series. She fits in perfectly.
Historical romances can go really well or not. I'm hesitant to read them for that matter, however this was pure joy the whole way through… I think I did have a complaint about the length of one of the books but other than that a very, very good series.
Notes: Some descriptions of intimacy
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I loved the story overall but did not like Adam Raveneau. As the author probably intended. I did not bond with him even when he reformed. There were some good supporting characters that made of for the deficiency in Adams character. The lead female character is off for a Raveneau woman. I felt like she lusts after him but somehow I did not feel the passion. The author provides very vivid descriptions of the scenery. If you are a fan of the Raveneau series you won't be disappointed in this book. It was not my favorite but still a very good listen. Narration was flawless.
The narrator's accents are poor and overacts the dialogue. I feel like I'm listening to a beginning narrator. Or like she didn't read the book first and just cannot get the emphasis in the sentences correct.
Aside from not liking Emily Beresford's narration at all, this was my favorite book in the series. Barbados is a wonderful character in this book. I've been there a few times and it was fun reading about it. Cathy and Nathan were strong characters but I was annoyed by each of them at various times. I was expecting more proof of the child situation. The story was interesting and this was a good read/listen.
"Beautiful Story Beautifully Read"
The best part about listening to Tempest as with any of Cynthia's books narrated by Emily, is being able to fully get involved in the story. To be able to close your eyes, and picture the scenes as they are being told.
I loved everything about this story, but of course the hope that the main characters could overcome the obstacles that were keeping them from true happiness was what kept me listening even when I should have been going to sleep. I had to know if they would have a happily ever after.
I think Emily brings the emotion to the book, in the funny parts her expressions made you giggle, in the sad parts where she would read with tears in her voice I found myself wanting to cry too. She brings the story and characters to life far more I think than if I was reading the book myself. And I love the voice she used for the little boy Paul, he was so cute. When Emily reads you really forget she is narrating and just listen to the characters speak as if speaking themselves.
Yes indeed I both laughed, and cried while listening to this book, I also got angry too. The story was beautifully written and captivating.
I am new to audio books, and they are nothing like I expected them to be. They are far better. I am not sure if it's purely down to the book content and the excellent narration by Emily. But I know to keep both Cynthia and Emily in my sites when I think of buying my next Audible book.
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