For Winfield Elliott, Viscount Stillwell, finding a prospective bride always seemed easy. Perhaps too easy. With three broken engagements to his name, Win is the subject of endless gossip. Yet his current mission is quite noble: to hire a company to repair his family’s fire-damaged country house. Nothing disreputable in that - until the firm’s representative turns out to be a very desirable widow.
Lady Miranda Garret expected a man of Win’s reputation to be flirtatious, even charming. But the awkward truth is that she finds him thoroughly irresistible. While Miranda resides at Millworth to oversee the work, Win occupies her days, her dreams…and soon, her bed. For the first time, the wicked Win has fallen in love. And what began as a scandalous proposition may yet become a very different proposal.…
©2013 Victoria Alexander (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Historical romance junkie. Who doesn't love romance?
This story is about Miranda, a modern day, free thinking widow and Winfield Elliot, a man who likes his world to be predictable and orderly. Needless to say, when his house burns down and he needs to rebuild, a woman is the last person he expects to come to his aid, but when no one else is available to help him in the short span of time he has to work with he is forced to utilize Miranda Garret's help. A battle of wills ensues that eventually leads to love. It has some funny and charming moments.
The premise sounds promising and it is mildly entertaining but predictable. Those aren't always bad qualities in a book and at the sale price its well worth the price. I really like male narrator, Michael Page, he is very well spoken and I enjoyed his voice. I was disappointed that he made the lead character sound so old and stuffy but I enjoyed all his other voices. Overall, for me, this story was ok. Its a likable story that's fairly reliable in it's plot.
Not Ms. Alexanders best work by any means but a fairly safe way to pass the time. I wouldn't waste a credit on it, at the sale price of $7.27 its a value, anything more is a waste of time and money.
Listening to books is the best. I love almost all genres, but romance is my favorite, and rom-com is my preference there.
Setting: England, 1887
Narration: I gave it 2 stars because I'm polite. Alrighty then... I cannot like Michael Page's voice, because it sounds like he is speaking from the back of his mouth, as if his vocal chords are tangled up. It wasn't irritating enough to make me turn off the book, but it did keep me from falling into the story as I do with a really good narrator. I will get the books I really want on Kindle rather than audio if he's the narrator.
The story has a nice plot. The hero is Winfield Elliott, Viscount Stillwell. He has the reputation of being somewhat of a rogue, plus he has had 3 broken engagements. But when his house burned, his stuffy side comes out, and so do his conservative ideals. The heroine is Lady Miranda Garret, a widow with a secret. She has been running her late husband's architecture firm, making her a (gasp!) woman of business. When her firm, Garret & Tempest, accepts the commission to rebuild, the architect is actually Lady Garret. But she had performed the same task when her husband was alive, allowing him to take the credit. In the Victorian era, women had their place, and that was in the home doing as their husbands directed, not performing in a man's profession. It was a time more restrictive to women of the nobility, as they were always in the eye of their peers, living their lives by what would or would not generate gossip. As Miranda and Winfield fall in love, the secret becomes harder for her to keep. So, the plot revolves around the secrets they have, as well as the matter of trust.
I enjoyed the novel very much. The plot, character development, and dialogue were above average. But if it had had a different narrator I would have enjoyed it more. It's worth the credit if you're okay with Michael Page performing it.
I just coud not connect with the Hero and Heroine.
Yes I would
I just could not connect with story or the main characters. The book before this "What Happens At Christmas" was so much more engaging. I got lost in the story and lost track of time. I love when books do that. This book however just couldn't keep my attention.
This was my first (and last) Victoria Alexander story. Disappointing because I was very intrigued by the set-up. Miranda and Win are thrown together to oversee the rebuilding of his family's 300 year old estate house. She's hiding her true role in the architectural firm hired to restore the burnt remains, he's thrice-burned at love. I usually like character driven stories but couldn't work up an interest in either of them. The dialogue and plot points continually pulled me from the story. I never write reviews although I have over 100 audiobooks in my library. This one was so disappointing I had to warn off other readers.
I did not enjoy Michael Page at all. It's tough for men to do an effective job with women's voices, particularly in historical romance. I was prepared to forgive much. But even his male voices were unsexy and grating. I gave him a single star.
A beautifully narrated tale. The story and characters are classic Victoria Alexander but what elevates this audiobook to a must buy is the narration which is truly inspired. I loved listening to it.
I read so I can write
The story is good but I couldn't fall for the hero. He is just too much of a twit too often to suit me. Good strong heroine made the story happen and made the book entertaining. Fantastic narration by Mr. Page and that is something I don't often say about male narrators of historical romance novels.
As soon as Lady Miranda (19th century new thinking woman) and Viscount Winfield (19th century old school handsome male) meet sparks fly but unfortunately not in a good way. Every time one of them speaks the other one is ready to argue or disagree but the sexual chemistry is there whether they like it or not.
The characters are warm, kind and thoughtful (except to each other) and you eventually empathise with both of them as each have a strong belief that they just can't bend on, but their internal struggles make them realise they must change or lose love. Their verbal duelling at the start was so funny and well written and the storyline builds and builds until it's climatic romantic conclusion.
Michael Page breathes life into each of the many characters and makes it a joy to listen to.
Worth a credit? Yes, it would have been but for $9.79 I just bought it and saved my credit for a pricier listen and I will be downloading more of her books.
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