He Couldn’t Refuse
John Parker-Roth cannot believe that marriage is necessary for his happiness. He would far rather pursue his interest in horticulture, but if one day he should find a female who shared his passion for flowers - a level-headed, calm sort of female - he might reconsider. Certainly the lovely young woman who has just tumbled into his lap will not do, as she possesses neither of those admirable qualities. Yet Miss Margaret Peterson does have many things in her favor.
To begin with, she is a true English rose, blushing a delectable pink. And she is not entirely clothed. Her full mouth begs to be kissed. If only she would not wriggle so…oh, dear. He cannot ignore the sudden vision of her in his bed, but he must. What? Is Meg actually asking him to kiss her? Well, well, well. John Parker-Roth is a gentleman, first and foremost. And he cannot turn down a lady’s request…
©2008 Sally MacKenzie (P)2013 Audible Inc.
This is a novel that does not take itself too seriously. How refreshing! Thought the storyline and the characters were great fun and the inherent eccentricity and tongue-in-cheek qualities of the plot and its people were perfectly captured and very well represented by the reader. To me, it's the mark of a good narrator to be able to create so many different voices in the same novel and make each one real, unique and believable with the character's foibles and faults clear to the listener. This audiobook does that! Hats off to the author for a fun story and for choosing this narrator.
Looking forward to hearing Sally Mackenzie's other books in this series.
Yes. I've bought several audiobooks just because she was the narrator. She does a great job of making very different characters in a range of books both believable and unique.
Laughed. A lot.
Well worth listening to.
Yes, she is a wonderful author & makes me giggle.
The Narrator gave the character of Emma an annoying lisp. This character did not have this lisp in the "Naked Marquis" which is the story of Emma & Charles. I don't know why this narrator felt the need to do this, for me it distracted me from the story every time Emma had a line.
I love the store and the performance except for Emma's lisp. I listed to the first book which has Emma marrying Charles and she did have a lisp and less frumpy sounding! I almost stopped listening because of how Emma was portrayed. I felt there was no reason to make a change to the character. I kept on listening because Sally Mackenzie's stories are good.
The narrator put a lisp on Emma that she didn't have previously. It ruined what would have been a good story. WHAT WERE YOU THINKING Rosalind?
A different narrator or a better producer. The narrator chose to give one of the main characters (Emma) a lisp. Since this character was in a previous book and did not have a lisp, I can only assume that it was not written that way. A better producer would have caught this discrepancy .
I stopped listening at chapter 6 ( of 22 chapters) because it was off-putting. Especially when there was a love scene between Emma/Charles. The lisping was even more distracting and I could not stand any more.
I don't think so. She has a lovely voice and I have listened to other books she narrated. I am not sure if due to the number of female voices, she used the lisping to make Emma sound different. This technique shows a lack of ability to modulate voices and a lack of narration skills.
I just think that someone during the recording of this audio book could have provided feedback that it detracted from the audio. A producer doesn't just hand the book to the narrator and press "record". There has to be a little more to obtain a great performance...which this was not!
I actually liked how the story progressed and really wanted to find out how this couple got to there HEA, but due to the narration I had to give up. I don't know anyone that would like to listen to this book.
Many people with a lisp try very hard to get rid of it through practice and speech therapy. I don't understand how a narrator would add something in that so many people try to avoid.
I read an audible reader review that indicated the lisping issue and I really thought it could not be that bad. It just goes to show how valuable the reader reviews are if you take the advice. Sorry I did not, but at least I got the book on a 50% off sale, so I am only "half" kicking myself!
Just read it
I don't know the Hellions of Halstead hall series, or the Sherbrook bride books.
The performer sound like she was biting her tongue and lisping with Emma and it makes it hard to listen to the book.
I hate to say it but I got the book on kindle and audible and just had to read the book. The book is a great read in one sitting if you can.
I have loved the series had gotten some in paper back years ago, but loved seeing them in audio format.
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