Lucy's perfect world came crashing down around her when she heard those four dreaded words: "I don't love you". Followed by the slamming of the door.
Six months later, still in shock and denial, Lucy boarded a plane to go somewhere far away. She needed to be alone, with no memories of Paul. While in Egypt she met Sebastian Steel, whose origin was as potent as his magnetism; he was half English, half Italian, and a successful hotelier in Sharm el Sheikh and Cairo. Sebastian also had another secret--the one he could not tell Lucy. Their relationship started and developed, and they began to realize they had a lot in common and discovered that their lives were inextricably linked. The two of them were soon embarking on an exciting journey brought about by the enigmatic, unseen, but ever present Primrose, who had brought these two together. Finally, after seven years in Egypt, Sebastian returned home to England, back to the cottage he had shared with his mother, but he was returning with Lucy--the woman with whom he had fallen in love.
©2008 Mary-Elizabeth Pinfield (P)2015 Mary-Elizabeth Pinfield
--I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
This is the first book I have listened to by Elizabeth Chapelle. This was a sweet romance. The thing that really caught my attention was the beautiful descriptions of Egypt. The story of Lucy and Sebastian was slowly evolving, and you can't help but love both characters. You could feel Lucy's pain in the beginning of the story, and how she grew stronger as time went on. Sebastian, extremely patient and tender, was the perfect gentleman. The way their history intertwines makes the story even more fun. I do wish it was longer giving some additional history as they travel back to England, and would loved to have seen more scenes with Lucy and her ex-husband. A little more drama would have been fun.
The narration of this book by Melanie Fraser was wonderful. She brought the whole story to life, always keeping me listening. She gives each character their own life, with feelings and emotions that draw you in. I love her narrations, always able to tell who is speaking and makes you feel as if you know the characters.
This was a short enjoyable listen.
No. I don't usually read romance novels.
The narration was excellent.
Lucy. Melanie emphasised her pain very well.
There's always hope.
The story was fairly well written although somewhat repetitive.
Yes I would. The narration is very easy to listen to. The story can be listened to in a few hours so it is perfect for relaxing at the beach or on a journey and the story is nice and sweet.
I liked how the author used the cottage to weave the theme of fate through the story. It added a nice element and gave the characters something real to bond over.
The narrator portrays the emotions of the characters very well. I could feel the hurt, betrayal and loss that Lucy was feeling at the beginning of the novel. I could hear the laughter and humour in Lucy's voice as she developed a relationship with Sebastian. I don't think I would have enjoyed this novel as much if it wasn't for Melanie Fraser's narration.
The story had potential to have so much more drama. I found the romance to be unrealistic. Getting divorced, meeting, falling in love and the inevitable Happy Ever After occurred over a few weeks on holiday. Her parents were far too happy that she got engaged to man she met on holiday while she was getting over a divorce. I'm 35 and I can imagine how my parents would react. My mother would probably chase the guy back to the airport with the sweeping brush!!
I thought the author could have extended the story and their relationship in England a bit more before they settled down. I would also have liked to know how Sebastian managed his Egyptian hotels from England and was it really the last they would hear from the duplicitous Tara? But in saying that, I enjoyed the story and would listen to it again.
This is a sweet, simple romance and I would recommend it to anyone who wants an easy, relaxing listen.
I received a copy of this audio book from the narrator in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
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