Lady Emily Clearbrook secretly loved the Earl of Stonebridge, but one day, he left her without a word. Now, years later, the man mysteriously reappears and battles Emily's four brawny brothers to woo her again. But the bigger battle seems to be with Emily!
This sweet historical romance series, about a duke's family, includes delightful, heartwarming love stories that bring the Regency period to life.
©2004 Teresa McCarthy (P)2014 Teresa McCarthy
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I thoroughly enjoyed The Rejected Suitor! The story was light and enjoyable with fun & interesting plot twists. I've only recently discovered these regency books and find them delightfully distracting. I appreciated the light hand taken in the romance details. While some books are guilty pleasures that you would not want to be overheard, I could listen to 'Suitor' and not cringe if my children caught some of the narration. And speaking to the narration, Ms Hewitt's performance was spot on. I literally felt like I was meeting different and distinct characters, even forgetting it was only one person voicing them at times! From the dottering old aunt to the overbearing brother to the minor characters, the care the author gave to their creation was realized in the narrator's skillful performance.
This book was exactly as promised. I wanted a fluffy fiction, not a historical documentary and that is what I got. Ms McCarthy wove a fun fantasy tapestry and Ms Hewitt spun the tale into vibrant life with her lyrical and lovely voice. Thank you ladies!
I want to preface my comments with the fact that I am a true fan of historical romance. I probably read and/or listen to about 100 such books per year. What attracted me to The Rejected Suitor is that it is set in the Regency period (think the Jane Austen era).
The story revolves around Jared, the Earl of Stonebridge, and Emily Clearbrook who is a Duke's daughter. Three years earlier Jared promised to marry her, but he left her without a word. Emily's brothers are committed to see her married soon, but she is too independent having served as a spy during the war.
I found the premise unrealistic and the characters unbelievable. I didn't understand why Emily's father blackmailed Jared into marrying someone else three years earlier, or how his new pending engagement was relevant to the story. Also why were Emily's brothers so intent on getting her married off quickly to anyone rather than someone she loved? Furthermore, why was Emily's now widowed mother willing to see her daughter married to the man the mother still loved?
Teresa McCarthy's narration was OK. I enjoyed most of her voices for the characters, but her voice for Jared was too soft and feminine-like. He should have been manly, more like the brothers.
Very funny and entertaining family drama.
I love Stephen. He acts like a clown but really is a man who see's things that his other brother doesn't see and he seems to understand other people's feelings.
I have not heard Pearl Hewitt read any other books before and it took me a little while to get used to they way she reads, but by the 3rd chapter I was hooked. She is entertaining to listen to.
I would have liked to listen to this book all in one sitting, but ended up listening to it on my drive to and from work and on a road trip.
I love Teresa McCarthy's books about the Clearbrook family and all their escapades. She is an entertaining writer who has captured your attention within the first page of her book and keeps you enthralled through out. Her characters are captivating and fun, but face real life issues that can be heartbreaking and character building at the same time.
This audiobook ranks high amongst other audiobooks I've listened to.
I enjoyed the time period in which the story takes place and the strong will of the main character. The author paints a nice picture the whole way through the story.
Lady Emily Clearbrook
It made me smile and laugh on several occasions.
Pearl Hewitt's voice is extremely easy to listen to. I find myself lost in the story as her voice guides my imagination through each chapter. Her accent is lovely.
I was able to play this audible on my iPad and also was able to read along with my ebook. I was also able to do things around the house with the audible playing. It gave me time to listen to the book without running behind. I enjoy this series and being able to listen is a plus.
I did enjoy Pearl Hewitt's performance it kept me intrigue and she did good with narrating the story. There was no dull moment.
I enjoy it. There were some humor in it. I chuckle at Emily retorts and Jane outrage for Emily.
I would recommend this. If a person has the means to pay for an audible book. You don't need to have the book on hand to follow along. It great for listening before bed with the light off. No need to try squint in the dim light trying to read a book or reading a ebook in the dark. Especially if you are traveling and can't read in the car! I usually read a book and in a hour or two depending on the time. But listening to the audible book you hear the miss detail from reading the book to fast. It at a normal pace that allows you to pause and pick up from you stop. I would recommend this to people who can't read as well as they use too due to age, illness, or just because there no time to read anymore.
I would to a younger person or a avid romance reader.
Pearl Hewitt did a wonderful job narrating her voice is just great and so much emotion. She was exceptionally good with the older women's voices. Oh also the simpering was great. Loved her narration
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