USA Today best-selling author and RITA Award winner Jennifer Ashley pens heart-pounding tales that keep listeners spellbound with torrid romance and finely crafted intrigue.
Juliana St. John faces the ultimate mortification when she's stood up on her wedding day. But then fate places her face-to-face with her first love, Elliot McBride, and she finds herself falling for her half-mad former paramour.
©2012 Jennifer Ashley (P)2013 Recorded Books
"Ashley simply has a gift with her storytelling.... " (Night Owl Reviews)
Great love story
Elliot cause he worked so hard to overcome his PTSD caused by him being held captive for almost a year
How she did such a wonder job of bringing the story and characters to life for me
Yes I would have loved to listen to it all in one sitting as I was so engrossed in the story
I know some reviews did not like the story but this is my second favorite of this series right behind Ian & Beth. I loved how Elliot loved Juliana so much she was his reason for surviving his horrible ordeal. While they may not come out and call it PTSD back then that is what Elliot had to learn to deal with. I loved how Juliana and his family that Elliot gathered to him helped him work to deal with his PTSD
Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.
Reviews lead me to think this story would be too dark, but this was not the case.
I have listened/read many of the great historical romances e.g. Kathleen Widdowiess The Wolf and the Dove, Julie Garwood's Honor's Splendor and I have to say that this book ranks right up there. How clever of this author to weave a modern day dilemma into a historical novel. It is hard to impress me with the current day historical novels, but this one does.
Well edited and a great listen.
Elliott "why n Devil would you knit socks?"
Note: must use new 1.25x speed to get the full impact of the story.
I purchased this author due to Ms Dawe reading this series. I have about 5 stories from this author and they all are good entertainment. Ms Dawe brings this delightful series to full life.
Her male and children voices are simply great.
Our heroine, Julianna is simply the best. Strong, focused and she stands by her man. The caring she shows can humble you.
I Loved this book!! Some of it broke my heart, it was funny at times, the characters were so amazing and enjoyable! I'm thoroughlyl enjoying the MacKenzie's and their extended family!!! And I wish all of my books could be read by Angela Dawe!!!!
The first formal dinner, with the chicken bag pipes and the "happy ending". Wow - what a great dinner that turned out to be!!
I thought Julianna was the best!!! Prim, proper and very organized. But became so disorganized to make her life with Elliott work. And his out-of-nowhere kissing her against walls and in various rooms and the gardens; how scandalous!! But loved her through it all!!
Read or listen to this series!!! It's one of the best ones I've ever read and I've read A LOT!!!
If your looking for a book about war time flashbacks or post traumatic syndrome I guess you would like this book, it jus t wasn't my idea of a highlander romance.
The story was believable, compelling, and interesting. The characters were likable and sympathetic.
When the main characters first arrived at the estate. The author did a good job of using the house as a metaphor for Elliot's mental state.
Dawe is very consistently good. What a talent! I feel that I am watching a film as opposed to simply listening to a book.
Several moments of Elliot's vulnerability. The author does an EXCELLENT job of making Elliot human without making him wimpy or a liability for the female character. I think this is tricky, but she pulls it off!
Okay, I'm a fussy reader. That said, this is an entertaining book. It combines a troubled hero with a harsh backstory, a very sweet heroine, and tops it off with the most delightful group of secondary characters I've ever seen. The story has enough twists and turns to keep it unpredictable and fun. The writer obviously knows what she's doing. The narrator is Angela Dawes, and she does try. She's just not my cup of tea. When a novel is set in some place other than the US (where I reside), I do prefer a narrator that can handle the accents. There are plenty of narrators who can, but this one can't. Her Scottish accent needs work, and her English accent isn't any one of the broad spectrum of English accents I've ever heard. Bless her heart, she's probably a nice person. Sorry Angela.
O Day of days when we can read! The reader and the book, either without the other is naught. Ralph Waldo Emerson. I Love to read, a great time for me is curling up with a great book!!!
This book has a lot going for it, My personal favorite, a crazy person who knows they are crazy!! Can you beat that?
A historical afghan war vet. PTSD and second chance at love, now come on how can you go wrong with a recipe like that.
Ms Ashley does deliver. With new characters that blend in seamlessly with the old, glimpses of old well loved characters and a love affair that proves that yes! in deed opposites attract and first loves rule.
I haven't enjoyed a book this much in a very, very long time!
There were too many to list, but I loved the slightly damaged Hero who was so compassionate and loving, and I loved the Heroine's unwavering love. I do not enjoy sappy hero's, Elliot was far from sappy. I cannot abide a over-the-top strong-willed heroine, one who is argumentative, misreads everything, or reads slights into every action. This heroine was not that. It was so refreshing not to have "misunderstandings" that torpedo the relationship. Loved this book!!
Ms Dawe's voice takes me a few minutes to get used to, but then it is fine. She ends her sentences emphatically, almost harshly. However, it did not, in any way, detract from the book.
Love the MacKenzie brothers series. "The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie" is possible my favorite book in the light romance genre. This is something of a "spin off" of that series. There were things I liked. Won't attempt to spell the names of the Indian members of the household (the downside of audio books), but the manservant was a truly dear character.
I liked that the relationship moved quickly. The two main characters were childhood friends and more, so there wasn't a lot of hem-hawing around about whether they had feelings for each other. There was some behavior that didn't add up, even considering Mr. McBride's fragile mental health. Won't reveal more, but will just say its always a little unsatisfying when this kind of book tries to tackle heavy subjects like the long term affects of torture. Either write romance novels or write a serious work of fiction, don't try to combine them.
Angela Dawe's style is clear and easy to understand. If, like me you are uncomfortable with her fragmented style of speech, increasing the narrator speed to 1.5 does the trick.
I like Ms. Ashley's other books in my library, but not this one so much.
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