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The Windflower | [Laura London]

The Windflower

The classic tale of passion on the high seas, available for the first time in 20 years... Merry Wilding is a lady of breeding, of innocence, and of breathtaking beauty. With high hopes for a holiday in England, she sets sail from New York - but the tide of her life is destined to turn. Mistakenly swept aboard an infamous pirate ship, Merry finds herself at the mercy of a wicked crew...and one sinfully handsome pirate. Soon she's spending her days yearning for escape, and her nights learning the pleasures of captivity.
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The classic tale of passion on the high seas, available for the first time in 20 years...

Merry Wilding is a lady of breeding, of innocence, and of breathtaking beauty. With high hopes for a holiday in England, she sets sail from New York - but the tide of her life is destined to turn. Mistakenly swept aboard an infamous pirate ship, Merry finds herself at the mercy of a wicked crew...and one sinfully handsome pirate. Soon she's spending her days yearning for escape, and her nights learning the pleasures of captivity.

Devon Crandall believes Merry is in league with his greatest enemy. He's determined to slowly urge her secrets from her. But along the way, he discovers her beautifully unbreakable spirit...and a desire unlike any he's ever known. She is hiding something from him, and yet, each day that passes brings her deeper into his heart. When fierce arguments give way to fiercer passion, can a pirate learn to love a woman? Or will true love be lost at sea?

©2014 Laura London (P)2014 Hachette Audio

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    ~~ DARA ~~ "Beautiful" Niagara Falls 06-05-14
    ~~ DARA ~~ "Beautiful" Niagara Falls 06-05-14 Member Since 2011

    ~~~"HOPEFUL ROMANTIC"~~~ *** Love Audio Books....Especially Historical Romances *** ~~ "Reviews Should Never Contain spoilers ~~

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    "Eloquently Written Pirate Romance"

    I love historical romances that are written with feeling, detail, character development and good romance....and this book delivered it all for me. It is a classic pirate story with many character twists along the way.

    This is one of those books where ALL the characters (even the secondary characters) are written so well that they feel multi-dimensional. The characters have flaws, are vulnerable, and show weakness and strength. Even how the author describes scenery such as flowers or seascapes makes you feel like you can see the vivid colors, smell the sea air, or feel the wind blowing though your hair.

    The narrator did an excellent job with this sweet, exciting, romantic, quirky, mysterious story. This is a must listen for anyone who enjoys eloquently written stories.



    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ann 06-09-14
    Ann 06-09-14
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    "Great listen; didn't even notice it was so long!"

    "Windflower" was an engrossing listen. It is a WHOPPING 18 hours long, but the narrator moves it along at a good pace, and keeps the energy level appropriate to the story. Although the book gets quite wordy in spots, the story is well-written and my favorite part about it is that the authors incorporate humor into many of the situations. The change of scenery throughout the book (from an estate in America, to taverns, to pirate ships, to remote islands, to the English countryside) kept the plot engaging. Each character is very well-developed, and toward the end of the book, many questions the listener may have about some of the main characters are explained cleverly and eloquently.
    There were a myriad of characters with wide variances in personalities and each was voiced competently by the narrator, who was consistent in her accents and cadences. She differentiated between each character very well, and voiced the many male characters with surprising agility, which can be challenging for a female narrator. The narrator has a sultry voice, which lends itself well to the suspenseful scenes, and the romance scenes as well.
    I would highly recommend this audiobook to anyone who enjoys a good romance with adventure and humor woven in. I rate the narration an A+ and the story an A.

    I received a free download of this book as a gift, no strings attached.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Scotty 05-26-14
    Scotty 05-26-14

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    "How did I miss this book over my years of reading?"

    Yes, Cat is my favorite character! Couldn't help but fall in love with him. This is a wonderful book. Full of adventure, romance, humor, pirates, and much more. Who can resist those characters. I love each and every one of them. You just have to listen to the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    kathleen 05-17-14
    kathleen 05-17-14
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    "Best audio book I've EVER listened to!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I've loved this book for years and I was worried about what the audible would be like.Was I
    in for a wonderful surprise!! It brought these charactors that I've always loved to life!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I didn't realize that Mary had an adorable accent and Devon's voice is exquisite. Cat and Morgan's voices are wonderful too!!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    This audio book brought this wonderful story to life! It was a whole new experience. I don't review books usually but I couldn't do this one fast enough. I've listened to audio books for years and this one is the best I've ever listened to.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    These authors are so gifted I am always amazed and there were many lol moments. When Mary was trying to get into the hammock was hysterical!!


    Any additional comments?

    I wish "The Windflower" would just keep going and going. If you love romance and laughter and suspence and incredibly talented authors and a narrator that nails it, you've have GOT to bet this book!!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Tina san Bernardino, CA, United States 05-09-14
    Tina san Bernardino, CA, United States 05-09-14
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    "I'm in love"
    Where does The Windflower rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'm only on chapter 5 and already I'm in love with this book. I do not want to stop listening to it.


    What other book might you compare The Windflower to and why?

    no other compares. I don't understand why they only have one book by this author!


    What does Christa Lewis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    awesome narrator♡♡♡♡♡


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Wow.


    Any additional comments?

    Yes get more books Laura London! !!!!!!!! A.s.a.p

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth Sandwich, MA, United States 05-05-14
    Ruth Sandwich, MA, United States 05-05-14 Member Since 2007
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    "The Best."

    It's as good as when it first came out - and I read it twice then and still have the paperback. The men are delicious, the story compelling, and the narrator superb. It remains one of my favorite romances - up there with Georgette Heyer's books and one I am sure I will listen to again.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 05-03-14
    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 05-03-14 Member Since 2010

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    "EPIC... IN A CLASS OF IT'S OWN"

    To me this is a Gone With The Wind meets Pirates Of The Caribbean type of epic love story, set in 1812, and, as you're plunged, immersed and held captivated in the well-written imagery, it sweeps you away on a journey from Virginia to New York, the Caribbean, sailing many Oceans and Seas until finally you arrive, tempest tossed, in London where the twists and turns continue.

    It starts off as the Heroine's life is described.... Merry who's a sheltered, well-bred, sweet, innocent, yet feisty and courageous,18 year old virgin whose life is about to abruptly and forever change. Then the unbelievably talented authors start to add to the unpredictable, exciting and very vividly described (sometimes almost poetic) story as they build into the listen drama, adventure, mystery, misunderstandings, politics, secrets, war, lol humor, tragedy, an evil villain... or two?, shocks and surprises, romance, love, honor, compassion, side plots and a rich and sometimes sarcastic dialogue.

    Entwined throughout are the many colorful and multi-layered characters with their flawed yet fascinating and complex personalities and histories who will entertain, sadden, shock, thrill and anger you as they grow into loveable friends whose destiny's become important to you. One such person is the alpha Hero, the wickedly handsome charismatic bad boy Devon he's a Pirate with many secrets and a Pawn in someone's elaborate game.

    Merry and Devon's dramatic, bitter-sweet, heartwarming, turbulent and tantalising, love story with evocative sex scenes that are oh so very sensual rather than explicit but their instant attraction and sizzling chemistry is plagued by obstacles, challenges and heartache that's sure to get your pulse-pounding. But, despite every hindrance caused by them or thrown at them, their slow character development will eventually give them a deep love for one another and a hard won HEA ending.

    Worth a credit? If you love unbelievable, implausible but, despite or because of this, you think they're enjoyable and entertaining historical romances (as I do), then this listen has everything you could want or crave so YES invest the credit and your time as the rewards are great - it's beautiful, mesmerising and memorable. Finally.... during the daunting three part 18 hrs and 40 minutes there wasn't a single word that I would either add or change.

    9 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Marcheta 05-04-14
    Marcheta 05-04-14 Member Since 2006

    love audio books - Anglophile

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    "Good story, excellent dialogue"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Windflower to be better than the print version?

    The advantage here goes to the narrator - they got the right narrator to do the story justice.


    What other book might you compare The Windflower to and why?

    The dialogue reminded me of some of the Dorothy Dunnett stories, especially the Lymond Chronicles. I loved the dialogue among Devon, Cat, and Morgan - so tongue-in-cheek.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any scene with the three guys and/or Raven.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't think I'd like this book because I was afraid it would be just another bodice-ripper. What a pleasant surprise that it had a good plot and excellent dialogue. I'd listen to this one again.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Cam Las Vegas, NV, United States 07-21-14
    Cam Las Vegas, NV, United States 07-21-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Double identities galore!"

    Two characters are noblemen and the third is a half brother to one. Very well written book but the characters, even supporting ones, are ALL superbly written and they make up some of my most favorite characters of all times. This book is a must read for anyone who loves a great written historical romance. Do not see any other books by Laura London on Audible but would love to see an entire story written about the “Cat” character (very intriguing).

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    LilMissMolly 05-12-14

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    "Historical romance of a girl kidnapped by pirates."
    Any additional comments?

    The Windflower is a classic historical romance written in 1984 by Laura London. In short, this is a book about a girl who is kidnapped by pirates, who then falls in love with her kidnapper. The story centers on the beautiful Merry Wilding, who is an 18-year old American who is sailing from New York to England on a vacation. She is accidently kidnapped by pirates led by the ruthless Captain Rand Morgan and his half-brother (and equally beautiful) Devon Crandall.

    The majority of the book takes place aboard the pirate ship, the "Black Joke." The plot is action-packed and you can definitely tell that the book was written in the 1980's when romantic heroines were damsels in distress. Merry's character is no different, but she has such a sweet nature that one cannot help but like her. As Merry is held captive, she gradually matures from an innocent young school-girl into a confident young woman. The secondary characters are equally entertaining and memorable, especially Rand and Cat.

    This audio book is narrated by Christa Lewis and clocks in at over 18 ½ hours. Christa Lewis did an admirable job, giving distinguishable voices for the men and women, as well as the young and elderly. She also had appropriate accents when needed, which were maintained throughout. To be honest, I’m not sure how she maintained such composure reading such descriptive and over the top dialogue. I’m not a fan of abridged versions of books, but this one needed trimming for sure – not chapters, but several words in most sentences. I commend Christa for a job well done!

    I received a copy of this audio book in exchange for an unbiased review.

    2 of 9 people found this review helpful
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