Dear Sir,... I feel I should inform you that your mother is very ill. If you wish to see her before it is too late, you should come at once. Sincerely, Mrs. Camilla Stuart
Pierce Waverly, the Earl of Devonmont, has led an unabashed rogue’s life, letting no woman near his heart. Inexplicably abandoned as a child to be raised by distant relatives, he never forgave his parents, refusing to read any of his mother’s letters after his father’s death. Then came a letter that shook his resolve. A Christmas visit to Montcliff might prove his last chance to discover the truth of his past, and come to terms with the stranger he calls "Mother".
But two surprises await him at Montcliff. His mother is perfectly healthy, nowhere near a deathbed, as her meddling lady’s companion led him to believe. The second is Camilla Stuart herself, a lively vicar’s widow, too bright and beautiful not to arouse the scoundrel in Pierce. Though she alone is reason enough to prolong his stay, he is soon faced with other tantalizing riddles: What secrets lie in his mother’s past to explain his childhood abandonment? Why is the captivating Mrs. Stuart so determined to mend the breach between mother and son? Meanwhile, Camilla herself is caught up in love’s complications since the arrival of the irresistible earl.
As his bold flirtation and suggestive whispers draw her dangerously close, can anything protect her vulnerable heart? If they are destined to share real happiness, there must be honesty between them - yet telling him the truth about her own life may shatter that chance. None of them can predict the startling revelations to come. Or the secrets, both heartening and shocking, divulged between a mother and son, and between two lovers haunted by their respective pasts, that will make Christmas night at Montcliff one to remember - and the glorious night after, one to treasure for a lifetime.
©2012 Sabrina Jeffries (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
This is a good story with multiple plots. Lots going on. The narrator did the many voices well and held them throughout the story. Warm and fuzzy ending. Just what I needed.
Read it twice in a row I enjoyed the story and the narrator so much!
The paid companion being accepted and loved even though she was a foundling of unknown origins then finding out she was born of the aristocracy.
I loved the masculine roughness of his voice but the females voices were definitely feminine. Always amazing to me how they are able to do that in a way that differentiates the characters.
Heart wrenchingly sad for the Lord as young boy for the way he was treated and neglected but enjoyed several good laughs later and the change in his nature after finding love so he could forgive his mother.
I have never read any of Sabrina Jeffries before so this was a deightful surprise. As many have already mentioned, the narration was a bit different. His voices very nicely differentiated each character and he did the female voices well. But his scratchy rendition of the main character was a bit distracting. Nonetheless, I wanted to hear more.
The main theme of trying to reveal the mother's secrets went on a bit long. Obviously there were issues to get through but it could have been done a little quicker. The back and forth between Pierce and Camilla was fun, especially in the early scenes. Camilla's surprise of Jasper was also well done.
Overall, a tale I did not want to stop listening to.
Heartwarming, forgiveness, family
Jasper, the little boy, He was adorable loving and reciting "The Night Before Christmas St. Nicholas" poem.
It was fine until he was speaking in the Earl's voice. Then it was too harsh.
It is a very nice English Christmas story. I enjoyed listening to it as I was preparing my house for Christmas. I had wanted some Christmas stories to listen to, although this can be enjoyed at any time of the year.
The story is fine, classic Sabrina Jeffries, the narration is a different story. I struggled not to turn it off several times - his female voices are not very convincing and the main male characters voice was like nails on a chalkboard. It would have been much better to have a reading of the text with no acting at all. If you are interested in the book I would suggest you buy the paperback instead.
Very high, I love Sabrina's books she always writes multiple plots in her books. It's just not about the couple.
The story line and what sacrifice's mothers make for their children, I thought that the mother and son was more important than the romance, although the romance was good.
Yes and I love Michael Page's voice he can really brings it to life
A mothers love....
This was a nice romance set in the Christmas season, with a enough mystery to keep my interest going. The reader was ok but he could have made the hero sound a little sexier.
I listen to audio books and knit. Usually at the same time.
Yes! The story kept me guessing right to the end regarding Pierce's mother's motivations. And the final explanation felt very believable to me. I want to listen to the book again now that I know how it ends so I don't get too distracted with all my wondering what the big mystery is. I think it will be just as enjoyable, but in a different way. This is in spite of the narrator, of course.
Pierce. His transformation felt very real and organic. As the reader, we learn through his eyes the real risks and pitfalls women of that era (and for centuries before and more than a century after, of course) faced in a patriarchal society that kept them so entirely dependent upon the men in their life. He might have learned to forgive and know gratitude, but that he took a moment to put himself into the shoes of the women in his life was very powerful. The author took an extra step there that made the whole story rise above the typical Reformed Rake Regency Romance that we all know and love. It was a pleasure to discover a character with so much more depth than I am used to finding in my guilty pleasure reading.
Mean Old Man
Michael Page just wasn't the right voice for a historic romance. He sounded rather scary, actually (which made for a strange and uncomfortable mix of feelings during the sex scenes, let me tell you). Mr. Page should narrate gory horror novels instead.
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