RITA Award-winning, New York Times best-selling author Mary Jo Putney is justly celebrated as a master of the Regency romance. Here Alexander Randall is the last heir to the Earl of Daventry and he must find himself a bride. His prayers are answered in the form of distressed midwife Julia Bancroft. But though their union would benefit both parties, Julia is reluctant to surrender her heart.
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“… rich in complex, realistically complicated characters, expertly spiced with intrigue, and infused with a wickedly subtle wit.” (Booklist)
I read so I can write
What a great story. Fantastic Julia has suffered some really horrible stuff done by her first husband, his father, and her own father. Then she gets hooked up with a really cool guy who is willing to do whatever it takes her to get past all of that and have a normal life as a wife and mother. Somewhere along the way add a great little boy who needs someone to love him, and you have a family.
Simon Prebble isn't just good. He's one of the best, and as usual his performance brings this terrific story to life.
Well worth the time and credit.
Avid mystery reader, huge Agatha Christie fan.
I really enjoyed this performance and this story. I was very leery about trying another romance novel as an audiobook, my first romance audiobook experience didn't end well (in fact, it hasn't ended, I can't bear to finish it).
However, Simon Prebble gave a very enjoyable performance of one of Putney's usually enjoyable Regency romances. His pace and rhythm were entirely appropriate and his voicing of the various characters was very well done, indeed. I particularly liked that he did not try to force his voice to some ridiculously high pitch for the female parts, rather he adopted a softness of tone which he even managed to vary for different female characters.
The story itself is characteristic of Mary Jo Putney, there is a wide cast of characters from related novels, but they manage not to encroach too much on the central characters' development, something I have always appreciated about her "serial" books. Apart from the feeling that the story ended somewhat abruptly, likely because the characters will re-appear in subsequent novels, I thoroughly enjoyed this particular listening experience.
The story flowed in such a way I "couldn't put it down"
This book was a reminder of the older Putney books I enjoyed so much. Might have to buy them again!
Randall. He was strong without arrogance. Sensitive without weakness.
The reaction of Julia's brother to her after years of separation brought tears to my eyes.
Simon Prebble himself, who reminds me vocally of the actor Jonathan Pryce- one of my favorites partly due to his beautiful voice. I'm currently listening to this book for the third time!!
This is my favorite among MJP's "Lost Lords" series. I'm hoping that some of her "Fallen Angel" series are added to Audible's catalog, which are among my favorites. This book is equal to them.
The scene in the inn while on their way to London. That is certainly an interesting way of consumating a marriage!
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I'm thoroughly enjoying this book. Prebble does it very well. I'm on my third go round listening to it and I'm getting rather strange looks from my co workers who don't realize I'm not listening to music on my mp3 player. They can't figure out why I'm grinning depending on what scene I'm listening to.
The heroine drove me crazy; I couldn’t wait for this to be over. She thought of everyone but her self to the point that it became ridiculous.
This book had a strong, but delicate female lead. It is a Historical Romance and has many elements of that. It caters to many readers. It was passionate and romantic. I enjoyed it.
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