Award-winning and New York Times best-selling author Mary Balogh delights fans with historical romantic tales that touch the heart. After her husband dies in a freak accident, Lady Gwendoline Muir never dreams she’ll love again. So when soldier-turned-nobleman Lord Hugo Trentham stirs feelings in her that have lain dormant for years, she can’t help but imagine his strong embrace. Hugo finds himself drawn to Gwen, but he’s never courted a woman before. Can he muster the right words to make Gwen open her heart and love once more?
©2012 Mary Balogh (P)2012 Recorded Books, LLC
Wow ! What a great book. This a very gentle and natual romance. I felt the progression of the romance and bond between the characters throughout the book. The main characters are well written and I enjoyed the strength of both. Even the other minor character are well written. I felt like I was a fly on the wall watching all the wonderful interactions.
The character voices
I was apprehensive at first on buying this book. But was very surprised how much I really liked it. It will be on my list to listen to again and again.
For me....it was just all around wonderfully done. From the story of Gwendoline and Hugo, (which is so gently and deeply told) down to the narration, which pushed it over the top!
You get to grow with them. Their struggles with each of their pasts, along with their struggles in their apprehension on becoming involved with each other because of their differences in status.(which I'll admit, I sometimes wanted to smack then upside the head with their back and forthness) :) But the love between them was always there when they were together. And I felt that in the stroy and the narration. It was warmly narrated, and I really enjoyed both the story and narration.
This is a real change to the usual 'Historical Romance' type books about one titled Lady and one deeply troubled, and mentally scarred, Military Officer. It's witty and charming and you can't help but empathise with the two main characters and you end up routing for them both. Hugo should be a dislikeable character but all his shortcomings actually just make you like him all the more.
It made me wonder if there will be more books covering the other members of the Survivor's Club? Narrator was brilliant.
I'm a huge Mary Balogh fan and, in my opinion, no paper was waisted on producing this book for us.
Worth a credit? It's one of those 'addictive' type books - once you start it you just can't stop so it's a definite Yes.
I've become a sucker for Audible. I love audiobooks, to the point of addiction. Especially a good romance audiobook... :)
This is one of my all-time favorite books. I will listen to it over and over for years to come.
The narrator Rebecca De Leeuw (also goes by Binca Amato) is on my top 3 list.
A gorgeous passionate and romantic story told by an amazing narrator. The perfect audiobook.
I'm addicted to audiobooks. I've listened to probably 300 (maybe more) audiobooks most of which are historical romances. Listening is much easier than reading and you can do other things while listening. When reading you can't do anything but read.
I don't know. Sometimes a narrator can make a bad book good and a good book bad, but I don't know about if it would really make any difference with this book.
Hugo. I loved the dry wit Ms. Balogh gave this character. There were several times I laughed out loud at either Hugo's comments or Hugo himself.
The scene where Hugo tells Gwen that he can't court her because she has a limp and it might embarrass him. Gwen laughed out loud at this comment and then brought it up again in another scene. People who can laugh at themselves are usually happy people.
Or maybe it was the few scenes where Hugo tells Gwen about his robust sexual appetites. It was so nice and honest and even funny. Gwen was quite taken aback, but trudged ahead with the conversation.
I did listen to this book in pretty much one sitting. I started listening very late one night and got to chapter to two and listened to the rest of the book the next day. I loved the book. I just couldn't stop listening.
Mary Balogh always makes one think. In this book she broaches thoughts and feelings of many soldiers who have blessed this earth and she has done it so eloquently.
Gwen and Hugo have a wonderful story. I'll listen to this story again and again. I loved it. I cannot wait to read the other Survivor's stories.
I certainly would. It kept my attention and did not drag in the middle. As a matter of fact I kept listening to it all weekend -- hard to put down.
No, I don't think so. She has a wonderful voice and was perfect. Loved listening to her narration.
This was a lovely story. It centered around two people who had experienced tragic experiences in their lives. They also came from different backgrounds. They were mature, not stupid, silly and clueless like so many characters in other books. Through love and caring they were able to work through their differences. Definitely worth a credit.
This book is better than some of hers.
Didn't read the print version
For a change, it showed the aristocrats from a middleclass perspective, as "hangers on" who tend not to have to be responsible for their futures because of their promised wealth either from their families or a potential spouse's family.
I liked that I didn't dislike her performance. She did a great job.
Yes, and it held my interest as I performed a very undesirable task of removing wallpaper yesterday. It made the task a little more tolerable.
I always enjoy Mary Balogh; I've read most of her books.
It may be the narrator, but this book was very low key, almost depressing... Not as fun as most Balogh novels.
Audible addicted love mystery,lately stuck on love story. Mother of 1 Labrador and 1 perfect man. Work way too hard, and so ready to be retired
I read the reviews and was excited about this book. Must admit was somewhat disappointed. Overall it was a good listen not over the top for me, the repeats of advents was a little much for me and I know he was a military man but it took part 2 of the story just for him to smile I believe she the author made him a little to hard, for me just ok but Rebecca was awesome as one of the main reason I purchase it.
A must listen to book!!
Excellant! I have just purchased two more books that she has narrated...
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