I truly enjoyed this book until I got to the end and found much of the plot left unresolved. I would not have found this nearly as annoying as I do i..Show More »f the second book had been available. Unfortunately it wasn't, and still isn't.
One of those books that makes you even want to have laundry to do just to give you an excuse to listen while you work. Justine Eyre is a great narrat..Show More »or and, again, makes you think you are listening to a full cast performance. Lily and Eberlin made me fall in love with their love.
It's not often that I desperately want to skim to the ending to make sure there's a happy one, but this book brought the Devil out in me (I know I kno..Show More »w it's taboo). However, I did resist knowing that the journey of true love is what we romantics love so much so I persevered through the hours of torturous listening disbelieving events that unfold but still holding a firm belief that Julia London will make it all right in the end.
This is one of the best love stories I've listened to with very likeable H/H, a despicable husband, a selfish younger sister and other secondary characters both likeable and dislikable. As Olivia endures a physically and mentally abusive marriage the Estate Steward Harrison's pain and frustration grows at the events because he has been silently in love with her forever... but one day he snaps and nothing will ever be the same again. This is a tragic passionate tale of love, duty, sacrifice, honor, romance and of course scandal but, as all the twists and turns unfold, you become engrossed in this emotional, but very touching, tender and enjoyable story.
I've listened to these out of order but I don't think it matters however I am about to listen to book 4 The Last Debutante so maybe this will change.
Worth a credit? It would easily have been a YES but my $10 rule applied so. I just bought it and saved my credit for a more expensive, but maybe not more enjoyable, listen.
I can admit that I have wanted to read this book since first seeing the blurb in the Julia London newsletter. I hadn't read but one of her other Hadle..Show More »y Green series but the blurb stuck in my mind and wouldn't let go. Learning it was going to be simultaneously released in audio, narrated by one of my favorite narrators EVER--Justine Eyre--sealed the deal.
However, it did not turn out as well as I had anticipated. I had several problems with and I'm not sure if it is because I listened to it and these issues just sounded worse when said out loud or if the book and myself never connected. I didn't like the grandmother. Although I don't condone corporal punishment upon the elderly, I wouldn't have blinked if that woman had gotten slapped. Hard. She came off as shifty and seriously whacked. Like two faces of Eve, medication is never going to fix this, eventually kill people in their sleep, whacked.
The narration really brought out the faults in this story for me. Whether that was due to narrator interpretation or bad writing, I don't know. I personally don't think it was the narrator's fault. Eyre's performance was quite pleasant. I could tell the difference in the males and females, Scottish and English, and the main characters personalities (unfortunately) shown through clearly. Her pacing flowed, the pauses were natural and there were no noticeable inhalation of breaths. She was Morgan Freeman in a Mike Meyers movie, too cool to be contained...
I don't know if I will read another Julia London title after this. I may if the library gets a copy and I can read it. I do know I won't be listening to any more of them if given the opportunity. It is sometimes easier to ignore a story's weaknesses when you read it; like in real life, it's much harder to ignore it when someone else points it out.