In the Garden of Temptation was the second book of Wicklund's that I read. (The first was Lord of Always -- a wonderful romance with a paranormal elem..Show More »ent.) I'm thrilled that In the Garden of Temptation, a riveting romance, is now available as an audio book.
Helen Lloyd's proper, starchy English accent lends itself to this story full of neat twists and turns.
Adam Stanford, Earl of Ashworth, is a man who is honorable and above reproach. He's always done the right thing. Then he meets the beautiful -- and married -- Lady Catherine Bourgeault, the beautiful, young wife of one of the most disreputable men in England.
Stunned by a passion and a love that no amount of conscience can deny, Catherine and Adam risk everything for a few moments of stolen bliss. Unknown to them, every event from their introduction to the consummation of their love has been orchestrated by Catherine's evil, demented husband for his own dark purpose.
When Baron Bourgeault finally springs his trap, Catherine is forced to break Adam's heart in order to save him. The baron whisks her away to his crumbling castle in the country. As he sinks deeper and deeper into his psychosis, Catherine knows that her life, and all she holds dear, may be forfeit unless the power of redeeming love can save her.
Wicklund has a way with women characters and the knack for presenting them as likable and honorable even when they may not be engaged in honorable actions. I understand these women, and I like them. Her talent with characters extends to men. In this book, she takes an honorable man and makes him behave dishonorably, but we don't care! We still like him. We understand how he is in the grip of a love he never expected to feel. We see his battle with his conscience.
Wicklund's book is captivating and Lloyd's narration brings the book to life.
What a great way to tell a story that rarely happened in that time but you want to hear about. There are women who beat out their society duties and t..Show More »his is a great show of the story in a complicated love story. Never too repetitious. Perfectly balanced.
Wonderful - I'm on to book 3 and 4 but the narrator's voice in those does not sound as nice and appeasing as this narrators. Great voice over work by the narrator fyi in this book and the first. Can't understand why the same person didn't voice all the books as is generally standard.
This book COULD have been great but, yet again, narration has let it down. It sounded like it was recorded in an empty room by a narrator who mispron..Show More »ounced so many words that she should be stopped from EVER EVER doing another book. (I notice she narrated Book 3 which had similar comments).
So please, please, please authors/publishers/Audible take note that the choice of a narrator for your book is so IMPORTANT to us listeners as they can either make or break a book so just spend a few measly minutes actually listening to the book yourselves and you will soon see what we have been subjected to by your obvious lack of attention to detail. What is the point of spending months and months writing a good book only to have it slaughtered in this way.
However, (I'm calmer now I've got that out of my system) the story was a good stand alone listen with some funny interesting characters who get involved in a fated marriage when the bride is told the groom only married her for her dowry (ooops) which stops the wedding night festivities because she thought they were marrying for love (ahhhh).
Worth a credit? Well it could have been, and may even have earned a worthy 5 stars (oh no here I go again - sorry) if it was narrated by any of the usual historical romance crew but Ms Bartlett's fault filled rendition has made it an unbearable listen - so that would be an unfortunate NO from me.