Setting: Scotland & England, 1810 Genre: Romance Narration was average. I am beginning to be able to tolerate Anne Flosnik more. I was disapp..Show More »ointed that the heroine didn't have a Scottish accent (the book described her speech as specifically English) because Ms Flosnik does an excellent performance of that accent. This was the first Catherine Coulter book I have read/ listened to, and I was so disappointed! But my sister recommends her, especially in contemporary, so I'll give her a try in a different genre. The plot sounded interesting, but execution not so much. The heroine, Frances was so recalcitrant, I wanted to sit her down and give her a firm talking to. Others mentioned that the sex was forced, almost rape-like, but I took a different view. It was 1810, when it wasn't unusual for a woman to enter into an arranged marriage, specially to continue the line. By law, a marriage wasn't legal until it had been consummated. Both her father and step-mother had told her to do her duty, to acquiesce in the production of an heir. Philip knew this was a necessary part of the marriage, and he actually apologized for what he had to do. His big sin was assuming that a lady could not/should not enjoy sex, so there was no way Frances was going to enjoy his method. Even he did not enjoy it. It wasn't until his mistress told him that he should approach his marriage bed as he would her bed that he changed his ways. The romance was the main impetus for the story. But Frances' hostility and Philip's neglect and almost willful ignorance were so irritating I barely made it through. I got Calypso Magic in the same BOGO sale and I am reluctant to listen to it, if the characters are as hostile to one another as is the case in Midsummer Magic. No, don't waste the credit. If you haven't had experience with Catherine Coulter, this may put you off what I am told is a good author. If you already like her, this will likely disappoint you.
This book starts with the rape of a young girl by 8 men in hoods and continues on to tell the story of a pig headed man who doesn't listen to his wife..Show More » when she says no to sex. Of course he convinces her (by kissing her in just the right place) that "no" means "yes," then steals her fortune, and they go on to fall madly in love, solve the crime and live happily ever after. This is one of those books that gives historical romance a bad name. Personally? I'm not an Anne Flosnik fan either and probably would not have ordered this had I realized her nasal voice would have to be tolerated. I almost stopped listening after the first twenty minutes but decided to finish so I could honestly warn other romance fans that this one is problematic.