On his way to interview for a position at a church in the Piney Woods of Texas, Crockett Archer can't believe it when he's forced off the train by an outlaw and presented to the man's daughter as the preacher she requested for her birthday. He's determined to escape - which would be much easier if he could stop thinking about Joanna Robbins and her unexpected request. For months, Joanna had prayed for a minister. A man to breathe life back into the abandoned church at the heart of her community. A man to assist her in fulfilling a promise to her dying mother. But just when it seems her prayers have been answered, it turns out the parson is there against his will....
Really fun characters in the story. The narrator, Cynthia Darlow, is truly unique and it is as if she was created to share that story! Darlow's narration added to the humorous elements of the story and made listening a joy. This story made me laugh and cry.
He was intrigued...Nathaniel Hammond, Earl of Beverton, is working to restore his new estate and aid his tenants. But everything changes when he meets the beautiful and mysterious Moira Dennison, a bold young woman who offers to hire him, unaware of his title, to help her find her fiancé. Curious and unable to resist, Nathan accepts her offer, keeping his true identity a secret, never dreaming of what the future held for him.
First a word about the performance. You know it's quite good when you forget that it is a woman portraying a man's voice. Although Jessica Elisa Boyd has the loveliest accent, you completely forget that there's even someone performing and instead get entirely wrapped up in the story. That is what the mark of a great performance.
The story is just what you would hope for in a romance novel without being entirely predictable. While some novels seen formulaic this story is nothing but delightful. The dialogue between characters is a specially well written, engaging and witty.
A vicar's 20-year-old daughter pays dearly for a single lapse in judgment. To avoid the scorn of local villagers, Charlotte Lamb wends her way to the forbidding Milkweed Manor on the outskirts of London. Concealing her identity, she finds refuge within the dank confines of this mysterious bastion of old secrets and new life. She soon encounters a former suitor, harboring secrets of his own. Firmly relying on God's strength, both resolve to protect their loved ones.
What disappointed you about Lady of Milkweed Manor?
Confession: I stopped listening four chapters from the end. Doesn't that seem crazy? I kept hoping it would get better, thought maybe since I'd listened this far that I should finish but then realized that it was ruining my taste for Audible. Such a depressing story. I study daily and listen for romance for an uplifting break. This was no break. I know some like to read depressing books. I am not one of them. Four chapters from the end and no real relationship that could be considered an intriguing romance. Just odd that it is in the Romance Package.
What do you think the narrator could have done better?
The narrator is a quality performer. His female voices, however, are too cartoonish.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Lady of Milkweed Manor?
Hard to say as the entire first 35 chapters of the book were basically one tragedy after another with no romance. I would cut this book from the romance category and put it somewhere else. The current category gives an unfair shake to the author. The author has skill.
RITA finalist Julie Klassen has earned numerous awards for her popular historical romance novels. In The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, pampered Margaret Macy flees her home in London to avoid marrying a dishonorable man. Now, with no money and no place to stay, Margaret does the unthinkable: she takes a job as a housemaid in the home of two brothers - both of whom are former suitors. As an “invisible” observer, Margaret realizes she may have misjudged one brother and wonders if it’s too late to win his admiration.
Loved the unpredictability of this literature. Where most of its sort are rather formulaic, this book didn't follow the usual pattern and that made it a delight. Hats off to the author!
The Bailey Flanigan series begins with Bailey leaving Bloomington for the adventure of a lifetime. She has won an audition for the ensemble of a Broadway musical in New York City. She's determined to take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, but is she really ready to leave family and friends for the loneliness of the city? And what of Cody? His disappearance has her worried about their future and praying that their love can survive.
My 3 stars may be too generous but I appreciate the Christ-focused aspect. One of the three performers made listening very hard. Her voice would be better cast for children's books. I sometimes got wrapped up in the tale but when it was her time to perform again, it abruptly yanked me out of the tale. I won't tell the ending but it ruined the story for me. The ending fell short because without an actual resolution it made the book feel plotless and more like rambling. This author has other books that are better.