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  • Son of a Duke

  • Spy Series, Book 1
  • By: Jessie Clever
  • Narrated by: Rachael Beresford
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

Society's most capable housekeeper, Eleanora Quinton, has a problem. Not only does a dead body fall right into the middle of her mistress' ball and her son get kidnapped by nefarious spies for Napoleon, but the only person who can help her also forces her to face her most secret fears. A spy himself, Nathan Black pulls the infallible housekeeper into a cyclone of espionage, intrigue, and danger. But the last thing Eleanora expects when the dead body hits the floor is love with the son of a duke.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story, narrator more of a reader

  • By Donna on 09-29-18

Enjoyed this very much!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-30-18

I enjoyed the story very much and Miss Rachael Beresford's narration. If The only thing that made me wonder was the inclusion of the heroine and other female characters with the work of the war office (historically, that is) but ... this did nothing to detract from my enjoyment. In fact, I'd say it's been one of my favorite historical romance reads (er, listens) in a while. I look forward to delving into more of her series!

  • Fireflies

  • By: P. S. Bartlett
  • Narrated by: Heather Jane Hogan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

Dr. Owen Whelan and his wife Sarah have seven bright and expressive children. However, one of them is very unique; he’s been followed since birth by lost souls. However peculiar Ennis Whelan has been for the first six years of his life, not until the day he found the bird did the degree of his strangeness become so tangible. Ennis claimed it flew away.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • audio book

  • By Soulful Phoenix on 10-26-18

Fireflies

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-01-18

I enjoyed this tale of a magical young man and his family during the 1800s. Particularly found the story of his Irish immigrant father intriguing, and also how the narrator handled their accents! That made the story come alive even more. I'm looking forward to reading more of P.S. Bartlett's work in the future. If you enjoy fantastical Irish tales, don't miss this one!

  • Jessamine's Folly

  • By: Suzanne G. Rogers
  • Narrated by: Stevie Zimmerman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198

After her estate is entailed away, Jessamine Foster has no choice but to live with relatives who detest her. When her aunt gives her an ultimatum to leave, Jessamine accepts a position as companion to Lord Kirkendale's sister - even though she's been warned her predecessors can't seem to resist the earl's exceptional good looks. Can Jessamine manage to hold on to her job without losing her heart?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful, Fun and Clean!

  • By A+D on 09-11-16

Jessamine's Folly

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-05-17

I enjoyed this book very much, both in the ebook and now audiobook formats. I felt for Jessamine, and found myself hoping she and Lord Kirkendale could get their happy ending. Do they? You'll have to listen to find out!

Sweet and providing just a hint of Gothic and attention to period details, the characters are well-drawn and I particularly liked the early 20th century period details. fans of late Victorian romance will find this a satisfying listen.

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  • Shadows of the Heart

  • By: Patty G. Henderson
  • Narrated by: Cathy Conneff
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

England during the early 1820s was a hostile place for unmarried women without family or home. After losing upper class standing because of her father's gambling habit and scandalous suicide, Annalee Stewart believes her fortunes improved when she is hired as companion to the young but sickly and frail Lady Lenore Blackstone. Although the adjustment from being a member of the wealthy class to finding oneself suddenly in service to it promises to be difficult, Annalee has no choice but to accept where fate has thrown her.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • LGBT romance in the victorian era

  • By Lomeraniel on 06-05-17

Intriguing Gothic romance

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-07-17

Shadows of the Heart is an intriguing story that I'm sure Gothic fans will love.

  • Midnight Marriage: A Georgian Historical Romance

  • By: Lucinda Brant
  • Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 387
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362

Two noble teenagers are married against their will. Drugged, Deb has no recollection of events. Disgraced, Julian is banished to the continent. Years later, Deb falls in love with a wounded duelist, only to discover it is her husband, returned incognito! Can Deb forgive his calculated deception? Will their marriage survive beyond seduction?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brant & Wyndham: A Winning Combination

  • By Lady Wesley on 09-09-15

Enjoyable

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-06-17

This is the first time I've read (or, actually listened to) Ms. Brant's work and I found it enjoyable. I particularly liked the heroine and felt for her, about the way her whole life worked out after *that night*-- really, sympathized for the whole situation she finds herself in.

Nonetheless, I found this a book I kept going back to, just to see how it all turned out. Mr. Wyndham, likewise, did a fabulous job narrating; I quite like his voice.

  • The Ice Captain's Daughter

  • By: S.G. Rogers
  • Narrated by: Rachel F. Hirsch
  • Length: 3 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

En route to her first season in London, however, a failed kidnapping sends Miss Jillian Roring into the arms of the most jaded bachelor in England. When Logan and Jillian unwittingly violate the rigid rules of propriety in Victorian-era England, he is obliged to make her an offer of marriage. Because she aspires to be more than an obligation, Jillian refuses the match. Logan follows her to London to woo her properly, but his scheming ex-fiance has other plans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Character Role

  • By Daniel Smith on 09-23-14

Ice Captain's Daughter

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-04-17

What made the experience of listening to The Ice Captain's Daughter the most enjoyable?

I enjoyed hearing the story in a new way.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jillian, of course! She's charming and sweet, with just a hint of spunk.

What does Rachel F. Hirsch bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I thought the way she voiced the characters was charming.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Ms. Rogers' work always contains a touch of humor that lifts my spirits.

Any additional comments?

I love Ms. Rogers' work and the Ice Captain's Daughter is no different. Her Regency Romance debut, The Ice Captain’s Daughter is a delightful Young Adult novella, well-researched and with some surprising elements. I also enjoyed Ms. Hirsch's Naration and found she lent the audiobook a charming air.

Coupled with Rogers’ signature hint of humor, I think her new title lends something to the sometimes stuffy genre of Regency Romance, that may hook a few younger readers to the genre. If you enjoy sweet, lighthearted romance, Suzanne G. Rogers’ The Ice Captain’s Daughter will be one to add to your listening list.

  • The Burning of Her Sin

  • Brenda Strange Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Patty G. Henderson
  • Narrated by: T.S.R. Carlson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6

Meet Brenda Strange. Wealthy. Dead Ringer for Princess Diana. Once a junior partner in a thriving, prestigious New Jersey law firm, she had everything going for her. But something went wrong. When a disgruntled client goes on a killing spree in the office, Brenda is counted among the dead. Except she came back. This is the first book in the Brenda Strange series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Creepy yet satisfying

  • By Musegardienne on 04-28-17

Creepy yet satisfying

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-28-17

Would you listen to The Burning of Her Sin again? Why?

Yes. Because I enjoy Patty's Supernatural mysteries.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes.

What does T.S.R. Carlson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Her performance added to the spookiness.

Any additional comments?

I found Patty's first Brenda Strange story very intriguing, and even sympathized with the ghosts. The story is very creepy at times--the house alone reminded me of something on the order of Anne Rice's The Witching Hour. And I think fans of supernatural mysteries will enjoy it. Do check her delightfully creepy book out!

  • The Secret of Lighthouse Pointe

  • By: Patty G. Henderson
  • Narrated by: Karen Rose Richter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

From the moment she stepped foot in the ominous and towering Gerard House, Constance Beechum sensed an evil chill that was far more deadly than the frigid blasts which had buffeted her on the way to Castine, Maine. She couldn't turn back. She had left nothing behind, not even a life-line. Her uncle had found her a job caring for the old and dying Lady Elizabeth Gerard. Although she hadn't an ounce of experience in nursing or caring for the ill, Constance had no choice but to accept the offer. She was penniless.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • new twist on old Gothics

  • By Musegardienne on 04-28-17

new twist on old Gothics

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-28-17

Would you consider the audio edition of The Secret of Lighthouse Pointe to be better than the print version?

The same, actually. Just more convenient for on-the-go.

What about Karen Rose Richter’s performance did you like?

I like how she handled the characters.

Any additional comments?

I found this quite an intriguing story. If you enjoy this genre, or indeed if you enjoyed Ms. Henderson's earlier Brenda Strange novels, I'm sure you'll be captivated by The Secret of Lighthouse Pointe too. If you've never read her before, I urge you to give this a try.

  • Larken

  • Graceling Hall Book 1
  • By: S.G. Rogers
  • Narrated by: Stevie Zimmerman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

>The sole survivor of a train accident, young Larken Burke is dubbed the Miracle Orphan. Four years later, however, her life is far from fortunate. Because of her emotional and physical scars, she believes she's not marriageable. With little hope for the future, she agrees to wed a gentleman she's never met. Unfortunately, his aloof manner proves difficult to bear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling Story & Great Narration!

  • By Lady M on 06-18-16

Larken audiobook

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-28-17

What made the experience of listening to Larken the most enjoyable?

I enjoyed the story very much, loved narrator Stevie Zimmerman's charming inflections and portrayal, especially, of Miles. If you like historical romance with a hint of intrigue, do check Larken out.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Larken--her imagination and spunk.

Which scene was your favorite?

The scene where Larken's playing in Brandon's drawing room.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The story about Brandon's brother.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed the story very much, loved narrator Stevie Zimmerman's charming inflections and portrayal, especially, of Miles. If you like historical romance with a hint of intrigue, do check Larken out!