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Joanna Shupe returns to New York City’s Gilded Age, where fortunes and reputations are gained and lost with ease - and love can blossom from the most unlikely charade.

With the fate of her disgraced family resting on her shoulders, Lady Christina Barclay has arrived in New York City from London to quickly secure a wealthy husband. But when her parents settle on an intolerable suitor, Christina turns to her reclusive neighbor, a darkly handsome and utterly compelling inventor, for help.

Oliver Hawkes reluctantly agrees to a platonic marriage...with his own condition: The marriage must end after one year. Not only does Oliver face challenges that are certain to make life as his wife difficult, but more importantly, he refuses to be distracted from his life’s work - the development of a revolutionary device that could transform thousands of lives, including his own.

Much to his surprise, his bride is more beguiling than he imagined. When temptation burns hot between them, they realize they must overcome their own secrets and doubts and every effort to undermine their marriage, because one year can never be enough.

©2018 Joanna Shupe (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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It's amazing how much damage a bad narrator can do. The narrator for this audiobook, Carmen Rose has a weird musical way of finishing each phrase and sentence exactly the same. It is, in fact, musical, but so distracting that it's hard to concentrate on the story line.

This was essentially a Marriage of Convenience, which is a favorite trope of mine. Deaf millionaire Oliver Hawkes marries Lady Christina Barclay to save her from her money-grubbing parents and a really horrible octogenarian "groom." I enjoyed it, but wasn't drawn into the story as much as I should've been because of the bad narration.

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new Yorkers sound like ....

the book was good and touches on the issues of the time. but the narrator gives new Yorkers a westeran accent

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  • 03-05-21

Brilliant story nearly ruined by awful narration

I had to buy the Kindle edition to finish this story because I couldn't stand the narrator. The story itself is dramatic, romantic and compelling with great characters, but the plodding narration had the emphasis and intonation all wrong so that the whole story became more about the narrator's cyclical rhythm of speech than about any emotion or intent within the text.

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  • Helen Reeves
  • 08-19-19

The narration is awful

I’ve only just started this book and I feel I have wasted one credit on it - the narration is awful- I am thinking of downloading it on Kindle to read as I’m really not enjoying listening to it.