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Publisher's Summary

A beautiful duchess mourns for her beloved. A sun-bronzed merchant returns to claim a birthright. Disparate souls in need of love and renewal. Paths cross and the journey begins...

Hampshire, England, 1777: Antonia, Dowager Duchess of Roxton, has been mourning the loss of her soul mate for three long years. Her despair is all-consuming until into her life steps a devilishly handsome younger man. Unconventional and self-assured, wealthy merchant Jonathon Strang will stop at nothing to convince Antonia she can love again, and deeply.

©2011, 2014 (2nd edition) Lucinda Brant (P)2015 Lucinda Brant

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Superbly written

I absolutely LOVE how cleverly written this book is. I enjoyed every minute of it. I feel book 2 is better than even book 1 and I really liked book 1. The story was gripping, engaging and completely riveting. An older woman and a man 10 years her junior. A couple of very passionate scenes without LB getting verbally descriptive sexually which I feel adds to the story rather than take away. You will not go wrong with this book.

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Alex Wyndham narration is star quality!

The Autumn Duchess, what a perfect way to begin the season. I read this book several times over the years and it is a favorite in fact if I had to choose one of Lucinda Brant’s Roxton series to call my favorite this would be it. Ms. Brant’s skill as a story teller is always reinforced when I find myself completely lost in her books. This is Historical Romance at its best. If you care for impeccable research, terrific writing, and characters that you can fall in love with, it doesn’t get any better. This can be enjoyed as a standalone novel, but what fun would that be? Start from the beginning and be transported back to opulent Georgian England.
As for Alex Wyndham, he more than narrates this series he inhabits each character and brings them completely to life, a performance that only enhances Brant’s vivid and lively writing style. I understand there is more to come from these two, and I for one cannot wait!

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Fabulous read

Where does Autumn Duchess rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Autumn Dutchess ranks in my top favorites along with all her other novels. Each one is richly detailed and full of vividly real characters. The stories take you into wonderful worlds full of history and unexpected events. Her books do not fall into the typical stereotypes and plot lines. Her characters dont just fall in love they learn and grow together. Reading the books in order is important. Do not deny yourself the pleasure of meeting her charactes and joining her world. Alex Wyndham is a superb narrator, perfectly bringing her people and facinating world to life. Intricate stories, with unexpected twists but satisfying plot lines are signature Lucinda Brant.

Who was your favorite character and why?

In this book the Dutchess continues to shine as a facinating lady with great humour and sensitivity. I love that she is off balance in this book and of course I love the great character of Jonathan who defies all convention and does not back down to anyone

What does Alex Wyndham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Alex is a part of the stories now, he too has become a main character in the series. His range of voices, his timing and his care of the narrative make him an essential part of the family. He becomes the hero of each book and his understanding of all these strong men communicates beautifully through his wondeful voice.

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

When Jonathan found her in the mausoleum after the torture was so moving and emotive.

Any additional comments?

Lucinda Brant is a master of all the elements in writing Historical Fiction. Her writing is fluent and captivating, bringing all the threads together to weave great books

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Can True Love Be Shared Twice?

Would you listen to Autumn Duchess again? Why?

Yes! The scene descriptions are phenomenal. I also love the way this narrator has capture the story in its entirety.

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Antonia, Dowager Duchess of Roxton, still young after 27 years of marriage, must start life anew without her husband. Her heart is so pained, she is unable to leave mourning even three years after his passing. She often visits the mausoleum where her husband is entombed.

Her son, nearing the end of his tether, has decided to threaten her—taking away privileges dear to her heart. I admit, Antonia was rather spoiled. A duchess and coddled most of her life, she now faces changes – some fearful and some unsettling. She shows her meddle, tempered with wisdom when facing these fears and heartache.

Where son is unable to pull Antonia out of her melancholy, a merchant, Jonathan Strang, does. Jonathan starts his association with Antonia brashly, shocking Antonia a bit from her stupor. He has an agenda for meeting the woman, but straightaway becomes intrigued, wishing to know the woman hiding under the garb of duchess. She in turn, is confused, angered, amused and eventually touched by the person he is.

I didn’t like Julian, Antonia’s son, as I did in book two. He acted entirely unfair and harshly when dealing with his mother. But readers, there is a reason, and Julian, duke of Roxton reprieves himself– somewhat.

Jonathan Strang took my heart this time. He is a man of deep waters, wonderful with children, honorable to a fault and does not tolerate hurting a woman. Yes, he won my heart completely!

Rich in description and authenticity, the opulence and excessive luxury of the story is part of the allure of this listen, coating your throat like a fine port—smooth with a slow burn.

Additionally, you will be kept amused by the rather arrogant and outlandish remarks from various characters to the most proper and dry butler who sees all and sees nothing. You will revel in the whirlwind lives of those gossipmongers who spin truths with lies. It makes my head spin.

You will be privy to scenes of such poignant and pure selfless love…and you will discover nothing is more important than family and love.

Narrator Alex Wyndham is so much a part of this series I would want no other to take his place. He captures the French accent spoken in English charmingly, and depicts the many nuances of emotions found in this era of excesses. I enjoyed his children’s voices and particularly the ennui of the aristocratic gentlemen’s voice. A fine production, indeed.

Note: I found I enjoyed the speed of the complete saga at speed 0.75x. It allows the words and divine voice of Mr. Wyndham time to appreciate.

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Autumn Duchess Is Wonderful

I have read, "Autumn Duchess" a number of times and loved the story so very much. Just imagine to my delight to hear Alex Wyndham's marvelous voice in the character of all of the people I have come to know, admire and love! His voice takes on the great sadness that Antonia, Dowager Duchess of Roxton, feels after the loss of her great love, the Fifth Duke of Roxton, now going on three years. Her friends and even her oldest son begin to wonder about her sanity. Than Jonathan Strang, a bronzed, devilishly handsome merchant who is a decade younger than her pursues Antonia, and is bound and determined to make her his bride to the surprise of Antonia and to her oldest son who is now the Sixth Duke of Roxron who is bound and determined to run the "wolf" away from his mother. Will Antonia give into her emotions and desires that suddenly have come alive by Jonathan or will she remain alone and determined to remain loyal to her dead husband. You must read and than listen to Autumn Duchess, by Lucinda Brant. You will fall in love with the "The Roxton Family Saga" which this is the third book of the series.




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I am rapidly running out of superlatives . . .

. . . to describe the audiobooks produced by author Lucinda Brant and actor Alex Wyndham, but "sublime" comes to mind here.

Everything about this book works: the plot, the characters, the setting. Alex Wyndham's performance is just the icing on the cake.

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Absolutely excellent!

The story development, character development out of this world. Very emotional story. Just a wonderful wonderful story.

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Incredible narration and beautiful story!

Lucinda does it again- such an amazing story! I love Jonathan and the Dowager Duchess. This has been my favorite story of the series so far! The narration done by Alex is spot on with each character. This novel is a favorite of mine now. Definitely a reread and re-listen!

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I loved this love story!!

Every time I listen to a Lucinda Brant book performed by Alex Wyndham I am certain that it was my favorite until I read a new one and I am proven wrong. This is the second book in The Roxton Family Saga and it features Antonia Roxton, Dowager Duchess of Roxton. She lost her beloved husband Renard three years ago. Renard was 20 years older than her when they married, she was 18. Their love for each other was a once in a lifetime love and she misses him desperately. She is still mourning him, wearing blacks and spending hours talking to him each day at the mausoleum where he buried. Julian, the current Duke of Roxton is at his wit's end trying to get his mother to rejoin the living and get on her with her life. The only time she seems happy is when she is with her grandchildren. Roxton decides to deny her their visits until she gives up her blacks and rejoins Society.

Jonathan Strang Leven is a very wealthy merchant who has returned to England from India with his daughter. He is unexpectedly inheriting a Scottish Dukedom and a bankrupt estate in Scotland. While he waits for the ancient Duke in Scotland to die he has decided to launch his daughter in Society. He also plans to get back the estate that was stolen from his family by the 4th Duke of Roxton a century ago. He is a self-made man who has no care for what people think of him. He is handsome, witty, kind, and honest to a fault. When he spots Antonia at a party he is spellbound. She is the most beautiful woman he has ever seen and desperately wants to meet her.

Antonia is only at the party because her son insisted. When a tall handsome man walks up to her and asks her to dance she is shocked. She is still wearing her blacks and they have not been introduced. When Julian steps in front of her and tells the stranger that his mother is not dancing, Jonathan steps around the Duke and holds out his hand. To everyone's surprise, Antonia accepts and dances with him. Jonathan is enthralled with Antonia and is determined to see her again. He invites himself to her home to have tea and the campaign to win her heart begins.

Antonia doesn't know what to make of Jonathan and his pursuit of her. She will never marry again. He is also younger than her and doesn't understand what he wants from her. Jonathan can make her laugh like no one has in a long time. Some of the conversations that they have are laugh out loud funny. I also loved the conversations that Jonathan had with himself. He knows that he has to take it slow with Antonia, but his brain, heart and vital organ disagree on the timeline and the arguments he has with them are hysterical. Jonathan knows that he loves Antonia and will do whatever he has to make her his wife. They are both strong-minded people who will test the boundaries of their relationship with each other and with their families. Jonathan is a patient man and will wait as long as he has to to make Antonia his.

I laughed and cried while listening to Alex Wyndham performing all the different characters, I especially loved the children and hope they all get their own stories. When he is performing you forget that the voices you are hearing are all his.

The lesson in this story is that even though you have had the love of your life and will never love anyone like you loved him there is still a chance to have another love in your life. Antonia thought her life was over until a completely different kind of man entered her life and showed her that she could have love again and that Jonathan would never take the place of Renard and the love they had. Their love is new and their life together was going to be wonderful in a completely different way.

Jonathan was an amazing character who knew that he could make Antonia happy. He was gentle while being relentless and he used humor to make her laugh and steal his way into her heart. There are perilous moments in this story that will make you gasp and moments of courage that will make you cheer. This was a beautiful story with heartbreaking despair and life-affirming love.

Do not miss one book in this wonderful series. I have a copy of Renard's and Antonia's story, Noble Satyr and I can't wait to read their love story. Thank You, Lucinda, for an amazing love story.

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love,love,love

Love this series. Lots of love and Historical happenings. Great narration. Can't wait for the next one.

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  • DragonRose UK
  • 10-17-15

Perfection Plus!

Where does Autumn Duchess rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Autumn Duchess ranks at the top end of the audiobooks I have listened to so far. Alongside every book written by Lucinda Brant and narrated by Alex Wyndham. They make the perfect team, because Lucinda writes such emotional, exciting stories, and Alex brings them to life. It's better than watching a movie because you can picture the scenes in your mind as Alex portrays every character perfectly.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Although I should say Jonathon Strang is my favourite character, after all, he is the hero in the story, he is actually only my second favourite. Antonia, the Dowager Duchess of Roxton is first! What an emotional character she is. She is French (Alex's French accent is wonderful) and she is such a free thinking woman, fair to all except at times herself. When she loves, she loves unconditionally and deeply. She has been a widow for 3 years, yet is still in deep mourning for her husband, still wearing widow's clothes, and with no thought to ever marrying again. She is content to live in the Dowager House on the Roxton Estate, spending as much time with her grand children as possible. When Jonathon Strang comes along he turns her life upside down, and their story is made all the more intriguing purely because of her personality and strength of character. She is an amazing woman.

Have you listened to any of Alex Wyndham’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I have listened to every book that Alex has done for Lucinda Brant, and you can't compare them because each one is a pleasure to listen to because in each one Alex performs the characters perfectly.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

One grieving woman, one determined man, can Jonathon Strang help Antonia, Dowager Duchess of Roxton live her life to the full again.

Any additional comments?

The many voices that Alex can produce for all the characters amaze me. He can go from a very low pitched man's voice, to a small child's voice and does each character justice. Even his women's voices are believable, the beautiful young ladies tender, sweet voices, to the old womens voices that are gossiping, or being outraged, they are done to perfection. The passionate, romantic scenes that he narrates, especially when he is narrating Jonathon's parts are absolutely swoon worthy! He brings so much emotion to each character too that when he is reading a particularly emotional scene, I am brought to tears, sometimes happy ones, sometimes sad! Not just a sign of some wonderfully written scenes, but narrated exactly as I am sure Lucinda wanted.
Lucinda's stories and their characters are full of depth, well researched, and although can easily be read or listened to as stand alone stories, it's wonderful to read/listen to the other books in the series too, both for the joy of the characters interactions and for the fact that Alex is the narrator. Together Lucinda and Alex make the perfect writing/narrating team!

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  • 01-21-18

Another fantastic story by Lucinda Brant

As always, Lucinda captures the reader/listener with intriguing characters, great plots, amusing moments, sad moments and great adventures.

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  • Sharon B
  • 05-23-17

Emotional and brilliant

This is the most emotive book in the series
Love second time around
Antonia and Jonathan are soul mates raising from the sadness of loss
Alex Wyndham is awesome as always

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-04-17

Heartwrenching and sweet (Lord Leven)

Great continuity from previous books.
Astoundingly good. You really get a feel for how expectations and trends change over a lifetime.
I love how all of the characters remain true to their personalities in all of the books.
My favourite period drama of all time.
Excellent.

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  • 06-11-16

Interesting

Not something I normally listen to but worth a listen to - interesting and slightly like georgette heyer

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  • Caz
  • 10-18-15

Wonderful story, fabulous narration - perfect!

AUTUMN DUCHESS is a lovely, gently moving story about finding love again and about rebuilding family relationships that have deteriorated under the strain of grief.

Antonia, dowager Duchess of Roxton lost the husband she dearly loved three years previously, but refuses to put off her mourning or to re-enter society, much to the distress of her son (hero of Midnight Marriage). It's only when she meets the strapping, handsome - and ten years younger - merchant Jonathon Strang that she finds someone who understands the depth of her grief and the need she still feels to continue to remember her late husband. Jonathon gradually coaxes Antonia back to the land of the living, and the gently moving love story between the couple is a true delight. Tender and poignant, but not without its heated moments, it is underscored beautifully by their growing friendship and their shared understanding of what it means to love, to lose and to grieve.

Lucinda Brant's grasp of historical detail is once again used to excellent effect, especially in a small sub-plot concerning the possible involvement of one of Antonia's nephews with a revolutionary movement, but the focus is very much the evolving romance between Antonia and Strang, which is wonderful.

Alex Wyndham delivers another truly fine performance here, giving each character a distinct voice according to age and situation. He adopts a slight but consistent French accent for Antonia which sounds pretty authentic, and his interpretation of Jonathon only adds to the character's all-round gorgeousness, his own smooth baritone expertly conveying the man’s good sense, wit, kindness and sensuality.

While this is the third book in a series, it's easy to listen to as a standalone, as there is enough backstory included to keep the new listener suitably informed. But I think that once you've listened to one audiobook from this superb author/narrator team, you won't be able to stop at just one.

Highly recommended.

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  • Ros H.
  • 06-20-18

Excellent Romance Novel

I truly enjoyed listening to this novel which is a continuation of Midnight Marriage. I actually enjoyed this novel more, I’m not quite sure why as they are both excellent books.
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves an historical romance. It had me in tears in parts and others I was smiling with joy.
The two main characters are the Dowager Duchess Antonia and a very tall handsome Jonathan Strange.
I’m looking forward to reading the next novel to find out what happens to their families
Highly recommend

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  • Victoria Hunt
  • 12-23-17

Satisfying in every way

Antonia' next chapter, the wonderfully confident and self-possessed Johnathan, the respect paid to past characters, the old duke in particular, were all wonderfully satisfying. And all this made perfect by Alex Wyndham's characterisations, performance and just...voice. Next (Audible) book in the series already cued up ready to go.

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  • Kerry
  • 10-17-16

Great Story

Very well written and narrated. I didn't know however until the end that this was book 3 but it didn't matter it was still easy to follow. Johnathon's character was very likeable he was very perceptive at times which really impressed me. The verbal sparring between the two main characters made the book extremely entertaining. I highly recommend

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-16-16

worth savouring over several dishes of coffee.

My goodness.... can she tell a story! Roxton saga is every bit as good as Salt.