Napoleonic France is no place for an Englishman, especially Michael Harcourt, the Earl of Kendal, who is on a clandestine assignment for the Crown. Already injured and facing imminent discovery by Napoleon and Fouche's men, Michael finds his escape made even more perilous when he is charged with the safety of a young boy who must be spirited out of Paris.
Desperate to escape the terrible fate that awaits her if she remains in France, Lady Gabrielle De Valmont must disguise herself as a boy and rely on the cunning of a virtual stranger - an Englishman, no less - to smuggle her out of the country. When the Earl's injury becomes severely infected, rendering him gravely ill, Gabrielle realizes it is now up to her to save them both.
A Cantata of Love is my favorite book in Jacki Delecki's Code Breaker Series. Set during the Napoleonic Wars, it is a fast-paced mystery set inside a historical romance package. What I love most about these books are the strong female characters: not only are the women beautiful, they are super smart and independent. Because this story picks up shortly after the third book in the Code Breaker Series, I highly recommend starting with the first book (A Code of Love) to better understand the overarching premise and interrelationships between the characters.
This story begins when Lady Gabrielle De Valmont is man-handled and propositioned by a feverish and delirious Lord Michael Harcourt, the greatest codebreaker in England. Lady Gabrielle nursed Michael back to health after he was shot and sought shelter in an Abbey (the nuns agreed to let him inside the abbey if he agreed to take a young boy with him when he left France and that boy was Gabrielle). Gabby was also hiding in an attempt to escape Napoleon's attempt to marry her off so he could gain control of her family's wealth. The rest of the story is figuring out who Michael and Gabby can trust, and how to stop an assassination plot to kill the Prince Regent.
Pearl Hewitt narrated this audiobook, as she has done with the other books in the series. She is simply outstanding. She provides differing voices for characters young and old, as well as male and female. Pearl has a spunk and sassiness in her readings that make listening very enjoyable. I am definitely looking forward to the next book in this engaging series?
typical of romance novels. used it to lull me to sleep at night. the narrator was good though.