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Publisher's Summary

Davenport House is the first book in a family saga following the wealthy Davenports and their servants in 1915 America.

Mary Davenport is a 22-year-old idealist who worries that the world in the Progressive Era is leaving her behind. She lives isolated in the Pennsylvania countryside with her affluent and secretive family. When her father dies suddenly, Mary becomes pained with grief and increasingly suspicious of those around her.

A humble servant girl has the chance of a lifetime to become a lady's companion. Costly dresses, exquisite rooms, and fine dinners are pleasant distractions from what is really happening in the house.

©2016 Marie Silk (P)2017 Marie Silk

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Pleasant period drama/mystery

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This is an easy to listen to, uncomplicated period drama/mystery. Although this book is a part of a series, it is enjoyable on its own. All the characters from the maids to the disagreeable mother are realistic and the plot is plausible. I can imagine the following books will expand on the mystery and romance that links all the characters.
The narrator is pleasant to listen to and I enjoyed the voices she gave to each character.
I have never read or listen to a book by this author or narrator. I would definitely listen to the remaining books in this series and consider other books by this author or narrator.
This book gave me the feeling I was listening to a story about a neighbour of Downton Abbey.
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Interesting Period Drama

Mary Davenport is a sheltered young woman living in a small Pennsylvania town in 1915. Her family owns a large estate, and her father is one of her closest friends. One day, her father summons her to the library to tell her that things around the estate will be changing. Mary notices her father is very ill and becomes concerned.

Mary's maid Clara has lived at Davenport House all her life. Clara dreams of a life greater than what she has, and her work and a secret engagement aren't enough to satisfy her. When her mother gives her a beautiful gown and tells her that she's been elevated to a new position in the house, Clara thinks that her dreams are finally coming true. But Mr. Davenport passes away before Clara learns about her new position, and the household descends into chaos when foul play is suspected.

This was a clean period drama that could be read as a standalone. The plot was similar to a Gothic romance. The writing was simple and straightforward. The mystery was easily solved, but I enjoyed the journey. I thought Mary was likable and was really worried for her well-being a time or two! She matured a lot through the book and I'm curious to read the rest of the series to see what's in store for the family.

The narration was really well done, Allyson Voller has the perfect voice to portray Mary and Clara. Her voice is pleasant and immersed me in the story. I received a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review.

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Hard to listen to...

What would have made Davenport House better?

I only got a few chapters into this book before I gave up listening to it. As other reviewers stated, the story is so stilted it was quickly frustrating.

Would you ever listen to anything by Marie Silk again?

Doubtful

How did the narrator detract from the book?

She has a pleasant voice and may be better with a different book. I had to stop listening because of all the "said Mary", "said Mrs. Davenport" etc. I found this very annoying..

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I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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Davenport 1

This was a really fun,lite read.Mary is a young woman who has to face some terrible events after her father dies.Secrets come out of the woodwork.Allyson Voller was a terrific narrator.“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

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This story grows on you!

At first I was not sure that I would finish the book, but the story kept getting more interesting,so I needed to know who did it! I also liked it that the chapters were not long, and I could stop in between chapters. I appreciate the fact that there is no crude, offensive or vulgar language, thank you Marie! I definitely would like to listen to the rest of the series!

Allyson Voller did an excellent job narrating this story. She has a very clear and pleasant voice and her female character interpretations are amazing!

I received this audio-book free for an honest review by the author, narrator, or publisher. Thank you!!!

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Great historical

Very entertaining listen. There's mystery, drama, and romance. The narrator was excellent, bringing emotion and life to the characters. I received a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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A great read

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I have absolutely loved this audiobook.
The story is great. I couldn't stop listening to this one which I must admit doesn't happen often to me.

I find the narrator did a fantastic job.

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A tale of drama and intrigue

What an interesting bunch of characters full of flaws and quirks. Just as I was thinking, ;I'm not sure I like that character' they'd do something that showed them in a new light. I was impressed with the multifaceted views and the fact that the characters showed their humanity.

The setting is vivid and creates beautiful mental images.

The plot is well planned and shows a lot of thought. I found some parts predictable and other parts took me by surprise.

Overall it was an enjoyable story to listen to.

The narration was well done, the character voices were excellent, it was easy to tell who was speaking and the overall delivery was a great match for the story.

This book was supplied free by the author/narrator/publisher and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.

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Davenport House

Davenport House reminded me of Downton Abbey.

I did enjoy the story, but I struggled with how some of the writing was. At times, it came off as choppy and formal. Almost robotic at times. Once I was able to move beyond that, I found that I really was invested in the characters and I would certainly like to find out where the storyline goes.

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Rough listen

This book was a difficult listen. At first, I thought it was because the narration seemed a bit robotic. The more I listened, I discovered the narrator did an awesome job considering the material in which she was given. She gave all the flat, undeveloped characters different voices but the stilted dialogue makes it just sound strange. I understand the book is set in a different era, but none of the characters use a single contraction; also, the servants have the same speech as the more affluent characters they serve....just doesn't, or shall I say does not ring true.

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