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The Daughter of Union County Audiobook

The Daughter of Union County

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Publisher's Summary

Fourteen years after the end of slavery, Lord Henry Hardin and his wife, Lady Bertha, enjoy an entitled life in Union County, Arkansas. Until he faces a devastating reality: Bertha is unable to bear children. If Henry doesn't produce an heir, the American branch of his family name will die out. So Henry, desperate to preserve his aristocratic family lineage, does the unthinkable.

When Salome, Henry's colored mistress, gives birth to a white-skinned, blue-eyed daughter, Henry orders a reluctant Lady Bertha to claim the child as their own...allowing young Margaret to pass into the white world of privilege.

As Margaret grows older, unaware of her true parentage, devastating circumstances threaten to shroud her in pain and shame...but then, ultimately, in revelation. Despite rumors about Margaret's true identity, Salome is determined to transform her daughter's bitter past into her secure future while Henry goes to extraordinary lengths to protect his legacy. Spanning decades and generations, marked by tragedy and redemption, this unforgettable saga illuminates a family's fight for their name, for survival, and for true freedom.

©2016 Francine K. Howard (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    LDUB 03-02-17
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    "Didn't like the narration"

    The narration was very stilted and at times I was too distracted by this to enjoy the story.

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    PamO 09-16-16
    PamO 09-16-16
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    "TERRIBLE Narrator, and ok story"

    The basics of the story were interesting, but the heroine was so insipid that you just wanted to choke her! ( figuratively, of course)
    The time jumps were a little jarring. But basically, the narrator was so boring that it made the book boring. I'm curious as to whether or not I would have liked the book better if I had read it in print format. I'm sure I couldn't have liked it any less.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    D. Long 08-31-16
    D. Long 08-31-16 Member Since 2016
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    "too graphic"

    narrator was wonderful. at times I thought the sex scenes were needlessly and disturingly graphic.

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    Sonya 10-06-16
    Sonya 10-06-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Narration was worse than the writing."

    The narration of this book makes this even more unbearable to get through. The only good thing about "The Daughter of Union County" was that is was free.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Nan 07-22-17
    Nan 07-22-17
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    The story was ok but slow and very disjointed. The narrator screwed up a lot and was very monotone.

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    Susan Weston McMillan Sarasota, FL USA 06-12-17
    Susan Weston McMillan Sarasota, FL USA 06-12-17 Member Since 2014

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    "Fascinating, riveting story"

    I truly enjoyed this book. My only criticism is the narrator needs to raise the volume and intensity of her voice when the story calls for it. She always sounded calm even when the characters were shouting or upset.

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    Carol Marshall 06-03-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Fascinating"

    I appreciated the incite the author shared and the narrator incorporated in her rendition. Thank you.

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    Betty 05-06-17
    Betty 05-06-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Daughter of Union County"

    My white heart wept for the shameful ways blacks were treated some 100 200 years ago. It wasn't right, but I got to feel it first hand through the chapters of this book. To those of the past, I'm sorry; but to those now and the future "Be better!"

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    Susan Vincent 05-04-17 Member Since 2012
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    "On and on and on"

    I'm from the south and the storyline and characters although interesting were so lack luster and predictable. The performance was reasonable but the voices were hard to distinguish from one another.

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    Alvin Bowen 05-02-17
    Alvin Bowen 05-02-17 Member Since 2007
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    "Not a good book. Even worse performance."

    I really don't like writing bad reviews. Normally, I just let the ones I don't like just pass on through and try to find a better one for the next listen. But, if people look at reviews before they listen, then please avoid this one. The story is weak and disjointed; the characters flat and inconsistent; the dialog absurd - and the performance among, if not the worst I've ever listened to. I made myself finish this, but I wish I hadn't.

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