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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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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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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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too graphic

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

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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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.

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Awful

I couldn’t listen further than the first chapter. The accents attempted by the narrator and the characters in the story are just the worst. Not worth the effort to download.

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  • Marilyn
  • Bunker Hill, WV, United States
  • 03-28-18

Did Captain Kirk do narration coaching?

Mediocre storyline, terrible narration. Better narration may have saved this one for me, as the story was alright.

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What a great listen.

This was a great listen for historical reasons and also for character building. I really enjoyed following the life challenges of the Hardens.

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Couldn’t finish

So dull.... couldn’t force myself to finish it... don’t waste your credit! Wish I could return it!

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Plodding along

The story was ok but slow and very disjointed. The narrator screwed up a lot and was very monotone.

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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.