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Publisher's Summary

The last time Olivia Martingale saw Menwin it was in Brussels on the eve of Waterloo. She had loved him then, but her love was not returned. Instead she yielded to the insistent Lord John Temperer, married him, and was left a widow.

With the war at last over, visiting John’s family seemed like a good idea. But John’s brother the Duke disliked her; John’s mother wanted to match-make for her… and into the middle of all this walked Menwin, filling the room with his presence. Olivia felt the old attraction rising again - until Menwin looked right through her as if she was not even worth noticing.

©1982 Madeleine Robins (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Author Comparable to Georgette Heyer

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The story is well written and very interesting. It's not just a fluffy piece that solely focusses on how people felt when the were near each other or gazing at each other across the room. It is an enjoyable submersion into the 1800s life.

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Badly written Georgette Heyer imitation

I really wanted to like this book, as the story sounded promising and I like the genre, but I had to give up after a couple of chapters. I can cope with the narrator making the occasional mispronunciation (there are several) but at the first incorrect use of language by one of the characters (a preposition misapplied to idiomatic speech) I cringed so badly I had to stop listening. That kind of error throws me out of the story to the extent that I can’t enjoy it. I’m a huge Georgette Heyer fan and she sets a very high standard for literary style, correct application of period language, and plain good penmanship, so maybe I’m a harsh judge!

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light romance

this was a very light Regency romance novel rather predictable but it was a nice listen while you're doing light housework

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Just ok

Rather predictable and bland story, but the narration didn’t annoy me. It became something to have on in the background rather than be engaged in.

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Good. Clean. Entertaining

It was a bit slow at the beginning so it was a little hesitant to continue but I’m glad I did. It was a quiet, believable story. Misunderstandings turned entertaining how everyone acquainted with both hero and heroine rally together to help them out in their amor.

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Heyer without the charm

It wasn't a bad book, there was nothing about it that was terrible or off-putting. It just wasn't good. The formulaic plot which you could guess from the beginning wouldn't have been bad if there had been any interest created. Somehow this book was just entirely devoid of charm. If you are looking for something similar to Heyer I would look elsewhere, this is the same plot without any of the joy.

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Lovely Romantic Romp

Many likable characters and lots of humorous badinage. Madeline Robins has written an engaging story, and Charlotte Cole does a good job narrating. Thank you both for a lovely evening as my companions while I see. 🥰

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Background noise at best

I really wanted to like it but it lacks charm and humor. There’s really no reason why the main character may be in love with another character. There's nothing about his actions, his character, his tastes that may give the reader any clue why he's such a catch. Olivia seems to just be very sweet and pretty. Everyone likes her except one person and nobody likes him so ... it’s fine? It was an okay slog until about halfway and then just got more unbearable. I did like how everyone seemed to make fun of the Duke for having a thing for older ladies but that was just about it.

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Enjoyed the story, but not the narrator.

I enjoyed the story very much in spite of the narrator’s errors in pronunciation. How did the editor not catch these?

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Well-written enjoyable love story. It wasn’t ruined by the narrator but her frequent mistakes in pronunciation and syntax were annoying and occasionally ludicrous.