Regular price: $24.47

Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free.
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price.
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love.
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel.
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month.
OR
In Cart

Publisher's Summary

When Aurelie Harcourt's father dies in debtor's prison, he leaves her just two things: his wealthy family, whom she has never met, and his famous pen name, Nathaniel Droll. Her new family greets her with apathy and even resentment. Only the quiet houseguest, Silas Rotherham, welcomes her company.

When Aurelie decides to complete her father's unfinished serial novel, writing the family into the story as unflattering characters, she must keep her identity as Nathaniel Droll hidden while searching for the truth about her mother's disappearance - and perhaps even her father's death.

Author Joanna Davidson Politano's stunning debut set in Victorian England will delight listeners with its highly original plot, lush setting, vibrant characters, and reluctant romance.

©2017 Joanna Davidson Politano (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    18
  • 4 Stars
    16
  • 3 Stars
    2
  • 2 Stars
    5
  • 1 Stars
    4

Performance

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    23
  • 4 Stars
    11
  • 3 Stars
    2
  • 2 Stars
    4
  • 1 Stars
    4

Story

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    18
  • 4 Stars
    14
  • 3 Stars
    5
  • 2 Stars
    3
  • 1 Stars
    4
Sort by:
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

I can’t take the narration

I’m giving the story the benefit of the doubt. It seems to ramble often. However, this may be due to insufferable narration. Like the critic in the story says, she sounds like a constantly whining child. I kept putting this story aside whenever it became too unbearable. But mama didn’t raise a quitter.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Jackee
  • Goovigen, Australia
  • 01-28-18

Boring

I didn't even finish this book. The characters where, well dull. And the story line was there but needed work.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Amazing

Great narrator and story! I love the voice, accent, and writing. Seems to fit the genre well!

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

Weirdly Un-cohesive

There's a good story in this with some really solid ideas and an interesting narrative structure. I liked the debter's prison aspect and the characters were intriguing too. However I had some quibbles:
(1) For some reason the scenes just didn't always come together into a cohesive story. This was especially true with regard to the mystery aspect. Some if the characters were created a little too much through telling rather than showing, which can work in 3rd person narratives but feels a little judgy in 1st person. I felt like the only image I had of them was the conclusions the main character had drawn about them and I had very little opportunity to come to my own conclusions, which is usually what spices up a mystery for me.
(2) The historical setting was REALLY flat and with the exception of the debtor's prison aspects, not very believable.
(3) There's two whole mystery plotlines that I feel just get completely dropped once there's an answer to the question without any further resolution. What happened to the "bad guys?" Who knows?
(4) I wasn't aware from reviews or the description of how much religion would be in this book. While it was all believable and I didn't feel like it was particularly preachy, you should be aware that there are a lot of praying scenes and the main character considers her work as a writer to have been assigned to her by God. If that's not your cup of tea, just be forewarned.

Reader-wise: Solid and not distracting but didn't add a lot to the entertainment value. She dealt with the accent pretty well, which was was appreciated (as a linguist, bad accents are my pet peeves). Reader is Canadian so the Britspeak doesn't quite sound native, like there's little to no variation based on class, but it didn't feel cartoon-ey. This reader's voice is naturally really tense sounding, which might bother some people