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At the advanced age of 26, the independent, wealthy and imminently practical Isabella Latham has no expectation of marriage. But, good-hearted and dutiful, Isabella accompanies her two young country cousins to oversee their London debut...only to find that it's she who is attracting suitors...all of whom do seem to have quite an excess of creditors!

There's the sinfully sexy Basil Trevelyan, a rake through and through, but so charming that even sensible Isabella is almost tempted. But then there's his maddeningly handsome - and maddeningly arrogant! - cousin, Edward Trevelyan, seventh Earl of Hartleigh, who has no need of Isabella's dowry; but whose adorable orphaned ward needs a mama. Could he love Isabella for herself? Isabella is too busy trying to decide whether to kiss him - or kill him!

Poor, poor Isabella. What's a girl to do? But more importantly...who's a girl to choose?

©1987 Loretta Chekani (P)2014 Loretta Chekani

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Loretta Chase deserves better

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Loretta Chase is historical romance royalty, in my opinion, and her many fans have waited patiently for her books to finally appear in audio. Her magnum opus, Lord of Scoundrels, appeared earlier this year, as well as the three volumes of the Dressmakers series.

Those titles had first-class production values, but Isabella, sadly, does not. The narrator is good, but the sound quality is very poor. Blackstone Audio produced LOS and the Dressmakers, whereas Isabella and Knave's Wager (which also suffers from poor sound) are self-published. These are among Chase's earliest titles, so perhaps no publisher was interested in producing them in audio.

I've been hoping that the Carsington series would appear in audio, but I certainly hope that Ms. Chase either does not self-publish those titles or finds a better producer for them.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Good story; poor production

The story was quite fine. Toward the end I'm not sure why but I got a bit confused. Things went very quickly but they also seemed a bit disjointed. However, I enjoyed the story.

I liked the narrator, too, but the audio production was abysmal. It sounded like it was recorded in the bottom of a barrel. That's horribly unfair to the author and can't be blamed on the narrator either.

I like Loretta Chase's work and I'm sorry this production wasn't up to the standards we've come to expect in audiobooks.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Near perfection!

Thoroughly enjoyable for its delightfully witty dialogue, it's sensitively drawn, complex characters, it's suspenseful, entertaining story and its ability to allow the reader to truly exist, if only for a few hours, in the century it inhabits. An accomplished and deft literary hand at work here.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Poor production

The story was fine as was the narrator, but the production quality of the recording was so weak that I gave up listening. It sounds as if it were recorded in a bathroom.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Lovely story

I really did enjoy this book, my only complaint is the audio quality. I enjoyed Stevie Zimmerman's performance however the audio sounded like it had been recorded in an echo chamber and blurred out maybe could do with some digital retouching

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Production value very poor story very good

Probably ought to rerecord this then it will be a good read. Worth a try

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Story ok

This is nowhere as good as Lord Perfect or that entire series. The narration was good reader did a great job my 3 stars was because of the production, the recording was poor. I plan on listening to the next book in series.

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bad sound quality

I listen to a lot of book on audible and have never had to listen to such horrible background white noise

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OK not great...

Quiet story without much passion or zest between any of the characters. I would not listen to this book again.

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Sweet Story

I would recommend this book to anybody looking for a sweet easy historical romance.

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  • Julia
  • 01-05-16

dreadful sound quality, nice story

Would you try another book written by Loretta Chase or narrated by Stevie Zimmerman?

Yes sure, it was the sound quality that made the experience questionable

Who was your favorite character and why?

Lucy, I always like vivid supporting characters.

Would you be willing to try another one of Stevie Zimmerman’s performances?

If it would be a better sound quality she might not be so bad after all.

Do you think Isabella needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

It was a very short book. I do not think it has room for follow-ups.