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The Stranger She Married: Regency Historical Romance Audiobook

The Stranger She Married: Regency Historical Romance: Rogue Hearts Series, Book 1

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When her parents and twin brother die within weeks of each other, Alicia and her younger sister are left in the hands of an uncle who has brought them all to financial and social ruin. Desperate to save her family from debtor's prison, Alicia vows to marry the first wealthy man to propose. She meets the dashing Lord Amesbury, and her heart whispers that this is the man she is destined to love, but his tainted past may forever stand in their way. Her choices in potential husbands narrow to either a scarred cripple with the heart of a poet, or a handsome rake with a deadly secret.

Cole Amesbury is tormented by his own ghosts, and believes he is beyond redemption, yet he cannot deny his attraction for the girl whose genuine goodness touches the heart he'd thought long dead. He fears the scars in his soul cut so deeply that he may never be able to offer Alicia a love that is true. When yet another bizarre mishap threatens her life, Alicia suspects the seemingly unrelated accidents that have plagued her loved ones are actually a killer's attempt to exterminate every member of her family. Despite the threat looming over her, learning to love the stranger she married may pose the greatest danger to her heart. And Cole must protect Alicia from the killer who has been exterminating her family before she is the next target.

©2014 Donna Hatch (P)2015 Donna Hatch

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    ecocat 04-17-16
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    "Pride, Marriage and Revelation"

    The Stranger She Married is about Alicia and Cole Amesbury. Alicia has to married to save what left of her family from debtor's prison. Her parents and twin brother is dead. The only family she has left is an uncle, cousin, and her little sister.

    Alicia met Cole at one of the season's party. Alicia felt that Cole could be someone she was destined to be with while Cole don't feel he deserved Alicia. Cole doesn't believe he deserved to be married to a decent woman. Although he fought against it, he realized when his tainted past came out, he wanted to marry Alicia.

    Alicia doesn't want anything to do with Cole. Cole was responsible for her twin brother Armaud's death. She cannot married the man that she has feeling for, who has killed her brother.

    Cole planned the next best thing. Alicia could married his cousin, Nicolas. He could save her from a forced marriage.

    When "accidents" started happening to Alicia, Cole suspected foul play as he started putting the pieces together that someone is wiping out Alicia and the rest of her family.

    Alicia is head-strong but at the same time, she is too pride to allow Cole to rescue her. Instead, she went and married his cousin, Nicolas who is deformed physically from the Napolean's War. She was determined to hate Cole but yet trusted him.

    Cole has never did forgave himself from surviving the war and playing a part in the death of Alicia's brother. He was so determined not to married Alicia but has a change in heart and mind that he was allowing something good to walk out of his life.

    As he started seeing thing from fresh eyes, the death of Alicia's parents and her brother looked suspicious. Someone closed to Alicia was killing her family off. He is in a race against time to find the killer.

    The Stranger She Married has a bit of masquerading going on. The protagonist and the antagonist are not what they seemed to be. Another thing that readers/listeners are going to notice is that Alicia's family kept putting the wedge between Alicia and Cole. It also took Alicia awhile to finally accepted that for a flesh wound, her brother shouldn't have die.

    The narrator, Tanya Mills does a wonderful job in narrating the story. She makes Cole too good to be true. Cole has never raised his voice against Alicia. Alicia is the only one that raising her voice against Cole. The narrator still give Alicia a bit of naiveness of assuming the conclusion without looking at all the fact.

    All in all, The Stranger She Married is a clean romance story and a sweet story to read/listen to.

    I was given this audiobook by the author/narrator/publisher via Audiobook Blast in exchange of an honest review. I was not compensated or influenced in any way for writing this review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 04-10-16
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    "Fantastic Romance"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Most definately. Extremely romantic. No blaspheming and nice clean reading


    What other book might you compare The Stranger She Married: Regency Historical Romance to and why?

    Kathleen Woodiwiss - A Rose in Winter


    What does Tanya Mills bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Good narrater. Not the best but you get used to her


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I LOVED it. One of the very best audible in my library of some 1000 romance books


    Any additional comments?

    Highly Recommended

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    Kathryn Fitchett 02-25-16
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    "Excellent"

    Audiobooks needs the entire collection of Donna Hatch books in its library. I would buy them all.

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    Debbie Nutt Sherwood 02-12-16
    Debbie Nutt Sherwood 02-12-16
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    "Great book"

    I was given this book in exchange for my honest review. I loved this book. I can't wait to read the others.

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    Karen M. 03-30-17
    Karen M. 03-30-17
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    "Clean Regency Romance"
    Any additional comments?

    The Stranger She Married was a very enjoyable historical romance. The plot twists added interest to this romantic mystery, even if some of them were somewhat predictable. I loved Cole and Alicia's story and the narration was well done. I would recommend this audiobook.

    I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator. This review is my honest opinion.

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    Nancy Qualls 03-26-17
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    "Good Book-Bad Narrative"

    The narration was much too stoic/monotone to enjoy. You can read my more positive book review on Amazon for I did enjoy the storyline and will continue to purchase books by this author

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    Karen R G 03-24-17
    Karen R G 03-24-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Teriffic historical suspenseful riveting breathtaking romance."

    I loved and enjoyed this book oh so much. I am going to read all her clean wholesome romances I can find. This is the first one I read and recommend it to everyone who likes this kind of book. Thank you Donna for your sharing of your talent with me.

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    Bookaholic Ohio, USA 03-24-17
    Bookaholic Ohio, USA 03-24-17 Member Since 2007
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    "Regency Romance with a Twist"

    I'm not going to repeat the entire plot, since other reviewers have pretty much covered that. Instead, I'll just give my reaction to the story.

    I spent the first half of the book thinking, "Well, this is pretty standard Regency fare." Then Alicia married the "monster" Nicolas and I thought, "Oh, the author's not really going to turn this into 'Beauty and the Beast', is she?" Then more misfortunes hit Alicia and her family, and it became clear that these weren't accidents at all. "Ah, it's a mystery!" So I ended up liking this book very well.

    The narrator's voice took some getting use to, but every word was clear and correctly pronounced. I characterize some narrators as actors, and some as readers. Ms. Mills is a reader, IMHO.

    I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author, narrator, or publisher. This is my honest opinion.

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    Trisha Arkansas, USA 03-13-17
    Trisha Arkansas, USA 03-13-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Romance and Mystery"

    Out of necessity, Alice marries what she believes to be a monster of a man to save her family from financial ruin. Her heart, however, lies with her husband's cousin- who she believes to have murdered her brother and therefore wants little to do with.

    The entirety of the story captivated me. The era, the dresses, the secret passions... The entire story lets us learn who the stranger is that Alice is forced into marrying- all the while Alice 'plays' with her brother's murder and husband's cousin.

    This was a romance without all the details of passion shared by the characters. Overall, this made me fall into the story even more.

    The narration was great and I would listen to another book narrated my Mills in a heartbeat.

    I'm likely going to get the second book in the series too because I enjoyed this one so much.

    This review copy audiobook was provided by the author/narrator/publisher free of charge.

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    cory Twin Falls, ID, United States 03-10-17
    cory Twin Falls, ID, United States 03-10-17 Member Since 2010
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    "Ok story, terrible narration."

    Decent, if fluffy story. Obnoxious heroine. Worst Narrator I've ever heard. No personality, excruciatingly slow cadence, and no differentiation between characters. This book would have been more enjoyable read instead of listened to.

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    "Satisfactory recency escapism."

    An enjoyable regency novel with all the usual necessary ingredients - a roguish gentleman, a sweet impoverished lady, a hint of a mysterious past, a dash of pirates, balls, clandestine happenings, honest deceit, murder, lords and ladies.... Satisfactory recency escapism.

    I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Blast

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  • Inishowen Cailin
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    "A very enjoyable first book in a series."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    When I pressed play and heard the narrator's voice for the first time I groaned with disappointment. The tone is quiet, slow and dreary. Also, the narrator, with her fake British accent, had the irritating habit of pausing mid sentence. There was also something about the recording quality that didn't seem quite right. I almost gave up on this audiobook straight away but the story seemed like something I would really enjoy so I persevered. I'm so glad I did. I sped up the narration which improved the listening experience. Overall, I would say that listening to this book was time well spent as I enjoyed the story.By speeding up the narration I was able to enjoy it a bit better and the mid-sentence pauses didn't seem as obvious.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I actually loved the story though. There is plenty of suspense, intrigue and romance from beginning to end and it provided a lot of entertainment on a dull Sunday afternoon.I think the author was unlucky in her choice of narrator and unfortunately from listening to the sneak peak chapter of the next book the narrator, Tanya Mills, has been signed up for the rest of the series. I will definitely be reading the rest of the series in Kindle format. But for the audio version, it is a question of whether or not I like the series enough to listen to Tanya Mills do the reading.


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Tanya Mills?

    I would have cast someone, anyone, with a genuine British accent, or someone who can do it well.There was one Irish character who, thankfully, only made a very brief appearance, as her accent was hideous and not done well at all.

    If I had to choose an alternative narrator I can honestly say that I've never been disappointed by any narration by Melanie Frasier.


    Any additional comments?

    I received this book in exchange for an honest review via audiobookblast.com

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