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Simply Unforgettable

The Simply Quartet, Book 1
Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
Series: Simply Quartet, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
Categories: Romance, Historical
4.5 out of 5 stars (973 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

They meet in a ferocious snowstorm. She is a young teacher with a secret past. He is the cool, black-caped stranger who unexpectedly comes to her rescue. Between these two unlikely strangers, desire is instantaneous...and utterly impossible to resist.

Stranded together in a rustic country inn, Lucius Marshall, who is the Viscount Sinclair, and Frances Allard share a night of glorious, unforgettable passion. But Frances knows her place, and it is far from the privileged world of the sensual aristocrat. Due to begin her teaching position at Miss Martin's School in Bath, Frances must try to forget that one extraordinary night - and the man who touched her with such exquisite tenderness and abandon.

But Frances cannot hide forever. And when fate once again throws them together, Lucius refuses to take no for an answer. If Frances will not be his wife, he will make her his mistress. So begins an odyssey fraught with intrigue, one that defies propriety and shocks the straitlaced ton. For Lucius's passionate, single-minded pursuit is about to force Frances to give up all her secrets - except one - to win the heart of the man she already loves.

Contains mature themes.

©2005 Mary Balogh (P)2016 Tantor

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a litte drawn out

This is one of my favorite authors, and I absolutely love this narrator. She can make any book worth listening to. I did like the story, just didn't love the heroine as much as the hero. She kind of got on my nerves after a while. For all the lead up to why she couldn't go back to London, the reason was kind of lame I thought. Did enjoy many of the secondary characters. Anyway, I want to listen to the series and I hope the others are a little better.

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A memorable heroine!

The love story of Frances and Lucius begins in an unusual way, and in fact I have never read (or listened to) a romance novel beginning with such an entertaining meeting followed by an eventful few days in a run-down abandoned inn. The heroine, Frances, develops over the course of the novel, and she is an unusually interesting character with many talents and not a few flaws. Our hero is somewhat less interesting (the classic aristocratic male accustomed to getting his own way) but his dogged devotion is pretty admirable. I liked the supporting characters quite a bit, especially Lucius' younger sister Amy, and Frances' doting great-aunts. The narration is just perfection.

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Unlikeable heroine

This story was just ok for me. I wasn’t able to relate to the heroine. She just kept rejecting our hero and when her “secret” was finally revealed it was anti climatic. I just wanted the hero to give up and look for someone that appreciates him. I never truly felt good with this story, it was more frustrating than anything. The narration was amazing as Ms. Landor always delivers impecable work with her voice and adding emotions to the story. I’m pretty sure she’s the reason I was able to finish the story.

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Drawn out

This wasn’t my favorite book by the author. The story was very drawn out and I never fully understood the heroine’s argumentation for rejecting the hero again and again. After so much build up I expected more of her “scandalous” past.
The narrator is amazing as always!

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Great Book

This is the best romance novel I've ever heard. Not too much explicit sex, and reasonable story line. I LOVED it.

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Lively romance with an aggravating heroine.

Francis Allard is a head strong know-it-all school teacher that refuses to see hope and a wonderful future in what would otherwise be categorized as an unlikely romance when it is all but handed to her.

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Nice Start To A Series

I like the way the story starts off and how the romance develops. Frances is a strong woman and you must remember the time period and how women are viewed and the rights they do not have. However, the attraction is there and I like the way Frances protects herself emotionally. Rosalyn Landor is great.

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LOVED Simply Unforgettable!

I absolutely adored both main characters. Everything about them made sense one way or another. Loved the verbal sparring. Loved it all. One of my favorite Mary Balogh books.

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story Line to Drawn Out

The story line was so drawn out. This book was really only about five chapters in new content. The other content was so repetitive, that it was a shame.

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WONDERFUL!

I adore this story! The narrator was perfect and made listening even more wonderful. I laughed out loud and teared up. Truly a delight!

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  • C Chesterton
  • 06-16-19

Not my cuppa tea

Struggled to see this book to the end. Can’t make my mind up if was the narrator or author who put me off. Just very repetitive

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-17-19

Excellent

Wonderful story line and naration could not have been better. Would higher recurmend this story.

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  • Jessica
  • 07-28-16

Not your typical period romance.

Somewhat of a cross between Elizabeth Gaskell and Jane Austen but with a little less of Gaskell's agony and a little less of Austen's morality. The main characters envelope some modern concepts in their actions and respective consciences. The sex scenes were quite tasteful, I thought. Not too vulgar and not too long.
Rosslyn Landor is quite a pleasant narrator. Her range isn't particularly varied but she has a rich, warm voice that suited the main characters well.

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  • Jayltee
  • 03-20-18

Well written but repetitive

Excellent writing with consistency of character and period. However there was a great deal of plot point repetition without character advancement. I found the hero and heroine to be a little bland and so this became slightly frustrating.

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  • Julie Ryde
  • 11-29-16

Easy listening.

Have listened to and read a few of Mary Barlogh's books. Enjoyed this one too. was easy to listen too. Rosalyn Landor is a good narrator.