• Stranger at the Dower House

  • Strangers, Book 1
  • By: Mary Kingswood
  • Narrated by: Joanna Stephens
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A widow moves into the long disused Dower House and makes a horrible discovery in the wine cellar. 

Thirty-year-old widow Louisa Middlehope is determined to escape from her late husband’s family and live life for herself for the first time. The tiny village of Great Maeswood offers her the peace and quiet her heart craves, and perhaps, it might provide a little entertainment, too. But the house she has leased has been empty for a quarter of a century and who knows what secrets it holds? 

Laurence Gage is still mourning his beloved wife, while raising his two children, and at 40, declining gently into a rather dull middle age. Until, that is, the intriguing Mrs. Middlehope arrives in the village and upends his placid life. She’s nothing at all like his perfect wife, but he’s oddly drawn to her anyway and to his surprise, she seems to like him, too. 

Whoever would have thought it? But what exactly is she looking for? Friendship, marriage - or something else entirely? 

This is a complete story with a happy ever after. Book one of a six-book series. A traditional Regency romance, drawing room rather than bedroom.

©2020 Mary Kingswood (P)2021 Mary Kingswood

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I always enjoy Mary Kingswood books

I love the subtle humor that often takes me by surprise, like why the maid speaks mostly French, the quirky pony, and so on. This author is excellent at character development, dialog, humor, and relationships between them all. And I love that she doesn’t weigh us down with hours of internal thoughts or repetitive angst as so many other romance authors do. Her story lines are very unique and paced smoothly. Though in this one, the celebration early in the book of alcohol wasn’t entertaining because of its sad prevalence in my own family. I hope it doesn’t play a large role in future books of this series. Regardless, as with all of her books, this is worth listening to. I simply focused on the mysteries, the characters, and the scene gems that were the true and bigger parts of the story and enjoyed it. A note on the narration: it was excellent as always, though Louisa's voice took on some higher notes than usual in the last couple of chapters.

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  • 07-06-21

The narrator is the story.

There is a plethora of characters, allowing the narrator to go to town. Her accents are weird and bizarre; I never managed to pin one down. The voices are even more amazing and wonder all over the place. I ended up confused, wondering which character was speaking. You need to pay very close attention.
The story got lost; Why have a French speaking maid, if she need to be translated, was this to give more scope to the narrator.There are lots unusual characters thrown in, letting the narrator have real fun.
I am unsure what I think of the story, as I was held spell bound by the narrator. It ends abruptly and everyone disappears.