Temptation by Moonlight

Narrated by: R William James
Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (38 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Pittsburgh, 1900. The mysterious Vanderhorn family hires Nora Bennett as a nurse and companion to her injured, handsome, stepson Alex. Nathan Vanderhorn is drawn to Nora, even though he's betrothed to the socially elite Celeste. Though Nora vies to steer clear of the family problems, a sinister plot pulls her in deeper than she'd ever imagined. Who in this strange household could she trust?

Nathan is forced to run the family steel mill when all he really wants is to become an attorney. Alex wants nothing more than to walk again and run his steel mill. The willful stepmother strives to keep them both from their desires. Both brothers seem to be attracted to Nora. Which brother will she fall in love with?

©2015 Barbara Goss (P)2017 Barbara Goss

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This is exemplary evidence of why Barbara Goss is at the top of her game!

This is the reason why after totally not liking the first book I read by Barbara Goss I kept reading her books, even though the book wasn’t good, the writing was great, and it was her best. Unlike most historical romance stories, in this one, the characters had normal reactions when there was a misunderstanding. It was quickly resolved and didn’t last for months and it didn’t have life-changing effects. This is real drama; this is a totally dysfunctional family with a capital D. If you want to read a great example of historical romance at its best, this book is a must. I really loved it.

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So Sweet!

This is a clean and sweet romance. I really enjoyed this story and thought the narrator added so much to this book with his performance.R. William James was able to give the various characters different voices. This story is original and has some unexpected twists. I thought this was one of my favorite books by this author and will definitely listen to it again. There is a wholesomeness about this author's writing and fitting for the time period of her books. My review is not a synopsis of the book, but rather my opinion of it. Certain characters were very endearing in this story and others were despicable. I was provided with this review copy audiobook at no charge and have voluntarily written this review.

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written by a JR high student who failed history

The story plot had potential, however, the character development is poorly done. The year of 1900 in which the book is written is completely unbelievable for the actual dialogue and social class of the characters. besides what person who is desiring to be a lawyer says that they try to side step arguments? little things like saying he needed a carriage house to put two horses. Carriage houses generally are not to stable horses. Elevators didn't work with a button they were operated with a lever on the inside. What doctor in the 1900s is going to give genetic and environmental hypotheses about heart disease to a "mere" woman about another elderly woman. when the life expectancy is only 12% at 65. (Nora's mom has to pushing 70 if Nora is 21 and she said her mother gave birth to her at almost fifty. Also, modern lingo like "man up" and other phrases drove me crazy. .and the stupidity of " oh, I can give you back rubs at night in your bed but, I can't travel with you". And my personal favorite..( In reference to drinking champagne on their wedding night) "it is a special occasion; I cleared it with God". Jeeze, it was just too cheesy. It should have ended with the champagne bubbles tickling Nora's nose. The therapist seduction is too much. yeah, yeah Alex is a wonderful man blah blah blah. The narrator's talent was wasted on this book. Otherwise it was gag worthy

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Love the voice actor on this book

This book is great. I love the characters. Having the hero not perfect was a fantastic choice. Looking forward to reading/ listening to more!!!

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The Best!!!

I did not know what to expect when I began listening to this story, but I was quickly transfixed with the narrator's voice and the storyline as it unfolded. I felt I was there and could watch the heroine, Nora, get hired for the job as companion for Alex, who was crippled due to a bad accident. Alex had been so active running his successful steel mill and was just angry at what had happened to him. Nora is determined and sets out to help him exercise and build his strength. All Alex wants is to walk again.
But there are others who don't want Alex to ever walk again and therein brings forth the suspense, intrigue and the villains. Watching the slow growing attraction between the two and their journey with many twists and turns and their faith in God, made this one of my favorite stories of Barb's! Truly do not miss this one!

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Move Over Snidely Whiplash!

Move over Snidely Whiplash! In the best style of Victorian Gothic romance we have an evil stepmother; brooding, crippled hero; sweet, unsuspecting, clear-eyed heroine; feckless half-brother; and evil mill owner with beautiful, haughty daughter. A pleasing potboiler pleasantly read [AUDIO] for a delightfully entertaining interlude. Although not her usual wild west setting, author Barbara Goss again serves up distinctive personalities in a dastardly, devious plot with a side of faith-based love and romance. Happy reading/listening!

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A sweet audio book!

I enjoyed the audio version of this book! While I didn't think the narrator captured the emotion very well, I did enjoy all the voices he did! I never had to guess who was speaking because he did an outstanding job on variations between characters!
Barb always writes exceptional books and this one competes nicely! While there wasn't a huge Christian conversation, the majority of the focus is on waiting to be intimate till you wedding night!! A very strong Christian theme!! I loved the characters and the diversity of their personalities!!

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Temptation by Moonlight was a Wonderful Historical

Where does Temptation by Moonlight rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

All of Barbara Goss's audiobooks rank pretty high up on some of the best I've listened to. I've enjoyed ALL her work. She's a fantastic author and one I will continue to listen to.

What other book might you compare Temptation by Moonlight to and why?

In this genre, many are good but Temptation by Moonlight as well as anything written by this author is no doubt going to be good.

What does R William James bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I enjoyed R. William James performance. It was a slight bit monotone but I think the male voice in this particular story was best.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Well, the title would be a good tag line I suppose.

Any additional comments?

This audio book was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

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A clean, sweet historical romance!

This audio book drew me in from the very beginning. Nora is a very strong woman and is impossible to not like. She takes her patient, Alex, into hand and motivates him to help himself. Alex is hard to like at first, but overcomes his sulkiness and becomes a very capable hero. Most of the other characters are weak or manipulative, but some do redeem themselves by the end.
This is a clean historical romance (you get what leads up to the door, but then what goes on behind it is private). There are also Christian undertones in the story. Faith plays a part in it, but the book is not preachy. There is some deception, family conflicts, temptation, romance, and abuse in this book. In other words, it has a little of everything!
The narration of the audio book by R. William James was very good. He had different voices that were easily identifiable for the different characters and his voice was easy to listen to. I did think about speeding it up occasionally, but never was compelled enough to actually do it.
I was given this audio book and this is my honest review.

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A New Favorite!

Alex Vanderhorn was a successful steel mill owner until an accident left him crippled. Now confined to a single room and a creaky wheelchair, he gives up on any hope of walking again. When Nora Bennett is hired as his nurse and aide, she patiently works to break down his anger and tries to make his life a little better each day. But Nora doesn't expect to be tossed into a world of intrigue and suspense. Every day in the Vanderhorn household reveals new glimpses into a dangerous conspiracy.

I think this is my new favorite Barbara Goss book! I just loved Nora, she is so patient yet powerful. She's a strong woman who pictures her life without a man and is happy with it. Whenever Nora discovers a secret or overhears an alarming conversation, she doesn't keep it to herself and worry over it, she takes it straight to the source. It's refreshing to have a heroine do that. Alex was a sweetheart, a tortured hero who just needed a little push to stop feeling sorry for himself.

I really enjoyed the narration, R William James had a deep pleasant voice that he lightened for the female voices. I received a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review.

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  • 07-14-20

Temptation by moonlight

There is not a lot of mystery in this one because we see through the eyes of the criminals as well as the main characters. But I still liked it. There are one or two scenes that annoyed me however, I know why the author wrote it that way. It reflected the characters attitude.
If you like a little mystery and more romance then this is for you.
This is a clean read with mild sexual content, no profanity and mild violence.