The Bluestocking

Wicked Wallflowers, Book 4
Narrated by: Tim Campbell
Series: Wicked Wallflowers Series, Book 4
Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (273 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Two damaged hearts learn there’s a fine line between love and hate in a Wicked Wallflowers novel from USA Today best-selling author Christi Caldwell.

Gertrude, the eldest Killoran sister, has spent a lifetime being underestimated - especially by her own family. She may seem as vulnerable as a kitten, but given the chance, she can be as fierce as a tiger. Her adopted brother, Stephen, has just been snatched back by his true father, and she’ll be damned if she relinquishes the boy to the man reviled throughout London as the Mad Marquess. 

Still haunted by a deadly tragedy that left him publicly despised, Lord Edwin holds only hatred for the Killorans - the people he believes kidnapped his son. And not one of them will ever see the boy again. But when Gertrude forces her way into the household and stubbornly insists that she remain as Stephen’s governess, Edwin believes he may have found someone madder than himself. 

With every moment he shares with the tenderhearted Gertrude, Edwin’s anger softens into admiration…and more. Is it possible that the woman he loathed may be the only person who can heal his broken soul?

©2019 by Christi Caldwell. (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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5 STARS!

My favorite installment in the series so far.

We get to meet Stephen's dad, who is a very angry, lonely man and with good reason. However, as written in the excerpt, he is reviled throughout London as the Mad Marquess.

We get Stephen's back story, which makes you a bit more sympathetic towards this angry young boy.

While mayhem ensues with Stephen's return to his father's home, Gertrude comes along to give him her support which is not welcome by the father, and the mouse of the Killorans becomes a lioness, and a very angry man's heart starts to slowly thaw as he gets to know Gertrude better.

And of course there is the drama, the misunderstandings, the life threatening events that usually happen before the main characters decide to risk it all for love.

In short, this was another great story by Christi Caldwell, beautifully narrated by Tim Campbell, and I highly recommend it.

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An emotional roller-coaster

I love this series, this couple (Gertrude and Edwin), and the narrator. It's easy to give 5 stars in each category. I am in a constant state of waiting for every new book. Two damaged souls, a host of characters we've already gotten to know. Not to be spoilery, but there IS a happy ending. You just have to believe.
One of the things that I liked is that even though Gertrude is blind in one eye, the story doesn't dwell on it. She is a young woman with a dark past, but we don't see everything being focused on her partial blindness. I was glad that didn't end up being an issue.

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Not bad

So I want to say that I'm a huge Christi Caldwell/Tim Campbell fan. I try and read/listen to this duo as much as I can. So I was beyond excited to listen to Gertrude's story. I have enjoyed the Killorans' stories so I couldn't wait to get listening! I was a little sad after though. It was good. Not great, not horrible. Just good. Warning: Stephen is as unlikable in this book as he is in previous ones.

First, Jasper is so very angry that I find it hard to believe that he would allow her to stay as quickly as he did. I mean he's threatening to ruin their entire family if they even go to drop Stephen off and then he allows her to stay as a governess? Uh-uh...I don't believe it. But I like him a lot! He is so sweet inside despite being so angry. He wants a relationship with his son so badly!

And within 2 days he had decided she wasn't as horrible a person as he thought? Why? Because she told him she took Stephen to Gunter's when he was a young boy? Again, uh-uh...don't believe it. But just like Jasper, I really like Gertrude. She does whine a bit about her family not taking her seriously because of her hearing which isn't backed up by anything in this book. We are told she is partially deaf but we aren't shown that in any way. She never appears to not hear things so I'm not sure why we are reminded about it so often. It is sort of a nonissue. But she is super easy to like and the kind of woman I'd want to be friends with IRL. Down to earth, smart, and loyal.

By two weeks the whole romance is neatly tied up? No way. Not when he started off hating her family because he thought they kidnapped his son and misused him, too. It is just way too easy.

Like I said, I love CC and TC and I will continue to read/listen to them. But this one just felt phoned in to me. And honestly, with the amount of books she publishes, I think CC is entitled to phoning it in now and then. I was just a bit sad about it.

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narrator sounded sinister

The story was good, but narrator's voice and inflections were jarring... it was difficult to listen to -- He should be reading thrillers.

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Repetitive

From beginning to end the book was extremely repetitive. In other words this book should’ve been 200 pages and no more.

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saved the best for last

title says it all, it brought tears to me in special scenes. Well done for an ending.

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Beautiful story

Miss Caldwell has done it again. She has written a beautiful story full of emotions, deep characters that aren’t perfect, great storyline with a bit of adventure and some fun cats. Tim Campbell, what can I say, he always brings the audiobook to life with that fantastic vocal performance.

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Excellent!

Does Christi Caldwell write or Tim Campbell narrate a bad book?......
....I think not ;0)

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Very good Regency, but not a clean Regency.

Contains two explicit sex scenes. Excellent characterization, plot, and writing. Narrator is perhaps the best I've heard. No overt religious content. Values promoted are fidelity within marriage, patient parenting, forgiveness of wrongs, the importance of family relationships. Pre-marital sex is okay if the couple is "in love." Central character is a young woman from a violent, criminal family who somehow (never explained) learns to speak with an upper class accent, become well-educated, and fit in with titled upper class. That stretches credulity. She values perseverance, kindness, forgiveness, and mercy. Her influence on the other characters is the cause of reconciliation among criminal elements, and happily ever after ending.

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Historical romance!

Love every book in this series. Interesting storyline and dialogue! From a place of hurt new beginnings for little Steven, Gertrude and Edwin. Emotional happily ever after romance! Beautifully narrated by Tim Campbell👌

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  • nicola collins
  • 05-10-19

The Bluestocking

Well where do I begin.
I laughed, I cried. My emotional state has been up and down. Thank you Christi Caldwell for the most amazing story your characters come to life especially with the voice of Tim Campbell.