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The Dangers of Doing Good

Arrangements, Book 4
Narrated by: Jessica Elisa Boyd
Series: Arrangements, Book 4
Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (203 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

The road to love is paved with good intentions.

Life had never been particularly kind to Annie Ramsey. She was poor, uneducated, and without any prospects except misery and pain at the hands of her brother, or whomever he decides she ought to marry. But when a handsome, kind stranger offers her another way, she must decide if she is brave enough to change her situation or if she dares to hope for more.

Duncan Bray could not resist the urge to help the young woman he found in the wintery chill of Yorkshire, feeling driven to save her from the dismal life she lived. Taking her to London and introducing her to a new life there would provide opportunities for her beyond what she ever could have imagined. But he never dreamed how this particular good deed would change everything for him as well.

©2016 Rebecca Connolly (P)2018 Rebecca Connolly

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good stuff!

excellent character development very believable characters.. excellent narrator. One book in the series weaves well into another

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Great book

She unfolds the characters beautifully. Have read all the books on this series. Can’t wait for the next one. Well worth the read.

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BEAUTIFUL

I truly enjoyed this book in the Arrangements series. Duncan was one of my favorite characters in books 1-3...and this just solidified my fondness of him. The narrator's Scottish Brogue was done quite well. Tibbie was a HOOT. Mary Anne... well...she needs some serious discipline.

Absolutely loved the book. Can't wait to begin the next.

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So good!

I didnt want this romance to end. Such a sweet love story that I could hardly put it down.

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Unrealistic Plot; Love Story Dragged On & On

I wanted to like this book, I really did. (Duncan is such a caring man ... I was initially enchanted by his gentle love for sweet Annie.) But the plot line ended up being too unrealistic for me, and the love story dragged on and on and on and on. I almost didn't finish the book, and when I did, I was sorry I had.

Spoiler Alert: I just couldn't believe that a young woman from a small, poor town who had been mentally and emotionally abused for years (a decade?) and beaten almost daily by her brother could be transformed (a la "My Fair Lady") into a "Society Woman" in what I believe was less than 2 months time. I highly doubt that in this short time she could verbalize her thoughts and feelings articulately -- even be cognizant of them -- and sincerely love others in a healthy way. In reality, I suspect she would've needed years of intensive therapy to learn to recognize and then express her feelings and to be able to maintain stable and mutually-respectful relationships.

Another problem I had was that she had forgotten the basics of reading she learned as a child, but was able to re-learn them within a few weeks ... so much so that she could sit and enjoy reading books with others. And, in this short time, she ended up using words like "expeditious." How could she have achieved a vocabulary on this level in only a few months??

I also could hardly bear how often the two main characters could "hardly bear" their intense emotions toward each other. I started squirming every time "she looked into his eyes, which grew a shade darker, could feel her heart racing / butterflies swirling, and could hardly bear the love she felt for him" or something to that effect. It was hardly bearable.

And, lastly, the author must have thought that the final conversation between the newly married couple was some cute little banter when Duncan asked Annie if she "feared her husband." And, HE KEPT ASKING HER! So, to summarize ... he just saved her from a fresh and horrible kidnapping and beating by her brother and another evil man, after having saved her from a life of terror, only to marry her and now "playfully" ask her REPEATEDLY if she "feared" him?? This was NOT in the least bit appropriate, not to mention humorous or endearing. I found this to be ridiculous and a bit nauseating.

So, there you have it. I can't believe I listened to the whole thing ... sorry I did.

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Fairy tale qualities

Parts of the narrative was good but several areas contained an unrealistic fairytale aspect. The protection and fight scenes involving Anna were especially pitiful.

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Great story

Love the story and narration but there is background noise, as though an old recorder was used. Very distracting.

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Wow...my favorite so far in the series

This book caught my interest from the first chapter and kept it throughout. My heart aches for Annie and I loved Duncan and his protective nature. A great listen!

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something was off

The narrator's voice portrayed s sense of urgency that was not really there. I was annoyed the whole way because the characters totally ignored what annie wanted, bullied her into changing her self, forced her into pretending and then didn't take the danger to her too seriously

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Unique bond between the families

This is an engaging book with an impressive and interesting group of loyal friendships and family. The writing is good, and I look forward to more in the series. I wish I hadn't had to suspend my sense of disbelief at the end that she could spring back so easily. And the dialogue at the end of the epilogue seemed inappropriate as well. There is no PTSD in a fairy tale?