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Publisher's Summary

Lovely Alice Lacey was a true incomparable, and her marriage to the Duke of Ferrant was the event of the season. Almost no one realized, however, that Alice was secretly in love with someone else - or that she had confided her feelings to a clever talking mynah bird who announces these intimacies at the moment of the couple's wedding.

Now the gossip mongers are relentless. Alice's marriage started out, and has remained, cold and impersonal, and her new husband is already rumored to be taken with another woman.

Before she even realizes what is happening, Alice finds herself in a world of opposites: The man she thought she loved is something other than he seems; and the man she married, something far more than she hoped. Her last hope and redemption has to be convincing the man she wedded that they are in love.

©1993 M. C. Beaton (P)2014 AudioGO

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Good grief.

I can’t believe I managed to get through to the end. The Duke was a jerk, the Duchess was silly, and the narrator was difficult to listen to.

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My favorite Narrator of MC Beaton so far!

Loved this narrator!!! The story was about the same as usual. Good but with a really horrible, rude man and an immature naive woman. I'm starting to resent the patriarchy hardcore.

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Narrator is the worst.

I love MC Beaton Regency book series - just finished both Poor Relation and House for the Season - but this is very hard to listen to. The narrator has a terrible fake accent and does a constant vocal fry. When I start to get into the story her choice of pronunciation of a word or an extremely creaky moment in her voice takes me right back out again. I looked her up and she's supposed to be known for her great accents, judging from this book I have no idea why anyone would think so. There's a part where she says the word, "tears" and it took me a minute to even understand the word.

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Vapid, characterless pap

Reading a few Heyers does not constitute a sufficient background for writing a historical novel. As well as being criminally inaccurate in details and tin-eared in tone and dialogue, the characters are flat, inane, and stupid beyond belief. The best things I can say are that the narrator has an attractive voice, and that listening to this sludge did not actually cause physical injury.

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Least favorite narrator ever

This is my least favorite narrator. I would not have grabbed this book if I had bothered to look at the narrator. She always sounds like she's at death's door. Also way too breathy, shaky, and guttural.

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I Tried

I wanted to enjoy this but I couldn’t get past the narrator’s speech. It sounds so utterly arrogant and a distinct nasal tone at the end of every sentence that unfortunately keeps one from differentiating between characters. At first I thought it would grow on me, but it didn’t. This is proof that narrators are extremely important when choosing one to portray ones work.

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Well, that was different

What a roller coaster of a story. The Duke should never use the word 'never'.

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Funny, Laughable

A lovely tale, Justine Here's performance was spectacular as expected. Cheney has a razor sharp wit and always enjoyable.

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Punishing man to a young niave woman

First, I made the mistake of thinking this was a clean romance. The first sex scene was not described in detail and I continued thinking maybe that was the only instance. Then, a few minutes later the husband is described to have made love to her in such a punishing way because of his jealousy that she cried in pain. I turned it off after that. I refuse to read a book where the characters are abusive and yet everything turns out all right in the end and the wife "finally realizes the worth of her husband", as I saw it described. He has no worth. An abusive man is worthless.

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Desirable Duchess

I liked this book, yes the theme is not new but the story is good. The heroine matures and learn the worth of her husband. The attempted murder on the duke add a bit of suspense to the story. Over all I liked it.