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The Italian's Suitable Wife

Narrated by: Lindsay Ellison
Length: 5 hrs
3.5 out of 5 stars (465 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Suitable for marriage, but what about love?

Enrico DiRinaldi wants a wife and children, even though an accident has left him unable to walk. So he proposes a marriage of convenience to Gianna Lakewood. Having secretly always loved Rico, Gianna can't say no.

The passion Rico ignites in his innocent bride is explosive! But when she realizes that Rico's full recovery from his injuries is imminent, and his beautiful ex-fiancee is waiting in the wings, Gianna is sure he won't want her any more. However, Rico is still intent on keeping his convenient wife by his side...

Italian Husbands: Tall, dark, and ready to marry!

©2004 Lucy Monroe
All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. This edition is published by arrangement with Harlequin Books S.A. All characters in this book are fictitious. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.
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  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars

honesty

loved the story, made just right for audio book.Characters could have been a little more developed but all in all a good story.

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Weak male and female, poor narration.

What did you like best about The Italian's Suitable Wife? What did you like least?

The storyline should have made for a great read but the female character was spineless and the male character insecure.....all made worse by the terrible narration. I have never disliked a narrator before but she was so wrong for this book it just ruined it.

2 people found this helpful

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Feel Good Read

This is a good read when you want to escape and just listen and enjoy. This novel was well written, although the Italian accents weren't the best by the narrator.

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Awful!!!!

The female was wimpy the male clueless for someone who was suppose to be a women killer. Did not care fore the narration the Italian accent just made the character sound stupid and I really did not like the way the characters were articulated . Kept hoping the book would get better but finally gave up did not read the full book

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Great Story

If you could sum up The Italian's Suitable Wife in three words, what would they be?

Romantic, fascinating and thrilling.

What three words best describe Lindsay Ellison’s voice?

I do not like her narration of Gianna's voice, it makes her sound blah........

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I would listen to this book in one sitting.

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not bad for a bodice ripper

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Not particularly, but I was also doing my housework at the time so that isn't totally true.

Did The Italian's Suitable Wife inspire you to do anything?

I kept on waiting for the female lead to grow a back bone. It didn't happen.

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Captivating

What made the experience of listening to The Italian's Suitable Wife the most enjoyable?

Clear and wel read

What did you like best about this story?

It was a nice story with just a good amount of angst.

Which character – as performed by Lindsay Ellison – was your favorite?

The hero. Sometimes the heroine sounded a little too whiny.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When the hero overcame his adversity.

1 person found this helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

WONDERFUL!!

I have listened to this book over a dozen times. The story is well written and you can't help but imagine everything happening. I'll look for another book by the author.

1 person found this helpful

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    2 out of 5 stars
  • LJ
  • 10-03-07

Cheesy

Bought this in a 4-audiobook package. All of the books were not so great in my experience, but this was the best of the four. The main character needs some help with her self-esteem.

1 person found this helpful

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    2 out of 5 stars

Ugh.

I was really excited to listen to this book. Was even enjoying it in the beginning, but then things progressed, where I felt and thought, "What did I miss? How did that happen?"
I am having difficulty putting this into words...
this book was offensive to me.

Fertility issues were addressed within the first couple of weeks of marriage.
Adoption was frowned upon by the heroine.
No communication between main characters...

We didn't get a chance to understand the leading man either. It was like reading a "one sided" book, and because the heroine was so insecure, we were unable to "read" into his behaviors.

I hope I make some sense. The heroine was a sweetheart, but needed more backbone.

2 people found this helpful