• The Obsessions of Lord Godfrey Cavanaugh

  • The Cavanaughs, Book 4
  • By: Stephanie Laurens
  • Narrated by: Justin Hill
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (268 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Number one New York Times best-selling author Stephanie Laurens concludes the tales of the Cavanaugh siblings with the riveting story of the youngest brother and his search for a family of his own.

The scion of a noble house brought low by a storm and the lady who nurses him back to health strive to unravel a web of deception that threatens her family and forces them to fight for what they hold most dear - family, each other, and love.

Lord Godfrey Cavanaugh has no thoughts of marrying as he drives into North Yorkshire on a plum commission for the National Gallery to authenticate a Renaissance painting the gallery wishes to purchase. Then a snowstorm sweeps in, and Godfrey barely manages to haul himself, his groom, and his horses to their destination.

Elinor Hinckley, eldest daughter of Hinckley Hall, stalwart defender of the family, right arm to her invalid father, and established spinster, knows full well how much her family has riding on the sale of the painting and throws herself into nursing the initially delirious gentleman who holds her family’s future in his hands.

But Godfrey proves to be a far from easy patient. Through Ellie’s and her siblings’ efforts to keep him entertained and abed, Godfrey grows to know the family, appreciating and ultimately being drawn into family life of a sort he’s never known.

Eventually, to everyone’s relief, he recovers sufficiently to assess the painting - only to discover that nothing is as it seems.

Someone has plans - someone other than the Hinckleys - but who is pulling the strings is a mystery that Godfrey and Ellie find near-impossible to solve. Every suspect proves to have perfectly understandable, albeit hidden reasons for their behavior.

Until the villain, panicked by their inquiries, strikes - directly at them - and forces them both to acknowledge what has grown to be the most important thing in their lives. Together they battle to save not just themselves, not just her family, but their futures. Hers, his, and theirs.

©2020 Stephanie Laurens (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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Another unique story line

I’ve almost read every SL book and yet she hasn’t run out of plot twists and premises to make each one interesting. Yes, there are some draggy parts with too much introspection, and a heavy dose of mush at the end, but in general I liked it. Justin Hill is one of the better readers.
Ties up the Cavanaugh series nicely. Definitely best to read the others first.
She really needs an editor who has a grip on English grammar. As a stickler, I often flinch at her ignorance of objective case pronouns and gerunds. Just saying...

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Fantastic

It’s always a pleasure revisiting the Cavenaugh and Cynster families and this book did not disappoint.

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Good Story line and fun mystery

I enjoy the authors cross over of characters and families from her others books. Although I must admit I'm a sucker for happily ever afters and her portrayal of good and evil is very transparent. It's still a fun and easy story.

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To deep of a voice

It was just a unnerving for me to listen to the deep deep voice, he sounded a bit constipated.

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Slow

The book is sloooow and at times tedious with details. I’m not a fan of the narrator for female voices often distracting from the story. Although the richness of his voice did fit with other male characters.

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AUTHOR'S MORAL COMPASS IS SERIOUSLY FLAWED!

1: The narration was absolutely fabulous. The hero sounds exactly like Russel Crow (Master and Commander).
Justin Hill could make the phone book interesting. So I kept listening, even though it is so obvious who the bad guy is almost from the beginning. The mystery is somewhat interesting. BUT....

2:The author's moral compass is atrocious! (Spoiler Alert) The Hero goes to church with the family, hoping God will help him with his moral dilemma. But later, when they figure out who the bad guy is and that he is a raving, murderous psychopath, their remedy is not justice. Oh NO! As long as the family can get "them" far enough away that "they" can't harm anyone the family knows, it's just fine to put "them" in a position to victimize anyone else. That way the family can avoid any potential scandal. Fair Weather Christian rationalization at it's finest!

3: Amazon needs to work on its .guideline labels. If a book is going to have gratuitous graphic sex, then "Regency"
"Historical" isn't enough.

4: Thank Amazon for the software that allows for faster speed adjustments and fast-forward. Otherwise I would never have finished this book. I'm glad I didn't spend a credit on this book, and I never would have spent the time actually reading it. But, again, Justin Hill !

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The story line is good- love, mystery, violence. I had a hard time with the sex… it seemed very pushed- like you had to get it in to make the quota It didn’t flow well into the story

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For me there was no sizzle between the h/h. Both characters were very likable but I didn’t get sense of chemistry between them. The story gets 3.5 stars as it was very easy to figure out the bad guy. I’ve overdosed on Stephanie Laurens and the Cynsters. I’m taking a break. I liked that the love scenes didn’t go on for half the book as is SL habit. The Nate as good but no one will top Simon Prebble. They should have contracted him for all of the Cynster and related novels.

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Most enjoyable!

Found this book in the "included" section of Audible so read it not realizing it was book 4 of a series! Actually that didn't really matter as the book was pretty self contained. I really enjoyed the story and also felt that Mr. Justin Hill did a terrific job with the narration! On to read book 3 in the series next as its also included! Glad to see Mr. Hill is once again narrating! I shall look for more books read by him he has such a soothing voice!!!

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Lauren's Delivers in Cavanaugh Wrap-up

Enjoyable series finale that explores family dynamics and effects of early childhood. Nice exploration of art collectors and forgeries. Believable heroine and good character development. Villain is a bit whacked and may have been given short shrift but I was more interested in the main characters. Good narration.

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  • Mo Bass
  • 08-26-21

Same old bumpf

Quite a good story but slow. I am so weary of virgins who always climax during their first intercourse and the obligatory oral sex. The hero is nice but a bit of a wimp.

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  • Mary
  • 03-23-22

Fantastic end to the Cavenaughs

A wonderful way to close the chapter of the Cavanaugh saga.From the first to the last chapters you are enthralled with the characters and storyline. Godfrey was the youngest of the family turned out to be a truly unique and honorable gentleman. By fitting into the Hinckel family was something he had missed growing up and welcomed with open arms. Truly a fantastic read and worthy of 5 stars.
Great performance !

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  • CMH
  • 08-21-21

Lovely story beautifully read

Not the genre I usually chose and my first Stephanie Laurens book. I thought it started slowly and took a bit to get going but I stuck with it and found the whole experience charming. Kudos to the narrator who was a delight to listen to and perfect for the story. Art world plus handsome titled arts expert , single girl and a bad ‘un makes for a romantic story with a twist. Recommended.

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  • Marie
  • 01-02-21

enthralling...

excellent narration ! it gave great insight into the main character Godfrey. .It also revealed that some time has gone by since his sister Eustacia's story.

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  • corina
  • 11-15-20

another good story

I enjoyed the characters and the storyline. loved how each piece was put together to create an interesting and lovely new story

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  • Anne
  • 02-25-22

Intriguing

Good story line a little soppy if you like that sort of thing well narrated kept me entertained till the end