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The Portrait

Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
Categories: Romance, Historical
4.5 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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Lady Catherine Claverton lives alone and angry on the outskirts of Bath, banished by her father because she was born lame and a girl. When the old earl dies, leaving the ancient title to revert to the Crown, Catherine learns the secret that her late mother kept from her - that she is the heir to a title in her own right. If she marries and bears a son, she will have what her father could never have: a legacy through the female line.

But if she takes on that challenge, she needs to marry, something she never dreamed possible. And the two candidates are men with secrets. The kind but secretive sea captain. The handsome but dangerous smuggler. And Catherine has a potentially explosive secret of her own.

"A thrilling hybrid of mystery, romance, and 19th century scene-setting - sure to enthrall fans of historical fiction." (Publisher's Weekly BookLife Prize)

©2018 Cassandra Austen (P)2019 Cassandra Austen

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Great & entertaining story...stupid, stupid heroin

Cassandra Austen is a new author for me and I found her story intriguing. Alex Wyndham is so so talented and my favorite narrator. Together they made the story and the characters a competing listen. As in any book, the characters make the difference and this book is certainly no different. HOWEVER, I almost stopped listening because of Catherine, the heroine. She was stupid, selfish, thoughtless and extremely aggravating. Alex Wyndham save this book....seriously.

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  • Cate F.
  • Richmond, VA USA
  • 06-30-19

Alex Wyndham is a brilliant narrator

Thank goodness Alex Wyndham had an excellent book to bring to life. The main characters did suffer from that annoying flaw of many Romance heroes and heroines, distrust and an unwillingness to confide their secrets in one another. Of course, if they had, the book would have been much shorter and with far fewer plot twists.
Cassandra Austen kept my attention and kept me up late two nights in a row. Katherine was a distinctive and strong willed character without the anachronistic qualities of many recent historical romances. Jossilyn (sorry but I haven’t seen his name written) was an intensely honorable man, saved from seeming a prig by his self doubt and jealousy.
The happy ending set us up for an intriguing continuation of the story with a new heroine. I hope it is available in audio soon.

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  • JM
  • 08-12-19

Great story but needed a female narrator

While this story is an intriguing one, it is a mistake to have a male narrating the part of a delicate, shy female. The narration is very good overall, but the author should have chosen a female for the part of Catherine. Her “voice” as well as the other female voices are much too harsh and gravelly to be believable.

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  • Rachel Reads
  • 08-21-19

laughed and cried

beautifully written and performed, loved the characters in this. I hope this is part of a series - great stuff

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