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Rebecca Linwood isn't your typical husband seeking wallflower. She's an intelligent woman, headstrong and determined to make her own way in a male dominated world. Her father taught her to love Egyptology and she has spent her life honing that knowledge. Running her own Egyptian museum gives her purpose, although she still feels alone. After reading a mysterious scroll aloud one night, her troubles begin. Mysterious scraping, moaning, and bed rattling at night leave her sleepless. In desperation she seeks out renowned expert Gabriel Stone to break the curse.
Gabriel has heard of Rebecca Linwood's Egyptian museum, but he believes she's a charlatan with only superficial knowledge. Forced to meet her, he accuses her of being a thief and a liar. Stung by his words, Rebecca proves her knowledge and impresses Gabriel despite himself. Recognizing her intelligence, he agrees to help her break the curse. In doing so he becomes involved in her life in ways that only expose how much they need each other.
Both Rebecca and Gabriel were really interesting characters with dark backstories, and I couldn't help cheering them on. Their vulnerabilities made them so likable. They bonded over their common interests, but it was their family complications that really brought them together. They're the kind of couple that you can picture ten years down the road, traveling the world in love like newlyweds on a honeymoon. The plot was really interesting, and it was a good mix of romance and suspense.
I thought the narrator was great, her pace was perfect and her accent worked well with the setting. Her reading was smooth and not dramatically overacted. She pulled me right into the story. I received a copy of the audiobook in exchange for an honest review, and I'll be keeping an eye out for more by this author and narrator!
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What did you love best about A Curse of the Heart?
I enjoyed the growing relationship between Gabriel and Rebecca. They were two people who were grieving in their own way but together they reached a sense of peace and understanding.
What other book might you compare A Curse of the Heart to and why?
I can't really think of a book to compare it with. This isn't the first book I've read by Adele Clee and I find she usually puts her own twist on the storyline.
Did the narration match the pace of the story?
This isn't the best narration I've listened to, I always find that if the story is set in Britain then I want to hear a British voice narrating. As for pace, yes that was fine.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Well actually there were several, the moment when Rebecca and Gabriel realised they loved each other. There was another moment connected with the families but I don't want to give too much away.
Any additional comments?
I had read the book before but it was some time ago but I enjoyed listening to the story again. I've read quite a number of Adele's books and always enjoyed them. There is usually an unexpected twist to the story. I was gifted a this audiobook but have voluntarily reviewed it, This is my honest review.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes, anyone who enjoys regency mystery romance will surely love this.
What was one of the most memorable moments of A Curse of the Heart?
I loved the opening scenes where Rebecca is demanding to see Gabriel and practically camps outside his doorstep. The banter and snide comments they made to each other was quite entertaining. Their initial dislike of one another was thankfully short lived and not drawn out unnecessarily. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes and I did! as I spent the entire day clearing out my cluttered study. It was a welcome distraction.
I love Adele Clee's female protagonists. She writes of an era where women were more subservient, but Adele unapologetically makes her characters more. More different, more tempered by the trials of life despite their young age, more flawed and yet infinitely stronger. That is also true for the male protagonist, who meet the expectations of sweeping in and saving the woman from time to time. But, more importantly, she saves him right back.
Gabriel and Rebecca's interests are quite similar. You would think that they would connect because of their love for Egyptian antiquities but that isn't quite the case. Their connection is much less superficial. They find they can relate to each other because of their inability to move forward from the grips of the past and therefore heal. This story isn't just a historical romance, it is a story of healing.
This books features characters first encountered in To Save A Sinner, but is a stand-alone HEA book.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.