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I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. It's an intriguing story with plenty of Feather's usual romantic sensitivity and accuracy in historical detail that is brought to life by this reader. Narrators always leave an impression on me, sometimes good and sometimes bad. They can make or break a book. This narrator IMHO brings just the right tone and feel to "Almost A Lady" and its fascinating characters, and doesn't disappoint with her adroit ability to create unique and very distinct characters. I've enjoyed several of Feather's books and Ashford's narrations, and this one is very nicely done--well worth a listen, a good audiobook.
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You awaken one morning and find yourself in a lovely night gown, in a cabin aboard a 19th century ship. In walks an unknown but terribly handsome, sexually attractive man smilingly offering breakfast and the opportunity to remain at sea for the foreseeable future (sigh). What do you do? Part of what I love about Jane Feather books is her ability to create immediate interest and compelling tension within the first few paragraphs. Ms. Feather, reminiscent of Jane Austen, can write. There are long passages filled with intricate details that create not only an atmosphere, but provide insight into the perception and motivation of her main characters. I love how the heroine in this story is adaptable, curious and courageous. She (and the hero) are not only intelligent, complex persons, they are fully formed individuals with distinctive differences in outlook and neither needs to be "saved." Comfortable in their sexuality, they live in the present tense, following their instincts. Interestingly their story does not end with the standard epilog, where all are happy. Instead, Ms. Feather's lovers (who are the midst of a war) remain in the "now" so you as reader are free to imagine what happens to them in the years to come. If you want a light, sex filled, standard romance, "Almost a Lady" is not the one. But if you enjoy descriptive writing, smart dialogue and an intelligent story of intrigue, then spend the time to read this book. Personally, I love re-reading it.
The book has a great storyline. However, the narrator leaves a lot to be desired. The age and voice of the narrator is all wrong for the history of the book. It comes across as being from a story during WWII not in the very early 1800's. Narrators don't normally leave any impression on me but this one definitely did.