Her Aunt Allegra said, "A young lady with a fortune is subject to all sorts of untoward attentions by the worst sort of vagrants."
It is a lesson Tabitha Timmons, a penniless spinster, has never needed to heed. That is, until she is left a vast fortune payable only upon her marriage to the very respectable Mr. Barkworth - a match that offers little chance of discovering exactly what her aunt means by "untoward attentions."
But the same can't be said when the Duke of Preston happens along Tabitha's path. He spies a rebellious streak in her that matches his own, and he makes it his mission to save her from such a passionless match, interfering in her life at every turn. All too soon, Preston - whose very name spells ruin - has Tabitha caught between the good fortune that guarantees her security, and his kiss, which promises an entirely different kind of happily-ever-after.
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This book is amusing as well as a good story. There are some very funny dialogues and the story is absorbing enough to be quite diverting, which is the reason someone would choose a book of this sort.
The hero is well written: he is complex enough to be interesting and described enough to be sympathetic. The author allows the reader to understand the hero's motivations and reactions, not always the case with romance heroes. The hero develops a stronger sense of his identity during the course of the novel in a believable way. The heroine's development was also interesting to follow and unfolded at a creditable pace, complementing the hero's evolution. Neither seemed too stupid to live, a common failing in romances.
No, this was my first listen to her. She performs the voice of the hero superbly.
There were some truly delightful scenes between the hero, heroine and the antagonist.
This is an excellent pick if you are looking for 11+ hours of enjoyable diversion. It is not terribly memorable, but is a very entertaining way to pass the hours.
Excellent Narration, Typical Story
I would recommend this book if you continue to enjoy the usual formula: girl in trouble, rake finds girl, rake causes girl more trouble, rake breaks her heart, then he saves her and they live happily ever after. I do enjoy these stories a great deal!Susan Duerden never fails to give the right tone to an historical, English romance. Love her.
There was good depth and build within each character, plus some surprises.
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