Winner - Best Historical Novel, 2015 RONE Awards
Opposites attract. Appearances can deceive. A dashing and rugged façade hides the vulnerable man within. He will gamble with his life, but never his heart. Always the observer, never the observed, her fragility hides conviction. She will risk everything for love. One fateful night they collide. The attraction is immediate, the consequences profound....
London and Hampshire, 1777: The story of Alisdair "Dair" Fitzstuart, nobleman, ex-soldier, and rogue, and Aurora "Rory" Talbot, spinster, pineapple fancier, and granddaughter of England's Spymaster General, and how they fall in love.
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Another Lucinda Brant winner
Wonderfully Written, Superbly Narrated -- love it
When a novel is not just a story, but an experience, it is such a delight. We move with the characters, sharing their emotions, feelings and experiences, not told a story but living one.
The story begins with a scene truly hilarious, a scene with tongue in cheek frolicking of the nobility’s pranks. Alisdair is known for his outlandish behavior and his willingness to take on a bet. He involves his friends in this prank. One such friend, is Rory’s brother, Lord Gasby, a bundle of energy and a brother with deep love for his sister. This prank doesn’t exactly end the way Alistair thought it would. He holds a woman in his arms tightly wrapped in drapery. Simply ludicrious and had me laughing. There was no putting this listen down!
When the flame of interest is sparked for none other than the Spymaster General’s granddaughter (the gal he held while wrapped in drapery), he knows his chances of gaining her hand will fall on deaf ears. Under the façade he uses to hide his inner self, is a person with a heart he knew not beat.
Alistair has a champion, his cousin, Her Grace the Duchess, a woman of great feeling, high spirits and enduring love. Secrets long hidden and best forgotten must be unearthed to give well deserving youth a chance of happiness.
I enjoy the saga Ms. Brant unfolds. Characters we’ve come to love from earlier in the saga take secondary positions in this story. Frankly, this wonderful saga with a narrator of such talent will remain with me for many years.
I highly recommend this series by Lucinda Brant. A saga of depth, passion, and loves of such fervor, your heart swells.
Note: I found I enjoyed the speed of the complete saga at speed 0.75x. It allows the words and divine voice of Mr. Wyndham time to appreciate.
- BOOKTALK WITH EILEEN