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Strangers meet, romance blossoms. But there's a test...A classic fairytale retold.
Good English families all have a house in the country with a deer park, a trout stream, and an army of gardeners. They should have a son and if it can be managed, he should be handsome. Cleverness isn't important. Daughters in limited quantities are fine so long as they are pretty. Bastards are inconvenient and best ignored. It's not a big problem, unless you are one. Unfortunately, Sophy is.
Sick of her outcast role, she escapes her father's house, only to fall from her horse during a spring storm. Injured, soaked, and shivering, she stumbles to a stranger's door - Tom, a blunt edged merchant from a family of vulgar upstarts. Mistaking Sophy for the genuine article, he takes her in. Sophy can't resist twisting the truth. Soon she's caught in her own snare - and it might just be a noose.
©2012 Jaima Fixsen (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
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By Tracy T on 11-20-17

Pretty Good Story. Narration not so much.

This was quite a interesting story and starts at the beginning of Sophy's life at the age of about 8 I believe all they way through her early adult life through the happily ever after.

I really did enjoy the story quite a bit. I liked the the relationship Sophy and her step mother formed. It was good and not the usual evil stepmom story we all expect.

I did not enjoy the narration very much. Lucy Patterson's didn't really even try to do a male's voice. Very disappointing when a narrator doesn't try.

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By book connoisseur on 10-04-17

An enjoyable and amusing story with great narration

This is one of the best audio books I've listened to. Lucy Paterson's narration is perfect! The story is charming, with bits of humor throughout. Many times I found myself laughing out lound! This is my favorite book in the fair child series, and I've listened to it at least 10 times. Sophie is a sweet girl who doesn't really have a place in high society, because she is born out of wedlock. Tom is a strong and stubborn man of trade, and refuses to fit into the uppity social class. When Sophie unexpectedly shows up on Tom's door step, he tries to evade her and his feelings for her. However, Sophie needs to win Tom over so he won't divulge her societal faux pas. So, in true romance fashion, Tom reluctantly finds himself falling for Sophie, and she with him. Their sarcastic humors and quick wits pair perfectly with each other. Jasper, the brother, is hilarious, and I enjoyed his story in, "Courting Scandal". I recommend the whole series. The stories never drag, and Lucy Paterson gives the right amount of inflection to keep a listener absorbed in the story.

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