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Mary Balogh is always exquisite in her writing style. Her dialogue is very refined and flows beautifully. This book served as an introduction to the Huxtable family: eldest sister Margaret is beautiful and a nurturer, middle sister Vanessa is funny and plain, youngest sister Katherine is sweet and very pretty and their baby brother Stephen whom they are all looking after. The first book is the story of Vanessa and Lyndgate. They marry for convenience and then, this being a romance novel, fall in love. What I love about Balogh's characters is that they are flawed but very likeable and the siblings have a strong sense of loyalty and duty. What I found missing is the development of feelings between the 2 main characters. It lacked the depth of feelings that I found in Simply Love which was also about a couple marrying for convenience. I just felt that it was slightly rushed. I was also disappointed that Roz Landor was not the narrator. I just think she is the best for Regency Romance. Nevertheless, it was a good book and I can't wait to know what happens to the rest of the Huxtables, especially Meg and their cousin Con, the most complex and interesting character in the book. Of course, Mrs Balogh left him till the 5th and last book of the series. Get this one and the Simply series, you won't regret it.
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This was one of the most boring books I have listened to. I kept waiting for something to happen, but it never did. Awful.
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Hoping for a Georgette Heyer type novel and was disappointed. Basically soft porn dressed up in a rather skimpy historical context... Written with modern speech patterns and a thin humourless plot with little detail of the time. The heroine had a very modern attitude to sex that was just wrong and an obsession about her 'plainness' that got really very boring after a while. Barbara Cartland did a better job.... and Georgette Heyer this is not. The narration was also underwhelming.
Talking of Georgette Heyer, I am waiting with bated breath for Venetia - unabridged please!
(female listener using boyfriend's account - John would not read a book like this!!)
3 of 5 people found this review helpful