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Life has taught Lucas Kendrick, duke of Harndon, that a heart is a decided liability. Betrayed by his elder brother, rejected by his fiancée, banished by his father, and shunned by his mother, Luke fled to Paris, where he became the most sought-after bachelor in fashionable society. Ten years later fate has brought him back home to England as head of the family who rejected him. Unwilling as he is to be involved with them, he must assume responsibility for his younger siblings, the family estate he once loved - and the succession. He faces the prospect of marrying with the greatest reluctance - until he sees beguiling Lady Anna Marlowe across a ballroom one night.
Anna, far from being the bright-eyed innocent Luke takes her for, is no more a stranger to the shadows of a painful past than he is. But for her, marriage cannot so easily solve what is wrong in her life - not when a tormentor stalks her to the very doors of Bowden Abbey, where Luke and Anna must learn to trust in each other or risk any chance they may have for a happy future.
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By Lady Wesley on 09-03-15
Hero's redemption makes this worth reading
I'm always pleased to see more of Mary Balogh's back list coming out in Kindle editions -- the latest being her Georgian series from the mid-1990s. Since the Rosalyn Landor audio version was issued at the same time, I chose to listen rather than read.
My ratings: 3.5 stars for the story; 5 stars for the narration.
The love story is beautiful -- classic Mary Balogh -- especially Lucas's gradual realization that he really isn't "heartless" after all. Anna's Big Secret, however, was dragged out too long, although it was so awful that I could understand her reluctance to confess it to her husband.
As for the Georgian setting -- I didn't feel it -- other than mentions of the clothing and hairstyles. Perhaps I'm spoiled, having just read several titles by the consummate Georgian-era author, Lucinda Brant.
Mary Balogh can't write a bad book, though, so if you're a fan like I am, try this one. I will definitely read the sequel, Silent Melody.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
By 1955 on 07-20-15
Mary Balogh/Rosalyn Landor. What's Not to Love?
Balogh is a MUST listen, add Landor to narrate and you have a GREAT listen.
The story flowed impeccably, as MB's stories always do.
RL's narration was spot on.
Goes in the 'Read Again' file.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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By Reader on 04-14-16
If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?
I don't know. I'm a great fan of Mary Balogh's work but this story just didn't gel for me.
Would you ever listen to anything by Mary Balogh again?
Which character – as performed by Rosalyn Landor – was your favourite?
None of them really.
You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?
Any additional comments?
I'm sorry I wasted my credit on this.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful