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If My Heart Could See You by Sherry Ewing is a good medieval story set during the time of King Henry II. Dristan of Blackmore is one of the King's most trusted knights who is sent to the north to conquer Berwyck castle and its holdings. As his prize in doing so, the King instructs Dristan to wed the eldest daughter of the keep to unite the two lands. After the dust settles, the daughter in question, Amiria, is no where to be found. Instead Amiria decides to pretend to be her twin brother who she believes to be dead. Little did she anticipate that Dristan would take the lad/lady to be his squire and it's inevitable that they will soon end up together.
Although it seemed to take me a couple of tries to get into the rhythm of the story (I would have preferred less 'twis, 'kin and mayhap language), once I did, I really enjoyed the story of Berwyck Castle and it's inhabitants. There are several good side stories going along, and when more than one couple gets married, I can't help but feel like I've won bonus prizes. I especially liked how the sex was done all behind "closed doors" - you knew it was happening without all salacious details.
Marian Hussey narrated and did a great job! She had different voices for each character, both young and old and male and female. I especially enjoyed the younger brothers and sisters voices as they were very authentic - one of them plays a pivotal role at the end, so perhaps that is why it's so memorable. Because of Marian's narration, I enjoyed listening to this book much more than I would have if I had only read it - at 10 1/2 hours in audio format, that's saying something! I received a copy of this audio in exchange for an honest review.
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This was a fun read with a spunky but sometimes PIA heroine, a domineering hero who learns to temper his control issues, and good secondary characters. This was my first book by both author and narrator. I like Ewing's style though the Old (Middle?) English was a bit over the top at times and made the dialogue sometimes chatty. However, it also added to the flavor and setting, keeping you secured in the time period.
There was a nice twist with the twin aspect, and I liked that the heroine was a bit of an oddity due to her preference to dress/fight as a knight. Because of that rather in spite of it (another twist I enjoyed), the hero knew she would be a good match for him. The villain was a bit predictable but still a splendidly evil fellow. I also enjoyed the fact that one of the sisters deviated from the loving family norm. The research was well-evident, and I always appreciate that, but I assumed it would be authentic when I listened to the language.
The narrator handled each character to perfection. Never a mix-up, the males sounded believable and the even the boy was authentic. I'd listen to more of her.
All in all, I would definitely recommend this book if you are a medieval romance fan.
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