Alexander Lambeth, fifth earl of Grenville, had eyes only for the fair Lady Elizabeth during his first London season. Unfortunately Elizabeth's father brokered her marriage to another.
Fancying himself broken hearted, Alex consented to a loveless union with Lady Felicity, daughter of wealthy Lord Morecombe. Five years into his marriage, his first love is widowed, and Alex's wife seems to believe he will waste no time making Lady Elizabeth his mistress.
As Felicity chooses to live apart from him, a surprisingly difficult choice is thrust upon Alex. Whom does he truly desire - the ethereal Elizabeth or the maddening Felicity?
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A whirlwind of duty, devotion and desire.
I would rate it highly. It was a very enjoyable read - I adored the heroine, Felicity, and the narration was spot on. The book is absolutely charming and I'll recommend it to friends. A great summer. read.
The moment when Felicity and Alex are reunited is pretty great... it's very cinematic and had great romantic sweep. The setting was wonderful and you got real sense of old-school Wuthering Heights style drama.
There are several scenes where you can just sense disaster on the horizon and you become very invested in the characters learning to really communicate. I think the fact that the whole novel builds up to a moment where that takes place is really effective.
Both - there are some wonderful characters in the novel.... the aunt is fabulous and performed very well. And I did find myself quite teary toward the end. If you get choked up during Pride and Prejudice - you'll totally fall for these characters 100 percent.
Wonderful characters wrestle with what's unsaid.
Yes, I would. I think the narrator brings great zest to his performance and it made it very enjoyable to listen to. I really enjoyed the structure of the book - switching between the viewpoint of the two protagonists. It was particularly effective for a period piece like this, in which social constraints prevent characters from just speaking their mind... It allowed you to really feel for both characters and become totally invested in their relationship.
I loved the Aunt - she was feisty and very funny. I also think Felicity is a wonderful heroine... she's strong yet vulnerable... and the protective walls she's built up really make the reader invest in the outcome.
I thought he was great... Particularly considering the challenge of voicing a leading female character through the whole book... I think he did a great job with Felicity - I never felt distracted. On the contrary, i thought he gave a very emotionally affecting performance.
The climax of the book - Alex's journey to find Felicity - was great. There are several moments where I think the reader just wants to yell at the characters because their inability to connect is infuriating (because you are so invested in their relationship). The book is a real tug of war... it has a structure that feels almost like the serialized novels of the time that were published in periodicals chapter by chapter.. there are some true emotional cliff hangers.
It has a real Jane Austen charm too it... There is a wonderful authenticity and detail to the novel and I really loved these characters and felt totally swept up in the romance of the story. It's not a bodice-ripper type romance at all... it's elegant, charming and will enchant BBC and Downton fans for sure.