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Publisher's Summary

"My dear girl! I could never fall in love by letter. Though I have no doubt you are a notorious breaker of hearts, not to mention a princess in disguise, and if I were a few miles closer to Toot-above-the-Batch I would be in great danger. From the safe distance of another continent, I will admit to a modest desire to see how your pearl becomes you, even to know the color of your hair and eyes, but this is mere curiosity, I assure you."
-Your knight, Robert
Through their innocent correspondence, a lonely young wife grows to love an imaginary man thousands of miles away. But when he returns to England from India, her idea of reality is turned upside down. Drawn from a safe world of tea and parlor chat into madness and mystery, she cannot find her own cherished Robert in the frightening stranger who claims her love.
Laura Kinsale personally chose the exceptional talent of Nicholas Boulton to voice her favorite heroine, sweet, witty Folie with her ferret, Toot.
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Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award
"Flawless transitions and pacing convey the elements of suspense and sexuality in this romantic mystery." ( AudioFile Magazine)
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4 out of 5 stars
By 🇺🇸🌸DARA on 09-12-13

Delightful Journey of Romance vs Reality

This is my first book by Laura Kinsale so I didnt know what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised to find this author wrote complex real to life characters along with a story that was a combination of romance, mystery, and adventure.

For me, this was the kind of book that kept me guessing along the way. The main character Robert is a controlled, multi-faceted man of means and Folly is a woman who is a romantic dreamer who slowly loses faith in her quest. Together their romance grows in an unusual progression of adventure where they learn trust, faith and the journey of love.

The narrator was terrific. His voice is perfect for this type of story. His voice reminds me of the voice of (the actor) Richard Armitage who has narrated a few books on Audible. .

If you enjoy a great romantic/mystery story that doesn't have detailed sex scenes then I would highly recommend this book.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 11-04-15

Kinsale's Best Heroine

You know how among your friends there's often one half of a couple who’s so great that you willingly put up with a dead-head spouse for the privilege of spending time with him/her? Well, "My Sweet Folly" is like that for me. The heroine, Folie Hamilton, is…terrific. She's loving and caring, she's brave, she's laugh-out-loud funny, she's really smart, and she would never knowingly hurt anybody on purpose. Unfortunately, her chosen beloved – one Lieutenant Robert Cambourne late of the British Bengal Infantry in India -- isn't really any of those things. Or he’s not consistent enough at them to make him much of a hero. To be honest, I don’t know what she sees in him. (As my husband and I always say, “Must be a sex thing…”)

At any rate, this is a good story by a great author read by a terrific narrator. Mr. Boulton’s a kick. Nobody – NOBODY – is better at British doctors, lawyers, clergy and aristocratic matrons! Of particular note in this outing is the extended scene around poor, drunk Sir Howard and his long-suffering wife Lady Dingley as they try to enlist a sick, preoccupied Folie to do some matchmaking. The story reads very funny at this point, but it’s absolutely hysterical in Mr. Boulton’s audio.

Tolerate/endure Lieutenant Cambourne. The writing, the narration, the heroine and the rest of the characters in “My Sweet Folly” are SO worth it! Highly recommend.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kristin on 06-12-15

For me, another winner!

Would you listen to My Sweet Folly again? Why?

I would read it again if I have the time, of course but.....

What did you like best about this story?

From the first amusingly clever correspondence, the meeting, then the mystery that developed from that moment on, I could not put it down!

Which character – as performed by Nicholas Boulton – was your favourite?

I love each and every one of Nicholas Boulton's characters, the voices are superb and without exception are just perfect.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed quite a lot and yes, I choked up, too.

Any additional comments?

Laura Kinsale and Nicholas Boulton have no equal in this genre.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Elizabeth Archibong on 09-06-17

If only narration was enough

This dragged on and on and on . As usual the narrator was excellent but there is only so much you can do with mediocre material

The only interesting thing I found about this book was the prologue and the letters they exchanged... those were funny but after that, skipped huge chunks of this books just so I could get to the end.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Kerry on 01-08-15

very heavy story line great if thats what you like

The start of this book was very promising but then it gets quite heavy. I am half way through and struggling to finish the book. Dont get me wrong the story line is actually quite good and the narrator just fantastic but.....I listen to books to forget about reality for a bit and enjoy a bit of light hearted humour. The main male character is this book is in a very sad state and its all too realistic for me. I have read two other of Laura Kinsales books and they were great. Unfortunately this one is sadly lacking in the humour I need. Having said this The narrator, Nicholas Boulton has a devine voice and truly suits the reading of this story and think that's what has kept me going in the hope the story line would lighten up. If you do want a good, light hearted book of Laura Kinsale purchase Lessons in French, it is a bit silly but still believable and a great book.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Naomi Brewster on 03-29-14

wonderful surprise

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

absolutely

What does Nicholas Boulton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Well textured and various voices

Any additional comments?

This was my first laura Kinsale book and I was utterly surprised and delighted.

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