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I listened to the audio book and this story is a must read or listen to. John Thornton, who is travelling to Spain to save his mill, runs into Miss Hale who is also travelling to the same location. She is injured and travelling alone, so Mr. Thornton travels as her brother. We get to know John's mother , Hannah more thoroughly as well as Frederick (Margaret's brother) and his wife. I fell in love with the honorable, honest, strong John Thornton more than ever during this story. It was so well put together. I recommend this to anyone who loves Darcy, yes Darcy, as he is a Darcy in a later age. The narrator Ana Clements did a phenomenal job bringing the characters to life and brought out the nuances of the story with such skill. I highly recommend the audiobook and highly recommend this story to lovers of JAFF and Darcy.
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What did you love best about No Such Thing as Luck?
With a voyage, an accident, an exotic location, a villain, a fist-fight, a wedding, a death, a fugitive, the threat of execution, and plenty of steamy make-out sessions, NSTAL makes a fine plot for a blockbuster film. I loved that Margaret and John rediscover each other in locations foreign to them. It's adventurous with a dash of danger. I loved the flamboyant villain, Jiro. Jiro’s machinations only prove John to be the the brave and selfless knight in shining armour we know he can be, and who doesn’t swoon at that? We’re also introduced to some new characters on the voyage, and we meet Frederick and his family in Spain. Plus, there's plenty of John and Margaret makeout sessions!
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
There can be too much of a good thing though. For me there was a bit too much kissing too early in the story. Part of the fun is the angst, so I would have preferred a slower burn.There’s also a bit too much plot. There's a lot of action, which can actually be a great thing for most readers, but I’m old-school so I prefer to explore a character's inner world a bit more.
What does Ana Clements bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Ana Clements is an accent wizard, seamlessly transitioning from Northern to Southern, Spanish to French. She brought the right touch of tenderness and heat to John and Margaret's more intimate moments. I found her tone and rhythm relaxing. She definitely gets a thumbs up from me.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Yes, I laughed at several places. But if you've read Nicole's books, that's to be expected. :)
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I'd recommend this for fans of North and South as the story is very sympathetic to the original book. The characters felt very true to their counterparts in the original version and I could easily picture them in my mind's eye in this variation.
I felt that the narrator's performance of Mr. Thornton sounded very monotone in the beginning but I soon got used to it. I liked the subtle northern accent which was well done.
I loved the story line and I wouldn't hesitate to buy more from the author.
I voluntarily reviewed a gifted copy.
I really enjoyed listening to this book. I haven't listened to many Victorian Romances (mid 1800's) but found this one to pull me in. I thought the story was very well written.
John Thornton and Margaret Hale were two endearing characters. I loved Thornton for how chivalrous and honorable he was, and for what he was willing to sacrifice.
Regarding the narrator, Ana Clements. I was impressed with her multitude of various character voices and accents she performed. I love it when a narrator has distinguishable characters.
One of my favorite parts of the book was near the ending when Margaret and Mrs. Thorton met at White Chapel.
I was given a copy of this audiobook and selected to write my review. I will definitely look for more books by both the author and narrator.