2013 Readers' Favorite International Book Awards Medal Winner
Jane and Salt-four years of happily ever after...Sir Antony Templestowe-four years of exile...Lady Caroline-four years of heartache... Diana St. John-four years plotting revenge...The time has come...
How does a brother cope with life knowing his sister is a murderess? How can a nobleman have the life he has always wanted when a lurking evil consumes his thoughts and haunts his dreams? What will it take for good to triumph over evil? For listeners who enjoyed Salt Bride, the story continues...
Salt Hendon series, Book 2
Character-driven romantic suspense.
Non explicit (mild sensuality).
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A Powerful Duo of Author & Narrator!
I could not wait to listen to the rest of this series—it was that compelling!
This story works on two levels. One where we are still fascinated with the beautiful, intelligent Lady Diana St. John, who with her cunning and black heart is able to manipulate and twist events to coerce people to do her bidding. The second level involves Sir Antony, Lady Diana’s brother serving as ambassador to Russia, and Lady Caroline. Lady Caroline has suffered much since his departure (secretly loves him), and through her error in judgement and its lessons she has secrets in her past she wants to forget.
Lady Diana St. John was the villainous who escaped her banishment to return to her ‘rightful’ place beside Magnus Sinclair, Lord of Salt Hendon. Her actions and very character create an underlying tension and dark suspense which lurks in wait as Sir Antony and Lady Caroline’s story is established. She was such a lose canon in the first book of the series, the reader has no idea what to expect from her in the second. A delicious villainous, well-developed and one I loved to hate. Narrator Marian Hussey played her role impeccably; deceit simply rolled off her tongue. Lady Diana’s form of flattery with its sweet oily application could easily turn vindictive where I wasn’t sure she could keep control, so close she was to physical and verbal violence. A wonderful character all around, both in the author’s mind and Ms. Hussey’s interpretive role.
Fortunately, Sir Antony made something of himself while in St. Petersburg, no longer the habitual drunk. He returned to England forthwith when hearing of Lady Diana’s escape. He had to somehow contain her, protect her children, and those of Magnus and Jane. He had to make it right. Yet, he loved his sister. Although seeing her diabolical side, he admired her intelligence and beauty. Lady Diana had one aim--to assist Lord Salt in his political career, by his side and bask in the light of his greatness.
This story focuses on beautiful Lord Sinclair’s sister, Caroline. Full of spirit, a Regency animal lover, she had learned some very big lessons in her young life, but no longer the pure, virginal woman who at age 15 had told Antony she was going to marry him. She and Sir Antony banter quite humorously, providing much-needed levity to the dark intrigues just below the surface created by the machinations of Lady Diana. Lady Caroline is now a widow, with past errors in judgement she fears to hope to feel Sir Antony’s arms enfold her or if she even has the right.
Narrator Marian Hussey, with her distinct storytelling, gave much to this already intriguing book. This was one of those books you don’t want to stop listening to, grabbing you hook, line and sinker. I would highly recommend the series in audio.
- BOOKTALK WITH EILEEN