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I think when we listen to these FICTIONAL, historical romances there are 2 categories of listeners - 1. the listener that want's everything researched, researched, researched and then verified (absolutely nothing wrong with that if that's what you like), and 2. the listener who just want's a fanciful romance that's pure escapism and who wants just a bit of enjoyable fun to pass the time whilst doing a particularly dull chore or task. I think this is why this book is getting such varied reviews and I sadly, fall into the 2nd category - so I will give my review based on my own personal tastes.
I found this to be thoroughly enjoyable, touching, funny, sweet and romantic and it has some great characters too that you can't help but empathise with - handsome penniless Rake and a deaf rich but modest heiress. There is an evil villain who had 'allegedly' raped a servant of 13/14 and done some 'unmentionable' acts but, as with all these types of books, he gets 'dealt with'. Great narration by Ms. Landor too.
Worth a credit? If you fall in category 2 then - YES absolutely - but for $9.79 for nearly 11hrs I would just buy it, save your credit and spend it on a more expensive listen.
30 of 31 people found this review helpful
My sister and I listened to the audible version during a long car trip. It is romance as I like it - a plot that moves along and lots of laugh-out-loud humour. I liked the audio so much that I bought it for my Kindle, and I bought the other two of her books that audible has available. I read/listen to a lot of romance books, but this one really stood out for me. I suppose it really comes down to personal preference.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
a charming story which is both romantic and sweet. a very good read this book has had me both in tears and laughing. I really enjoyed the twists and turns in this story.
This is a lovely story, but when viewed from a 21st century perspective, it feels like it's lacking! Both of the main characters fail in their communication with each other - not from what they can't say, but because they fail to finish sentences! Assuming each other wouldn't be able to tolerate the truth!
So, I found it a good easy going book, but not re-readable.
Jessica needs a hubby because her assumed dead stepbrother wants to shove her in an asylum to get her hugeeeeee inheritance.
Jessica has thought marriage not for her as shes a working girl, not a pro, but GASP A DESIGNER.
anyway simon needs coin to fix his estate.
you know what is coming.
the usual rich people crying poor to their servants.
Anyway this book could have been cut down in half and made no difference to the story.
ms Landor does her best, but even I felt that she had gotten a bit bored, I sure did.