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Douglas has no desire to raise his dead sister's children, nor does he want the distraction of the tempting Julia living under his roof. Julia is struggling with grief and trying to make a go in a new country without much help from impossibly handsome, but even more impossibly remote Douglas. Not to mention, she has to deal with the active hostility of Douglas's frosty, Attila-the-Hun-in-a-skirt mother, Monique. Douglas decides the best way to give the children what they need, get his mother to behave, and give himself what he wants is to marry Julia. When he tells her (yes, tells her) she will be his wife, Julia thinks Douglas is (probably) insane. And anyway, she's decided if she ever has another husband (since the last one wasn't so great), he was going to be short, balding, have a paunch, and worship the ground she walks on (none of these characteristics define Douglas in the slightest).
One more thing, Sommersgate House is haunted by the ghosts of the man who built the house and the woman who was the love of his life. They both died mysteriously at Sommersgate months after it was finished. When they did, a curse settled on the house, making it seem strangely alive. And the only way for the beautiful but frightening house to rid itself of this curse is for its owner to find true love.
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By snowreader on 02-03-17
LOVE this series
I love this book! Although to be fair I love everything Kristen Ashley! the narrator did such a wonderful job with the male voice, that I don't think I've heard a better performance. It made everything even better than it would have already been I can't wait to listen to the next book
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
By Amy K. on 01-24-17
Ruined by the narrator
What did you like best about Sommersgate House? What did you like least?
I've always had a fondness for the story. It's not a work of fine literature, but it's a darn fun read. So I looked forward to the Audible version, as I have a long daily commute, and am always looking for good books to listen to during my drive. However, the narrator ruined this book for me. Why, oh why, when most of the characters in the book are English, would you have an American narrator who can't do a decent accent to save her life??? And when she has to voice the English hero....words cannot describe how bad it is! I'm so disappointed I could just weep.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Douglas is quite a dashing Bond-type figure.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
English accents, as mentioned above, are terrible. Her "voice" for the hero....unspeakably bad.
Could you see Sommersgate House being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?
I can't even begin to think about this until I mourn this audio for a few days.
Any additional comments?
Please don't let all of the books in this series be narrated by the same person, as Ms. Ashley has done before. I can't even bear to think about it, as this series is a regular re-read for me.
12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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By Cruella1313 on 12-31-17
A much better listen - Far fewer accents to murder!
Whilst the narrators is still lacking and rather irritating at times there are far fewer accents for her to murder and her natural speaking voice is very pleasant to listen to.
By marie on 07-26-17
If I'm being picky the English accents were not great and put me off a bit but I love this story so it was still worth listening