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Cynthia Wright takes us back into the late 1800’s spinning a story of control, dream, hopes, fears, mystery along with dashing men who are alpha and a little on the wild side. As with all of this author books the settings our vivid, clean, crisp and spellbinding I loved this island and all it bright colors. Her men might be a little rough around the edges but they capture your heart taking you on a very romantic journey. What do you get when you put a dashing rough man with a hot tempered headstrong woman? One delightful adventure filled with meaning, learning, finding one’s self and learning to start over.
Ms. Beresford as the narration did a delightful job brings the story to life with her many different character voices. You have no trouble knowing who was talking or what emotion they were feeling. I did think some of her male character voices where a little close to others but I still knew who was talking. There are no background noises or any places where the audio was higher or lower than the chapter before. If breaks were taken you could not tell. The audio was clean, clear and crisp with true emotion being giving to each character. Her male voices were as lovely as her female ones. She has put a lot of thought and energy into making a delightful audio. I could really feel the pain in Catherine from the lost of her brother, how her father and husband hurt her as well as the pain her mother caused. This was an audio I had trouble putting down first because of the author and second because of the narrator really brings the story to life for me. I had no trouble picturing the scenes as they unfold the narrator really gave a whole hearted structure to really make me see what the author wanted us to. I very much look forward to listening to more of her work.
There is no doubt Adam was pushed in to marrying Cathy there is little doubt he wanted to or he would not have. Cathy comes with a lot of money which really hurt his male pride. He has a hard time getting over this in return he pushes her way for that and a few other reasons. Cathy not understanding it pulls father into herself. On Adams return home there are a few surprises waiting for him, some rather shocking to both Adam and Cathy. Cathy being the lady she is takes the bull by the horn and makes the best of it until she said ENOUGH. It doesn’t help when her mother puts up road blocks at every turn. Cathy is going to have to learn to deal with her feelings on many different issues before she can make her marriage work. Adam is still knocked for a loop from his mistress to how bad his home is and all he will have to do to bring it back to life. He is going to have a lot of decisions to make I am really glad I am not in his shoes. Can these two over look the bad and find some common ground that will pull them back into a HAE?
I really didn’t like Cathy’s mother I wasn’t alone not one character likes her. She is a piece of work and I have to totally agree with what Adam yelled at her. You see Paul’s mother a lot in the first part of the story. I do have to wonder what happen to her and how Paul took that. I would have also liked to have known just what Cathy’s mother said about the ending of the story. My heart really went out to Cathy’s father I feel for the most part he made the correct move. I adored the old cook she was a very wise women.
What worked for me was the mystery, how they came together. Working together as a team to restore their home. Cathy is a woman before her own time demanding to be an equal not settling for less. Both Cathy and Adam are strong willed and strong character giving you many smiles as well as sadness. I was glad to see Adam learned to deal with Cathy’s money and solving the mystery was a pleasure to watch. As in all this was a good book you have those you love and those you don’t. You have evil, jealousy always someone wanting what you have. There were a few things left unsaid I would have liked to know more about. I did enjoy the plot the adventure and the arguing. Cathy’s mother really added a lot to the story. There is no way you can read this and not feel sorry for everyone who has to deal with her.
I thought this was well written with delightful characters you can relate to. I enjoyed the little danger they went through. The trip on the ship was a add bonus. Once Adam makes up his mind he sure has a few wonderful moves that would capture any lady. The audio was outstanding it is one I would listen to again. I really enjoyed the story and plot.
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Emily Beresford's narration of Cynthia Wright's TEMPEST gave this favorite book new life for me. Although I have read it four times, I felt like I was listening to it for the very first time. Details previously lost in my haste to gulp down the story came into vivid focus as I sat and really listened to the author's beautiful, descriptive language. It was nearly as real as if I were watching a movie instead of just listening to an audio recording.
Of course, the book itself is part of a wonderfully romantic, adventure-packed series marked by their unforgettable heroes. A Raveneau man always has been and always will be swoon-worthy beyond compare. From the beginning of Cynthia Wright's Raveneau Novels, Privateer Captain Andre Raveneau set the tone of these books spanning many generations-- they are men so unfailingly brave, so dashingly handsome, so wickedly bad that they are irresistible. Adam Raveneau, a newly named English Viscount, is the latest tempting morsel in this delicious family.
Set in the Gilded Age, Cynthia Wright's novel is as always a beautiful glimpse into the lifestyle and mindset of people living in that time. Opening with a lavish masquarade ball set at the newly-built seaside estate of an American millionaire intent on seeing his daughter married to a Duke, the book shows a glimpse of what life was like for those who had wealth, but lacked the noble connections they so desired.
Catherine Parrish's mother, although from a wealthy Southern family, had not been thought "good enough" to marry Catherine's prestegious father. As a result, she raised Catherine carefully, grooming her to someday be the wife of a wealth English Duke. Regardless of what Catherine may or may not want, Mrs. Parrish finally has the coveted fish, a toad-like (in Catherine's opinion) English Duke, on the line. She expects that he will propose that very night.
But two strikingly handsome young men come to the door and turn everything upside down. Bryon Matthews (who readers will recognize from the author's books set in the American West) walks in, bringing his friend who is none other than Adam Raveneau. Dressed as a Barbadian pirate, Adam looks so handsome and dangerous that Catherine's breath is taken away.
A chance meeting in a Chinese teahouse in the gardens brings the two together for a few moments alone and they realize they are both people in need -- she needs away to escape the destiny planned by her mother, he needs a wealthy wife to help restore his destitute estate. That night, Catherine begins a plan in her mind that will help them both: a marriage of convenience.
A quick wedding, a delightfully romantic sea voyage, stories of pirate treasure, and the awakening of two wounded hearts follows. As always, Cynthia Wright weaves characters in from her past novels and that adds such a wonderful depth to the story. The author has done quite a bit of research on both the era and the places mentioned in the book, which adds a depth to the story that you won't often find in this genre. The accuracy makes the story seem even more real, if that's possible.
As with all of Cynthia Wright's novels, there are twists and turns, the magic of first love, tragic heartbreak, and love scenes that are absolutely unforgettable--beautiful, never raunchy, but immensely satisfying and glorious to read. Once you start this story, you'll not want to put it down until you've finished. If you haven't read any of this author's other novels you should click right over to Amazon's author page and download Silver Storm (The Raveneau Novels, Book 1) and then make your way through the rest. Each and every one is one to remember and to revisit over and over again! I have read hundreds of historical romances and can truthfully say that I enjoy hers above all others. You won't find a better way to spend an evening than curled up in a comfy chair listening to a book by Cynthia Wright!
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What made the experience of listening to Tempest the most enjoyable?
The best part about listening to Tempest as with any of Cynthia's books narrated by Emily, is being able to fully get involved in the story. To be able to close your eyes, and picture the scenes as they are being told.
What did you like best about this story?
I loved everything about this story, but of course the hope that the main characters could overcome the obstacles that were keeping them from true happiness was what kept me listening even when I should have been going to sleep. I had to know if they would have a happily ever after.
What does Emily Beresford bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
I think Emily brings the emotion to the book, in the funny parts her expressions made you giggle, in the sad parts where she would read with tears in her voice I found myself wanting to cry too. She brings the story and characters to life far more I think than if I was reading the book myself. And I love the voice she used for the little boy Paul, he was so cute. When Emily reads you really forget she is narrating and just listen to the characters speak as if speaking themselves.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Yes indeed I both laughed, and cried while listening to this book, I also got angry too. The story was beautifully written and captivating.
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I am new to audio books, and they are nothing like I expected them to be. They are far better. I am not sure if it's purely down to the book content and the excellent narration by Emily. But I know to keep both Cynthia and Emily in my sites when I think of buying my next Audible book.