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I do not like stories where the man is so captivated by a woman's beauty, that he thinks of nothing else. He really had nothing else to admire about her, such as, she was well read, or that she enjoyed visiting museums, or that she did charitable works, or she was a strong and independent woman, or anything other than she was, "beautiful and vibrant and had a pleasant form" . It really made him seem shallow to me.
She, on the hand, could not get over how handsome he was not. He was not handsome enough for her, and she thought he was boring, probably because he didn't falter her enough, at first. It wasn't until he started telling her how beautiful she was, that she started to have a little positive feeling towards him. She couldn't see the good man that he truly was, because she couldn't get past his lack of a handsome face, which goes on through most of the book. Her ideals of a good marriage, are to have a handsome and exciting husband, who adores her. How childish.
There was very little depth to her character. There were a few glimpses, but that's it, glimpses. Sure she thought the baby was cute, what woman doesn't love a baby. And true, she felt bad for her cousin, but what normal person wouldn't feel sorrow for a couple who experienced that kind of loss.
All in all, the book lacked depth, to me. There wasn't enough to make the Duke love her as deeply as he did, other than, he thought she was hot. There wasn't anything to admire about Charlotte through most of the book, she was shallow, immature, had nothing of her own, no strength, no intelligent inner voice, just a flat character.
The narrator did a horrible job in Charlotte 's voice. She sounded like a five year old in a child's audio book, which I'm sure only made her childishness stand out even more . Like I said my favorite part, is when the story ended.