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I loved this book!!! The characters are complex, the conflicts are real and it's written in a way that you get to care for the different characters. This is a rich story that handles intense subjects such as political influence, human rights, mental illness and epilepsy. And the thread that binds all of those subjects are two great love stories. By the end you feel satisfied and happy because you see that love conquers all.
Narration: Rosalyn Landor is one of the most experienced and amazing narrators I've ever listened to. She adds intensity and passion to the story and has an uncanny ability to make very different voices to all characters (and this story had lost of characters). She nails every characterization (men, older men, young women, old women).
If you enjoy historical romances then you must add this title to your collection.
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This story is about two rather unusual lovers, and some readers have been put-off slightly by the fact that the female heroine does not conform to the stylish image of ladies commonly found in romances. She seems to be rude and loud and completely unfashionable. But she has a reason for her behavior, which we come to understand, and her pairing with the conservative Oliver, who feels he has to be on good behavior because he is the bastard son of a Duke, actually makes for a totally inspiring as well as endearing love story. Oliver has lessons to learn about himself, as well as healing that needs to take place - a healing that only someone like Jane can provide. In fact the theme of the story is about having the courage to be true to the self, as Oliver eventually learns from his mother, his sister, and his aunt. The heroine Jane, a peacock not the wren that Oliver says he needs for his career, may never be fashionable in the mode of others, but she learns to use her pain and rejection as a springboard for growth, never showing any malice towards those who have hurt her. The love between the two is endearing because it is so unexpected, so difficult and their coming together shows how opposites can, indeed, attract. It is also a source of a great deal of humor. Like so many of Milan's stories, the heroines of these adventures are strong influences on their mates in a positive way. The prequel to this series, The Governess Affair, is definitely worth a read to enrich the understanding of Oliver, though the book stands entirely on its own.
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