Locating her is only half the battle.
Cyrus Ryland didn't become England's wealthiest bachelor by being a pushover, but the mysterious beauty he discovers sneaking around at his grand ball enflames his curiosity. When the clock chimes midnight, and she's nowhere to be found, Cyrus vows to scour all of London to uncover who she is. Little does he know that not only does Claire Mayhew not want to be found, but she wants nothing to do with him at all....
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A bit too wordy, makes the story just okay.
- Tracy T "Audible Addict!"
Charming Fractured Re-Telling of Cinderella!
While there are similarities to Cinderella's tale, Gina has put her own stamp on the classic fairy tale leaving the reader with an original, unique treat. For instance, as the clock strikes the midnight hour, Claire disappears, reminiscent of Cinderella; Claire loses a shoe as she flees the ball - but her wayward shoe is a well-worn working-woman's shoe, not a glass slipper. Gina's stunningly sensual descriptions of the scenes, detailed descriptions of the clothing, the weather, and more make the reader feel that they are right there. The epilogue was a satisfying treasure that tied up all the loose ends and left me with a huge smile on my face.
My favorite character was Claire. I appreciated her independence in England's Georgian era when this tale was set. During the time in which this tale occurred, independent businesswomen were frowned upon as women were not considered worthy of operating a business nor of making decisions on their own without a man. Also... instead of two blue-bloods finding romance, I liked that Gina included the emerging middle class in the mix epitomized by Claire and others in the tale. This is not to take away from Marian's voicing of Cyrus. I loved watching how his interactions with Claire make him re-examine his thoughts on women in business.
She did an awesome job voicing each of the characters. I didn't really have a favorite.
I was taken back by the fight scene. I don't remember ever reading of one in England's Georgian era and I found it fascinating. It was a twist that I never ever saw coming. If you want to know how it came about, you'll have to read the story!
Marian Hussey, the narrator, did an awesome job of bringing the characters to life. She also narrated the first book in this series and I'm so glad that she returned for this installment. Her voice makes it very easy to differentiate between the characters; It's very clear and her accents and mannerisms enhanced this delightful tale. I would not hesitate to pick up other books narrated by Marian Hussey.
- Linda Townsend "Blondie Black"