Dear Listener, Douglas Sherbrooke, Earl of Northcliffe, is a man besieged. He must have an heir. Thus he must first provide himself with the requisite bride. Alexandra Chambers, youngest daughter of the Duke of Beresford, has loved Douglas Sherbrooke since she was 15. Unfortunately, it is her sister, the incomparable Melissande, he wishes to wed. But life never ladles out what one expects, and Douglas finds himself wed to the wrong sister. If having an unwanted wife isn't enough, he is also plagued by The Virgin Bride, a ghost that is reputedly seen in the countess's bedchamber. Does the willowy phantom really appear to Douglas? Does she speak to him? I hope you enjoy listening to the exploits of Alexandra and Douglas as much as I enjoyed writing about them. You will see them again in The Hellion Bride. --Catherine CoulterMore
"Anne Flosnik seems to have a wonderful time with this romance, reading in staid, unemotional tones that fit Douglas's attitude about marriage. As hot-blooded Alex discovers lust that quickly turns to love, Flosnik's reading engages the listener right though to the luscious conclusion." (AudioFile)
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I felt the story was extremely slow moving. I had not problem pausing this audio book and coming back to it a few days later.
Personally I did not care the way the author portrayed the role of women. Even though Alexandra has occasional boughs of assertiveness they few and far between. Additionally I didn't care for the way the hero, Douglass, was portrayed either. I felt it was a little over the top on domineering. Last comment, for me the book contained too many sexual scenes.
Anne's performance was fine.
I listened to book 1 and 2 of this series and I'm done! I'll try a modern romance from Catherine Coulter before I give up on her completely.
- Amazon Customer
Misogynists & superficial-ism tucked in story
Yes, many things. First I don't care the time period, I don't believe in anytime and any class it would be accepted on repeated occurrences for a group of six or more people to berate one sister in reference to another sister's beauty over and over. I found it offensive to the story. Once the character accepts and grows to admire and want to keep the woman as his wife, I find it hard to believe for a very long time period for him to repeatedly be so cruel towards her appearance when he obviously is fond of her. Also, he repeatedly talks of her sisters beauty even after he is committed to his wife.The most effective, admirable and interesting character was Sinjin, the little sister of the offensive brute.
The ending was good. I was surprised I stuck with it after there were so many disturbing aspects to the story. I suppose the constant disturbing parts were for psychological effect or something.
It was adequate. I do think that other narrators could do it better. To qualify that statement, I am picky about narrators and feel some are good at some types of stories, accents and gender differences. I have favorites I buy books because they are masters of narration.
No. I have read and listened to various very offensive topics and material however, the degradation by family, friends and strangers of the main character was not necessary to the story. The message she is not as pretty as her sister and other pretty girls was beat into the ground.
I did finish the book. The ending was charming but......... I bought the second book before I listened to this one. So I will try it. On a separate note the main characters are developed. Some of the more complex points of the story are quickly skipped over. I did really like her book, Split Second and a couple others. Maybe mass producing effects the short comings of some of her books....
This is the longest review I have done, possibly because I hope the author will read it.