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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
This story though set in the past surprised me with its modern relevance about a young woman who through her intelligence and independent will triumphs over life's greatest challenges while also giving herself the chance to fall deeply and passionately in love.
The narrator Alison Larkin manages to give each word its own power and makes you feel that you are listening to a great mystery that unfolds with such sensuous and revelatory twists you never want it to stop.
Larkin reveals a complete range of emotion for the heroine from an intelligent management of a challenging business, to the description of romantic scenes that have a special erotic charge.
This is the kind of writing and narrating that lift these recorded books unto a new kind of art form that offeres an extra dimension of emotion and involvement.
What other book might you compare The Surrender of Miss Fairbourne to and why?
It reminds me of many best sellers that describe the challenges facing young women who must find a way to balance great love while also creating their own unique and independent lives.
Alison Larkin's own book The English American also deals with that very profound and universal subject.
What does Alison Larkin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
I don't think anyone could have captured the various accents and styles and emotions of the various characters as well as Larkin. She manages to give the major personalities a whole range of powerful emotions. And I feel that the romantic and even erotic scenes could not have been conveyed with more persuasive artistry.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
A woman of wit and passion conquers all
Any additional comments?
Bravo to Alison Larkin from bringing this original heroine to life in such a dramatic way in this narration!
11 of 13 people found this review helpful
A delightful romance. Earl Southwaite is everything a hero should. Plucky Emma is a wonderful heroine. Together they battle smugglers and spies - and wits with each other - on the path to happily-ever-after. This is vintage Madeline Hunter displaying her knowledge of art and laced throughout with wit and passion. I loved it! And I can't wait to read the rest of the series.