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I always enjoy Julia London's books. And narrated by my favorite, Rosalyn Landor. What could be better? I settled in to listen.
Half hour into the story, I paused and went back to read the synopsis. And the Amazon print reviews. All stellar reviews. Okay, maybe it's just me. I started in again.
Four hours later I gave up. Even RL's soothing voice couldn't save this story. It was just bad. I couldn't find one redeeming quality in any of the characters. The heroine is an extrememely self absorbed woman who is working as hard as she can to break her step-brother's engagement to an equally unlikable girl.
You see, the heroine, her mother, and younger sisters are completely dependent on their dying step-father for the roof over their heads. Their step-brother, who will inherit the title, seems a decent sort, but Honor is convinced that his soon to be wife will force her husband to eject Honor's mother and sisters from the family home. Honor is, at first, horrified that she will be relegated to the country where there is NO society! GASP! That's not mentioned again, because Honor comes up with a moral reason to try to break off the engagement. Her mother is 'ill' and oh what WILL we do? It appears that her mother has suffered a brain injury and is having memory trouble. So, of course, she must do everything in her power to make sure all remains as it is. She explains to George Easton, the rogue who she has chosen to seduce the ill-favored fiance away from her step brother, that she just needs a little more time. A little more time to do what, we haven't figured out yet.
I will never know how the story ends. I stopped caring and was actually beginning to root for the brother's fiance.
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What disappointed you about The Trouble with Honor?
The story is pretty boring. The people are not likable. I actually love the step brother who the heroine tries to hurt. Maybe he is not the smartest guy but he seems sweet.
The hero is another one that I don't get. He sounds like a drunk and a gambler. What makes him so lovable. I don't get. Heroine is vain for sure.
What was most disappointing about Julia London’s story?
I just don't get what makes the heroine loves the hero other than physical attraction and lust. And usually that doesn't last.
Did Rosalyn Landor do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?
Yes, she did a great job but even her narration can't save the boring story.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
3 of 5 people found this review helpful