'Twas the Night After Christmas : Hellions of Halstead Hall

  • by Sabrina Jeffries
  • Narrated by Michael Page
  • Series: Hellions of Halstead Hall
  • 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Dear Sir,... I feel I should inform you that your mother is very ill. If you wish to see her before it is too late, you should come at once. Sincerely, Mrs. Camilla Stuart
Pierce Waverly, the Earl of Devonmont, has led an unabashed rogue’s life, letting no woman near his heart. Inexplicably abandoned as a child to be raised by distant relatives, he never forgave his parents, refusing to read any of his mother’s letters after his father’s death. Then came a letter that shook his resolve. A Christmas visit to Montcliff might prove his last chance to discover the truth of his past, and come to terms with the stranger he calls "Mother".
But two surprises await him at Montcliff. His mother is perfectly healthy, nowhere near a deathbed, as her meddling lady’s companion led him to believe. The second is Camilla Stuart herself, a lively vicar’s widow, too bright and beautiful not to arouse the scoundrel in Pierce. Though she alone is reason enough to prolong his stay, he is soon faced with other tantalizing riddles: What secrets lie in his mother’s past to explain his childhood abandonment? Why is the captivating Mrs. Stuart so determined to mend the breach between mother and son? Meanwhile, Camilla herself is caught up in love’s complications since the arrival of the irresistible earl.
As his bold flirtation and suggestive whispers draw her dangerously close, can anything protect her vulnerable heart? If they are destined to share real happiness, there must be honesty between them - yet telling him the truth about her own life may shatter that chance. None of them can predict the startling revelations to come. Or the secrets, both heartening and shocking, divulged between a mother and son, and between two lovers haunted by their respective pasts, that will make Christmas night at Montcliff one to remember - and the glorious night after, one to treasure for a lifetime.

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Nursing home narrator

Sabrina's books are always fun and enjoyable but I had a hard time enjoying this one because the narrator chose to use a voice for the hero that made him sound about 90 years old. He sounded like Shriveled Old Scrooge instead of Sexy Young Hot Guy! I suppose this sounds picky but to me, the narrator makes or breaks the book. A good narrator can make a so-so book a keeper I want to listen to again. A bad narrator makes it difficult to get through even a terrific book. So I'm afraid I can't recommend this book to you for that reason. Unless you find Scrooge sexy.......
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- harp diva

Great story, really annoying narrator

Since I did read the other reviews about the narrator, I only have myself to blame. But I like this author so wanted to hear it. The only voice that was really bad was the lead male, but since that is a prominent character, it really affected my enjoyment of the book. The narrator made Pierce sound like a villain in a bad radio show. I have rarely heard such a poor voice in any audible book. He did a good job with most of the others, including the females. I did like this story, but I know I'll never listen to it again, and will avoid any others narrated by this reader. Still like this author though. The story is a good one.
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- Kristin

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-10-2012
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio