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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
yes, I would recommend this audio book. it shows evidence of good research, has a good concept and , delightful characters, all beautifully expressed, and demonstrates the best narration so far by ms. hardingham.
Who was your favorite character and why?
lady Helen is intrepid in her progress through this book. resolving her desire to please her family while dealing with both a hidden duty and a sense of new power in a society that did not allow any feminine authority, was done with elan.
What about Fiona Hardingham’s performance did you like?
good voice, good character differentiation, good tempo, smooth flow of narration were all enjoyable.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
Don't let the supposed YA label turn you away from this book. It's no more a YA novel than any regency romance. I'm not sure why it's being marketed as YA other than the fact that Lady Helen is 18, but then again, so are most main characters in historical romances. This book in no way felt like a YA book to me. Maybe because I've read plenty of romances (Regency and others), this character felt more "adult" than the characters in most of the YA novels I've read. I would categorize this book as a mashup of regency romance, mystery, and paranormal/fantasy (no vampires, werewolves, witches or zombies, though).
Lady Helen is a three-dimensional character clearly torn between wanting want most regency women wanted (marriage and family) and the excitement, adventure and honor of being part of the Dark Days Club, where she can fulfill her "destiny".
This book is a very good start to a new series. The mystery of who/what Lady Helen is, what happened to her mother, and what happened to the missing maid are all skillfully revealed in this book. There is, thankfully, no cliffhanger, but future books are set up by the end. This book was intriguing and entertaining.
The audiobook is very well narrated by Fiona Hardingham. You cannot go wrong listening to it but it would also be just as good in print. (I jumped between audio and kindle.) Well worth your audible credit.
I definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical novels with a hint of romance and a paranormal twist.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful