There can be no light without darkness, no hope without despair, no love without heartache
Some scars can't be seen
When the handsome Frederick Mackintosh offers to marry Aggie McLaren, she is certain 'tis greed or insanity that motivates him. Besides land and a chance at a chiefdom, she believes she has nothing to offer. She soon learns nothing could be further from the truth. Hope she thought long lost blooms with her husband's kindness, his honor, and his fierce determination to make their marriage and their clan a success.
Sometimes perfection is imperfect
Aggie McLaren is not Frederick Mackintosh's image of the perfect wife. She isn't well read, vivacious, or voluptuous. Wee, timid, and unable to speak, it is a glimpse of her smile and the chance to be chief of his own clan that propels him to offer for her hand. Frederick will do whatever he must in order to see her smile again and to help her find her voice.
©2014 Suzan Tisdale (P)2015 Suzan Tisdale
I expected an easy listen, not a recovery story from abuse. Also it was very repetitive and a lot of needless death and suffering.
Probably Book four of the Roxton Saga. I decided to skip book three, because I do not think I would like it.
I had no trouble knowing the difference between the characters, but was not overly fond of the way he did the boy.
It was easy to follow, scenes you where waiting for did come and were not skimmed over.
I did listen to the whole, but can not really say why.
Aggie's father, who was a mean and vulgar man, set out to find her a husband. He was not going to live long because he had a lung disease. Her father was Chief of the clan and he did not think she could fill that duty. Aggie had been beaten by him many times. She had learned to keep her mouth shut and not speak or she would get another thrashing. Frederick had gone to the Kirk to ask God to give him a wife. He had watched Rowan with his wife and decided that is what he needed. When Aggie and her father arrived at Rowan's Keep, Frederick saw her father hit her and treat her mean. His heartstrings pulled at the sight of the lass.
This book came alive with the great talent of Brad Wills as narrator and the great storytelling of Suzan Tisdale. It will pull every emotion out of you. Laughter, anger, tears and you will tense with muscles pulled tight.
Heartbreaking, powerful, stunning.
Aggie was my favorite character. She was incredibly strong, somewhat naive but quite persistent. Few would live through all she'd encountered, yet she never gave up.
The book was terrific on its own, and I really liked the story when I read it but Brad Wills' narration just added so much depth and emotion to it that it almost became a whole different story to me. He is my favorite narrator by far, and I thought I knew what to expect from him in this story, but even still I was quite surprised. He put so much more emotion in this book than others he's narrated. There were times I just had to stop listening for a bit and think about it. I thought I'd already heard the full range of his talent, but I was wrong!!
I did!! There were times where I laughed out loud, particularly when Aggie told Frederick just what she'd do to him if he walked out the door instead of staying to talk to her!!! There were more times, however, where I felt myself emotionally curling up like a leaf. Parts of the story were just so hard to hear, Those parts were quite necessary to the story, but I have to say this is one book that will not leave the listener unaffected.
Ms. Tisdale is known for creating powerful characters in her books, and this one was no exception. I'd say Frederick's Queen sparks quite a bit more reaction, however. It's easy to feel sympathetic toward her good characters and REALLY despise the evil ones!! I was ready for Mermadek to get his just reward from the very beginning of the story!
"Susan Tisdale does it again!"
Susan Tisdale has the ability to take you through every emotion a human can feel. Frederick ' s Queen is no exception. My favorite point of her writing style is how she can show what a true heroine her female characters are dispite the trauma they have to endure, and how honorable the men are that love them. Reading the book was an amazing adventure in its self. With Brad Wills narration added to it, the book comes alive. This isn't just someone reading a book. Mr.Wills turns the story into a one person performance. Sit back close your eyes and you can see the story unfold in your mind. The effort he puts in to changing his voice for the characters is truly amazing!
"An exciting, powerful and beautiful story."
Brad's narration was outstanding. Pure raw emotion, fun flirtatious banter, he brings all of that to the story and breathes life into each character.
By Suzan Tisdale
You will absolutely fall in love with Frederick Mackintosh. A tall, handsome, brawny highlander has the chance to be chiefdom of his own clan, if he marries Aggie McLaren. Aggie isn't Frederick's ideal woman. She is in fact the exact opposite of Frederick's voluptuous dream for a wife, but Frederick see's something in Aggie the moment he first glimpse her smile. Maggie lives in constant fear of more physical abuse from her father, Murdoch McLaren. He has forbidden Aggie to speak because he can't stand the sound of her voice, but there is so much more to Aggie. With her body scarred from years of beatings and whips taken to her, and a scar on her face, Aggie believes she isn't worthy of love. Why shouldn't she believe this, when her own father constantly belittles her and expresses through verbal and emotional abuse, how unworthy he finds her. Frederick and Aggie are married and Frederick immediately notices how Aggie's entire clan treat her. Frederick must be patient with Aggie because she is terrified of men. Aggie finally confides in Frederick that she was raped at the young age of thirteen. That statement, along with the physical and emotional abuse by her father, gives Frederick insight, wisdom, patience and compassion for his wee wife. This is such a powerful story of love, acceptance and one woman's journey to find her voice, her courage and her confidence to live life and accept love. Author Suzan Tisdale touches on heart wrenching topics with grace and sensitivity, in this beautifully written romantic story. Every once in a while, I find a book that doesn't just take me on a journey, but touches my heart and soul. This is such a book.
Every woman who has ever been victim to the cruelties of a man, deserves a Frederick Mackintosh to come along, accept them, love them and heal the brokenness inside. I laughed, I cried and then I started the book all over again. It's that amazing.
An absolute breath taking story and a definite must read.
"Get it you'll LOVE It!"
You can not go wrong with this one.
Author & Narrator equals almost perfection(as no one can be perfect).
**Bravo** Miss Tisdale & Mr Wills!
Frederick & Aggie's story will have you want to drop in it, to fight with them, to make everything all right. Really like how all of her characters feel alive and you get pulled into their story.
The characters are well defined and the bad are really bad that you'll want them dead, ASAP. The good guys are really good, you'll root for them. Nice twists at the end.
Brad Wills plays his voice to excellence. You really know who is who from all of the men to all of the women and kids. (makes me wonder if he can do animals as well. :D )
"Difficult but excellently written"
This is a difficult story. Performance is awesome. Tisdale obviously understands women who have been abused. However, sometimes it is painful to hear. And somewhat relentless. But isn't that the way of it. Can only listen for short periods of time. It's almost too much. Well done but hard.
Loved every second of it. It was very engaging and didnt lag at all. Will definitely listen to it again.
I loved everything about this book The story line was amazing and I loved the characters
There are so many To me the whole book was memorable
He did every voice to perfection Even though Aggies father was evil I thought he did a great job every voice Brad did you could picture in your head what they would look like
I laughed I cried I got mad It was an emotional roller coaster
This was my first Susan Tisdale book but it definitely won't be my last I was so in love with the characters the storyline Great Read Susan Tisdale
"Loved the story"
I loved Frederick's personality... Too bad more men weren't like him. What a real man!!!
The Narrator is my favorite...he does the men's voices very well. over all its what you'd expect from this genre of books. I still wish books could have male narrators do male voices and female narrators to female voices. It would make the experience sooo much better.
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