In this second installment of her breathtaking De Montforte Brothers series, critically acclaimed author Danelle Harmon introduces us to Englishman Lord Charles de Montforte, who awakens in the tender care of an American beauty after being wounded in battle. Amy Leighton has long wished for someone special to enter her life and take her away from a cruel, unloving step-family, but the handsome stranger is from an enemy land...and he's sworn to love another. A 1775-era Cinderella story sure to enthrall!
©2014 Danelle Harmon (P)2014 Danelle Harmon
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You aren't ready for the end result; however, all books in series seem to be cliffhangers. This is the second of the series of three. I am credits shy of being in two or three series, and not sure which one I will be getting next.
Second book. The first is THE WILD ONE, and the last is about the third brother.
Interesting voice inflections. Keeps it moving. I wish the accent wasn't British so heavily.
"Fantastic! My favorite de Montforte Brother!!"
Yes and no. Yes, because it is easier to pick up on details that are missed in the reading. No, because I might read certain passages differently than a narrator would. Both are enjoyable!
Hard question because the story is one of my favorites! There is just so much detail! A lot of action and a lot of description. The hero and heroine both suffer from a severe lack of confidence, yet they each manage to instill confidence in the other. Each becomes stronger within the relationship.
He shows good emotionality and does not always rely on the emotion of anger to convey a 'strong male,' though he certainly uses it when the text calls for it. He is also unusually good at reading female characters so that the listener knows they are female.
Oh, there were many in this book! One of the most moving scenes was when Charles , despondent upon believing his family no longer cared for him, blindly walks into the river. Although smaller and not as physically strong as Charles, Amy throws herself into the water, praying to God that she can save him. Another moving scene was when Charles first returned home after a year and a half away. He arrived home early, catching his family unprepared, and shocking them all. Later, when Lucien confronted Charles about why he allowed the family to think he was dead, I could almost see Lucien's calm demeanor, with the "barely perceptible tremble of his lip" when he asked his brother if he really did still have a heart.
One of my favorite stories! Heartbreaking, funny, and in the end, very satisfying!
Yes, I really enjoy this series and would read and listen to all of the books again.
Amy is great! She is sweet and devoted.
Lucien's awesome voice.
Most certainly one of my favorites. The narrator is fantastic, giving depth to characters and making the story come alive.
Lord Charles putting Amy's "sisters" in their place.
The Wicked Lucien, Duke of Blackheath.
Most certainly---I nearly did. I stayed up until the wee hours of the morning trying to finish it!
I love this entire series and can't say enough good things about it. I've read the books several times through and now will likely listen to the Audiobooks over and over again as well. Fantastic!
"Enchanting Story- You Want To Cheer!"
This was such a good story. It had such neat elements- a hero that wasn't perfect, a heroine that wasn't the type that everyone would have cast as perfect, an old dog, an evil step brother, and a very 'protective' matchmaker. Lord Andrew DeMontforte is flawed now as a result of the fire at the castle, and fears that he is going mad. He has visions- episodes that he does not understand. He doesn't want to be ridiculed by society and has withdrawn. He wants to be left alone, and shuns social gatherings. But his brother, the Duke, has other ideas. He believes that a wife is exactly what Andrew needs and sets the wheels in motion. Lady Celsiana Bkake is perfect for his brother.
David Stifel does his best job yet with this one. He has the right amount of energy, and his timing is impeccable in the delivery! I found myself laughing and crying over so many of the funniest scenes. And the scenes- the descriptions are incredibly written, so that the narrator's work - his delivery is that much easier. The listener feels more of a visual witness to the story.
Mr. Stifel's work with the character of Lucien is perfection.
The story is so entertaining- a worthy investment of time and money. You will not want to put it down or tear yourself away. This series is so GOOD!!
"Excellent story line."
I will not listen to the book again, but will purchase it in paperback and read it. The story line is well written, but David Stifel is ruining the entire series. If you enjoy reading as much as an audio book, I would read this series. The story is a tender love story of two people who both have a sense of innocence when it comes to physical activities. I actually found myself with tears in my eyes during some parts of the story and cracking up at other parts. This book takes you on a journey of self discovery, true love and is a journey. I enjoyed the plot, I do apologies in saying this but the narrator destroys this beautiful story.
Good God. The director is as much to blame if not more than the narrator, unless there isn't a director than it's simply a horrible narrator. I can not put this delicately; Mr. Stifel makes these characters sound thick tongued and simple minded. Why anyone thinks he does this series justice is beyond me.
I really enjoy Danielle Harmon's writing and she has created an excellent series. I pray she never uses Mr. Stifel to narrate another one of her books. He needs guidance and training or turn to narrating college texts.
Excellent series...great story lines. I laughed several times. Just the right amount of romance and love. My only negative was the narrator. It's not that he did a bad reading..however, his voice was much too old for the ages of the characters. Garreth is supposed to be in his 20's and he sounds like he's in his 60's...it was hard to relate to love scenes. I can't believe that these things are not considered when hiring a narrator. I find this to be the fact in several audio books. :(
"The Audible Version"
The book was great. The narrator made Charles sound like an old man. I would have liked the narrator's voice to be the voice of Charles. That is the reason I do not read aloud.
"I liked this better than I thought I would"
I liked this more than I thought I would. I felt it slowed down a bit in the middle (Charles' walkabout) but it came back. I have mixed emotions about Charles' behavior but the story was better than I expected especially since I liked Juliet so much. Narrator doesn't do a great job with all voices but it was okay.
"A CAPTIVATING CINDERELLA & A DAMAGED HERO ROMANCE"
Well Ms Harmon has done it again... she has written a breathtaking and heartbreaking saga of pain, betrayal, hardships, denial, loss, anguish and finally the healing power of love between characters who should have been enemies but instead fate stepped in and changed everything.
As Charles (aka The Beloved One) is slowly nursed back to the living once more by Amy, the downtrodden sibling of the family, he is haunted by the past and is full of regrets. Because he feels the sexual chemistry building between him and Amy and, instead of the bond of friendship that they have built over the months, there is now something far deeper, sexual attraction, longing and much much more. That is until he gets the letters which shatters his world, his peace and his heart.
Looking back on this listen in order to write my review I'm struck by just how much content this book actually contained. From the battlefields of America to the green fields of England isn't the only journey Amy and Charles makes.... they also make an emotional heartbreaking journey which nearly breaks both of them but there's also a journey of self discovery too which has the power to heal their broken hearts.
Thank God the story is so powerful because the narrator nearly ruined it as he's all sorts of wrong for the story and, instead of sounding young and swoon-worthy, he sounded harsh, old and more like Winston Churchill.
Worth a credit? Ms. Harmon has written a captivating story that spans a couple of years and she's filled it with a storyline containing heartbreak and loss, recovery and pain and forgiveness and passion. With likeable characters, a tortured romance, two nasty sisters, a nail-biting fire and a family's undying love. So YES a credit well used.
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