Charlotte Drummond knows she has a duty to obey her father. Girls, especially well-bred upper-class ones, are expected to be submissive to the men in their lives.
But Charlotte's father is a cruel man, viciously beating her and her brothers for the slightest reason. He even wants to marry her off, at just sixteen years old; to a man she does not love. Lion-hearted Charlotte wants to defy him but to protect her brothers from his fury she agrees to become the wife of Brooke Armstrong.
Only when tragedy strikes will she will be able to admit that she loved him from the moment they met. But will it be too late?
©2009 Audrey Howard; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
My first Audrey Howard book and I suspect my last. To begin with it was promising. I liked the characters and was quite absorbed. But the second half was disappointing; it began running out of steam almost immediately, trundled downhill and out of sight. When a story is so repetitive, you just know it?s not taking you anywhere you want to go. I got the impression the conclusion was weak; by then I was so fed up, I fast forwarded, listened to the end and we parted company. That said, it is quite well written and the narrator does a good job in an ?aye-up lass? kind of way. Only go for it if you are prepared to sleep through the second half.
Maybe if the protagonist Charlotte didn't repeatedly finf that she only achieves orgasm when she sex is aggressive, at one point after to an argument with her husband he strikes her hard twice (hard enough to leave a bad bruise on her cheek for several days) then rapes her, she describes the experience as exhillerating and becomes pregnant that night after months of trying (a cure for infertility has been found it seems!).
Despite this the husband is portrayed as a kind caring loving almost perfect man.
I know as a guy I'm not the target audience but I like books set in this period and a woman I know told me to try this. I have to say it made for uncomfortable reading, the girls father caning her bare bum at 16 and being described as enjoying this immensely was pure titillation. Personally I don't think light romance is the proper area to comment on incestuous child abuse.
A less submissive heroine, she is described as lion hearted but fails to see that her partner is only kind and caring when all is going his way.
I gave it 2 stars only because of the excellent narration.
The mustache twitching villainous father. The abusive husband, the stereotyped peasents, the clichéd doctor, all doctors in these times appear to be progressive and unconventional.
like the love many women seem to have for Heathcliff types I fail to see the attraction to abusive behaviour from the hero, I realize he will come to some sort of realization at the end about the way things should be but by two thirds of the way I no longer cared.
"Always give me an audiobook read by Carole Boyd"
While I know nothing about Carole's acting career, I do know that she is a born audiobook narrator. It wouldn't be an exaggeration to say that she is the best British female audiobook narrator (I love Dame Judi Dench too but she is best at reading poetry). She has a voice pleasing to the ear, style of narration soothing to the heart and pace of narration that brings enjoyment. Give her any audiobooks, she will no doubt narrate them with equal charm. Give me any of her audiobooks, I will definitely have a good time listening.
Not a waste of money~ It may not be quite as good as "Long Way Home" but it's still awesome!
"SLOW AND OVER-ROMANTICIZED! HORRIBLE SEX-SCENES"
This story is slow and very boring. There's nothing for the characters to overcome, just little problems here or there and never just one train of thought. There are also VERY dull and weird sex scenes. The author romanticizes domestic violence and rape. I am not anti-violence, or anti rape in stories, sometimes they work well, but the author writes Charlotte, the main character, oblivious to the fact that these things are going on and even accepting these things as her fault. It drove me crazy how stupid Charlotte was. This book was frustrating and slow. I had to put my iPod on 2x speed in order to get through it. I've read and listened to thousands of books and I recommend...DO NOT waste your money!
"standard Audrey Howard"
Carole byd who reads this one is fabulous!!! The story itself is over long but I loved it...mostly because Boyd makes each character an individual voice and holds my attention as if it were a play at the West end in London.
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