Lady Emily Clearbrook secretly loved the Earl of Stonebridge, but one day, he left her without a word. Now, years later, the man mysteriously reappears and battles Emily's four brawny brothers to woo her again. But the bigger battle seems to be with Emily!
This sweet historical romance series, about a duke's family, includes delightful, heartwarming love stories that bring the Regency period to life.
©2004 Teresa McCarthy (P)2014 Teresa McCarthy
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"The Rejected Suitor wins my hand!"
I thoroughly enjoyed The Rejected Suitor! The story was light and enjoyable with fun & interesting plot twists. I've only recently discovered these regency books and find them delightfully distracting. I appreciated the light hand taken in the romance details. While some books are guilty pleasures that you would not want to be overheard, I could listen to 'Suitor' and not cringe if my children caught some of the narration. And speaking to the narration, Ms Hewitt's performance was spot on. I literally felt like I was meeting different and distinct characters, even forgetting it was only one person voicing them at times! From the dottering old aunt to the overbearing brother to the minor characters, the care the author gave to their creation was realized in the narrator's skillful performance.
This book was exactly as promised. I wanted a fluffy fiction, not a historical documentary and that is what I got. Ms McCarthy wove a fun fantasy tapestry and Ms Hewitt spun the tale into vibrant life with her lyrical and lovely voice. Thank you ladies!
"Very poor narrator"
Story is quite good but the narrator lets the book down. Very breathy and excitable. It spoiled the book to be honest.
"Traditional Regency Romance"
I want to preface my comments with the fact that I am a true fan of historical romance. I probably read and/or listen to about 100 such books per year. What attracted me to The Rejected Suitor is that it is set in the Regency period (think the Jane Austen era).
The story revolves around Jared, the Earl of Stonebridge, and Emily Clearbrook who is a Duke's daughter. Three years earlier Jared promised to marry her, but he left her without a word. Emily's brothers are committed to see her married soon, but she is too independent having served as a spy during the war.
I found the premise unrealistic and the characters unbelievable. I didn't understand why Emily's father blackmailed Jared into marrying someone else three years earlier, or how his new pending engagement was relevant to the story. Also why were Emily's brothers so intent on getting her married off quickly to anyone rather than someone she loved? Furthermore, why was Emily's now widowed mother willing to see her daughter married to the man the mother still loved?
Teresa McCarthy's narration was OK. I enjoyed most of her voices for the characters, but her voice for Jared was too soft and feminine-like. He should have been manly, more like the brothers.
"This book was ok but a great start of a series"
yes I would I loved her narrating
she did a great job on all of them
This book was ok and I liked the characters I was happy with it overall It was a great start to a series.
"Love the strong heroine"
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Parts unrealistic for the times depicted in this book. As another reviewer said, “some of the premises are unrealistic, this is fiction, and who knows intelligent men could have used women as spies and then claimed all the credit. It is done all the time.”
Read this book if you want a strong hero, very sigh worthy :), a beautiful strong heroine, and a nice mystery to tie the story all together nicely. A must read.
"Average but Entertaining"
It took awhile but I did develop a liking for the characters.
I like the scene where Emily took it upon herself to retrieve Jarod's daughter.
Unfortunately, the narrator was not one of my favorites. She did not do a good job with the male voices and even the female voices did not have much range.
Even though the book had enough intrigue to inspire a desire to get to the end, there were so many things that made it hard to listen to, I had to put it down regularly and return to it at a later time.
Not quite enough story or plot. Would have been a better story if the plot/story line we're developed further.
"Very fun historical!"
It's been wonderful reading such a fantastic historical. :) It was so much fun! There was mystery and intrigue, infuriating moments, as well as moments of absolute hilarity! I even had to pause the audiobook a couple of times while I laughed out loud so I didn’t miss anything!
Although there are times you want to twist both their ears and tell them to stop acting like 12 year olds, it is easy to see that Emily and Jared are perfect for each other. Neither of them ever really stopped loving one another, despite the very different roads their lives had taken them on. I love them both. And if I had lived during this time, Jared is exactly the type of man I would want to be with. (And I would hope that I had half of the gumption that Emily did!)
There are many secrets lying between them, from both Emily and Jared’s lives. It was hard to watch them trying to keep their secrets to themselves, wondering if they would bring them together, or tear them apart. But you’ll have to read it yourself to find out!
I was extremely sad when I finished reading this. I want more! I can't wait to see what else this series has in store.
No, I have not, but will be soon!
"A nice read but not love"
I really wanted to love this book, it just did not connect for me. There was something about the dialogue that felt flat. It had witty moments but they just did not fell light.
Mostly I was annoyed with Emily, I know this is a historical but she was not to my liking. I wanted more fire and spunk from her. I was also not pleased with the hero, Jared married another woman and only came sniffing around again after she died. Nope not something I am generally a fan.
The story is nicely done, it just feels dry and did not give me warm fuzzies. I am not really sure what to expect in the brother's books either. They were very overbearing and really ticked me off.
I listened to the audiobook narrated by Pearl Hewitt, who does a great job. She has a really lovely voice that makes the read more enjoyable. Her pace is swift and really moves along keeping the pace steady. Her voices were fabulous and really consistent. I will definitely look for more of her work.
I already have the second book in the series, so I will give it a listen, but I am not sure if it is more like this. I really could have used more intrigue and less of the romance. Perhaps it was just my mood.
Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.
"Fun entertaining book"
Very funny and entertaining family drama.
I love Stephen. He acts like a clown but really is a man who see's things that his other brother doesn't see and he seems to understand other people's feelings.
I have not heard Pearl Hewitt read any other books before and it took me a little while to get used to they way she reads, but by the 3rd chapter I was hooked. She is entertaining to listen to.
I would have liked to listen to this book all in one sitting, but ended up listening to it on my drive to and from work and on a road trip.
I love Teresa McCarthy's books about the Clearbrook family and all their escapades. She is an entertaining writer who has captured your attention within the first page of her book and keeps you enthralled through out. Her characters are captivating and fun, but face real life issues that can be heartbreaking and character building at the same time.
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