When Ryder Sherbrooke finds a child nearly beaten to death in an alley in Eastbourne, he takes her home to Brandon House. She doesn't speak for six months. Her first words, oddly enough, are a haunting song:
I dream of beauty and sightless night
I dream of strength and fevered might
I dream I'm not alone again
But I know of his death and her grievous sin.
Ah, and just what does this strange song mean that was seemingly imprinted on the child's brain?
She names herself Rosalind de la Fontaine, since she cannot remember who she is. In her first season in London in 1835, under the aegis of the Sherbrookes, she meets Nicholas Vail, the 7th Earl of Mountjoy, newly arrived from Macau. It is instant fascination on both their parts, but for different reasons.
With Grayson Sherbrooke, they are led to an ancient copy of a mysterious book written by a 16th-century wizard. The book is written in a baffling code that neither Grayson nor Nicholas can read.
But Rosalind can, easily.
Strange things start happening. Both Nicholas and Rosalind know it has to do with the old book and, perhaps, even her past, particularly the song she first sang as a child. The urgency builds as they realize Rosalind is the key to a centuries-old mystery.
©2007 Catherine Coulter; (P)2007 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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"The Worst Listen Ever!!"
This is my first review and I have had the pleasure of listening to many audible books. If possible I would give this book a (-5). I am extremely disappointed in this book and would not recommend it to anyone with half a brain. From the first chapter of the book it was apparent I was listening to the worst drivel ever written. The dialogue is terrible, and the readers' British? accent even worse. I found myself wanting to lead the heroine by the hand to a psychiatrist. The characters are boring and incomplete, they are introduced into the story at random with very little if any bearing on the plot (which is elementary at best). The storyline was vague and juvenile. I REGRET purchasing this book and wish I could get back the time I WASTED listening to it.
This is the worst book I have ever forced myself to endure. I think some of my brain cells committed suicide from the effort. It was boring and extremely idiotic. I'm sorry that I wasted the money and the hours.
"Forced myself to listen"
This book was boring and poorly written. The language seemed to be geared toward a second grade reading level. I forced myself to listen as I paid for this book, but regretfully the plot was simplistic and the characters continued to be superficial.
"Didn't finish it"
Just a little too insipid for my taste. Couldn't hold my interest even while I was busy doing other things. I should have gotten it from the library, and even then probably would not have finished it.
""Alice in Wonderland" lands in the brides story!"
Terrible, I really thought that I was "Alice" and truly fell into the rabbit's hold after just one chapter.
The other books in the "Brides Series" were a light fun read, but this one should never have been written.
There are no zeros in the rating so I had no choice but to give 1 star rating.
"VERY BIZARRE .... HMMMM!!!"
I totally enjoyed this 10-book series, however, this #10 was just a little "out there" for me. I ended up listening to the entire thing, however, after awhile it just sounded like bzzz baaa bzzz in my ear. Kind of like when the adults talk in the Peanut's cartoon shows. lol I completely recommend the other 9 books, however. I think that she just ran out of romance and ran into bizarre!! mm
The plot was horrible
I love the series, but this was just weird and wrong
I love Anne Flosnik, I can't blame he storyline on her.. She is outstanding.
it was just wrong...!!
I LOVE the entire series, and tried twice to listen to this and still could not get into it like the rest of the series... Sorry Catherine, but was just not my cup of tea!
"Left me hanging a little bit..."
I would have like to know Ryder Sherbrooke's response. Over all I liked it was outside the normal Sherbrooke series.
"Needs a magic infusion!"
No! I listen to at least one Audible book a month, sometimes more, and this one was the absolute worst one I have ever listened to. The narration was very stiff - the accent was forced and the character shifts were not smooth. The story line was weighed down with useless details that stretched the book out until the last couple of chapters where it was as if the author realized the book was too long and then rushed the ending.
Wonderful book filled with surprises and magic. Nice to hear from the Sherbookes again would like to heat more about the children
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