Incredibly, the premise of Midnight Marriage is drawn from real life. In the story, a young couple (she's 12, he's 15 or 16) are married off in secre..Show More »t and then allowed to go their separate ways, with the girl left to believe that the whole thing had been a dream.
Almost a decade later, the girl - Deborah Cavendish - and her nephew stumble across a wounded man in the woods, and she pretty much saves his life by competently binding his wounds and summoning help. The man is taken away and as neither of them have exchanged their names, have little hope of seeing each other again.
The story may be a predictable one, but Lucinda Brant's grasp of and love for this particular period of history shine through in every word and description. The central characters are both thoroughly likeable, and the developing romance between them is very well done. There is an evil would-be suitor and a plot to do away with the hero, but it's all handled with such a sureness of touch that any minor niggles I might have had (and I had a couple) were easy to set aside.
The other factor key to my enjoyment of this audiobook is the narration by Alex Wyndham, which is, quite simply, outstanding. He has a gorgeous voice which he uses to excellent effect in every aspect of the production - characterisation, narrative and dialogue. Every single character is clearly delineated and there is never any doubt as to who is speaking. He performs the female characters extremely well, especially Antonia, Duchess of Roxton, a softly spoken Frenchwoman who sounds exactly like a French person speaking English, with a light, but obvious accent and specific inflection. Our hero, the Marquess of Alston, is brought to life with intelligence and humour - and while the book's love scenes are far from explicit, there are one or two moments which may produce weakened knees!
I haven't been as completely bowled over by a new - to- me narrator since I heard Nicholas Boulton narrating Laura Kinsale. Alex Wyndham is every bit as good and I really can't praise his work here highly enough.
Autumn Duchess ranks at the top end of the audiobooks I have listened to so far. Alongside every book written by Lucinda Brant and narrated by Alex W..Show More »yndham. They make the perfect team, because Lucinda writes such emotional, exciting stories, and Alex brings them to life. It's better than watching a movie because you can picture the scenes in your mind as Alex portrays every character perfectly.
I can't say that the audio edition of this book is better than the print one, because without the perfect story to begin with, the narration couldn't ..Show More »be as good. The author's work and the narrator's perfectly compliment each other and make for a magnificent audio book.
Eternally Yours: Roxton Letters Volume One is the perfect companion to the first three books in the Roxton Family saga.
Perfectly written an..Show More »d with so much empathy and soul deep understanding of human nature and abiding love that I actually cried. Highly recommended, but read/listen to the letters after: NOBLE SATYR, MIDNIGHT MARRIAGE and AUTUMN DUCHESS because then the chief characters will feel like your intimate friends and I guarantee you will cry.
And what can I say about Alex Wyndham and his narration. Stupendous...As always this accomplished actor inhabits Lucinda Brant's characters and with his velvety tone and expert portrayal of each and every one of the cast, delivers a WOW performance that sends shivers down the spine. Bravo once again Ms. Brant and Mr. Wyndham.