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  • Forever Remain: Roxton Letters Volume Two

  • Roxton Family Saga, Book 7
  • By: Lucinda Brant
  • Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
  • Length: 3 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

This second volume of previously unpublished letters from the private correspondence of the Roxton family spans a 20-year period, from the 1760s to the late 1780s, and includes extracts from the diaries of Antonia, Duchess of Kinross, and her younger son Lord Henri-Antoine Hesham. Also included are letters by the fifth Duke of Roxton, written in the final stages of his illness, and addressed to his youngest son, Lord Henri-Antoine. The volume concludes with a letter by the latter’s wife, Lady Henri-Antoine Hesham, to her mother-in-law, the Duchess of Kinross.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Moving, touching and enjoyable

  • By Csilla on 24-03-18

Moving, touching and enjoyable

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-03-18

“Forever Remain” is another wonderful member of the Roxton family series. The second volume of personal letters and diary entries written by members of this extended noble family is a perfect companion to the latest Roxton novels: Dair Devil, Proud Mary and Satyr’s Son. It offers an insight into the main characters’ inner world, feelings, way of thinking and motivations. It fills in some gaps in the lives of certain family members regarding events and actions that are mentioned in the novels but not presented in detail because they are not within the timeframe or main plotline of the novels. The style and content of each letter and diary entry speaks volumes about their writers and enhances the listener’s understanding of their character and motivations.

The narrator, Alex Wyndham gives a remarkable performance in conveying the content of these very personal letters and diary entries. Each character has its own voice according to their gender, age and disposition, as it was in all the Roxton audiobooks.

This is not a stand-alone book but a completion to the above mentioned three novels. You can listen to it as one audiobook after you finished the novels but, I think it can be best enjoyed if you listen to each block of letters shortly after you finished the respective novel.

Forever Remain is another 5 stars audiobook by the Lucinda Brant – Alex Wyndham team I warmly recommend, together with all the Roxton saga novels, to all fans of historical and especially Georgian romance.

  • Satyr's Son: A Georgian Historical Romance

  • Roxton Family Saga, Book 5
  • By: Lucinda Brant
  • Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 40

London, 1786. Lord Henri-Antoine has returned from the Grand Tour to a life of privilege and excess. A vast inheritance allows him every indulgence, free from responsibility. Yet, Henri-Antoine maintains a well-ordered existence, going to great lengths to conceal an affliction few understand and many fear. Miss Lisa Crisp is a penniless orphan who relies on the charity of relatives to keep her from the poorhouse. Intelligent and unflappable, Lisa will not allow poverty to define her. She leads a useful life working among the sick poor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best audiobook yet in the Roxton family saga!

  • By Mr on 05-01-18

A delightful story with awesome narration

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-01-18


A new insight into the life of the ever growing Roxton ducal family with three generations gathering at Treat to celebrate the wedding of Lady Mary’s daughter, Teddy’s to her cousin Jack Cavendish. You will meet the well-known and beloved protagonists from the previous Roxton books and find out what has happened to them during the nine years that passed since the fourth book, Proud Mary’s events.

However, this is the fifth Duke of Roxton’s second son, Lord Henri-Antoine’s story, his quest for happiness. Lucinda Brant created a complex character that you will love for his tenderness and generosity, for his determination of using his wealth to advance the science of medicine, you will want to console in his moments of vulnerability, however odiously he behaves, but other times you will hate for his rude, arrogant and selfish behaviour. The other protagonist, Lisa Crisp, though with a very different social status and financial situation than the previous main female characters, subscribes to the same line of self-conscious, determined ladies, ready to sacrifice everything for her two loves: Henri-Antoine and helping to ease the misery of the poor.
This new book of the Roxton family saga is an interesting twist in the family members’ love stories. The main characters of the previous books married for love but the partner was usually someone from a noble family, or possessed a considerable wealth, or acquired a title. In this case the two protagonists belong to two completely different worlds, their social status and their wealth putting them to the two extremities of the social ladder. Can love triumph and will such a marriage be accepted by the members of the Roxton family? I do not want to spoil the listeners’ joy in finding out the result. For me, it was hard to put down the audiobook, so I finished it in less than 48 hours.

Lucinda Brant is a master in recreating the Georgian era in her books by detailed but never boring descriptions of the environment, buildings, gardens, dresses, customs and habits. I love the way she inserts here and there and adjective, a descriptive phrase built in the flow of the happenings.
Alex Wyndham has been an excellent choice of voice for the series. He portrays the characters with different voices suiting their age, origins and character. His voice is rich and smooth, as “hot chocolate slides down your throat”, just as Lord Henri-Antoine’s voice is described in the book.

This is a highly enjoyable performance from the Brant - Wyndham team, a must listen for all fans of Georgian historical romance.

  • Deadly Engagement

  • A Georgian Historical Mystery (Alec Halsey Mystery Book 1)
  • By: Lucinda Brant
  • Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

It's 1763. Career diplomat Alec Halsey returns to London and the shocking news his estranged elder brother, the Earl of Delvin, has not only killed his friend in a duel but become engaged to the woman he had hoped to marry. When Alec reluctantly attends a weekend house party to celebrate his brother's engagement he gets more than he bargained for when a lady's maid is murdered, the bride-to-be is attacked, and a guest is shot dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining story - Superb narration

  • By Caz on 14-03-15

Entertaining story, good character portrayal

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-05-16

What did you like most about Deadly Engagement?

The Georgian atmosphere created through description of places, clothing, customs gives an air of authenticity to the story.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked how the character of Alec Halsey was unfolded slowly to the listener from the point of view of different participants in the story, and through his actions. I was a bit puzzled during an important part of the story trying to answer the question if he was really a rake or he had only been labled as one by the society. And this added extra tension to the twists and turns in the story.

Have you listened to any of Alex Wyndham’s other performances? How does this one compare?

This was the first time I heard Alex Wyndham narrating an audiobook. He did a great job with this book. He has a warm voice, clear pronounciation and dynamic storytelling that made listening to this audiobook a pleasant experience.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There are some excentric characters well "portayed" by the narrator that made me laugh.

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