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Summary

A 40-year-old mystery may bring two lonely people together or tear them apart, forever.

When the Earl of Wraysbury rescues a young woman from a carriage accident, he can't resist her laughing eyes and wry sense of humor, even though their families have been locked in a feud for generations. Anemone may be achingly lonely but she's loyal to her family. When she wakes up after an accident in the strong arms of a handsome stranger, she's immediately drawn to him, and appalled when she discovers he's her family's sworn enemy, the Earl of Wraysbury. Neither Anemone nor the earl is prepared for the flaring attraction they feel, or for the escalation of the war between their families when a 40-year-old mystery triggers accusations of murder. Loyalty and the threat of a dangerous duel are destined to tear the lonely lovers apart unless they are willing to defy their families and take a chance on love.

©2015 Amy G. Padgett (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-05-21

Insipid

Undeveloped characters, painfully whiney heroine with no backbone, twittering flat dialogue, and no character arc that showed growth of individuals or the romance.

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  • Jennifer D. Gillman
  • 27-11-20

Mispronunciations are distracting

Anemone being pronounced as “an enemy” was so distracting that I kept losing my place. I know it’s a difficult name but phew! Otherwise, great series so far.

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  • Sarah
  • 26-07-18

Narration distracting

While the narrator has a beautiful voice and is very good at using different voices for each character, her mispronunciation of the heroine's name and several words was extremely distracting. She consistently pronounced ANeMone as AnEnemy. She also mispronounced crooked (crook'd, as in an arm with the elbow bent) as crookEd (crook id, as in something not straight). The story also took some time to get going, as in the previous book.

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  • Sandra R. Merrill
  • 20-09-21

Lovely and sweet.

I liked the story and characters, the Archer family is very likable. Wit and humor are plentiful and mystery is around the corner in every story.

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  • Sharon Lee
  • 23-08-21

Anenome?

The reader mispronounced Anemone throughout. it drove me crazy. It's not so bad when a reader mispronounces a word here and there, but the heroine's name? Very irritating. Didn't anyone involved in the recording know how to pronounce it properly? It's really too bad because otherwise she is a very fine reader, but the constant mispronunciation spoiled it for me.

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  • Josie
  • 08-07-21

Not the best in the Archer series.

Besides what others have said about the heroine’s name and the reader’s grating pronunciation , I offer my two cents:

The novel’s premise was interesting, but the story was overly dragged out. The heroine did not display much to commend her. She seemed stubborn, brash, sometimes smug (especially toward the doctor, whose opinion she should have listened to; I was kind of hoping she would regret her “I know better” instead of heeding practical medical advice), jumping to conclusions at every turn, and seemed more like the dull daughter of her aunt and uncle and a longtime resident of the village rather than a few month-long guest. She wasn’t particularly special in her character or talents. And there was very little believable chemistry between the love interests. What made the earl glance twice at her? Why have such feelings for a forgettable country miss? What made her any different than any other woman in the next village?

The uncle’s scary mood swings became more understandable as the novel progressed, but I hated how he made his wife and niece have to walk on eggshells around him. They had to plot and lie to him instead of deal directly with matters, all while fretting and enduring constant stomach knots. (Maybe it reminded me too much of my own growing up years with an easy-going, then randomly volatile, father.) The uncle didn’t seem to care much, or think about, how his actions could potentially affect those who depended so much on him.

One thing I really disliked was everyone in the household’s treatment of the maid, Lizzie. They deemed her to be lazy and slow, when she seems to be the only house servant. They ran her ragged, never appreciating the great burden on her shoulders, just calling to her at every turn, demanding an unreasonable amount of work, and chiding and belittling her all the while. The scene where the poor girl fainted, right after witnessing a gruesome sight from the well, irked me the most. Some people have that reaction to blood and medical equipment. If, heaven forbid, the aunt or heroine had had fainted from the shock to their “delicate sensibilities,” they would have taken the greatest care with the woman involved; she likely would have been laid upon a couch or spent hours in bed to “recover” from the ordeal. It was the 1800s. I know. Still. Someone besides the earl could have shown an ounce of kindness to the poor girl. God forbid they help her at all, either.

Okay Archer family story, since it came with my membership. I wouldn’t have spent good money— or wasted a credit— on it, though.

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  • Laxmi
  • 08-05-21

Pronunciation!

Her name is Ah-ne-mo-knee! Not “an-enemy” as the other reviewer said.

I know it’s a hard name but seriously the whole book? Did the producer not notice? It’s annoying.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-05-21

wishy washy

good news is that I finished the book. the plot and mystery hooked me. but the h was weak, and the Olivia complication was cringeworthy. none of the characters seemed real. performance lifted the story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-04-21

Archer series

love this Archer series!!!! Amy Virgin and Ruth Urquhart are amazing!!! love live love these books 💕

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  • Lynda Neuman
  • 20-12-20

Story was good, but narrator wasn’t!

Pretty good story, but the narrator had a difficult time keeping up with the male characters voices. She she great at the beginning of the book the around chapter 10 on the men started sounding so similar to me. It sort of made me want to stop listening! I trudged on because I wanted to hear the ending of the story which was eh.