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Autumn Duchess: A Georgian Historical Romance

Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (42 ratings)
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Summary

A beautiful duchess mourns for her beloved. A sun-bronzed merchant returns to claim a birthright. Disparate souls in need of love and renewal. Paths cross and the journey begins...

Hampshire, England, 1777: Antonia, Dowager Duchess of Roxton, has been mourning the loss of her soul mate for three long years. Her despair is all-consuming until into her life steps a devilishly handsome younger man. Unconventional and self-assured, wealthy merchant Jonathon Strang will stop at nothing to convince Antonia she can love again, and deeply.

©2011, 2014 (2nd edition) Lucinda Brant (P)2015 Lucinda Brant

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Where does Autumn Duchess rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

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 Wyndham. 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.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Although I should say Jonathon Strang is my favourite character, after all, he is the hero in the story, he is actually only my second favourite. Antonia, the Dowager Duchess of Roxton is first! What an emotional character she is. She is French (Alex's French accent is wonderful) and she is such a free thinking woman, fair to all except at times herself. When she loves, she loves unconditionally and deeply. She has been a widow for 3 years, yet is still in deep mourning for her husband, still wearing widow's clothes, and with no thought to ever marrying again. She is content to live in the Dowager House on the Roxton Estate, spending as much time with her grand children as possible. When Jonathon Strang comes along he turns her life upside down, and their story is made all the more intriguing purely because of her personality and strength of character. She is an amazing woman.

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

I have listened to every book that Alex has done for Lucinda Brant, and you can't compare them because each one is a pleasure to listen to because in each one Alex performs the characters perfectly.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

One grieving woman, one determined man, can Jonathon Strang help Antonia, Dowager Duchess of Roxton live her life to the full again.

Any additional comments?

The many voices that Alex can produce for all the characters amaze me. He can go from a very low pitched man's voice, to a small child's voice and does each character justice. Even his women's voices are believable, the beautiful young ladies tender, sweet voices, to the old womens voices that are gossiping, or being outraged, they are done to perfection. The passionate, romantic scenes that he narrates, especially when he is narrating Jonathon's parts are absolutely swoon worthy! He brings so much emotion to each character too that when he is reading a particularly emotional scene, I am brought to tears, sometimes happy ones, sometimes sad! Not just a sign of some wonderfully written scenes, but narrated exactly as I am sure Lucinda wanted.
Lucinda's stories and their characters are full of depth, well researched, and although can easily be read or listened to as stand alone stories, it's wonderful to read/listen to the other books in the series too, both for the joy of the characters interactions and for the fact that Alex is the narrator. Together Lucinda and Alex make the perfect writing/narrating team!

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Another fantastic story by Lucinda Brant

As always, Lucinda captures the reader/listener with intriguing characters, great plots, amusing moments, sad moments and great adventures.

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Emotional and brilliant

This is the most emotive book in the series
Love second time around
Antonia and Jonathan are soul mates raising from the sadness of loss
Alex Wyndham is awesome as always

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Heartwrenching and sweet (Lord Leven)

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Astoundingly good. You really get a feel for how expectations and trends change over a lifetime.
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My favourite period drama of all time.
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Not something I normally listen to but worth a listen to - interesting and slightly like georgette heyer

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Wonderful story, fabulous narration - perfect!

AUTUMN DUCHESS is a lovely, gently moving story about finding love again and about rebuilding family relationships that have deteriorated under the strain of grief.

Antonia, dowager Duchess of Roxton lost the husband she dearly loved three years previously, but refuses to put off her mourning or to re-enter society, much to the distress of her son (hero of Midnight Marriage). It's only when she meets the strapping, handsome - and ten years younger - merchant Jonathon Strang that she finds someone who understands the depth of her grief and the need she still feels to continue to remember her late husband. Jonathon gradually coaxes Antonia back to the land of the living, and the gently moving love story between the couple is a true delight. Tender and poignant, but not without its heated moments, it is underscored beautifully by their growing friendship and their shared understanding of what it means to love, to lose and to grieve.

Lucinda Brant's grasp of historical detail is once again used to excellent effect, especially in a small sub-plot concerning the possible involvement of one of Antonia's nephews with a revolutionary movement, but the focus is very much the evolving romance between Antonia and Strang, which is wonderful.

Alex Wyndham delivers another truly fine performance here, giving each character a distinct voice according to age and situation. He adopts a slight but consistent French accent for Antonia which sounds pretty authentic, and his interpretation of Jonathon only adds to the character's all-round gorgeousness, his own smooth baritone expertly conveying the man’s good sense, wit, kindness and sensuality.

While this is the third book in a series, it's easy to listen to as a standalone, as there is enough backstory included to keep the new listener suitably informed. But I think that once you've listened to one audiobook from this superb author/narrator team, you won't be able to stop at just one.

Highly recommended.

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