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Borrowed Dreams

Scottish Dream Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Sienna Frances
Series: Scottish Dreams Series, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
Categories: Romance, Historical
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Summary

The Proposal

Driven to undo the evil wrought by her dead husband, Millicent Wentworth must find a way to save her estate and free the innocent people he enslaves. Her only hope is a marriage - in name only - to the notorious widower the Earl of Aytoun.

The Groom

Devastated by the tragic accident that killed his wife and left him gravely wounded, Lyon Pennington, fourth Earl of Aytoun, is tormented by the accusations that blame him for the catastrophe. Filled with despair, he lets his mother lure him into a marriage of convenience - for the sake of a good-hearted woman on the verge of financial ruin.

The Desire

Under Millicent's gentle gaze, Lyon begins to regain his strength and his wounded heart begins to heal. And soon Millicent discovers that beneath his unruly beard and grim demeanor, Lyon just may be the most handsome - and caring - man she's ever encountered. For the first time in her life, she realizes that she is alive - alive with a smoldering desire for the one man she'll love forever....

Contains mature themes.

©2011 Nikoo K. and James A. McGoldrick (P)2018 Tantor

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  • CHW
  • 09-02-18

A pleasure to read

This book was really fantastic. I really like this author. The characters are well developed. The story was delightful and frankly I cannot wait until the next book is available to listen to. I have not read this authors work but listed to the Scottish Relic series just based on the reviews and have been hooked since.
Lyon and Millicent were the perfect imperfect couple with scars and baggage that added depth to their characters.
The narrator was good and did not detract from the story. She was no Rosalind Landor or Davina Porter (two of my favorite narrators for Highlander stories) but she did a good job and kept the story engaging.

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  • Belladoni
  • 14-06-19

AN UNEXPECTED TREASURE.

It took me awhile to warm up to this audiobook, partly due to initially struggling to keep up with a narrator who blazed through some passages with superhuman speed and yet with perfect accuracy. However, as I surrendered to the story and settled into the style and cadences of the narrator, who was able to modulate her speed and pitch, while switching from a Jamaican to a Scottish accent, all without missing a beat---I became completely captivated by a story that took me back through time into the world of the landed gentry---a time of extreme contrasts created by excessive wealth and extreme poverty. A world of masters and slaves; dukes and servants. A world that was both gracious and brutal, populated with characters of courageous compassion and obsessive cruelty, as well as some gnarly and interesting personalities. At the heart of it there’s an unusual love that develops between a man, broken in body and mind, and a widow who was brutalized by her first husband. In spite of their difficult physical limitations and emotional scars, their love becomes erotic, emotionally resonate, compassionate---inspiring. Throw in passages with pompous ‘medical doctors’ and their insanely destructive methods and an old Jamaican medicine woman who can see deep into the souls of her patients and bring real healing. A story of redemption. Dramatic and suspenseful. Not your typical romance. Highly recommended.

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  • Beaver State
  • 18-02-18

Great listen book

Well written, love story, some parts will keep you on the edge of your seat. A must listen to!!!

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  • Sunny
  • 10-04-19

I loved this book😊

It was a story of adventure, good versus evil and hidden secrets. Most of all , it is a story of a love that can withstand all things and a goodness that is desperately needed in these times as well.

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  • Susan Jones
  • 17-03-19

love comes

love this story. Two broken people finding love. loved all the twists and turns and the different characters.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-12-18

Borrowed Dreams

Lots of twists & turns, good display of human nature both good & evil plus happy ending!

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  • sarah
  • 24-04-18

loved it

I loved the story! Great book. can't wait to read the next books. Thank you

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  • Colleen
  • 13-08-20

Exceptional Writing

No love triangles or mindless empty headed characters. Likable and entertaining. I couldn’t seem to put this book away. Listen to it in one day.

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  • J. Gargiulo
  • 03-08-20

Amazing!!!✨✨✨

Wonderful story of a kind, inspiring and strong women that helped heal broken souls! And a story of a man who thought he Lost it all, but found himself discovering his way back! These characters are complex and well developed. Their journey is well written and it is nice to see them go through the different phases of their lives. I love this book!!! ❤️It is a prefect balance of emotional connection, love, sex, real life problems and side characters that makes this book a treasure for re-listening and a special treat! Thank you May for this delightful and thoughtful story that lifted my heart!

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  • Reading Wingard
  • 11-05-20

Complex and compelling romance

May McGoldrick manages to tell a historical romance rife with intrigue, identity politics, race relations, platonic friendship and steamy sex without any parts seeming jarring, uneven or gratuitous. Borrowed Dreams centers itself on the arranged marriage of a widower who’s first marriage left her afraid of intimacy and mired in debt to a high lord who’s own sordid past marriage ended in his wife’s suspicious death and his partial paralysis. Already, the premise is heavy and original. Despite their past pain, Millicent and Lyon, Lord Aytoun, begin their life with a certain unexpected chemistry and cheek. Lyon rages and harries the servants, but Millicent, neither minds nor reacts to his petulance. Instead, she cares for him and drags him out of the laudanum induced stupor he prefers to facing his current reality as lesser man.

Their relationship progresses as relationships in romance novels are want to do, but it is facilitated and protected by the meddling and machinations of two wiley old women, the Dowager Countess and an Ashanti African freed woman healer. These two elderly women are presented as forces of nature. The strongest, wisest, and most formidable of all the characters. Even the story’s main villain and his cohorts cower in the presence of the crones.
“I don’t believe the gossip of scoundrels. Nor do I suspect every old woman with a wrinkled face, a hairy lip, a squinty eye or a scalding tongue to be a witch!”

Writing women, the elderly, the poor and the once enslaved with aplomb and agency, and not forfeiting humor or historicity quite a feat. For it to be done in a genre text makes it more impressive. While it’s clear the time period is a backdrop that informs the restraints under which the characters function as opposed to informing the reader about the intricacies and zeitgeist of the time, I did not once cringe at her portrayal of Africans. In her hands, they were flimsy caricatures used as targets to paint worse characters racist. There were no slurs used against slaves at all. Still, when enmity was aimed. I did not wander at it’s mark. I must admit, the inclusion of gender-based derogatory terms rankled by contrast. Once racism was achieved without the use of sensational buzzwords, it read as lazy not to employ the same dexterity throughout.

As for the narration, Sienna Francis took on various accents and cadences, all nuanced and convincing. She also lent a certain gravitas to the healer and gentle-heart to the female lead. I immediately understood the distinction between a narrator and a voice actress. This performance was about more than sound. It was about presence. I’m almost certain Francis’s posture would shift with her accents if she was filmed.

I could wax on about other aspects: the remaining cast, the choice to have a minor character who feels disgraced to be the stories hero, the omnipotent narration or multiple narratives, but this is a review not a thesis. Still, I intend on writing more after reading my next McGoldrick. Hopefully, Borrowed Dreams is not a fluke. But if it is, it’s one I highly recommend.