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Proud Mary Audiobook

Proud Mary: Roxton Family Saga, Book 5

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The Roxtons are back! Romance. Drama. Intrigue. Family secrets. There's never a dull moment for the 18th century's first family.

Widowed and destitute, Lady Mary Cavendish is left with only her pride. Daughter of an earl and great-granddaughter to a Stuart King, family expectation and obligation demands she remarry. But not just any man will do; her husband must rank among the nobility. Falling in love with her handsome and enigmatic neighbor is out of the question. As always, Mary will do her duty and ignore her heart.

Country squire Christopher Bryce has secretly loved his neighbor Mary for many years. Yet he is resigned to the cruel reality they are not social equals, and thus can never share a future together. Never mind that his scandalous past and a heartbreaking secret make him thoroughly unworthy of such a proud beauty.

Then into their lives steps a ghost from Mary's past, whose outrageous behavior has Mary questioning her worldview and Christopher acting upon his feelings, and for all to see. The mismatched couple begin to wonder if in fact love can prevail - that a happily ever after might just be possible if only they dare to follow their hearts.

Fans of the series will also delight in being reacquainted with the fascinating, always surprising, and never ordinary members of the Roxton family.

Part of the highly acclaimed Roxton Family saga.

Non-explicit, mild sensuality

©2017 Lucinda Brant (P)2017 Lucinda Brant

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    "As always fantastic"

    Fab, fab, fab
    I love how all of these stories intertwine, can be quite complex so I recommend reading/listening to the books in order.
    Just fab

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    DragonRose UK UK 03/08/2017
    DragonRose UK UK 03/08/2017
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    "A Wonderful, Emotional, Exciting Story."
    Would you listen to Proud Mary again? Why?

    Oh yes I would and will listen to this book again. Why? Because the story is beautiful, the characters believable, the romance palpable, and the narration SMOOTH PERFECTION.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This book like every other of this author's books, has the perfect amount of the romantic element, yet has excitement from other intrigue, in this instance treason. The era they are set in is wonderful, but there is also a plethora of sub plots that keep you intrigued from beginning to end of each book. There is never a dull moment. The characters are all discussed in-depth, and you can't help but love the good ones, and either pity or despise the bad ones. Mary and Christopher are the perfect loveable characters in this book, and seeing their romance develop was so heart warming.


    Which character – as performed by Alex Wyndham – was your favourite?

    Such an unfair question because Alex performs each and every character to perfection. I have never heard a narrator that can sound perfect performing every voice from a little girl's voice to a gruff old man's voice. Christopher's voice is deep and sexy, especially during the intimate scenes, but if I have to pick a voice that really impresses me...it would have to be Antonia Roxton. The accent, the femininity, it's just wonderful, and for a man to be the one to peform it to perfection is very impressive.


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

    Absolutely, there were some very emotional parts to this book. Not only ones that made me teary eyed, but there were some fun laugh out load moments too. That's one of the great things about Lucinda Brant's books, they are filled with excellent characters, exciting story lines, and you can't help but run the gamut of emotions throughout. Having Alex perform the book as well adds that extra element, he makes each emotional scene that little more real and believable. I can't say enough good things about the perfect pairing of a Lucinda Brant book with Alex Wyndham as it's narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    Never say no to listening to a book by Lucinda Brant narrated by Alex Wyndham. It's a partnership too good to miss.

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    Nicola Locke 15/07/2017
    Nicola Locke 15/07/2017
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    "Another five star classic from the brilliant Lucinda Brant"

    The Roxton series continues with Proud Mary and doesn't disappoint. Add to the wonderful writing and story line the amazing voice of Alex Wyndham, Proud Mary is another 'can't stop listening to' audiobook. The ongoing story of Antonia and her family just gets better and leaves you wanting more. Eagerly awaiting the next instalment with Satyrs Son and so hoping there's still more to follow.

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    Mr 22/06/2017
    Mr 22/06/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Superb addition to the Roxton family saga"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book is a wonderful addition to the Roxton family saga. Telling the story of ‘proud’ Mary Cavendish, who has been left destitute by her oafish and selfish husband, Sir Gerald, and her neighbour Christopher, the local Squire. It is a delicate and beautifully wrought love story set in the Cotswolds.

    The beauty of Ms Brant’s writing is in the detail. Her research is incredible, the descriptions of the Cotswolds are so accurate and with fabulous little details – a name check for Smeaton, and Smeaton’s Tower in Plymouth (one of my favourite places) being one such example. I live in the Cotswolds, and I am in awe of Ms Brant for the intricacy of her research – I can picture (and know) many of the places described in the book, and listened with delight, picturing the scenes in my mind’s eye.

    The characters are so well drawn, all with many layers and complexities which are peeled away through the art of storytelling and the wonderful narration by Alex Wyndham (which is second to none). Each character is easily identifiable, and so easy to picture.

    The Roxton saga introduces new characters, and reintroduces many of my favourites, with nods back to previous books and little snippets which the avid reader will delight in. The delight in realising Kate is a friend to Antonia, Dowager Duchess of Roxton in the very first Roxton book, and knowing that this little seed had been planted so long ago is a testament to the degree of complexity in the novels. I am in awe of the planning that must go into this series, every detail is necessary and all hooks together so incredibly with the vocal characterisation of Alex Wyndham. It is comforting, and feels like catching up with old friends. Every book I listen to in this series I fear that I won’t enjoy it as much as the last, and every time I am pleasantly surprised that Ms Brant has indeed done it again!

    This is a five-star book. I wish I could give it more. I’m already listening for a second time to find more of those little touches that Ms Brant weaves in so well.


    What does Alex Wyndham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Alex Wyndham is an exceptionally talented narrator. He is able to bring to life any character, from ten year old girl to French Duchess. You can vividly picture any character he portrays.


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    "Proud Mary"

    Lucinda Brant s Roxton series continues to be a joy to read and listen to. Looking forward to the next one with antisispation. If you have not read any of this series of books take my advise and jump in with both feet and enjoy!!!!!!!

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    Eddie 13/06/2017
    Eddie 13/06/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent!"

    Definitely 5 stars. Proud Mary is part of the Roxton series, but it can be read as a stand-alone (although I do recommend the whole series because each book is superb. Besides, who doesn’t like to catch up on old friends to find out how their happily-ever-afters are going!?) This is read by Alex Wynham and he is an extremely talented narrator. Whether it’s the heroine; an officious secretary; a 10 year old girl; or the hero, AW switches between the multiplicity of characters with convincing ease.

    Mary, when we are first introduced to her, does not seem like a very heroine-like, and it takes a little time to understand her and why Christopher has loved her for so long. Lucinda Brant is just SO good at characterisation and plot, and it is a delight to be immersed in her 18th century world – where it is almost possible to hear the rustle of Lady Mary’s embroidered petticoats, and see the reflections on the lake at Treat. The historical details are absolutely fascinating but what holds the attention and keeps the reader gripped are the characters and their story. Mary’s & Christopher’s journey from first page to last is enthralling and ultimately deeply satisfying. A perfect 5 star pleasure!

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    Sharon B Leicester England 06/06/2017
    Sharon B Leicester England 06/06/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Awesome"

    Proud Mary is a beautiful and brilliant continuation of the Roxton series
    Social unequals vs love
    Well read again by Alex Wyndham
    I always recommend to the romantic readers to please pick up and read this series

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  • MITexas
    San Marcos, TX, United States
    26/06/17
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    "Incredible Story, Fantastic Narration"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would absolutely recommend this audiobook to a friend. Lucinda Brant did it again with Proud Mary- a fantastic continuation of the Roxton series, and Alex Wyndham rounds out the audiobook with incredible narration making the characters come to life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is hard to pinpoint my favorite part of this story, but I think I like the fact that Mary and Christopher were from a less extravagant area of life made them more relatable to me as a reader (listener). I love Christopher's love for Mary's daughter Teddy.


    What about Alex Wyndham’s performance did you like?

    EVERYTHING. Alex Wyndham is on my immediate-buy list due his fantastic narration. Without noting who is speaking, Alex is able to change his voice for each character that you know immediately who is talking.


    Any additional comments?

    I cannot wait to continue the Roxton series. I have loved every book Lucinda has written, but the Roxton series is my favorite and Proud Mary held to being one of my favorites.

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  • Ginny
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    "Love it!"
    Would you listen to Proud Mary again? Why?

    Of course!


    Any additional comments?

    Once again Lucinda weaves a love story with a twist in it! Mary Cavendish, having been a widow for several years now, is pressured by her mother to remarry and to remarry well in order to return to polite society. Evelyn has offered to marry her but also noticed the attraction between Mary and Christopher. The twist here is that Evelyn has given Mary a month to think about it before making it official, while he gave Christopher a month to be with Mary to 'get her out of his system'. Thus, the story of true love begins and in the end of the month, Mary and Christopher admits their love for each other.

    Thank you, Lucinda, for keeping us entertained with your fabulous stories and Alex Wyndham for your wonderful performance!

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  • XmasMom
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    16/06/17
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    "Brant & Wyndham did it again!"

    Love Alex Wyndham voice his characters are on the spot.
    A bit slow to start but another great story to this series...
    Now we wait for #6.

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  • cheryl
    11/06/17
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    "An enthralling experience"
    Would you listen to Proud Mary again? Why?

    Yes. The storyline gripped me from the beginning and it contained a host of fascinating characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    There were many facets to the story so that my interest was always maintained. I enjoyed hearing about characters that I had read about in the previous books, although this could be listened to as a standalone. I also enjoyed the growing relationship between Mary and Christopher and how this helped Mary to come into her own.


    What does Alex Wyndham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Oh! Alex's narration was excellent. The different voices he used and the timbre of his voice, all added to an amazing experience. He really brought the characters to life.


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

    Yes, I had a chuckle at some of Christopher's observations and I got quite annoyed at Mary's mother and was waiting for someone to put her in her place.


    Any additional comments?

    I was gifted a copy and I have voluntarily reviewed it. This is my honest review. I have previously purchased a copy for my kindle but this audiobook gave me a totally different but engaging experience. Highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Patricia Rodels
    Kentuckina
    07/06/17
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    "Alex Wyndham delivers A Fantastic Narration Once Again"

    I love Lucinda Brant's Roxton Family Series and she has once again written a wonderful book, "Proud Mary" that has the reader not wanting to put it down. From the very first book of this awesome series, "Noble Satyr," to this latest book, Alex Wyndham brings such life to Lucinda Brant's books that you feel that you are right there experiencing the story first hand. Alex has a way that draws you into each character's personality and the situation that the character is under going. His voice and expressions are superb. Alex is number one on my short list of narrators.

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  • Patiotoole
    Wycombe, PA, United States
    09/10/17
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    "Mary & Christopher, Happy at Last"

    I absolutely love the writing of Lucinda Brant, in characterization, in historical accuracy and in giving us the detailed world of the Roxton family.

    This segment of the continuing story of this family gives us Christopher and Mary - and her cousin Evelyn (briefly). Christopher (not being of the nobility) has loved Mary for 10 years - but with very little hope of ever winning her. Initially this is because Mary is married (unhappily) and then eventually - for the last two years - because she is beyond his reach. Circumstances, come about that cause them to have opportunity to recognize their emotional connection while investigating an "apparent" ghost.

    The first half of this story really drew me in and felt like it had great potential for a deep and beautiful romance. However somewhere in the second half it felt like there began to be too many interruptions, side stories and emotional breakdowns - so that the progression of Mary and Christopher's romance seemed to be a bit choppy and less intense than many of the others in the series. It ended up being squeezed in between christenings, arrests, long-awaited parental confrontations, and revelations.

    Proud Mary is unquestionably still a 4-star read. I really can't wait for Henri, Evelyn, Teddy, and many others to have their stories. I also look forward to hearing more of Mary, Christopher, and the growing ducal families. Lucinda Brant is, without a doubt, an amazingly gifted writer, and Alex Wyndham is beyond compare as a narrator.

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  • Lady Wesley
    Washington, DC
    09/09/17
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    "Lucinda Brant & Alex Wyndham never disappoint"

    The author/narrator team of Lucinda Brant and Alex Wyndham has produced another winner. And the Roxton Family Saga continues, with the Autumn 2017 release of Satyr's Son, the story of Henri-Antoine Hesham, the beloved younger son of Antonia and her Monseigneur. I have it on good authority that he is indeed his father's son!

    Lucinda Brant's fifth volume in the Roxton Family Saga is every bit as good as the four novels that preceded it, and they were all solid five-star reads in my opinion. Historical romance series featuring large families and covering a sizable period of time are one of my favorites, and the Roxton books fill that bill. The series begins in Paris in 1745, moves to Georgian England, and covers nearly thirty years, during which the expected births, deaths, love affairs, marriages, and babies occur.

    Proud Mary opens in 1777 and features Lady Mary Cavendish, widow of Sir Gerald Cavendish, Bt., who has been dead for two years. Sir Gerald and Lady Mary were minor characters in the earlier books, where we learned that Gerald was a conceited bag of hot air who was shunned by Polite Society, disliked by his neighbors, and cruel to his wife and daughter. Lady Mary was completely under his thumb, which is not surprising since she grew up with a domineering snob of a mother, the Countess of Strathsay.

    Sir Gerald was both impressed and envious that Mary was the daughter of an earl, a great-granddaughter of King Charles II, and a cousin to the Duchess of Roxton. Indeed, beginning when she was twelve, Mary had spent the happiest years of her life living at Roxton's estate as a member of the family. When she returned to her mother, Lady Strathsay drilled into Mary's head that women of her station had a higher calling than their inferiors, that she must precisely follow the rigid rules of society, and that she owed a duty to her noble lineage to marry well and produce sons. Mary was so browbeaten and miserable that she accepted an arranged marriage to Sir Gerald.

    Now Sir Gerald is dead, leaving Mary with a nice estate (for her lifetime), Abbeywood, and a mountain of debts. In a final act of maliciousness, Gerald named the local squire, Christopher Bryce, as co-guardian, with the Duke of Roxton, of Mary's daughter Theodora. “Teddy,” as she is known to all is a ten-year-old tomboy who likes nothing better than riding and hiking the wilds of Gloucestershire. She has no desire to visit London or her Roxton cousins at their palatial estate, Treat. Indeed, although Teddy is ignorant of it, Squire Bryce has followed Sir Gerald's command to forbid Teddy from leaving Abbeywood, other than her yearly visit to her grandmother in Cheltenham. She adores her “Uncle Christopher,” and he clearly returns the feeling. Seeing the sweet interplay between them is the first hint that Christopher has a heart beneath his overly sober exterior.

    Christopher is charged with running Abbeywood and helping retire the debts that Gerald left behind. He is a strict administrator, and Mary chafes under his budgetary restraints, as well as his refusal to allow Teddy to meet the rest of her family. Mary politely loathes him, and while he is punctiliously correct toward Mary, he has quietly been in love with her since he returned to Gloucestershire eight years ago.

    Christopher's years away from home are a mystery to Mary and the rest of their neighbors, and Christopher knows that his shameful secrets from that time would horrify a gentle lady such as Mary. For reasons unknown, he left suddenly for the Continent at the age of eighteen and cut himself off entirely from his parents. More than a decade later, he returned home to nurse his dying mother and brought his blind Aunt Kate to live with him. Unbeknownst to everyone, he also has done a bit of spying for England's Spymaster General, Lord Shrewsbury, and to that end he had befriended Sir Gerald, whom Shrewsbury suspected of selling secrets to the French.

    Squire Bryce was portrayed as dour and tyrannical in the previous Roxton book Dair Devil, which led me to have some skepticism about his suitability as a hero in this book. Ms. Brant, however, cleverly allows the reader to discover the real Christopher at the same time that Mary does. They begin to have forthright conversations, and along with Mary we learn that Christopher is an honorable man, with strong principles but also strong emotions, which he keeps deeply hidden. Christopher grows more deeply in love with Mary, but knowing that she is an aristocrat and he is the son of nobody, he accepts that there can never be anything between them. He also comes to realize that Gerald had lied and exaggerated about virtually everything – even claiming that Roxton was Teddy's true father. Gerald was no spy, Christopher decides, and so the hunt must continue.

    Mary feels an attraction to Christopher, but she does not consider him as a possible mate even though she is desperately lonely. When speaking of her cousin Antonia, recently remarried after the old Duke's death, Mary considered her own situation. She was thirty years old and had never been in love or been loved by a worthy man. She had never shared a passionate kiss with any man, nor had the selfish Sir Gerald ever shown her pleasure in the marriage bed. She loves her daughter with all her heart but hopes she still has the capacity to love a man. Since her mother was insisting that it was Mary's duty to her family to marry again, perhaps she would find love with a new husband.

    When Teddy announces one evening that there is a ghost in the house, Christopher and Mary join forces to discover tangible evidence of an intruder and set out to detect his true identity. His unmasking turns their little world upside down and threatens to bring an end to their budding romance, for the ghost is actually the man whom Mary once hoped to marry. I won't disclose more, as I think the clever twists and turns of this story should not be spoiled.

    Mary and Christopher make a lovely couple, and all of my misgivings about him melted away. In fact, by the time Mary realizes that she has fallen in love with him, I was a little bit in love too. It was wonderful to watch Mary fall for him, always fighting her mother's little voice in her head pointing out his unsuitability for an earl's daughter. Equally wonderful was watching Mary gain confidence in herself and fighting to overcome the years of being denigrated and bullied by her mother and her husband. Christopher, for his part, gradually and with great reluctance reveals his past to a shocked Mary, expecting at every turn that she will turn away from him in disgust. Of course, she does not.

    I always feel a bit like a time traveler when reading one of Ms. Brant's books. Using her impeccable research, she creates such an authentic 18th-century world, and employing her wonderful imagination, she writes multi-layered stories with intricate plots. These talents are put to particularly good use in Proud Mary. I think that we 21st-century readers often have a difficult time appreciating the class-based strictures of the past, and many authors who write cross-class romances downplay the difficulties that would have faced the duke who married his housekeeper, for example. Ms. Brant does not fall into the trap of making things easy for Mary and Christopher, however, and I felt a better understanding of how oppressive, yet widely accepted, the class structure was. It helps here that Mary's Roxton relations were accepting of their relationship, but then we have seen in earlier books that they are somewhat non-conformist and powerful enough to do as they please.

    As Christopher and Mary work toward their happily ever after, we get to see all of her extended family – Cousin Antonia, formerly the Dowager Duchess of Roxton and now the Duchess of Kinross; her lusciously sexy husband, Jonathan; her son Julian, now the duke, his wife, Deb, and their growing brood of adorable children; and her schoolboy younger son Henri-Antoine and his pal Jack Cavendish, who will succeed to Sir Gerald's title upon reaching his majority. Besides her Roxton relatives, we also see Mary's brother Dair, now the Earl of Strathsay, and his wife, Rory, and of course, Mary and Dair's mother, Lady Strathsay. They, along with young Teddy, all play a role in bringing Christopher and Mary together – well, except for Mary's mother, who is appalled by the mismatch. One of my favorite scenes was when Mary tells her mother what's what.

    Ms. Brant has said that her next book will be Henri-Antoine's story, but dare we hope that someday there is one pairing Teddy and Jack? I suppose that I am looking for ways for the Roxton Family Saga to continue for a long time. I will add that while Proud Mary can be read as a standalone, there is much more pleasure to be had by reading the series in order and learning to know and love this family as much as I and many other readers have. Each book has been a joy to read, and I cannot recommend them highly enough.

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  • Cam
    Las Vegas, NV, United States
    24/06/17
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    "Another engaging book by Lucinda Brant"

    Entertaining and cute. Alex Wyndham's performance is wonderful as usual. Now after reading book one and two I find it hard to be as engaged as I was with those. Nevertheless a cute story

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