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Summary

When Crispin, Lord Cavratt, thoroughly and scandalously kisses a serving woman in the garden of a country inn, he assumes the encounter will be of no consequence. But he couldn’t be more mistaken - the maid is not only a lady of birth, she’s the niece of a very large, exceptionally angry gentleman, who claims Crispin has compromised his niece beyond redemption. 

The dismayed young lord has no choice but to marry Miss Catherine Thorndale, who lacks both money and refinement and assumes all men are as vicious as her guardian uncle. Trapped between an unwanted marriage and a hasty annulment, which would leave his reputation tainted and Catherine’s utterly ruined, Crispin begins guiding his wife’s transformation from a socially petrified country girl to a lady of society. 

Their unfolding relationship reveals encouraging surprises for both of them, and privately, each of them wonders if theirs may become a true marriage of the heart. But their hopes are dashed when forces conspire to split asunder what fate has granted, and as a battle of wits escalates into a life-threatening confrontation, will it be possible for Crispin and Catherine to Live happily ever after? 

About the author 

Sarah M. Eden read her first Jane Austen novel in elementary school and has been an Austen addict ever since. Fascinated by the Regency era in English history, Eden became a regular in the Regency section of the reference department at her local library, painstakingly researching this extraordinary chapter in history. Eden is an award-winning author of short stories and was a Whitney Award Finalist for her novel Seeking Persephone (2008). You can visit her at www.sarahmeden.com.

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  • 🌿🌸Susynne🌸🌿
  • 20-05-20

Narrator, narrator, narrator!!!!!

Who chooses the narrator? No author would choose to have their hard work on a well written Regency era London romance read in a AMERICAN accent? It brought this audio book from a four plus to barely a three!

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  • Nora and Neil
  • 18-05-20

Frustrating

This is one of those stories that has you banging your head against the wall screaming "why don't they just talk to one another?!?" The excessive overlooking each other's obvious signs of interest in each other and assigning of baselessly negative motives and meanings to what each one did and said was equally frustrating.

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  • AudioBookChik
  • 03-10-20

Geico “Let’s hide behind the chainsaws” commercial

Normally I love Sarah Eden books, but this one seemed like it was trying to hard to add conflict that wasn’t realistic. It felt sometimes like a Geico’s ”Let’s hide behind the chainsaws” commercial - a bit ridiculous. I’ll try another book since I normally like her books and crossing my fingers the next one is a little more realistic.

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  • Agatha Istanbul
  • 10-08-20

Okay story...

A nobleman, who is pestered & taunted incessantly by a debutant, kisses a woman he mistakes for a servant, just to get back at the debutant. However, the woman turns out to be titled , who has been taken in by her uncle and treated abominably by him. When the uncle see he man kiss his niece, thinking to get rid of her, he demands that the nobleman marry her so she does not have a damaged reputation. This is a story of how the young, titled girl - who has been treated like a servant by her uncle, learns how to value herself. And also how the young nobleman learns to value her, too. Her evil uncle only returns towards the end of the book to torture the couple again. I enjoyed the book, and the narration was good - but the book wasn't one of my favorites.

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  • SBette
  • 26-06-20

Others in the series are infinitely better

I have read many other books in the Jonquil and Kielder series and I expected to like this one based on other reviews but I really did not. In fact, it was torture through the second half. ***the rest of the review contains spoilers*** The story starts promisingly (but improbably, since as a peer Crispin could probably have arranged another solution) with a kiss and a forced marriage between Crispin and Catherine, orchestrated by her abusive uncle. The couple starts to form a friendship based on Crispin’s kindness and it seems that the rest of the story will involve a series of entertaining misadventures as they fall in love. However, the love story stops progressing and the plot stagnates in the middle of the story. Catherine is left to face her uncle alone several times without Crispin putting an actual plan into place to protect her in case he is away from home. The supposedly reliable butler is repeatedly unable to bar her uncle from the premises. The uncle’s tyranny continues unchecked and drags through the plot. Through the end of the story, with the exception of one bout of fisticuffs, it is always left to others to protect Catherine from her uncle. The only bright light is that Catherine develops some ability to begin to stand up to her abuser. This is extremely frustrating because it is predictable and the events are repetitive (an almost literal “not again!”). At the same time, there is a complete lack of actual discussion between Crispin and Catherine about whether to continue the marriage or pursue an annulment. Each assumes what the other wants, repeatedly, without discussing particulars or plans. Instead of slowly untangling each other’s true desires, the exact same misunderstanding continues throughout. Each scene in the book seems to be a repeat of itself and the same emotions. There is no evolution at all. And then suddenly at the end there are declarations of love and everything ends happily. I’m a sucker for historical romance novels and definitely get my money’s worth from my Audible Escape membership, but this book misses it’s mark. Don’t waste your time.

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  • Tina Gleason
  • 18-11-20

Slow

I’ve read several of the authors books and loved them all, but found this one long and repetitious . It’s a great story and I was drawn in immediately. But as it goes on, Kathryn and Crispus battling their feelings silently got old. The middle of the book just seemed the same conflict over and over. Just wish the author would’ve told the story outright as in her other books. Just gets hard to stay focused when it’s the same thing over and over. You wanted to throw your arms in the air and say enough! And then it leaves you hanging, her uncle never said what his motive was if not for the money. Power, control ????

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  • Bandanna
  • 03-11-20

Reader is Great for Such a Captivating Story!

I really loved this book. It always had my attention! Sometimes I struggle with readers, but this one did amazing! I could listen to this book all day! Can't wait to start another one!

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  • ic
  • 25-09-20

Narration is amateur

Only lasted 2 minutes. Unfair to rate the story but it forces me to. This narration was unbearable. Overacted and jarring. Sample before purchase.

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  • Anne Dear
  • 18-09-20

I was captured with each chapter

Ms. Eden, your characters were strong and so appealingly written. Thank you ever so much for sharing them with me. Ms. Ingram, what a thorough job bringing the characters to life. I will repeatedly enjoy many hours listening to a story well written and well performed! I thank you both immensely! Kudos ladies, indeed!

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  • Merrilyn Gordon
  • 31-08-20

loved it!

Sarah M. Eden is one of my favorite authors and this book does not disappoint. The story and characters and clever and fun. I so appreciate a good story without profanity and smut. She makes you care about Catherine and Crispin and what happens to them.