Nobody knows who Miss Rose Sweetly is, and she prefers it that way. She’s a shy, mathematically-minded shopkeeper’s daughter who dreams of the stars. Women like her only ever come to attention through scandal. She’ll take obscurity, thank you very much.
All of England knows who Stephen Shaughnessy is. He’s an infamous advice columnist and a known rake. When he moves into the house next door to Rose, she discovers that he’s also wickedly funny, devilishly flirtatious, and heart-stoppingly handsome. But when he takes an interest in her mathematical work, she realizes that Mr. Shaughnessy isn’t just a scandal waiting to happen. He’s waiting to happen to her…and if she’s not careful, she’ll give in to certain ruination.
Talk Sweetly to Me is the final novella in The Brothers Sinister series. The other books in the series are:
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"Nice, but too idealistic..."
The shorter length of this book didn't work. The complexity of an interracial relationship in this era needs a lot more exploration. Both in the character development, and in the explanation of the racial climate of the time.
I felt like I kind of knew Stephen from his appearance in the last book, but even then, he has obviously lived through his share of struggles. It's sweet that he is truly in love with Rose, but up until the very end, he seems oblivious to her day to day challenges. As a 'radical' journalist, one would think he would be a bit more in touch with reality. I don't think it would've harmed his 'happy go lucky' image for him to recognize how much Rose has to do to fit into the dominant culture.
Rose is amazing, but I didn't get a sense of who she is and why she fears what she fears. There are huge holes in her story that would've helped to round out her character.
Here are a few questions:
Why isn't her genius more of a big deal? There was a WHOLE book in this series about a woman scientist and all the controversy surrounding that idea; a Black, female astronomist/mathematician is equally amazing.
Why wasn't her history mentioned? Sure, her grandfather is talked about, but certainly there is a story behind how her family became shopkeepers--BLACK shopkeepers.
Why isn't there more of a description of her physically? Surely Stephen's attraction is physical as well as intellectual. Perhaps the author skipped past this in order to avoid the idea that he is only attracted to her exoticism. (kudos if that's the case)
I applaud Courtney Milan for attempting to tackle interracial relationships in this era and in this genre. However, as someone who lives the controversy of an interracial marriage everyday, the brevity of the book is almost an insult. I realize that historical romance is all about fantasy, but this story is a bit too unrealistic.
As always, Rosalyn Landor is great!
I didn't love this. There was so much potential - very smart woman, a known rake living almost next door, a black heroine and all the bigotry that entails, for example. But the book fell short on all these points. Maybe it was because the book was so short. I've enjoyed the series but this concluding story left me flat. I never felt the attraction of the main characters and it's hard to feel invested in a story if the chemistry's not obvious.
Two other observations - the narration was top-notch with Rosalyn Landor doing her usual excellent job; the title was just too annoyingly "cute."
"Love this story! "
absolutely loved how she told a historical with an African woman. Please write more like this!
"A nice brief escape..."
This story was rather short but entertaining. I was very surprise to learn that the heroine is black. This was actually a biracial historical romance. That was a first for me and it was nice. I don't know how historically accurate this story is since it's set in the 1800's and they were able to marry at the end but yet maybe England was ahead of the USA in biracial marriage in the 19th century. Out heroine is independent, strong and a genious to boot. Our hero is a rake but his change into a loving husband and partner is realistic.
Obviously the narration is very good and you can't expect anything less from Mrs. Rosalyn Landor. All considered this is a very good story if you find it on sale but I wouldn't spend a credit on it because of the length.
"Sweet Little Story"
Not much of a plot, but a sweet story of two idealistic young people from different worlds who find common ground in their love for each other. Although the reality of an interracial romance in the place and time period of the book would be a far more difficult undertaking than it portrays, the fantasy of such a possibility is nice to contemplate.
"Too short for my precious credit"
I enjoy the author and series so when I saw a couple more installments were out, I nabbed them. As I installed them in my library, I noticed this was less than 4 hours long, the length of part 1 only of most books. Hugely disappointed, feeling cheated. I really dislike spending the same on a short story as I do on a full length, 8-10 hr read. Courtney Milan is a gem, and the series is good, but DO NOT GET THE AUDIOBOOK. Get a discounted hardcopy or borrow someone elses. At least until they make these a better value.
She has done well in all the books I've heard her narrate.
The time, yes, not the cost.
I hate this costs the same as an eight to ten hour book. I do recommend the series overall.
"Novella, no complete novel"
It should be much longer.
I wanted to have some thing a little better resolved.
As always she did a fantastic job, gave the characters a voice each, a joy to listen to.
Yes, not buy so short books any more.
Audible should charge less for novellas. The credit system should take the time a book runs into account.
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