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Publisher's Summary

A most inconvenient marriage of convenience.

Simon Kingsley is in desperate need of a wife. After years of searching, he finally found love. Unfortunately, she wed another, and now, it is time to settle for someone with whom he can share his life. A friend, a companion, a helpmate. Love is no longer an option for a man whose heart is irrevocably broken.

Mina Ashbrook longs for a loving marriage but accepts that at the age of 30, she is unlikely to find it. Facing a lifetime of being the spinster sister living on her brother’s charity, Mina considers something she never thought she would - a marriage of convenience. She knows Simon is not marrying her for love but hopes it will blossom in his heart if only she can convince him that love comes in many forms.

Will Mina find a way to heal Simon’s heart? Or will the shadows of the past keep them from finding happiness together?

Set in Regency-era England, Flame and Ember is a sweet romance about overcoming the pains of the past and learning to love.

Audiobook one in the Regency Love series. Buy your copy today!

©2018 M.A. Nichols (P)2019 M.A. Nichols

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Enjoyable reading - first book of Regency series

Firstly: Narration: Madeleine Brolly does an excellent job, managing shifts between individual characters deftly. Regional accents add interest to some secondary characters, making one wonder if, or even hope, they will turn up in later books, and she switches deftly from one gender to another. I was going to say she doesn’t miss a beat, but then remembered a few technical glitches (probably created during editing), wherein single words or phrases are abruptly repeated.

Secondly: the story… The plot closely resembles that of A Civil Contract - one of Georgette Heyer’s less appealing novels, but the author has resurrected, and morphed it very satisfactorily. The period setting kept slipping out of my mind, as there were sparse mentions/descriptions of events, fashions and preoccupations common to the early nineteenth century. The language and content of characters’ conversation led my mind to transposing the setting into the Victorian period , and I had to wrestle it back consciously, from time to time.
Finally (Picky, picky, picky!): The story is set in England, where the lovely word ‘autumn’ is always used to name the season between summer and winter. ‘Fall’ is American terminology, as is the phrase of ‘Writing’ someone - In England, it is good language to speak of ‘writing to someone’. Again, these are likely to be faults within the editing process. A novel casts a much more powerful spell when it attends to these small details.

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Lovely

Finally romance hero’s who are rational, human, accessible and the character arc satisfying for both hero and heroine - him to get a clue and her to refuse finally to be a doormat. I also liked how the author set up how it must have felt to be under the care of father, brother, husband with no freedom to make your own choices for a female in regency England. My only gripe is the necessity of having such inaccessible villains - apart from being selfish and spiteful it was hard to understand what their motivations or logic were. Why can’t the ones who act as the catalysts be as nuanced or human as well. It’s like we can’t be trusted to see how angelic the heroine is unless the villains aren’t so depraved in contrast. The narrator has a beautiful timbre and she put me to sleep beautifully. I had to keep rewinding!

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  • 24-02-2020

Great narration but hero feet of clay

There was a lot of promise that just went downhill. Narrator was great though. At one point the heroine was so disgusted by others she “wanted to barf”. Yes a 1960s expression in an 1809 historical.

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  • Brett & Chelsey Pherson
  • 28-07-2019

Excellent Read!

Absolutely loved the story! Very intriguing and I love the authors voice for her characters. A story that will keep your on your toes for sure! You won't be able to put it down. Performance overall was good, just a little slow for my taste was all. You can speed it up though!

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  • Kyle Price
  • 07-10-2020

Amazing

Listened to this book from at work, driving, and home in about a day. Loved every single moment of it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-12-2021

I loved this book!

it's been a long time since a book has grabbed my attention and this one did just that. if I had one complaint it would be to add a little more passion and romance. but these are very sweet stories.

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  • 02-07-2021

Oh, Simon!

Another lovely story featuring Mina and Simon, who is basically a clueless blockhead.
Moral of the story, you don't know what you've got til it's gone.

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  • 30-01-2020

A nice story!!!!....🙂

Well worth a listen. I enjoy regency romance novels especially when they are good... thank you!!!

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  • jmcgloin
  • 22-12-2021

Another lovely Romance

I loved the story and know I will listen to it again at some point. Beautiful narration too.

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  • Rosalynne Warwickshire
  • 27-10-2021

Happy listener

Lovely story enjoyed all tears and laughter a great listen the nutrition was excellent and I look forward to the next in the series

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