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During her second Season, Lady Elizabeth Castleton is found in a compromising situation with Lord Justice Sinclair, the Earl of Heath. Despite her attraction to him, she is dismayed to find herself betrothed to the man who is rumored to have killed his first wife. Her parents refuse to lend credence to the rumors, so she is soon married and on the way to her husband's estate.
She cannot decide what to make of the handsome earl, but after an attempt is made on her life, Elizabeth is terrified that history is about to repeat itself. She's determined to find out once and for all if she is married to a murderer.
Can she stay alive long enough to find her happily ever after?
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Wasn’t this supposed to be a romance?
The book started out great and I kept wanting to listen non stop. Some crucial parts felt rushed or skipped over. There was absolutely no mention of being physical other than a couple sweet quick kisses. I kept waiting for the physical action but there was none. There wasn’t much to the budding of the romance either, no building love story. There was more mention about affection between her and her maid than with him. I wouldn’t exactly call this a romance... if the author can add in more details and create a love story with a love scene I think she’d be excellent.
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- Ann Maitland
I thought the transition from strangers to engaged was too sudden. There was no building of suspense, no foreshadowing.
Elizabeth assumed Justice was guilty because a rumor wouldn't spread unless there was some truth to it. She expressed this just a day after people unjustly assumed she was having a tryst. Pretty hypocritical, in my opinion. She expected the benefit of the doubt, but was unwilling to either ask him if he killed his wife, or decide that a nice fellow like him wouldn't do that.
He was very likeable: kind, dignified, honorable, forgiving, handsome. Actually, just reading about him, one has to wonder how anyone could ever suspect him of any evil deed, especially murder. He should have been written with more human flaws, to make the suspicions plausible. He kept cool no matter what, and that's just not believable under the circumstances.
Elizabeth had some likable moments, but I didn't find her to be a character I could care about much. I think a part of that may have been the way the narrator presented her: an overly excitable twit. This effect wasn't present at the beginning, but was like nails on a chalkboard by the last half of the story.
The phrase "my dear lady" occurs much too frequently, to the point that it became quite annoying. So does "my lord". Over and over, ad nauseum.
The narrator's voice and misplaced word emphasis was strident at times, even shrill. She also needs to learn that "viscount" does not rhyme with "discount." That title was used repeatedly and she mispronounced it every time. She would read that last sentence as "THAT title was USED rePEATedly and SHE misproNOUNCed it EVery TIME!" (capitalized portions not only louder, but also drawn out.)
Ms. Hinton has been added to my list of "Don't Listen To" narrators. It's a short list of only 3 names, and I've been listening almost daily for about 18 years..
Even though there were elements of the audio book which drove me to distraction, this was a "kinda okay" audio book, since it didn't cost me extra. I expected more from this author. I've listened to other books she wrote and they were much, much better.
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- J. Augustine
Will she ever be able to trust him?
It was the blurb for The Countess Intrigue that first caught my eye. The idea of a girl forced to marry a man whom society has convicted by gossip of having murdered his first wife was interesting. While I can't say that Wendy May Andrews's, which I later found out is the second book in her Mayfair Mayhem series, novel was overly riveting, I can say that it was a pleasant diversion on a rainy day while I worked on my computer.
The story is a clean read with no real objectionable content and the seeming silliness of the heroine was slightly reminiscent of some of Jane Austen's characters. I'm going to be honest, my favorite character was not one of the leads but rather the heroine's maid, Pansy. That girl is smart, sassy, and has some real backbone!
I listened to this title as an audiobook and found the production to be pretty average. No serious glitches or anything. The narrator did a fairly good job, her accent was quite good, though I did sometimes wonder if some of her intonations were influencing my opinion of the heroine's immaturity. All of that aside it was a cute story, light, frothy, and easy to listen to, but with a nice little dash of suspense.
(I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are entirely my own.)
An interesting historical story
I enjoyed this book and the mystery that was in it. I wasn't able to figure out who was guilty so that is the sign of a good book. I don't usually listen or read historical fiction but there are a few authors that I enjoy. This is one that I would add to my TBR pile. I didn't really care for the narrator, whenever she spoke as one of the ladies in the book she raised her volume so much it was more irritating than anything.
I received a free code for this book from Audiobooks Unleashed to listen to on Audible.