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By sandy on 19-11-13
nothing but a battered wife story
There is no hero or heroine here. He is a physical and emotional abuser, she claims to be a proud highlander that will cow to no man and then time after time proceeds to let fear determine her actions, and do what she thinks will please him in an effort to avoid his wrath, and take responsibility for his anger saying she deserves what ever punishment he deems fit to dole out, just like any battered woman would. I wanted to shake her and smack him. This was nothing but a typical abuse story, there were no fierce, proud, brave or loving highlanders in this story.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
By Ann on 02-11-13
What did you love best about Border Bride?
I love that the Author can truly paint a picture with words, and that the Narrator Sally Armstrong did an amazing job with the accent making the story more authentic.
What did you like best about this story?
The story keeps moving through Scotland with the Author describing everything so vividly.
I 'saw' the Castles, the clothing, the colours and clearly pictured the characters.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I just couldn't stop listening to this book
Any additional comments?
WHY are there no more of the MANY Highland themed books by this Author available? More Amanda Scott PLEASE.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
By RC on 06-11-13
Not my idea of romance
I'm not sure how the physical and mental abuse in this book can be classified as romance. It definitely isn't to me. Both characters are unlikable. She is a complete idiot and he is an abusive jerk. A prime example is when he slaps and berates her, then apologizes for saying he shouldn't have married her, and she immediately runs into his arms. I seriously think this is a little sick.
The only reason the "story" didn't get 1 star is because, for some reason, I couldn't stop listening. Morbid curiosity, maybe?
The narration, however, was exceptional!!
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
By Ulrika on 25-02-14
Nice story, but annoying main character
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
I would only recommend this book to friends I know have a weakness for this kind of historical romance.
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
I liked the description of the settings, and the era. Unfortunately the main female character was extremely annoying since she did not learn from her mistakes. I would not have minded had I read it when I was 17, but at age 40 I don't find stupid girls as entertaining anymore.
Have you listened to any of Sally Armstrong’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
This was my first listening to Sally Armstrong. Her beautiful Scottish accent was the main reason I bothered to finish listening to the book. I have learned a lot languagewise by listening to it. (English is not my first language).
If this book were a movie would you go see it?
It would depend on the casting...
Any additional comments?
The book is actually really good and well written for its genre, but in my opinion it suffers a lot from all the conflicts that are caused by the characters' lack of communication and intelligence.