Although this book is part of a trilogy, each book is a stand-alone story in its own right.
Lord Michael Dunham is bored of society, bored of fickle women, but above all that, he is afraid. His father suffered from madness, and Michael is terrified that he will inherit the same affliction. He scrutinizes his every mood swing, his every expression, to see if he can detect any signs that he is developing the symptoms. It blights his life. He has determined that he will never marry, putting a wife through the same that his mother suffered, and he certainly will never have children. The disease will die with him.
Miss Elizabeth Rufford is a young lady who is more comfortable managing an estate as far away from society as she can possibly be. She would rather be planting crops than dancing a quadrille, rather be building walls than playing cards. She did not seek a London season when she came out of the schoolroom and would be happy never to visit the capital.
A line in a will force the two together. Lord Dunham is Elizabeth's guardian, whether she likes it or not, and she really does not like it! Bounding into his life in the most outrageous way possible, Elizabeth makes an impact she never intended to. Michael is drawn to the feisty woman and suddenly finds that it is hard to fight one's demons when Elizabeth Rufford is a part of your life.
©2014 Audrey Harrison (P)2016 Audrey Harrison
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5 out of 5 stars
By Sara Niña on 09-04-16

Another favourite!

I loved this book, it was perfect and I have acquired a good opinion of the author and also the narrator. I particularly liked the charming yet, realistically flawed characters. With the exception of the villains, that is, for obvious reasons. This audio book managed to have me laugh, scoff and all that in between. The dry humour, the witty sarcasm, and the eccentric, vivacious ward- Elizabeth- were a well crafted recipe for a good story.

This book had me amused for hours. I do admit that initially, I had been put off by the cover. I had misjudged this book to centre on history. And whilst I do appreciate history, I had been looking for an entertaining read. And pleasantly, I quickly found that this audiobook was just that. I don't think I like the cover much, at all. It portrays Elizabeth as a dull creature, when she is anything but.

The story follows a young unmarried man, Michael who has recently acquired the title of Lord. And with the title he also acquires a young ward. He immediately takes a shine to her, but is knowledgeable of his duty. And he endeavours to protect this young woman, under her care, and introduce her to London society so that she may find a husband. There are a number of books that follow this same storyline, but this one takes a more comedic turn. Of course, there is the scandal, and harboured secrets, but there is just as much silliness and jovial dialogue.

And, unlike the other stories, Elizabeth discovers true love- far from the shallow and rigid constitution of London's high society. You see, she begins to realise that she must stay true to who she is- and not venture to depths unknown. The dandys who surround her at the season are not enough to pique her interests, she never even wanted to get married.
This is, yet, another, reason why I liked her- she's an independent woman, with no cares for scandalous gossip. Her only wish is to secure an estate of her own.

Many readers may have found that the story was slow, but I preferred this- it was more realistic, the two protagonists establish an easy going, platonic friendship built on honesty right from the start. It was the perfect basis for their later relationship.

The ending was fit for the story. And, there were parts which were utterly ridiculous, especially how Michael deliberately decided not to enquire about the nature of his father's madness. You will not believe how this plays such a role on his life! But this aptly accentuates his care for his sister and his wish to protect her.

Speaking of his sister, we are told that she has children, and that Michael has a solid relationship with them. I feel this was added as an afterthought, to contribute to Michael's secret, because we are never introduced to the children nor is Elizabeth, when she is housed under Michael's sister's roof.

Despite this, it really was brilliantly written and performed. Klett's voice enlivened the story, it was professional, patient and I don't believe I grew weary of it at all. An ideal and fitting choice.

I can vouch that you will not regret purchasing this audio book.

I received this audio book through Audio book Blast.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Inishowen Cailin on 13-03-16

A lovely story

What about Elizabeth Klett’s performance did you like?

I love everything about Elizabeth Klett's performance. Her tone of voice, her accent and her ability to inflect emotion into her speech as well as perform various male and female characters all easily distinguished from the other. The listener only has to sit back, relax and enjoy the story unfold.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I enjoyed this book immensely. I loved that the story developed around the pair falling in love with each other but were unable to voice it.
I loved how the Duke was protective of his ward and came to her rescue on more than one occasion during her societal debut and other social events. He chases away suitors and defends her against her hideous and greedy relations.
I liked the suspense towards the end but felt that the storyline of the pair being prevented in being together was a little dragged out and could have come to a conclusion sooner. This being said, I knew the pair would work it out in the end and I just had to be a patient reader.

Any additional comments?

I received a copy via audio book blast dot com in exchange for an honest review

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4 out of 5 stars
By Maggie Tuliver on 19-02-16

A good story and even better listening experience

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This is a well-told and believable regency story. Elizabeth is a good female character who is engaging and authentic at the same time. Michael can be a little annoying at times but also pretty real. The plot has some twists and a fiendish antagonist but is fast paced and mostly light and funny. The fact that Elizabeth stands out from society (mainly by not wanting to conform to her designated role in society but by doing something she really likes and is good at) is, uncharacteristically for light regency books, met with a strong rejection by society, so this is not a book about how the female character wins everybody with her odd ways and magically becomes the centre of a doting group who initially rejected her. It’s a believable story specifically because all the strictures and limitations of the regency period are in place and Elizabeth and Michael have to find their way and what they want (he is also a bit of an outsider from society) despite these strictures. Even so, it’s still an easy and light read with some genuine and funny characters, leaving a good felling about it.

I was given a copy of the audio book to review and I would recommend it to everyone who enjoys regency novels. The narration is outstanding with an excellent range of voice and tone, greatly improving the listener experience. Elizabeth Klett has a way to bring the regency period to life in her narrations, leaving the listener even more pleased with a book.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Elaine on 13-03-16

Narrator was great

Elizabeth Klett, the narrator, was superb as usual. Author put together an interesting if somewhat farfetched story.

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