Roxton Family Saga PREQUEL, set 25 yrs prior to Book 2 Midnight Marriage.
1740s France and England. Abandoned to fend for herself at the court of Versailles, Antonia turns to her distant cousin, the all-powerful Duke of Roxton, to help her escape the attentions of a lecherous nobleman. Roxton is an unlikely savior—arrogant, promiscuous, and sinister. Antonia's unquestioning belief in him may just be his salvation, and her undoing. This award-winning historical pays homage to Georgette Heyer's These Old Shades.
Winner of the $10,000
Woman's Day/Random House Romantic Fiction Prize. Romance Writers of Australia Romantic Novel of the Year finalist.
"Lucinda Brant's books are absolutely wonderful. She makes the Georgian era come alive as no one else can!" (Cynthia Wright, New York Times best seller and author of Caroline)
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Homage to These Old Shades
Reformed Old Roue
The whole point of the story is how an older, jaded rake who cares nothing for the world but his own consequence in it, has his world upended by a young, beautiful bundle of fun, who shows him that life has so much colour. The story unfolds slowly and is well-paced. Being the old romantic that I am, I couldn't wait until the scenes with Antonia (young lady) and Roxton (old roue) were together. I loved their 6 days in Paris together at his Hotel, but could have done with a few chapters-worth as I enjoyed it so much. I also thought that Roxton's valet Martin Ellicott was a delight. The other characters that stand out are the loveable buffoon Vallentine and his wife (Roxton's sister), Estee. The 2 villains were dastardly and made for a good storyline, as too Antonia's dreadful grandmere.
He is one of the best actors/narrators on audio along with Nicholas Boulton that there is, in my 100 book+ experience. He adds ten-fold to any book he reads. His portrayal of each character is perfect. His French accent and Italian accent - superb as well as his wonderful English voice. He could read a shopping list & I would listen.
The Reformed Rake
It took me a while to settle into the book as it felt almost like plagiarism of Georgette Heyer's These Old Shades, which seemed an odd thing to do as an author; These Old Shades being one of my favourite books. However, once I got going & fell in love with both the delightful Antonia and imperious Roxton, I started to thoroughly enjoy it and the book, though in many ways followed the route of TOS's, had enough differences to make it fresh.
Roxton was a great character, just like the Duke of Avon was in TOS's, bizarrely they both kept saying "...er..." all the time during their sentences, I guess to give the illusion of the slow & languid way that they both spoke. Antonia was pretty identical to Leonie and Lord Rupert's equal was Lord Vallentine, who played the lovable buffoon.
On balance, I think if I had to rate These Old Shades against Noble Satyr, I think, dare I say it, Noble Satyr would win by a smidge. There was more relationship dialogue between the old rake and his young charge (in Noble Satyr) and I really enjoyed seeing Roxton struggle with his conscience versus his overwhelming love for his young beauty. Their love was portrayed as being soulmates/the absolute love of each others lives/the greatest love of them all.
The whole Roxton series is an absolute joy. Read all 4 books, they are a delight.
plus Eternally Yours which is the accompanying book to the series which is a set of letters which belong to the books. If you haven't yet read them, I envy you, as it is such a treat to come.
Very entertaining story with a lot of twists
Yes. It is an entertaining listen.
The book follows the theme of Georgette Heyer's Three Old Shades, one of Heyer's books, that I am not that fond of, even though the follow up Devil's Cub is one of my favourites. Lucinda Brand takes the general story idea and makes it much better.
Not yet, but I will certainly consider, he does very well indeed.
Yes. Took me only two days.
This is part of a series that from what I read has hupe time gaps between the books, so I have read, that listening to the whole series in a matter of days might not be a good idea.