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This is only the second book I have listened to written by Claudy Conn, but I enjoyed Serena even more than the first, which I found engaging. I have added a couple more of her books to my wish list. I really like her writing style. I like the way she defines her characters personalities, as well as their appearance. You feel like you have been picked up and set into the scene she is describing.
It is hard to find an author with fresh ideas for those of us that read/listen to several books per month, but "Serena" fits that category. I didn't want to put it down, so to speak, and listened to it straight through.
The book is about the adventures of a beautiful unconventional lady; who, at the age of 23, was being pressured to choose a man to marry from her numerous suitors. Serena refuses to marry without love.
Freddy, one of Serena's suitors, is a wealthy, titled young man of 19. He tells his mother he is going to marry Serena. Upset that her son is considering marrying an "older woman" and refusing to return to University she asks her brother, Lord Pendleton, Freddy's uncle, to investigate the woman and talk some sense into her son.
For Serena, it is love at first sight when she meets Lord Pendleton, although she doesn't recognize the feeling. For Lord Pendleton plan "B" in rescuing his nephew is to turn Serena's attention away from Freddy to himself.
The story includes love and romance, murder and mayhem and theft of a gold shipment.
This was my first time to hear Mary Sarah Agliotta read, but she gave a noteworthy performance.
I highly recommend "Serena".
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The story was not at all memorable for me. Parts of the plot were similar to a Georgette Heyer novel called Faro's Daughter, at least as far as the uncle thinking the heroine was after his nephew, but this book was nowhere near as well written. There was no progression of feelings for characters that were supposedly falling in love....one minute they weren't, and the next, they were.
But the real downside was the narrator. I don't know why producers can't get English people to narrate English characters. This one was so obviously faking a British accent, and doing a terrible job of it. If the number of pronunciation mistakes she made weren't so frequent, it wouldn't have been so bad. But she made a LOT of them. When she said, instead of "beat of her heart", "bee-at of her heart", I couldn't believe it! Horrible Cockney accent as well - certainly not like any other Cockney accent I have heard before. Very poorly done....and distracting. Probably better to read the book instead.
Bottom line....I thought it was so-so at best, and will probably not buy another by this author - I just don't understand the high rating. There are certainly much better HRs out there. And I will avoid this narrator like the plague!
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