Lady Emily Marlowe is beautiful, independent, and unspoiled. Deaf since childhood, she appreciates her family's efforts to nurture her spirit, but the man they've chosen for her betrothal can never fulfill her. The only one Emily has ever desired is bold and reckless Lord Ashley Kendrick. Her childhood amour inspired her fantasies and vowed never to forget her - even as he left her for a new life in India and a new love. Seven years and countless dreams later, Ashley has returned a desolate widower to Bowden Abbey and, true to his promise, to Emily. Yet his heedless proposal of marriage has left her unexpectedly conflicted. Though the heat of passion still burns, Emily fears that it's only a sense of duty - not love - that has brought him to bended knee. And what is she to make of those seven lost years clouded in secrets too dark for Ashley to share? For Emily, her greatest and only love now becomes one worth fighting for, one of startling revelations and second chances, and one, like a melody, too beautiful for words....
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I didn't like the Hero.
The only bit I enjoyed was relationship and plotting of the Aunt and Uncle.
I have listen to a number of Mary Balogh and enjoyed a number, but I am finding I don't enjoy a number of her book and there can be a repetition in a number of the story lines.
I like Rosalyn Landor, I think she reads beautifully and brings the best out of the characters.
I found it very frustrating, he is 9 years older than her, they met when she is 14 years old. He admits that it is wrong to be having sexual thoughts about her, yet when they met years later, he still beds her, though he till thinks of her as a child. Then justifies it all by saying "she was always a woman, even at 14". Through out he tells her what is best for her because it suit his idea of how he see her. I found him extremely selfish and wished she would tell him were to get off.
I had listen to Heartless and had met the two characters, so was curious about what happened to them. She had grown up while he stayed the spoilt self-pitying boy.