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This book is a confusing read. It's written in a typical regency style and might remind the reader of something like 'Wuthering heights' or 'Downton Abbey' that kind of thing but it lacks something of the proper way of doing it. There's enough drama and tragedy but some of the dialogue is lame and a bit prissy. The characters are not necessarily individual and the time line of the book is all over the place. For instance it's impossible to read 'David Copperfield' in one afternoon and still leave time to dress for dinner. The research leaves much to be desired. Such a well appointed house as Marchmont would have a nursery and nursery staff even in 1946 so why is the mother doing the work of a day nurse? Then there is the narator who, while she reads it well enough tends to make all the men sound like stroppy little boys. I'm not yet halfway through this book but really I don't expect it to alter much. If I were you I'd stick to the real classics. At least they were well researched.
20 of 20 people found this review helpful
I didn't enjoy this as much as other books of Lucinda Riley's that I've listened to. In fact I 'fast-forwarded' through a little bit as I was getting bored with that part. Perhaps it was partly due to the narrator, some of her 'voices' we're very irritating and she spoke with a nasal delivery - 'through her nose' as my mum would say - the whole way through, which is not pleasant to listen to.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful
Hesitated in purchasing this book because there were so few reviews, but so glad I took the chance. Although the story was not real suspenseful, it was both in depth and had great character development. Also, narration was incredible! J.B. did an excellent job of bringing the characters to life. I actually grew to care for them, and wanted to find out what happened to each of them. Story was definitely long, but the time still passed quickly. Try it out, and do not think you will be disappointed with the purchase.
21 of 21 people found this review helpful
This was my favorite of her books so far! Truly three dimensional in character development.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful