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After reading To Trust a Rogue and finding it OK I decided to try this short story. I was surprised to read the exact phrasing in this story and that it was repetitive, too, for it only being 138 pages. I mean, we were told 7 times that Philippa was married 6 years, like that was necessary, and that Miles had ginger hair 9 times but I couldn’t tell you what color hair Chloe or Gabriel or Jane or either of the mothers had.
Philippa did go from a weak, proper woman to having some backbone, thanks to Miles, Jane and Mrs. Wollstonecraft’s book.
Of course, there was insta-love but that can’t be helped in 138 pages. (It’s insta-love in 300 page books that I can’t stand.)
Anyway, this was the story about a woman who went from a brutal father to a cold unfeeling husband who saw her as nothing but a baby-maker. They’d been married 6 years and she’d been pregnant 8 times and only had 2 daughters. Philippa had nearly died a couple of times but Calvin did care, all he wanted was a son.
There was one explicit sex scene, that didn’t include intercourse.
As to the narration. Tim Campbell always does a good job with voices and emotions. He even did a great job with Faith, who was 5 years old, and Violet who was only a year old.
This is a poignant story of a young widow and her two small children. Phillipa is a young widow who is just finishing her mourning period for a husband who had only given her life abuse and unhappiness. Her daughter, Faith, wanders away from her mother in Hyde Park while picking flowers and is saved by a handsome and kind Marquis, Mikes. He shows her daughter a tenderness that had. Ever been shown to her by her own father when he lived. Phillipa is warmed but wary and rushes her daughter back to their carriage. On the way, she steps I. A rabbit hole and injures her ankle. The Marquis comes along and scoops her up and takes her home to recover. Their chance meeting in the park leads to more visits and Scandalous speculation by the ton. Phillipa has no interest in either elicit affairs or another marriage. Neither can deny their attraction to each other. However,a secret keeps her from ever considering another marriage and a happily ever after.
I had already read the book. But the audio version gave me even more appreciation. Highly recommend!