As a lovely heiress, Roderica Delamore should be a prize catch--except for her shameful secret. She has the ability to hear the thoughts of those around her. Even her family and close friends can't hide from her strange gift. Knowing that she can never marry, for no man could bear it, Roddy still longs hopelessly for a family of her own. Until she meets the man she's been waiting for--the Earl of Iveragh, a mysterious Irish aristocrat whose thoughts are entirely closed to her.
The impoverished Devil Earl is damned in society by dark rumor and innuendo, and, for all she knows, he could be a liar, a rogue, or much, much worse. But Roddy must dance with him at midnight on All Hallows Eve, and entrust her life--and her heart--to a riveting stranger, called by his torment into the faerie mists to discover what she most fears about herself and her own magic.
"A whole new style of historical romance. Beautifully written... a definite must-read." (The Long and Short of It Reviews)
"Kinsale weaves fey magic into a tale of love, political unrest, and loss, and delivers some riveting plot twists." (Rundpinne)
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Another wonderful combination!
More Magic from Kinsale and Boulton
I haven't read the book, but I think anything read by Nicholas Boulton is guaranteed to be better than in print!
His performance is incredible. There are a large number of secondary characters in the story, all of whom are skilfully delineated, and when it comes to the central characters, he really gets into their heads and under their skins; he understands them and conveys that understanding to the listener brilliantly. It's not that I dislike making my own character judgements and opinions when I read a book, but having such an accomplished actor narrating the story brings the characters so vibrantly to life that it's a truly wonderful listening experience.
Incredibly, this was Laura Kinsale's début novel. The writing is rich and layered, and her incorporation of supernatural elements was unusual for the time (1987) - but she has once again created a couple of compelling protagonists (if you like tortured heroes, you'll LOVE Iveragh!) and a wonderfully complex story.