I have read many historical romances. It's one of my favorite genres. Ms. Vane does a nice job with the time period. She is true to the customs &...moreI have read many historical romances. It's one of my favorite genres. Ms. Vane does a nice job with the time period. She is true to the customs & traditions women had to deal with back then. They had to be so concerned with their reputations. That being said, Lady Diana Palmerston-Wriothesley has lived her life being the type of woman she was expected to be. She married a man she knew little about to make her father happy. She has not had a loving marriage and has been lonely, never really experiencing true love or passion.
She meets Viscount Ludovic and is torn because of her instant attraction to him. He also feels the attraction and it is not well received by his jealous mistress. There are plenty of innuendo and sexual encounters that are well written.
I really liked Ludovic even with his shortcomings. He is not the knight in shining armor we are used to, the "good" guy that always does the right thing. He isn't perfect but you can't help liking his character.
We learn about her sorry excuse for a husband and Ludovic's jealous witch of a mistress. There is passion, blackmail & even murder!!
The narrator, Eva Hathaway, took some getting used to. She has a nice accent for the location & time period but I didn't fully connect with her until halfway through the book. She is able to distinguish her voice with male/female characters but she can't change her voice enough when there is more than one male or female speaking in the same scene. I had difficulty figuring out which character was speaking at times.
The book ends abruptly, which was not something I like. Thankfully the next book is available already so I will continue to find out what happens with this couple.
This was my first book by Victoria Vane, but it will not be my last. (less)
I did the audio version. The Narrator took a little bit to get used to but I really enjoyed him once I was used to his style. This is not a book I nor...moreI did the audio version. The Narrator took a little bit to get used to but I really enjoyed him once I was used to his style. This is not a book I normally would choose. The book description wasn't exactly my style. It's about a man who, after receiving a letter from a long lost friend who is dying of cancer, decides to walk to see her...hundreds of miles away.
It started out a little stilted. We learned that poor Harold & his wife Maureen have a very detached marriage. We aren't really told why at the beginning but I feel sorry for Harold. I feel like he's in a bad marriage & feels stuck. Of course, it's one of those times when I don't know the entire back story & I'm making presumptions.
Once Harold begins his journey though, we learn so much about his past & what type of person he is. We learn about his & Maureen's son that he mentions he has no relationship with. He let him down years ago...which we don't know why until almost the end. There are moving moments & heartbreaking ones as well. We see things from Maureen's point of view as well & how her life changes while her husband is on his pilgrimage.
There were a few slow, slightly boring sections but for the most part, I thought this was a wonderful & introspective book. Makes you really think about how events in our life shape us into the people we are today. I definitely recommend it.(less)