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I had forgotten I had put this author on my Not To Read Again list until I started this audiobook. The narration, first of all, is bizarre. Random American accents thrown in for the children, for example. I know there have been many mentions of the grammar, spelling, and misused words but most of those are not apparent in the audio version. The writing style, however, does come across and it's very stiff and heavy.
The story itself has been written by several other authors; Lord and governess is a common trope. And other authors have done it much better.
I was hoping this first in a new series would have improved on earlier books and would have a new narrator but no. Even the "mystery" was dull. I hope I remember this review when the next book is released.
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The narrator was..... bizarre! The accents were crazy, a local sounded like he was Irish, another a wee brogue, American accents (yes, plural) thrown in willy nilly... and the rest of the time she read it in a way that was.... weird. Like she was trying to soften her voice like she was reading a child to bed... a reading with crazy performance attempts. Now I understand another reviewers ‘heavy’ comment, I felt it too, except I believe it was the narrative not the writing style. I tried repeating lines that were weird and realized it wasn’t the word style but the reading style that did it.
Given all of that it’s not really terrible! I rather liked it. I think if I spent a credit rather than gotten it in the romance package I may not say it was worth it..
But under the circumstances I got it it was worth it... I may even get the second one and hope the narrator has improved as some really do.... there is one I always check the release date and skip it if it’s older, lol!
If you take a regency romance seriously, as if it is true historical fiction the kind that is a writers life work... if that’s your style do skip this one, you’ll dislike it. If you like a regency romance for the fun of it and the happy ending, go for it!