Title: A Bride for the Viscount’s Cold Son
Author: Audrey Ashwood
Release Date: Feb. 13, 2019
Genres: Historical/Regency Romance
Blurb: A poor village orphan.
An unexpected fortune.
Can she overcome her humble beginnings to find true love?
Regency London. Lavinia Talridge is heartbroken. After the premature death of her mother, young Lavinia is left destitute, with no money and no family.
Until, in a twist of fate, she discovers that she is wealthy. Before she can believe her new life of privilege is true, Lavinia has an arranged marriage to a handsome gentleman and a chance at love.
But when the Viscount’s son acts coldly towards her, Lavinia assumes her lower-class background is to blame. Afraid to go through with the potentially joyless marriage, can the young woman find a lifetime worth of love?
A classical Regency Romance with a dash of suspense. If you like authentic women, romantic moments, and surprising fortunes, then you’ll love this delightful love story.
After I finished listening to The Loneliest Girl in the Universe I DNFed 2 or 3 audiobooks because I couldn’t get used to the narrators. I really struggled with this and eventually decided to just look up narrators I knew I had enjoyed already. A Bride for the Viscount’s Cold Son was the first one that I came across that wasn’t in the middle of a series, so I decided to give it a try even with thinking the title could use some help. And fortunately, even with some issues, it paid off for me.
There are multiple things that I would like to comment on, but I’ll refrain because they’d spoil the twists and curves the plot takes. But I can easily say that I did enjoy Lavinia’s character. She doesn’t put up with crap. She speaks up for herself, but she does it in a manner that still makes her character fit in the time period appropriately.
George comes off as completely rude at first. His character goes through a change in the book and you’re told why, but I would have liked to have seen it more firsthand. And it seemed so quick, but that’s only because of the way it’s presented since a lot of time passes. I would have liked to have a bit more access to his heart. But, I did appreciate that his humility was shown clearly in his actions. And in the end, I could feel the connection between Lavinia and George well despite wishing I had more time to feel the connection grow.
As far as side characters go, I was displeased with one in particular who played a major role in the story but whose personality seemed to flip without any previous indications.
Overall, despite a few issues, I still found this to be a very pleasing read and enjoyable to listen to. Marian Hussey has such a pleasant voice for historical fiction. This turned out to be a solid 4 stars for me!
Needless to say, I decided to make a list of narrators for myself. I can only borrow so many audiobooks from the library each month, and I don’t want to waste them on books I’m going to DNF because I can’t get past the narrator. For those of you that enjoy audiobooks, do you have some favorite narrators that you’d suggest?