My fellow book blogger, Carol at Rakes and Rascals really liked this book! She gave it a great review which you can read Rakes and Rascals Review. I have not yet got into listening to audio books, but considering my commute yesterday was over an hour and a half to go 35 km, this book may be first on my list!
Overview of book:
When the Marquis of Amberley’s coach is waylaid by highwaymen and his coachman shot, he is forced to take shelter at the first house he finds and is subsequently trapped there for a week by a severe snow storm.
Oakleigh Manor is the home of Rosalind Vernon who lives alone but for her devoted servants and an ill-natured parrot, cut off from the outside world by the tragic result of a childhood accident. But Rosalind is brave and bright and totally devoid of self-pity – and it is these qualities which, as the days pass and the snow continues to fall, touch Amberley’s heart.
On his return to London, the Marquis persuades Rosalind’s brother, Philip, to bring her to town for a taste of society, despite her handicap. But the course of Amberley’s courtship is far from smooth. Philip Vernon actively dislikes him; Rosalind appears to be falling under the spell of the suavely elegant Duke of Rockliffe; and worse still, Amberley is haunted by a dark and terrible secret that, if revealed, may cause him to lose Rosalind forever.
Try a sample https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/242628078&color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false“>Sample audio
Stella Riley – author biography
Stella Riley is a British author of historical novels. Having trained as a teacher and
worked as a primary-school music and drama specialist in London, she has lived in various UK
locations but has now settled in Sandwich, Kent. She enjoys reading, dancing, theatre and
Her preferred period is mid-seventeenth century England and her Civil War novels reflect
this in their vast historical detail. She is also the author of the Rockliffe trilogy of Georgian
romances which she claims to write ‘for fun’ and which she is currently having transformed into audiobooks, narrated by Alex Wyndham.
Her writing has been described as “exciting, often funny, romantic, poignant and
intelligent” and her books have received numerous five-star reviews.
Alex Wyndham – bio
An Oxford University and Royal Academy of Dramatic Art graduate, Alex Wyndham has
voiced everything from Apple TV campaigns to fertilizer instructions. He’s starred in
numerous BBC 4 radio plays, and narrated documentaries for Channel 4 and The
Discovery Channel. He started recording audio books a couple of years ago – and fell in
love with it. Alex also has a successful screen career and has starred in several BBC and
HBO shows including the Emmy winning Little Dorrit and Rome, and in various films
including Kenneth Branagh’s As You Like It. Most recently he played a louche surgeon in
The Crimson Field mini-series and has just had his first stab at starring in a video game –
We Happy Few – about a dystopian 60s England.