Jill Tanner is consistently irritating in her reading of books for me. It's quite markedly lacking with Tanner when her heroine is supposed to be 20-22 years old, yet sounds 40-50. In this one, the hero was an American, but he sounded like any other British character in the story. Goodman can walk a fine line anyway with how antagonistic she can write her characters, and Tanner made me hate this hero, even when I started realizing toward the end of the middle that the book was getting better. Instead, Tanner made the hero so "gumpy and grouchy," and just plain MEAN to the heroine SO MUCH, that I hated him and didn't feel a scrap of sympathy for his position. Tanner should have made her sound "beautiful and sly" instead. Audiobooks are ALL ABOUT the reader's acting abilities, because they are not like reading a book yourself. I've barely gotten by her renditions of better books than this before, but I tend to like Jo Goodman, and the pickings for historical romances are getting slim for me (I've listened to a lot of audiobooks). I've had it with this reader, and if I really want to experience any other books I see she's the narrator on .
Because this book is long. (Perhaps because, as written, Hillary was actually more sympathetic than Jessa?) At times Tanner got voices mixed up, starting Jessa's dialogue in Noah's voice and then, after "Jessa said" continued in the correct voice. I've noticed this happens quite a bit in audiobooks - or am I just listening to the wrong ones? Still, despite Tanner's one-note delivery (her voice for Noah was the same as her voice for the narrative passages of the novel, and it always sounded snarky and hectoring even when he was supposed to be tender) I have enjoyed her narration in the past.
It galls Noah to realise that he was coerced into marriage, even if his wife is very much to his liking. When Noah gets his new bride and son home, truths are revealed and he has to review his stance. The story is well written with adventure and intrigue and a number of characters from previous books in this series were reintroduced to the reader.
One of the things I liked about this book was that it is long. I couldn't put the book down because I wanted to find out what happened in the end. He thinks it is going to be a quick easy trip but it turns out to be nothing like what he expected to happen. Jessa Winter is smart and quick thinking except where Noah McClellan is concerned. The McClellan family is a great group of characters.
The 3rd & final book in the McClellans trilogy...well done JO ....u presented all d stories in dis trilogy superbly... all d 3 books could be read as standalone stories still d connect was never broken...kuddos to u dis book also turned out good in ur kitty... this story is about Noah McClellan who is in England to manage his brother and sister-in laws estates and Jessa Winter a lady who becomes a nanny due to circumstances ...she is On the run with the heir of an Estate, his life in danger from his guardian who wants the baby dead.
On the run with the heir of an Estate, his life in danger from his guardian who wants the baby dead. I voluntarily review this book.
This was not a love story; This was a study of the "nice guy" condition and what happens when the "nice guy" thinks a woman is laughing at him.
I did feel the pace was slow at times but this didnt stop me reading until the end.
I began working with adolescents and families, first as a childcare worker and later, after graduating from West Virginia University with a master's degree in counseling, as a therapist. I am currently the executive director of a child caring/mental health agency and find my work and my writing often compliment each other.