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A Notorious Vow: Library Edition: The Four Hundred Series Audio CD – Import, 25 September 2018
Nothing makes me happier than a new book from Joanna Shupe!-- "Sarah MacLean, New York Times bestselling author"
About the Author
Joanna Shupe has always loved history, ever since she saw her first Schoolhouse Rock cartoon. While in college, Joanna read every romance she could get her hands on and soon started crafting her own racy historical novels. In 2013, she won Romance Writers of America's prestigious Golden Heart(R) Award for Best Historical. She now lives in New Jersey with her two spirited daughters and dashing husband. To connect with Joanna, visit JoannaShupe.com.
Carmen Rose is an Earphones Award-winning, critically acclaimed British actress. She trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and has narrated numerous romance and erotica audiobooks.
- Publisher : Blackstone Pub; Unabridged edition (25 September 2018)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1982553766
- ISBN-13 : 978-1982553760
- Item Weight : 290 g
- Dimensions : 17.15 x 3.18 x 15.24 cm
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But I have to say I found this book very disappointing, full of overused tropes, clichés, and cookie-cutter villains. I feel that the author wrote this one on auto-pilot. It was nowhere near her usual high quality.
As a few reviewers have mentioned- I too found the heroine to be intolerably timid, boring, wimpy, and downright stupid (particularly in her submissive behaviour with her dastardly parents and elderly suitor).
The author tried to create a painfully shy heroine- but went too far and ended up with a totally spineless, timid and unappealing heroine.
I also found the hero to be quite underdeveloped- we got a little bit of backstory and angst about his past and disability. But despite the "emotionally scarred hero" trope, he lacked intensity.
The romance itself felt very lukewarm and lacked any intensity. And it felt unrealistic that he would fall instantly for this unappealing timid heroine.
Their relationship seemed to be more about expediency than love.
Finally (SPOILER ALERT).
I found the insane asylum storyline to be utterly absurd. Given that he is famous and possibly the richest man in NY, it would not be so easy to have him comitted without a hearing or some defense.
I mean the whole thing was ridiculous and totally implausible.
I'm sorry to say- Joanna Shupe has lost a fan, and I really hope this poor quality book was an aberration.
Lady Christina Barclay has been under her parent’s thumbs since she was born. Growing up rather well off, until her parents squander the inheritance they’ve been left. The family heads to the United States and an American cousin’s home, fleeing creditors. Christina becomes her parent’s best chance to revive their finances.
Walking in her cousin’s neighbors secluded garden each day, keeps Christina sane. Unfortunately, she has a mishap and meets the reclusive neighbor, Oliver Hawkes. Once Oliver finds out about Christina’s parent’s scheme, he reluctantly decides to agree to a marriage, saving Christina from the fate her parents planned for her.
Oliver is a brilliant and enormously rich man but has chosen to stay out of society because of his physical handicap. He is deaf but hasn’t always been. Christina is a quiet, introspective woman, tired of trying to ‘fit’ into society. Both are looking for a way to manage their lives without giving themselves up and neither believes they deserve the other. Will they realize they are exactly what the other needs?
Enter the cousin who wants what Oliver has and Christina’s parents looking to line their pockets. Add in a good dose of Gilded Age politics, graft, and corruption, and you have a story that touches your heart, and makes you fume with anger regarding the treatment people who are ‘different’ must endure.
Ms. Shupe has done her homework regarding ‘handicaps’ in the Gilded Age. Women were sent to asylums for what we now think of as frivolous reasons. Men were as well. If you weren’t like everyone else, you must be an imbecile! I loved reading the history of ASL and schools for the deaf. Excellent information.