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Summary

Strangers meet, romance blossoms. But there's a test...A classic fairytale retold.

Good English families all have a house in the country with a deer park, a trout stream, and an army of gardeners. They should have a son and if it can be managed, he should be handsome. Cleverness isn't important. Daughters in limited quantities are fine so long as they are pretty. Bastards are inconvenient and best ignored. It's not a big problem, unless you are one. Unfortunately, Sophy is.

Sick of her outcast role, she escapes her father's house, only to fall from her horse during a spring storm. Injured, soaked, and shivering, she stumbles to a stranger's door - Tom, a blunt edged merchant from a family of vulgar upstarts. Mistaking Sophy for the genuine article, he takes her in. Sophy can't resist twisting the truth. Soon she's caught in her own snare - and it might just be a noose.

©2012 Jaima Fixsen (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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A great series

I've read the series more than once and listening to it has been most enjoyable. Lucy Paterson does a great job. Note to author - 'Candy floss' is known as 'spun sugar' in England.

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  • Elizabeth Vicinski
  • 10-11-18

Creative and Enjoyable

I loved the creative plot and positive nature of this story. Characters were varried and enjoyable. It was wonderful reading a romantic book without any nudity or smut. It was refreshing. Narrators voices for individual characters were very well done

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  • Tracy T
  • 20-11-17

Pretty Good Story. Narration not so much.

This was quite a interesting story and starts at the beginning of Sophy's life at the age of about 8 I believe all they way through her early adult life through the happily ever after.

I really did enjoy the story quite a bit. I liked the the relationship Sophy and her step mother formed. It was good and not the usual evil stepmom story we all expect.

I did not enjoy the narration very much. Lucy Patterson's didn't really even try to do a male's voice. Very disappointing when a narrator doesn't try.

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  • Lady Wesley
  • 07-04-20

Something different. And quite good.

Excellent debut novel. Sophie is the illegitimate daughter of Lord Fairchild, and I particularly liked how the author showed the ups and downs of Sophie's childhood and adolescent years. The characters are realistic and complex; nobody is entirely good or bad. And there is a bit of a "mystery" regarding Sophie's choice of a groom. Will it be the wealthy Cit next door or her aristocratic cousin Alisdair? The outcome is not obvious.

I enjoyed Lucy Paterson's narration, having earlier been impressed with her narration of Mary Stewart’s Wildfire at Midnight. I am moving on to the next installment, also available via Audible Escape.

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  • Jessica
  • 05-03-18

Lightly Sweet 👒

How I loved this story. It was sweet, humorous and just what I needed in between more serious books.

Sophie is such a lovely heroine. She knows her place in the family and is quite content to embrace it so when things go better than expected she is adorably gracious.
I couldn't help but love her dearly.

The story unfolded quite quickly in the beginning, which initially kind of disappointed me. Now I realize that expanding on the beginning would have made for a different story. One that might not have been as light and funny. Having said that, I do think that the story could have benefited by expanding a few other points in the story, especially when it came to Sophie's father. He was such an interesting character, but we didn't really get to know much of him. Towards the middle I had hopes that he was finally getting his moment, but no.

Set aside it's quick pace, I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. It loosely reminded me of Georgette Heyer's Arabella, an all time fave. Lucy Patterson did a wonderful job narrating the story and given that she narrates the rest of the series, I will definitely be listening to them all.

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  • Ms. Critic
  • 17-01-21

Best Romance Ever !

I almost never post reviews, but always read them when trying to decide whether to purchase. I want future readers to know this is the most well written unique romance I have ever read and it achieved that without any sex scenes ! The love story has such a unique story line and one of the best narrators I have heard and I have been with audible for years. I cried with joy at the conclusion. Another thing I almost never do. And on top of all that , this novel is and it's sequels are FREE with Audible Plus. I certainly wouldn't have minded paying for it. I am so happy to have discovered this author,Jaima Fixson and narrator, Lucy Peterson. Can't believe she isn't more well known and hasn't written more books than she has.

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  • Marie
  • 16-01-21

Masterpiece a la Georgette Heyer

I’ve searched in vain for another regency romance novelist who could hold a candle to Georgette Heyer with believable characters, witty dialogue, and a clever storyline. Finally, I found one! The narrator also added to this book instead of detracting as so many over-dramatizations do. Well worth the time spent on the listen. It had me smiling throughout.

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  • Eva TerraNova
  • 26-08-20

Excellent performance and a pretty cute story

Lucy Paterson is an EXCELLENT voice actor and she truly brings this piece to life. The book itself is exactly what it advertises: A Regency romance.

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  • Kimberly K. Roberts
  • 05-11-18

Fairchild

This was a great book. Best I have listened to in a long time. Sweet story. I will read it again

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  • Magalew
  • 01-05-18

Truly amazing

Such a wonderful story. Keeps one spellbound to the end. I have never heard a better narrator either.

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  • The Goph
  • 11-09-21

I wish I could give more stars

What a wonderful surprise. From story to writing to characters - just fabulous. And then, on top, a perfect narration. I cannot wait to read the rest of the series!