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  • The Stranger She Married: Regency Historical Romance

  • Rogue Hearts Series, Book 1
  • By: Donna Hatch
  • Narrated by: Tanya Mills
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • 3.7 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)

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Summary

When her parents and twin brother die within weeks of each other, Alicia and her younger sister are left in the hands of an uncle who has brought them all to financial and social ruin. Desperate to save her family from debtor's prison, Alicia vows to marry the first wealthy man to propose. She meets the dashing Lord Amesbury, and her heart whispers that this is the man she is destined to love, but his tainted past may forever stand in their way. Her choices in potential husbands narrow to either a scarred cripple with the heart of a poet, or a handsome rake with a deadly secret.

Cole Amesbury is tormented by his own ghosts, and believes he is beyond redemption, yet he cannot deny his attraction for the girl whose genuine goodness touches the heart he'd thought long dead. He fears the scars in his soul cut so deeply that he may never be able to offer Alicia a love that is true. When yet another bizarre mishap threatens her life, Alicia suspects the seemingly unrelated accidents that have plagued her loved ones are actually a killer's attempt to exterminate every member of her family. Despite the threat looming over her, learning to love the stranger she married may pose the greatest danger to her heart. And Cole must protect Alicia from the killer who has been exterminating her family before she is the next target.

©2014 Donna Hatch (P)2015 Donna Hatch

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Narration terrible

Could not listen to the story because I could not stand the voice. I had tried to listen to a sample first but was an error and could not play

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The story is fantastic! Poor narration

Like the other review, I too found the narrator pretty grim 🙉 however, speeding it up, made it bearable! After a while you do get used to the Narrator, which is well worth the effort as the story was amazing! Completely different from the usual Regency Romances! Full of drama, intrigue, Murder & Suspense. Had the Narrator been good, this would of easily been a 5 star rating and I am even prepared to suffer the Narrator to listen to the second book in the series as the first one was so good!! I would highly recommend this Story.

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The most BORING

Narrator I have had the misfortune to listen to. A waste of purchase when out of 38 Chapters I could only stand to the constant timeless drone of the narrator and hit to Chapter 4!!!

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Satisfactory recency escapism.

An enjoyable regency novel with all the usual necessary ingredients - a roguish gentleman, a sweet impoverished lady, a hint of a mysterious past, a dash of pirates, balls, clandestine happenings, honest deceit, murder, lords and ladies.... Satisfactory recency escapism.

I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Blast

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A very enjoyable first book in a series.

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

When I pressed play and heard the narrator's voice for the first time I groaned with disappointment. The tone is quiet, slow and dreary. Also, the narrator, with her fake British accent, had the irritating habit of pausing mid sentence. There was also something about the recording quality that didn't seem quite right. I almost gave up on this audiobook straight away but the story seemed like something I would really enjoy so I persevered. I'm so glad I did. I sped up the narration which improved the listening experience. Overall, I would say that listening to this book was time well spent as I enjoyed the story.By speeding up the narration I was able to enjoy it a bit better and the mid-sentence pauses didn't seem as obvious.

What did you like best about this story?

I actually loved the story though. There is plenty of suspense, intrigue and romance from beginning to end and it provided a lot of entertainment on a dull Sunday afternoon.I think the author was unlucky in her choice of narrator and unfortunately from listening to the sneak peak chapter of the next book the narrator, Tanya Mills, has been signed up for the rest of the series. I will definitely be reading the rest of the series in Kindle format. But for the audio version, it is a question of whether or not I like the series enough to listen to Tanya Mills do the reading.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Tanya Mills?

I would have cast someone, anyone, with a genuine British accent, or someone who can do it well.There was one Irish character who, thankfully, only made a very brief appearance, as her accent was hideous and not done well at all.

If I had to choose an alternative narrator I can honestly say that I've never been disappointed by any narration by Melanie Frasier.

Any additional comments?

I received this book in exchange for an honest review via audiobookblast.com

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  • 🌸DARA
  • 02-11-15

Clean Regency with Mystery

This is my first book by Donna Hatch so I had no idea what to expect. This book is a good clean romance with mystery and romance. The hero (Cole) is a mix of sensitivity, mystery and strength and the heroine (Alicia) is a mix of humbleness, loyalty, and innocence. The story itself kept my interest and proves that not all romance books need to be explicit to be good.

The only issue I had with this book was the narration. The narrator did a good job with each voice and with the story itself. The issue I had was that the microphone actually picked up what sounded like the narrator's saliva swishing in her mouth as she spoke. Although it was distracting I'm not sure if it was the narrator's fault or production. Anyway, to mask this sound, I sped my ipod up a bit and after doing this I didn't notice it as much.

If you enjoy good clean regency romances, my advise to you is not use a credit for this book but instead wait for this book to go on sale. I will be doing the same with the remaining books in the series. ;-)
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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-10-15

Love Donna Hatch Books! Good clean fun!

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The only thing I would change is the Narrator. I had read the book already and new I really liked it but the narrator had something lacking. If not for that it would have been an amazing listen. I still recommend to any who loves Historical fun romances.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-04-16

Fantastic Romance

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Most definately. Extremely romantic. No blaspheming and nice clean reading

What other book might you compare The Stranger She Married: Regency Historical Romance to and why?

Kathleen Woodiwiss - A Rose in Winter

What does Tanya Mills bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Good narrater. Not the best but you get used to her

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I LOVED it. One of the very best audible in my library of some 1000 romance books

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Highly Recommended

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  • Julie Garrett
  • 01-12-15

Very intriguing read

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I dont normally read Historical Romance but I received this book free for my honest review an I figured why not give it a listen. I was happily surprised how much I enjoyed it. The mystery had me hooked. My only complaint would be the narration production, there was a background noise Im not sure what it was but it did go away once I sped up the reading pace on my kindle. If your looking for a mystery filled romance that is a clean read then grab a copy of this book....You will enjoy it.

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  • Kathryn Fitchett
  • 25-02-16

Excellent

Audiobooks needs the entire collection of Donna Hatch books in its library. I would buy them all.

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  • Hollande Lawrence
  • 17-11-15

Made My Heart Flutter!

Where does The Stranger She Married: Regency Historical Romance rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Among the romance audiobooks I've listened to, this is at the top of the list.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I really liked Cole. He's clever, charming, and (even better) has a strong moral compass. That being said, (spoiler alert!) marrying someone against her will is scary and wrong, and adds a depth to his character that makes him even more attractive. I only wish Alisha had a stronger reaction to the big reveal.

Any additional comments?

"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast."

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  • LilMissMolly
  • 06-11-15

Realistic characters and great dialogue!

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I just finished listening to The Stranger She Married by Donna Hatch and I'm glad I did! Not ever having read or listened to one of her books, I wasn't sure what to expect. What I received was an entertaining few days (the audio is 12 1/2 hours) filled with realistic characters and great dialogue.

The story centers around Alicia Palmer whose parents and twin brother recently died within a few weeks of each other, Now living with her uncle who is facing financial ruin due to no fault of own (it was refreshing that the uncle didn't gamble or drink away the family's fortune). Alicia needs to find herself a wealthy husband to save the family when all she really wants is a love match. She chooses to marry a man she has never met - a scarred war hero with a generous heart and gentle demeanor. After receiving word that her uncle also dies under suspicious circumstances, Alicia and her new family begin to suspect someone is out to eradicate her entire family.

One of my favorite scenes is when our heroine decides to finally consummate her months-long marriage. The author let my own imaginations fill in the details behind the closed door of the bedroom. Books too often provide many salacious details that make me uncomfortable so I end up skipping them. Thankfully this was sweet and made me fall in love with the hero even more!

I listened to the Audible version of this book narrated by Tanya Mills who did a good job. I recommend listening to this audiobook at 1.5 or double speed. Once the recording is sped up, you can differentiate voices and discern different tones and tempo in the performance. I received a copy of this audio in exchange for an unbiased review.

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  • ecocat
  • 17-04-16

Pride, Marriage and Revelation

The Stranger She Married is about Alicia and Cole Amesbury. Alicia has to married to save what left of her family from debtor's prison. Her parents and twin brother is dead. The only family she has left is an uncle, cousin, and her little sister.

Alicia met Cole at one of the season's party. Alicia felt that Cole could be someone she was destined to be with while Cole don't feel he deserved Alicia. Cole doesn't believe he deserved to be married to a decent woman. Although he fought against it, he realized when his tainted past came out, he wanted to marry Alicia.

Alicia doesn't want anything to do with Cole. Cole was responsible for her twin brother Armaud's death. She cannot married the man that she has feeling for, who has killed her brother.

Cole planned the next best thing. Alicia could married his cousin, Nicolas. He could save her from a forced marriage.

When "accidents" started happening to Alicia, Cole suspected foul play as he started putting the pieces together that someone is wiping out Alicia and the rest of her family.

Alicia is head-strong but at the same time, she is too pride to allow Cole to rescue her. Instead, she went and married his cousin, Nicolas who is deformed physically from the Napolean's War. She was determined to hate Cole but yet trusted him.

Cole has never did forgave himself from surviving the war and playing a part in the death of Alicia's brother. He was so determined not to married Alicia but has a change in heart and mind that he was allowing something good to walk out of his life.

As he started seeing thing from fresh eyes, the death of Alicia's parents and her brother looked suspicious. Someone closed to Alicia was killing her family off. He is in a race against time to find the killer.

The Stranger She Married has a bit of masquerading going on. The protagonist and the antagonist are not what they seemed to be. Another thing that readers/listeners are going to notice is that Alicia's family kept putting the wedge between Alicia and Cole. It also took Alicia awhile to finally accepted that for a flesh wound, her brother shouldn't have die.

The narrator, Tanya Mills does a wonderful job in narrating the story. She makes Cole too good to be true. Cole has never raised his voice against Alicia. Alicia is the only one that raising her voice against Cole. The narrator still give Alicia a bit of naiveness of assuming the conclusion without looking at all the fact.

All in all, The Stranger She Married is a clean romance story and a sweet story to read/listen to.

I was given this audiobook by the author/narrator/publisher via Audiobook Blast in exchange of an honest review. I was not compensated or influenced in any way for writing this review.

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  • DK
  • 26-02-16

Stick With It - Fascinating Romance


Alicia must marry well to protect her sister after her parents and twin brother die. Alicia has an uncle that he has wasted away any inheritance or social standing. The only way to escape debtors prison.

She finds that she has two options at the ready. A man with a deadly past or a man who has been so badly scarred that he wears gloves and a mask.

From the beginning of her journey she is consistently pestered by Cole Amesbury, a man she wants nothing to do with after finding out his role and her brothers stuff.

I had a hard time getting involved with this book. I was about to write to the author and tell her that I would not be able to fulfill my contract of *listening to her book in exchange for my review* when I slowed down and took the time to really listen to the details. Before I knew it three hours had gone by and I was enthralled! I finished it up within the next 2 to 3 days.

This is full of twists and turns, ups and downs and love and loss. It is really worth the listeners time if he or she enjoys Historical Regency Romance. This is the first book in the Rogue Hearts Series, by Donna Hatch.

Tanya Mills was an excellent narrator. Her performance of the characters was spot on. I knew right away who she was portraying.

Notes: There is a bit of gore and violence, as well as a few innuendos of intimacy. All are very general without graphic descriptions.

Stars: 4 stars in every category


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  • Debbie Nutt
  • 12-02-16

Great book

I was given this book in exchange for my honest review. I loved this book. I can't wait to read the others.

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