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- Listening Length: 4 hours and 57 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: S.G. Rogers
- Audible.com Release Date: July 14, 2015
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B011LND7EU
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Larken: Graceling Hall Book 1 Audiobook – Unabridged
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The story begins during the days in the immediate aftermath of the train accident that took the lives of Larken's parents. My heart broke for the lack of empathy that was shown to the young, newly orphaned Larken. The story then jumps ahead some four years to the last days of Larken's life with her odious foster parents, before she is unceremoniously shipped off to marry the hero, Brandon, sight unseen! By the time Larken meets Brandon at the altar, I felt like her knew her and had already established a connection with her, so when Brandon's behavior is less than gracious, I, like Larken, found him to be quite unlikable. Luckily, Brandon's transformation begins fairly quickly. As Larken--and I--got to know Brandon, and more about his past, we both came to love him.
Larken, in particular, is an adorable character. She has a quiet strength and does not take any crap from Brandon. She's outspoken when necessary, without being overly dramatic; I loved her spirit! What I especially loved is the fact that Larken doesn't just fall into Brandons arms when he decides that he wants a true marriage, but instead makes him work for it!! Brandon's ward, Myles, is an adorable five year old who adds a wonderful element of family to the story. The interactions between Brandon and Myles also allows the reader to see another aspect of Brandon's character. The story that unfolds is romantic, sweet, and intriguing and there are twists and turns that were unexpected--at least to this reader.
In any event, I really liked this book. It's my favorite of all the novellas that I've read by Ms. Rogers so far. I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a quick, sweet, uncomplicated romance. If I could, I would rate it 4 1/2 stars. FYI this is a clean romance. Happy reading!
Larken is a sweet young girl, that is enjoyable to read how she over comes her fear of riding a train, she is sent off to marry a man that wants nothing to do with her, but for her to take care of his new young ward, but Larken ends up finding everything in life that she thought she would never have and then some. Larken and Brandon's story is sweet, exciting, suspenseful and very enjoyable read that I couldn't put the book away until I finished. A tasteful well done story, I really enjoyed.
The story is pretty simple: mail order bride marries stranger and they fall in love. I liked that their relationship grew naturally, and I also liked that it didn't have them keeping secrets from each other or doing things to prevent the growth of a relationship. I always hate that in romance novels. I also hate when characters spend 75% of the book pretending they don't care about each other. Brandon and Larken put effort into developing a relationship, and the result was very sweet. I do wish it had been a little bit longer just because I really liked watching their relationship grow.
All the issues were resolved in this book for the main characters. However, it does set up for future books about characters introduced in this one.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a sweet, light romance. There was no sex and no bad language.
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It wasn’t too sleepy either! A great romance! A big shout out to the author 👍🏽