- Audible Audiobook
- Listening Length: 9 hours and 21 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Catherine Gayle
- Audible.com Release Date: September 5, 2013
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00EZV4O2K
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Pariah: The Old Maids' Club, Book 2 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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This book was good - but parts of it were a bit unbelievable. Especially the parts where everyone in town shuns Bethanne. Her uncle is an Earl and pays her bills - these town folks are going to deny her credit? Really? Also she has been living with her aunt for 8 years and Finn is 2 - but everyone believes he is hers? Again, Really?
I loved Roman. He is a gentleman through and through. He is tortured and suffering with PTS from his time at Waterloo. He has violent nightmares and doesn't feel worthy of love.
Bethanne is carrying the weight of the world on her shoulders and has finally reached her breaking point. Between the shunning, Finn, her aunt (who has what I assume is advanced Alzheimer's ) and all the secrets. She is barely functioning. She cries A LOT. And pushes Roman away at first.
Roman has a calming effect on Bethanne's aunt, so finally she relents and lets Roman help.
The story is good and well written, but it is really kind of bland. There is not really any sexual tension or even any real angst to drive the story. It is basically two people helping each other get through a bad time in their lives and I guess falling in love.
I didn't really feel the love. I agree with another reviewer who felt Roman was more in love with her aunt and with Finn than Bethanne.
I didn't love this book. But it was a nice, mindless read that was easy to put down and pick up later.
This book was very tame for a romance novel. But, it was a page turner nonetheless. The characters were well developed, the editing was spot on, plot development was a little stumpy at times but not bad. My biggest rave for this book is in it's handling of the dementia of the Aunt. The author captured very well what living with a person with dementia is like. The intermittent times of clarity and the sudden physical strength of these patients is very much spot-on. My only critque of the book would be that I missed hearing about the wedding night!
("Pariah" is Book 2 in Old Maid's Club. Book 1 is "Wallflower")
I loved it. Unique story line, great characters, and dealing with a loved one with dementia was well written. It also took me a little bit to figure out the reasons behind the secrets, which I can usually figure out after the Prologue.
Note: This is G-rated, unlike book 1 in the series. I wanted there to be more in this department.
Excellent consideration of the workings of minds in turmoil.
<<<spoiler>>> I was also pleased to see our h realize that the time for secrets was over; it was time to clear up the mess.