- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 6 hours and 43 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Leigh Talbert Moore
- Audible.com Release Date: August 8, 2013
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00EE3X7X6
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I fell in love with Hale right away. She is smart, strong, and determined. Her world is a long way away from my own, but I found I connected with her in ways I would never have imagined. Moore does a brilliant job of creating a main character who really comes up off the page. She could be anyone right beside us, even ourselves and Hale faces some of the hardest decisions a woman in her position could make. Love or escape?
I actually adored most of the characters in this book, from the lovely Roland the music man to Teeny the young girl Hale tries to save from the life in the back rooms. Though I think Beau was the most heartbreaking. Moore really draws the reader in with the tension between Hale and Beau. Their near kisses and infatuation with each other is a sure driving force.
However, Moore's writing style is really what brought me in. She knew just when to lengthen the sentences, drawing the tension out, creating conflict in more than just story. She knew when to clip the words just before something happened or spit them out just as things were heating up.
For anyone who is interested in a strong female lead, breathtaking encounters, and a story that is hard to put down, buy this book. You won't regret it.
Nineteenth century flare is captured beautifully in both the world created and the prose, tugging the reader along Hale's unsure path. Driven to seek a better life for herself and the young tween she cares for, Hale is willing to do almost anything to escape this world of old, where woman are seen more as objects and sought after for pleasure or expected to have a husband to survive. This is an interesting subject and definitely more mature; Upper YA/New Adult is a good definition.
I thoroughly enjoyed Hale's character. She's smart, talented, and caring amid a backdrop of self-seekers and dangers she knows are just around the corner as she nears next birthday. Mature for her ripe age of newly eighteen, she can easily be an inspiration to today's teenage girl. Hale is proactive, unwilling to sit back and let life happen to her.
Dialog is always a clincher for me, and there was no disappointment in that as characters exchanged words. Vocal emotions, opinions, warnings, and directions all sparked with delight and spunk. Living words, I like to call them.
Sweet romance softens Hale's hard world with forbidden longing and passion through a love triangle that tugs at every heartstring. The dynamics of a guy of lesser means who is totally unexpected and the affluent gentleman who's nice and polite is moving. And when crossed with Hale's living conditions and guardianship to the younger tween, there's plenty of conflict and strife for all.
Hale needs a way out and she's found a sure thing in Freddie, the gentleman who's totally fallen for her and her amazing singing voice. But her heart pulls her in another direction - toward Beau. She's faced with the gut-wrenching decision of whether to follow her head or her heart.
As the story moves toward the climax, so much threatens her well-being that her choices seem to be erased. I found myself unable to stop reading, my heart ready to leap from my chest, which swam in an ocean of emotions. At one point, I cried, mainly because of the unique friendship Hale has with one of the male characters in the theater. This relationship added much depth to both character and story. Lastly....
...OMGosh, the ending!!
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