- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 9 hours and 36 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Catherine Gayle
- Audible.com Release Date: August 1, 2013
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00EAH2DRM
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Seven Minutes in Devon: Cardiff Siblings, Book 1 Audiobook – Unabridged
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Three years ago Aiden Cardiff and Emma Hathaway were present when Aiden's sister, Lady Morgan tried to kill herself. From that moment on Aiden blamed Emma for every suicidal attempt Lady Morgan tried. However, Emma never did aid Lady Morgan in anyway to kill herself, it is just easier to place blame on a person that is not around.
Three years has past since that terrible afternoon and now Aiden and Emma are forced to attend a house part given by Emma's sister and brother-in-law, Lord and Lady Burington, which mind you Lord Burington aka David is Aiden's childhood best friend. Emma is at this house party to find a husband. Aiden and Lady Morgan are there to reemerge themselves into society. Since Aiden cannot stand Emma he should have no problem staying away from her, right? How hard can it be for Emma to find a husband?
Sometimes, one needs to confront the past to move onto the future.
I really enjoyed this book. Aiden is dark and the brooding type. He really detest Emma for no reason, and normally that would make me not like him very much, but when he realized that maybe he's being a bit too rough on Emma he becomes a likable guy.
Emma is a strong heroine. She doesn't sit idly by and let things happen to her. She goes out and takes action. She often is saving someone without even realizing it. She is bookish and witty and I love her stance for the underdog. She considers herself to be an outcast so she takes it personally when anyone is a bully. Emma is a young lady I would love more or today's ladies to emulate.
I look forward to the next book in this series.
The unfolding story for Emma allows her to grow as a person: she defends Lady Morgan from the cruel comments of others, she helps Lady Morgan achieve some independence, and she learns there are interesting stories to be had by interacting with people rather than solely reading them in a book. The unfolding story for Aidan has him careen madly from one emotional pole to the other: he hates Emma then he lusts after her; he blames Emma for all his sister's troubles then he chastises himself for not blaming the real sources (his sister and her lost love); he resents Emma for freeing his sister to be more self-sufficient then he admires his sister's tenacity and newfound strength. Brother!
Let me state unequivocally that I love Catherine Gayle's writing style and characterizations. She brings the words on her pages to life and makes me want to keep reading. This book is another beautifully written gem. The only "problem" I had was a personal one and not reflective of anything other than I just disliked this storyline - specifically the antagonistic and nut-job hero Aidan. He irritated me beyond belief. It may be his artistic mien that gave him such crazy mood swings and conflicting attitudes and actions but in my opinion he just needed a good smacking-down. Even when he and Emma try to develop their relationship I found myself rooting that the other available gentlemen at the house party would butt in and win her heart. I kept waiting for someone - anyone - to tell Aidan off or "plant him a facer;" I really, really wanted Lady Morgan to read him the riot act. He even has an epiphany, of sorts, and several times acknowledges (in his solitary musings) that he knows he's not being fair to Emma and that others deserve the blame, but the very next scene he's back in the thick of it, antagonizing Emma and just being a demented bully. I have no problem with tragic heroes or heroes that need saving, but this one needs a visit from the ghosts of Christmases past, present, and future to show him the affect his actions were truly having on those around him.
Still, I can't wait to read the next installment in the Cardiff Siblings series. I even look forward to seeing Aidan appear; a less volatile, more mature, even nicer Aidan, if this leopard can change a few of his spots.
I liked it enough to probably reread it again at some point.