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"Mac" MacTavish impulsively steals his late sister's neglected children, only to discover it's easier to handle a clipper in a hurricane than steer two ornery brats. What he needs is a nanny until he can take the children back to his parents in America.

Knowing herself to be too plain and large to attract a husband, Bea Cavendish has settled for a quiet life of feathering her father's nest - until he dies, and she's left with an estate she doesn't know how to manage. Alone and terrified, she doesn't know what to make of the very big, very angry man appearing at her door with two adorable hooligans in tow.

Does she take in this ill-tempered stranger and his children in exchange for learning what she needs to know? Or is she in danger that this recklessly ambitious man might teach her more about life than which fields to plant?

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  • PamO
  • 07-09-18

Good stand alone Patricia Rice novel

There are several themes going on with this historical romance set in Victorian England.
First there is the hero “Mac” who is American. He’s here on a business trip ( shipping ) and decides to check on his sister who married a Vicount. He discovered she’s dead ,her children sorely neglected and injured, and their father a drunken sot. Mac promptly “rescues” the children and goes in the hunt for a nursemaid whose willing to sail back to Virginia with him.
Caught in a storm with the children, he stops at Bea’s estate for shelter. Bea is in mourning for her father. She is 28, has never left home, is incredibly shy and ignorant of the most basic things. But she has raw intelligence.
Here are our themes.
Mac is a huge man and has always considered himself awkward and unfashionably large. Bea is a very tall big woman with big breasts that are mentioned often. She considered herself ugly.
As an American in England Mac is a fish out of water... and stuck on a farm instead of on his ship, he’s LITERALLY a fish out of water.
Then we have the kidnapping, and how that’s going to be resolved.
Then we have the education of Bea... in all things.
And of course the romance.
There’s also subplots involving mysterious relatives, another kidnapping and falling in love with 2 adorable children.
So this book is very entertaining!
I just wish the narrator differentiated between male, female and children’s voices better. But her voice was pleasant.

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  • Tina F.
  • 17-10-20

One of my favorites!

Patricia Rice is one of my new favorite authors. Her plot lines are excellent with unexpected and unpredictable twists and turns. She is a master with dialog. Going in search of the next one to download. I also liked this narration. I don’t like it when readers try to make certain voices when nasty lords end up sounding like shrews. The written word stands well without theatrics. I’ll be looking for more read by Caroline Kinsolving.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-12-20

Shaky performance of a run-of-the-mill story

So. She thinks she's unattractive because she's too tall and voluptuous with porcelain skin. He likes her because she has boobs. (He thinks about her boobs a lot.) He's "incredibly masculine" which means he's very big, yells at people, and occasionally punches them. Neither of them talks or listens very well.

In other words it's your basic bodice ripper, which might be ok with a great narrator but this one had problems. She has an American accent, which is a strange choice when the setting and almost all the characters are English. Then add in odd phrasings, misplaced stresses, and a lot -- a LOT -- of mispronounced words. ("Awed" as two syllables??) In the end, I wished I hadn't bothered.

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  • Valerie
  • 29-10-20

Couldn’t finish 😩

Only made it a few chapters in and gave up. The narrator tried her best but Beatrice is just too whiny and annoying she cannot be redeemed by decent narration. I hate when authors portray women as helpless and clueless. She claims to want to learn to manage the estate yet resists at every turn because of her feelings 😖
Why why why???

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  • Dottielle
  • 11-12-20

Wonderful story .Excellent narration!

Story well crafted. Characters engaging plot intriguing. Narrator perfect for story. Excellent portrayal of characters. Very enjoyable read.

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  • Bean McGrath
  • 04-10-20

Virgin English rich girl meets unkept American

It was not the most intriguing story. It’s seemed hackneyed and predictable to the point of yawn, but it was well read which made it a little more interesting. The heroine seems confused- at one point she wants to be strong and I dependent, but then she meets the right guy and submits to being a housewife. I much prefer story lines where the events stay true to the intention of the characters. Strong independent women leads are one of the better things about reading romances...

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  • MOLLYO
  • 12-05-19

Ah, now I'm addicted to another author.

I've listen to all but three of her books & have loved all! More! More!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-05-21

Feel good romance

I loved this story and it's characters. After several contemporary romance books filled with angst and drama, this was fun and sweet. I love how both Bea and Mac grow and develop together. Mac is a more realistic male lead- he's not perfect, he's physically inclined, yells when he's frustrated, not particularly sensitive but learns to become better as he falls for Bea. Bea blossoms under Mac's support and overcomes her shyness to say and do things she never would have previously. This is how good relationships really develop. I will definitely be reading more of Patricia Rice! My only complaint is that the narrator often missed her timing. Instead of pausing between scenes or a change from one character to another, she would continue on like one long run-on sentence. It was confusing at times.

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  • Ruovas
  • 26-04-21

Good story

The story was as good as any by Patricia Rice. it's the narrator who very nearly ruined the whole book. I'll be watching for and avoiding any books performed by Ms. Kingsolving in the future.

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  • Phil Holmes
  • 08-04-21

Slow start but gets better

I enjoyed seeing how our heroine developed from a “timid” and self-doubting child-woman to becoming a self-assure feminine force. I love how she “interprets” her husband’s words. It was worth listening through its entirety.