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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
A Trick Of Fate is a work of fiction in the historical fiction, romantic fiction, and slice of life sub-genres, penned by author Stella Riley, and is here presented in audiobook format narrated by Alex Wyndham. Caught in a case of mistaken identity, Max Brandon discovers that he must find the culprit who is toying with him before his reputation is ruined. But in doing so, the trickster brings him back to an old flame, and a wild chase through the eighteenth century that will alter the course of the rest of his life. This novel forms the first book of the Brandon Brothers spin-off series.
In terms of the story itself, author Stella Riley offers a fantastic slice of Georgian life with the right balance of intrigue, investigation, and romantic content to keeps fans of all of those genres turning pages eagerly. The character development for Max and Frances showcases their vulnerabilities and also the accurate constraints put upon them at that time in society, which makes for a compelling and realistic drama when things start to heat up. The plot winds and twists with plenty of scandal and surprise, just right for the themes of the tale and its period.
In terms of audiobook quality, the work is presented in a clear, crisp format with excellent editing. Narrator Alex Wyndham delivers an intense performance with rugged vocals that will surely draw romance fans into Max’s world, and his versatility for the supporting cast really brings the story to life with a vibrant but gritty historical feel. Overall, I would highly recommend A Trick Of Fate to anyone wishing to lose themselves in an immersive and very entertaining historical fiction read.