Midnight Marriage

Midnight Marriage

A Georgian Historical Romance

Fiction - Audiobook
Audio Book
Reviewed on 10/21/2015
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Reviewed by Janelle Fila for Readers' Favorite

Midnight Marriage: A Georgian Historical Romance by Lucinda Brant is a historical romance inspired by actual events in history. It is set during the extravagant and beautiful times of the 18th century aristocracy. Deb, a twelve-year-old girl, is drugged and whisked away to marry Julian, a rebellious youth, in the middle of the night. Deb remembers nothing of the night and grows up without the knowledge that she is actually married. When Julian returns to the scene nine years later, he plans to reclaims his first love before his rival seduces Deb and attempts to marry her. But how can Julian impress Deb and earn her trust with the knowledge of their past looming over their head? Worse, how can he explain the deception that mars their marriage and subsequent love?

Lucinda Brant did an excellent job of writing a sweeping family saga that showcases her talent in this genre and that will appeal to all fans of historical romance. This story has tons of lies, deceit, and manipulation that create well-written subplots intertwined in the story. The story is interesting, will keep the reader's attention, and is authentically written. The story moves along at a nice pace and will keep readers interested in the characters' sagas. The dialogue is authentic for the time period, and the historical aspect is written splendidly. The characters, outfits, settings, and customs are so fascinating that readers will find themselves falling in love with these characters and this novel in one fell swoop.

The narrator of this audio book was Alex Wyndham. Mr. Wyndham is a British actor and has many acting credits to his name including the Emmy award-winning Little Dorrit, HBO's Rome, the BBC series The Crimson Field, and Kenneth Branagh's "As You Like It." I think his acting expertise shone brightly in this audio book because it wasn't just read to the audience it was performed. I love audio books where you can "hear" different character voices and forget that you are listening to one narrator. The different use of voice and accents, tone and depth was fantastic and makes this an awesome audio "read."

Chris Fischer

I certainly enjoy a good audio book. They can make a long trip seem manageable, even entertaining. Some stories are great at catching your attention from the get go, others take a while to get into, but are still well worth the listen, and some you have to turn off after a short time, they just won’t do. Luckily, Midnight Marriage: A Georgian Historical Romance fits into the first category, a story that grabs a listener from the beginning and keeps them going until the very end. Follow the story of Julian and Deb, a young couple secretly married off as teens, then separated, and only reuniting when older when a new suitor pursues the lovely Deb. Set in the gorgeous time period of 18th century aristocracy, with all of the beauty and grandeur that implies, author Lucinda Brant has provided her readers with an absolutely fantastic read and listen.

Narrator Alex Wyndham was an absolute delight to listen to. He does more than read the book, he acts it out with his voice. It's astounding to me how one voice actor can imbue such life and livelihood into many and varied characters, but Mr. Wyndham certainly does this with great panache. It was easy to tell when the story switched between characters, the timbre and pitch of his voice changed just enough to be evident, but not enough to seem forced or false. I found it easy to listen to his voice, and its pleasant and melodious sound never ceased to keep me involved in the story.

I very much enjoyed Midnight Marriage. Author Lucinda Brant is truly a master at scene setting, at creating interesting and intriguing characters, and at writing a story that will keep her readers turning the pages and listeners glued to their players. Midnight Marriage is a story that holds great appeal for readers who love historical fiction, romance, adventure, intrigue or just a fun book. I highly recommend Midnight Marriage: A Georgian Historical Romance. I will certainly look for more work by author Lucinda Brant in the future. If it’s anything like Midnight Marriage, it will absolutely be worth the read or listen!

Tracy Slowiak

Audio books...they can be an absolute dream, something that makes your drive to and from work go by so quickly that you find yourself sitting in your garage, still listening, waiting to see what happens next, or a complete slog that feels like torture to get through. Thankfully, the audiobook for Midnight Marriage: A Georgian Historical Romance, book two in the Roxton Family Saga series by Lucinda Brant was definitely the former. Follow the story of Deb and Julian, who were secretly married off at midnight when only teenagers. Julian is then sent away, and Deb is told to forget the marriage, to chalk it up as a vivid dream caused by laudanum. But when Julian finally comes back to claim his bride before she falls for a charming suitor, the story really begins.

Narrator Alex Wyndham's voice is truly an actor's instrument. If you didn't know there was only one person narrating, you'd certainly think there were several voices involved, that is how skilled he is as differentiating between characters. His ability to use his voice in different tones helps the listener to easily tell who is speaking, which is quite a gift. I've listened to some audiobooks in which it's incredibly difficult to tell who is saying what as the voice actor barely changes tone or inflection. Alex Wyndham's lovely voice was a pleasure to listen to, and I would certainly like to hear more from him in the future.

I so enjoyed Midnight Marriage. It was exciting, full of intrigue, and had enough romance and sexiness to keep me listening obsessively. I found the voice of narrator Alex Wyndham to be excessively pleasing to the ear, and his inflections were perfect for the story. Author Lucinda Brant has created characters that her readers will connect with, relate to, and continue to think about long after the book is done, certainly a hallmark of a great author. Her ability to set the scenes appropriately for the time period is a true gift. Any reader who enjoys historical romance, romance in general or just a fun read would love Midnight Marriage. I highly recommend this audio book, and I very much look forward to reading another book by author Lucinda Brant as soon as I possibly can.