Title: The Parfit Knight (Rockliffe Book #1)
Genre: Historical Romance / Georgian
Author: Stella Riley
Pages: Audio available from Audible.com (Also available as a paperback and for e-reader)
Source: Free For review from the author
Sexy Rating: 2
Description from Amazon.com:
When the Marquis of Amberley’s coach is waylaid by highwaymen and his coachman shot, he is forced to take shelter at the first house he finds and is subsequently trapped there for a week by a severe snow storm. Oakleigh Manor is the home of Rosalind Vernon who lives alone but for her devoted servants and an ill-natured parrot, cut off from the outside world by the tragic result of a childhood accident. But Rosalind is brave and bright and totally devoid of self-pity – and it is these qualities which, as the days pass and the snow continues to fall, touch Amberley’s heart. On his return to London, the Marquis persuades Rosalind’s brother, Philip, to bring her to town for a taste of society, despite her handicap. But the course of Amberley’s courtship is far from smooth. Philip Vernon actively dislikes him; Rosalind appears to be falling under the spell of the suavely elegant Duke of Rockliffe; and worse still, Amberley is haunted by a dark and terrible secret that, if revealed, may cause him to lose Rosalind forever.
This is only the second or third time I’ve listened to an audio book and I was blown away by the narrator/reader, Alex Wyndham. He read the book with all the various characters with different voices, I’m not sure if he voiced the Parrot but if he did I’ll give him additional Kudos. There were several male characters and several female characters and they all had distinct voices which certainly added to the enjoyment of the audio book.
This is such a lovely romantic story about a blind young woman and a slightly older gentleman who falls in love with her. The description truly gives all the details that I won’t repeat here. The characters were superbly developed and this gave an absolute feeling of reality to the story. The description of the fashions of the time also helped to place the story in the Georgian period. The varied characters and their personalities also brought the book to life; the bully, Robert; The Duke, Rockliffe; Phillip, Rosalind’s brother & Isabel his fiancée, just to name a few of the interesting side characters. The parrot ads a dose of comic relief. It was such a pleasure to read/listen about a hero who sought out his mother for advice and then followed it. I highly recommend this audio book and I look forward to the release of Rockliffe’s book on audio, THE MESALLIANCE.
P.S.- I just bought The Mesalliance on e-book because I can’t wait for Rockliffe’s story. Yes, I am impatient and in need of instant gratification.