In this twenty-first installment of the Cynster family adventures, tutor Daniel Crosbie is resolved to win the heart of governess Claire Meadows during the family’s Christmas festivities. But Claire has already loved and lost once, and is hesitant to risk her heart again. Though Matthew Brenher’s voice is simply delightful, and his calm, mellow delivery is engaging, he employs accents or inflection only for certain characters. While these few are compelling and unique, most of the considerable cast, particularly the female characters, remain largely indistinct. Also, longtime fans appreciate Stephanie Laurens’s understated humor and character insights, and the absence of these in Brenher’s narration downplays the story’s suspense. B.E.K. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine [Published: JANUARY 2015]
Trade Ed. Blackstone Audio 2014
CD ISBN 9781483024905 $34.95 Seven CDs
DD ISBN 978-1-4830-2486-8 $22.95
Library Ed. Blackstone Audio 2014
CD ISBN 9781483024875 $105.00 Seven CDs
MP3-CD ISBN 9781483024882 $29.95 One MP3-CDs
DD ISBN 9781483024844 multiple sources
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