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 snowstorm.
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.
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"The Parfit Knight"
This was my first book by Stella Riley so to be honest, I wasn't sure what to expect, however, I am familiar with the work of Alex Wyndham and knew him to be a excellent narrator. I believe I won this copy from a drawing on Facebook, along with one from Lucinda Brant. It's a good thing I won it, because, to be honest, I probably wouldn't have chosen it myself because I'm a slave to the sexy new covers we often see. To say this was a very unexpected delight to hear, would be an understatement. Now I think I'm addicted to the characters Stella Riley used and Alex Wyndham so wonderfully narrated. I love audio books since to me, it's like watching a movie in my head when the author and narrator mesh so well as these two did! I don't want to ruin the story for future listeners or readers, but I will tell you that they won me over before the end of the first chapter. Ms. Riley is a very talented, creative writer, and Mr. Wyndham is an excellent narrator with the flexibility to read all the characters and not have them sound alike. Superb book! Now I'll have to go get the next one to read soon.