Read from February 26 to 27, 2013 Listened for Armchair Audies (Audible) Overall Rating: 5.00 Story Rating: 5.00 Character Rating: 5.00 Audio Rating: 3.50 (not part of the overall rating) First Thought When Finished: I loved this book from beginning to end. Leading ladies with fire and sass are always my favorite! Story Thoughts: Here is what you need to know about me–I am a sucker for romances that involve unusual leading characters. In this case, Eveline is deaf. I love how this plays into the story and how she uses it to her advantage. The story never tries to discount her disability and instead weaves it into every aspect of her daily life. The romance plays out in a similar fashion–slowly and with intent. Even though this is an arranged marriage story, it is one that ends up getting you in the heart! Character Thoughts: I love Eveline. For a woman of her time she was resourceful and smart. She does honor her place in her men’s (father and husband) life but she works hard to make her own spot within those constraints. Graeme is a man of his word and very perceptive (except when he isn’t –freaking males). I loved how they fell in love, understood each other, and had a really awesome declaration of love scene. I laughed out loud and cried happy tears! Audio Thoughts: Narrated by Kirsten Potter /Running Time 10 hrs and 10 mins I am going to start with I normally LOVE Kirsten Potter. Y’all have seen me gush about the Dianne Duvall series and how I have to listen to it on audio. Same goes with the Lisa Gardner series so I love Kirsten on a whole. I don’t know what it was about this book that didn’t wow me in audio form. Kirsten did her normal awesome job with pacing and emotions. I think I just didn’t connect to the character voices 🙁 It happens occasionally though luckily not very often with my favorite narrators. Final Thoughts: Really love this series! I think Maya writes excellent historicals and if you haven’t given them a whirl, you should!