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|1. My Enemy My Heart - Ch. 2||Laurie Alice Eakes||N/A||Album Only|
Unabridged MP3-CD; approximately 11 hours 39 minutes; 1 MP3-CD; performed by Angela Dawe.
Vendor: Brilliance Audio
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 6.75 X 5.25 X .5 (inches)|
#1: Chasing the Sun: Land of the Lone Star Book One Unabridged Audiobook on CD - Value Priced EditionTracie Peterson, Renee RaudmanBrilliance Audio Classic Collection / 2013 / Compact disc$7.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 1 Reviews
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The sea is Deirdre MacKenzie’s home, and the crew of her father’s Baltimore clipper is the only family she loves. She’s happier wearing breeches and climbing the rigging of the Maid of Alexandria than donning a dress and learning to curtsy. But when the War of 1812 erupts, the ship is captured by a British privateer, leaving her father, the captain, dead. Deirdre watches her crew herded into the hold, destined for the notorious Dartmoor prison in England. Though her fate as a noncombatant is uncertain, she knows she must find a way to free her crew.
Kieran Ashford has caused his family one too many scandals. On his way to exile in America, he is waylaid by the declaration of war and a chance to turn privateer and make his own fortune. But he regrets his actions as soon as the rich prize is secured. Now his best chance at redeeming himself in the eyes of his family is to offer Deirdre the protection of his name in marriage.
But love and loyalty clash as Kieran begins to win Deirdre’s heart despite her plot to betray him. Will Kieran’s plan mend the relationship with his family, and can this fated couple find true love despite the secret lies between them?
English LadyUK,Age: 25-34Gender: Female2 Stars Out Of 5Hypocrisy, double- standards, and emotionalism rule the day.November 23, 2016English LadyUK,Age: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 2Fair story, even though there was a lot of Romantic Mush at the beginning, and the female protagonist could be very bratty, that It gets a little better towards the Middle. The main reason for my low rating was the naive simplification of history stinking of American historical hypocrisy and propaganda, as well as lack of familiarity with British History, society and culture: especially of the period of the Napoleonic Wars. If American readers are offended by this implication, they need not read on, but other may wish to.
The idea of a cross-cultural love story of a man and a woman whose nations are at war. That was OK. The Devil, as they say, is in the Detail. The Americanisms used by the British characters were expected, even if they set the teeth on edge. (We Brits do not call Blackberry Jam 'Bramble Jelly'), or that they couldn't seem to distinguish between England and Britain, A common affliction amongst Americans, but also Brits in this novel. Add to that, the that folk of Devon have undefined regional accent which are not remotely Devonian. (Granted, that might have been because of the audiobook Narrator).
Typically, it starts with a note about how the wicked, greedy, bullying British started the War of 1812 by picking on the poor little innocent Americans and nabbing their sailors. Absolutely no mention of American Aggression in said war- like that little invasion of Canada, or the small fact French privateers had been attacking American ships for years before the war.
I suppose that's to be expected, but it gets worse.
Good little American Patriot Deirdre MacKenzie gets all annoyed when she realized her hubby is an aristocrat, because she's read Revolutionary newspapers that tell her Aristos are the evil repressors of the working classes, and rule all of Britain without being elected. Yup, backwards 19th century Britain is presented as some kind of feudal state, controlled by the nobility- she even thinks Domestic servants are comparable to slaves at one point.
Yeah, she clearly never heard of this little thing called The House of Commons, that was full of MPs who were- elected- or the small fact that the royalty and nobility lost much of their wealth and power centuries before. Or the Middle Classes, for that matter, or that people in domestic service were well paid, and almost always chose to work in that profession.
Anyways, Deidre marries British Aristo Keiran Ashford after he nicks her ship, and then goes back to Britain with him, and her crew get clapped in chains and sent to the dreaded Dartmoor Prison- where enemy Prisoners of war- poor little innocent Yankees and Frenchmen- live in squalor in the middle of the horrid repressive, Britain, guarded by evil, brutal, barbaric recoats. Naturally, pluckily Dee plans to break them out so they can get back home to continue the heroic struggle (cos American Piracy is perfectly OK).
What irked me was the arrogance and lack of empathy of the characters from this point forth. Dierdre and Kierans sister Chloe whinge and whine about the awful conditions and treatment of the poor little Yankees in Dartmoor as if - as if Britain was the only country in history to imprison Prisoners of War. Are we really supposed to believe Holy and Righteous America never did such things or their buddy France? Guess what, they did.
Nope apparently, Britain is evil for incarcerating enemy combatants, and not letting them go so they can wage war on her citizens. Hence Chloe sees no problem with letting the good ol' Yankees go, and nor good little patriot Dierdre, despite knowing full well that their intention is to join the French, and help Napoleons army kill British soldiers Neither of their conscience extends so far as to consider what they might be suffering. Then at the end, breaking out said Americans is presented as an act of love. Love of what? Certainly, not of the characters country. But thats OK, cos clever Dierdre has decided that Britain is only fighting France to preserve the wealth and privilege of the Upper Classes. Nothing whatsoever to do with the fact that he had actually conquered most of Europe and wanted to invade Britain with a massive army, leaving Britain alone to fight for her very survival.
No according to our good little Republican its all about wealth and privilege. Neat way of salving her conscience over all the, sons, brothers and fathers of the local people that her heroic countrymen will kill, and not having to face up to the rank hypocrisy of condemning Britain over interfering with American affairs but having no problem with Americans joining the Napoleonic wars on the side of the French, to kill as many British people as they can. She even things Britain could benefit from a nice little Revolution (ignoring the mass murder involved in the French one), and no doubt considers Napoleon a very pleasant, personable chap who would make a Great President of the United Kingdom.
Even if the Yank love interest for Chloe does resemble Ross Poldark its not enough to redeem the thing. To repeat what I said before, its alright as a light Romantic read. I suppose the intended audience would go in for it, but for the love of Pete, I hope they don't take their history from it.
I received an eBook edition of this title free from Netgalley for review, and purchased the audiobook of my own volition. I was not required to write a positive one and all opinions expressed are my own.