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Cadenza

Rockliffe, Book 6
Lu par : Alex Wyndham
Série : Rockliffe, Volume 6
Durée : 13 h
Catégories : Anglais - Fiction, Historical
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Rockliffe Series recommended in The Times.

The performance finished in a flourish of technical brilliance and the young man rose from the harpsichord to a storm of applause.

Julian Langham was poised on the brink of a dazzling career when the lawyers lured him into making a catastrophic mistake. Now, instead of the concert platform, he has a title he doesn’t want, an estate verging on bankruptcy...and bewildering responsibilities for which he is totally unfitted.

And yet the wreckage of Julian’s life is not a completely ill wind. For Tom, Rob, and Ellie it brings something that is almost a miracle...if they dare believe in it.

Meanwhile, first-cousins Arabella Brandon and Elizabeth Marsden embark on a daring escapade which will provide each of them with a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The adventure will last only a few weeks, after which everything will be the way it was before. Or so they think. What neither of them expects is for it to change a number of lives...most notably, their own.

And there is an additional complication of which they are wholly unaware.

The famed omniscience of the Duke of Rockliffe.

©2018 Stella Riley (P)2019 Stella Riley

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  • D. Fields
  • 13/04/2019

Exquisite! Do Not Miss this Series!

Ms. Riley and Mr. Wyndham are the simply the best thing going in current historical romance. Where other books fail because of anachronisms, or poor narration, or annoying characters, or social justice issues inserted into 1815, or too much sex (not that I'm a prude, but I'm in these for the romance, not for the sex scenes), Riley and Wyndham get everything right.

Each book in this series is delightful. Ms. Riley has an uncommon ability to create likable, charming, and realistic male leads, and Mr. Wyndham has an uncommon talent to voice all of them. Alex Wyndham's voice is simply magical. I found his skill even more impressive in this book because it is the sixth in the series, and the author brings back most of the characters each time. By now he has a very long list of male characters to voice, and yet each character's voice remains distinctive and consistent (not to mention romantic) from Book 1 through Book 6.

"Cadenza" is a worthy addition to the previous books in the "Rockcliffe" series. As someone else mentioned, I felt disappointed by all the angst in the Duke's book (Book 2), so I was really happy that he had such a large role in this book. The principle characters are well drawn, and the plot (while not unique among romance novels) does deviate nicely from the pattern set up in the previous books. The characters are so well written and so likable, and the listener can easily get caught up in the witty and charming dialogue. My only quibble with this book is that the ending felt a bit abrupt.

Above all else, the books are romantic! I rarely listen to books more than once, but I visit this series every six months ago. They are treasures. Surely Ms. Riley is a worthy successor to Georgette Hayer on her own merit, but Alex Wyndham's narration really makes them outstanding.

MORE PLEASE!!!

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  • Beth B
  • 26/02/2019

If Stella Riley is unknown to you please REMEDY THIS

I loved this book from start to finish and though I strongly recommend reading her books in order, you will still enjoy Cadenza as a stand alone. Stella is a master at creating complex and fascinating characters and this book is no exception. I especially loved Bella and Julian,s story, as the interweaving of Music, as a character, added depth and passion to all the individuals involved.
Music is impeccably explored and highlights her research and dedication to detail. This sensitivity gives us access in particular to Julian, who is consumed by his own talent and passion for the Harpsichord and music. At the start he has to give up his passion for duty, which results in a deep melancholy and confusion about life. He is holding on and his only hope lied in the time-consuming task of rebuilding a damaged Harpsichord. At first we do not see Julian the Musician, we see the Julian who has been thrown into a situation he is totally unprepared for and way out of his depth , both as a “parent” and a farmer. The children are damaged, the farm is falling apart and he has no access to his own music. As all creative geniuses, he is wildly eccentric and he communicates most clearly through his playing. As a musician he is confident and bold, emotional and articulate contrasted to his socially awkward, shy and somewhat naive character off the stage. We are equally drawn to him as a professional and as a person who is thrown into a situation in which he is over his head. Bella comes and unites the two parts of his personality and weaves his “children” in to create a family. Bella needs to make a difference and here she is in her element, life is not conventional but organic and free-flowing.

Lizzie’s story investigates the emotional damages of love on the part of Ralph Harcourt, the Earl of Sherborne. Throughout the two stories the character of honestly is explored. In Lizzie’s story, secrets prevent intimacy beyond a natural attraction. The vulnerability of revealing secrets is explored and ultimately experienced, allowing growth in a relationship. Lizzie must interpret
Sherborne’s reticence in a realistic vein and accept what he is able to give as enough. She is able to give him the freedom to realize his his emotions in his own time.

I love that Stella’s main women are not “missish” a term which his fiction readers will recognize.

Rockliffe again unites a cast of regulars and never fails to delight.
His omniscience and sardonic humour unite all the books in this series and he adds the element of a delicious moral flexibility to a very rigid society.

As always Alex Wyndham,s performance is stellar. His characterizations are insightful, delicate and revealing and his sense of personal drama and timing is perfect. His voice inhabits each character and becomes the music of the written word. You can see the result of the close interaction and collaboration between Alex and Stella each time a book is put in audiobook form. Everything is refined and polished to a high degree . There is a magic about Alex,s narration and he and the story become so entwined as to be the same.


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  • noagnes
  • 07/03/2019

A wonderful listening experience!

I am a huge fan of Stella Riley but after her previous Rockliffe book I thought there was not much scope for another in the series. I was mistaken - the story of the two heroines swapping places was wonderfully placed in the world of the Duke of Rockliffe and his friends. The two pairs of protagonists are more loosely connected to the increasing group of happily married and honourable, mostly aristocratic but unusually inclusive group than the protagonists of previous books. The new heroines have a loose connection to Rockliffe, the primary hero is a new and unique character, the virtuoso musician who is somewhat lost in the real world, only the secondary hero is known as a villain (or perhaps better termed antihero) of Hazard (Book 5) - the Earl of Sherbourne. His subtle transformation from antihero to hero and Elizabeth's developing love and loyalty to him was very enjoyable. Perhaps the only thing I missed from the story was a deeper explanation and resolution of the conflict between Sherbourne and his sister Genevieve (a theme of Hazard, the previous book again)
Julian and Arabella's relationship with the three children is heartwarming and a great illustration of both their character - I loved the way they won the children's trust and love and loyalty. The description of the music, the harpsichord and Julian's unique relationship with them gave a richness and depth to the story. There is a connection to the author's previous English Civil War era novel (Garland of Straw, in which the ancestors of Arabella and Max play primary role).
Listening to the audio edition with the superb perfomance of Alex Wyndham was a wonderful, wonderful experience. As always his beautiful voice, his perfect grasp on the emotions, the humor and the tension enlivens the written text. He illustrates the character types with diverse voice pitch variations accurately. I was happy to immerse myself into the Rockliffe world and into the love stories of Arabella and Elizabeth.
I hope there will be more stories about the Brandons!

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  • Elise
  • 19/04/2019

Flawless and Captivating!

After listening to Cadenza, which is both brilliantly written and narrated, I was compelled to start the Rockliffe series over again finishing with a 2nd listening of Cadenza. I am naturally feeling bereft of a group of friends I feel I have come to know quite well. With luck, this wonderful author is brewing up another masterpiece for her engrossing series.

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  • Jaci
  • 17/04/2019

Stunning

I have read and listened to every book in the Rockliffe Series, this is the sixth and sadly the last. This is another stunning work of art by Stella and brilliantly performed by Alex. Julian Langham is arguably the best hero in this series, with the exclusion of Rockliffe of course. A music genius and protege all Julian wants is to play the harpsichord and compose music. When he is not playing his music he is thinking about it and he appears to be absentminded and distracted. He forgets to eat and sleep. He wants nothing to do with anything outside his purpose for being alive. Then one day everything changes and his life will never be the same. He has inherited a title with an estate that is nearly bankrupt. He wants nothing to do with any of it but is tricked into returning to England by a lying lawyer and now he is stuck in a hell, not of his making and finds himself trapped and sees no way out. There are three orphaned children, bastards of the previous lord that are literally living on their own with no proper food, clothing or reliable shelter. Julian has no idea how to take care of children, he barely can take care of himself. He is determined to find a way to help the children without having to sacrifice what makes him sane and fulfilled, his music.

Arabella Brandon has just been jilted. Her fiancee of three years has just married someone else, which isn't that big of a tragedy except for the fact that she allowed him the ultimate liberty with her body, knowing that it didn't matter too much because they were going to get married. Now her family wants her to go to London for another Season to find a husband. She is adamantly opposed to the idea. It will be awful and embarrassing that her betrothed married someone else and she will be the object of malicious gossip which she wants to avoid at all costs. When she comes up with a wild idea that will save her from going to London and giving her best friend and cousin the season that her father refuses to give her. They will trade places, Arabella will be the governess that her cousin Lizzie applied for and was accepted and Lizzie will go to London and have her season. They both know that he won't be forever but Arabella needs to get away for a while and this is the perfect plan,

what could go wrong? The biggest obstacle to the whole plan is Rockcliffe himself, Arabella's distant cousin who will be presenting her to Society. Being who he is Rockcliffe is far too intelligent to fall for the charade for long.

When Arabella arrives at Lizzie's new post she meets the most beautiful man she has ever seen. The chemistry between them is instantaneous, which will cause all kinds of dilemmas for both of them.

With the addition of the three precious children, things start to get complicated.

I really don't like to spoil a book that I really enjoyed by giving away the whole story. A HAE is a certainty in Historical Romance and this story is no different. The difference in this book is the amazing talent of Stella's writing, this is an intelligent love story that is historically accurate in all aspects. I loved all the facets of Julian's idiosyncrasies that made him such a wonderful lovely man who anyone could imagine as the love of their life. Arabella is feisty, stubborn, intuitive with a generous spirit and the courage to protect what she considers hers. Stella has definitely hit this one out of the park. She has stepped over the line and surpassed all my expectations. This story has everything a beautiful love story needs, wonderful characters that will live on your memory. Add Ale x Wyndham's beautiful performance and this is an incredible swan song for The Rockliffe Series.



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  • Nena
  • 26/03/2019

Absolutely wonderful

Every book in the series is wonderful. I love Ms Riley’s writing-so romantic and sexy, but without explicit sex scenes. If this book is the last in the series, I’m sad. There is a lot yet to write and I need my Rockliffe fix at least once a year.

Alex Wyndham gets better with every new novel. Please continue this series.

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  • CHW
  • 01/03/2019

PURE ENJOYMENT

This book was an unexpected edition to the Rockclife series. I thought after Aristead's, etc story the series had reached its conclusion. However, this book was an enjoyable addition to this series.
Needless to say the author writes a fantastic story. She puts the story together in such a way that even the minute details are interesting, when at times these can be boring and tedious.

The book tells two concurrent stories with very different heroes and heroines. Julian, a shy virtuoso with a big heart captured me from the very beginning. He was a delight to get to know. Rafe, the villain from book 5, was a surprise. He was a man with a glacier demeanor but vulnerably fragile on the inside. It was very difficult not to like him. Arabella and Elizabeth were also well developed characters. I was very sad to see this book end, I enjoyed it thoroughly. My only criticism is that she did not finish Rafe and Elizabeth's story. I wanted to see them married and Rafe's walls of protection come down a bit more. I hope this means Stella will give us more of these two in .a later story

The three adorable children were a great addition to the story.

Alex Wyndham narrates this story.. nothing else needs to be said. He is FANTASTIC.

Overall this was a light, enjoyable listen that left me smiling at its conclusion and during many excellent dialogues throughout. You will not go wrong with this choice and it is certainly credit worthy.

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  • Lu
  • 28/02/2019

A hero so lovable it hurts!

A shy daydreamer with an amazing musical talent finds out that all his dreams will have to be postponed (perhaps forever) because he is responsible for a failing estate and three illegitimate orphans.
A daring girl (Arabella Brandon), hoping to avoid an unwanted season in London, changes place with her poorer cousin, and ends up accepting a post as a housekeeper/ governess.
Destiny mingled with determination and love are the main ingredients of this masterpiece by Mrs. Riley. Julian, the hero, is so lovable it hurts!
The children are so delightful, the friendships so real that you find yourself in a happy place throughout the book.
In addition to revisiting the indomitable Duke of Rockliffe (and all the other couples in the Rockliffe Series), there is also an extra romance between Elizabeth (Arabella's cousin) and The Earl of Sherbourne. Rafe is a wonderful hero in his own frosty way, and a villain redeemed to boot. Elizabeth is a vicar's daughter that decides to take her destiny in her own hands.
Although I'm not well versed in music, I loved all the musical references (the ones in the final scenes are gold), and I have managed to find beautiful renditions of the pieces mentioned on the internet and they are lovely. The artist that inspired Julian is called Jean Rondeau and he is so very talented.
For those who have already read Mrs. Riley's "Garland of Straw", its lovely to find out that Arabella is a great great granddaughter of Gabriel and Venetia.
As the audience did at the end of Julian's lovely performances, I can only clap my hands and shout "bravo", as I really enjoyed every minute of this book.

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  • D Oberlin
  • 26/02/2019

Another wonderful book in the series!

Stella Riley is one of the best authors I read...I look forward to her books coming out on audio, and listen to them multiple times. Elegant language, interesting plots and believable characters. This one is especially meaningful for me due to the musical aspect of the plot and the unique and unusual character of the male lead. I also liked the way she reclaimed a character from a previous book in the series. And, as always, Alex Wyndham is superb! (I am so excited about the Black Madonna being issued on audio! )

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  • Cate F.
  • 25/02/2019

An endearing hero from Stella Riley & Alec Wyndham

Once again the evocative writing of Stella Riley, interpreted by Alec Wyndham, pulled me into a story filled with love and humor. I always appreciate the way Riley’s characters are distinct individuals without anachronistic names or behaviors. Their journey is always deepened by their emotional growth as they encounter obstacles and make mistakes. The double love story was a splendid extra brought about because two cousins switched places on the way to their HEAs.

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