Over the past couple of months, I’ve joined the audiobook fan club. Sometimes it’s hard for me to keep up with all these reviews (I do have a day job that pays for my living, after all) and adding audiobooks to the rotation helps me manage my blog schedule a little more. Mostly because I can listen to some of these books I’m reviewing while I’m at said day job.
One thing I’ve realized is that a narrator can make or break an audiobook (and so far the historical reads have been my favorites). Including new release from Josi S. Kilpack
In My Opinion
I loved this book! Even though I hadn’t read The Vicar’s Daughter, which is about Lenora Wilton’s sister, I was not at all lost.
Although, my sympathies for Lenora may have been deeper had I been versed in the full story before.
Lenora Wilton’s extreme case of social anxiety has made her quiet, easily fading into the background. But when she moves to Bath to live with her aunt and teach piano at a school, she begins to shine. Sure, she still is uncomfortable in situations but her walks to the river at night help calm her nerves and anxiety. So when she’s caught by Aiden Asher, she’s disappointed she can no longer risk her solace in the water.
As Lenora deals with Aiden’s troubled niece at school, she grows more fond of the man.
Lenora’s transformation throughout the book is laid out well. The addition of Catherine (the niece) keeps everyone hopping but when the root of the disobedience is discovered, Catherine becomes less of a brat. Aiden is honorable yet tormented. He wants to do the right thing, but what Lenora asks of him does not line up with his heart. And his first priority is Catherine.
Josi S. Kilpack evokes emotion throughout Miss Wilton’s Waltz. Whether the characters are angry, upset, happy, uncertain, or in love, the reader feels those things with them. And that is why Kilpack is an author I will return to.
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About the Book
Lenora Wilton has spent her life hiding behind the keys of her beloved pianoforte and the vibrancy of her younger sister, Cassie. But Lenora is ready for a change and travels to Bath to live with her Aunt Gwen and teach music at an all-girls’ boarding school. She is different in Bath—more comfortable with herself—and enjoys the freedom and independence of her new life there.
When Lenora meets Aiden Asher, she finds herself attracted to him, but her unexpected feelings become more complicated when she learns that Catherine—Lenora’s newest and most troublesome student in the school—is Mr. Asher’s niece. Catherine is a difficult student, and Lenora works hard to make progress with the girl.
When the chemistry between Lenora and Aiden increases, they share a passionate kiss by the River Avon, and Lenora feels it is the beginning of a new forever—until she learns that Aiden has withheld an important detail about his life that changes everything.
Lenora closes her heart to him, and Aiden, caught between his obligation and his heart, must do what he can to make amends. And Lenora, after years of hiding from everyone and everything, faces a decision only she can make.