17 February 2017

Audiobook Review of Melanie Dickerson's "A Viscount's Proposal"

A Viscount's Proposal by Melanie Dickerson

A Viscount's Proposal
by
Melanie Dickerson
(Brilliance Audio, 2017)
A very enjoyable listen!
At first Leorah Langdon was not a very sympathetic character, seeming rather shallow and seemingly determined to show she could thumb her nose at society's rules. However, as the story progresses, her faith and her dislike of social behavior that is all for show and that restricts women, becomes more understandable. She perceives her parents have had an unhappy passionless relationship. Her nemesis, Edward, the Viscount Withinghall, seems to show up everywhere she goes and always has some complaint about her which he seems only too happy to announce in public, making him come across as a pompous prig. Edward has his life mapped out. He's in line to become Prime minister and has a suitable woman in mind for wife. But he does have a big heart and a huge sense of justice. 
Leorah's brother is friends with Edward and speaks highly of him. But she has already formed her own opinion of him. When she is injured and rescued by the Viscount and then a frightening accident occurs, the two are pressured to consider marriage. But strong-willed Leorah isn't about to be forced to accept a proposal from a man she can never imagine falling in love with and returning that love. 
Both the heroine and hero have to work through their pasts, their current relationships, and fend off a potential killer. A satisfying ending makes it worth it to have to have listen to the accident recounted over and over again in the audiobook. The narrator is pretty awful but I've heard worse. The plot is rather slow and redundant in parts but it really suits the audio format, making it easier to keep track of the plot lines. This reminds me of some Georgette Heyer audiobooks and should please her readers. Unlike many Regency stories, there aren't a lot of party scenes or social settings in this book but the plot doesn't need it for "dressing."
I am a member of audible.com and listened to a download from their site. This book is available in paperback, ebook, audio download, and MP3. As of February 17, 2017 this book was the #1 Bestseller in Historical Romance
Giveaway: We have a giveaway (USA only other than ebook) for one of our commenters on this post. Which of Melanie's books have you enjoyed most and why?

34 comments:

  1. Thanks for the great review, CARRIE! My favorite book of Melanie's was by far The Merchant's Daughter. I love Beauty and the Beast retellings!

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    1. Diana great to see you here as a guest! Hugs!

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    2. That sounds strange -- a guest. Just don't enter me in the giveaway! lol

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  2. Wonderful review Carrie. One of my favorite Melanie Dickerson books is The Beautiful Pretender. Which is a medieval fairy tale & I was very surprised when I liked it.
    Blessings, Tina

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    1. Tina she has a couple series of fairy tale inspired books. I liked Beautiful Pretender too!

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  3. Thank you for your great review, Carrie. I am going to have to go with The Merchant's Daughter.

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  4. Interesting that this book has a slightly different focus with less social interaction re numerous parties and gatherings. Thank you for the review. I have not yet read any of her books. I just looked on her website and realized how many she has published, so I need to pick one up the next time at the bookstore or library. dixiedobie at yahoo dot com

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    1. Wow yes you need to read Melanie's books Cathy!

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  5. This is the only one of Melanie's books I haven't read, but I know I will before too long. I like all of her books but The Beautiful Pretender has a slight edge as favorite.

    pmkellogg56[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Hi PAM! All of Melanie's books sure are easy to like! Blessings!

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  6. "The Princess Bride" because I did a book study on it and Melanie answered questions I had and helped me out on the research I needed to do.

    Katrina

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    1. KATRINA, that is so cool that Melanie helped you with your book study!

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  7. I've read The Princess Spy and The Golden Braid and really enjoyed them! I've read great reviews of her Regency spy books so I'm excited to check them out!

    colorvibrant at gmail dot com

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    1. Both of those books are good HEIDI! Thanks for coming by!

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  8. I have not have the opportunity yet to read anything from this author, her stories sound great; thanks for the chance :)
    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

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    1. Ohmygoodnessgracious LISA BROWN you need to get reading Melanie's stories!!!

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  9. Haven't read anything by her but I do have Silent Songbird as my next book to read on my list. Can't wait to read that one and this one too!

    mindyhoungATmsnDOTcom

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    1. MINDY you have been missing out my dear!!! Get reading Melanie's books!

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  10. I haven't read any of Melanie's books yet, but my daughter has and she has really enjoyed them! Her books are definitely on my TBR list. Regency fiction is one of my favorite genres. I am very excited to read Melanie's new "Regency Spies of London" series. It's the next series on my list to read. Thanks for the your review, Carrie! Makes me want to read this series even more!! ~Alison

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    1. ALISON, I cannot believe you have not read any of Melanie's books yet!!! Grab your daughter's copies and get reading!

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  11. I have not had the pleasure of reading Melanie's books yet. From the reviews, I see that I need to remedy that this year. I am particularly interested in her regencies since that is one of my favorite time periods to read. Thanks for the review and the giveaway.

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    1. LORAINE, you need to remedy your lack of Melanie-reading soon! Great to see you here!

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  12. I love Melanie's books and like the princess spy a lot. truckredford(at)Gmail(Dot)com

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    1. Seems like a lot of ladies like Princess Spy the best!

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  13. I have not yet read Melanie's books. Her books are on my must read soon list!

    psalm103and138 at gmail dot com

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    1. CARYL, I am SHOCKED that you haven't won and read at least one of Melanie's books! You're such an amazing author-supporter and at so many of the FB parties and such! Best wishes!

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  14. I have collected several of her fairy tale retellings, but I haven't had a chance to read them yet. The covers are gorgeous.

    I love Regency romances (Heyer is my favorite), so I'd love to read this one. :D

    MissWrite at sbcglobal dot net

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    1. DeAnna Dodson, It is hard to read a lot when you are also writing, isn't it? Thanks for stopping by!

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  15. I dont think I have read her yet.. but if I win, I will! :)

    Thanks!! cjmosley2002@yahoo.com

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    1. JENNY, you have got to read Melanie's lovely books! You'll be happy you did!

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  16. I have not read any yet but have several on the TBR list! Thank you for the review. I love audiobooks! Here's hoping!

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    1. Wow, ANNE Rightler, so you're another one who has missed out on some good reads! Best wishes!

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  17. We have several of her books in the church library and our readers love them. Thanks for entering me in your giveaway.
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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