ِAudiobook Review: CAROLINE by Cynthia Wright


Cynthia Wright’s writing is potent, much like the burn of French brandy. Her words warm all of you.

Title: Caroline Rakes and Rebels Series, book 2
Author: Cynthia Wright
Genre: Historical Romance
Story Setting: 1873, America
Pages: 328
Published by: Boxwood Manor Books
Published Date: November 18, 2013
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
ASIN: B005DJ935G

Narrated by: Emily Beresford
Length: 9 hours, 42 minutes
Release Date: March 31, 2015
Published by: Cynthia Wright

“Rakes & Rebels” combines the intertwining Raveneau and Beauvisage family novels into one captivating 10-book series!

0 – HEART OF FRAGILE STARS: A Beauvisage Family Novella (Jean-Philippe & Antonia)
1 – SILVER STORM (Andre & Devon)
2 – CAROLINE (Alec & Caro)
3 – TOUCH THE SUN (Lion & Meagan)
4 – SPRING FIRES (Nicholai & Lisette)
5 – SMUGGLER’S MOON (Sebastian & Julia)
6 – SURRENDER THE STARS (Ryan & Lindsay)
8 – HIS RECKLESS BARGAIN (Nathan & Adrienne)
9 – TEMPEST (Adam & Cathy)

About the Story: “Lose yourself in the perfect Romance by a perfect author!” ~ BERTRICE SMALL, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

The year is 1783, and rakish Alexandre Beauvisage is returning from the Revolutionary War when he discovers Caroline, unconscious in the Connecticut woods. Dressed as a boy, she has no memory of her past. Against his better judgment, he takes the lovely foundling with him to his home in Philadelphia and finds his life increasingly complicated as the fiery attraction between them builds and Caro’s dangerous past reaches out to her.

Caroline is Cynthia Wright’s unforgettable debut novel and is on keeper shelves worldwide. The story of a confirmed rake and an innocent, spirited young woman, it is filled with sensual romance, evocative history, memorable characters, and the joy of true love.

Authors Note, January 2013 – This new, subtly revised version of Caroline addresses issues raised by some contemporary readers. Caroline was originally written and published in 1977, but times have changed. In this new edition, Alec is a more mature alpha hero and Caro is a stronger heroine. If you have read and loved Caroline in the past, I think you will love it even more now!

©1977, 2013 Cynthia Challed (P)2015 Cynthia Challed

My Thoughts:  This book, I understand is the debut novel from one of my favored authors, Cynthia Wright.  I’m reading through the series. Hopefully, I’ll be listening to the narrated version of each book.

Caroline, otherwise known as Caro, was a sweet, innocent woman who had hit her head on a tree while riding through the wood.  When she woke she knew not who she was.  She only knew the handsome man kneeling next to her had to be the most handsome man she had ever seen.  I could not put this listen down.  I’m so happy I have  Bluetooth earphones!

Alexander was returning home from a long war – eight years of it, where, though dearly paid for, his country was free of tyranny.  He had lost many friends and must now try to pick up the pieces of his life.  Very much a rogue with rakish ways he had lots of redeeming qualities, although keeping his hands off Caro was not one of them.  To Alec, she had a face of an angel.  She drew him to her, with all her beauty, sweetness and sensual innocence.  He had to do the right thing by her – he couldn’t leave her alone in the wood, so he would deliver her to his family in Philadelphia and be on his merry way.

I enjoyed how the author wove a passionate love story into the events of this historic period with humor and an abundance of emotional scenes.

Each scene entices the read to question the future of Caro—she is so innocent and trusting.  The plot thickens, complicating any ideas Alexander had getting his life back together without getting further tangled with Caro. Needless to say, although well-meaning, Alec did not manage to do the right thing.  Or did he?

We learn bits and pieces about Caroline, as she becomes aware of them herself.  She knew she should be anxious about her future, who she was, why she was dressed as a boy with only a few articles packed lying beside her in the forest. Yet, she wasn’t. Alexander gave her a sense of security and amazingly she trusted him.

There was quite a bit of suspense later in the book, keeping me listening and HAVING to KNOW.  I so enjoyed this read and highly recommend Cynthia Wright’s writing and her books in narration. Her world is touchable — from the magic of her pen!

About the Author Cynthia Wright (in her own words): Many of you read my books during my 20 year, 13-novel career with a New York publisher.  My historical romances are, as one reader said, “warm, adventurous, loving, and sensual.”  They are filled with compelling characters who cross over into other novels, so the families become beloved friends.  And, I enjoy incorporating real historical people, places, and events into my novels!  After two decades, I took a break from writing to pursue other endeavors, but the “indie” e-book revolution lured me back and I am incredibly excited to have all my books available, re-freshened & re-edited, with stunning new covers.  I’m writing again and loving it more than ever.


Narrator Emily Beresford: Ms. Beresford earned her BA in Liberal Studies from Green Mountain College in Vermont, with concentrations in Creative Writing, Music, and English. In 2013 she was nominated for an Audie Award and received an Earphones Award from AudioFile magazine. She lives in Michigan with her wonderful husband, and two amazing children.

Her comments about this series: I have to say I love this series! Cynthia’s writing is so magical, I never knew I enjoyed Historical Romance this much until her books. Now I am hooked!

One of her fans recently said that her settings for her books become characters in themselves with all the imagery and care she has taken to represent them. That really rang true for me as I always find myself so immersed in her writing and feel like I am actually living it.

Her dialogue is also so true to the timeline of the setting that it adds an extra element of really being present in the story. It has been such an honor narrating her Raveneau Series, and I can’t wait to begin on the upcoming (on audio) Beauvisage Series!


About eileendandashi

I am a lover of books, both reading and writing. 2018 marks the beginning of my own journey from writer to published author. This blog will showcase various authors' thoughts on the elements of novel crafting, and my attempts to find my voice in writing. While journaling this journey, I hope to encourage others to follow their dreams. Book reviews continue as I have the last four years, only making time for my new pursuits.
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