Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
Length: 13 hours, 12 minutes
Release Date: December 5, 2017
London, 1786. Lord Henri-Antoine has returned from the Grand Tour to a life of privilege and excess. A vast inheritance allows him every indulgence, free from responsibility. Yet, Henri-Antoine maintains a well-ordered existence, going to great lengths to conceal an affliction few understand and many fear.
Miss Lisa Crisp is a penniless orphan who relies on the charity of relatives to keep her from the poorhouse. Intelligent and unflappable, Lisa will not allow poverty to define her. She leads a useful life working among the sick poor.
Under startling circumstances, Henri-Antoine and Lisa meet. There is instant attraction. When they find themselves attending the same wedding in the country, Henri-Antoine offers Lisa a scandalous proposition, one she should refuse but yearns to accept. Following her heart could ruin them both.
A standalone romantic adventure set against the backdrop of Treat, ancestral home of the dukes of Roxton. Satyr’s Son will delight fans of the series with cameos by many beloved characters, while new listeners will discover the myriad pleasures and glittering aristocratic world of the Roxton family through the fresh eyes of newcomer Lisa Crisp. Satyr’s Son is a Cinderella story with a heartwarming happily ever after.
©2017 Lucinda Brant (P)2017 Lucinda Brant
My Thoughts: Two analogies used in the storytelling are appropriate to mention here. One is about the making of a cake. I won’t spoil how it’s used in the story, but I think it appropriate to use in the success of a novel.
Every novel has various components in its creation. There is ‘flour’, ‘sugar’, some type of ‘oil or shortening’, ‘eggs’, etc. The final cake, once baked, can be so-so, or better than that. It may be exceptionally fluffy and moist. It may have unusual ingredients separating it from other cakes. The final baked masterpiece is a perfect blend and amount of each ingredient when baked with the perfect amount of heat. These are the cakes you can’t wait to eat over and over, savoring its uniqueness, allowing the consumer to experience more than a cake!
So it is with author Lucinda Brant’s ‘cakes’. Her writing is entrancing, descriptions with such vivid detail I can reach out and touch. The plot is never tiresome, paced in perfect harmony with richly textured characters.
Lord Henri Antoine is challenged on many fronts with personality traits making him a very complex person. He is very much like his father in both looks and character making him even more precious to his mother. The Satyr, his father, acted much like Henri Antoine, but found his heart when he met his duchess to-be.
Lisa is guileless, honest and direct in her speech. An attribute which draws Lord Henri, along with her beauty and character. He doesn’t understand what motivates Lisa’s decisions, but when he does, it is a pivotal moment in their relationship.
I loved how this saga keeps many of the same characters always adding new and interesting ones. The saga is five books, but I can see much more to come. I want to know if Henri Antoine has children, how Elsie, age eight, grows up within her overprotective family, and what success comes of the project Lord Henri and Lisa pursue.
Now, to my other analogy, so appropriate to Alex Wyndham’s narration voice. In the story, a friend of Lisa’s, Becky, a young woman of simple means, hears Lord Henri Antoine’s voice and immediately likens it to the smooth pleasure of drinking chocolate. I concur with Becky! Wyndham animates the story with his utter flexibility depicting each character, whether the suave and controlling Lord Henri, the animated and emotional Jack, or the duke-like arrogance of Julian, Henri’s older brother. All is in harmony with what the author wants the reader to experience. A perfect cake, indeed!