Phantom Fortune, A Novel


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(4.3 stars; 32 reviews)

Lady Maulevrier was once a beautiful socialite, beloved and welcomed in London high society. But her life took a turn for the worse when her husband, whom she married only for his fortune, committed a terrible crime in India. Forty years later, she is taking care of her two granddaughters, Mary and Lesbia. She prefers Lesbia, because of her beauty. Therefore, the relationship between the sisters is tolerable at best. Mary marries the man of her dreams while Lesbia enters London society under the wing of her grandmother's faithful friend. Would she take all the advantages offered to her and find a match which would make her grandmother happy? Would Mary finally be happy? And what has Lord Maulevrier done in India which makes his wife continue to bury herself in shame? - Summary by Stav Nisser. (20 hr 9 min)

Chapters

Penelope 18:38 Read by chocmuse
Ulysses 16:48 Read by chocmuse
On the Wrong Road 25:32 Read by Jothi Tharavant
The Last Stage 7:44 Read by Lynne T
Forty Years After 46:22 Read by Vipal Prem
Maulevrier's Humble Friend 16:46 Read by chocmuse
In the Summer Morning 14:25 Read by chocmuse
There is Always a Skeleton 22:18 Read by Lynne T
A Cry in the Darkness 27:56 Read by Vanessa Garcia
'O Bitterness of Things Too Sweet' 33:03 Read by Catharine Birdwell
'If I Were to Do as Iseult Did' 12:18 Read by Caroline Morales
'The Greater Cantle of the World is Lost' 14:40 Read by Lynne T
'Since Painted or Not Painted All Things Shall Fade' 36:13 Read by Lynne T
'Not Yet' 19:19 Read by Lynne T
'Of All Men Else I Have Avoided Thee' 19:25 Read by Mary Herndon Bell
'Her Face Resigned to Bliss or Bale' 15:26 Read by Mary Herndon Bell
'And the Spring Comes Slowly Up this Way' 28:34 Read by Mary Herndon Bell
'And Come Agen, Be it Night or Day' 30:55 Read by Mary Herndon Bell
The Old Man on the Fell 16:40 Read by Mary Herndon Bell
Lady Maulevrier's Letter-Bag 17:39 Read by Mary Herndon Bell
On the Dark Brow of Helvellyn 33:26 Read by Mary Herndon Bell
Wiser than Lesbia 31:57 Read by Mary Herndon Bell
'A Young Lamb's Heart Among the Full-Grown Flocks' 27:39 Read by Mary Herndon Bell
'Now Nothing Left to Love or Hate' 46:37 Read by Lynne T
Carte Blanche 54:59 Read by Mary Herndon Bell
'Proud Can I Never Be of What I Hate' 30:31 Read by Mary Herndon Bell
Lesbia Crosses Piccadilly 28:27 Read by Mary Herndon Bell
'Clubs, Diamonds, Hearts, in Wild Disorder Seen' 31:46 Read by Mary Herndon Bell
'Swift, Subtle Post, Carrier of Grisly Care' 24:25 Read by Mary Herndon Bell
'Roses Choked Among the Thorns and Thistles' 34:00 Read by Catharine Birdwell
'Kind is My Love To-day, To-morrow Kind' 24:16 Read by Lynne T
Ways and Means 19:29 Read by Jothi Tharavant
By Special Licence 45:32 Read by Mary Herndon Bell
'Our Love was New, and Then But in the Spring' 20:38 Read by Lynne T
'All Fancy Pride, and Fickle Maidenhood' 23:38 Read by Mary Herndon Bell
A Rastaquouère 47:15 Read by Mary Herndon Bell
Lord Hatfield Refuses a Fortune 41:21 Read by Mary Herndon Bell
On Board the 'Cayman' 46:21 Read by Mary Herndon Bell
In Storm and Darkness 28:13 Read by Mary Herndon Bell
A Note of Alarm 12:23 Read by Caroline Morales
Privileged Information 15:50 Read by Mary Herndon Bell
'Shall It Be?' 9:38 Read by Atang
'Alas, for Sorrow is All the End of This' 27:09 Read by Lynne T
'Oh, Sad Kissed Mouth, How Sorrowful it Is!' 24:24 Read by Lynne T
'That Fell Arrest Without All Bail' 15:00 Read by Lynne T
The Day of Reckoning 24:23 Read by Jothi Tharavant

Reviews

(1 stars)

sadly, the book does not play properly for me. only a part of many of the chapters are read, and then stop. I do hope this can be sorted because it was looking very hopeful!

Worked 4/7/16

(2 stars)

Technically, one chapter stopped on it's own. To get it to play again I went into contents, selected the chapter, then selected "listen". My rating is for the story. I haven't felt that Bradden was long winded in her stories until this one. I wanted to abandon this book twice! The Indian mystery didn't have me interested at all until the very end. Mostly the book was about Lesbia who had nothing to do with it. Lesbia is selfish & focused on money & status unlike her sister. I did like the twist between them along with the ending but they aren't worth drudging through the boring life of Lesbia.

(5 stars)

Great story, surprise ending. Most readers did well, except for one male reader near the end, who seemed to think he was in a speed-reading competition.