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The Handfasted Wife

Daughters of Hastings, Book 1
Written by: Carol McGrath
Narrated by: Heather Wilds
Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
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Publisher's Summary

The Handfasted Wife is the story of the Norman Conquest from the perspective of Edith (Elditha) Swanneck, Harold's common-law wife. She is set aside for a political marriage when Harold becomes king in 1066. Determined to protect her children's destinies and control her economic future, she is taken to William's camp when her estate is sacked on the eve of the Battle of Hastings. She later identifies Harold's body on the battlefield, and her youngest son becomes a Norman hostage.

This is an adventure story of love, loss, survival, and reconciliation.

©2013 Carol McGrath (P)2015 Tantor

What the critics say

"Moving, and vastly informative, a real page-turner of a historical novel." (Fay Weldon)

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  • LLH
  • 2015-10-02

Review more on performance

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No, the book Subject was very interesting. But the reader was terrible. Inflections were very odd. I don't know who speaks thatway. You never knew when a sentence ended. Very difficult to enjoy the book I'm going to put it on my kindle and read it myself!

What didn’t you like about Heather Wilds’s performance?

Terrible

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Yes

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  • Native NYer
  • 2016-05-02

Comment on Audible Availability

Sorry to find that at this time (May 2016) the remaining two books of this trilogy are not on audible.

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  • Coffee Addict
  • 2015-12-05

More history than fiction

What disappointed you about The Handfasted Wife?

This is a story of a woman who is buffeted by forces beyond her control. She meekly consents to her husband marrying another woman. Then, after he is dead, she runs around a war-torn country making dumb decisions that put others in danger without achieving any of her goals.

What could Carol McGrath have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Probably chosen a different historical heroine. The few know facts about Edith the Fair constrained the shaping of the story.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator has an odd way of accenting syllables that I found consistently annoying. Plus, she sounds as if she is speaking over a mouth filled with cotton.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The period details of everyday life were well researched.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-06-06

beautiful feminine history

engrossing and beautifully told. It's nice to have been able to journey to this time in history thru the eyes if a very brave woman

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  • Foy
  • 2015-05-27

Sneer and snooze

Would you try another book from Carol McGrath and/or Heather Wilds?

No

Would you recommend The Handfasted Wife to your friends? Why or why not?

No

How could the performance have been better?

Change narrators

Could you see The Handfasted Wife being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No

Any additional comments?

Boring and the narrator sounded so condescending I couldn't listen past the 3 chapter or so. I believe if I read it instead of audiobooks I may have continued but I def would've skipped ahead...a lot.

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  • Layla Mabbitt
  • 2015-05-18

did not grab my attention

I struggled to finish this book. I thought it would've been better. Some parts were good and interesting.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful