When the Marquis of Amberley’s coach is waylaid by highwaymen and his coachman shot, he is forced to take shelter at the first house he finds and is subsequently trapped there for a week by a severe snowstorm.
Oakleigh Manor is the home of Rosalind Vernon who lives alone but for her devoted servants and an ill-natured parrot, cut off from the outside world by the tragic result of a childhood accident. But Rosalind is brave and bright and totally devoid of self-pity – and it is these qualities which, as the days pass and the snow continues to fall, touch Amberley’s heart.
On his return to London, the Marquis persuades Rosalind’s brother, Philip, to bring her to town for a taste of society, despite her handicap. But the course of Amberley’s courtship is far from smooth. Philip Vernon actively dislikes him; Rosalind appears to be falling under the spell of the suavely elegant Duke of Rockliffe; and worse still, Amberley is haunted by a dark and terrible secret that, if revealed, may cause him to lose Rosalind forever.
Amazon/Audible 5 star reviews for The Parfit Knight
‘ a touching and beautiful character driven tale and I loved it from start to finish. Alex Wyndham, is just outstanding and the perfect choice to bring it to life.’
‘Ms Riley’s strength has always been her dialogue. However, when this strength is joined by Alex Wyndham’s narration her characters come alive in the most wonderful and exhilarating way.’
‘Stella Riley’s books are romantic and so much about character development. This narrator does a lovely job with female voices, which I think is rare in a male narrator! Couldn’t quit listening.’
‘I liked the intelligent writing, the entertaining dialogue, and most of all, Broody, the parrot.’
‘More please by this author and Alex Wyndham. A dynamic duo that complement each other.’
The Duke of Rockliffe is 36 years old, head of his house, and responsible for his young sister, Nell. He is, therefore, under some pressure to choose a suitable bride. Whilst accompanying Nell to what he speedily comes to regard as the house-party from hell, he meets Adeline Kendrick – acid-tongued, no more than passably good-looking yet somehow alluring. Worse still, her relatives are quite deplorable – from a spoiled, ill-natured cousin to a sadistic, manipulative uncle. As a prospective bride, therefore, Adeline is out of the question. Until, that is, a bizarre turn of events cause the Duke to throw caution to the wind and make what his world will call a mésalliance.
Amazon/Audible 5 star reviews for The Mésalliance
‘An intensely dramatic and emotional story ratcheting up to a terrifically explosive culmination! Emotions are so raw by the time we reach the end that I defy anyone not to have to wipe away a tear or two. I cannot think of another book that I have read with a more emotionally satisfying ending.’
‘Alex Wyndham’s acting talents and smooth, deliciously pleasing voice are particularly suited to this beautifully written, character driven story which adapts itself so perfectly from print to audio.’
‘Very elegant and intoxicating listen.’
‘The hero was sexy and adorable, heroine a bit frustrating but a great conclusion! Great cast of characters and the narration was spot on as usual. Alex Wyndham is excellent!’
Tragedy drove him into unwilling exile. Death demands his reluctant return. In the decade between, he has answered to many names and amassed a variety of secrets. Now the actor known to Paris as L’Inconnu must resume his real identity and become Francis Adrian Sinclair Devereux, Earl of Sarre…a man he no longer knows how to be and whose name, thanks to the malice of a friend turned enemy, remains tarnished by an old scandal. Revenge, so long avoided, slithers temptingly from the shadows.
Granddaughter of a wealthy wool-merchant, Caroline Maitland is not finding her society debut either easy of enjoyable…but, to Marcus Sheringham, she is the perfect solution to his crushing mountain of debt. Knowing she will be married for her money, Caroline never believed she would find love; but neither did she bargain for a certain charming French highwayman…and a surprising turn of events. The stage is set, the cast assembled, and the Duke of Rockliffe waits for the curtain to rise. In the wings, Lord Sarre prepares to make his entrance. He doesn’t expect to be greeted with applause.
Amazon/Audible 5 star reviews for The Player
‘I have quickly come to realise that if I see the name Stella Riley I know I’m going to disappear into ‘book land’ for hours! Add the velvet voiced, talented and versatile, Alex Wyndham, into the mix and we have perfection, clear and simple. This whole series is highly recommended.’
‘My word – Ms Riley can write! Her characters are always so compulsive that you cannot stop reading.’
‘Amazing characters and storyline along with Alex Wyndham. What more could you ask for?‘
‘I was enthralled from beginning to end.’
‘Stella Riley & Alex Wyndham are an outstanding combination. Highly recommended.’
Sebastian Audley has spent years setting every city in Europe by the ears and keeping the scandal-sheets in profit. Word that he is finally returning to London becomes the hottest topic of the Season and casts numerous young ladies – many of whom have never seen him – into a fever of anticipation.
Cassandra Delahaye is not one of them. In her opinion, love affairs and duels, coupled with a reputation for never refusing even the most death-defying wager, suggest that Mr. Audley is short of a brain cell or two. And while their first, very unorthodox meeting shows that perhaps he isn’t entirely stupid, it creates other reservations entirely.
Sebastian finds dodging admiring females and living down his reputation for reckless dare-devilry a full-time occupation. He had known that putting the past behind him in a society with an insatiable appetite for scandal and gossip would not be easy. But what he had not expected was to become the target of a former lover’s dangerous obsession…or to find himself falling victim to a pair of storm-cloud eyes.
Amazon/Audible 5 star reviews for The Wicked Cousin
‘Every time I listen to Alex Wyndham, I am bowled over by his intelligent and insightful interpretation of the author’s words. His characterisation of Sebastian is spot on; charming, witty and sexy, his tone light and airy but with a hint of steel when required and a rather lovely vulnerability.‘
Audiogals top picks for October 2017
‘Stella Riley and Alex Wyndham are another example of a winning combination of historical romance writing and narration. This month they release the fourth book in the Rockliffe series …’
‘Classic Stella Riley. Alex Wyndham was amazing as always.’
For two years, England has been in the grip of Civil War. In Banbury, Oxfordshire, the Cavaliers hold the castle, the Roundheads want it back and the town is full of zealous Puritans. Consequently, the gulf between Captain Justin Ambrose and Abigail Radford, the sister of a fanatically religious shopkeeper, ought to be unbridgeable. The key to both the fate of the castle and that of Justin and Abigail lies in defiance…but will it be enough?
A Splendid Defiance is a dramatic and enchanting story of forbidden love, set against the turmoil and anguish of the first English Civil War.
“A rich, sweeping and instantly involving tale … a rare pleasure to narrate.”
5 Star Audible reviews for A Splendid Defiance
‘Stella Riley gave me a rare gift. A realistic and expertly drawn setting, based in a real place and time. Most of all, a slow-building, believable romance that never felt contrived. It may have been the most touching romance I’ve ever read.’
‘Stella Riley’s intelligent and perceptive book was interpreted perfectly by the brilliant narrator, Alex Wyndham.‘
‘If you’re looking for a richly detailed story, a beautifully developed romance and a compelling, devastatingly attractive and unforgettable hero, it’s all here.‘
‘I was completely engaged by A Splendid Defiance, Stella Riley’s intelligent and perceptive book. Alex Wyndham delivers a flawless narration as always.‘
‘Mr. Wyndham is just such a pleasure to listen to. Not only does he have a captivating voice, but he also has great range in the characters he creates and enacts.‘