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.
5 STAR AMAZON/AUDIBLE 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.’
‘Alex Wyndham has a unique talent whereby he transforms anything this author writes from wonderful to extraordinary. Actor and author are completely in tune and The Wicked Cousin is a worthy addition to the author’s fabulous Rockliffe series.’ Wendy Loveridge at Rakes and Rascals
Hazard: a game of Chance and Luck, made riskier when Fate is rolling the dice.
For Aristide Delacroix, the first throw summons shades from his past. A man he had met, just once, over a card-table … and the lovely girl indirectly responsible for plunging his life into catastrophe.
For Lord Nicholas Wynstanton, tired of waiting for Madeleine Delacroix to make up her mind, it slyly suggests he begin a whole new game with loaded dice; while for Madeleine, it devises a terrifying lesson in missed opportunities and the uncertainty of second chances.
And for Genevieve Westin, hoping widowhood will be happier than marriage, it brings a rude awakening – leaving a single, wild gamble her only option.
A cardsharp turned businessman, a duke’s charming brother, a stubborn, razor-edged beauty and a desperate widow.
Four players in a game of Hazard … all playing for very high stakes.
5 STAR AUDIBLE REVIEWS FOR HAZARD
‘Magnificently performed by the incomparable Alex Wyndham. It just doesn’t get better than this!’
The performance finished in a flourish of technical brilliance and the young man rose from the harpsichord to a storm of applause.
Julian Langham was poised on the brink of a dazzling career when the lawyers lured him into making a catastrophic mistake. Now, instead of the concert platform, he has a title he doesn’t want, an estate verging on bankruptcy … and bewildering responsibilities for which he is totally unfitted.
And yet the wreckage of Julian’s life is not a completely ill wind. For Tom, Rob and Ellie it brings something that is almost a miracle … if they dare believe in it.
Meanwhile, first-cousins Arabella Brandon and Elizabeth Marsden embark on a daring escapade which will provide each of them with a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The adventure will last only a few weeks, after which everything will be the way it was before. Or so they think. What neither of them expects is for it to change a number of lives … most notably, their own.
And there is an additional complication of which they are wholly unaware.
The famed omniscience of the Duke of Rockliffe.
Amazon/Audible 5 star reviews for Cadenza
I have just finished listening to Cadenza written by Stella Riley and performed by Alex Wyndham.
As always Alex brings the Rockliffe series to life with his narration and this story is a lovely ending to the Rockliffe series.
I shall miss all the characters but know I can go back time and again to listen to all the wonderful stories in this series.
What a riveting read from the first to last word and so well read .. again by Alex
I truly think this is probably the best audio in Stella Riley’s Rockliffe series as it has everything a Georgian Romance should. Consequently when all the participants take their final bow all I wanted to do was shout ‘Bravissimo and Encore’ for Stella Riley and Alex Wyndham who have given another stunning performance.
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.‘
It is 1666 – the year when people who take prophecy seriously believe that the world is going to end.
For Chloe Herveaux – twenty years old, half-French and practical – marriage to wild, unpredictable Alex Deveril offers escape from a home she hates. For Alex, it is a refuge of a different kind. But while the marriage remains in name only and both, for reasons of their own, agree to seek an annulment, other forces are gathering.
England is once again at war with the Dutch and Prince Rupert, now commanding the Royal Navy, suspects that sabotage is at work within the fleet. Instructed to find the arch-traitor, Alex enters a dark labyrinth of intrigue – where no life is safe and nothing is what it seems.
Chloe, meanwhile, navigates the malice and scandal of Charles II’s licentious Court and plots a course of her own aimed at financial independence. But as the surprising facets of Mr Deveril’s personality are gradually revealed to her, the long-awaited annulment becomes a double-edged sword.
Absorbed in his search for a traitor, Alex spares little thought for his bride – until a hot June night on the Falcon Stairs when he and Chloe stand united by tragedy.
As the flames of the Great Fire sweep over London, Alex and Chloe face their ultimate test. Their world is at risk … their choices may save it.
5 STAR AUDIBLE REVIEWS FOR THE MARIGOLD CHAIN
‘The story is a compelling mix of history and romance, both beautifully languaged and researched. Alex Wyndham performs, as usual, with vocal beauty and grace.’
‘I expected to enjoy it, but it surpassed all my expectations. I laughed and cried while listening. I can only recommend this book to all historical romance fans.’
‘Superbly researched history, fantastic characters, a fast paced story, intertwined with a bone melting romance … and let’s not forget the supremely talented Alex Wyndham who gives this wonderful story an extra shot of brilliance.’
By July 1639 England has become a simmering cauldron of discontent and the uncertain times are reflected in the lives of both the Maxwell family and that of master-goldsmith and money-lender, Luciano del Santi.
From his seat in the House of Commons, Richard Maxwell watches the quarrel between the King and John Pym escalate into Civil War; his eldest son, Eden, takes up his sword for the Parliament and struggles to save his marriage to Royalist-bred Celia; and his eldest daughter, Kate, vows to hold their home against both Cavalier and Roundhead.
A spirited red-head, Kate is more than equal to the challenges posed by a war-torn land. The only thing she finds impossible to handle is her growing attraction to the clever, magnetic and diabolically beautiful young man known to London as The Italian.
When he was twelve years old, Luciano del Santi’s life was ripped apart, leaving him with only one souvenir of both family and childhood. The Black Madonna … a small statue of carved obsidian. At the age of twenty, this relic of his past becomes the key to his future.
Though intrinsically worthless, the Madonna is of great sentimental value to both Luciano and his wealthy Genoese uncle. And thus this simple artefact becomes the security for the massive loan Luciano needs to found a successful business in England and also finance the revenge quest which has taken him back there. Failure to repay his uncle will result in the loss of the Madonna and financial ruin. The vendetta, he soon learns, may cost him the girl he loves – and possibly his life.
From the power-struggle within Parliament to the battlefields of a warring nation, The Black Madonna is a historically-detailed story of passion, intrigue and love in a time when England was lost in a dark and bloody conflict.
5 STAR AUDIBLE REVIEWS FOR THE BLACK MADONNA
‘Fantastic!!! Stella Riley as author and Alex Wyndham as narrator have excelled in transporting me back in time to enjoy an amazing experience.‘
‘I waited to read this series in hope that there would be an audio version and I am so pleased I did. The Audible version was a commitment at 22 hrs and 10 mins listening time; however, Alex Wyndham’s narration is so masterful I wish it could have kept going.’
‘Alex Wyndham, as ever, brings Stella’s characters and events to life with power, wit and artistry. He does justice to the great material. I hope he goes on to record the rest of the series. On the evidence of The Black Madonna, it would be entirely worth it.’
‘Lived up to Expectations. I have to confess that I love the print version of this book so much that I was extremely reluctant to actually start listening to Alex Wyndham narrating it. I should not have worried, the voices bring the characters to life and Alex has succeeded in converting me to audio books – I can listen whilst cooking or gardening!’
Someone is misusing Max Brandon’s name, resulting in bills for services he never ordered and goods he did not buy. Clearly, he has become the victim of some unknown persons’ campaign of persecution.
When the games move closer to home, almost forcing him to fight a duel … more particularly, when they draw in Frances Pendleton, a lady he never expected to see again … Max vows to catch the man behind them, no matter what the cost.
The result is a haphazard chase involving ruined abbeys, a hunt for hermits, a grotesque portrait … and a love story which, but for this odd trick of fate, might never have been given a second chance.
By June 1647, a tidal wave of radical ideas threatens the order of generations while the King plays a risky game of his own.
Venetia Clifford’s days are divided between her secret activities on behalf of the Royalist cause and the struggle to keep her home solvent. Then her world is turned upside down when Ellis, her fiancé, is disinherited in favour of his base-born brother, leaving her with a choice between losing her family home altogether and marriage to a colonel in the New Model Army.
Gabriel Brandon does not want to sacrifice his career and he takes an intense dislike to Venetia at the first meeting. But there is no escaping the tight, legal knots … and the return of Ellis, all mischief and malice, aggravates an already volatile situation.
As Civil War flares up anew, Gabriel realises he has a dangerous enemy and that his life is in as much danger off the battlefield as on it. And when events bring the King to trial in Westminster Hall, the tangled web of danger and deceit threatening Gabriel and Venetia slowly tightens its grip.
Of the many axes – political and personal – that have been ground, more than one is about to fall.
Lord and Lady Sarre cordially invite you to spend Christmas at Sarre Park …
Celebrate among old friends … and perhaps a gate-crasher or two.
There will be wassailers and kissing-boughs; music, dancing and romance; laughter and some tears.
Above all, expect the unexpected because at Christmas anything can happen.
So accept your invitation for what promises to be the most talked-of house-party of 1778 … and is also a last Huzzah to the Rockliffe series.