American nurse Finch Mason steps beyond the comfort of his orderly life and takes a dream trip to England, complete with a National Trust Pass so he can visit numerous historical sites. At the first one on his list, he’s warmly welcomed—and told he bought a pass good for two.
Finch doesn’t hesitate to offer the pass to Benedict, a handsome Brit also there on an outing. They spend a magical week touring the countryside, and while it’s too soon to get attached, Finch wishes their time together would never end.
Then Finch finds himself stuck abroad with no money, and he has no one to turn to but Benedict. Benedict is happy to help, but he also owes Finch some answers—such as who he really is and why he was at the estate where they first met
My first thought was that Benedict reminds me of a stilted Mr Darcy character. Very proper with an impeccable manner. Whereas I’m not sure I would say Finch is an Elizabeth Bennett, not as forthright as she would have been. I liked the idea behind this story, Finch meeting a handsome stranger and on impulse invites him to join him and so a lovely friendship begins. Over the course of the week Finch and Benedict get to know each other. You get the idea Finch is more interested in something more with Benedict but he holds back. The thing is I thought they had more of a friendship and I couldn’t see where the romance was developing. I did like the way Finch threw himself into English terms and the amusing moments when Benedict ‘translates’ for Finch. They are kinda made for each other. Just a shame I didn’t connect with them. Don’t get me wrong it’s a nice enough story with a happy ever after ending. True fairy tale style.
I have never listened to anything narrated by Andrew McFerrin before and I will look out for other stories by him. I particularly liked his portrayal of Benedict with the clipped British tone and distant mannerism but you get the clear picture that he is loved by his staff and within the village. I also liked the way he depicted the housekeeper the warmth of her character came through.
3 stars out of 5