Ayala's Angel

Unabridged Audiobook

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Narrated By: Tabithat

Publisher: LibriVox

Date: August 2016

Duration: 19 hours 25 minutes

Summary:

Lucy and Ayala Dormer are left penniless by the death of their parents. Ayala is taken in by their rich aunt Lady Tringle and Lucy by their poor uncle Mr Dosett. The girls find it hard to get used to their new surroundings. Lucy becomes engaged to one of her father's artist friends but they are too poor to marry. Three different men fall in love with Ayala but none live up to her ideal of the perfect man. Will Lucy be able to marry her sweetheart and will Ayala find her 'Angel of Light'? For the answers to these and many other questions, read this book. (Summary by Stav Nisser)

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  • Cynthia Becht

    Fans of Jane Austen are encouraged to try this wonderfully funny and romanticTrollope novel which brings Austen-like touches into the late 1870s where eligible young men might need to consider working for a living instead of just being rich and young women insist upon independence of choice no matter how dire their straits. The story follows more than one young couple - heroic, calculating or just plain silly-- as they seek their hoped-for happy ending. The central focus is on Ayala, one of two penniless orphaned sisters who are left to their relatives' care. Beautiful and captivating, Ayala attracts one smitten suitor after another but she has created such an impossible fantasy of the perfect man in her imagination (her "angel") that she does not recognize her soulmate among them. Will she work through her prejudices before it's too late? Trollope's kindness toward his character's flaws and foibles and his warm insight into human nature come alive beautifully under the genteel narration of Tabithat; this audiobook is perfectly narrated. Her calm tone underscores the propriety of 19th century England while leaving room for the listener to feel the anguish of rejected love as well as the laugh-out-loud comedy of certain relationship dilemmas. Courtship in a Trollope novel has rarely been so satisfying.