• Foes, Friends, and Lovers

  • The Cynsters Next Generation Series, Book 10
  • By: Stephanie Laurens
  • Narrated by: Matthew Brenher
  • Length: 13 hrs and 51 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (59 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

A gentleman searching for a purpose in life sets out to claim his legacy, only to discover that instead of the country residence he’d expected, he’s inherited an eccentric community whose enterprises are overseen by a decidedly determined young lady who is disinclined to hand over the reins.

Gregory Cynster arrives at the property willed to him by his great-aunt with the intention of converting Bellamy Hall into a quiet, comfortable gentleman’s country residence, only to discover the Hall overrun by an eclectic collection of residents engaged in a host of business endeavors under the stewardship of a lady far too young to be managing such reins.

With the other residents of the estate, Caitlin Fergusson has been planning just how to deal with the new owner, but coming face to face with Gregory Cynster throws her and everyone else off their stride. They’d anticipated a bored and disinterested gentleman who, once they’d revealed the income generated by the Hall’s community, would be content to leave them undisturbed.

Instead, while Gregory appears the epitome of the London rake they’d expected him to be, they quickly learn he’s determined to embrace Bellamy Hall and all its works and claim ownership of the estate.

While the other residents adjust their thinking, the burden of dealing daily with Gregory falls primarily on Caitlin’s slender shoulders. Yet as he doggedly carves out a place for himself, Caitlin’s position as chatelaine-cum-steward seems set to grow redundant. But Caitlin has her own reasons for clinging to the refuge her position at Bellamy Hall represents.

What follows is a dance of revelations, both of others and also of themselves, for Gregory, Caitlin, and the residents of Bellamy Hall. Yet even as they work out what their collective future might hold, a shadowy villain threatens to steal away everything they’ve created.

©2022 Stephanie Laurens (P)2022 Blackstone Publishing

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The hall of dreams

I loved the story line, the of a co-operative so well run and working the existence made orher people jealous and greedy. Through it all love succeeds.

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great story

Loves it. Always a great story. Can't wait for the next book. Thank you for your talent

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Not one of her best

After some of her adventure stories, this one’s a bit ho - hum. 95% of it could have been a good children’s bedtime story. It was good to revisit the Cynsters again and see how they’re all getting along.

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Tons of Exposition

This was just a list of all of the various businesses that could have been possible during that period, the heroine just happened to know anything about everything. And what she didn’t know, the male lead knew. Also, Laurens is just recycling villains and endings. How many of her stories have ended in the villain kidnapping the heroine and the hero almost immediately finding her?

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  • Marie
  • 04-24-22

Enjoyable !

I had to wait awhile longer to read/hear this because I used my credit but it was worth it. I knew very little about Gregory Cynster, and so was not sure what sort of hero he was going to be.He proved to be really likeable and also a capable guardian and leader and when he needed to be, calm under pressure. He proved to Caitlyn that he could handle that responsibility as well as sort out difficulties when they occur.All the activity at the hall show. a thriving community that love the lives they lead as well as care about each other. A really good story, so much so that I am looking forward to the next one about Martin Cynster, Gregory's youngest brother.