Thursday, April 15, 2021

Review - An Ignorance of Means

:   An Ignorance of Means
Author:  Jennifer Oakley Denslow
Narrator:  Elisabeth Lagelee
Genre:   Historical Romance
Format:  Audiobook
No. of Pages:   229    
Date of Publication:   January 20, 2021
My Rating:   4 Stars

Catherine Drummond dreams of a marriage as supportive and tender as that of her parents. But on her wedding night, her new husband relates his own vision.

Catherine’s desire for sweet domesticity is crushed when Robert Picard reveals himself to be a man of his time, assuming he will have the freedom to cavort without censure among the pantheon of women he has always kept.

She is trapped in the gilded cage of the chateau Lac d’Or.

Catherine attempts to escape, only to be cast into a fresh hell from which release means being sent on a treacherous journey she could never imagine.

Narrated by Elisabeth Lagelee, the audiobook allows listeners to truly experience the difficulties Catherine must overcome.


Catherine Drummond had a wonderful example of love and commitment when it came to her parents. When she meets her husband and experiences her wedding night, she dreams of care, concern and happiness. However, her new husband quickly disabuses her of that idea. In fact, his only goal is to impregnate her and to further his family line. Catherine is not important, only a vessel to his goal.

Trapped with nowhere to turn, discovering that communication with the outside world has been thwarted, Catherine begins devising a plan of escape. Women during that time in 18th century France had few options. From the frying pan to the fire, Catherine begins a journey wrought with danger.

This audiobook was done quite well, and the narrator did a fine job when it came to impressing Catherine's plight on me, as full of tragedy as it was. I had great hopes for Catherine, and was often saddened while hoping for things to improve with her. I was captivated by this story and found the conclusion wrapped things up quickly, with a sense of satisfaction as I listened to this book. 

Many thanks to Jennifer Oakley Denslow for this audiobook for review. This is my honest opinion.


Jennifer Oakley Denslow started reading before she started kindergarten and has been mesmerized by stories ever since. As a career educator, she has channeled that passion into directing plays with young actors, coaching orators to share their tales, and helping young writers develop their voice. As a writer, Denslow uses her spare time to create stories that touch on the humor and pathos of being a teacher, as she does in the cozy mystery series featuring Regina Murphy, a high school theater director. Denslow lives with her husband in northeast Oklahoma.

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  1. I avoid historicals like this as the misogyny sparks my outrage

  2. Very intrigued by this. Thanks for putting it on my radar.