Good story; tight pacing; interesting, gritty characters. This is one of several related books; reading the others will give you a better feel for the characters. Anne Stuart always seems to write stories that keep you engrossed in the adventure. I could hardly stop listening at times--even though I knew I needed sleep!
Having read or listened to every single title that Suzanne Brockmann has ever published, I finished this book with the thought that this was the best one I have ever read. It delves into the sex trafficing trade, 'making teens change thier sexual orientation' camps, childhood diabetes issues, and the relationships between Izzy and Eden, Danny and Jenny, Izzy and Danny, and all of them with Ben--Eden and Danny's little brother. The relationships are complex, intense, and filled with misunderstandings, and finally redemption. Friends from prior books drop in for a little while, but most of the story revolves around the Gilman siblings and their significant others.
I found the story so compelling that I ended up only sleeping 3 hours each night for 2 nights in order to finish it. I couldn't stop listening to it. The narrators do an excellent job, as usual; however, since I recently listened to Dark of Night (by the same author and narrators), I had to remind myself that those same voices belonged to different people now...
The action builds and builds throughout the entire story, and it breaks my heart to think that the sex trade can be that invasive in our country, as well as in many other countries. It was a wake-up call to me. I am aware that it is a fictional story, but based on current news reports and articles, there is a very real factual basis for the plight of these lost and stolen children.
This was an amazing story, and I was so glad to see Danny and Izzy get past their antagonism toward each other and mature a bit. All in all, it was a very satisfying story.
The story is interesting, but I had a hard time listening to the narrator. This was the worst attempt at cajun dialogue that I have ever heard. Having spent 17 years in south Louisiana, I was appalled at this attempt. This narrator had the cajuns in this story sounding like backwoods mountain characters with a 3rd grade education. Her attempt to replicate the cajun patois was way off the mark.
I normally like the writings of Dorothy Garlock, but the innacuracies in this story were glaringly apparent. For example, North La. is the home of lumber mills and pine forests used for logging. South La. is the home of cajuns and in 1930's So. La. there wasn't a lot of mixing between the people of So. La. and the people of North La. Since interstate highways hadn't been built yet, people stayed in the area where they were raised--geographically close to their extended families. It was not at all like the cultural melting pot we see today. I still can't figure out where this fictional town is supposed to be located because of this irregularity.
Also, the author mixes up a lot of the Acadian/cajun dialect with Parisian French dialect. For example, the cajun people of So. La. do speak cajun french, but it is far different from the french spoken in France. There are a lot of regional phrases that are used in So. La. that would never be used in France. Conversely, things that would sound normal in France, would never be said in South La. Those are the things that kept showing up in this story. The character of Gabe is not believable in this story because of his language. For example, Gabe calls Adrianna "mademoiselle" many times in this story. In reality, he might call her "Cherie" or "Cher" (pronounced Sha), but never mademmoiselle. Next time someone wants to write a story about cajuns, I highly recommend that they talk to authentic cajuns before starting.
That said, I still enjoyed it.
This book answers so many questions as to where Acheron originated. It also explains his motivation for what he does. I am so thankful that something good finally happens to him after an intense and very painful life for the past 11,000 years!!! Wonderful!
One of several related "Ice" stories from Anne Stuart about various "Committee members." This one involves operative Taka and a woman named Summer Hawthorne, who holds the key to finding a beautiful blue urn given to her by her nanny. A madman wants it, and Taka keeps her safe, while fighting his own orders to kill her. It is tense and gritty, and includes a hostage situation and a "chess game" of sorts using people's lives. This story is interesting, tense, tough, and full of suspense. It also has a good ending. Enjoy!
This book started slowly, but has so many wonderful elements in it. The story was unique, interesting, and enlightening. The writer made me really care about characters from 2 vastly different eras (1830's and current-day), and kept teasing me with chapters that ended with cliffhangers. I had other things to do, and I couldn't stop listening in places. It was well-written, tense in places, and very poignant in others. I highly recommend this book for people who like mysteries with a little intrigue, murder, some noble and not-so-noble behaviors, and a love story thrown in the mix. (There is also a wonderful old man in the story and an awesome dog, too--if you like that sort of thing!) Great story; in fact, it is one of the best I have ever heard through Audible.
I found "Daddy's Girl" to be filled with interesting twists and turns. It has a very unexpected ending. It kept me listening, even though I should have been doing other things...The main character shows a lot of inner growth throughout the story. I found her to be a very likeable character, and her brothers in the story are like brothers everywhere in some respects (loud, protective, sports fanatics, inconsiderate, yet caring). This book made me laugh, cry, cringe, and cheer in different places. I enjoyed it.
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