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Michael

Actually, it is Jennifer, not Michael. I enjoy a variety of books but am drawn to romantic historical fiction with a Christian message.

Easley, SC, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 47 reviews
  • 47 ratings
  • 103 titles in library
  • 14 purchased in 2014
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  • A Tailor-Made Bride

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Karen Witemeyer
    • Narrated By Nicole Poole
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (74)

    A rising star in Christian fiction, Karen Witemeyer brilliantly blends humor and romance in this compelling debut novel. Texas liveryman Jericho “J.T.” Tucker wants nothing to do with the town’s new dressmaker, Hannah Richardson. He’s all too familiar with her kind - shallow, more devoted to fashion than true beauty. Except for her well-tailored clothing, however, she’s not at all what he expected.

    Candace says: "Very glad I checked this one out!"
    "Historical Christian Romance with a good message"
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    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was very entertaining. I will listen to more of her books. Jennifer

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Piper Kerman
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1299)
    Performance
    (1171)
    Story
    (1187)

    With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money 10 years ago. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to 15 months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187-424 - one of the millions of women who disappear "down the rabbit hole" of the American penal system.

    Holly says: "Humorous, Intelligent, and Introspective"
    "To Grow and To Grow Up"
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    Well-written, interesting, true story of a privileged young woman whose reckless youth had severe consequences. Through her year in federal prison, you see Miss Kerman mature. She sees women who have been born into worlds of poverty, abuse and neglect try to overcome enormous challenges. She begins to see herself in a different light. She, unlike fellow inmates, was born into a loving, caring family with an abundance of opportunity. I caution listeners that there is much foul language, but probably necessary to convey the realities of prison life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11511)
    Performance
    (10378)
    Story
    (10442)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Are You Brave Enough?"
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    Excellent! Compelling! Many have compared this to the Hunger Games but it really has nothing in common except the different sectors of society. However, in Divergent, each person was able to pick their faction/sector at the age of 16 based on what trait they felt was most important. ( Bravery, Intelligence, Selflessness, Honesty or Compassion). The factions appeared, for the most part, to be equal unlike th Hunger games where their was a heirarchyof wealthy to poor. Well written and entertaining.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • She Walks in Beauty

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Siri Mitchell
    • Narrated By Suzy Jackson
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Multiple Christy Award finalist Siri Mitchell is acclaimed as one of Christian fiction’s clearest and most original voices. Set in 1890s New York City, She Walks in Beauty follows a young debutante struggling to reconcile the conflicting demands of culture, family, and love. Tasked with reeling in the city’s most eligible bachelor, Clara Carter must quickly learn to endure a corset, master the latest dances, and perfect her manners before making her social debut.

    Michael says: "Courting in Corsets"
    "Courting in Corsets"
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    This was an enjoyable book about the sacrifices and struggles made by young girls in order to fit in to proper society. They became a prisoner to the social class to which they belonged. The main character in the story fights for her independence while learning of her families dark secrets. There were many interesting twists and turns. I highly recommend She Walks in Beauty.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The House at Tyneford

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Natasha Solomons
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (280)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
    (240)

    It’s the spring of 1938 and no longer safe to be a Jew in Vienna. Nineteen-year-old Elise Landau is forced to leave her glittering life of parties and champagne to become a parlor maid in England. She arrives at Tyneford, the great house on the bay, where servants polish silver and serve drinks on the lawn. But war is coming, and the world is changing. When Kit, the son of Tyneford’s master, returns home, he and Elise strike up an unlikely friendship that will transform Tyneford - and Elise - forever. An irresistible World War II story of a forbidden romance in a great English country house.

    Emily - Audible says: "Mixed Opinion"
    "Tragic"
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    The story was very depressing and tragic. The author was overly descriptive about every detail. Several times I debated just stopping the book but I did want to know the ending so I skipped a chapter here and there to get to the end. Fortunately, this was a 4.95 special. I would not spend a full credit on this book. I may have like the book better if it had been abridged.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Perfecting Kate

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Tamara Leigh
    • Narrated By Effie Johnson
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    In Perfecting Kate by ACFW Book of the Year author Tamara Leigh, an up-and-coming San Francisco artist faces the pressure for perfection with determination and self-deprecating humor. Dumped by a fiancé who learns she's barren, 33-year-old Kate resolves to embrace singleness and refocus her faith. And then she agrees to a free makeover that transforms her into a vision of loveliness.

    Candace says: "Far more than I expected!"
    "In God's Time, Not Mine"
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    This is an excellent, well-written story of a 33 year old trying desperately to embrace "singleness" (oh, how I remember those days!) Kate is trying to be patient and accept God's timeline and plan for her life. I felt like I could so relate to her "operation perfect faith" where she tries to make time for God each day but so often got caught up in work, life . . . that the quiet time made it to the bottom of the "to-do"list.
    The other big part of this book was on self improvement. I am a big fan of doing the most with what you have, so I enjoyed the part about her makeover. However, this book shows how easy it is to get caught up in outward appearances and "self-improvements". Once again, I could totally relate to the desire to fix all those imperfections we see in the mirror. This book was enjoyable and insightful. Highly recommend. Jennifer

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jamie Ford
    • Narrated By Feodor Chin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1823)
    Performance
    (768)
    Story
    (764)

    In the opening pages of Jamie Ford's stunning debut, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Henry Lee comes upon a crowd gathered outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle's Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has made an incredible discovery: the belongings of Japanese families, left when they were rounded up and sent to internment camps during World War II. As Henry looks on, the owner opens a Japanese parasol.

    Christopher says: "Hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet"
    "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet"
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    I thought the title was perfect for this thought-provoking, historical fiction novel. This was a disturbing and eye-opening story about the treatment of Japanese Americans during the 1940's. The book was well-written, however somewhat depressing. I personally did not find it particularly enjoyable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Flat-Out Love

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jessica Park
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (540)
    Performance
    (504)
    Story
    (504)

    He was tall, at least six feet, with dirty blond hair that hung over his eyes. His T-shirt read Nietzsche Is My Homeboy. So, that was Matt. Who Julie Seagles likes. A lot. But there is also Finn. Who she flat out loves. Complicated? Awkward? Completely. But really, how was this freshly-minted Boston transplant and newbie college freshman supposed to know that she would end up living with the family of an old friend of her mother’s? This was all supposed to be temporary.

    Marie Medellin says: "Nerdtastic! Best Narration!"
    "Flat-Out Love . . . aka Teenage Drama 101"
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    This listen was disappointing, however I am probably not the target audience. Teenagers or college students might find this book interesting. I only got to chapter 7. The beginning of the book is about a freshman college student in Boston. Due to some unfortunate circumstances she is forced to live with a friend of her mother. Also, living at this house is the son of the friend. The majority of the first 7 chapters is comprised of the facebook conversations and interactions between these two individuals. It seems that they are continuously trying to see who can have the coolest response to the other. It just seemed like teenage drama to me. They also took the Lord's name in vain several times and that is unacceptable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All Things New

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Lynn Austin
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (62)

    Fans of inspirational fiction eagerly devour historical novels from Christy Award winner Lynn Austin. In All Things New, the acclaimed author weaves a tale set in the aftermath of the Civil War. Josephine Weatherly and her mother, Eugenia, return to their Virginia plantation, but their once-grand home has lost its lustre. Jo’s father and brother are dead, and the war has left her remaining brother broken and embittered. Bonding with Lizzie, one of the few remaining servants, Jo struggles to rebuild her life....

    Cindy says: "I'm a fan"
    "All Things New"
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    This was a moving, though-provoking story about two families from the south that took place just after the civil war. Despite our perceived differences, we are all created equal by God. Both former slaves and plantation owners struggle to recover and move forward after a devastating war.
    There were also themes of grace and mercy throughout the story. All Things New was inspirational, entertaining and uplifting. I have yet to be disappointed by a Lynn Austin book. She is an amazing author!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Once Upon a Prince: The Royal Wedding Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Rachel Hauck
    • Narrated By Eleni Pappageorge
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    A royal prince. An ordinary girl. An extraordinary royal wedding. Once Upon a Prince, the first novel in the Royal Wedding series by bestselling author Rachel Hauck, treats you to a modern-day fairy tale. Susanna Truitt never dreamed of a great romance or being treated like a princess - just to marry the man she has loved for twelve years. But life isn't going according to plan. When her high-school sweetheart breaks up with her instead of proposing, Susanna scrambles to rebuild her life.

    Amazon Customer says: "No steamy, sizzling hot sex but 100% explosive !!"
    "Once Upon a Prince"
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    Wonderful! This is an uplifting, inspirational, modern day fairy tale. If you need a happy, feel good listen, then this is for you. The narrator was quite talented as she went back and forth from the good 'ol southern Georgia drawl to a refined British accent. I picked this book because I so enjoyed The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck. She is rapidly becoming one of my favorite authors.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fire by Night

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Lynn Austin
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    Overall
    (202)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (98)

    Two-time Christy Award winner Lynn Austin is hailed for her inspiring historical novels. As in Candle in the Darkness Austin transports us back to the turbulence of the Civil War.

    Patricia says: "You could listen to this book over and over!"
    "Fire by Night"
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    Amazing, Captivating and a must listen! This is the second book in a trilogy that takes place during the civil war. Lynn Austin is by far my favorite author and is a genius with her ability to write Christian, historical fiction. This story is about two women from different backgrounds who go to on to experience the insanity of war. One as a nurse and one as a soldier (dressed as a man). I felt compelled to listen. Very entertaining and educational. Candle in the Darkness is the first book in the trilogy , but the stories are independent enough that you could start with book two. My favorite Lynn Austin book is still Wonderland Creek but I think this would be a close second. Jennifer

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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