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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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  • The Wedding Dress

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Rachel Hauck
    • Narrated By Eleni Pappageorge
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    Charlotte owns a Birmingham bridal boutique. But with her own wedding day approaching, why can’t she find the perfect dress - or feel certain she should marry Tim? Then Charlotte purchases a vintage dress in a battered trunk at an estate sale. It looks brand-new, shimmering with pearls and satin, hand stitched and timeless in its design. But where did it come from? Who wore it? Charlotte’s search for the gown’s history begins as a distraction from her sputtering love life. But it takes on a life of its own as she comes to know the women who have worn the dress.

    Pamela Dale Foster says: "God Directs Who Wears the Gown Next"
    "The Wedding Dress"
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    A delightful surprise!!! I picked this book during one of the $4.95 deals and did not know what to expect. I loved it! This is an inspirational romance and mystery. It is actually two stories about two different women (one from 1912 and one from today). The story goes back and forth between the two stories, eventurally connecting these two women. I will definitely look for more books from this author. Jennifer

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Change of Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Nicole Poole, Stafford Clark-Price, Jim Frangione, and others
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    Known for tackling hot-button issues in her timely fiction, Jodi Picoult has sold millions of books. Change of Heart explores capital punishment and organized religion through the tale of death row inmate Shay Bourne. Bourne's last request is to donate his heart to his victim's ailing sister. The situation gets more complicated when Bourne begins performing miracles in full view of witnesses - including his Catholic spiritual advisor.

    Sue says: "Amazing"
    "Heart Wrenching"
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    I got this book in a BOGO sale and wow what a book. Controversial is an understatement. Thought-provoking, absolutely! So, you think you know how you feel about capital punishment, maybe not. We'll written, but somewhat of a tear jerker. Be prepared for an emotional roller coaster.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Invention of Wings: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
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    From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

    Jan says: "Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!"
    "What is Freedom?"
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    Amazing! Must read/listen! This is an incredible historic fiction story told from two perspectives, a young slave girl and a young aristocrat from a wealthy plantation. These two girls grow up together and realize they have more in common than they know. This story is fiction but based on historical fact. Sarah, the main character, was a real person and her home still stands in Charleston, SC. The injustices during this time are maddening. This book will bring about laughter, tears and frustration. One of the best books I have ever read/listened to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
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    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Back in time"
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    Loved it once I got into it. Starts slow but hang in there it gets better and better. This is a story full of romance and adventure. There are lots of unexpected twists and turns. This book is over 30 hours long and we'll worth a credit. It is also a series and I look forward to starting book 2. If you can get through the first 2-3 hours then you will be hooked. I highly recommend this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Forever Black

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Sandi Lynn
    • Narrated By Felicity Munroe, David Benjamin Bliss
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    When Ellery moved to New York with her boyfriend, she thought they’d live happily ever after in their small New York apartment. She never thought he’d pack his bags and leave because he “needed space”. With her newfound single status and fear of being alone, Ellery buries herself in her artwork and paintings until one night she helps a mysterious intoxicated stranger get home safely. Little did she know the mysterious stranger is none other than CEO and millionaire Connor Black.

    Datagirl75@gmail says: "Not a favorite"
    "PG-13 version of Fifty Shades"
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    Incredibly gorgeous and insanely wealthy guy with control and commitment issues meets pretty young thing (who is also gorgeous but is not aware of it) . . . It was entertaining, but somewhat predictable. This was a BOGO deal so I did not mind. I did not feel it was worthy of a full credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Land Remembered

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Patrick D. Smith
    • Narrated By George Guidall
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    (160)
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    In this best-selling novel, Patrick D. Smith tells the story of three generations of the MacIveys, a Florida family who battle the hardships of the frontier to rise from a dirt-poor Cracker life to the wealth and standing of real estate tycoons. The story opens in 1858, when Tobias MacIvey arrives in the Florida wilderness to start a new life, and ends in 1968 with Solomon MacIvey, who realizes that the land has been exploited far beyond human need.

    Janice says: "They paved paradise . . ."
    "The more you have, the more you want"
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    I took a chance and got this book in a BOGO deal and it is fabulous. This historical fiction novel takes place from the around the1860s until the 1960s. Over the century, you follow three generations of the McIvey men. This story has humor, history and emotion. Beware, there are a few tear-jerking moments, but overall it has a good message. I also felt the ending was a little abrupt. Otherwise great!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Charming the Shrew: The Legacy of MacLeod Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Laurin Wittig
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
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    (458)
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    Returning to the Scottish Highlands after a fierce battle with the English, Tayg Munro receives a hero’s welcome - and an ultimatum. To take his place as heir to the chiefdom, he must choose a wife or have one chosen for him. Furious and stalling for time, the brooding warrior volunteers for a mission that takes him deep into the Highlands, with no hint of the fateful encounter that awaits him.... Catriona MacLeod is known as the Shrew of Assynt, thanks to her razor-sharp tongue and her unwillingness to yield to her five brothers. When she learns that her eldest brother has promised her hand in marriage to a loathsome man, she flees....

    MickeyMarie says: "Holds interest"
    "Romance in Scottland"
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    This was a 4.95 special. It was a cute love story. It was a light, easy listen. Enjoyable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Voice in the Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Francine Rivers
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
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    (1064)
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    (632)
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    This heart-stirring tale of a young slave girl, torn between her love for a handsome aristocrat and her faith in God, transcends genres with its awe-inspiring power and emotional intensity.

    Allicia says: "Christian Fiction That Doesn't Back Down"
    "A Voice in the Wind"
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    This is an amazing, moving story that takes place during the Roman Empire, after the death of Jesus. Although fiction, the author gives a very interesting and insightful glimpse into this famous era of history. This is a Christian novel, but do not think this is a light read. There is violence, audultery, deceit and greed throughout the story. Francine Rivers does not sugar coat anything. She tells it like it is. I loved it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Redeeming Love

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Francine Rivers
    • Narrated By Kate Forbes
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    Overall
    (914)
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    (578)
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    (580)

    Francine Rivers is one of America's favorite romance writers and a bestselling inspirational author. Her many heartfelt novels have won awards and the adoration of fans accross the country. In Redeeming Love, she retells the Biblical story of Hosea, setting it in the 1850s, amidst California's gold country.

    Jo says: "Not Just For Girls"
    "All can be redeemed"
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    Moving, thought-provoking, amazing! I absolutely loved this historical fiction novel. The author is extremely gifted in relating the biblical story of the prophet Hosea through fictional characters in the 1800's. This author doesn't sugar-coat it. She tells it like it is. She does not shield you from the evils of the world, but provides an insightful message. Ultimately, we are all selfish. Can we overcome those natural tendencies, and love others as Christ has loved us? . . . Forgive others as Christ has forgiven us? This book will make you think.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The One: Selection, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Kiera Cass
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    Overall
    (659)
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    (601)
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    (603)

    The time has come for one winner to be crowned. When she was chosen to compete in the Selection, America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown - or to Prince Maxon's heart. But as the end of the competition approaches, and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose - and how hard she'll have to fight for the future she wants.

    Katheryne says: "Fabulous Final Installment"
    "Love, Honor and Taking A Stand"
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    I absolutely loved this series!!! I thought each book was fabulous! Through the trilogy, you will see America (the main character) grow, mature and make difficult decisions. Can she put the well-being of her country before her own desires? How will Maxen lead the country? Can he stand up for what he believes in? Can he stand up to his father? Very entertaining. Finished in 2 days. Eventhough it is short, it is well worth a credit!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl You Left Behind

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Penny Rawlins
    Overall
    (449)
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    (401)
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    (398)

    France, 1916: Artist Edouard Lefevre leaves his young wife, Sophie, to fight at the front. When their small town falls to the Germans in the midst of World War II, Edouard’s portrait of Sophie draws the eye of the new Kommandant. As the officer’s dangerous obsession deepens, Sophie will risk everything - her family, her reputation, and her life - to see her husband again.

    FanB14 says: "Exquisite Portrait of Sophie and Liz"
    "What would you do in the name of love?"
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    Amazing! I thoroughly enjoyed this brilliantly written novel. This is a story of two women from different times and worlds who are both "left behind". The two stories of these women are connected by a painting. A painting, that to them, is priceless because of the connection it has to their husbands. Each woman must decide to what lengths she is willing to go to protect someone or something that she loves. Though at times tragic, this story will keep you on the edge of your seat. Enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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