This follow up to Short Straw Bride captured Crockett Archer's personality perfectly. There wasn't conflict and misunderstanding between the main characters (Joanna and Crockett) throughout most of the story as in many romances. When issues came up they were dealt with fairly quickly and both characters were appropriately open about their feelings. So much more realistic than waiting until the end of the story for their feelings to be known to each other.
The challenge of Joanna's father's struggle with faith was realistic and not too preachy.
I love all of Karen Witemeyer's story to date. After listening to each one I've purchased the print copies for my personal library.
The reader's voice was too old for the characters and didn't capture the nuances of their characters. There wasn't enough delineation between the voices to distinguish the characters and the voices were inconsistent - each character did not sound the same each time.
Most of the men sounded like cheesy characters in an old western and the women's voices weren't as soft as I'd expected.
When Crockett almost immediately pegged Holly's character and consistently rebuffed her advances. In many books the male leads don't recognize the scheming behind the nature of some of the women which leads to distracting conflict with the main female lead, which generally doesn't add much to the story.
Although I didn't enjoy this particular narration I would recommend all of Karen Witemyer's books! They have a great message without being overly preachy or sanctimonious.
I love this series and this story is so far one of the best.
The random upward inflection at the end of most of the sentences was so hard to listen to. I got through it by restating the sentences in my mind.
As in all of the stories in this series, I always choke up when the SEALS do their big rescue scenes.
Despite the narration, I would definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys this series by Suzanne Brockmann
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