Queensland, Australia | Member Since 2008
Connie Shelton's Samantha Sweet Series features a forgetful, part-time caretaker of foreclosed properties for the USDA and single parent with dreams of owning her own bakery shop, who currently runs her dream bakery business part time from home.
Whilst entering a property the USD thought to be vacated in order to clean it and make it ready for resale, Sam found a dying woman who insists that she take a small wooden box, that changes her life . . . in somewhat weird ways.
Sam is different from the normal fantasy heroine in that she is in her 50's, but she appears to have the energy and outlook of a much younger woman, for example most people in their 50's are not still dreaming of opening their own business where they will be working long hours at least 6 days a week on top of every thing else . . .
Sam still fits the fantasy heroine mold however, in as much as she refuses to believe in the magic of the Box and its . . . . ( well you have to read the book to find out - sorry but I try to keep spoilers to a minimum)
In the first book Sam finds two bodies in two new properties she is given to care take in one day and meets Deputy Beau Cardwell who she slowly becomes close to.
Sam appears to be unable to stop herself from being caught up in the investigations. Some parts of the mysteries uncovered in the investigations and who the possible real villains are, where not that hard to figure out, but then again the whole series seems to be overall a light, relaxing read (if one ignores the murders).
Admittedly I have only listened to two books to date and have just downloaded the third.
The characters are well rounded & developed, bad language, violence and sexual content references, are few or hinted at rather than reveled in.
The baking descriptions seem to get more than it's fair share of space as does chocolate, which the author admits to loving. But it does not take too much away from the flow of the book.
The plots however seem to rely heavily on Sam's forgetting things until prompted or suddenly remembering later . . . a plot device overused I feel in both books so far. But this is not a book or story killer for me and some may not even agree or see it as an issue.
Sam treads where angles fear to tread in her "investigations". Often confronting suspects and prominent people, and at times it becomes unreal and once even jarred me from the story. Again this is me and my impressions and i have not read any other review that makes an issue of this. I have after all purchased Book 3 so it did not kill this series for me
In one instance Sam gets upset when she is herself is threatened with eviction by someone close to one of the suspects because of her "investigations". Sam is saved by her neighbours who rally to her side. Whilst its was a nice touch with the neighbours. In real life if they went ahead with their "retaliation", they would find that contracts etc would be the least of their worries in the real world and relocation would not be cheap or easy . . . but that's why this fiction I guess.
The Narration is good and I would recommend this series (at least to date) to any who like a touch of paranormal in their reads.
Connie Shelton has created a very well developed, likable, characters in Sam Sweet, and her friends. I look forward to reading more of this series.
Monied Jerk ruthlessly takes advantage of a woman to suit his own ends. With no care or thought for her or any offspring, except they are a means to save his life style
Sadly this theme seems to run rampant in some books. Neanderthal, selfish, self centered jerk takes advantage of a woman whos in no real position to fight back.
This time the jerk has lots of money and power and does not want to loose it. if he does not Marry soon and produce a child as per his grandfathers will he futures looking grim.
He finds a young woman who he knows is at rock bottom struggling to stay afloat, trying to pay pay past medical bills and continue bettering herself.
He draws up a contract that he will pay all her debts if she "marries" him for 4 years has a child and then she must leave him with the child.
She refuses him. Refusing to basically be paid for sex then leaving her child behind.
Unfortunately her father becomes ill again and she is struggling even more to pay the bills
This is Rich lowlifes chance and he pounces again.
Eventually to provide live in care for her gravely ill father she agrees to marry the jerk BUT with no sex. Any baby is to be produced by other means.
Sadly this is where the story goes from bad to worse and becomes even more stereotyped
I wont go into the asinine details but a sensible woman who distrusts and has no feelings for the selfish uncaring money jerk, and the monied self centered jerk we are supposed to believe live happy ever after by the end of this stereotyped diatribe
The narrators are reasonable, pity about the story.
If this is your sort of twisted tale then enjoy
A great series and i just tried for Book 3 which is supposed to whispersync to.
But whilst Book 1,2 and 4 have the matching kindle and Audible titles available book 3 does not(at least in Australia) go figure. I have reported this issue to audible many times in the past and get a generic or mainly no reply and writing this here will get this wiped
I recommend this series to those who like Fantasy/mystery/police, in the case of the mystery/police the probably like this better if the don't mind tales that take them out of there comfort zone
The narrator Author do a wonderful job of immersing you into the characters and the story
if you like crude language this is for you but not me. Dont get me wrong I'm no prude but the constant use of crudity and over reliance on sex with very little story line and the normal neanderthal meets soulmate who in most cases appears to too dumb to live thinly veiled story line makes for a very boring predictable read.
These are apparently also available as single books and some of those appear to appeal to other members according to the ratings they have been given
So as i said if you like this type of book go for it
I had high hopes for this book, Steam-punk, Victorian London, Vampires and other supernatural creatures. Some reviews even likened it to Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate, but they are sadly wrong.
Warning Spoilers below this point (something I rarely if ever do)
Arthur Tudor heir apparent of Henry VII of England (yes he really existed) was made into a vampire 350 hundred years ago just after his marriage to Catherine of Aragon when he died of an illness. In-spite of the fact he knows she had little choice in the matter, he felt betrayed by Catherine when she married his younger brother Henry VIIi, and so immerses himself in killing, human blood and debauchery.
Aboard an airship gala, he meets Avalon, an aspiring vampire slayer who looks a lot like Catherine. He joins her and her companion they try to solve the mystery of several horrendous murders on the dark streets of London.
I for one felt for only one character in this book Avalon. Arthur is a self centered hedonistic killer with no morals, scruples or remorse yet we are supposed to belive he changes as soon as Avalon enters his life.
As the book opens he is seducing another wife and ends up killing her in his feeding frenzy but has no remorse over the fact his only worry is ensuring he does not get caught. When two young kidnapped girls are murdered in a brutal way he thoughts are that they are better of dead anyway and he wishes he could take advantage of all the fresh blood going to waste (he is with Avalon at this stage). He has the same thoughts when Avalon's friend is wounded. In short in spite of the authors trying to turn him into one of the good guys as the book progresses and he is trying to impress Avalon, it just does not gel
Arthur is also not very smart, after getting rid of some of the "killers" he does not follow up on his one strong lead until much and only because the killings start again a he gets to be with Avalon again.
Near the end instead of killing the "head bad person" as soon as he can he stands and chats with him and lets the "head bad person" pick up and handle the various devices around the "head bad person" laboratory . . . err guess what happens. No prizes for guessing a no brainier.
Maybe I expected to much from this book and it coloured my view.
Unlike Carriger's Parasol Protectorate it has very little if any rapier wit, witty parody, sarcastic fun, humor, quirky supporting characters and enduring lead characters that are the hall mark of that series
Arthur the lead in Avalon Revisited is a very unlikeable character who even by the end of the book i had very few feelings for.
This is not a bad book as such but don't expect any outstanding revelations and it might be a passable listen.
The Narrator does a passable job but he is no Emily Gray
I purchased this by mistake but wanted to warn others that this appears to be episode one of a serialized story, so did not return it. There is no ending as such.
Since this is not really my cup of tea the scores and comments maybe skewed somewhat. It's also rare i get books under 5 hrs unless it's a short say Xmas special involving a series i have been following and at an appropriate cost for its size.
Books in my opinion should be 8hrs or more of constructive,well written an enjoyable writing, novellas should be approx 5-6hrs or so and none of that should include padding.
This is a typical no brain romance with a few contrived twists that a blind man could see past and coming.
As I said not my cup of tea
My real gripe is that it should be noted in the description if a book is a episode and only a part of a larger project. It should also not be part of a never ending inconclusive story
Buying this book in error in wholly and solely my fault
heart-wrenching, heart-felt, heart-warming
It delves into the souls and hearts not only of the characters in the book but the reader/listener.
It tries to teach us through an emotional roller coaster of a wonderful story that being different does not mean people are weaker, or lacking or even wanting or needing of our pity, just our acceptance
The whole book, but if i had to choose one it would be when Shay stood for Beth.
A heart-warming emotional roller-coaster
Like any series Debora Geary's books should be read in order to get the best enjoyment. Whilst not all are available as an audiobook yet one lives in hope.
The excellent Martha Harmon Pardee is as an essential a narrator for this series as Amanda Ronconi is to Molly Harper's audiobooks
If your books must be laced with gratuitous sex and violence, then this book/author is not for you.
If however you like rich characters that are not stereotyped but have their ups and downs, and good and bad times. Characters and stories and feelings that will remain with you long after the last page is finished then invest in some quality time with Debora's excellent books you won't regret it
A Halfmoon Hollow Christmas gift from the wonderfully quirky & snarky pen of Molly Harper.
If you haven't read any of Molly's work before then I suggest you give your self an early Christmas present and do so now, starting with Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs: Jane Jameson, Book 1.
I'm Dreaming of an Undead Christmas is a short story that manages to bring together all your Hollow favorites and covers Gigi's return home to the Hollow from college and to her married recently turned vampire older sister Iris (The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires Half-Moon Hollow, Book 1).
This books only issue is it finishes too soon . . .
Amanda Ronconi does her usual excellent narration, bringing all of Molly's wonderful quirky characters to life. I hope the pairing of this dynamic duo of author and narrator continues in future releases.
A feelgood Christmas tale that will brighten your day and bring a smile to your face
This is not my normal cup of tea but it was on special so i took a chance. The recipes at the end of each chapter destroy the flow and should be at the end of the book in the audio version of such books in my opinion.
The author may know cooking but unless building regulations and occupancy rules are different in the US, she knows Nada about building codes etc so you have to take the parts of the book that take part in the newly refurbished building with a giant block of rock salt and throw what you know about such things out the window
Again assuming the codes for public safety and buildings are roughly the same in the US
No one from the general public would be allowed onto a floor without a fixed unmovable barrier around any exposed perimeter. In fact i doubt if they would have allowed public access to a building for a viewing with a party in the building, at all! in its incomplete state. Normally occupancy or access by the general public would not be allowed unless all safety regulations, fixtures, doors, emergency lighting, balustrades and perimeter fencing/walls had been passed by inspectors and the relevant authorities.
All units, etc refurbished and new would have two fire stairs and they would have emergency lighting both in the stairs and on each level of each floor complete with exits clearly lit and marked. Fire stair doors would be accessible from each floor and the doors at the bottom of the stairs would be unlocked from the inside only to allow access to the street from inside each stairwell. For power failures, Fires etc
In spite of the above its not a bad book even though the Culprit was pretty obvious ( at least to me) from the very beginning of the book and became pretty much set in concrete with a blazing neon sign flashing over the villain well before the end.
Better than a lot of the other books of this type that now appear to have inundated the thriller genre
I still believe that books that contain recipes or patterns, etc between chapters should have such things placed at the end of the book to stop such things breaking the flow of the story when made into an Audio Book.
First off don't be conned by the stand alone "books" they are simply the same stories that are in this collection and a the same price.
Some of the stories are ok but none are in my opinion a tale that should be part of a landmark 50th anniversary collection.
This is, in my opinion, a rushed collection of short stories released by the publisher to milk fans of the series
Certainly not worth a credit.
Wait until it shows up as special offer e.g. a "daily deal" or "$4.95 surprise pick"
I was really looking forward to this, maybe I expected more, or too much and it's coloured my review.
I purchased books 1-3 of this series all narrated by Luke Daniels a while back. But now when i do a search it shows i own none of them and they all have a different narrator, but they still exist in my library narrated by the original and much. much better narrator judging by the sample.
The next crazy thing is it is today's Daily Deal is book 2 of this series and before i realised i already own this book i had clicked the link. BUT according to Audible when i use the Daily Deal link from their email, book 2, which i already own from Audible is not available in my region.
Strange i thought so i listed the series and clicked on book 2 from the list and book 2 did not have any "not available" message so i placed it in my cart and no message of unavailability sprang to life at any time during the process. I did not buy the book as i already own the better copy.
Normally books not available in your region don't even show up once you are logged in so either their daily deal link is wrong which i suspect is the case or the normal link to the book is wrong.
First the dump the original a better narrator and now some of th books are no longer available even though i have already puchased them with a different narrator it seems publisher greed gallops to wards insanity and is will to destrop a good series in the process. Go figure
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