I don't care for first person POV stories. But the heroine was sympathetic and the narrator was stellar. I read a one star review on Amazon and almost requested a refund/return on this story. Many of her comments were legitimate but many were not. The heroine is an atheist in a Christian Book Association (Tyndale) book. The actual Christian thread is thin BUT this is part of a series. Which causes yet another problem because this is a long convoluted story with an ending that doesn't tie up the strings to all those threads. But it isn't a cliffhanger per se, there is a somewhat HEA to the book, which is why I gave it a 4. I wanted to give the author the benefit of the doubt that she has what "appears" to be the main love interest be a truly evil man. And I think only the most naive of readers will not realize that. Which makes those love scenes with him all the more creepy. And leaves me wondering why are they so prominent in this story? Doubt that I will buy the sequel. I will make up my own ending in my own mind for this story lol! I cannot spend that kind of time with a book these days--I need all the story parts wrapped up within one volume, not in a continuation. Still, Ms. Dotta creates a compelling story that had me listening to the end.
Great listen by a wonderful author. Tracie Peterson really delivered on this book. A unique storyline. Merrill Krause is a feisty only daughter in a household of German-American men in Minnesota. Rurik is of Swedish descent and Peterson does a lovely job of interweaving that information. Nice character arcs as Merrill faces changes in her life that push her towards giving up her job of being the replacement mother in the household of big bossy men. Meanwhile Rurik, a real sweetheart, is trying to shake off an unwanted engagement that was arranged by their Swedish parents when they were children. His best friend is a scallawag, which the reader will begin to suspect straight away, but Rurik wants to see the best in him. My favorite secondary character was Rurik's uncle, who is seriously ill. Lovely romance, cool (cold!) setting, unique storyline, great narration, beautiful author's voice, excellent craft, all make for a superb listen. This will be in my best of 2013 audiobooks and likely in best books I "read" in 2013.
Intricate and interesting plot. Too bad Colleen Coble has a couple of characters in this story who are TSTL. They do, of course, because this is a CBA book. Because of those characters believability is suspended at times. But, she's created such engaging H/H and a unique storyline that it was worth ignoring the inane teenage characters. I think CC fans will love this book by their favorite story teller. You'll keep listening to find out how the book turns out. I wouldn't normally comment on characters who are so ridiculous, but I had to for this listen. However, I float some grace in that they are teenagers and spoiled young adults. And unfortunately Coble's characterization may be spot-on for some of these real-life inspirations! Consistent delivery from CC of a very good listen.
This is apparently Kim Vogel Sawyer's debut novel and it shows. This was published 7 years ago before CBA market underwent some big changes. I listened because I liked previous books by this author and this was available on audio. I didn't check the year. But as soon as I started listening I knew something was off--I wasn't even sure it was a KVS book. Slow, cumbersome, self-absorbed and with so little tension I fell asleep while listening to it. I do not ordinarily post less than a 4 Star review but I felt compelled to write this up because audiobooks are expensive and time consuming. If you are desperate for a sweet and very slow CBA historical fiction this is the ticket. I also wondered if this was aimed at the YA market--it reminds me of some books I read as an older child. A good book but lacking in the elements that are critical in today's market. However, with almost 500 reviews on Amazon, there are obviously many people who very much enjoy this type of read/listen. There is nothing in here to offend anyone, which is a huge plus.
Deeanne Gist once again delivers a stellar novel full of twists, turns, quirky lovable characters and lots of heart-pumping romance. She also pours a ton of history into her books without overwhelming the reader. The "ew" factor is the birds. Lots of birds. Especially on millinery. When I was a child I read a number of books (mostly creepy ones) where bird parts were used on clothing but I'd not remembered this being a fashion in the early 20th century. She really brings to life the turn of the century west, with this small town in Texas seeming much like what one might find in rural Michigan at the time. Except for the train and robbers. And a lawman hero who takes to hiding out as a telephone line repairman. Great story arc for both hero and heroine. He's pretty much a jerk at the beginning of the story but evolves as does the heroine. I figured out who the outlaw was but the layers to the story that Gist added to the ending really made it satisfying. You know this man must be caught and brought to justice. No matter what. Great narrator and an all-around great story from Deeanne Gist. The spiritual arc is not there but I believe she has moved over to the ABA market now.
The narrator does the author's voice no favors. This is a sweet romance and easy to listen to. I think the narrator could have done a better job which would have ramped up some of the tension in the book but as it was she made the villain mostly seem silly.
If you enjoy Christian historical romance and prefer a simpler slower story this will appeal to you. With so few Christian novels available as audible listens, this one is a good choice for "reading" as you go about your housework or for a commute.
Suzanne Woods Fisher possesses something no one else has--her voice. That certain Suzanne voice that defies description and when I've tried I've mangled it. And the narrator of this book does a superb job of capturing the Suzanneness that I love.
You're introduced to a household of characters and some from nearby and some from out of the area. But even with all the cast of characters each one has his or her own voice and unique traits.
Even if the listener doesn't agree with the choice the doctor's wife makes (or choices) by the end of the story you'll find yourself accepting them and seeing how it could work. This secondary plot line was extremely well done.
Rose Schrock is a special heroine and Galen King a subdued but persuasive hero for the story. Loved how Suzanne had this one twist with the step-daughters "boyfriend." And the plot line with the underlying medical condition. I am trying to not do any spoilers.
I am not your typical Amish book reader but I find Suzanne writes her books with a complex plot line and extremely well-developed characters. And she reliably produces an excellent product. I like reliability!
Listen and ENJOY!!!
Paul Fisher is not the guy for Julia Lapp, even if they are promised to one another. She's finally woken up and realized his cold feet might mean something. But she's angry. And she targets Roman Troyer, the Bee Man, as the instigator. Roman is far from home with a streak of white hair announcing the trauma he's experienced because if one looks closely they'll see a handsome young man. Only his past has caught up with him in the form of an irascible woman who is not going to let him keep running, if she can help it. Julia's winsome character and strength make her a strong heroine and her sister is a lot of fun, too.
Stoney Ridge is a lovely place but so many changes have happened that the inhabitants of the Lapp farm aren't feeling too secure.
God's will is at play. And it may not be what Julia and Roman think it is. Lovely story, great characterization, and that fabulous Suzanne voice--what more could you ask for?
This is an ambitious debut novel and contains many stereotypical notions and blatant racial violence. Very depressing ending for one story line. The contemporary story was convoluted and I couldn't relate to the heroine. I think a target audience that might enjoy this story would be ultra liberal young professional women. But I was so curious about the story, because of my own writing (Christian fiction) that I couldn't resist listening. I had to listen to another story with a great HEA ending to get me over this audiobook. I think the targeted audience reader would really enjoy this story, though.
Loved this book by Kelly Long. Grace experienced an awful marriage. Now a widow she and her autistic son have resettled in another community. When her past catches up with her she ends up married to Seth. He's an amazing hero and protects her when catastrophe threatens. Kelly Long's characters have perseverance and hope "in spades," something that I love! Narration was good and kept the story true to Long's author voice. There is an element in the story that I've never seen in Kelly Long's books and although it was somewhat distracting at times it did not diminish my appreciation for the overall story and characterization. I'd highly recommend this audio listen!
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