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Carrie Fancett Pagels

Carrie Fancett Pagels

Yorktown, VA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • An Amish Christmas: December in Lancaster County

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, Barbara Cameron, and others
    • Narrated By Christian Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    Celebrate Christmas with four Amish romances. A Choice To Forgive: After Daniel disappeared that long-ago Christmas Eve, Lydia built a life with his brother. A Miracle for Miriam: Seth is no longer the arrogant young man who shattered Miriam’s confidence and broke her heart. One Child: The birth of one child forever changed the world two thousand years ago. Christmas Cradles: When Anna Stolis takes over for her aunt, the local midwife, Christmas night heats up with multiple deliveries, three strangers’ quilts, and unexpected help from the handsome and brooding Asa Lapp.

    Carrie Fancett Pagels says: "Mixed Bag but Worth the Purchase"
    "Mixed Bag but Worth the Purchase"
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    I listened to this book via a download from http://audible.com. My favorite novella was Kelly Long's Christmas Cradles. I also enjoyed Beth Wiseman's A Choice to Forgive. However the other two novellas were thin on characterization and story line and I was quite disappointed in the listen.

    The narrator was mediocre at best and mispronounced many words. The ratings on audible.com are low (3's) because of the two novellas that were lacking and because of the poor narration. However, two of the stories were strong. Kelly Long's novella was definitely worth reading on its own. A strong character, an Amish midwife, Anna Stollis, falls for an equally strong handsome and capable young man, Asa Mast, as they go about delivering babies one stormy Christmas night. The hero and heroine are in their late twenties.

    Kelly Marie Long is one of my new favorite authors. She really knows how to craft believable characters and her romances are the best around. Grab this book and curl up by the fire for a great read as Anna and Asa bring new life into the world while beginning their own lives together!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Christmas in Sugarcreek: A Christmas Seasons of Sugarcreek Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Shelley Shepard Gray
    • Narrated By Robynn Rodriguez
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (15)

    Judith Graber has always been the obedient daughter. When her older brother Josh struggled with his love life, she offered wise counsel. When her younger brother Caleb flirted with the idea of leaving their order, she firmly told him he was wrong. Over the years, she’s watched her younger siblings, helped around the house, and worked in her family’s store during her spare time. Judith feels overworked, overlooked, and underappreciated this holiday season. But everything changes when her father hires Ben Knox. Ben Knox is the “bad boy” of Sugarcreek.

    Carrie Fancett Pagels says: "A Slow Pleasant Listen"
    "A Slow Pleasant Listen"
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    I almost returned this audiobook. But the main couple in it caught my attention. There are three couples in this book. I think Ms. Gray might do this routinely, as the last book I listened to also had more than one love story going on. When I re-listened to the first part of the story I was able to follow it (I couldn't initially, with the various stories going on.) This is a pleasant, gentle, listen and there's much to be said for that, especially at Christmastime.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Grace: A Christmas Sisters of the Heart Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Shelley Shepard Gray
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (15)

    It’s Christmastime at the Brenneman Bed & Breakfast, and everyone is excited about closing down for the holiday. Anna and Henry will be celebrating their first Christmas as a married couple, and for Katie and Jonathan Lundy, it’s their first Christmas with baby Stefan. Winnie and Samuel Miller plan to stop by as well for a wonderful two weeks of family and rest. But when two unexpected visitors show up, hoping to stay for Christmas, the family must test their commitment to hospitality.

    Carrie Fancett Pagels says: "Sweet Christmas Story"
    "Sweet Christmas Story"
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    I was a little disconcerted by the back and forth story telling between a contemporary romance between two "Englishers" and then back to another romance between Amish. That was a little odd but it was really needed for the story line. I think this is first book by Shelley Shepard Gray that I've read but it won't be the last. A fairly "clean" and uncluttered writer's voice with a simple sweetness to the story. Nice family story, too. Great job interweaving the three subplots. Great resolution to the story with terrific HEAs!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Let Them Eat Cake: French Twist, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Sandra Byrd
    • Narrated By Carine Montbertrand
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    In Sandra Byrd's Christy Award finalist Let Them Eat Cake, recent college graduate Lexi Stuart can't seem to earn a living wage or find Mr. Right. Forced to move back home, Lexi works at a bakery - hoping for a promotion and perhaps more from its handsome proprietor. But when she learns her parents are selling their house and her boss isn't what he seems to be, she doesn't know where to turn.

    Rebecca says: "A "Sweet" journey of faith and self-discovery"
    "Only FIRST in THREE Audibooks in the Story"
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    Dumb me. I didn't realize this was book 1 in a series where the entire story takes 3 books to tell. I don't like first person nor contemporary but I listened to the ENTIRE book hoping I was going to get an HEA at the end. Nope. You get the first part of an HEA and there are two books. Big sigh... I hope I learned my lesson. I don't usually read series where there is continuation from one to the next. If this had just been one book and had a HEA I'd have given it a five. This ends up being a women's fiction not a true romance although there is a romance in it. I hate to say I feel ripped off, but I do. So in my mind I'm making up my own HEA because I won't spend another 20+ hours listening to the next two audiobooks. It was well written. But I don't want to listen to two more to hear the final ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Matter of Heart: Lone Star Brides, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Tracie Peterson
    • Narrated By Barbara McCulloh
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Texas born and raised Jessica Atherton is a wealthy young woman whose heart was broken when the man she intended to marry wedded another. But her world is upended when two men come into her life and both manage to stir her heart. Harrison Gable is a rich young lawyer who intends to travel the world and live a life of opulence. His ambitions match Jessica's dreams, but her heart has begun to change.

    Carrie Fancett Pagels says: "Entertaining Listen"
    "Entertaining Listen"
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    I haven't listened to the first two audiobooks in this series yet but after listening to this one, I think I'll get them.

    Privileged heroine Jessica Atherton may have lost her previous beau but she's got plenty suitors now. One is the rather insistent Harrison Gable, a lawyer who lays his attention on thick and a little too much. But Jessica is beginning to feel like she needs to get married and start a family, and Harrison obviously is interested in her.

    Austin Todd, is also new to Jessica's Texas town. Previously a Secret Service agent, he's lost his entire family and is harboring some deep hurts. Although he's begun work as as a Texas Ranger cattle inspector he becomes involved in a dangerous case of forged gold certificates that involve Jessica's close friends.

    Jessica has a huge character arc. At the beginning I was somewhat put off by her, because she was an anti-hero--spoiled, self-centered, and privileged. But she journeys on to correct her flaws, with God's help, and becomes a admirable young lady.

    Will go back and listen to the first two series as the characters from the other stories are also mentioned in this book. You'll be rooting for Austin to win Jessica's heart. Will he?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Miracle: A Christmas Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Debbie Macomber
    • Narrated By Elyse Mirto
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    Harry Mills is a guardian angel on a mission: help twenty-four-year-old Addie Folsom get her life back on track - and, if the right moment strikes, help her find love. Posing as a teacher at a local college in Tacoma, Washington, Harry is up to the task, but not even he can predict the surprises that lay in store. After trying to make it on her own, Addie has returned home to Tacoma for the holidays, but this time she plans to stay for good, enrolling in the local community college to earn her degree.

    Carrie Fancett Pagels says: "Sweet Listen!"
    "Sweet Listen!"
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    I'm not a contemporary fan and rarely read them. But this was a great listen. Although not "biblically correct" it is still a sweet story about angels and their impact on some young West coast people in a Dickens' Christmas Carol parallel. Charming story and darling romance.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Daughter of Highland Hall: Edwardian Brides Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Carrie Turansky
    • Narrated By Veida Dehmlow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Eighteen-year-old Katherine Ramsey travels to London with her family to make her debut into society and hopefully find her future husband. Her overbearing aunt insists that she must secure a proposal from a wealthy young man who is in line to inherit his father's title and estate. But Katherine questions her aunt's plans when she gets to know Jonathan Foster, a handsome medical student and strong Christian who is determined to protect the poor and vulnerable in London's East End.

    Carrie Fancett Pagels says: "Lovely Listen!"
    "Lovely Listen!"
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    Book two in Carrie Turansky's Highland Hall series gives us Kate making her debut in London society. She's very young, only 18, and having to make choices that will affect her for the rest of her life. Scandal in the family looms in the background. As part of her story arc she learns to deal with an over-bearing aunt. Kate must choose between two men who are pursuing her, but it becomes clear early on who she'll end up with. The story is slow to unfold and even though I had the speed set on 1.5 or 2 for speed it was still slow moving, which I am assuming may be a narrator issue. Several of the men in the story sounded exactly alike in their accents and in their choice of words. Some of that may be from the narrator but it made it difficult to differentiate which character was speaking at times. It is so difficult to find Christian fiction to listen to, and this is one that I enjoyed and was able to do my household chores as I was listening. Glad to have had the audiobook available!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Love's Refuge

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Sandra Leesmith
    • Narrated By Rachel Fulginiti
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Skye Larsen loves her peaceful life on Leeza Island in Puget Sound - the tranquility, the friendly neighbors, and especially the safety from big-city dangers. So when cruel pranks start to escalate and changes threaten to overtake the island, Skye is determined to fight for her haven. The presence of a handsome vacationer and the unexpected feelings he awakens can't distract her from her goal. Danny Fraser doesn't realize how desperately he needs a rest until he meets Skye.

    Vince says: "Heartwarming! Great Voices! Enjoyable! Loved it!"
    "Tension Filled Contemporary Christian Suspense"
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    Set on an island off Seattle in the Puget Sound, and in the city, this was an interesting story and included a heroine with a lot of emotional baggage, with good reason. There's an environmentalist theme with the eagles vs. developers and enough red herrings to satisfy most readers. I'm not a contemporary reader, usually, but this was a strong story. The hero was perfect for the story because his occupation directly conflicted with the heroine's issues. There was one scene, in particular, that almost made my heart stop but then Ms. Leesmith "rescued" the heroine. Having been to this locale (not on an island though) and caught in the worst storm in 50 years (I believe it was 1991) aboard a ship enroute to Victoria Island, I found this story to be especially enthralling because of the potential danger lurking around every corner. The narrator was excellent--she had a wonderful voice perfect for a contemporary. Also, because this is a Christian romantic suspense you won't get a bunch of stuff such as profanity. The spiritual arc was rather thin so I think even non-believers can enjoy this story.

    Disclaimer: I received a credit for this book from the author and am under no compulsion to give a positive rating.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • What Once Was Lost

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Kim Vogel Sawyer
    • Narrated By Pilar Witherspoon
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    The practice of ministering to the widows and orphans is reflected in this story of Christina Willems, a young woman from Kansas, in 1884, who is determined to reopen the poor farm she manages after a fire devastates the property. She finds opposition from many surprising corners but an unlikely ally in a lumber mill owner who wants nothing more than to hold himself aloof from the world and its troubles. Levi Jonnson agrees to take care of one of the poor farm residents, a young blind boy - and in doing so opens himself up to Christina's world in ways he wouldn't have imagined.

    Carrie Fancett Pagels says: "Wonderful Listen!"
    "Wonderful Listen!"
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    Amazing Story and Characters! Kim Vogel Sawyer has hit a home run with this story. Continues to have her no nonsense but sweet voice, this has a solid believable story, and all the characters, even the minor ones, are well developed.

    Christina Willems is left with a legacy of caring for others. But her shoulders cannot bear the weight all alone, despite her efforts to do so. The author beautifully shows how God has to be trusted to provide.

    Levi Johnson has hidden off by himself for so long that his connections with others are almost nil. But when the mill owner is forced to take in a blind boy, he finds a part of himself that had gone missing.

    Skillfully told tale. Highly recommend!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Headmistress of Rosemere: Whispers on the Moors

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Sarah E. Ladd
    • Narrated By Henrietta Meire
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (44)

    Patience Creighton has devoted her life to running her father's boarding school. But when the enigmatic master of the estate appears at her door, battered and unconscious, the young headmistress suddenly finds her livelihood - and her heart - in the hands of one dangerously handsome gentleman. At twenty-five, Patience Creighton is already a spinster. The busy headmistress of Rosemere always expected a dashing man to sweep her off her feet and take her away…but that man never came. And since her father's death, keeping the school running and her mother happy has been plenty to keep her occupied.

    Lisa says: "Poor recording."
    "Bronte and Austen Fans Will be Thrilled!"
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    Audio narration: I purchased the CD audiobook version first. The narrator has a somewhat depressed sounding voice and speaks slowly. Too slowly. So I came over to Audible.com and downloaded this version and set the narration speed at 1.5 which worked out great on my Kindle. Much better narration than performed by the narrator for Sarah's first novel's. Still wish they could have gotten someone who didn't make the story sound like such a tragedy, because it wasn't. This was an inspirational fiction and a narrator with some hope in her voice would have been better.

    Story: This is like a cross between a Jane Austen and a Charlotte Bronte story and won't disappoint those fans! A great listen, lovely story, sweet and well developed cast of characters, lots of tension, and little Emma steals the story! This is only the second book Sarah has written and she's already grown so much as a writer. She delivers a wonderful HEA that will leave readers emotionally satisfied. Brava, Sarah!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Born of Persuasion: Price of Privilege, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jessica Dotta
    • Narrated By Amanda McKnight
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    The year is 1838, and seventeen-year-old Julia Elliston's position has never been more fragile. Orphaned and unmarried in a time when women are legal property of their fathers, husbands, and guardians, she finds herself at the mercy of an anonymous guardian who plans to establish her as a servant in far-off Scotland. With two months to devise a better plan, Julia's first choice - to marry her childhood sweetheart - is denied. Then, a titled dowager offers to introduce Julia into society, opening a realm of possibilities.

    Carrie Fancett Pagels says: "Debut Book in Series"
    "Debut Book in Series"
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    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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