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Mary Jester

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  • Loving Frank

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Nancy Horan
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (832)
    Performance
    (391)
    Story
    (400)

    I have been standing on the side of life, watching it float by. I want to swim in the river. I want to feel the current. So writes Mamah Borthwick Cheney in her diary as she struggles to justify her clandestine love affair with Frank Lloyd Wright. Four years earlier, in 1903, Mamah and her husband, Edwin, had commissioned the renowned architect to design a new home for them.

    Eva Gannon says: "Fascinating"
    "Interesting Historic Fiction"
    Overall

    I went to Falling Water a couple of years ago, but learned much more about Frank Lloyd Right by reading this book than I did on the tour. A bit slow at times, but that's forgivable since the author was sticking as close to the "facts" as she could. Shocking ending.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Saving Grace

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (768)
    Performance
    (695)
    Story
    (703)

    When Lady Johanna learned that she was a widow, she vowed she would never marry again. Only sixteen, already she possessed a strength of will that impressed all who looked past her golden-haired beauty. Yet when King John demanded that she remarry - and selected a bridegroom for her - it seemed she must acquiesce, until her beloved foster brother suggested she wed his friend, the handsome Scottish warrior Gabriel MacBain.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Beautifully Written Highland Tale"
    ""Literally" not worth the credit"
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    Characters were not particularly likable. Every time you think Johanna has a brain in her head it turns out that she was only smart by accident. And the author overused, and generally misused, the word "literally" throughout the book, to the point where it "literally" made me want to scream.
    If you want a smart, sexy story about men in kilts, read Outlander. If you have already read Outlander, this book is guaranteed to disappoint.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Murderous Procession: A Mistress of the Art of Death Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ariana Franklin
    • Narrated By Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (372)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (213)

    National best-selling author Ariana Franklin resumes her Mistress of the Art of Death series with A Murderous Procession. In 1176, King Henry II’s daughter is set to marry the king of Sicily. But when several wedding guests are murdered during the procession, Adelia must uncover who is behind the killings and who is the killer’s real target.

    Betty says: "The end of a fantastic series?"
    "Can't believe she's dead!"
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    I have really enjoyed this series! I do wish all the books had been read by the same narrator, but they all were very good, once I got passed the different name pronunciations. I think Adelia is my second-favorite heroine after Outlander's Claire! So when I finished this book that ended with... if not exactly a cliffhanger, then definitely leaving you wanting to know what happens next, I got on line to find out if there was a release date for #5 only to learn that the author is DEAD! Granted, she was 80, but STILL! I do realize it's fiction but I'm still left feeling like these characters are still out there having adventures but that there's nobody to tell me about them!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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