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Millie

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  • When the Soul Mends

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Cindy Woodsmall
    • Narrated By Jill Shellabarger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (29)

    After receiving a desperate and confusing call from her sister, Hannah Lapp reluctantly returns to the Old Order Amish community of her Pennsylvania childhood. Having fled in disgrace more than two years earlier, she finally has settled into a satisfying role in the Englischer world. She also has found love and a new family with the wealthy Martin Palmer and the children she is helping him raise.

    Stevon says: "the saga continues"
    "Depressing Characters"
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    I enjoyed the hardcopy books because the author is very talented; however, the audio version of the series brings the characters to life and they remind me of stressful real people whom I have encountered over the years. Hannah caused just as much hurt to Martin and his children as her family caused her. Paul Waddell was also a disappointment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • She Walks in Beauty

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Siri Mitchell
    • Narrated By Suzy Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
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    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Multiple Christy Award finalist Siri Mitchell is acclaimed as one of Christian fiction’s clearest and most original voices. Set in 1890s New York City, She Walks in Beauty follows a young debutante struggling to reconcile the conflicting demands of culture, family, and love. Tasked with reeling in the city’s most eligible bachelor, Clara Carter must quickly learn to endure a corset, master the latest dances, and perfect her manners before making her social debut.

    Michael says: "Courting in Corsets"
    "And Still?"
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    This was a fantastic, very moving story about the way society dictated and interpreted women's beauty in the late 1800's. The same sentiment dictated a woman's place as well. I am so glad that women are finding their own place these days. I love this author's style because she isn't afraid of exposing very real flaws in her characters, and her stories always seem to come to wonderful, thought-provoking conclusions. The story has a little mystery, a little humor, a little sorrow, a little shock, and was delightful to listen to.

    SPOILER ALERT:
    I have to say that the story took me back to the mid-1960's when I was in nursing school. It was not uncommon to have patients with the same problem described in the story. It was also common for magazines to advertise gimmicks for cinching ones figure by various means. People still do some pretty crazy (sometimes extreme) things to compete for good looks. Sometimes the outcome isn't so great. i.e. falling off ones shoes and breaking a bone. I somehow doubt that things will change for the better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All Things New

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Lynn Austin
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (84)

    Fans of inspirational fiction eagerly devour historical novels from Christy Award winner Lynn Austin. In All Things New, the acclaimed author weaves a tale set in the aftermath of the Civil War. Josephine Weatherly and her mother, Eugenia, return to their Virginia plantation, but their once-grand home has lost its lustre. Jo’s father and brother are dead, and the war has left her remaining brother broken and embittered. Bonding with Lizzie, one of the few remaining servants, Jo struggles to rebuild her life....

    Holly says: "Another gem"
    "Excellent...But...."
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    Very well done story with excellent research, but it brought back some painful reminders of the 1950's when some horrific things were still going on. The author made a very good effort toward explaining the thinking of the time that incited people to lash out against their fellow human being.

    Lynn Austin has done a great deal to encourage readers to embrace diversity through the Lord. I would love to hear her speak sometime.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Secrets on the Wind: The Pine Ridge Portraits, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Stephanie Grace Whitson
    • Narrated By Ruth Ann Phimister
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (35)

    Best-selling author Stephanie Grace Whitson is a two-time Christy Award finalist. Deep in Lakota Sioux territory in 1878, a torched farmstead is discovered by American soldiers. Hidden in the cellar is Laina Gray, delirious and pregnant. Nursed back to health by a woman who trusts God's healing hand, Laina recovers but continues to closely guard her terrible secrets.

    Rae says: "Good story!"
    "Well written but not for me"
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    This book is very well written and the experiences of the main character seem quite real. I think that Ms. Whitson accurately captured the anguish and despair that so many women have suffered at the hands of others. The narrator did a wonderful job as usual.
    That being said, I like to read to relax and throw off the burdens of the day, and I found this story a little too weighty to relax by. This one story won't keep me from looking forward to her other books. I absolutely loved "Sixteen Brides"!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Number the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lois Lowry
    • Narrated By Blair Brown
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (114)
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    (123)

    Ten-year-old Annemarie Johansen and her best friend Ellen Rosen often think of life before the war. It's now 1943, and their life in Copenhagen is filled with school, food shortages, and the Nazi soldiers marching through town. When the Jews of Denmark are "relocated," Ellen moves in with the Johansens and pretends to be one of the family. Soon Annemarie is asked to go on a dangerous mission to save Ellen's life.

    RaisinNut says: "People of all ages will enjoy this book."
    "A Slice of Real Family Life During WWII"
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    This is a wonderful story of a family helping neighbors and others escape the nazis during WWII. It is presented through the eyes of an adolescent girl and is suspenseful as well as uplifting. I think that 12-year olds through old agers could gain insight from this story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sixteen Brides

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Stephanie Grace Whitson
    • Narrated By Ruth Ann Phimister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    In Sixteen Brides by Christy Award finalist Stephanie Grace Whitson, Civil War widows living in St. Louis are lured west by promises of prime homesteads in a booming community. When the unsuspecting women arrive at Plum Grove, Nebraska, sparks fly as they meet bachelors convinced they’ve come to marry them. The widows will need all the courage and faith they can muster to survive these unwanted circumstances—especially since appearances are so deceiving.

    Millie says: "Very Entertaining"
    "Very Entertaining"
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    I really enjoyed this one. If you enjoy Cathy Marie Hake stories, you will really enjoy "Sixteen Brides." Ms. Whitson's and Ms. Hake's writing styles are very similar. A little fun, a little suspense, and a warm ending.

    This is my first novel by this author. I found it by looking for books narrated by Ruth Ann Phimister because I like her reading style.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Duchess and the Dragon

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jamie Carie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (10)
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    Rising romance novelist Jamie Carie's second book tells the epic story of two unlikely soulmates who live worlds apart but soon meet and turn each other's world upside down. Drake Weston, Duke of Northumberland, is accustomed to a life of royalty until a tragic mistake followed by murderous rage results in his sudden flee from England. With a hoarde of money on which to survive, Drake hops a ship of indentured servants to America only to be robbed and taken ill by the merciless sea voyage.

    Debbie says: "Very enjoyable listen."
    "A Little Dismayed"
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    I love reading about how our ancestors provided healthcare during the building of this nation. Some of the actions taken didn't seem quite realistic for the times. When the Quaker lady sat on the cot beside the sick man and he ran his hand along her jaw and touched her lips, I felt sickened. Especially since this took place in the hold of the ship and he was delirious and ravaged with disease. All I could think of was, lice, feces, vomitus, and urine on that cot and on him ( and now on her mouth).

    I picked this book because I like Christian based historical romances with an inspirational message, but lust seemed to overwhelm the story so I turned it off.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • That Certain Spark

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Cathy Marie Hake
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (33)
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    (34)

    Inspirational Readers Choice winner Cathy Marie Hake whisks listeners away to 1890s Texas where the townsfolk of Gooding are shocked their new doctor is a woman. The men vow to boycott the lady doctor and send her packing. But when her medical skill saves a blacksmith’s life, he feels obliged to shield her from threats to her person and practice. And despite their initial clashes, the determined doctor and her outspoken guardian soon forge a surprising bond.

    susan says: "my fave author"
    "Disappointing Narrative"
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    The narrator was very good, however, her style was mismatched for this story. I believe that she would be very, very good with children's storys.

    I love just about anything that Cathy Marie Hake writes, but I had to stop midway through the second chapter because the characters seemed so unreal.

    I am not giving up though, because I am going to buy the paperback and try again. CMH is one of my all time favorites; besides, I want to see what happens to Lynette.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Wonder of Your Love

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Beth Wiseman
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (33)

    Settling in to her new life in Canaan, Colorado, Katie Ann Stoltzfus gives birth to a beautiful baby boy. This child comes to her late in life following the death of her estranged husband. She resolves to play the role of both father and mother to the child. Ivan was her one true love and despite his infidelities, she mourns his loss and vows never to trust another man. But when a meddling - but good hearted - Englisch woman plays matchmaker for Katie Ann and Eli Detweiler who just arrived in Canaan, they both need to restructure their expectations of the future....

    Millie says: "How Wonderful"
    "How Wonderful"
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    Beth has done it again! Katie Ann seemed like such a pitiful soul by the end of the last book that I wasn't looking forward to seeing more of her sorrow, but I was wrong. Beth can take a heart-rending situation and weave it into a heart-warming story. I have listened to this one a few times and hope to listen it many more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Forevermore

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Cathy Marie Hake
    • Narrated By Stina Nielsen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (41)

    Cathy Marie Hake, best-selling author of Fancy Pants, delivers a poignant romance set in 1891 Texas. Miss Hope Ladley believes God wants her to cook and clean for grieving widower Jacob Stauffer. But when Jacob hires the cheerful dynamo, he can't imagine the profound effect she'll have on his frightened sister, his motherless daughter, and on his own tender heart - or how much they'll all miss her if she leaves.

    susan says: "ive listened twice"
    "Delightful Character"
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    I really enjoyed Hope, who was true to her name. This was quite an uplifting story with lots of information making me want to research German immigrants to that region. I wasn't sure of what religious group they might have been affiliated with (i.e. Mennonite, Lutheran,...?). They probably said and I just missed it. The narrator was quite good too.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • His Love Endures Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Beth Wiseman
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (32)

    Danielle Kent is 18, pregnant, and hopeful that the child's father - Aaron Lapp - will want to marry her and provide the life she's always dreamed of. Even though Aaron is Old Order Amish, Danielle knows that he wants to leave his community for a life outside of the district. But then Aaron tells Danielle that he doesn't love her - that a wife and baby don't fit into his plans. Levi Detweiler has enjoyed an unlikely friendship with Danielle for nearly a year, though they have little in common.

    susan says: "couldnt stop listening"
    "Inspirational"
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    I have read "The Daughters of the Promise" books and "Land of Canaan" books, and loved them all. This one offers many points of inspiration that can apply to everyone. Danielle's character is very real, but her tears were a little exhausting after a while. Kirsten Potter did another fantastic job of bringing the characters to life. All in all, I am glad that I bought this book and am really looking forward to the next installment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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