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Millie

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  • Wonderland Creek

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Lynn Austin
    • Narrated By Kate Forbes
    Overall
    (226)
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    (203)
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    (202)

    Six-time Christy Award winner Lynn Austin has won a loyal following for her inspiring historical fiction. In Wonderland Creek, young Chicago-area librarian Alice Grace Ripley is left heartbroken when her fiancé breaks up with her just as the Great Depression forces her out of a job. To escape the local gossip, Alice volunteers to deliver donated books to a library in rural Kentucky. There she discovers that God still has a plan for her after all.

    Sara says: "Depression Era Kentucky as a Librarian"
    "Great!"
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    Lynn Austin did it again. I love reading her books because she does such a great job of researching her material. Her stories inspire me to review different parts of my faith and to grow. I also feel like I have received a valuable history lesson when I read one. I probably would never have heard of the depression-era traveling library services in Kentucky if I hadn't read this book. Kate Forbes did an excellent job of making the characters come to life.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Room of My Own

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Ann Tatlock
    • Narrated By Kate Forbes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
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    (14)
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    (13)

    This charming, old-fashioned story of a girl growing up during the depression will convince you that anything is possible. Against a backdrop of authentic hardship and despair, 13-year-old Virginia Eade discovers the true source of happiness. A doctor's daughter, Virginia spends her days dreaming of romance with "the two Charlies" - Charles Lindburgh and Charlie Chaplin. Soon Virginia is forced to give up her room to less fortunate relatives, and failed banks, closed shops, and breadlines crop up in her insulated world.

    Deidre says: "Most enjoyable and highly recommended..."
    "Two Books In One Cover"
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    Ann Tatlock is a very talented author and did a great job of capturing what might have been going through a teenager's head during such stressful times. Her style inspires me to want to research some of the events described. The challenging thing is that many of the descriptions and thoughts were extremely drawn out, and I found this to be exhausting. I have to say the the faith-based messages were inspiring. There were two major story-lines that could have stood alone. This story might have worked better as two separate books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Take This Cup: The Jerusalem Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Brock Thoene, Bodie Thoene
    • Narrated By Tom O'Malley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (42)
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    (42)

    Nehemiah, the young son of a Jewish woman, a weaver from Jerusalem, is born and raised among the Jews who didn't return to Jerusalem from the Exile. Educated by Rabbi Kagba, one of the magi present at Jesus' birth thirty years earlier, Nehemiah grows up with the expectation of a soon-coming Messiah. Could the Yeshua of Nazareth, who is walking the earth, reportedly doing miracles, be that Messiah? When young Nehemiah must travel the long caravan road to Jerusalem, he is charged with an unusual mission...

    Marva says: "Nehemiah"
    "Fair"
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    These authors are very talented but this story just didn't' draw me in.

    The narrator was pretty good. I would like to hear him read something else.

    The story started out focusing on a young spinster and a distant cousin seeking a wife. The interactions seemed a little challenging and a little humorous. I was looking forward to them being major players in the story, but they kind of faded very early on. I really like historical fiction about family relationships.

    Be aware that there's violence sprinkled throughout the story. The main character was different. A mixture of history and fantasy. The story itself seemed long and the characters didn't really "pop."

    I am into part 2, but I don't think I will make it to the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Heiress of Winterwood

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Sarah Ladd
    • Narrated By Jackie Schlicher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (36)

    Amelia’s detailed plans would normally see her through any trial, but now, desperate and shaken, she’s forced to examine her soul and face her one weakness: pride. Graham’s strength and self-control have served him well and earned him much respect, but chasing perfection has kept him a prisoner of his own discipline. And away from the family he has sworn to love and protect. Both must learn to have faith and relinquish control so they can embrace the future ahead of them.

    Amazon Customer says: "Kind of bummed out"
    "Pretty Good"
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    I really enjoyed this story but I believe the narrator was mismatched to it.
    The narrator has a very good voice, and I think she would sound great in something like a documentary.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Tracie Peterson, Kimberley Woodhouse
    • Narrated By Barbara Caruso
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (17)
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    (17)

    Gwyn Hillerman acts as a nurse at her father's medical practice in 1935 rural Alaska. Her family life has been rough ever since her mother, hating Alaska, took Gwyn's younger sister back to Chicago to live. Dr. Jeremiah Vaughan finds his life suddenly turned upside down when his medical license is stripped away after he loses an affluent patient. In a snowball effect, he then loses his engagement to Gwyn's sister, Sophia. When the government decides to send a group of families to Alaska in hopes of making a better life, Dr. Hillerman sends a letter urging Jeremiah to join his practice.

    Millie says: "Seems Okay, Just Not My Fav"
    "Seems Okay, Just Not My Fav"
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    I can't seem to stay focused on this story. It just isn't holding my attention. The story line seems a little trite in spots. A character has a secret and is vacillating between hide or reveal. Meanwhile a sinister character will probably find out and threaten to tell. I listen for a while then need to turn it off. I have been turning on and off for more than a month and am just half through. It probably gets better, but I don't think that I will finish it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Governess of Highland Hall: Edwardian Brides, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Carrie Turansky
    • Narrated By Veida Dehmlow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
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    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Missionary Julia Foster loves working alongside her parents, but when the family must return to England due to illness, she readily accepts the burden for her parents' financial support. Taking on a job at Highland Hall as governess, she quickly finds that teaching her four ill-mannered charges at a grand estate is more challenging than expected.

    Millie says: "Um"
    "Um"
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    I read the hardcopy first and loved it. In listening to the Audible version I noticed that one of the characters complained of having "...a devil of a time..." doing something. Detracted from the Christian inspirational theme.
    Other than that, the book was a comfort food sort of story and I would like to try other books by this author.

    2 of 4 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
    (16)
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    (10)
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    (10)

    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
    (108)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (98)

    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
    (36)

    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
    (268)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (146)

    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 3 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
    (47)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (32)

    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

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