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Cheryl

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  • Sanctuary Cove: A Cavanaugh Island Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Rochelle Alers
    • Narrated By Nicole Small
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (36)

    Still reeling from her husband’s untimely death, Deborah Robinson needs a fresh start. So she decides to pack up her family and return to her grandmother’s ancestral home on Cavanaugh Island. The charming town of Sanctuary Cove holds happy memories for Deborah, and, after she spies a gorgeous stranger in the local bakery, it promises the possibility for a bright future. Dr. Asa Monroe is at a crossroads. Ever since the loss of his family, he has been traveling from one town to another. When he meets Deborah, the beautiful bookstore owner with the sunny smile, Asa believes he has finally found a reason to stay in one place.

    Cheryl says: "Not Good, Clean Fun"
    "Not Good, Clean Fun"
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    Well, I was trying for a gentle and healing story. This was not it. The main character, a widow, is supposedly a devout Christian mother who attends church regularly. Be warned. She believes that there is health and healing in coming to the point where she can purposely plan to have pre-marital sex with a man she believes will soon be gone for good. This is no mistake in the heat of passion. Not only that, but the sexual descriptions are very graphic. This is not a book for me.

    In fact, I would appreciate it if "Romance" categories were not all lumped together. Leaving the intimate details to the imagination is satisfactory for a great many readers.

    I had to fast-forward past material I paid for.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Firefly Island

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Lisa Wingate
    • Narrated By Meredith Orlow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Nationally best-selling author and American Christian Fiction Book of the Year Award winner Lisa Wingate pens inspirational contemporary romances brimming with emotion and charm. Mallory Hale is a congressional staffer whose whirlwind romance with Daniel Everson led to marriage and a new lifestyle on a ranch near Moses Lake. But her life takes a mysterious turn when she spots lights flickering at night on nearby Firefly Island, even though it's been abandoned for years.

    Cheryl says: "Missing Johanna Parker"
    "Missing Johanna Parker"
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    Lisa Wingate is a favorite writer. Her books are a joy to the senses and wholesome as well. I had a hard time with Firefly Island in the audible version from the start, however. The narrator's odd enunciations of word patterns made it difficult for me to fully enjoy what is usually a feast of descriptive language. For example: "ooooold growthtrees, instead of "old-growth trees". I realized how much I missed Johanna Parker's beautiful reading of Lisa Wingate's other books.

    My hope is that this narrator is a beginner and will improve with practice, but this book was made an exercise in trying not to miss the point.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winter Garden: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Kristin Hannah
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (686)
    Performance
    (424)
    Story
    (419)

    Meredith and Nina Whitson are as different as sisters can be. One stayed at home to raise her children and manage the family apple orchard: the other followed a dream and traveled the world to become a famous photojournalist. But when their beloved father fails ill, Meredith and Nina find themselves together again, standing alongside their cold, disapproving mother, Anya, who even now, offers no comfort to her daughters

    Alysa says: "Gut wrenching....but well done."
    "Part the Bushes With a Machete"
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    Even though I love a good exploration of the inner person, I agree with other reviewers. The entire first third or so of this story is like fighting through impenetrable undergrowth to reach the fine journey.

    The fine journey, however, is very fine. Use your skimming talents and hit at bits and pieces of the daughters' irritating, damaged personality quirks described at the beginning of the story. All you need to know from that section is that the daughters are stilted, there is an emotional void because of their mother's non-mothering, and the father has left them to flail around towards recovery.

    Once the mother's story unfolds, it is poetic, tragic and astonishing. The healing at the end is the reward. If you are interested in hidden history and the real people-events in its midst, you will add a pearl to your treasury in hearing this story.

    The reader is a treasure as well. She rides the waves of the narrative and takes you along with her. This is the fine music of words and inflection.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Boo: The Boo Series #1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Rene Gutteridge
    • Narrated By Michael Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    The biggest thing to happen to Skary, Indiana, is renowned horror novelist Wolfe Boone, or "Boo" as the locals fondly call him. For the past 16 years, the reclusive writer has been the town's greatest attraction, having unintentionally turned the once struggling Skary into a thriving tourist trap for the dark side.

    But when a newly reformed Wolfe suddenly quits the genre and subsequently starts to pursue Skary's favorite girl-next-door, Ainsley Parker, the little town becomes truly horrified.

    Rachelle says: "Loved It"
    "Surprised by "BOO""
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    Reluctantly, I made the decision to listen to "BOO", by Rene Gutteridge. It was well worth the listen. I enjoyed a steady dose of belly laughter. Gutteridge's verbal caricatures of common church beasties served to disarm them of their lethal weapons. "Laughter does good like a medicine", says the proverb, and this story was great medicine. In the mix of humor, we get to see the difference between those whose hearts are humble in Christ and those who are religious enough to make religion their slave. I am looking forward to hearing the next in the series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Never the Bride: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Rene Gutteridge, Cheryl McKay
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Jessie is a big believer in love, but although she's spent her whole life fantasizing about what her marriage proposal would be like, reality has yet to match her dreams. Until one day God shows up and offers to write Jessie's love story for her. There's just one catch: she must surrender all control. When she does, Jessie discovers that divine things can happen when we let go.

    antigudra says: "I loved this book!!!"
    "Very enjoyable."
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    I enjoyed the story and the writing. It was a good get-away, rather than one of those stories that make you wonder when the wandering recitation will end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Bride in the Bargain

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Deeanne Gist
    • Narrated By Linda Stephens
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (37)

    This inspiring romance by Christy Award winner Deeanne Gist sets a spirited gal and an enterprising lumberjack on a collision course in 1866 Washington Territory. Set to lose half his timberland unless he finds a wife soon, widower Joe Denton places an order for a bride who can cook. When she arrives, the bonnie lass certainly cooks up a storm - but she knows nothing about marrying Joe.

    CAROLYN says: "PUNT DOWN THE RIVER ROMANCE RATHER THAN THE RAPIDS"
    "A Talented Writer Fell Overboard"
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    Deeanne Gist is an amusing storyteller. I admire her handling of faith in the midst of messy situations. I did not enjoy, however, this book's lust-gone-nuts focus. Leaving the details of a lustful imagination to the imagination of the reader is quite romantic. Filling in a constant description of those thoughts AS the story robs from story-telling.
    Needless to say, this was not a favorite offering from Gist.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Month of Summer

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Lisa Wingate
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    Lisa Wingate has been favorably compared to authors Nicholas Sparks and Richard Paul Evans. In A Month of Summer, Hanna Beth has been caring for her aging husband - who suffers from Alzheimer's - and her developmentally challenged adult son for years on her own. But when she suffers a stroke, estranged stepdaughter Rebecca must take the reins. As she cares for her father and the step-brother she's barely met, Rebecca slowly begins to heal both herself and her family.

    peggy says: "Great story of real life"
    "Wingate Tells From the Heart"
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    Another thoroughly enjoyable story from Lisa Wingate. I love the experience of her stories told about people from the inside out. I love the experience of knowing her people will be better off in the end. This particular story is a tour of compassion, personalities, efforts at creating beauty in a confusing world, misunderstanding, understanding, and wisdom in "broken" minds. I loved Claude's story-pictures. Johanna Parker, the narrator is astoundingly remarkable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Muir House

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Mary E. DeMuth
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Willa Muir can't remember her fourth year of life. An early, undefined childhood trauma blacks her memory behind what feels like an impenetrable wall. And with her parents in the hereafter, she can't ask them to clarify what happened. She can't see the invisible, so she researches to obsession, aching to know the truth.

    Cheryl says: "DeMuth has guts."
    "DeMuth has guts."
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    Mary DeMuth's stories retain interest and mystery while realistically putting words to the very real agony of trauma's effects. She walks us through a process of healing. She KNOWS something the Christian world at-large often wants to bury and she is not afraid to be honest in un-burying it. This is the best of fiction: sculpting with words so that all can see. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and clinical depression are subjects in need of real ministry. Their agonies are often addressed in Scripture, but not often in churches, except to minimize and demonize.
    Thank-you Mary, for showing us all the beauty of depth that comes through those who have been broken.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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