Toney, Alabama | Member Since 2009
The threads of this book seem to have woven themselves deep into my own soul as I listened . . . I, too, am from rural Kentucky. I know about the serenity, the corn fields, the hay loft, and escaping into the hills . . . I, too, love the acorns, the leaves, the seed pods, and all the animals that live there. When Josh made the corsage from the wonderful things that he had found and treasured in the woods, I could see it in my mind's eye. I'm very familiar with the "old ways" . . . how the people we love keep secrets . . . hide things . . . things that could have brought healing and understanding if only they had let them go . . . and let them out. Beth Hoffman is a master story teller, and Jenna Lamia narrates "Looking for Me" perfectly. You will love Teddi, the country girl from Kentucky, who is brave enough to chase her dream to Charleston, despite the objections of her mother . . . who tries her best to project HER OWN dreams upon her daughter. And you will ponder over Josh, her little brother, who is cut from a different cloth, and who has his own dreams. Don't miss this one, it will stay with you for a long time, whirling around in your head . . . and in your heart.
I thoroughly enjoyed this audio book, especially the well done accents of the well-to-do and the common folks of England. It was a good mystery, but the interactions between the characters are what made the book stand out for me. Some funny, some strange and some very sweet.
I do like Dorothea Benton Frank's books. One of the most enjoyable things about them is the sweet as syrup southern drawl, and it is done just right. This tale of generations of one family growing up in the same family home exposes each of the homes occupants, warts and all. And time has not been kind to the family, not due in small part to the 94 year old grandmother's lack of confidence in her own daughter as a child and young woman. Isn't that always the way, though? We all have unhealed wounds, a big ole hole in our hearts from what we needed and never got . . . this audio book, happily doesn't try to "fix" all that . . . but deals with it in the here and now . . . by sending them a Pearl at Christmas time.
This is my third listen in this series, although the book is actually book twelve, (the last) in the series. I didn't have any trouble "keeping up" though. I love this book. It has all the elements of a wonderful Christmas story . . . forgiveness, family, reconciliation, babies, and even puppies. The first book in this series felt like "light fare". This one doesn't. Your heart will swell and you will root for these precious folks, ordinary people who have made some bad choices, who have hurt one another, and who are trying to work up the courage to make it right.
If you love Christmas stories, you will love this one. This time of year, especially, I love to listen to Christmas audio books while I sew, bake, and do other things at home . . . or when I am driving. What I appreciate most about Debbie Macomber's Christmas books is that she keeps Christ in Christmas, and the people in her stories are going through the same things we all do . . . daddy's go to war, parents get killed in car wrecks, and folks stuff the pain deep in their hearts . . . until something or someone comes along that makes them face it. All her books have a sweet spirit . . . enjoy.
I really enjoyed this story by Susan Wiggs, but it isn't as good as Debbie Macomber's Christmas books. I grew to love the librarian and identified very much with her and her safe choices, as well as her love of books and stories. Eddie, the former child star, who is so rough around the edges, like a lots of folks, turned out to be more than meets the eye. I do agree with the reviewer that said that there is some political correctness in Lakeshore Christmas . . . that isn't necessary.
This short audio book was a fun and entertaining Christmas listen with twists and turns. I'm a fan of chickens, so it was right up my alley. :)
I love this modern day tale of an unwed mother, with three older brothers, who want to "defend her honor". And I very much appreciate that real life Christians, when faced with a choice to love or condemn, chose to do what our Lord would do . . . what He DID do. This is a precious story of mistakes, love and redemption. And listeners who are put off by "Christian overtones", must have somehow missed the title, A Cedar Cove CHRISTMAS. There is no Christmas without Christ. And for those who have been hurt by the church, rest assured there is none of that in Debbie Macomber's books . . . so come to the stable where the Christ child lays and rest your weary soul. You will be glad you did.
Perfect listen for the Christmas holidays . . . when folks desire peace and healing for themselves and their families. I disagree with the negative reviews posted for Angels at Christmas . . . I am not sure what people expect from a book that clearly is about faith and hope, angels and Christmas. I love how Debbie Macomber deals with the pain, hurts, and disappointments that come from living in an imperfect world, and ways that we humans must learn from our own mistakes. These stories are soul soothing and have a way of setting one's mind and heart at ease.
So much more than a detective story, this audio book spans the geography and history of Africa. It is a captivating and breathtaking glimpse into a culture and way of life that I have never even imagined. The simple beauty described makes me want to go there . . . then the crime and terrible injustices done to women especially, makes me literally sick to my stomach. The ingenious ways that Mma "Precious" Ramotswe thinks of to solve her cases are funny and just plain clever. I can already tell that I am going to have to continue with this series!
Perhaps this is not the genre for some folks . . . but it is for me . . . especially during the holidays. We all need to have our faith renewed, refreshed and to listen to an audio book that makes us feel BETTER, and not weighed down with the everyday woes of life. I love this story of a single dad with two wild twins. He lost his wife in a car wreck four years earlier, and he, whether wrong or right had let his in-laws take over raising them just after he lost his wife. The audio book is full of real life issues and pain that arises following the loss of someone so close to us. The way each of us reacts to such a loss is very different, sometimes very puzzling to those around us. If you do not know God, or want to know God, you will be put off by Debbie Macomber's books, because they will put you face to face with issues of faith and forgiveness. I appreciate that, admire that and would recommend this book and her others to anyone who wants to learn to love more, forgive more, and face every tomorrow a happier person.
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