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Debbie

Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.

Toney, Alabama | Member Since 2013

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  • Blood Hollow

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (308)
    Performance
    (230)
    Story
    (231)

    After 17-year-old Charlotte Kane, the beautiful, brilliant, and brooding daughter of a rich widower, disappears on a drunken New Years' Eve snowmobile ride, a raging blizzard soon snuffs out all search efforts. When her body is found during the spring thaw four months later, preliminary evidence implicates her ex-boyfriend: Ojibwe bad-boy Solemn Winter Moon. But then a second Charlotte Kane turns up dead, and Cork isn't sure of anything any more.

    Ronna says: "Winter snows leave a body in the spring thaw!!"
    "Best in Series so far, after the first one! Wow!"
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    This is book number four in the Cork O'Connor series, and so far they have all been excellent. My husband and I have listened to all four together, so they are definitely for both men and women. The twists and turns in this one are REALLY unpredictable . . . we were guessing until the very end . . . The story begins with the murder of a beautiful young high school girl . . . You will find yourself wanting to learn more and more about her and her family . . . and you will grab all that is close to you and treasure it, fear for it, and wonder, "what, who is out there that would hurt a kid?" Some of the reviewers are critical of this book, saying it is overly "religious" . . . I did not find that to be true at all. In fact, since the beginning of the series, ex-sheriff, Cork O'Connor has been pretty much open and honest about his "crisis of faith" since leaving the Catholic church, where he grew up, went to school, and even served as an altar boy. If readers were paying attention, this theme of "examining the heart" has been there all along. The story line has included the church, priests, and a very faithful and grounded sister-in-law, Rose, who lives in the house with Cork and Jo and helps to raise their three kids. The moral compass which has been Cork's guide from day one has been from God . . . a God that is plenty big enough to allow Cork to question His existence . . . I love the inclusion of the spiritual stories of the Indians, who know God on a very personal level . . . so whatever you call God . . . even when you deny His existence, He always brings you around . . . This book in no way "preaches" to anyone. It leaves readers to their own conclusions. It isn't "goody goody" or even full of theology. So if anyone is offended, maybe they should check to see who that voice is that is speaking to them . . . These books are mysteries/thrillers which include all areas of the lives of their characters. To exclude this one area would just be dicing up the story. Can't wait for book five!!!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Sweet By and By

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Sara Evans, Rachel Hauck
    • Narrated By Lisa Seals
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    Jade Fitzgerald left the pain of her past in the dust when she headed out for college a decade ago. Now she's thriving in her career and glowing in the light of Max Benson's love. But then Jade's hippie mother, Beryl Hill, arrives in Whisper Hollow, Tennessee, for Jade's wedding along with Willow, her wild younger sister. Their arrival forces Jade to throw open the dark closets of her past.

    Debbie says: "Hippie Mama Meets Damaged Daughter"
    "Hippie Mama Meets Damaged Daughter"
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    This was an interesting story of a flower child mama reaping the consequences of choices made in the '60s and '70s and what they did to her children. For the most part, it is a good story, although in many ways I felt like the rock solid part the grandparents played in the lives of Jade, Willow and Aiden was minimized. And from my own experience, having godly grandparents was enough to give me roots when my parents completely came off the rails . . . in many ways, having Beryl physically absent much of the time during Jade's childhood, probably lent stability to her life (although very painful). I had a difficult time also when Jade started "coming clean" with Max, her fiancee . . . in that she didn't come completely clean . . . Issues with Max's family were troubling for me, as well . . . The interactions with Jade, Dustin and his parents leave much to be desired . . . and were surprising to me, given the fact that Dustin's parents were high school sweethearts and married as teens. Dustin and Jade's meeting after 13 years was not totally honest and upright either, and I was left feeling like something was lacking. Overall, I WAS swept up in listening to The Sweet By and By, even though many times through out I found that things were not ringing true to me . . . things weren't adding up . . . the mercy, grace and forgiveness of our Lord are new every morning and there for us all . . . and I was pleased to see Jade and Beryl make peace. All in all, the book was good, just kind of disjointed and not exactly deep Christian fare.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Promises to Keep

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Ann Tatlock
    • Narrated By Barbara Caruso
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (29)

    Christy Award winner Ann Tatlock is a top name in inspirational fiction. In Promises to Keep, 11-year-old Rosalind finds 70-year-old Tillie on her front porch - again. Wanting to die in the place where she lived for half a century, Tillie continues leaving her senior living complex and finding her way “home.” Annoyed at first, Rosalind’s mother finally lets Tilly live with them. And when danger nears, Tillie selflessly determines to protect the family she has adopted as her own.

    Kathy says: "The insights of an adult, told through the voice o"
    "Love and Real Family"
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    Roz, who's eleven years old wants her daddy . . . what girl doesn't? And she, her brothers and her mother have left him and moved to a new town . . . where her mom now has a job . . . Her daddy cried like a baby when they left . . . he said he'd change . . . Now, of all the things, Tillie, the old woman who used to own the house that they've bought, comes sitting on the front porch, saying it's HER house. Tillie wants to die in their house. She and her husband built that house. Well, her mom needs a babysitter . . . so I guess Tillie's moving in! It's just all too much for Roz . . . who dreams of her mom and daddy reconciling . . . and living happily ever after. And Roz' new friend, Mara has some daddy dreams of her own . . . so they make a pact, they will keep each other's daddy dreams a secret. It's just that some things about daddy just don't exactly add up . . .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Free: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Julie Cantrell
    • Narrated By Luci Christian Bell
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    A simple girl with anything but a simple story. In Depression-era Mississippi, Millie Reynolds longs to escape the madness that marks her world. With an abusive father and a “nothing mama,” she struggles to find a place where she really belongs. For answers, Millie turns to the gypsies who caravan through town each spring. The travelers lead Millie to a key that unlocks generations of shocking family secrets. When tragedy strikes, the mysterious contents of the box give Millie the tools she needs to break her family’s long-standing cycle of madness and abuse.

    Amazon Customer says: "Fantastic read"
    "Depression Era Mississippi and Generational Curses"
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    One of the best southern fiction books . . . captures the very essence of growing up in the south . . . the horrible hypocrisy that exists in some churches and some people . . . yet the inescapable HOPE that comes only from God and His followers . . . And the miracle of how God puts special people in the lives of children, even in the midst of turmoil and abuse, and leads them through the valley, continually toward answers . . . and toward good. There's no sugar coating here . . . no covering up "the ugly" . . . and there's plenty of it . . . Millie is the daughter of a cowboy, who beats her mother, nearly killing her . . . and her mama won't leave . . . in fact, she defends him . . . so Millie escapes by climbing her sweet gum tree or going fishing with her friend, Sloth. Or she reads. And she comes home and nurses her mother's wounds, while her daddy's gone off to another rodeo. This is a great listen . . . full of insight into the generational pain that haunts families . . . and the courage of one girl to confront it and choose a different path for herself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The King's Hounds: 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Martin Jensen
    • Narrated By Napoleon Ryan, Napoleon Ryan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
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    (60)
    Story
    (61)

    The year is 1018 and the war with England is finally over, but the unified kingdom ruled by Cnut of Denmark is far from peaceful. Halfdan has lost everything to the war but his sense of humor. Once a proud nobleman, now he wanders the country aimlessly powered only by his considerable charm and some petty theft. When he finds an unlikely ally in Winston, a bookish former monk, the two set out together for Oxford, the seat of the new king.

    Thomas More says: "Interesting mystery and promising new series"
    "Early English Espionage"
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    Interesting and delightful listen! Early kings and kingdoms, jealousy and double crosses . . . and an ex-monk turned private investigator . . . the narration is first rate . . . and the twists and turns keep you on the trail trying to figure out whodunit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To Find a Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dani Amore
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (75)

    Benedetta Carlessimo is no stranger to hardship. Ever since her mother died, the sixteen-year-old Italian girl has cared for her rambunctious younger siblings without complaint. Then World War II arrives on her doorstep, leaving her face-to-face with the most terrible evil she has ever witnessed.

    Joanne Gladfelter says: "Very entertaining and informative. A glimpse into"
    "Great Story of Brave Girl in Italy During WWII"
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    I love historical fiction, and this is the first one for me set in Italy during the second World War. Based on true events, when the Germans invaded Italy and took over the homes of ordinary Italian families, this story of Benedetta, a girl who is caring for her father and younger siblings following the death of her mother, is a tale of horror, devotion, bravery and love.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Progressive Dinner Deadly: A Myrtle Clover Mystery, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Spann Craig
    • Narrated By Lia Frederick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (27)

    Retired octogenarian schoolteacher Myrtle Clover is fit to be tied when her book club votes to change to a supper club. Who wants chips and dip when they can have Dickens and Twain? The first supper club is a progressive dinner... where Myrtle loses interest during the hors d'oeuvres. But when a body is discovered during the main course, the evening quickly gets interesting. Myrtle pits her sleuthing skills against her police chief son's to find the killer.... if the killer doesn't find her first.

    Ronna says: "Laugh out loud cozy mystery!!"
    "Clever, Cozy, Carolina Corpse & Covered Dish"
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    What a delightful listen! Ms. Myrtle, retired eighty-something English teacher, with a yard full of garden gnomes . . . and a son named, Red, who happens to be the police chief of the small southern town . . . Well, she's trying her BEST to direct her wayward book club toward some classics, such as Dickens or Mark Twain . . . when WHAT should those totally uncultured, imbeciles come up with??? Well, a progressive dinner! That's what! Ridiculous . . . but it's a small town and Ms. Myrtle is voted down . . . so she goes along, even though she's a TERRIBLE cook . . . Great southern charm . . . a town full of busy bodies, in everyone's business . . . but with plenty of secrets . . . and a skillet full of surprises!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jerusalem Maiden

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Talia Carner
    • Narrated By Lise Bruneau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    In the waning days of the Ottoman Empire, a young Orthodox Jewish woman in the holy city of Jerusalem is expected to marry and produce many sons to help hasten the Messiah's arrival. While the feisty Esther Kaminsky understands her obligations, her artistic talent inspires her to secretly explore worlds outside her religion, to dream of studying in Paris - and to believe that God has a special destiny for her. When tragedy strikes her family, Esther views it as a warning from an angry God....

    Debbie says: "No dreaming, No painting, No thinking . . ."
    "No dreaming, No painting, No thinking . . ."
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    An Orthodox Jewish girl growing up at the turn of the century before WWI, in the holy city of Jerusalem, was expected to be married off in her early teens . . . to a man chosen by her father, unbeknownst to her. Esther, feisty and different than her siblings, and the apple of her father's eye . . . takes over the running of the house after the death of her mother . . . and she does all that she can to delay and discourage her father from choosing a husband for her. At school, she learns French and is introduced to art by her teacher, who becomes a life long friend. Esther finds that she is a talented artist, and yearns to paint . . . but as a Jew, it is forbidden. More and more as Esther grows and matures, she struggles against the desires of her heart . . . and the rituals of the Jewish faith, which seem to restrict her. Finally her father succeeds in marrying her off and Esther becomes a wife and mother. I found the book to be very interesting, sometimes so sad . . . and my heart ached for the confines of those in the Jewish faith . . . as I am Christian, and I am so very thankful for the freedom from "the law". Yet, the Jewish people, are God's Chosen people . . . and He has a plan for them. I was both happy and sad listening to Esther's time in Paris . . . wishing discernment for her . . . but in many ways, it was like a kid in a candy shop . . . wisdom did finally come . . . but with a horrible cost . . . and perhaps a loss of faith, or maybe a letting go of something that never was faith at all . . . I was pleased with the ending . . . and the choices that Esther made as a mature woman. The book is well worth the listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chosen to Die

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Lisa Jackson
    • Narrated By Alan Nebelthau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (153)

    Detective Regan Pescoli investigated the "Star-Crossed Killer" case for months, only to become the next victim. Abducted and left to freeze in the wilds of Montana, Regan has little chance to survive. But her lover Nate isn't about to let her die. With help from Regan's partner Selena, Nate launches a desperate search - knowing full well the clock is ticking.

    Anne says: "great :)"
    "Nail-Biting Suspense, Cold, Calculated Murder"
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    Wow! This one starts out with chilling (literally and figuratively), calculating menace and continues on from there. Keeps you guessing who the murderer is . . . as another woman is hung in the cold forest to die . . . couldn't stop listening . . .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Forget Me Not

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Fern Michaels
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (73)

    Illustrator Lucy Brighton loves her work. Her animal characters Izzy, Bizzy, and Lizzy have their own comic strip, card line, and children’s cartoon, and their popularity has given Lucy financial stability and freedom. Yet none of that quite erases the lingering ache of a cold, lonely childhood. Then Lucy receives a call to say that her mother and father have been killed in a car crash. While settling their affairs in Florida, Lucy begins to realize how little she really knew about their lives.

    Debbie says: "Light, Feel Good Story . . . Good Listen"
    "Light, Feel Good Story . . . Good Listen"
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    Every once in a while I need an audio book just like this one . . . it just "hits the spot". It's not particularly deep . . . it's not exactly realistic . . . but it's oh, sooooo good . . . it's escapism at it's best . . . wish there was a sequel. Forget Me Not is a joy to listen to!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Swan Place

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Augusta Trobaugh
    • Narrated By Tiffany Halla Colonna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Dove, Molly, Little Ellis and Crystal are runaways with nowhere to turn and no one they can trust until they arrive at a secret sanctuary called Swan Place, where they are taken under wing by a remarkable group of women.

    DD says: "Outstanding characters with a delightful heroine."
    "Love, Faith, Family, Hard Times in the South"
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    I've found another wonderful southern author! The story of Dove and her family, their losses and triumphs, is one I will not soon forget. Losing her mama to illness, and left with her two younger siblings and her step-daddy, Dove, just a teenager is left to care for them all and go to school, as well. Dove's Aunt Bett (her mother's sister) steps in to help, offering a string of Bible verses as a reminder to Dove to stay on the "straight and narrow". Roy Ellis, Dove's step-daddy, a "mostly good man" loves his three kids, but he's grieving awful bad . . . and it's not long before he goes back to the honky tonk and finds himself a young bride. Crystal, just seventeen, loves Roy Ellis, and the family accepts her, even Aunt Bett. And then the unthinkable happens. Again. It's been a long, long time since a story has impacted me like this one. Don't miss it . . .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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