When Charlie and his sister inherit their aunt's run-down estate in rural England, Ashenden Park, they disagree over what they should do with it. Charlie, who now resides in New York City, knows they can't afford to keep such an enormous estate and his sister Ros wants to keep it and live there. As they are contemplating the decisions they need to make, the reader is transported back to different periods in the history of Ashenden Park, from it's design and contruction, to a later owner who had the money to make it a great estate, to its becoming a hospital for soldiers during WWI and on to Charlie's aunt purchasing the estate and restoring it in the 1950s. The book was reviewed as Downton Abbey-ish, but I did not feel that it was. It was a good book, but not a great one. Recommended, with that caveat.
Evelyn Dixon is newly divorced and looking for something. She's not sure what it is, but when she happens across New Bern, Connecticut, she finds it. The it in this case is a charming little shop in a cobbled court. She vows to open a quilt shop there, Cobble Court Quilts. As she is getting the shop up and running and making new friends, she is blindsided with a breast cancer diagnosis.
At the same time, we are getting to know Abigail, a philanthropic millionaire with only one living relative, a nineteen-year-old girl named Liza. When Liza is arrested for shoplifting, Abigail is forced to take responsibility for the girl. As they live together, and get to know Evelyn, their lives begin to change.
As we get to know the shop of characters of this book, the reader gets to know that family that is Cobbled Court Quilts. This is book #1 of a series and I am already eagerly anticipating the rest of the series!
She has a wonderful voice and I loved listening to her. I am looking forward to purchasing more titles that she reads.
A little girl is found abandoned on a dock in Australia, sitting on her little white suitcase. When the dockmaster finds her, and nobody comes to collect her, he takes her home and he and his wife raise her as their own. On Nell's 21st birthday, her father tells her how she was found on the dock as a small child. Although raised with love and kindness, she is curious as to where her family is and how she came to be abandoned. As Nell, and her granddaughter Cassandra after Nell's death, begin the search, they are lead to England and Blackhurst Manor on the Cornish coast. The reader is taken along and alternating chapters tell the story of what is happening now and what happened then and the mystery is slowly, and wonderfully, revealed. A fascinating book that I could hardly put down. Highly recommended!
Author Cheryl Strayed details the walk she took on the Pacific Coast Trail one summer, hiking over 1100 miles in the process. Still grieving over the loss of her mother, her solitary hike gave her the time she needed to learn about herself and accept her mother's death. Along the way, she met a variety of characters, most friendly and helpful to her. Underestimating the amount of cash she would need on her journey and buying boots one size too small were but two of her challenges. I enjoyed the book very much, but would have enjoyed more descriptions of the trail and surrounding landscape and a little less of the author's drug use and sex life. Still, recommended.
When you have read as many books on the Titanic disaster as I have, it is really difficult for me to find a new slant on the shipwreck. This author has done just that for me, he has found a new way to tell the story, from the viewpoint of the people who participated. Instead of focusing on how the ship reacts to the iceberg, he focuses on how the people react to the disaster. You feel as though you get to know the people who planned the ship, those who built the ship, those who sailed on the ship and those who survived the ship and went on to live out the rest of their lives. I was deeply inthralled to learn so much about the people. A fantasic read for the true Titanic buff. The reader for this title was excellent and I thoroughly enjoyed my audio experience.
Not unless Hollywood did a better job than they did on "One for the Money".
Typical Stephanie Plum fare. Cars explode, Stephanie survives, but can't decide between Ranger and Morelli. A nice formula for Janet Evanovich, but nothing outstanding.
In this fictional work, a committee has been chosen to select the 9/11 memorial to be erected on ground zero in New York City. When the committee reaches consensus on the design to be chosen, everyone is stunned to discover that the artist responsible for the design is a Muslim. An American. And also a Muslim. What follows is outrage, hurt feelings, betrayals and fighting to determine if they are to go forward with a design by a Muslim, or a different design. It was a good book, very topical, and written before the controvery with the Mosque being built near ground zero. I did not like how it ended and was disappointed in how the author wrapped up the story. I won't tell you the ending; you'll have to read that for yourself!
It was good to download something as a test to make sure the service worked on my old iPhone that I've converted to use as an iPod.
Of course, I've read this many times in the past, but this was my first time in audio. Recorded Books has done a fantastic job on this book; narrator Linda Stephens does a wonderful job conveying the voices of the characters. A must-buy to GWTW fans!
Everything wraps up (finally) in this third book of Stieg Larsson's trilogy. As Lisbeth awaits trial for her actions against her father, she is cleared of the murders from book two. Mikael works tirelessly to clear everything up and is the hero of the day. In the end, Lisbeth once again accepts Mikael's friendship. Loved it.
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