I agree with the majority of comments on this book. I usually don't read/listen to romance novels - I find them too "syrupy" and juvenile, and prefer, instead, mysteries. However, I liked this book. While not using adjectives such as "Awesome" or "Fantastic", I would say it was "Pleasant" or "Heartwarming", and I would consider listening to more of this author's books. No explicit sex or profanity. For those who are offended by Scripture or Christian themes, you will do better to look elsewhere. I am a Christian, however, so I enjoyed it. Barbara Caruso's narration was top-notch - her German dialect was perfect. I would be surprised if told that she does not speak fluent German. Do not let that put you off, though. Only a few words in German, and when one of the characters speaks German, (there is a grandmother who speaks no English) the German is translated. I disagree with those who say that the book ended abruptly. The author's "Where the Heart Leads" is the sequel to this book, but I'm sad to see that one reviewer has said that it is not as good as this book. I might try "My Heart Remembers" next.
I never liked History in school. Just boring facts to me. However, I am so glad I came upon this series by A.P. Now that I am an adult I can see the subject in a new light and this author has helped me to not only learn about this time in history, but enjoy it! Perhaps she will see fit to write a series about WW 2, with the same characters?? That would be great! You can read the synopsis to discover what the book and the series are about. I just wanted to say here that, for me, it is one of those series that you look back upon with fondness and there was a bit of sadness when it ended. For those who are interested, there are no "F-bombs", and no sexual situations.
I cannot remember when I've enjoyed a series as much as this one! What a surprise! I am an Anne Perry fan - my favorite series up to now has been the Charlotte & Thomas Pitt series. My first thought when I saw this series was that I would not like it, because I'm not interested in war stories. However, because I really like Anne Perry, I thought I'd give this series a try. I'm totally hooked. I'm so anxious to go on to the next book!
This is one of those series that is continued from one book to the next, so I highly recommend starting from the beginning.
The main characters in this series are members of the same family. Hannah, the oldest girl is married to Archie, who is in the Navy, and they have 3 children. Joseph is the oldest son - a chaplain. Matthew is an intelligence officer. Judith is the youngest, an ambulance driver. The series begins just before the war, as they hear of the death of their parents in an automobile accident (or is it an accident?) With the backdrop of the war, Perry weaves a tale of intrigue - murders on the home front, German spies, jealousy. She also helps the reader to understand the agony of those waiting at home with nerves worn to a frazzle and how it affects relationships. She brings us to the horrors of the battlefield and also the war at sea.
I feel an attachment to this family, as if I know them personally, and I want to know what happens to them. To me, this is the mark of a great writer.
Michael Page is a fantastic narrator, artfully switching from an English to German accent to a Russian, French, and American.
I would give this series ten stars if I could!
As an Anne Perry fan - especially the Charlotte & Thomas Pitt series - I was very comfortable with this book. Ms. Porter uses her "Thomas Pitt" voice for the protagonist in this book, Sebastian St. Cyr. Like the Anne Perry novels, this is also historical fiction, taking place in 1812. For those interested, this book contains no "F" bombs, and the only romance scene is at the end with Sebastian and his new wife, but it is not objectionable, IMO.
I am a huge fan of Davina Porter, and she has done her usual fantastic job here.
I listened to about an hour of this book and gave up. The protagonist (it's written in the 1st person) goes on and on (and on...) about her childhood and her family and those who hated her, blah, blah, blah. I read the comments here on Audible and also on Amazon. I kept waiting for something to happen, and, according to the comments of other readers, it DOES get better. But I just couldn't stick with it. Maybe someday when I'm really bored, I'll go back and try it again.
I'm a big fan of Anne Perry's writing, especially her "Charlotte & Thomas Pitt" series, so I thought I'd also try this series. I very much enjoyed this book, also, and I plan to continue the series. The only SLIGHT negative for me was that, at various points in the story, I found myself asking, "why doesn't he just TELL this person that he was in an accident and has amnesia?" But I realize that Perry was trying to explore the difficulties that would arise if a person did not know. At any rate, it's a good listen. Davina Porter is, as usual, a fantastic narrator!
I purchased this book because many people found this to be funny. I didn't. I thought it was dumb. Couldn't listen to more than 1 hour. It's the story of a dog's life from his perspective. Nope, just didn't do it for me.
I'm currently listening to the stories in this series - thoroughly enjoying each one. When this one started, I had misgivings about whether I would like it or not. I'm not at all interested in politics, which is why the beginning of this book put me off a bit. But because I'm enjoying the series so much, I decided to stay with it, and I'm glad I did.
This was the first Pitt book I listened to with Michael Page as the narrator. I was accustomed to Davina Porter's voice and superb narration. However, I must say, Mr. Page ranks right up there with Ms. Porter in my book.
I have been thoroughly enjoying this series! Already looking forward to the next one! If you like "cozy" mysteries, this series is not to be missed. No offensive language or sexual situations. Orlagh Cassidy is surperb!
I am finding it very difficult to express how much I enjoyed this book. I've been a born-again Christian for 33 years. This book gave me a fresh view of my Lord and who He is. Folks, this is NOT church as usual. John digs deeply into just who Jesus is and presents us with a fresh drink of water. He helps to shed light on some of the questions I have had about the gospel stories. "What did the Lord mean when he said......" or "why did he say (or do) that?" This book is well-worth your money and your time. I've no doubt that I will listen to it multiple times. I plan to buy the book also, for my husband, who is not into audio books, but will definitely read this. I also plan to recommend it to friends. I enjoyed John's narration of the book very much - I came away with the feeling that he'd be a wonderful dinner guest - a winsome personality. Just in case you don't know who John is, here is his bio from his website, "Ransomed Heart Ministries":
John Eldredge is an author (you probably figured that out), a counselor, and a teacher. He is also president of Ransomed Heart, a ministry devoted to helping people discover the heart of God, recover their own hearts in God's love, and learn to live in God's Kingdom. John grew up in the suburbs of Los Angeles (which he hated), and spent his boyhood summers on his grandfather’s cattle ranch in eastern Oregon (which he loved). John met his wife, Stasi, in high school (in drama class). But their romance did not begin until they each came to faith in Christ, after high school. John earned his undergraduate degree in Theater at Cal Poly, and directed a theater company in Los Angeles for several years before moving to Colorado with Focus on the Family, where he taught at the Focus on the Family Institute.
John earned his master’s degree in Counseling from Colorado Christian University, under the direction of Larry Crabb and Dan Allender. He worked as a counselor in private practice before launching Ransomed Heart in 2000. John and Stasi live in Colorado Springs with their three sons (Samuel, Blaine, and Luke), their golden retriever (Oban), and two horses (Whistle and Kokolo). While all of this is factually true, it somehow misses describing an actual person. He loves the outdoors passionately, and all beauty, Shakespeare, bow hunting, a good cigar, anything having to do with adventure, poetry, March Madness, working in the shop, fly fishing, classic rock, the Tetons, fish tacos, George MacDonald, green tea, buffalo steaks, dark chocolate, wild and open places, horses running, and too much more to name. He also uses the expression “far out” way too much.
I DEFINITELY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK!
I agree with the other comments. I don't think it's fair to Dr. Smith to compare this book with James Herriot's series. When all is said & done, we are all unique individuals, after all. That said, Dr. Smith's stories have their own warmth and attraction. I especially enjoyed it because, for me, it was a trip to the UK. (I've never traveled beyond North America.) No, you won't laugh with tears running down your cheeks, but you might chuckle a bit. I recommend this as a comfortable, enjoyable listening experience. I don't usually like books that are narrated by the author, but Dr. Smith's voice was pleasing to me. If you think you might be interested, you can always listen to the sample first. This book has no objectionable language, IMO.
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