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Eleanor H T&T

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  • The Longing (Grayson Brothers, Book 2)

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Wendy Lindstrom
    • Narrated By Julia Motyka
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (58)
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    A marriage of convenience…and intoxicating desire. He would show her every shade of love. The last thing sawmill owner Kyle Grayson wants is a marriage of convenience, but a stroke of rotten luck leads him straight to the altar with his competitor's daughter, Amelia. Burdened by guilt over his part in her father's death and an intoxicating desire for his new wife, Kyle doesn't think things can get worse - until his beautiful bride refuses to consummate their vows.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Love Those Rugged Grayson Men!"
    "Forgiveness Brings Healing and Love"
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    If you could sum up The Longing in three words, what would they be?

    Desperation, hope, trust.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Amelia grew on me as the book progressed. She found herself and learnt to stand up for herself and walk straight and tall.


    What does Julia Motyka bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Nothing much.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Makes me laugh, makes me cry, makes me want to be brave enough to trust and love when it seems impossible.


    Any additional comments?

    Broken heart, broken dreams, betrayal, by an unscrupulous and dangerous rogue. At the age of 17, who can bear it and recover? The father's love for his betrayed, shamed daughter propels his submission to a role that ultimately destroys his finances, his health and his life.Ameiia picks up the pieces of her life and becomes a teacher and begins a solitary life that threatens to bury her and condemn her to loneliness, as a spinster. Her self doubt and low self esteem propels her into forcing a marriage to prevent further censure from her community.Amelia's secrets and Kyle's hidden, supposed guilt conspires to prevent them from gaining the trust and love for each other in the marriage they have contracted. So much pain and sorrow and longing for each other, drives a wedge between them and it appears that there is not much hope for a happy ending..​Wendy Lindstrom is a master story teller and she winds the threads of betrayal, suspicion, passion and burgeoning trust into the fabric of a surprising ending. It was a great combination of sorrow, desperation, hope, love and eventual trust. Talented writing and a great read.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Secret Gifts: A Castle Mountain Lodge Romance

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Elena Aitken
    • Narrated By Jennifer Drake Ford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    If party-boy Gage Mitchell doesn't shape up, he'll lose the acting role of a lifetime, and with it, the only means he has to help his family. PR rep, Megan Powers has only one job - keep Gage Mitchell out of trouble, or she'll be looking for a new career. And what better place to do it then the remote and beautiful Castle Mountain Lodge. After all, how much trouble could he get into deep in the mountains?

    Eleanor H T&T says: "Secret Gifts - Sweet Romance with Touch of Mystery"
    "Secret Gifts - Sweet Romance with Touch of Mystery"
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    The magic of Castle Mountain Lodge continues to facilitate and encourage romance and perhaps falling in love....This was another great read in a breathtaking setting.
    Gage and Megan trapped in an unexpected situation, manage to connect on a personal level that leads to a lively conclusion.

    There were great characters that you could relate to, realistic romantic challenges that are believable and interesting supporting characters added to the intriguing dilemmas that ensues.

    I continue to enjoy the Castle Mountain Lodge series very much. Elena Aitken is a very good author and the story line grabs your interest, and keeps you reading and listening to the very end.
    Jennifer Drake Ford also accomplishes her task as narrator with gratifying results and imbues the various characters with her special touch as a gifted narrator.

    I would recommend this audiobook to anyone desiring a rewarding listening experience. Short and sweetly entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sleigh of Hope (Grayson Brothers, Book 5)

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Wendy Lindstrom
    • Narrated By Julia Motyka
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Adam Dearborn has just been adopted into the Grayson family when he comes upon two boys huddled inside his sister’s warm greenhouse. Adam had hoped to have time alone with his sweetheart, Rebecca, but December snow is falling hard and the poorly clothed, hungry boys need his help. Adam takes them home never expecting the arrangement could become permanent. Being an only son is not a position Adam wants to give up, not does he want to share Rebecca’s affection with the older boy.

    Kathy says: "Finding Hope through letting go"
    "Sleigh of Hope - A Tender Love Story"
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    Another great book about the Grayson Brothers. This family just loves to be helpful and caring to others less fortunate and adding another "brother" to their family is just another way of giving of themselves to others. And the family togetherness is just awesome. I really enjoy the Grayson's books.

    This book is a great read. The characters are strong and well developed and the story plot is just brilliant, with just enough unexpected twists and turns to keep the story flowing along and keeping the interest of the reader at peak. It was refreshing to read a clean, sweet romance and I appreciated the budding, young love of Adam and Rebecca as they grew up. I listened to the very end. Short and sweet and very heart warming giving you a feel for what is most important in life.

    Julia Motyka as usual portrayed the various characters, skillfully and added immensely to the listening pleasure. I'm happy to recommend this audiobook for all persons.
    Wendy Lindstrom you have a created a masterpiece and I am looking forward to reading and listening to the next book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Gentleman's Daughter: Her Choice: A Gentleman's Daughter, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Reina M. Williams
    • Narrated By Caprisha Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Cecilia Wilcox's frustrating and unsettling encounter with a handsome stranger is soon pushed from her thoughts by the appearance of her first love, the rakish, elegant best friend of her older brother. Disapproving of her daughter's choice, her domineering mother takes her to London to find a husband. She introduces Cecilia to a charming rogue and the stranger, whose commanding and inscrutable presence both disturbs and captivates her.

    Eleanor H T&T says: "A Gentleman's Daughter makes up her mind."
    "A Gentleman's Daughter makes up her mind."
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    While I liked how the story began with Cecilia struggling to figure out who she loves and I also liked the author's writing style, the way in which the characters developed was a bit confusing. At times I was a bit lost.

    Ambivalent thy name is woman and so it seems are men. Basically, pretty much all the main characters kept going back and forth between loving and hating each other or being nice but then mean and hateful the next minute, loving this one now and changing their minds later. It added in some measure to carry the story to its unpredictable end with all the suspense and drama involved.
    As for Ceciia's mother, what a harridan, fortunately her husband was lovely and caring for his daughter and balanced the parenting.

    I particularly like historical Regency Romance, so I was interested as to how it would end. It was unique in the managing of the many twists and turns in the story line. An interesting listening experience helped along by the competent narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dog Collar Crime: A Lucie Rizzo Adventure, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Adrienne Giordano
    • Narrated By Laura Princiotta
    Overall
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    Out of work and down on her luck, Lucie Rizzo is forced to do the one thing she's long avoided - move home to her nutty, mob-infested family. A move that brings her back into the tempting arms of Frankie Falcone, the ex that never fails to make her heart sit up and beg. When Lucie parlays her temporary dog-walking gig into a career making fancy dog accessories, Frankie becomes her number one supporter. Life starts to look like a walk in the park...until three of her bling-wearing clients are dogjacked.

    Eleanor H T&T says: "Gone to the Dogs? Dog Napping? Exciting!"
    "Gone to the Dogs? Dog Napping? Exciting!"
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    Lucie can't make up her mind about how she feels about Frankie. She waffles and dithers over to be or not to be involved with him.

    Lucie's feelings for Frankie are very complicated, but she can't seem to understand that she needs him to be there for her. Frankie is very patient because he is very sure of what Lucie means to him and he is willing to hang with her, hoping she would realise that she is meant for him. Complicated... yet assertive - and hot - and the way they both mature while dealing with the many crazy crimes is really interesting and somewhat appealing.

    Walking the dogs is not just a job. She loves the dogs and understands their various personalities and is shocked at the dog nappers, amid her confusion about who is so wicked to grab her charges. In the midst of all the crimes, she manages to start a business relating to her dogs. She is full of fun and is a real feisty personality.

    The narrator certainly helps to make the story entertaining by her narrative proficiency. I loved how she shouted Frankie's "Whoa" whenever he was surprised and she made it fun to listen to this audiobook

    Thanks Adrienne for a really funny and enjoyable, well written book. Way to go!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rancher Takes a Bride: The Burnett Brides, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Sylvia McDaniel
    • Narrated By Robin Rowan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Performance
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    Rose Severin, speaks to the dead or at least she pretends to until she can earn enough money to make her way to New York and become a famous actress like her mother. Travis Burnett is resolved to rid the frontier town of imposters like Rose. But Eugenia thinks the fiery Rose is just the woman for her obstinate son. She schemes to keep Rose at the family ranch where Travis soon realizes that the supposed spiritualist is more than just a pretty swindler.

    Eleanor H T&T says: "The Rancher and the Medium - Hot Stuff!!!"
    "The Rancher and the Medium - Hot Stuff!!!"
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    Sylvia Mc Daniel conjured up a story that makes us laugh, cry and empathise with Desiree/Rose as she struggles to make a life for herself in spite of her chaotic upbringing. She's feisty and no nonsense and can stand up for herself, until Travis appears.

    Travis is all for family and is so attracted to Rose but cannot entirely trust her. His Mom wants grandchildren and to see her boys married and settled, so she will stop at nothing to make that a reality and runs a scam to entice the two main characters into getting to know each other. It's a cause for mayhem and chaos in the lives of the characters, but the story is funny, with lots of laughs and all's well that ends well.

    The supporting characters are well thought out and the plot thickens as the story emerges. Once you start listening you just want to continue to the end.
    This book was superbly written and I recommend it to other readers and listeners.

    I look forward to what else Sylvia McDaniel has to share, as this book is a 'keeper' and favourite. Really great reading.

    Listening to Robin Rowan was a wonderful experience as she portrayed the various characters via her voice. I'm impressed. You go girl.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In for a Penny: The Granny Series

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Nancy Naigle, Kelsey Browning
    • Narrated By Pam Dougherty
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    When Lillian Summer Fairview's husband up and dies on her, it leaves the last living member of the most prestigious family in Summer Shoals, Georgia, in a hot mess. While Lil was busy being a proper Southern lady, Harlan squandered dang near the whole family fortune on lottery tickets. To keep her financial skeletons in the closet and give him a decent burial, Lil made a deal that has now landed her in prison.

    Terri B. says: "A witty surprise!"
    "Gotta Love Those Grannies!"
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    This is a real fun story that is hilarious really, really funny and laughing out loud is a given! All in all, hooray for the Grannies! I just love it... I laughed, I cried and I empathized with Lillian who kept secrets from her BFF so she could hide her supposed 'shame'. The vibrancy of Maggie and her new friends reminded me that age is just a number and we can still do things and fix things in spite of.

    Maggie and Sera teamed up with another granny who took them to the limits to help Lillian when they realized she had been taken for a ride. An unlikely trio, intelligent and hands on, who were determined to stand up for their friend and bring down the culprit who railroaded her into the worst possible trouble. Risk taking was just part and parcel of this team.

    Mystery, suspense and a developing camaraderie that these feisty grannies took on the road, to save Lillian when her life takes a turn for the worse. Uproarious, entertaining, I haven't laughed so much with a book for some time.

    The story was great and Nancy and Kelsy did an amazing job of pitching grannies into the roles of sleuth and bringing retribution to the perpetrator. Thanks for a marvelous read. Your choice of narrator was also perfect as she made the audio book come alive.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Harvest of Dreams: The Gods' Dream Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Debra Holland
    • Narrated By Noah Michael Levine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    A captive God who must be freed. An Evil God set to enslave the world of Kimtair. A hero and two heroines from Earth join forces with Kimtair's warrior-princess and princes to battle the Evil One's minions. Can they defeat the Evil God and win freedom for their people?

    Edward Millner says: "This is it!"
    "Fantasy, Romance, Suspense! Gods & Godesses! WOW!"
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    Meet Sadie and Thadeus and renew your acquaintance with Princess Daria and Khan, and Prince Indarin and Jasmine. Excitement and nail biting suspense. Wars among evil gods and goddesses and beneficent gods and goddesses and their subjects. A tale of fantasy and epic proportions. Ultimately, the triumph of good over evil, liberation and restoration of a deposed and imprisoned sea god with the help of the denizens of the ocean and his loyal subjects of Seagem, along with the help of their other world friends.

    Noah Michael narrator, gave it his best shot. He captured to perfection, the excitement, the dread, suspense and romance in this journey. I loved his narration, his voice changes for the many characters was stupendous and made the book's adventures come alive.

    I absolutely recommend this gripping and imaginative series and this final book to all who would delve into their minds and envisage a world of lavender skies, two moons, gods and goddesses, both good and evil, a world where anything can occur.

    Debra Holland is a master story-teller. The most intriguing, fantastic story ever. Harvest of Dreams is a fitting end to the Gods' Dream Trilogy. Your imagination is the only boundary. BRAVO!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Between Now and Forever: Callaways, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Barbara Freethy
    • Narrated By Shannon McManus
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Nicole met Ryan when he was a handsome, cocky teenager with a desire to fly high above the clouds. Ryan encouraged Nicole to dream big and promised her a lifetime of happiness, but several years into their lives together, they were faced with obstacles bigger than either had ever imagined. Their love faltered. They lost their way and considered what had once been unthinkable-the end of their forever. But now fate throws them a curve, an event that forces them back together, that strips their emotions bare and is both terrifying and strangely unifying.

    Diana kadamus says: "very good book!"
    "The Callaway's Book 4 - Mystery is my hobby!"
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    An estranged husband and a challenged little boy, Nicole was at her wits end, her life traumatised by a suddenly missing child. What more could go wrong? The story unfolds as her whole life was unraveling amid the upheaval of moving to another town to work on recovering her baby.
    Fear and near tragedy can bring people together or pull them further apart and thankfully, it pushed this embattled couple to join hands and work together in their time of trouble.

    I loved this book. Couldn't put it down. It was great to read about Nicole and Ryan's story. I love the whole series and bringing in characters from other books in the series makes it special. Can't wait for to get to Book 5. Bring on more Callaways!

    Barbara Freethy is a talented storyteller and this romantic suspense fiction about women's issues as Nicole and Ryan struggle to manage their lives and their heartbreak about their son's challenges and disappearance has been a rewarding listening experience. Their journey was fraught with sorrow but it began an understanding of what was really important to them both.

    This latest installment in the Callaway series is suspenseful, full of mystery and heartwarming all at the same time.

    The narrator, Shannon McManus was superb in her depiction of the various supporting characters and really added to the listening pleasure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss Darcy Decides: A Pride and Prejudice Novella, Love at Pemberley

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Reina M. Williams
    • Narrated By Kate Sample
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    While visiting a young woman - who was not so fortunate as Miss Georgiana Darcy in escaping the persuasions of a rogue - Georgiana meets Sir Camden Sutton, whose reputation causes Georgiana to wonder as to his motives. Her wondering soon turns to a different feeling when Sir Camden comes to stay at Pemberley, showing himself to be a very different man than was rumored. While Sir Camden struggles with his past and his commitment to his future, as well as the ill intentions of haughty Caroline Bingley, Miss Darcy must decide whether to listen to others, or the words written on her heart.

    Eleanor H T&T says: "Good, sweet reading reminiscent of Jane Austen"
    "Good, sweet reading reminiscent of Jane Austen"
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    Georgiana is a lovely young woman, who had almost made a terrible mistake. She was rescued before the impossible happened. Georgiana could have chosen to be angry and bitter, but she chose a different path, not cutting herself off from the possibility of romance and falling in love. She is a giving and caring friend and she cares deeply for all her friends and family. Her concern for Lizzy and her unborn child is particularly touching.

    She and Camden make a great couple, as she chose to trust him and let him in, in spite of his checkered past and the way he had lived his life. She was drawn to him as he made positive changes to be all that he could be.

    Lovely story and the choice of Kate Sample as narrator was serendipity as her quiet, serene, beautifully modulated voice renditions was perfect for the period where women were expected to be obedient and very submissive. The crux of the story was Georgiana's decision to change her mind and allow herself to fall in love. And forever after is always wonderful.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reaper of Dreams: Gods' Dream Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Debra Holland
    • Narrated By Noah Michael Levine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Can the couple unite the slaves to escape the evil one? "The second book in Holland's The Gods Dream Trilogy lives up to the excellent first volume in the trilogy. A captured prince tortured by an evil god finds his soul mate in an Earth woman badly wounded in body and spirit." (Jacqueline Diamond)

    Edward Millner says: "A Must Read Sequel"
    "Captivating and Simply Fantastic - Well Done!"
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    Book 1 was absolutely mesmerizing. I couldn't wait to listen to this one. Again, it was spell-binding and captivating. Debra Holland's imagination and dynamic interaction of the supporting characters with the heroes of the story was beautifully crafted. The gods and goddesses were just the right touch for this fantasy.

    I just loved the imaginative creativity, drama and real depth of Indarin's and Jasmine's characters as they battle new and terrifying worlds, with gods and goddesses, good and one very evil god. I wanted to cheer these survivors on, as they met and grappled with the upheavals in their lives.

    The story line drew me in and I didn't want to stop once I got started. Prepare for a great ride and brilliant performance by Noah Michael Levine.. He is the perfect choice as narrator as he lived the various characters and his voice nuances were beautifully done.

    I highly recommend this book, but if you can, read Sower of Dreams first as the book may standalone, but better appreciated in sequence.

    Thanks Debra I had a wonderful time with this. It was so exciting and thrilling and I'm looking forward to the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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