Desperation, hope, trust.
Amelia grew on me as the book progressed. She found herself and learnt to stand up for herself and walk straight and tall.
Makes me laugh, makes me cry, makes me want to be brave enough to trust and love when it seems impossible.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Welcome to the Lodge! I feel as if I was there, experiencing the love, the cozy atmosphere, meeting old friends, invited to a wedding. Great move Elena, to give us an update on Andi and Colin. After reading the first two books, it was great finding out what happens next.
Eva Andrew is a wedding planner and will go to any lengths to make her best friend's wedding special. She meets a good looking man who pushes all her wrong buttons and she's not sure how to manage that. Lots of sparks fly, lots of chemistry between them.
Jeff's goal seems to be getting Eva on a horse... a horse he chose for her. She is busy trying to make sure Andi' s wedding is perfect and cannot afford the time to tolerate Jeff's seeming interest. Will she eventually figure out what he has to offer?
Our old friends Bo, Morgan, Ella, and Carmen are also showcased and adds interest to the continuance of the series. The light hearted romance with some pretty interesting supporting characters, the well described scenes, as well as the setting in the woods in a magical Christmas Lodge, makes for romantic trysts.
The narrator (Jennifer Drake Ford) entices us with her dramatic voice representations and adds to the whole listening experience of this happy ever after book.
Thanks Elena, it gets better and better. I enjoyed every moment of this book and would recommend it highly.
As a fan of this author, this book met my expectations. I enjoyed the first Castle Mountain Lodge book, and I am sure you will enjoy this one. A strong leading lady, a sexy hero, romance, sizzling chemistry, who could ask for more!! Having read the first book I'm gratified that this book is all I could have imagined.
As expected the narrator Jennifer Drake Ford made the book come alive. She was excellent wit the various characters and really great with Morgan. Kudos to you Jennifer.
I loved the way Elena segued into developing Morgan's persona as she interacted with Kids. The sexy and tender Bo was also beautifully developed even though he seemed to be somewhat ambivalent initially.
I couldn't put it down and neither will you. I totally recommend it. Bonus... read and enjoy as a stand alone novel (if you need to)!
This romantic novel really reminded me that this could happen in real life as depicted by the author. I should know, and the main character, Andi, does just that as she tries to escape the humdrum of her real life for the Christmas vacation. Only to find love awaiting her there, when she accepts an invitation that the Castle Mountain Lodge resort sent to her office.
After spending time living in the Caribbean, Colin enters, determined to enjoy the true Christmas spirit, with snow, ice-skating, mountains and he rescues a damsel in distress. The blossoming attraction is on, although romance can be depicted without the 'heat'.
This story is a wonderful blend from start to finish, with a delightful pair of main protagonists, and a great mix of secondary characters.
Jennifer Drake Ford was great in her depiction of the various personalities and it was a pleasure to listen to this audiobook as narrated by her. It was exciting, thrilling, romantic and thoroughly enjoyable and I would strongly recommend this book.
The cover pulled me in and the story didn't let me down. Love your writing style Elena.
I am an avid Jane Austen fan from way back when and I really enjoyed Most Truly, which picked up where Pride and Prejudice ended. Kitty's and James' love story is beautifully written. A mature and demure Kitty Bennet, shy with a bit of self doubt, but most assuredly still with her innate playfulness, she captivated the honourable, gentlemanly James Fitzgerald. Their chemistry was obvious and the restraint and caring thoughtfulness of James as he agonized over his attraction for Kitty was very well managed by Reina Williams.
The narrator could have been more vibrant and dynamic in her narration, but all in all a good effort on her part.
A delightful 'sequence' to Pride and Prejudice and I like the portrayal of the main characters and of course the supporting characters helped to make this an enthralling read.
A great read and by Ms. Williams.
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