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.
With Sophie as narrator, I would definitely try another another book with her as narrator. Her impressive vocal talent is really remarkable and it totally made the book that much more enjoyable. You go girl!
I may, but the overly hot sex scenes are really not my forte. But I will see how the next one goes.
Ian is my favourite character in the book but I loved the depiction of Riley's persona by Sophie. Her dramatics were so evocative and really well done. All in all, it's difficult to choose between them as they are both favorites.
This is a really compelling story about two people who are bound by past experiences, and find the comfort and strength in each other, to move forward. To be free of everything that has held them back.
I'm not in to very graphic sexual content, so it was off putting, to some extent. However it was a great listening experience as Sophie Eastlake is a great narrator. Thanks for your vibrant story telling as the story line was very insightful of the nuances of past experiences that colour and form present behaviour patterns.
Looking forward to your other books.
Yes, I would. And I did. I laughed, I cried, I empathized, and I enjoyed listening to Anne Hancock do a brilliant job of portraying the characters of the main and supporting personalities
Audra went back in her mind, while speaking to Jack after Christian's death. She re-visited her affair with Jack. The thoughts overwhelmed her and she relived her time spent with him. The pathos of her musings was like heartbreak, because she had loved him so much.
Her ability to be the character she was portraying at any given moment. I enjoyed listening to her because her voice modulations were so beautifully done.
I appreciate and enjoy Mary Campisi's writing style. She paints word pictures of the events and draws her audience into the lives of her characters. She is one of my favourite authors and I recommend her writing because of her ability to be real and how very effective is her capacity to allow her public to become enamoured of her story line, as she deals with issues that are sensitive and not usually discussed.Keeping secrets and running away never solves problems. I empathized with Audra though, she made a tough call but her inner strength brought her through.This is a great read from Mary Campisi and a marvelous listening experience from her very able narrator Anne Hancock.
I would recommend it, highly, especially if Book One was previously read. The storyline was excellent and well thought out and also well written and the choice of the narrators was brilliant.
I would compare it to Book one of the Caversham Chronicles as it was the absolutely delicious complement to the continued saga.
Lady Elise was the favourite performance by Victoria,. She really portrayed who Elise really is by her voice rendition of Elise's various moods and forthright and outspoken ways. The sternness and seemingly unbending nature of Lord Caversham was forcefully and perfectly depicted by Dennis. Marvelous performances by the tandem efforts of these two narrators.
Yes. But 11 1/2 hrs had to be broken up into manageable portions. The storyline was enthralling and moved along very briskly. I enjoyed the romance.
The continuation of the story about Lia and Ren and their family was wonderful. The love of the feisty Lady Elise for Michael was heartwarming and progressed from her first sighting of him at 10 years old. Michael was realizing that Elise had changed and his regard for her was developing. But a promise was preventing his courting her until certain information precipitated a release of the promise made as a younger man to his best friend. His subsequent behaviour was reprehensible and he deserved to be submitted to serious grovelling on his part. Beverly was a charming addition to the plot and was a dramatic foil to the incorrigible Elise, who needed a confidante for her schemes. Sandy, this was a really fitting second book, to the first book and I'm anticipating the enjoyment of the other books.
I can say that my recent addiction to audiobooks has opened up new vistas of enjoyment of 'reading'. As anxious as I am to continue the series, for comparisons with other audiobooks, I pass. My reading selections are very varied as my choices are eclectic to say the least. Suffice it to say, this book was totally entertaining enough to encourage the foray into the rest of the series.
The story tripped along very nicely. Lots of descriptive prose and historical background. The romance between Ren and Lia was stormy at times but it added to the excitement of the storyline. The sex scenes were graphic with way too much information but, to each his own. I did enjoy Ria's feisty nature and strong reactions to her tormenting relatives.
They spelled each other to tackle the male and female voices. That made great sense and enhanced the enjoyment of their performance. I also appreciated the the way they imitated the accents of the characters. Victoria was particularly adept at Lia's language and intonation of her various moods.
This first book in The Caversham Chronicles series by Sandy Raven is a marvelous beginning to this series. It is rife with strong feelings, lots of drama and thrilling moments. I was so captivated by the storyline that I had great difficulty in taking time off to do other necessary things, like sleep. However, I did skip some of the steamy sex, but I was still so engrossed in the tale. The main characters, Ren and Lia were well developed, genuine and pleasurable to relate to. The book held my attention to the very end.
Sandy, I like your writing style and listening to Victoria and Dennis make your main and supporting characters come alive was an absolute joy.
Yes I would. All the attributes of a fantastic "fairy tale"; adventure, a hero, a beautiful Princess, a villain and of course, romance, love, and a happy ever after. The warrior Princess touch and the mystic creatures, ruins and the accommodating goddess was the icing on the cake.
Noah was just amazing.The way his voice changes for the differing personalities was simply splendid. His performance added to the storyline and to the enjoyment of this fantasy audiobook. It was a great experience listening to the narrated story.
The author wrote a thrilling, compelling story of Khan's and Daria's love and exciting adventure under an exotic and beautiful lavender sky and wondrous two moons. The interaction with the various deities in the story added to the intrigue and mystery of this tale of betrayal of friendship, lack of honor and Khan's devotion to his dream lover. Debra Holland created a marvelous tale that kept up the interest from beginning to end. Debra has described this fantasy world, beautifully and brilliantly, every scene is described so that you feel surrounded and enveloped into this world and its many adventures. It was a riveting and fantastic tale. I'm looking forward to reading the sequels to this tale.
All the dramatics so ably represented by the narrator. The fiery personality of Cassiopeia and her theatrics at the wedding and it was go, go, go to the end.
Miss Cassidy Flynn does not know how to back off, she took on the might of her natural father and won. I also fell in love with her feisty personality. She was just incorrigible. Theron met his match.
Haven't come across any of Pyper's other performances but I really liked her narrations. She expertly mimicked the various characters' accents and their thoughts were mirrored in her voice rendition. A very expressive voice. I'm impressed.
When Cassidy spoke of her torment in her own home as a teenager, and her ordeal by her scumbag uncle and the ensuing hospital stay. It was heartbreaking. I loved how Theron was there for her at her revelation.
This book keeps you on edge, a roller coaster ride, that keeps your interest to the very end. You just want to see what is coming up next. I love the excitement. Cassidy's strength, her utter devotion to those she loves, and the devotion of her friends to her. Despite her childhood or because of what she really learned during it, she gave back to special needs children on her ranch. And then there is Theron, he makes you salivate just reading about him!! Well developed and believable characters, a great story line, romance, adventure separation, and reunion for a happy ever after. Happy listening.
The narrator was able to personify each person with a vocal range that brought to life the feelings of pain, hurt, sorrow and also the deep seated turmoil evident within the psyche of the main personalities.
Unconditional love, forgiveness, family interaction and also two sisters who met under difficult circumstances, but learned to love each other and gained acceptance because of their common heritage.
Lily's reaction to meeting Christine was so heartwarming, she was so joyous as her longing to meet this sister she loved so much was finally a reality. Her dreams came true. This was my favourite moment.
There was so much heartbreak within this book, my heart was touched. But the melding of the love and joy this second family brought into the lives of the siblings made me smile and shed a few tears at the pathos of it all. It was amazing that Christine could become a part of the other family.
The characters were well developed and the story line was uncommon and gave a look into the hearts of people who vacillate and accept less than what they are worth. The author was able to bring some understanding of the why of the situations portrayed. The writing style kept the story interesting, too. To me, it was believable as similar stories have unfolded in real life.
Each book I listen to, has it's own fingerprint and it is really difficult to rank it among the diverse and eclectic genres of audiobooks that are my listening preferences. Suffice it to say It was a moving and touching experience to listen to Montana Dawn.I really like Caroline Fyffe's writing style and will read more of her books
Luke was my favourite character. He was loved by his family, peacemaker among his siblings, loyal to the very end. He had his own demons to manage, but above all, a man of honour ready to move decisively when the occasion warrants it, a romantic at heart, tender and loving. He had a heart as big and overflowing as his family at the ranch itself.
Corey Snow as a male narrator used his higher range of speech to give a great rendition of the ladies he had to portray. He was really a good match for Faith's voice, and personality. Also Luke's mother and sister Charity were well done also. I wondered how he would manage the female voices as he was so excellent with Luke and all the other men, as he rendered the nuances of the emotions of rage, pain, sadness, joy and laughter. All in all as a narrator, he rocks.
Why rename it? As the name is so evocative of the baby Dawn, who was the crux of the story and the underpinning of the romance and tenderness of this wonderful audiobook, the name was the best.
Running away does not solve problems as we all know and this book reminds us of 'what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive' It was an enthralling and exciting adventure and the romance was tender and heartbreaking sometimes. At times one wonders how come minds become so terrified when our families seem to be at risk.
Caroline Fyffe's use of descriptive prose, imagery and wonderful dialogue carries one straight to the wagon trail along with her characters. She brought life back in those days vividly to your imagination as you traveled with the lowing of cattle and the camaraderie and lively banter of the stock hands at suppertime on the trail.
The adventures of living in the West among a loving and very happy family with their own stories was indeed a treasure unfolding along the way. The tender love story kept my attention and Corey Snow's voice dramatics kept me listening anxiously to hear what comes next.
No wonder Caroline was a Golden Heart Award winner!
The nail-biting excitement and suspense, passion and romance in spite of really challenging situations and the thrilling unexpected terrors, fast and furious, all captured my interest and ensured my rapt attention to the very end.
Stupendous imagery, entertaining, compelling story. A rakehell and nice girl meet igniting in a one night encounter and the unthinkable for Brylie happens. The plot thickens, when they meet aboard ship and the deadly pirates arrive and trust becomes an issue needing to be resolved for lives, on board, to be saved. Game on!
Erin was masterful as she portrayed the various characters. She was spot on for Brylie's personality, fearful sometimes but brave and courageous nonetheless. Her voice renditions were expressive and made the various situations and personalities come alive.
When Brylie's Dad talked to her about running away, and how much he missed being part of a relationship, she realized her need to reconsider her options. She faced herself and made adjustments to her life.
In Midnight Sun, MJ Fredrick creates a compelling, dramatic story of love, passion and adventure, in a fast paced setting in the frigid waters and barren landscape of Antarctica.
I appreciated the growth of Marcus' sense of responsibility and growth during this harrowing experience. bad boy rich kid getting to live a real life happening that's guaranteed to change a perspective, positively.
One thing though, I could have done without the description of the gratuitous sex, boring (in the long run), sexually explicit and graphic. However, it was a great read and the story, ripped along so quickly, one couldn't bear to stop listening, until the end. How come, it ended so abruptly? Very disconcerting.....
Poignant, Heartbreaking, Romantic
Oriel was my favorite character. She was tormented as a child, but she was strong and refused to be downtrodden by her sadistic, brutal father. Her childhood years of anonymity was used to observe and study, developing her abilities as a brilliant scholar, with an analytical brain, thus enabling her to survive her growing up years and become who she was meant to be. She blossomed at Elsemere among her new family, who embraced and loved her.
Meghan embodied her characters and her ability to make you weep by her portrayal of the emotional states of Heron and Oriel, representing the pathos of their romance. Also her rendition of the supporting characters also greatly enhanced the audio book and listening was a pleasure. She caused the story to be memorable.
I wept with Heron, empathized with Oriel, rejoiced with Charles and was hopeful of a wonderful ending. I laughed with Felicity and the Duchess and could feel the love she displayed for her new husband. I felt the pain of rejection, smelled the fear and the adrenalin rush as the story unfolded. Awesome!
The Duchess as mentor to her 'children' (birth and adopted) was brilliantly rendered and was just marvelous. Her strength of character in crisis times was amazing as she kept the family together when everything seemed to be falling apart. The suspense was thrilling and I admired the way the story unraveled in a controlled fashion. A really haunting and suspenseful story in true Gothic style with a perceptive heroine, brooding and romantic supporting characters and of course a deadly villain.
Get out there and read or listen to the book. It will delight you.
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