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Cheryl H

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  • The Best Man

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Kristan Higgins
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (354)
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    (315)
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    (315)

    Faith Holland left her hometown after being jilted at the altar. Now a little older and wiser, she's ready to return to the Blue Heron Winery, her family's vineyard, to confront the ghosts of her past, and maybe enjoy a glass of red. After all, there's some great scenery there.... Like Levi Cooper, the local police chief - and best friend of her former fiancé. There's a lot about Levi that Faith never noticed, and it's not just those deep green eyes.

    Mary says: "Funny, flawed characters and great, dry dialogue."
    "Loved it! Another great one by Kristan Higgans"
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    I love Kristan Higgans' stories! They're so real, totally believable plots with lots of love, tears, and humor. Follow Faith Holland as she returns to her family's east coast vineyard from San Francisco to save her dad from falling into the clutches of a tacky gold-digging woman. Once there she runs into police chief Levi Cooper who was the best man who she blamed for her fiancée leaving her at the altar a couple years prior. The complicated lives of these two create a wonderful story where you'll cry, laugh, and just feel terrific while Faith finds herself and maybe even finds out who the best man really is.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Orphan Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christina Baker Kline
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3229)
    Performance
    (2866)
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    Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to "aging out" out of the foster care system. A community-service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse.... As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

    Susan says: "Fascinating Journey for Two"
    "Don't miss reading this book!"
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    This story had me captivated from the first spoken word. It was full of highs and lows and you live every minute of them with the two main characters who find each other by accident. Molly is a young girl in foster care who is almost old enough to age out of the foster care system and seems to be her own worst enemy. Vivian is an elderly wealthy lady who appears to be all alone in the world living in a large mansion in Maine. Molly commits a minor crime and is sentenced to do hours of community service which she fulfills by helping Vivian clean our her attic. Together they uncover the story of Vivian's life as they go through the boxes in her attic that contain items from each stage of her life. Vivian, a recent immigrant from Ireland just prior to the Great Depression, was orphaned at 8 or 9 and placed on the Orphan Train from NYC out to the Midwest. There the orphans were given to families who applied for a child, whether the home they were being placed in was safe, clean or not. Her story is compelling, having so many downturns that you can't understand how this plucky little girl could go on (that squirrel hunter guy and his family creeped me out from the first minute Ms. Kline described him).Once she winds up in a stable family where she is loved, the story doesn't end there.

    Meanwhile, Molly is facing her own issues and as she works for Vivian, her life starts to turn around. However, the foster mother she currently has resents her and the tension at home continues, even as she turns her grades around, cleans up her appearance and starts growing up.

    Don't miss this book! It would make a wonderful movie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Waiting on You: Blue Heron, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Kristan Higgins
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (108)
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    (108)

    Colleen O'Rourke is in love with love…just not when it comes to herself. Most nights, she can be found behind the bar at the Manningsport, New York, tavern she owns with her twin brother, doling out romantic advice to the lovelorn, mixing martinis, and staying more or less happily single. Ten years ago Lucas Campbell, her first love, broke her heart - an experience Colleen doesn't want to have again, thank you very much. Since then, she's been happy with a fling here and there, some elite-level flirting, and playing matchmaker to her friends. But a family emergency has brought Lucas back to town....

    Amazon Customer says: "Very funny and entertaining"
    "Least favorite in the series so far"
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    I normally love KH's books, reading or listening to them more than once, but I really didn't get into this book as much. I think it was because I wasn't invested in the heroine, Colleen, - I really didn't like her. She slept around too much, despite the fact that she keeps telling herself that she really didn't sleep with as many guys as everyone thought she did. This comes back to haunt her later on in the story. Lucas, the hero, wasn't any more likeable. He claimed to love Colleen, but then ran off and married the rich girl and stayed with her claiming to love her for four years for reasons I won't go into as they will spoil the story. All the flashbacks didn't complete the whole picture of what happened to these two until the middle of the story.

    On the other hand, some of the peripheral characters were funny and lovable, while others were just plain detestable. There are some really funny moments in this book and I wish it had pictures so I could see what the Chicken Princess' sneed (sp?) looked like. Kristen Higgins' books are always well written. The first two books are wonderful in this series, so if you haven't read them, treat yourself to those books and skip this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Dance with a Duke: The Stud Club Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Tessa Dare
    • Narrated By Leslie Bellair
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (532)
    Performance
    (471)
    Story
    (476)

    In One Dance with a Duke, the first novel in Tessa Dare's delightful new trilogy, secrets and scandals tempt the irresistible rogues of the Stud Club to gamble everything for love.

    Amazon Customer says: "Horsing around in Historical Romance"
    "Witty conversations, spunky heroine = Good!"
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    I've read a couple of other Tessa Dare books and I find her written dialogues and plots to be funny and witty. In this book, Amelia, the nurturer of an impoverished noble family, takes the Duke of Midnight to task over him fleecing several hundred pounds and a token from the "stud club" from her younger brother in a card game. When Amelia is talking to the duke, he has a panic attack, which he is prone to when he gets in a crowd, he finds out another member of the stud club is murdered. After spending several hours with Amelia he asks her to marry him so he will have a duchess who can help care for his young teenage ward and continue his lineage. Oh and he pays her twenty thousand pounds that will help her poor but noble family survive and it will get the younger brother out of gambling debt.

    Once they are married, Spencer is aching to have her put him first above her family and she becomes jealous of how he treats his horses, wanting all that love and attention directed toward her. The fifteen year old resentful niece doesn't help things either. As the relationship between the duke and Amelia develops, Spencer wants to know if she will ever love him more than her brother.

    This was a funny, delightful book and I loved that the hero was a closet romantic, but denies it to the hilt when Amelia figures that out. On the negative side, I thought the ending was a little weak. Ms. Dare could have made it a bigger part of the book, but it seemed like she rushed through it. Maybe to make way for the next Stud Club novel? I gave it four stars because the ending seemed so weak, otherwise I highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What the Duke Desires: The Duke's Men, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Sabrina Jeffries
    • Narrated By Corrie James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (230)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (206)

    Maximilian Cale, the Duke of Lyons, long ago buried his grief for his missing elder brother, Peter. When a mysterious note arrives from Tristan Bonnaud asserting that the Duke's brother is alive, it leads Max straight to the winsome Lisette Bonnaud, illegitimate daughter of a viscount and Tristan's sister.

    DARA says: "Romance, Mystery, and a Duke."
    "Different kind of book for Sabrina Jeffries"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, but with a caveat that this book is slightly different than most of Ms Jeffries' other books. She did have a good authentic storyline with romance and her character development was, as always, well written.


    If you’ve listened to books by Sabrina Jeffries before, how does this one compare?

    It's not as good as some of her other stories, but overall a pretty good listen.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Without spoiling the ending, the scene where Max "persuades" George to do the right thing near the end of the novel.


    Any additional comments?

    The little look into the historical treatment of madmen and the French Secret Service was interesting..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Noble Intentions: Noble Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Katie MacAlister
    • Narrated By Alison Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (99)

    Noble Britton suffered greatly at the hands of his first wife, and he refuses to fall into the same trap again. This time he intends to marry a quiet, biddable woman who will not draw attention to herself or cause scandal. Gillian Leigh's honest manner and spontaneous laughter attract him immediately. It matters little that she is accident-prone; he can provide the structure necessary to guide her. But unconventional, his new bride turns the tables on him, wreaking havoc on his orderly life.

    Scotty says: "Great Book!"
    "Okay book, not terrible, but not wonderful"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It was way too long. I had trouble listening to all 11 hours of it and found myself wishing it would be done about 4 hours earlier.


    Would you recommend Noble Intentions to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, I can't say that I would recommend this book. I found it to be unrealistic, and actually boring in some spots.


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

    She did have a British accent, but that's about all the narrator added to this book.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    There are other excellent historical romances out there. This one wasn't absolutely terrible, but there are so many others that are much better reads.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Run to You

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Rachel Gibson
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (81)

    Stella Leon's bartending gig was going fine until gorgeous ex-Marine Beau Junger decked her mob-connected boss, spirited her out of the city, and claimed that Stella's half-sister - the one with the perfect life - sent him. Now Stella has no choice but to go along for the ride...and seduce Beau's military-issue socks off....

    SIMARA says: "A beautiful and sexy love story..."
    "Great Story - Just wish it were longer!"
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    I loved this story about Stella, the smart and sassy heroine and Beau, the ex-Marine sent to bring her to Texas to meet her half sister. Together they make a sweet couple both with endearing, but irritating personality quirks. The story seemed to go by quickly because these two were so cute together and I kept wishing that the story was longer!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When Snow Falls: Whiskey Creek, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Brenda Novak
    • Narrated By Tara Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (151)

    After growing up in cheap motels, moving from town to town with her sister and mother, Cheyenne Christensen is grateful to be on her own. She’s grateful, too, for the friends she found once her family settled in California. But she’s troubled by the mystery of her earliest memories, most of which feature a smiling blonde woman. A woman who isn’t her mother. Although Cheyenne has repeatedly asked for explanations, the people who could help aren’t talking.

    Angela says: "When Snow Falls"
    "Good, but difficult story line"
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    First let me say I normally love Brenda Novak's books. This one is about two sisters who grew up in horrible circumstances with a negligent (to say the least) mother. Cheyenne, the younger daughter, is desperately trying to make an honest worthwhile life for herself in Whiskey Creek, but has serious doubts about whether her dying mother is really her biological mother. She has two love interests in the story and I hated the way she treated one of them (Dylan) - assuming since he had a troubled adolescence and he lived on the wrong side of the tracks, that he wasn't good enough for her. I couldn't understand why Dylan didn't tell her to get lost multiple times in this book.

    On the other hand, Cheyenne's sister, Presley, succumbs to easy sex, drugs and living a life more like their mother's. Her part of the story is hard to listen to. Cheyenne's group of friends are annoying busybodies more than caring friends in this book. Despite all these negative elements, I couldn't stop listening to see what happened with the characters. I thought the narrator did a good job as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Gentle Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Deborah Smith
    • Narrated By Suzy Harbulak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (128)

    A Connecticut heiress learns she's adopted and travels to northern Florida "cracker" cattle ranch to find her birth parents. There she also finds unexpected romance with the ranch's owner.

    DARA says: "Extremely Touching!"
    "Middle of the road on this novel"
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    I had a hard time getting into this book for a couple of reasons. The narrator had a difficult job with so many characters, both male and female, and many of them were mentally challenged or handicapped in some form. I think she did a fairly decent job, considering the challenges she was up against. The story line was a good one - a ridiculously rich heiress, Kara, who was raised by a couple whose sole purpose was to preserve the rainforests of the world, finds out she was adopted soon after the death of her parents. She heads down to Florida incognito to find her mentally handicapped adoptive parents and get to know them without telling them who she really is (an heiress and their biological daughter). They're living on a ranch in northern Florida owned by a man whose brother has Down's Syndrome and has several other mentally handicapped individuals working there. I found the two main individuals in the story to be unrealistically altruistic, particularly Kara. She's a vegan and imposes her eating habits on the occupants of the ranch as well as the reader. I'm on the fence about whether to recommend this book or not. It wasn't one of my favorites, but it was entertaining enough that I didn't once consider abandoning it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nice Girls Don't Date Dead Men: Jane Jameson, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3721)
    Performance
    (2839)
    Story
    (2831)

    Once a devoted children's librarian, Jane Jameson now works at a rundown occult bookstore. Once a regular gal, she's now a vampire. And instead of a bride, she's an eternal bridesmaid -- which leads her to question where exactly her relationship with her irresistibly sexy sire, Gabriel, is headed. Mercurial, enigmatic, apparently commitment-phobic vampires are nothing if not hard to read.

    Kickez says: "A great continuation from the 1st book!"
    "Take a hilarious romp with vampires & werewolves"
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    These Jane Jameson books just make me laugh! I love the way Molly Harper makes up all these rules for both the vampire and werewolf populations - I mean, who's going to dispute them? In this book, Jane continues her story adjusting to life as a reluctantly turned vampire. There's a lot of interaction with her immediate and extended family, including her best friend and his fiancée who just happens to be the only female in a family full of werewolves Preparing for the human/werewolf nuptials is a good part of the book and anything that can go wrong does indeed go wrong. In Nice Girls, the real evil comes from humans, not the supernatural characters. The mystery of Gabriel deepens in this story, making you want to rush out and read Book 3 in the series, so do yourself a favor and download all the books at the same time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On Mystic Lake

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kristin Hannah
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (108)

    On the day her daughter leaves for college, Anne Colwater's husband of 20 years announces he wants a divorce. Her roles of wife and mother suddenly gone, Annie retreats to her childhood home of Mystic, Washington, to heal. There she finds her old friend Nick, suddenly widowed and unable to cope with his emotionally scarred young daughter, Izzie.

    John says: "Another Excellent Novel/Listen From Kristin Hannah"
    "Not an uplifting book"
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    After listening to the first part of this book, I was so depressed reading about a 39 year old doormat married to a serial womanizer and then falling for an alcoholic with a severely traumatized daughter. But I couldn't stop listening to it. There was a message in the story and the ending could have been better. The best part of this audiobook was the narrator who did a fantastic job reading the story. I'm not sure I'd buy this author again after this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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