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.
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.
This was so suspenseful and riveting. I couldn't put it down. I just wanted to find out what would happen next. I listened to the end. I didn't sleep until it was finished Loved it! I would absolutely recommend it. It was a pleasure listening to this audio book. Fast paced, exciting, lots of suspense and the surprising ending was just awesome.
Jeff Bower was superb. He captured my interest and his women's voice changes were very good. Of course the men's voices were excellent. Great job.
I liked this book. The paranormal interest was well managed and added to the suspense. It was well-written, with good character development and likeable characters. The psychic part worked really well in this story.
Thanks for a great read Couldn't put it down until the surprising end. I highly recommend this book. Be warned, it is addictive and prepare to forget sleep until you come to the end.
I have listened to it again. It was so evocative of the reality of the mature woman and the way younger men just love them. I love it.
I liked how her children supported her and did not try to dissuade her from her romance, and were happy for her now that she was in a place that seemed to make her serene and fulfilled. Stormy's relationship with her daughters is wonderful.
Stormy's character was my favourite. She is complicated, emotional and needed to feel the love of a good man.
I laughed so much at some of the antics, but I was sad about her insecurities because of her past relationships and issues.
Sean is such a gorgeous, wonderful guy. He's old enough to know a bit about life and to develop an understanding of the heroine. Even though Stormy is a deeply insecure woman, Sean seems to be just the man to help her overcome her appalling past experiences with men. The fun secondary characters and a breathtaking winery setting set the stage for a wonderful read.Well, I so enjoyed this 'cougar' book. Made me rethink a situation in my life. Wow. Stormy was so conflicted in her responses to her younger beau. Joan I like your style. Sean is wonderful and sexy and Stormy is aptly named. The two of them together is very sweet and yet very steamy. A must read!
Just as good. Of course listening to the narrator gave credence to the different emotions expressed so brilliantly.
Ria was my favourite. She was so feisty, go-getting, spirited, refusing to give in to the persons working to destroy her and Megan.
No, I haven't but I would love to listen to her again and again. She is superb.
When Drew realised that Ria was lost to him forever, he was devastated.
The mix of mystery and romance made this an enticing and tantalizing read. Listening to Shannon was just icing on the cake. Well written as all of her books are.This book is so good that you don't want it to end. The sequels take the drama forward and continues with the same characters. I enjoy the way she writes and keeps you involved with all the characters.
But this is what Barbara Freethy does so well. This book is a must read - every page brings one closer to the astounding finale. Sit back and enjoy. Great read! Follow the Callaways. The series is surreal.
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.
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