Yes, It begins as a good story of a young girl in a very difficult situation. She gets a real chance for a better life, when she goes with her cat & her meager possesions to live at the estate where her aunt & uncle work. You see her grow & blossom.
Due to an impossible love, she feels she must move away, and finds a position with the family of a very famous historical person. This changes the course of her life, & leads her to the fields of the Crimean War, back to London, and eventually back to the estate of her teen years.
It shows a young woman who will not give in to her desires, but lives as God's Word teaches. It's so different from what we see modeled by almost everyone these days, from those who help lead our country, the hollywood crowd, the sports figures, to the next door neighbors. We may not always get what we want, but God honors our obedience, and knows what is best for us.
There were several times where you see God working out the details in His own time and way, which were a delightful surprise.
The narrator did a good job. The narrator gave me the time to enjoy a really good book that I wouldn't have had time to sit down and read, and to enjoy it as a couple. My husband enjoyed it, too.
The historical figure. I don't want to give away the surprise.
If you enjoy good, clean, historical fiction you will really like this book.
Rachel Botchan is a good narrator, but I really missed hearing the story with the accent. If that was a deal breaker for you, you might want to read it in print.
My husband & I love the characters Lauraine Snelling creates. The families love and care for and about each other. They work hard and trust God for the rest. The characters are real people. They don't "sound" like made-up people. You might run into them tomorrow at work or on your errands. They might be your friends or neighbors. If not, you want them to be so.
He even enjoys the romance, because it's not fake or mushy. It's part of the life of the characters. We were so disappointed the next book isn't on audio yet. I hope it won't be long. We NEED to know what happens! Are you listening Audible?
No. She's good.
We chuckled in numerous places. I didn't cry with Ingeborg, but felt so badly for her. Our reaction was that we didn't want to stop listening and go to sleep so we could go to work the next morning!
This is nothing against Rachel Botchan's ability as a narrator, but being so used to listening to the stories with Ingeborg, and then not having that wonderful accent, it's just not the same, and I hope the next one includes the Norwegian accent.
It was interesting to have the main character be someone who had worked with Dietrich Bonhoeffer in the German Resistance. All of the characters were very interesting people. A heartbroken pastor and deaf little boy make it very hard for Louisa to return to Berlin.
I learned a lot. I really enjoyed the book and can't wait for Audible to get Book 2, Copper Fire ready for us to listen to.
There was a lot of mystery & suspense, with a surprise at the end.
I thought the narrator did a good job of the accents.
Read this book!
The book itself was very enjoyable. Just don't listen to it. Buy the book. Doesn't anyone preview a narrator to see if they can be understood? I almost stopped listening within the first few minutes. I couldn't understand what was being said. It was even worse when the narrator used a southern accent for a couple of the characters. I turned up the volume and hit rewind a number of times to hear what had been said. I really wanted to hear the story, so I endured it to the end.
The setting was interesting, taking place on an island in the Outer Banks of Florida. The plot and characters were engaging. You learned about a character through the letters she wrote to God. The book had a number of really good messages. I enjoyed the book, in spite of the narration.
It would be an interesting movie.
The book showed the comparison of a controlling person in relationships, and normal relationships. It showed the kinds of hurts women have in their lives that make them the target of controlling abusers. Abusers know the type of women that will allow the control in the relationship, instead of walking away immediately. Great job, Lisa.
No. It seemed disjointed and unbelievable. I kept waiting to find out if this experience was supposed to be real or some dream she had while being unconscious. Was it serious or supposed to be humorous? I almost broke my own rule to finish every book I start (because I can usually learn something). I hate to give a less-than-good review, but I personally didn't enjoy the book at all. This was surprising, because I'm pretty sure I have read this author's books before.
I really don't know.
I don't know if it was her voice, or just because she was reading a book I wasn't enjoying, but personally, I didn't care for her narration.
No, but I would definitely listen the first time.
The story line & time & location were very interesting, if you enjoy historical fiction and nursing. It seemed that the author dragged out some of the situations for too long. There are times you find yourself wanting to strangle the main character because of this.
It's a good story, though. I learned how ordinary citizens were used during the war, and how air fields were built as the Army advanced. It was interesting to see how nurses were viewed during that time, and how hard it was to convince some doctors and military men of how helpful they could be.
It was a good picture of how we can incorrectly perceive situations as a child or adult, and let that color our reactions the rest of our lives. It's a good picture of how difficult it is to obediently forgive others, but how that pays off in our life and the lives of all those around us.
The dog was fun.
She has a nice voice.
Don't Ever Give Up
I'm sort of surprised an editor didn't encourage the author to condense some of the drawn-out struggles of the character, but maybe it was just me.
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