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Lois Arena

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Elmsford, NY | Member Since 2007

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  • The Winter Lodge: The Lakeshore Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Susan Wiggs
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    On the longest night of the year, Jenny Majesky loses everything in a devastating house fire. But among the ashes she finds an unusual treasure hidden amid her grandfather's belongings, one that starts her on a search for the truth, and on a path toward a life that she never imagined. The Winter Lodge, a remote cabin owned by her half sister on the shores of Willow Lake, becomes a safe refuge for Jenny, where she and local police chief Rourke McKnight try to sort out the mysteries revealed by the fire.

    Lois Arena says: "Repetitive"
    "Repetitive"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Maybe - if they didn't read the first book


    Would you ever listen to anything by Susan Wiggs again?

    Yes


    Do you think The Winter Lodge needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. I usually love this series, but this revisited too many scenes from one of the first books of the series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hopeless

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Colleen Hoover
    • Narrated By Angela Goethals
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (710)
    Performance
    (655)
    Story
    (663)

    Would you rather know a truth that makes you feel hopeless, or keep believing the lies? Beloved and bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with the spellbinding story of two young people with devastating pasts who embark on a passionate, intriguing journey to discover the lessons of life, love, trust--and above all, the healing power that only truth can bring.

    Jordy says: "Another 5 Star Favorite"
    "Drawn out"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you ever listen to anything by Colleen Hoover again?

    No. This book ended up with a good story, but it was so long and drawn out, I wanted to stop reading it a number of times.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Angela Goethals?

    Yes


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Hopeless?

    Almost the entire beginning of the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fool for Love

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Marie Force
    • Narrated By Holly Fielding
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (164)

    Joe Cantrell, owner of the Gansett Island Ferry Company, has been in love with Janey McCarthy for as long as he can remember. At the same time, Janey has been dating or engaged to doctor-in-training David Lawrence. When things go horribly wrong between David and Janey, she calls her "fifth brother" Joe, one of the few people in her close circle who lives on the mainland. Janey decides a few days with Joe is just what she needs before she goes home to the island to face her parents and family with the news of her broken engagement.

    Patricia says: "Must be a Secret - Narrated in a Whisper"
    "Too much sex"
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    Would you try another book from Marie Force and/or Holly Fielding?

    I don't think I would try another book from these authors. The story was nice, although predictable, but the sex scenes were way too detailed and unnecessary.


    Has Fool for Love turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I like romance books but without all the detailed sex and a little bit of an unexpected story line.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Fool for Love?

    I would cut the detailed sex scenes.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • When in Doubt, Add Butter

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Beth Harbison
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (133)

    As far as Gemma is concerned, her days of dating are over. In fact, it’s her job to cater other peoples’ dates, and that’s just fine by her. At 37, she has her own business, working as a private chef, and her life feels full. She’s got six steady clients that keep her hands full. For Gemma, cooking is predictable. Recipes are certain. Use good ingredients, follow the directions, and you are assured success. Life, on the other hand, is full of variables. So when Gemma’s takes an unexpected turn on a road she always thought was straight and narrow, she must face her past.

    Erin DeAnjou says: "Predictable but Very Enjoyable"
    "BORING"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about When in Doubt, Add Butter?

    Very boring with no real story.


    What could Beth Harbison have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Instead of one person telling a story like it's a diary, I would have liked more characters.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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