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Mary

Oakville, Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2010

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  • The Longing (Grayson Brothers, Book 2)

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Wendy Lindstrom
    • Narrated By Julia Motyka
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (63)

    A marriage of convenience…and intoxicating desire. He would show her every shade of love. The last thing sawmill owner Kyle Grayson wants is a marriage of convenience, but a stroke of rotten luck leads him straight to the altar with his competitor's daughter, Amelia. Burdened by guilt over his part in her father's death and an intoxicating desire for his new wife, Kyle doesn't think things can get worse - until his beautiful bride refuses to consummate their vows.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Love Those Rugged Grayson Men!"
    "Worth the credit."
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    I enjoyed this book as a welcome addition to the Grayson series. It had a well developed plot and great chemistry between Kyle and Amelia and an enjoyable connection to the Grayson family and characters introduced in book 1.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Starry Montana Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Debra Holland
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (82)

    The telegram Samantha Sawyer Rodriguez holds is her key to freedom: her late uncle, Ezra, has left her his ranch in Sweetwater Springs, Montana. At last, she and her young son will have a true home, and she can finally pursue her dreams of raising her prized miniature horses and building a sanctuary for wayward orphans. Prosperous rancher Wyatt Thompson has long coveted that river property. It’s bad enough that Ezra’s niece refuses to sell it, but worse by far that she’s stubborn, proud, and beautiful.

    Maria says: "A Wonderful Story"
    "Enjoyable listen."
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    I enjoyed this book and the story of Samantha as she bravely sets out to establish a new life for herself and her son in Montana. Wyatt is an equally strong character and as the story develops so too does the relationship between them bringing equal parts of emotion, humour and adventure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sleigh of Hope (Grayson Brothers, Book 5)

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Wendy Lindstrom
    • Narrated By Julia Motyka
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Adam Dearborn has just been adopted into the Grayson family when he comes upon two boys huddled inside his sister’s warm greenhouse. Adam had hoped to have time alone with his sweetheart, Rebecca, but December snow is falling hard and the poorly clothed, hungry boys need his help. Adam takes them home never expecting the arrangement could become permanent. Being an only son is not a position Adam wants to give up, not does he want to share Rebecca’s affection with the older boy.

    Kathy says: "Finding Hope through letting go"
    "Enjoyable."
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    A welcome addition to the series, albeit somewhat out of sequence and a little short to be considered 'Book 5". It was more like a novella that focused on developing a character from a previous book. Unfortunately the 'previous book' was Book 6. This had me perplexed since I had already listened to the first 4 books but things fit into place much better after I downloaded and listened to Book 6.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Adam's Temptation

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Anne Marie Novark
    • Narrated By Kathy Bell Denton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Millionaire professor, Adam Brant is hiding from life. When his broken engagement is plastered all over the papers and tabloids, he retreats to the only place he's ever felt he belonged - his late grandmother's lighthouse in Briny Cove, Florida. He vows to live in seclusion away from nosy reporters, money-hungry women and people who can't accept him for who he is. Ambitious wanna-be journalist, Megan O'Conner is stuck in Briny Cove, living with her family, struggling to finish her degree and working odd jobs. When she finds out the new tenant in the old lighthouse is Adam Brant, Megan believes she's found her ticket out.

    Mary says: "Just Okay."
    "Just Okay."
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    While there was nothing objectionable about this listen there wasn't anything engaging. I purchased it on sale based on the publisher's review and pretty much got what I paid for. The story line was so predictable I was sure I'd heard it before, but that turned out to be a different listen with a more engaging plot and much better narration. I did manage to listen to the end but not without a fair bit of 'fast forwarding'.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Want to Hold Your Hand: Green Mountain, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Marie Force
    • Narrated By Christina Traister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (92)

    Almost seven years after losing her husband in Iraq, Hannah Abbott Guthrie isn’t sure she’s ready - or able - to move on, but the attentions of a lifelong friend are making her think about it for the first time. The memory of the sweet kiss she shared with Nolan Roberts hasn’t strayed far from her thoughts, but she also fears that pursuing something with him would mean betraying her husband’s memory.

    Mary says: "Excellent Listen!"
    "Excellent Listen!"
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    I enjoyed this book from beginning to end. It has great character and story depth and a good balance of emotional engagement and sensuality. There are tears and joy as Hannah struggles to come to terms with the loss of her young husband in Iraq and move forward to find love again while still embracing his memory. As always, Christina Taister does a great job with narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Chance for Love: McCarthys of Gansett Island, Book 10.5

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Marie Force
    • Narrated By Holly Fielding
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    Billionaire Jared James has everything a man could ever want - except for the one thing money can’t buy.… After 40 days holed up in his house on Gansett Island nursing a broken heart, Jared James decides enough is enough. Determined to snap out of the funk he slipped into after his girlfriend refused his marriage proposal, Jared organizes a party for the friends who’ve seen him through the worst of his heartache. Now if only he could stop thinking about the love of his life and how he will survive the rest of his days without her.…

    Maria says: "Boring"
    "Just Okay."
    Overall
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    I have enjoyed the books in this series and eagerly downloaded this listen. Even though I was aware that, with a '10.5' series designation, it wouldn't be a full book I was somewhat surprised by its brevity and linear focus. If you're a fan of this series and familiar with Jarred and his situation it's probably worth downloading, otherwise it's best to start somewhere else. One complaint I've had throughout the series is Holly Fielding's narration and unfortunately it's the same is still the case with this listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Yellowstone Awakening: Yellowstone Romance Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Peggy L Henderson
    • Narrated By Nick Sarando
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Kyle Russell has worked with prominent men, led scouting expeditions through the Yellowstone country, and irritated more than a few Indian braves, but he will never duplicate his father's legendary accomplishments. Captured by a group of Crow warriors, his plans of escape are derailed when a lone white woman is brought into camp.

    Lachelle says: "My favorite Yellowstone story!"
    "Great listen!"
    Overall
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    I enjoyed this book every bit as much as the first two in the series. Admittedly it follows the same format and has a degree of predictability but it is a historical romance and part of a series so that was expected. The story and characters were fresh and engaging and it provided a welcome continuation of the Yellowstone saga. Nick Sarando did a credible job with the narration although he's not my favourite narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Yellowstone Dawn: Yellowstone Romance Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Peggy L. Henderson
    • Narrated By Nick Sarando
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Danica Jensen dreams of a man she knows she can never have. After one brief encounter five years ago, her heart is lost to him forever, and she won't give up hope of seeing him again. Raised by a bitter father, she's learned to be strong and resourceful on her own. When a pleasure trip to the newly created Yellowstone National Park turns into a battle for survival, her inner strength is tested like never before...

    Mary says: "Enjoyable."
    "Enjoyable."
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    I enjoyed this book but not as much as others in the series. It just didn't have the same level of engagement, suspense or plot development that the first three did. Perhaps it is just me, since I'm now half way through the next book in the series and am finding it even bit as entertaining as the first three. Nick Sarando does an okay job of narrating but I prefer Alexandra Haag who narrated the first book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Montana

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Debbie Macomber
    • Narrated By Emily Beresford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (131)

    Her grandfather wants her to come home, and Molly thinks she just might. His ranch will be a good place for her sons to grow up, a place to escape big-city influences. Then she learns - from a stranger named Sam Dakota - that her grandfather is ill. Possibly dying. Molly packs up the kids without a second thought and makes the long drive to Sweetgrass, Montana. Once she arrives, she immediately has questions about Sam Dakota. Why is he working on her grandfather’s ranch? Why doesn’t the sheriff trust him? Just who is he?

    Maria says: "Trusting Again isn't Easy."
    "Excellent"
    Overall
    Performance
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    A very enjoyable listen with a great story and strong characters, I think this book is one of Debbie Macomber's best and Emily Beresford did a great job with the narration. Definitely worth the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bellerose Bargain

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    The heiress to the Bellerose estate has gone missing and what a waste of a dowry it is! Charlotte Bellamy's future husband, Lord Geoffrey Seavers, is in desperate need to finance his royal fleet, yet somehow Charlotte disappeared and the Bellamy inheritance slipped through his fingers. Enter Alicia, a tavern maid of uncertain parentage. Yes, she's a bit young and headstrong, but no one at court has actually ever seen the Lady Bellamy, and Alicia's beauty, poise, and bearing are enough to fool the king.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Delightful Revisit"
    "Well worth the credit."
    Overall
    Performance
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    I truly enjoyed this listen. I'm a fan of Robyn Carr and this book has everything I've come to expect from her books: great story and plot development, strong characters and an engaging balance of action, romance and sensuality. Susan Duerden was an excellent choice as narrator with good inflection and diction, albeit somewhat slow delivery in places.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Far from Perfect: A Love from the Heartland Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Barbara Longley
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (367)
    Performance
    (329)
    Story
    (327)

    For Ceejay Lovejoy, life in Perfect, Indiana, has been anything but. Abandoned by her parents and left pregnant by her boyfriend, Ceejay has had to fight every step of the way to carve out a future for herself and her daughter. She swears off men for good - until the day Noah Langford appears on her doorstep. Noah narrowly survived the roadside bombing in Iraq that cost him his leg, returning home to the news that his stepbrother, Matt, has died in a car accident. It is the final blow to Noah’s shattered soul - until he learns about the girlfriend and baby Matt abandoned.

    TexasKeyLady says: "An Excellent Story. Wonderful Characters."
    "Good but not great."
    Overall
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    I enjoyed this listen despite the fact I found Ceejay too insecure and needy to be enjoyable as the female lead. Fortunately Noah was everything Ceejay wasn't which helped move the story along. Kate Rudd did a good job with the narration which added significantly to the listening experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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