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Michael

Actually, it is Jennifer, not Michael. I enjoy a variety of books but am drawn to romantic historical fiction with a Christian message.

Easley, SC, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • 74 reviews
  • 74 ratings
  • 167 titles in library
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  • The Wedding Dress

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Rachel Hauck
    • Narrated By Eleni Pappageorge
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (285)
    Performance
    (245)
    Story
    (255)

    Charlotte owns a Birmingham bridal boutique. But with her own wedding day approaching, why can’t she find the perfect dress - or feel certain she should marry Tim? Then Charlotte purchases a vintage dress in a battered trunk at an estate sale. It looks brand-new, shimmering with pearls and satin, hand stitched and timeless in its design. But where did it come from? Who wore it? Charlotte’s search for the gown’s history begins as a distraction from her sputtering love life. But it takes on a life of its own as she comes to know the women who have worn the dress.

    Pamela Dale Foster says: "God Directs Who Wears the Gown Next"
    "The Wedding Dress"
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    A delightful surprise!!! I picked this book during one of the $4.95 deals and did not know what to expect. I loved it! This is an inspirational romance and mystery. It is actually two stories about two different women (one from 1912 and one from today). The story goes back and forth between the two stories, eventurally connecting these two women. I will definitely look for more books from this author. Jennifer

    5 of 5 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
    Overall
    (6724)
    Performance
    (5898)
    Story
    (5919)

    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.

    Kathi says: "Moving story of sharing and transformation."
    "Orphan Train"
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    Amazing story! This book is fabulous! This book is about two girls/women whose lives are worlds apart yet so close. The book goes back and forth between the life of Molly, ( 2011) and Vivian/Dorothy ( 1920-1930's) both orphaned and forced to grow up too fast. These two lives meet and an unlikely friendship follows that will change the path of their future forever. I only wish their had been an epilogue.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Elusive Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Callie Hutton
    • Narrated By Billie Fulford-Brown
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (67)

    Jason, Earl of Coventry, needs to discreetly locate his unwanted and abandoned bride among London society to request an annulment. Too bad he can't remember what she looks like because he was blind drunk at his arranged wedding and hasn't see her since. Newly arrived from the country for the Season, Lady Olivia is appalled to discover that her own husband Lord Coventry doesn't even recognize her. She's not about to tell the arrogant arse she his wife.

    Tracy T says: "Cute Story, Great Narration!"
    "The Elusive Wife"
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    I did enjoy the book but the writing was somewhat immature. It made me wonder if this was the author's first attempt at a novel. It was not well-written. Several descriptions of the main character's desire for his wife were repeatedly described the same way with the same wording. In addition, I did not care for the narrator. She was unable to do male voices. I would not recommend this book unless it was a daily deal.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Plus One: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Bower, Ben Elliot, Nicola Stanton, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1782)
    Performance
    (1573)
    Story
    (1576)

    Suppose your life sucks. A lot. Your husband has done a vanishing act, your teenage stepson is being bullied, and your math-whiz daughter has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can't afford to pay for. That's Jess' life in a nutshell - until an unexpected knight-in-shining-armor offers to rescue them. Only Jess' knight turns out to be Geeky Ed, the obnoxious tech millionaire whose vacation home she happens to clean. But Ed has big problems of his own, and driving the dysfunctional family to the Math Olympiad feels like his first unselfish act in ages...maybe ever.

    Kathy says: "Sometimes I need a book that is just fun to read."
    "One Plus One"
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    One Plus One is a delightful novel about two unlikely people falling in love. Jojo Moyes is a fabulous storyteller. This novel is uplifting, entertaining and fun. Unlike "Me Before You", this is a lighthearted story. It does not have the deep thought-provoking subject matter that some of her other books possess.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Treasures of the North: Yukon Quest, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Tracie Peterson
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
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    (44)
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    (44)

    Driven by desperation, Grace Hawkins must forsake the affluent comfort of her upbringing to save herself from an arranged marriage. Disillusioned by her father's insistence, she forges a daring plan to escape the sinister hand of her intended. Peter Colton sees the Alaskan gold rush as an opportunity to establish his family's fledgling shipping business. An unexpected partnership enables him to pursue those dreams and opens the door to an acquaintance with Grace, who has purchased passage north.

    Christina says: "Interesting"
    "Northbound to Freedom"
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    This is a Christian romance where a young woman must choose to defy her father in order to preserve her self respect and happiness. She is forced to flee her family and the privileged life she has known and travel north. She endures many hardships but finds purpose and love. This is a light and easy listen with a good message and happy ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret of Pembrooke Park

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Julie Klassen
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Jasicki
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (79)

    Abigail Foster fears she will end up a spinster, especially as she has little dowry to improve her charms and the one man she thought might marry her - a longtime friend - has fallen for her younger, prettier sister. When financial problems force her family to sell their London home, a strange solicitor arrives with an astounding offer: the use of a distant manor house abandoned for 18 years. The Fosters journey to imposing Pembrooke Park and are startled to find it entombed as it was abruptly left.

    Jennifer says: "Well Written, Well Read"
    "The Secrets at Pembrooke"
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    This was an enjoyable, light romance and mystery combined with a Christian theme. I felt it was a bit predictable and I never felt compelled to listen. I liked it but did not love it. It is uplifting and does have a happy ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Defending Jacob: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4771)
    Performance
    (4074)
    Story
    (4077)

    Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

    Kelli N. Perkins says: "Still Thinking About This Tale Weeks After"
    "Sacrifice"
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    Defending Jacob is a thought-provoking novel that will have you pondering the ending for days. I kept thinking, what would I do if I were in the same position of the mother or the same position of the father. The author is clever and presents equally compelling arguements for the defense and the prosecution. In the end, you suspect the truth but you don't know for sure. Very entertaining with lots of twists and turns.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Daniel James Brown
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4225)
    Performance
    (3740)
    Story
    (3742)

    Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

    Janice says: "Do you believe in miracles??"
    "Row, Row , Row Your Boat . . ."
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    This was an amazing, inspirational, true story about the Washington University Crew team from the 1930's. The main character Joe Rance has an especially unbelievable story as his father essentially abandoned him at the age of 15. He had to learn to fend for himself in the midst of the great depression. This story is about the underdog beating the odds and making history. You will learn a great deal about the sport of rowing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29067)
    Performance
    (25656)
    Story
    (25729)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Gone Girl"
    Overall
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    The is a captivating novel that you will have trouble putting down. It is a compelling mystery and very entertaining, however, I was disappointed with the ending. I would have given it five stars but the ending seemed rather abrupt with several loose ends. Maybe there will be a second book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fingersmith

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Sarah Waters
    • Narrated By Juanita McMahon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (662)
    Performance
    (571)
    Story
    (573)

    Orphaned as an infant, Susan Trinder was raised by Mrs. Sucksby, “mother” to a host of pickpockets and con artists. To pay her debt, she joins legendary thief Gentleman in swindling an innocent woman out of her inheritence. But the two women form an unanticipated bond and the events that follow will surprise every listener. Fingersmith was shortlisted for the Orange Prize and the Booker Prize, and was chosen as book of the year 2002 by more organizations than any other novel. Sarah Waters was named Author of the Year at the 2003 British Book Awards.

    shopper from Palm Springs, Ca says: "The BEST BOOK I"ve read this year!"
    "Inner Strength Despite Powerlessness of the Age"
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    Warning, if a lesbian love scene will offend you, then this book is not for you. This is a story of two women from very different backgrounds who have plotted against the other only to realize they have fallen in love. This book was somewhat bizarre and unexpected. Not at all what I thought it would be about. Nevertheless, it was well-written and entertaining. I was struck by the complete powerlessness of women in the past.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wayfaring Stranger

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1015)
    Performance
    (922)
    Story
    (920)

    It is 1934 and the Depression is bearing down when 16-year-old Weldon Avery Holland happens upon infamous criminals Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow after one of their notorious armed robberies. A confrontation with the outlaws ends as Weldon puts a bullet through the rear window of Clyde’s stolen automobile. Ten years later, Second Lieutenant Weldon Holland and his sergeant, Hershel Pine, escape certain death in the Battle of the Bulge and encounter a beautiful young woman named Rosita Lowenstein hiding in a deserted extermination camp.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Outstanding Addition to the Holland/Texas Saga"
    "Money Is The Root Of All Evil"
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    This is a novel about two men who met during wartime, beat the odds and survived horrific circumstances. They went on to partner in business and enter their own personal wars as oil tycoons. Throughout the book, the author refers back to an earlier time in Holland's life when he had a brief encounter with Bonnie and Clyde. I never understood why this was significant. This book did not seem to flow. At the end, I felt there were several unanswered questions.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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