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Maid for Love: The McCarthys of Gansett Island, Book 1 | [Marie Force]

Maid for Love: The McCarthys of Gansett Island, Book 1

Maddie Chester is determined to leave her hometown of Gansett Island, a place that has brought her only bad memories and ugly rumors. Then she’s knocked off her bike on the way to her housekeeping job at McCarthy’s Resort Hotel by Gansett’s "favorite son", Mac McCarthy. He’s back in town to help his father with preparations to sell the family resort and has no intention of staying long. When Mac accidentally sends Maddie flying over the handlebars, badly injuring her, he moves in to nurse her back to health and help care for her young son.
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Publisher's Summary

Maddie Chester is determined to leave her hometown of Gansett Island, a place that has brought her only bad memories and ugly rumors. Then she’s knocked off her bike on the way to her housekeeping job at McCarthy’s Resort Hotel by Gansett’s "favorite son", Mac McCarthy. He’s back in town to help his father with preparations to sell the family resort and has no intention of staying long. When Mac accidentally sends Maddie flying over the handlebars, badly injuring her, he moves in to nurse her back to health and help care for her young son. He soon realizes his plans for a hit-and-run visit to the island are in serious jeopardy, and he just may be "maid" for love.

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What the Critics Say

"With the McCarthy's of Gansett Island, Marie Force makes you believe in the power of true love and happily ever after. Over and over again." (Carly Phillips, NY Times best-selling author of the Serendipity series.)

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    Linda Tacoma, WA, United States 03-16-13
    Linda Tacoma, WA, United States 03-16-13 Member Since 2009

    Curled up with a good book in my corner of the world on Sweet Grass Farm, it doesn't get any better than that!

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    "Not worth the credit. A big disapointment!"
    Would you try another book from Marie Force and/or Holly Fielding?

    I loved the Fatal series by Marie Force which was why I tried the first in this series. It truly sounds like it could be a production of an earlier work because it lacks the depth, polish, character development and interesting dialog I was expecting from all the books in the Fatal series. I will never purchase another book narrated by Holly Fielding. I barely stayed awake through this one!


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I will probably try the I-Team series by Pamela Clare. I listened to the sample and it sounded interesting and the narrator sounded good.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Holly Fielding’s performances?

    This narrator nearly put me to sleep. The love scenes were boring due to her monotone delivery. I mean, if a guy isn't any more excited than Holly Fielding made Mac sound, I would have asked him to leave and done my nails instead.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It was predictable, but sweet.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Maria Citrus Heights, CA, United States 02-14-13
    Maria Citrus Heights, CA, United States 02-14-13 Member Since 2010

    To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.

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    "Another Form of High School Bullying"

    I enjoyed this novel. It showed how High School Bullying can affect a person life forever. Bullying doesn't always have to be physical but starting a rumor about someone and forcing others to go along with it has far reaching consequences.
    Maddie and Mac has a lot to overcome but true love prevails.

    The reader does an ok job, not great, not exceptional.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Hartshorne, OK, United States 01-23-13
    Amazon Customer Hartshorne, OK, United States 01-23-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Very sweet love story"

    I absolutely loved this book it was funny, sweet, and romantic. I would recommend reading it and I hope audible comes out with the rest of the series on audio book. The narrator was very good And I wouldn't mind listening to her again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Oakville, Ontario, Canada 12-29-13
    Mary Oakville, Ontario, Canada 12-29-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Enjoyable story; bad narration."

    The story is light and easy with engaging characters and lots of emotional and sensual content. Not only can you not help but like Mac and Maddie, the book introduces a number of other characters that appear as main characters in other books in the series. Too bad the narration is so bad it sometimes compromises the the personality of the characters and detracts from the overall listening experience.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy Kailua, HI, United States 08-29-13
    Tracy Kailua, HI, United States 08-29-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Entertaining"

    I enjoyed this. It was so romantic and such a fantasy relationship it was entertaining. I'm glad I didn't listen to the previous review that didn't like it. It's an easy listen and a happy love story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Aimee Jackson, NJ, United States 06-12-13
    Aimee Jackson, NJ, United States 06-12-13 Member Since 2013
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    "First time reading this author."
    Would you listen to Maid for Love again? Why?

    No, I do not listen or read a story more than one time.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved Mac. Although a little unrealistic...basically too good to be true...however I am reading a romance novel. Found it hard to find an ending spot each night...wanted to squeeze in just a little more!


    Have you listened to any of Holly Fielding’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no, this was my first time with this author. Although other reviews were not very kind to her narration, I enjoyed her performance. She kept my attention!


    Who was the most memorable character of Maid for Love and why?

    Maddy was great...her story of who she was before meeting Mac was very realistic..I found myself quietly rooting for her!


    Any additional comments?

    Finished this book in 2 days and immediately downloaded next book in the series!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Smitten with Reading Texas 06-07-13
    Smitten with Reading Texas 06-07-13 Member Since 2011
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    "B+ overall rating..."

    My Review:
    Overall... 4 star
    Performance.... 4.5 star
    Story... 4 star

    This is a series that has been on my reading radar FOREVER, so when it came time to pick out another audio, it came to mind. I'm so happy that I chose to listen to this audiobook. These aren't really long books, so on audio, they last about 6 hours. That's PERFECT for me because I don't get a whole lot of audiobook time.

    This was a good one. I thought the romance was really sweet and the narrator did an amazing job with the inflections and voices. Maddie has been burned both by men and the McCarthy family. It was a great conflict for the book set-up as Mac quickly falls for her, but she is REALLY reluctant to get involved with him.

    I liked how Mac was all in and she wasn't. I really like that set-up for books, and thought it was especially effective in this book because Mac is the rich, hunky "catch", whereas most people really look down on her on the island. I thought Maddie was a great character. She's been so incredibly wronged, you just can't help falling in love with her and the strength she exhibits. She's extremely proud and independent and strong and you have to admire her gumption in the face of everything she's gone through. I liked her and I loved Mac that he immediately saw that everything the island says about her is so wrong. He SEES her and knows that she's so much more. It's almost an insta-love for him which rarely works for me as a reader, but I'll admit, it definitely worked for me in this book.

    I'll admit when the book started, I loved Mac, but I know that Marie Force has written a whole series about the McCarthy family and was immediately worried about the rest of the series....because early on, the McCarthy's DO NOT make a good impression. Seriously, mom is NOT a nice person. *ugh* I really, really, really disliked her. But as the book moved along, I discovered more and I'm sold. I can't wait to read/listen to the whole series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tricia 04-07-14
    Tricia 04-07-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book and series but the narrator is AWFUL!"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She sounds like an amateur. Absolutely horrible. She stumbles over her words and is very monotone. If I didn't love the author so much I'd stop listening. Contemplating on just buying the book and reading it instead.


    Any additional comments?

    Marie Force is a fantastic author and I love her books. This is a great series that continues where the last book left off and still includes the previous characters. I love that. You just have to put up with the awful reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Welcher Cuero, TX, United States 03-12-14
    Welcher Cuero, TX, United States 03-12-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Nice"

    The first book in the series was simply okay. I went on to the second which is much better. I hate to talk bad about the reader but I honestly believe I would have enjoyed the book more if the narrator had been better. I love romance novels and this one is definitely worth listening to. Just wish someone like Thereze Plumber had been the reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Julee-anne Brisbane, Australia 01-10-14
    Julee-anne Brisbane, Australia 01-10-14 Member Since 2010

    I love literature but I also love to read trash.

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    "Good but not great."

    While this is a good read, the character development and the attention to detail isn't as good as that found in Marie's Treading Water series. Much has been said about this narrator. Her style certainly takes some getting used to but it does allow the listener to make their own emotional decisions rather than depending on a narrator to do it for them. The recording does sound quite amateur with lots of background noise and very obvious edit points. Audible should make reference to whether the book has been self-published or professionally published. They should do the same with the recording quality.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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