Hurt feelings severed the relationship between Mari and her sister following the tragic deaths of their parents. A single mom, Mari has dedicated her life to her daughter and avoided her sister since the reading of her parents' will. In desperate need of rest and relaxation, Mari decides to use the beach house she inherited for the first time since her parents' deaths, which is located on the island Mari loved so much that she named her daughter after it.
Doing so causes a chain of events that begin soon after her arrival on the island. First, her daughter believes that the house is haunted - lights that randomly turn on, whispers of the wind, and rooms that no longer exist, exist. Next, Mari discovers she's not the only one in search of a much-needed vacation time. Her estranged sister, her quirky aunt, and the visitor only Mari's daughter can see all make appearances and change the course of all their plans.
To complicate matters, an old flame is rekindled, and Mari is left trying to make sense of it all. Can all be forgiven? Or are some sins completely unforgivable? Will all the shattered and missing pieces of their lives finally come together and bring peace to this family?
©2014 Leona Bryant (P)2015 Leona Bryant
This was a fantastic story of lost love reunited, extended family and summer vacations. Mary and Travis search for each other for years and finally are able to connect again. Meanwhile Teresa, Mary's sister, is loosing her sanity being around the sister she's has named public enemy # 1. And I just love Aunt Frankie and the touch of paranormal in this story. Great narration!
I am a working woman in a man's world but it's ok because I really love being around men !! I've been happily married for 48 years!
I would rank this in my top 30 of all of the audiobooks I have listend to. This book had several interesting issues all happening at the same time. There was the setting at the beach which gave me a pleasant feeling of being on an island in a small community where everyone knows everyone else. The main character, Mary and her daughter Miller (she was named after the island on which she was born) have returned for a summer vacation to the house her parents left to her when they passed away. At first, young teen Miller was not happy to leave her friends for the summer but soon her life takes an interesting turn that changes her entire life. Mary's sister Teresa and her family show up at the same time accidentally and Mary asks them to stay. Teresa has always had ill feelings towards Teresa and proceeds to make life miserable for the whole bunch. To add to this, the house is lovingly "haunted" by some long lost family and adds an interesting twist to this amazing story.
I really enjoyed it when Miller met the island vet known as "Doc" and she volunteered at "The Sanctuary", an animal rescue site. She loves animals and finds her summer fun with them.
Without "spoiling" the book, this reference to Doc is related to my heading for this review.
Meghan Kelly once again has shown her amazing voice talent in this book. The various character's voices are perfectly chosen and I feel as if I have some new friends in this book.
Mary's sister, Teresa has been diagnosed as being "Bi-Polar" and this explains her hateful attitude towards Mary. Teresa's husband shows such amazing love for his wife and exhibits the wonderful characteristics of a loving husband.
I hope to read more books by Leona Bryan especially if Meghan Kelly narrates them.
I received this audiobook from Meghan Kelly in exchange for a review. Thanks so much Meghan
To pick up on the items I may have missed the first time. The story was well written and interesting to catch everything.
I loved the aunt and how she tried to fix all the family's problems. She sounds like someone you would want to have around so she can help you.
She did a great job reading the story. She gave everyone their own unique voice, which for me is great so I can follow with easy.
I liked Miller the best since you were able to see her open herself to the truth of her mom and the old boyfriend.
This audiobook was provided by the author/narrator/publisher free of charge in exchange for an unbiased review.
At first I had a hard time with the narrators voice and slow pace of the book. By the middle I didn't want it to end. And by the end I wanted more more more! This was such a good book about love and life and the way fate twists and turns and you end up right where you belong! I can't wait to read more from this author and narrator!
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast.
I am a fun loving mom that enjoys a great Book!! I'm happy to have Audible with a busy life it makes it so easy to still get lost in a book!
At first I had a HARD TIME WITH this book.... HOWEVER I'M SO GLAD I STUCK IT OUT!! So if your one of those people that If they are not into by the 3rd chapter & you just say forget it, PLEASE DON'T CAUSE THIS BOOK IS VERY GOOD it's just a slow starter! I'm so GRATEFUL I STUCK IT OUT!! The NARRATOR was good.... I had to adjust the speed & she as well took a bit to get use to but over all it was worth it!! I can't quite explain it! I WOULD DEFINITELY RECOMMEND IT TO MY FRIENDS & FAMILY. In fact I already did to my sister in law!!
Loved this book, made me think of my years living on the coast. There is so much going on and so many characters and there are no questions that leave you hanging at the end, although would a sequal would be interesting. . Narration is remarkable with so many characters. Very refreshing yet mysterious turns in every chapter. Couldn't wait to get back to the story each night.
Active lifestyle so audiobooks fit in with nearly everything I'm doing.
A nicely unfolding and extremely well narrated ghostly fantasy romance. Meghan Kelly has a lovely array of voices and sets a nice pace. She was able to speed up or slow down as the story required whether it be at one moment the gentle, easy speech of the grandmothers, only to switch from that character in mid-sentence and negotiate a conversation with the lightening ferocity of 14-year old Miller; I was happy to listen to Meghan’s voice all day.
One real disappointment I had was with the redundant words and grammatical errors starting about 30 seconds in with “…on the island….on the island” in the same sentence and similar errors here and there throughout the book. I just wish that editors actually edited. If it’s frustrating for me then I imagine others find it to be as well and some may even give the story up which would be a shame. That being said, overall the errors were minor in comparison to how well the story developed.
Leona Bryant has given us a wonderful story of a disconnected family facing life’s challenges through love, sorrow, mental illness and a haunted house. Lost love was the main theme and the author delicately and intricately wove threads of family sufferings and history in amongst this beautiful heartfelt generational romance. Involving the children in the search for and creation of a genealogical history was a thrill to hear and visualize.
There’s not much to say about Mari. She’s intelligent, kind to a fault and so wrapped up in work that she’s missing the best parts of her daughter’s life. I enjoyed the approach the author had in creating a hopeful father/daughter relationship in any story by letting it play out as it did with Miller and Doc. I loved Aunt Frankie too, she was an intelligent, tough and vibrant woman who helped hold the family together. The mental illness aspect was, in my opinion, thought out. It’s not an easy subject to convey to others and Ms. Bryant gave a good picture through Therese’s story even though at times readers may just think of her as a whining, ungrateful witch. I know I did.
There may be spelling errors in character names due to reading the book and not seeing the written words, my apologies. This audiobook was given to me by Meghan Kelly and Audible in exchange for a fair and honest review. Thank you for an enjoyable story.
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Miller’s Island by Leona Bryant is an enjoyable contemporary romance with a few paranormal elements interwoven into the story. Considering how many Ghost Hunter-type shows are on the television these days, I thought the premise of the story quite clever. At first I was not sure if the resident ghost was friend or foe, and I loved how the ghost was finally set free from his earthly binds.
This story centers around the troubled relationship between Mari and her sister Teresa following the tragic deaths of their parents. Teresa has grown up her entire adult life despising Mari and feeling like Mari’s life was handed to her on a silver platter. However, Mari worked hard for all that she accomplished including attending college as a teen-aged single mother and eventually aw school. Teresa on the other hand barely graduated from high school, never attended college, and exaggerates about her career and her wealth (she’s a special needs aide but tells everyone she’s a teacher, and her husband is a mere teacher). Things come to a head between the two sisters when Mari takes her daughter to the family beach house on Miller's Island and Teresa decides to take her family to the beach house at the same time (it’s clearly Teresa’s fault because it was Mari’s “year” to use the beach house).
Besides the unhealthy jealously and venom that Teresa continually throws at Mari and her daughter, we learn that she is actually suffering from a mental illness that has gone undiagnosed her entire life. We also discover that there is a 150-year old tragedy connected with the beach house, that binds the original owner of the house to it. And finally, Mari comes face to face with the father of her daughter whom she has been pining away over for the past 15 years.
Meghan Kelly narrated this story and I was thoroughly entertained by her performance. Her narration flows naturally at an even pace and she was easy to listen to. She has differing voices for all characters, male and female, and young and old. Simply put, it was a very enjoyable story. I was provided a copy of this audiobook by the narrator in exchange for an unbiased review.
I am a wee bit over the half a century mark in years. I enjoy audiobooks,cats,rats and most days my family,not necessarily in that order!lo
I nearly LOVED this book!I think about an hour could have been cut if they got rid of all the repetition.I mean give me the story once,not 4 times.The story was good.Mari and her sister Teresa have never gotten along.When their parents died Mari got the beach house and Teresa got the house.Teresa was never happy.She shows up at the beach house unannounced with family in tow on Maris time there.Mari asks her to stay and what a rollercoaster ride we get.The dynamics are real,trust me.Mari has a daughter born after a Teenage summer at Millers Island.She could never locate to dad to tell him he had a daughter.As it turns out,Teresa has played a part in this,as well as many other nasty things.Meghan Kelly is a terrific narrator for this story!I was provided this book free of charge for an honest review.
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This is the first book by Leona Bryant that I have listened to and I enjoyed it so much that it was hard to put down at night to go to bed. The first thing I did in the morning was put the ear plugs back in my ears to listen to more of the story and continued until I finished it. The narrator, Meghan Kelly, was very good and the voices she used for the different characters made it easy to tell who was talking. The only thing that bothered me about the narration was the volume in some places was extremely loud (like when Theresa was having one of her tantrums) and I was constantly adjusting the volume control.
I received a copy of this audiobook from the author/narrator via Audiobookblast for an honest review.
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