New York Times best-selling author Catherine Anderson whisks listeners away to Oregon for a suspense-filled romance. Faking her own death to escape her murderous husband, Rainie takes refuge in the rural community of Crystal Falls, where she finds work as a bookkeeper on a horse ranch run by Parker Harrigan. But as their initial attraction blossoms, Rainie fears she can't continue to elude the man who has sworn to kill her - and that her mere presence could jeopardize everything the Harrigan family holds dear.
©2009 Adeline Catherine Anderson (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC
It reads like an inspirational romance rather than romantic suspense, with the most un-Alpha hero I have ever encountered. I don't have a problem with him saying grace before meals, but the message is rather pushed. And he goes to ask his father if it's OK to have feelings for a woman he suspects is married. Come on!
It just didn't go anywhere. There is no 'action', where is the suspense? At least, not as far as I've listened - about a third of the way through, and I can't bear to listen to any more to find out if it improves, I'm afraid.
Also, I don't find the characters sympathetic - I don't really care whether they get together in the end or not. They are cardboard cutouts, there is no real depth to them
She makes Rainie - and the other female characters I've encountered - sound quite 'whiny', giving them sugary sweet voices that grates on me. Also, her pronounciation of some words, is frankly bizarre, as if she'd never encountered them before and is making up what she thinks they should sound like. The emphasis is on the wrong part of the word.
Not for me, I'm afraid
I'ts the first and last Catherine Anderson I'll be listening to. I really dislike this book and it's put me off trying others. Also, I'll listen more carefully to the samples from now on to see whether I can stand the narrator's voice.
After reading "Comanche Moon" I found this book sadly lacking in both the author's ability to keep my interest (the canine antics were the only parts of value for me) and the reader's ability to change tonal quality at the end of each sentence. Maybe it was only an off day for this listener...
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