A Connecticut heiress learns she's adopted and travels to northern Florida "cracker" cattle ranch to find her birth parents. There she also finds unexpected romance with the ranch's owner.
©2007 Deborah Smith (P)2012 BelleBooks, Inc.
This book is part social science and part romance with good character development and a complex plot. While there are certain elements that border on the unbelievable and unreal for the most part it is a heartwarming story of love, human compassion and the value of the individual regardless of wealth, intellect and social status. I hesitated before I spent the credit but I'm glad I did. I truly enjoyed it.
I have a real crazy in love relationship with books!!!
Probably around the middle. I mean it was a good book for sure, but I have read/listened to a lot and this one isn't my favorite.
Probably when everyone learned the truth about "Karen."
I have not but I like her perspective on things. I like that she made people with disabilities a big part of her story and showed how beautiful they are too. It was quite touching and very sweet.
"At the heart of it...."
I really enjoyed reading this book. I think the narration was great and the story was very tender. If you are looking for something a little different, then I would definitely recommend this.
The premise of a rancher who treats developmentally delayed people as valued, loved, normal. The book has everything money can't buy and everything i'd do if I hit the lottery!
Karen's bird, Mr. Darcy taking to the young man with Down Syndrome and the love and humor between everyone on the ranch. Loved Mac & Lilly and their obsessions with daisies! Loved Joey and his happy ending!
When Karen verbally sparred with the rich evil spoiled brat, Tammy Jackson.
A story of love and finding the way home...
Love Deborah Smith. This has been my favorite so far!
As a native north Floridian, I was looking forward to this book but found myself very disappointed. This author massacres Florida geography; the book is replete with factual errors; the audio performance and editing are horrendous; and the writing was poorly edited.
A lot of the story elements were fun, but then, a lot were completely unbelievable. There were numerous factual errors that greatly detracted from my enjoyment of the story.
I can't imagine how the performance could have been worse. I ended up getting the paperback version from the library to read along with the narrator because she was sooo bad. Her supposedly southern accent was beyond awful. She spoke very rapidly and did not even take a breath between book sections, so the transitions were impossible to follow. She turned the "accent" on and off inconsistently, so it was a struggle to know who was speaking. Someone should have taught her how to pronounce "Ocala," "Ponce de Leon," and various other words and place-names. She occasionally missed or rearranged the author's words. The places where the audio was edited and overdubbed were very obvious; one insertion was so loud it made me jump.
I enjoyed hearing about the Cracker horse, which just established a breed registry in 1989. I also enjoyed the story line overall. This book had the potential to be terrific, but was spoiled by poor research, poor editing, and a frankly terrible audio performance.
The book is a pleasant if flawed READ. Don't bother with the audio version.
This is one of the good things about the $4.95 sales, I get to read authors that might not strike my fancy at a higher price. This was a "nice" story and it held my interest. The narrator wasn't very good because she maintained the same voice throughout the story for Karen and Ben; it was hard to tell who was talking sometimes.
the reader didn't change the tone from female to male which made following who was talking difficult Should have used a male voice for the male parts and it would have been so much better..a good story and good book.
love to read and love audio books!Favorite authors: Marcia Willett,Nevil Shute,Mary Stewart,and Jacqueline Winspear. I could go on and on but wont bore you! I belong to a book group and we often" Listen" to the books we have selected for the month while using a paper copy for the discussion notes. It really enhances the quality of the story.
Have read other books by Deborah Smith but this one is boring and I did not like the
narration. Skip it!
This story could have been excellent, but the narration was not good. I had some trouble telling if the speaker was a male or female. I had to wait to get the context to figure out who was talking. Too bad, because the story was good and I would have enjoyed it a lot more with a different reader.
The story is not very deep but is enjoyable. It is well written. The narrator is a little dramatic and her accents are more Georgia than Florida. All in all it makes for a pleasant listen. It's worth a credit.
I have read other Deborah Smith books and loved them... this book seemed a bit far fetched and predictable.
The audio was terrible. There so many voice-overs that it was distracting. The narrator's voice would have been better received had it not been for the poor audio quality.
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