In this heart-pounding New York Times best-seller by RITA Award finalist Romantic Times Career Achievement Award winner Catherine Anderson, a seasoned horseman and a tenderfoot guide face long odds to rescue an eight-year-old from the Oregon wilderness.
Reluctant clairvoyant Loni MacEwen tries to ignore the visions that bring such heartbreak. But she feels compelled to warn the handsome Clint Harrigan of his son's imminent danger. A no-nonsense rancher, Clint thinks the pretty stranger has gone plumb loco—especially since he’s convinced he’s childless! But after watching Loni’ s predictions unfold on the local news, he asks her help to find the boy who just might be his son. As Loni and Clint ride into rugged terrain, a desperate search becomes a shared journey of trust, understanding, and unexpected love.
©2008 Adeline Catherine Anderson (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC
“Superbly written… Romantic through and through.” (Booklist)
As I listened to this book I felt like I was listening to a story written by a 15 year old girl who had grown up in a convent and is the president of her schools environmental club. This girl decides to write a paranormal, Catholic romance, which includes a sex scene and a smidgen of environmentalism for good measure. The narrator sounds like she is reading it with a flashlight to her friends late at night. The narrators voice his so high pitched and sweet, and the love interest keeps telling her that she is so sweet that I felt like I needed insulin shots. The sex scene was weird in a Christian Romance. It really detracted from the appeal of the characters in my opinion. The male lead had made a vow after a tragedy not to make love again until he was married...three days in the wilderness with Ms. Bubblegum and he breaks his vow. I have only read Protestant Romance books to this point, so I don't know if sex is normal in Catholic Romances, but it just seemed wrong. I paid for it, so I listened to it. But it felt like purgatory.
I'd call this a contemporary Christian western romance with a paranormal twist. It is about a horse rancher and a psychic, and both are devoutly religious Catholics. There's adventure, romance, and dollops of sin and guilt during a horse trek through the Oregon mountains while they try to rescue a lost child. They confront the wilderness, their own personal prejudices, and consider their actions in light of their religious training. If you haven't read it and aren't offended by religious overtones, I'd suggest it.
I prefer the print version of this book. Julia Gibson's reading of this book made the woman seem whiney, and somewhat unlikeable. I wanted a more upbeat voice with more energy. She did a better job with the male voice.
I read: heart-pounding + finalist award winning + wilderness survival + romance = fun, and light listening for chores times.
Unfortunately what I found was a shameless religious propaganda. Also, situations and characters so phony, so fake so full of self-rightousness that instead of the expected laughs or smiles or even the promised thrill the only thing is bitter disappointment.
I don't mind religious books, for instance I enjoyed and recommended THE SHACK . What I don't appreciate is undercover propaganda, I strongly believe is a total lack of respect to the reader/listener.
And lastly the performance: I said it was bad: whiny, phony voice, trying for over sweet...but maybe the poor narrator did not have much to work with...
Alas did not finish not even the first part.
Strongly suggest whoever does this summaries not to mislead the readers.
Not a bad story line, but author alternates between sounding like a textbook, and a romance writer! Could not stand the narrator (sorry) but I did manage to get through the whole thing. Might have been better with another narrator, but maybe not.
Always on the lookout for the next great read
I typically enjoy stories with characters with psychic abilities, and this book was not an exception in that respect. I enjoyed the realistic treatment of Loni MacEwen's psychic abilities...not so much as a gift...but as a curse that she couldn't control...which kept messing up her life. That part of the story was good. I enjoyed the hero who was a good match for her on many levels.
What I didn't like was the preachy nature. The author seemed to hit quite hard on how wrong premarital sex is...right before her characters engaged. The preachy nature overwhelmed a lot of other things that I liked and made what might have otherwise been a 4 or 5 star read only an average one.
I liked the ending. It was satisfying on all levels.
I liked her performance of Clint - the hero.
LOL - certainly NOT to remain abstinent till marriage. :)
Catherine Anderson is one of my favorite authors. I buy and read most of what she writes - though she is one of the authors that I tend to read sparingly because I don't ever want to be without one of her books to read. Though this wasn't my favorite it was a good read on a lot of levels and would have been a good read if she'd left out the heavy handed approach to premarital sex...particularly since her characters engaged.
Especially liked the Paranormal Angle to the story. Story is well written & fast paced.
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