*Note* This is a true love story. It is a story about overcoming tragedy and circumstance. It's about learning to heal through the heartache when you would rather hide from it. Lily and Cooper meet, and nothing is ever the same.
"I have dents, bruises, scars, and cracks so deep that it's a wonder I'm not in a million pieces...."
Sometimes things aren't always what they seem. Sometimes pain lies underneath, buried so deep that for a moment you let yourself forget - until you can't.
I didn't realize how numb I was until I started feeling again, and he made me feel - everything. Cooper Hudson came into my life when I needed him the most - twice.
This is my story. This is the story of us.
"It was funny how you never really realized how lifeless you were until someone came along and gave you that shock to the chest that forced your heart to start beating again."
©2014 Pamela Sparkman (P)2016 Pamela Sparkman
The story is both slow and sad. The subject matter tragic and yet your aware of none of this until 3/4 of the way into the story. When I say slow I mean slow. The last 1/3 of the book is where all the story unfolds. I'm glad I hung in there. Still it was way longer and drawn out then I felt most people would hang in for ( just my opinion) narrator did an awesome job on her portrayal of the characters. I received this book free of charge in order to receive an honest review.
it was a great book, but I do have some pet peeves and she hit them. they are called hiccups, not hick offs. and when you agree with something you nod your head not shake it. nodding is up and down and shaking is side to side. one more thing, she is a twenty something woman and it bugs me that she calls her father Daddy, instead of Dad or father. once in awhile calling him Daddy would be OK and place more meaning on the emotion she is feeling at the time but that is all she calls him, and it bugs me.
the writing aside, the story was fantastic and it's hard to believe that it's a true story. the irony of the events it's absolutely fictional, except it's not. this kind of love is the kind women dream of. it's captivating. I would still recommend this book to friends.
First of all, I want to say that this was indeed a sappy love story but I did enjoy it to an extent. This extent was the way-too-coincidental development of the book. Okay, setting that aside, this storyline was definitely a New Adult romance because we didn't encounter past loves even though the young man was supposed to be 30. The young woman seemed immature although I gave her the benefit of the doubt because she was grieving. The story centered itself around their relationship to the exclusion of their respective jobs, and hobbies because they instant became glued to the hip. Love was declared after a mere week of being together and at that time I started to roll my eyes and didn't stop until the epilogue.
The narrator did a great job . As for creditworthiness, I would say yes if you're underage!
This audiobook was provided by the author in exchange of an honest review.
STORY: 3 stars
PERFORMANCE: 4 stars
OVERALL: 3.5 stars
*** I received a free Audible audiobook in exchange for providing an honest review. ***
STOLEN BREATHS is a rated G new adult romance. It's sugary-sweet with characters who never have an argument and a female main character in her 20s who still calls her father her, "daddy". When I realized this was not a tale of insta-love but that there was a darker history between the main characters, I became hopeful yet the author didn't flesh that part of the story out. It was disappointing that this this portion of the storyline was not expanded on as it would've made for a more unique, exciting storyline IMO.
On occasion I wondered if I had missed a part, rewinding the audiobook only to learn that I hadn't missed anything but the author had jumped ahead. For example, we don't get any details about is important wedding ceremony, just what happens before and after. Otherwise, this book is well edited and well written.
I listened to the Audible audiobook version narrated by Corrie Legge. Ms Legge's performance was refreshing and idiosyncratic, her voice was different from any other narrator I've heard. I say this because Legge has an extremely youthful, genuine voice which was ideal for portraying the female mc who still referred to her father as her, "daddy". I was pleasantly surprised when Ms. Legge used a slightly more mature voice while reading as the grandmother character then disappointed when there was no discernible difference in her voice while she spoke for the male characters. Although her performance was not that of an obviously seasoned actress, it was still high-quality and I would definitely listen to more of her audiobooks in the future!
I've rarely met an audio book I didnt like. I love rom-com, cozy murder mystery, and self-help.
i had to give this book a couple of tries. it started very slow and I don't know if I was creeped out in the beginning because of the narrator or cause she kept saying "my daddy". it got better and I'm glad I finished it i just dont know if its something ill come back to and listen to. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
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If the story was cut in half yes but as it is no. There is way to much filler or to much details that the story and the listener gets lost.
I totally loved it, just about brought a tear to my eye, but again to much detail was given
In my book there is nothing to follow up on.
I am really torn on this review there were parts I thought were good and others I did not. There was way too much filler used here, you could have skip pages and or chapters and still not missed much. It started out really good the author really got my attention on the plane ride, meeting the grandson, the eye contact but then lost me by giving me to many unimportant details. The next time the author really got my attention was when Cooper was telling her the story of their first meeting. That really got to me as well as how much her father loved her. It broke my heart that he died the way he did with no last goodbye. Again the author lost me with too many useless details. I really liked when Cooper took her back to his home leaving her in the car and all that followed after that. But yet again it follows with too much unimportant information. The ending was sweet I loved the girls name and the why of it.
Ms. Legge as narrator was good she really put forth the emotion for the most part. There were times where it sounds more like she was reading than playing a part. There were places where she sounded bored that the story really wasn’t pulling her in. Don’t get me wrong she did show a lot of emotion and at times really got into character. There were times when she was a little too fast or a little too slow and other times when she was right on the money. There were not any background noises or any places where the volume was higher or lower than any other place in the audio. Her character voices were great loved her male and female ones. It was a clear audio it just wasn’t smooth all the way through. Would I listen to more of her work yes I feel with the right story she could really take it away into an amazing audio.
This really was a very touching story and very hard to believe looking at the whole picture a true one. This is where it gets hard not to give the story away. I was totally into the bar scene when the person held her, even finding out who he was and the entire circle around it was just wonderful. Than to find out how her father died and who was respectable was just amazing. I loved Cooper’s friends and the jokes, I loved how sweet Cooper was to her from the start you could really feel the pull between them. His grandmother was a doll I just adored her. Lily’s best friend was a delight but seemed way to young for the story it was suppose to be.
This was really a very touching tragic story but with too much filler it was very slow moving which really took away from the story. The characters are supposed to be older but they seem so young. Lily just seemed so immature maybe it was she always called her father daddy that made her seem so young but her other actions did as well. If the story was cut in half this would have made a delightful read but sadly with all the filler I cannot give it more than a 3. Don’t get me wrong there were parts that were amazing and others I just had to stop and think over kill as well as parts that I found my mind wondering away from the story and I had to pull myself back in. This is where it gets really hard I am pulled between a 2 or a 3 so we will just go with a three. These are just my thoughts so do not let me hold you back from giving it a read or listen. Other have found it totally wonderful and loved it.
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I loved every heartfelt and broken aspect of this story, even moreso knowing that it's a true story.
The narration was excellent and even though you know there is an HEA on the horizon, getting there was beautifully sad. Happy sad.
I'm not sure what the second book in the series will be about but I'm all in!!
Yes I would because I felt like Corrie Legge did such a great job and had so much emotion in her voice and I wouldn't have gotten that if I had read the print version.
Lily was my favorite character because she was so sweet and strong I loved how she was able to overcome a couple of big tragedies in her life.
This is a great story about true love and strength!!!
The narration was very good and this was a clean modern romance with lots of twists. Lily experienced a trauma when she was twenty that no person should have to go through. Cooper rescued her from it and then Lily disappeared with the memory buried down deep. They meet again when Lily comes home to bury her father five years later. Only Cooper knows who she is. Lily met Cooper's grandmother on the plane ride and offers her a ride home after comforting her during the ride. The story goes on from there and they fall in love. Cooper loves Lily enough to wait and help her regain her memory through counseling. He tells her something that all future husbands should tell their wives. I love you enough to wait until our wedding day before we are intimate. There were several other important lines during the story that exemplify what a good marriage should be. Such as the line that says I should tell her how much I love her every day and show her what it means to be loved or something to that effect. Although there were some negative parts they were woven into the story so well that you kept reading to see what the end would be. I got this book via audiobook boom.com.
I felt like I started in the middle of the book. It focused on a love story which all started with an abusive encounter Lily had. Without that background to set the foundation, it just seemed random and sappy to me.
I probably would
I really enjoyed when Lily met Cooper's friends and how easily they accepted her and made her a part of their group.
I believe this is a good story but there were so many parts that felt thrown in to try to make it come together and appear more exciting or mysterious. With more work, it would have been a much better book. This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.
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