The emotional story of a young woman's journey as she leaves behind all the things she thought she wanted, only to discover who she really is. Number-one New York Times best-selling author Robyn Carr explores the challenges facing women today as they are valued for what's on the outside rather than the inside.
Jennifer Chaise is proud of her life. Coming from nothing, she's used her beauty to her advantage and is swept up in a glamorous world of wealth and privilege as the mistress of a high-flying businessman. But when she walks in on a violent scene in their Las Vegas hotel room, Jennifer knows she can no longer ignore the truth about her boyfriend, and she flees. Desperate to escape the men searching for her, she invents a whole new persona - with a new look and a new name - as she hides out in a small Nevada town.
Working as a waitress in the local diner, she finds a mentor in Louise, a retired professor who takes her in. As Jennifer begins to embrace a new life, she realizes how much was missing from her old one: a sense of community and purpose. But it's not easy to simply disappear. Her neighbor, Alex, is a cop, and while he's friendly enough, he may also suspect that Jennifer is not what she seems.
Although she is under constant threat of being discovered, Jennifer is surprised to realize that for the first time, she's genuinely happy. Suddenly this real world is all she wants. But will it be enough when her past catches up with her?
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I was reluctant to start Swept Away because of the overall low review scores, but on reading the comments I found that most criticism is because it is a rerelease of an earlier work, Runaway Mistress. As a rule I avoid books that are renamed to generate new sales, but since I had not read it under the previous name and this was the first offering of the story as an audiobook, I decided to spend a credit.
I did enjoy this story. First, I have to give credit to Therese Plummer. I have come to enjoy her as the voice of Virgin River and Thunder Point, so her narration truly sets the stage for a good story. I listen to every Robyn Carr audiobook released and this one did not disappoint. The main character, Jennifer, is a strong woman who undergoes growth and development through her struggles. She discovers kindness in a caring community, and the character traits and themes I love so much in Virgin River and Thunder Point are also found in this Nevada town. The male lead, Alex, is a strong, responsible man with a solid moral compass. The supporting characters are well developed and interesting. Although I thought Jennifer's underlying story and motivational premise are a bit weak, these books usually require some suspension of disbelief. Overall, this is a solid Robyn Carr romance and worth the credit.
I pre-ordered this book and was thrilled when it arrived. I was terribly disappointed in the very first reviews that were left. I was prepared to not like it at all. HOWEVER, I truly enjoyed every minute of it and hated to see it come to a close. Therese Plummer's delivery of the story filled a longing that I've had for more Virgin River and Thunderpoint stories. This felt like going home in so many ways.
It is my understanding from the reviews through Amazon, that this book is a reprint of "Runaway Mistress" under a different title. Since neither title have been available through Audible until this one was released, I don't have an opinion on the subject. I can, however, understand why readers of "Runaway Mistress" that purchased this book as well would be upset. Regardless, Robyn Carr didn't disappoint in this novel. Therese...you're still my favorite narrator of ALL TIMES!!!!
If you haven't read "Runaway Mistress", this is a highly recommend listen! Very much worth the credit. Just don't buy both! ;)
Former Waitress, Chargeback clerk, Clown, Florist owner, Clergy. Love series, humor, twists, history, mysteries, not into witches/bondage.
This book certainly kept my attention . Good character development . You felt they were real people and not cookie cutters! Some very moving parts😭. Happy😀. Thought provoking👏
Say something about yourself!
I was so happy when my pre-order came through and I could listen while painting and driving, and on the treadmill... I couldn't leave it, usually I like to savor Robyn Carrs books and listen an hour at a time but ... sigh... so I will wait patiently for her next novel.
This is not an edge of your seat mystery or an all out love story that leaves you breathless but its an enchanting story of community and acceptance and understanding.
Oh and I now look for books read by Therese Plumber, she's that good.
Robyn and Therese make an awesome team. I have enjoyed every book to date, they draw you in as though you're part of the story.
The suspense, the romance, the bike.
She's the best in my opinion.
The bike, the sheep, the prom, all the things that bring you back to reality and remind you of what is really important in life.
Keep the stories coming! I love the series stories...Virgin River, Grace Valley etc.
I got into listening to audio books while traveling and now have found them a source of comfort day & night! Robyn Carr is my Fav
Really enjoyed the story and the narrator. I have always enjoyed Robyn Carr and Therese Plummer together, it's as though they go together like bread and butter.
This story touches your heart in many ways, it may also touch some lives as it crosses many paths.
I enjoyed the humanity in this story and the writer as well as the narrator were able to bring it to life
This may not be a blockbuster book of a lifetime but it was a good story that was very well narrated. After reading reviews and then listening to the book I kept thinking about people who said how they judged the character and her flaws in this book and all I can imagine is that they have to have some personal experiences of their own that contradict this main character's life experience. Perhaps their husband had a mistress and it broke their hearts or they're just not in tune with what it feels like to struggle with a less than good start in life.
I found the story is a believable situation and one that many young women find themselves in. What someone does in a book is their written character but how someone judges them when they review it is revealing of their own.
It's a good read, sad, funny, emotional and even dramatic. C'est la vie, As is life. Enjoyed this book as much as Virgin River. Go for it!
This was a good book to listen to after having a few books that turned out to be dark stories.
You always know there is going to be a happy ending with Robin Carr.
Therese Plummer is a good narrator with a pleasant tone to her voice.
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