A contemporary small-town Texas setting is the backdrop for this romance. Carrying a feel that is reminiscent of stories written 10 – 15 years ago, K..Show More »imberly Lewis brings us the McKade family and the ‘new girl’ Andi, just trying to adjust to the very different country she finds herself hiding in.
While there aren’t any great new reinventions of the wheel here, Lewis develops Andi (Kellan) and Zane with flair, and each of the secondary characters in town are just as fun and well built. But of course, the reason Andi (Kellan) is there is to hide away from an evil ex, and well – this story would have been perfect without that rather over-wrought trope. The solution to that situation was confusing and a bit quick to resolve, and while I understood the need to give Andi (Kellan) a reason to travel to ‘hillbilly hell’, I did not wholly buy into her fear or the threat.
But – that was a small niggle in the overall story, and while it was a diversion from the lightning fast, snarky banter and sparks flying between she and Zane, it wasn’t the focal point of the story. And – Lewis managed to use the BEST Line EVER
“Screw you, cowboy!” she yelled after him, saying the word exactly as she had before. “And that horse you rode in on.”
Narration in this story is provided by Madeline Bundy, and like others that I have listened to recently, the performance was workable, but not outstanding. Overly emphasizing each word to completely enunciate causes odd pauses and breathing moments that are not reflective of the text, and while her conversational moments and slight distinctions for different character voices were performed slightly better, and gave some variation in narrative speed and interest, the overall impression was an average one. I love audiobooks for the little ‘oomph’ given by narrating a story, that bit of extra that a great narration can give to a story in their personification of characters and emotional emphasis. Overworking or not doing enough can ruin a story: this narration was just average and workable, neither special nor horrible.
I received an AudioBook copy from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
I love this story, it was sweet and heartwarming. I always love a book that can draw me in without being over the top with drama, Norah did just that...Show More » Norah is a simple country girl who works hard and loves her family and friends but lacks that one special person in her life. Meanwhile, Chase is dealing with the inheritance of a new farm, conveniently located close to the McKade's, and a struggling relationship with his father. He too is feeling that something is lacking. Once Chase and Norah meet, the attraction begins but the truth that Chase won't be around for long hangs over their heads. Norah struggles with some issues from her past, her over-protective brothers and the idea of possibly losing Chase while Chase works through what he really wants out of life. This story flows nicely, kept my attention, and had me routing for both Norah and Chase the whole time. I loved that the author could do this without any crazy, over the top dramatics or craziness. Overall, an amazing story that I would highly recommend. The narration was great as well, the flow of the story never faltered and was never distracting which allowed much better enjoyment of the story!