It happens in the chill of a September night, 1939: Their small Polish village is raided, burned to the ground. Anna, a devoutly Catholic teenager, watches as her friend is shot, as her father is dragged off for conscription in the German army. Szymon, the young village priest, stands silently with his parishioners as their church is ransacked and torched. Anna clings to him - her dear friend and confidant - and by some luck, the Germans spare them.
Started out a little depressing, but those tumultuous WWII days were ugly anyway. I noted one review wanted more dramatic descriptions of the horrors the Poles experienced but after reading as many Petra Durst-Benning books as I have, I welcomed not reading of them again. I was pleased with the ending. It is an interesting and sweet love story.
Sadie Turner is not a control freak, just…orderly. When a cheating spouse topples Sadie’s impeccably tidy world, she packs up her kids for a summer vacation at her aunt’s lake house, hoping to relax, reboot, and pick up the pieces away from men. All men. But eccentric Aunt Dody has other plans: she’s determined to see Sadie have a little fun - with Desmond, the sexy new neighbor. Tall, tanned, muscular - and even great with her kids - Desmond is Sadie’s worst nightmare. He must have a flaw - he’s a man, after all - so Sadie vows to keep her distance. But as summer blazes on, their attraction ignites....
Another book I could not continue listening to because the performance was so droll. No good cross over in voices between characters. I am not interested in even reading the book on my Kindle. Sad, as I like the author otherwise.
Cynical divorce attorney Lori Cumberland lives by one motto: Love is grand, but divorce is a hundred grand. With one failed marriage under her own personal belt, Lori had fallen hard and early - and it isn't something she plans on repeating. She's content focusing on the temporary marriages of her rich and famous clients. When she joins some of her recent divorcées on a celebratory cruise, her only vow is fun, sun, and new friends. But Lori finds herself tempted by a jury of one.
I could not get through this Audible version because the performance was so dull and robotic. Lack of real intonation and worse lack of ability to change voices between characters. I want not a fan of the story line enough to want to read the book on my Kindle. Sorry.
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Nineteen-year-old Aldine McKenna is stuck at home with her sister and aunt in a Scottish village in 1929 when two Mormon missionaries ring the doorbell. Aldine's sister converts and moves to America to marry, and Aldine follows, hoping to find the life she's meant to lead and the person she's meant to love. In New York, Aldine answers an ad soliciting a teacher for a one-room schoolhouse in a place she can't possibly imagine: drought-stricken Kansas.
This story began slowly but it wasn't long before I was hooked. And Angela Dawe is a fantastic reader. She did a wonderful job of changing character as they spoke. Loved everything about this book!
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Charlotte owns a Birmingham bridal boutique. But with her own wedding day approaching, why can’t she find the perfect dress - or feel certain she should marry Tim? Then Charlotte purchases a vintage dress in a battered trunk at an estate sale. It looks brand-new, shimmering with pearls and satin, hand stitched and timeless in its design. But where did it come from? Who wore it? Charlotte’s search for the gown’s history begins as a distraction from her sputtering love life. But it takes on a life of its own as she comes to know the women who have worn the dress.
Great story spanning the life of an ethereal wedding dress made in 1912 and Godly apparitions that bring closure to a young woman's search for her identity. My only criticism is the reader. No offense, but I believe if your characters in the book are Birmingham southerners, the reader needs to either be from the area or learn the accent and stick with it. Too often, her southern accent waned in the middle of a sentence or paragraph. Just a suggestion because otherwise, her reading would have been great.