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  • The Best of Intentions

  • Canadian Crossings Series, Book 1
  • By: Susan Anne Mason
  • Narrated by: Susan Boyce
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

In the aftermath of WWI, Grace Abernathy is determined to reunite with her family, crossing an ocean to convince her widowed sister to return home to England. But Toronto holds more tragedy and her nephew, Christian, is now in the custody of his paternal relatives, the formidable Easton family, who rejected Grace's sister because of her low social status. Unconvinced that the Eastons can be fitting caretakers, Grace jumps at the chance to become Christian's nanny and to observe the family up close. But she is shocked to discover herself falling for Andrew Easton, the boy's guardian.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Touching post WWI Family Drama

  • By A+D on 07-14-18

Touching post WWI Family Drama

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-14-18

This book is a very touching drama with a romance. When Grace first meets Andrew, she does not know who he is except that he is a nice gentleman offering her assistance. There is a bit of a spark. Their second meeting is different, and more unbidden sparks ignite. Both try to deny their feelings given the circumstances of her being his employee now. There are some tender moments to be savored. I loved Andrew's sister Virginia (Ginny) and the things she is dealing with trying to make her family happy. That girl has spunk, no spoilers but she does learn how to make the right choice. I loved the deep friendship she developed with Grace.
I felt bad for Andrew, spending his whole life trying to earn his father's approval. He does whatever it takes to make his father happy, even at the cost of his own happiness.
Grace carries the guilt of her brother's death and her mother's blame with her.
It is with the best of intentions that both Grace and Andrew make some rash decisions. Some, life-changing. Other's are heartbreaking.
The villainess, Cecilia, is wonderfully written! I despised her from the moment we meet her.
There are many surprises. My heart was pounding for a while but very happy by the end.
I highly recommend this Susan Anne Mason book!
*The narration was good, though I did feel Grace's British accent sounded a little Irish at times.

  • A Bride in Store

  • By: Melissa Jagears
  • Narrated by: Pilar Witherspoon
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

Impatient to meet her intended groom and help him grow his general store, mail-order bride Eliza Cantrell sets out on her travels a week early. But her plan goes sadly awry when her train is held up by robbers who steal her dowry, and Axel, her groom-to-be, isn't even in town when she finally arrives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful!

  • By A+D on 07-11-18

Wonderful!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-11-18

This is a wonderful book! I read it a couple of years ago and enjoyed listening to the story of Will and Eliza again. Will is so selfless and caring. Eliza is determined to get someone to believe in her. I loved it when she realized that Will is that person.

  • A Bride For Keeps

  • Unexpected Brides, Book 1
  • By: Melissa Jagears
  • Narrated by: Pilar Witherspoon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70

Although Everett Cline can hardly keep up with the demands of his homestead, he won't humiliate himself by looking for a helpmate ever again--not after being jilted by three mail-order brides. When a well-meaning neighbor goes behind his back to bring yet another mail-order bride to town, he has good reason to doubt it will work, especially after getting a glimpse at the woman in question. She's the prettiest woman he's ever seen, and it's just not possible she's there to marry a simple homesteader like him.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Solid first book in a series worth a credit

  • By Kat5 on 12-28-14

Finally, A Bride for Keeps!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-26-18

I read the book a few years ago and wanted to revisit this story because I loved it so. I'm very glad it is available on Audible!
The most memorable part for me is when Everett finally gets Julia to understand that God loves her, no matter what. Also when Julia follows Everett to the barn.

I thought the narrator did a good job with all the voices with the exception of Rachel, she sounded more like a man than a woman.

  • Return to Shirley Plantation

  • A Civil War Romance
  • By: Carrie Fancett Pagels
  • Narrated by: Cecily White
  • Length: 2 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Abducted against his will, theater manager Matthew Scott is conscripted into the Confederate army because of his Copperhead senator father’s political leanings. Injured at Malvern Hill, Matthew is taken by the Union army to Shirley Plantation in Virginia, where he is tended by seamstress Angelina Rose, a freed slave. Given an opportunity to leave the South and start a new life for herself, Angelina remained for the sake of her sister’s orphaned twins, who are still enslaved. Will Matthew find the family for which he longs? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspirational Civil War Romantic Drama

  • By A+D on 06-12-18

Inspirational Civil War Romantic Drama

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-12-18

Angelina gave up moving north to stay in the south to care for her niece and nephew, saving money to buy their freedom. Matthew Scott was conscripted into serving in a war he wanted nothing to do with. I loved how Matthew developed relationships with other characters. The way he was drawn to Angelina and felt protective of her was simply romantic. Angelina was my favorite. She showed such strength in following God's guidance. Granny Scott is full of surprises.

The narration was excellent! I thought Cecily White did a wonderful job bringing all characters and their different accents to life.
I highly recommend this audiobook. Despite the horribleness of the war and dealing with the wounded literally on their front lawn, the story is entertaining and a quick listen.

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  • Brighton Honeymoon

  • By: Sheri Cobb South
  • Narrated by: Noah Michael Levine
  • Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

Sir Aubrey Tabor began with the most altruistic of motives. When the Brundys' seaside wedding trip is interrupted by a young woman claiming to be Mr. Brundy's sister, Sir Aubrey promises to do what he can in order to relieve his friend of an imposter whose presence poses a threat to marital bliss. But golden-haired Polly proves to be more than a match for Sir Aubrey, and with each encounter, he finds himself thinking less of his friend's honeymoon, and more about having one of his own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sir Aubrey’s tale & more of the Bundys!

  • By Loves2Read on 02-23-18

Fun Regency!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-02-18

This was a fun little listen!
I did not exactly care for Polly's deception but could understand why she felt she had to lie.
I would still consider this a "clean" romance, there was nothing explicit. Though the discussion of a mouse or rat at the breakfast table was funny.
Poor Mr. Brundy wanted a honeymoon, alone, with his wife. He didn't exactly get it.
I love how Helen loves Ethan. I found Sir Aubry's love of Polly quite amusing as it seemed to surprise him.
The ending was perfect!

  • The Weaver Takes a Wife

  • By: Sheri Cobb South
  • Narrated by: Noah Michael Levine
  • Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126

Haughty Lady Helen Radney is one of London's most beautiful women, and the daughter of a duke, but her sharp tongue has frightened away most of her suitors. When her father gambles away his fortune, the duke's only chance for recouping his losses lies in marrying off Lady Helen to any man wealthy enough to take a bride with nothing to recommend her but a lovely face and an 800-year-old pedigree.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful!

  • By Lady M on 02-22-15

Fun Listen!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-29-18

I found this to be such a fun book to listen to. I enjoyed the character of Ethan Brundy the most. He knew what he wanted and he got it. Helen was a sharp-tongued shrew for a while. I don't give spoilers.
Ethan was such a good man. An honest and caring businessman. Doing what was best for mill workers. I love how he loved Helen unconditionally.

  • An Inconvenient Beauty

  • By: Kristi Ann Hunter
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Gideon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127

The Duke of Riverton has chosen his future wife with the same logic he uses to make every decision. However, his perfect bride eludes his suit, while the beautiful Isabella Berkeley seems to be everywhere. When the time comes, will Griffith and Isabella be able to set aside their pride and initial notions to embrace their very own happily-ever-after?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really enjoyed!

  • By Heather Pollock on 09-08-17

Splendid!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-11-18

A very satisfying end to this series. I loved how big strong always in control fell victim to love. It wasn't part of his carefully researched plan, despite his family legacy.
I felt very bad for Isabella. Her manipulative uncle, the pressure she felt.
I thought the author does a wonderful job of showing how we should trust God with our lives and not lean on our own plans. The book is not at all "preachy" but the lessons learned are very natural for this family of faith.
Simply said, I loved it!

  • An Uncommon Courtship

  • Hawthorne House Series, Book 3
  • By: Kristi Ann Hunter
  • Narrated by: Charlotte Anne Dore
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92

Life for Lady Adelaide Bell was easier if she hid in her older sister's shadow - which worked until her sister got married. Even with the pressure of her socially ambitious mother, the last thing she expected was a marriage of convenience to save her previously spotless reputation. Lord Trent Hawthorne couldn't be happier that he is not the duke in the family. He's free to manage his small estate and take his time discovering the life he wants to lead.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Good story line

  • By A. on 06-04-17

Delightful!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-08-18

Loved it! Trent Hawthorne is a wonderful hero! Despite an unconventional beginning to their marriage the way he comes to Adelaide's rescue is truly swoon worthy.
I loved seeing Adelaide come into herself as a woman too. Her mother was so horrible to her throughout her life.
I loved seeing the various Hawthorne family members rally around Adelaide too.
I have so many favorite scenes! I can't say what they are because of spoilers.
A fair warning, for those that may be sensitive, this book does discuss marital intimacy but it is not graphic and completely necessary in the telling of this wonderful story.

I upped the narration speed quite a bit and found it helped me enjoy the book more. There are a couple repeated sentences here and there that caused me to pause to make sure I was hearing the correct thing.

I highly recommend this book and the entire Hawthorne House series!

  • An Elegant Façade

  • Hawthorne House, Book 2
  • By: Kristi Ann Hunter
  • Narrated by: Charlotte Anne Dore
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 171
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171

Lady Georgina Hawthorne has worked tirelessly to seal her place as the Incomparable for her debut season. At her first London ball, she hopes to snag the attention of an earl. With money and business connections, but without impeccable bloodlines, Colin McCrae is invited everywhere but accepted nowhere. When he first encounters the fashionable Lady Georgina, he's irritated by his attraction to a woman who concerns herself only with status and appearance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • loved it!

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-23-16

Great family story!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-07-18

This was such a fun book to read/listen to. Lady Georgina has a secret and has gone to great lengths to keep it from everyone except her lady's maid. Not even her family knows. She plays the part of the spoiled youngest member of a Duke's household.
Colin McCrea is a very observant businessman. Not a titled upper crust Earl or Duke, not on Georgina's list of eligible matches. The two do form a tenuous friendship and share a few secrets of their own. Colin has seen glimpses of the "real" Georgina, the one beneath the facade. He wishes he could see more of her.
Georgina believes God does not love her, that she is not important to him like her siblings and other friends. It is important to Colin that she learns the truth. The author did such a wonderful job of making that happen. I know these are fictional characters but they feel so real to me.
I loved the adventure, the humor and the love that was written in the pages of this book.

I won the entire Hawthorne House series of books at a reader event in 2017. I own a couple on Kindle and a couple on Audible.

I did not like this narrator as much as. I think she would have been better if she had pronounced some of the words the same way as in A Noble Masquerade.

  • Just Look Up

  • By: Courtney Walsh
  • Narrated by: Matilda Novak
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

After tirelessly climbing the ranks of her Chicago-based interior design firm, Lane Kelley is about to land her dream promotion when devastating news about her brother draws her back home - a quaint tourist town full of memories she'd just as soon forget. With her cell phone and laptop always within reach, Lane aims to check on her brother while staying focused on work - something her eclectic family doesn't understand.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Look up, Let Go, Live, Love

  • By A+D on 04-28-18

Look up, Let Go, Live, Love

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-28-18

I really liked this story. I appreciate the message of looking up and seeing what you really have. Of being more than your job and work accomplishments.
I thought Lane dwelled in the hurts of her past too long. Yes, she was bullied, and suffered a terrible betrayal. She locked herself up and locked everyone out. Everything but work.
It took quite a while and a lot of grace from others before she could move on.
Brooks had his own past to deal with. He let people in, to a point.
It was very nice to see these childhood friends help each other overcome their troubles.
I think Ryan Brooks was my favorite character.
I would love to read another Harbor Point story. There are some great characters that deserve their own story.
The narrator did a really good job. Especially portraying the emotions.

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