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  • The Christmas Token

  • Hardman Holidays, Book 2
  • By: Shanna Hatfield
  • Narrated by: Michael L Canaan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

Desperate to escape an unwelcome suitor, Ginny Granger flees to her brother's home in Eastern Oregon for the holiday season. Returning to the community where she spent her childhood years, she plans to relax and enjoy a peaceful visit. Not expecting to encounter the boy she once loved, her exile is proving to be anything but restful. A talented carpenter, Blake Stratton enjoys a simple existence in the small western town of Hardman. His life is nearly perfect, at least until the day Ginny Granger arrives.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Cute Storyline, Dreadful Narrator

  • By Blujean on 12-18-17

Kissy Christmas

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

Reviewed: 12-08-18

This is a very kissy Christmas book. A couple of kisses were bordering on scandalous but otherwise, it's a clean read.
I loved how Ginny's character grew in this story. She starts out as a spoiled, privileged, unmotivated to do anything to support herself, woman.
The frustration of not receiving letters from each other ten years ago (when Ginny moved away) caused much hurt and doubt between Blake and Ginny. It was nice to see them overcome that.

The only thing that bothered me was the narration.
The male narrator does the most annoying female voices and giggles (both male and female) that I've ever heard.

  • Ordinary Snowflakes

  • A Rock Creek Christmas Novella
  • By: Jennifer Rodewald
  • Narrated by: Meghan Crawford
  • Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Someone had noticed me. A secret admirer? A man with a good heart, who saw how much I actually do need help, even though I never admit it, and how much Sydney needs someone to teach her that men can be nice - that some of them stick around, no matter how hard life gets. Maybe I knew him. Maybe he's been around for a while. Maybe this is the beginning of a beautiful story - a romance full of hope and second chances and love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best novella I've ever heard or read.

  • By Misty on 02-06-17

"better than a Disney movie"

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

This is such a sweet story! I loved little Sydney! The narrator nailed the smart little girl and her bit of sass.
There is a great lesson of self forgiveness and letting go in this book.
I loved it!

  • The Lieutenant's Bargain

  • Fort Reno Series, Book 2
  • By: Regina Jennings
  • Narrated by: Amy Melissa Bentley
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

Hattie Walker dreams of becoming a painter, while her parents want her to settle down. As a compromise, they give her two months to head to Denver and place her works in an exhibition or give up the dream forever. Her journey is derailed when a gunman attacks her stagecoach, leaving her to be rescued by a group of Arapaho, but she's too terrified to recognize them as friendly.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Found Treasure

  • By A+D on 12-05-18

Found Treasure

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

Reviewed: 12-05-18

I wholeheartedly loved this book! I was drawn into the story from the first moment I pressed play. It had me on the edge of my seat from the drama then giggling from a few misunderstandings and surprises.
Of all the things that could have happened, Lieutenant Jack never expected to find a woman needing to be rescued. There is a funny line Hattie says to herself about being saved by the Indians and held captive by the Calvary. I loved seeing her connect with the children and how her heart changed as time went on.
This is a wonderful drama with bits of Regina Jennings trademark humor infused throughout. A message of faith and trusting God is gently woven around the natural scenes. Teaching the young Indian children and their parents the Christmas story through a school program was brilliant.
There are too many fun moments for me to mention. I loved seeing characters from the first book included here but I think this story stands on its own.
I highly recommend this book. I spent the entire day and most of the night listening. Only pausing for a few important business matters.

  • Finding Peace

  • Love's Compass, Book 1
  • By: Melanie D. Snitker
  • Narrated by: Melissa Moran
  • Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

Police Officer Tuck Chandler is good at his job. He's also good at holding women at arm's length. Jilted by his fiancée for his dedication to his job, he's not about to open himself up to hurt like that again. Laurie Blake is a struggling photographer. After growing up in a wealthy family, she's determined to make it on her own, even if it means doing it the hard way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Christian Romantic Mystery

  • By Adriana B on 08-20-16

Sweet Romance, Mystery and Drama

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

Great listen! Tuck comes to the aid of Laurie after her car is broken into. Other mysterious break-ins around the quiet town seem strange at first then things get more serious. I loved seeing the pieces fit together and how Tuck and Laurie fit together too.
Theirs is a sweet romance.
Highly recommended!

  • The Christmas Bargain

  • By: Shanna Hatfield
  • Narrated by: Michael L. Canaan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123

As owner and manager of the Hardman bank, Luke Granger is a man of responsibility and integrity in the small 1890s Eastern Oregon town. Calling in a long overdue loan, Luke finds himself reluctantly accepting a bargain in lieu of payment from the shiftless farmer who barters his daughter to settle his debt. Philamena Booth is both mortified and relieved when her father sends her off with the banker as payment of his debt.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sweet Romance, Perfect Year Round

  • By Amber on 01-02-17

Delightful Bargain!

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

Reviewed: 11-30-18

Shanna Hatfield's Christmas Bargain was a delightful story. I enjoyed Luke falling in love with Philly as much as she was falling in love with him. They shared fun banter and lively discussions as they got to know one another better.
The kissing lessons were fun with just the right amount of steam.
I wasn't thrilled with the narrator. I think he could use a few lessons of how a woman speaks. The way he made them giggle was distracting. I still enjoyed the story though.

  • A Tale of Two Hearts

  • Once Upon a Dickens Christmas, Book 2
  • By: Michelle Griep
  • Narrated by: Nan McNamara
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Mina Scott will do anything to escape the drudgery of her life. She saves every penny to attend a finishing school, dreaming of the day she'll become a real lady - and catch the eye of William Barlow. William is a gentleman's son, a charming, but penniless, rogue. However, his bachelor uncle will soon name an heir. In an effort to secure the inheritance, William gives his uncle the impression he's married, which works until he's invited to bring his wife for a visit. William asks Mina to be his pretend bride, only until his uncle names an heir on Christmas Day. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Tale of Second Chances

  • By A+D on 11-29-18

A Tale of Second Chances

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

Reviewed: 11-29-18

I loved this book. The story of Mina and Will is a story of second chances. Second chances for many characters in this Tale of Two Hearts. Once again, Michelle Griep's storytelling drew me in and did not let go. I listened from beginning to end without stopping.
I loved the reappearance of the second chance coin and the meaning it holds.

  • 12 Days at Bleakly Manor

  • Once Upon a Dickens Christmas, Book 1
  • By: Michelle Griep
  • Narrated by: Nan McNamara
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

England, 1851: When Clara Chapman receives an intriguing invitation to spend Christmas at an English manor home, she is hesitant yet feels compelled to attend - for if she remains the duration of the 12 day celebration, she is promised a sum of 1,000 pounds. But is she walking into danger? It appears so, especially when she comes face to face with one of the other guests - her former fiancé, Benjamin Lane.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful Dickens Mystery!

  • By A+D on 11-29-18

Delightful Dickens Mystery!

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

Reviewed: 11-29-18

I first read this book when it came out in 2017 and loved it. I recently purchased the Audible version and loved it even more! Though I knew the story, the narrator and mystery drew me right into the story and held me captive until it was finished. Michelle Griep's characters are magnificent! The ending is heart touching. I believe this will become an annual Christmas listen for me.
I highly recommend the book and the audible version.

  • Christmas with the Colburns

  • An Uncharted Novella
  • By: Keely Brooke Keith
  • Narrated by: Kate Fisher
  • Length: 1 hr and 41 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

It's Christmastime in Good Springs, and Lydia Bradshaw is eager for the light at the end of her year - the Colburn family's big holiday gathering. When she discovers none of her siblings are coming back to the village this year, she believes Christmas will be ruined. As Lydia faces a gloomy holiday in the Colburn house, an unexpected romance brightens her favorite season. Will it be enough to rekindle the light of Christmas?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Christmas

  • By trixie on 12-04-15

Marvelous Uncharted Christmas

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

Reviewed: 11-26-18

This was a very sweet visit to the Uncharted series. Wonderful characters!
Lessons of accepting loss and change. A voice from the past helps Lydia deal with the sadness that the change in family traditions caused her.
Though it wasn't the same, Christmas at the Colburns was still wonderful.

  • The Christmas Train

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Tim Matheson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,702
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,259
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,265

Disillusioned journalist Tom Langdon must get from Washington to L.A. in time for Christmas. Forced to take the train across the country because of a slight "misunderstanding" at airport security, he begins a journey of self-discovery and rude awakenings, mysterious goings-on and thrilling adventures, screwball escapades and holiday magic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • On A Whim For Fun

  • By Patti on 09-25-07

A Wonderful Christmas!

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

Reviewed: 11-22-18

Such a wonderful Christmas story! I loved the characters, especially Tom and Ellie. They needed a push in the right direction and who better than the famous director Max Powers.

I was greatly impressed by Tim Matheson's reading of this book.

  • These Healing Hills

  • By: Ann H. Gabhart
  • Narrated by: Emily Pike Stewart
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

Francine Howard has her life all mapped out until the soldier she planned to marry at WWII's end writes to tell her he's in love with a woman in England. Devastated, Francine seeks a fresh start in the Appalachian Mountains, training to be a nurse midwife for the Frontier Nursing Service. Deeply affected by the horrors he witnessed at war, Ben Locke has never thought further ahead than making it home to Kentucky. His future shrouded in as much mist as his beloved mountains, he's at a loss when it comes to envisioning what's next for his life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sweet Mountain Story

  • By A+D on 11-20-18

Sweet Mountain Story

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

Reviewed: 11-20-18

I was drawn into the mountain life and the world of the frontier midwives. The "brought in" women worked hard to earn the respect of the mountain folk.
Francine was different, she seemed to fit in with the families more than the other nurses. I think having former soldier Ben Locke around helped.
I enjoyed this sweet mountain story.