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  • An Agent for Elizabeth

  • The Pinkerton Matchmaker, Book 7
  • By: Julia Ridgmont
  • Narrated by: C.H. Amelia
  • Length: 4 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

Life for 18-year-old Elizabeth Stone was going smoothly until her mother died and the man she’d been in love with for years suddenly disappeared. Now he’s back in town, but only for a short visit, and he still thinks of her as a kid sister. What will it take to make him notice her as a woman? Tainted by his undercover work, Pinkerton agent Stephen Randall wants what is best for his childhood friend - and it isn’t him. Brushing off Beth’s advances seems like the best plan. That is, until she is mistaken for a female outlaw wanted for robbery and murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very intriguing read!

  • By monsb on 04-16-19

Or an Elizabeth for an Agent!

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

Reviewed: 04-04-19

Elizabeth is a painfully naive young woman who has had a long time crush on her childhood friend & neighbor, Stephen, and follows him with the hope of convincing him to marry her. She doesn't realize that he has been living a rough, dangerous life as a Pinkerton agent, and she stumbles right into the middle of a challenging case where she happens to look like the villain.

Circumstances, sometimes amusingly so, force Elizabeth to do some growing up and maturing, and her feelings for Stephen do the same. Similarly, Stephen is forced to re-examine his skewed perspectives on family & relationships as his own feelings for Elizabeth deepen.

The story has several surprising twists at the end that clear up all the questions. It's a fun & interesting look at the Pinkerton detectives as well. This book is my first foray into this series & I'm looking forward to reading the others now!

  • What He Wants

  • Baxter Boys, Book 1
  • By: Jessie Gussman
  • Narrated by: Patricia Ricketts
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Cassidy Kimbell knows Torque didn’t have to lie and serve her time. Because of his sacrifice, she’s spent the last 10 years making some major changes in her life. She’s become a lawyer and a child advocate, always fighting for the underdog. Still, she can’t keep herself from feeling like she owes the man who made it all possible. But he won’t tell her what he wants. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing story that touches your heart!

  • By Sandra Sewell White on 04-04-19

A new favorite book - and author!

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

Reviewed: 03-30-19

I read the book version of this story first and loved it so I was eager to hear the audio version. It's a beautiful story about selfless love and the love it inspires in turn. Torque is a boy from the wrong side of the tracks with a really messed up family life, but he's a good & noble man even with his rough upbringing. Of course, he thinks he's unworthy of Cassidy, who is the poor little rich girl that Torque becomes attracted to & falls in love with.

She's got a messed up family life, too, but she's attracted to Torque, as well, and she learns from him what real love looks like. She devotes herself to being a better person to be worthy of his sacrifice. It's a lovely and an intriguing variation on a popular romance trope.

Such a story can't help but be a little angsty, but the author manages to keep it balanced & positive without compromising its believability. It's engaging, entertaining, & uplifting rather than emotionally draining. The ending is a bit fairytale-ish, yet still credible. I heartily & enthusiastically recommend it!

The narrator does a decent job with it. She has a great voice and enunciates well without it sounding stilted. Her reading often doesn't flow "conversationally", ie smoothly & naturally, but it's not glaring & didn't actually affect my ability to get into the story.

Happily, the story is swoony but clean.

  • Cut from the Same Cloth

  • My Notorious Aunt, Book 3
  • By: Kathleen Baldwin
  • Narrated by: Beverley A. Crick
  • Length: 6 hrs and 20 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

Why does the powerfully built, golden-haired Lord St. Evert dress like an overdone dandy? His outlandish wardrobe belies the hard unyielding lines of his face. Whoever he is, he's ruining Elizabeth Hampton's desperate scheme to secure a rich husband. Terribly vexing, to arrive at the most fashionable breakfast party of the season wearing a perfectly stunning Chinese silk gown, only to discover that Lord St. Evert is clad in unmentionables cut from identical cloth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The eccentric Aunt Honore continues matchmaking

  • By Vibliophile on 03-05-19

The eccentric Aunt Honore continues matchmaking

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

Reviewed: 03-05-19

Aunt Honore is a little...wackier... here than in the previous books, but the story is still entertaining with a sufficiently swoony hero. Passionate kisses but clean - no sex or graphic petting descriptions. The narrator does a pretty good job with the voices. I've really enjoyed this Georgette Heyer-flavored series.

  • Mistaken Kiss

  • My Notorious Aunt, Book 2
  • By: Kathleen Baldwin
  • Narrated by: Beverley A. Crick
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

Willa, the vicar's little sister, knows full well that her prospects are bleak. When she accidentally kisses Alexander Braeburn, her dull, predictable world turns upside down. Logic dictates that she should stay away from the handsome Corinthian. He's the black sheep of their village. But how can she resist? She yearns for one more taste of the most tantalizing excitement she has ever experienced. Just one more before Willa settles back into her dreary life forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slightly off the wall but fun

  • By Vibliophile on 03-05-19

Slightly off the wall but fun

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

Reviewed: 03-05-19

This is an entertaining (and clean) Regency. It was not a stickler for Regency propriety, but it still reminded me of a Georgette Heyer romp. The narrator did a very good job, and I very much enjoyed it.

  • Lady Fiasco

  • My Notorious Aunt Series, Book 1
  • By: Kathleen Baldwin
  • Narrated by: Beverley A. Crick
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

An unusual heroine, Fiona Hawthorn grew up running free. Without a mother to restrain her, she spent her days riding her horse across her father's fields, or swimming like a sea nymph in the upper meadow lake. Trouble is, inside a prim and proper Regency sitting room Fiona is bound to overturn the teapot or accidentally trip the footman. Her notorious Aunt Honore decides to take the hoyden in hand, but amidst the strictures of the beau monde, Fiona is a fish out of water.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very well written Regency romance.

  • By RBfrom RJA on 04-10-19

Sweet and amusing

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

Reviewed: 03-04-19

Not sure why the steam rating is so far off, but this is not a soft porn story. There are some passionate moments but just kissing. I hope audible fixes it - I hate that their ratings aren't consistent or reliable.

The aunt in this book is a true eccentric - that's why it's kind of funny but also kiind of bizarre at times. The relationship between the hero and heroine is cute with swoony moments, I really enjoyed it and look forward to the next in the series.

  • A Brush with a Billionaire

  • A Clean Billionaire Romance
  • By: Lorana Hoopes
  • Narrated by: C.J. McAllister
  • Length: 5 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Billionaire actor Brent McKasson wanted something different in life. Tired of being typecast in the same action roles, he decides to take some time off to think. However, his car breaks down in the small town of Soda Spurs, Texas. Forced to rely on people he doesn't know, Brent rediscovers the charm of a small town and a feisty female mechanic, but will it be enough for him to stay, or will the fame call him back?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • passing through

  • By Renee on 03-13-19

4.5 stars

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

Reviewed: 11-08-18

Such a sweet story of two wounded hearts who find healing together (with the help of a few small town busy bodies, lol)

Initially it's a fairly predictable plot, with a bit of insta-love going on, but just when you think their happily-ever-after has been secured, an unexpected twist crops up. And the HEA is amped up because of that (yum)!

Clean romance level is a few sweet kisses
The plot includes discussion of the protagonists' Christian faith in a pretty realistic way, but is not preachy

The narrator has a perfect voice, though he starts out sounding a little bit cheesy, he settles into it pretty quickly and does a great job overall.

This is a perfect story for those times when you want something to lighten up your mood after a long day.

  • Love on the Line

  • By: Deeanne Gist
  • Narrated by: Barbara McCulloh
  • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112

A Christy Award winner and RITA finalist, best-selling author Deeanne Gist crafts inspirational fiction of the highest order. Set in Texas at the turn of the century, this historical gem finds Georgie Gail as a tough-as-nails switchboard operator trying to make a living in a man’s world. So when the handsome Luke Palmer is hired as her colleague, she’s anything but pleased. What Georgie doesn’t know is that Luke is an undercover Texas Ranger chasing a gang of train robbers - and they’re headed her way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • When Not All Is What It Seems

  • By Carrie Fancett Pagels on 09-03-13

Premise was great but the story was a mixed bag

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

Reviewed: 03-20-18

Any additional comments?

I love birds - have a bird garden of my own, in fact - but as disgusting as the bird parts fashion trend was, Billie's bird obsession was over the top and frequently tedious. I did mostly enjoy the development of the hero & heroine, as well as their relationship, but it took some patience. The history in Gist's books is always interesting and the romance is technically clean but does get a bit racy. I enjoyed the way the story wrapped up, at least, & it helped soothe the bumps endured to get there.

I gave it a 4, but it's probably closer to a 3&1/2.

  • Fair Play

  • By: Deeanne Gist
  • Narrated by: Kate Forbes
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90

Saddled with a man's name, the captivating Billy Jack Tate makes no apologies for taking on a man's profession. As a doctor at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, she is one step closer to having her very own medical practice - until Hunter Scott asks her to give it all up to become his wife.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • excellent

  • By Les Raymond on 09-06-15

Good but a little grim

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

Reviewed: 03-20-18

What did you love best about Fair Play?

While I did like this story, the subject matter is frequently kind of grim and at one point something terrible happens & really brings the story down. So while I am not sorry I invested the time, I don't recommend this if you're in the mood for something lighthearted.

I also was a little frustrated with Dr Billy Jack Tate as a character. She's supposed to be a smart, can-do kind of woman - but I have a hard time believing that she would be so lacking in common sense and take so many chances as she does (esp after an event that should have led her to such wisdom forcibly).

The romance is somewhat undercut here as well by an overemphasis on the physical attraction that frequently comes across as more lust than love.

So I would say this is a worthwhile story overall, no regrets, just not one of Gist's best.

  • Tiffany Girl

  • By: Deeanne Gist
  • Narrated by: Rachel Botchan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133

As preparations for the 1893 World's Fair set Chicago and the nation on fire, Louis Tiffany - heir to the exclusive Fifth Avenue jewelry empire - seizes the opportunity to unveil his state-of-the-art, stained glass, mosaic chapel, the likes of which the world has never seen. But when Louis' dream is threatened by a glassworkers' strike months before the fair opens, he turns to an unforeseen source for help: the female students at the Art Students League of New York.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed this book

  • By D L Miller on 07-09-15

One of my favorite Gist novels

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

Reviewed: 03-20-18

What did you love best about Tiffany Girl?

This is such a sweet story about two people who come from somewhat opposite upbringings, but by the end of the story have been moved toward each other to meet in a fairly realistic middle that still manages to be happy. You learn a lot of interesting history along the way.

The romance is a little steamy, but at least it never crosses the line into graphic. The narrator is kind of stiff sounding at times, but does a decent job.

I highly recommend this one!

  • It Happened at the Fair

  • By: Deeanne Gist
  • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81

Gambling everything, including the family farm, Cullen McNamara travels to the 1893 Chicago World's Fair with his most recent invention. But the noise in the Fair's Machinery Palace makes it impossible to communicate with potential buyers. In an act of desperation, he hires Della Wentworth, a teacher of the deaf, to tutor him in the art of lip-reading. The young teacher is reluctant to participate, and Cullen has trouble keeping his mind on his lessons while intently watching her lips.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved my trip to the fair with Deeanne Gist!

  • By Carrie Fancett Pagels on 05-14-13

Pleasurable - and different - story

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

Reviewed: 03-20-18

Any additional comments?

Deeanne Gist writes love stories that take place during different times in history. So we get engaging characters who are also sharing some interesting aspects of their time period with us as well. There is one tragic event in the story - based on an event that actually occurred - but it doesn't bring the story down as has happened in a few of her other books.

Della's fears seem a little over the top and seem to be a deliberately manufactured excuse for a point in the story where the hero ends up having to take his shirt off which just felt kinda awkward. The romance in the story does push it all the way to the boundary line of clean romance (which I wish Gist would stop doing), but it never actually goes over at least.

Overall, I really enjoyed this story and anticipate listening to it again. Definitely recommend!