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  • Andrea Carter and the Family Secret (Circle C Adventures)

  • By: Susan K. Marlow
  • Narrated by: Annette Romano
  • Length: 4 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

Andrea Carter is no stranger to trouble, but her carefree ranch life is about to be turned upside down in ways she never could have imagined. Who is the half-dead man Andi and her friends find lying in the creek? Who are the travel-weary young woman and three unruly children who suddenly show up at the Circle C? Why has Andi's family been keeping such an important secret from her?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Secrets Revealed!

  • By Donna Alice Patton on 12-06-18

Secrets Revealed!

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

Susan K. Marlow has done it again! Here's another adventure in the Andi Carter books and I have to admit, it's almost my favorite book in the series. Things are a little mysterious around the ranch. Chad's acting suspicious. Mother abandoned her apple sauce making. Andi's trying to figure out what's going on when Melinda comes into the kitchen carrying a little girl. She even begs Andi to clean up and put on a dress to meet someone named Katherine. To Andi's complete surprise - she finds out Katherine is her older sister. A sister she knew nothing about!

Andi doesn't feel too excited when she learns her family has kept this secret from her. And she's not thrilled to find out she's aunt to her sister's three children. When a stranger needs help, Andi reaches out to help him without thinking about it first. All too soon she finds out there are secrets that need to be told right away!

This is a fun book to read but it also weaves in valuable lessons everyone can take to heart. As read by Annette Romano the book has an extra depth of suspense. Lovely job.

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  • Andrea Carter and the Long Ride Home

  • Circle C Adventures
  • By: Susan K. Marlow
  • Narrated by: Annette Romano
  • Length: 4 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Twelve-year-old "Andi" Carter attracts trouble the way her palomino horse, Taffy, attracts flies on a hot summer day. Lately, she can't do anything right, from forgetting important chores to putting herself in danger with her brother Chad's wild stallion. After a particularly scary incident where Andi gets in trouble once again, she wonders if her family would be better off without her. So she saddles up Taffy and leaves the Circle C ranch. But her escape quickly leads to frightening encounters with a horse thief and a vicious young lady.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a Narrator!

  • By Malachi.2.15 on 10-24-18

Outstanding Rendition! Delightful Tale!

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

Yee haw! Saddle your horse and jump into this lively adventure featuring twelve-year-old Andrea Carter. A tomboy at heart, Andi loves her life on the Circle C Ranch – most of the time. California in the 1880’s is filled with adventure, daring deeds and sigh – rules of behavior for a proper young lady. Andi would rather ride her beloved horse, Taffy, than clean her room or try on a frilly dress. Proper young lady? Forget it! Andi is fun loving, horse loving and an unintentional mischief maker. Much to her dismay, her family and the rest of the Circle C family treat her like a pesky little kid. Or so she thinks. . .

After one impetuous decision, Andi jumps into a frightening situation out of her control. She and Taffy run away, certain the family will be better off without them. Andi soon learns, to her dismay, that being in charge of your own life means having to face the consequences of your decisions – right or wrong. To say more would give away the plot of this delightful story. It’s perfect for tweens or even as an engaging family read aloud. This book is a promising start to the whole series of Andrea Carter stories. Each book takes the reader on another fun-filled adventure. The Long Road Home would make a terrific listen along on the road to Grandma’s house for Thanksgiving or even with a pair of ear buds while flying off on vacation .

Annette Romano’s narration is a delight! Even though I’d read the print book, I was soon caught up again in the life of Andi Carter and her rambunctious romp through the Old West. Ms. Romano’s rendition gave a new depth and interest to this tale. Well worth five stars – or more!

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