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  • Hope: Bride of New Jersey

  • American Mail-Order Brides Series, Book 3
  • By: Amelia C. Adams
  • Narrated by: Meghan Kelly
  • Length: 3 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

In this faithful Jane Eyre retelling, Hope Middleton was all but thrown away by the family that was supposed to care for her. Now on her own, she loses her job when the factory where she worked burned to the ground. With no other alternatives, she answers an advertisement for a mail-order bride and travels to Newark, New Jersey, expecting a simple life in a quiet community. Instead, she is thrown into the middle of the dark mystery that surrounds her enigmatic fiancé, with only the chance of falling in love as her saving grace.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book

  • By Kindle Customer on 11-03-18

Fun Twist

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

Reviewed: 11-18-18

WHAT IT'S ABOUT
Hope Middleton was all but thrown away by the family that was supposed to care for her. Now on her own, she loses her job when the factory where she worked burned to the ground. With no other alternatives, she answers an advertisement for a mail-order bride and travels to Newark, New Jersey, expecting a simple life in a quiet community. Instead, she is thrown into the middle of the dark mystery that surrounds her enigmatic fiancé, with only the chance of falling in love as her saving grace.

MY TAKE
This is a simplified twist on the Jane Eyre story. I didn't read the blurb before listening to the audiobook, so I didn't know that at first. Once I realized what was going on, I knew what would happen if it followed the original plot. It did. This one was a less meanspirited. The narrator did a decent job on the audiobook.

4 1/2 stars

  • Generations

  • Brody Hotel, Book 1
  • By: Amelia C. Adams
  • Narrated by: Erin Dameron-Hill
  • Length: 1 hr and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Andrew Brody, investment banker and self-made millionaire, has just lost his father but gained an estate. Along with inheriting stocks, bonds, racehorses, and undeveloped land, he learns that he is now the owner of a hotel that has been in the family since 1875 and should probably just be torn down. Marissa Clark needs a new challenge - staging homes to sell and rearranging pictures on walls isn't what she dreamed of doing when she became an interior designer. When she gets a call asking her to help renovate a historical building, she leaps at the change.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Start to a New Series!

  • By A Voracious Reader on 11-16-18

Great Start to a New Series!

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

Reviewed: 11-16-18

WHAT IT'S ABOUT
Andrew Brody, investment banker and self-made millionaire, has just lost his father, but gained an estate. Along with inheriting stocks, bonds, racehorses, and undeveloped land, he learns that he is now the owner of a hotel that has been in the family since 1875 and should probably just be torn down.

Marissa Clark needs a new challenge - staging homes to sell and rearranging pictures on walls isn't what she dreamed of doing when she became an interior designer. When she gets a call asking her to help renovate a historical building, she leaps at the change - what a great way to use both her love of texture and fabric and her love of history.

They believe they're just taking an old building and giving it a second chance at life . . . but they have no idea that they're getting a second chance too.

MY TAKE
There was something so precious about this story that ties to Andrew's connection to his ancestors. It doesn't make financial sense for him to keep the hotel, but he's struck by the link and decides to press on. And hires the lovely Marissa to bring the building up to snuff. My only complaint was that it stops rather abruptly, but that tends to happen in these shorter stories, and I'm happy to know this is just the beginning of a new series by this talented author.

I listened to the audiobook, and Erin Dameron-Hill did a good job.

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  • Phoebe's Fate

  • Burnt River Contemporary Western Romance, Book 9
  • By: Amelia C. Adams
  • Narrated by: Lili Dubuque
  • Length: 2 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

Phoebe Glenn has walled herself away from love, not daring to risk what it would mean to be vulnerable. She keeps herself busy with work and friends, and she believes she's put the past behind her - until Bryce walks into her real estate office. Bryce Davidson was a world-class rodeo cowboy until one split second took everything away. Now injured and retired, he comes back to his hometown of Burnt River to start over, not realizing how that choice would impact so many others' lives. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • sweet story

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-09-18

Another winner

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

Reviewed: 11-01-18

WHAT IT'S ABOUT
Welcome to Burnt River, a new series of Contemporary Western Romance stories set in the fictional town of Burnt River, Montana. Brought to you by Shirleen Davies, Peggy L Henderson, Kay P. Dawson, Amelia Adams, and Kate Cambridge.

Phoebe Glenn has walled herself away from love, not daring to risk what it would mean to be vulnerable. She keeps herself busy with work and friends, and she believes she's put the past behind her - until Bryce walks into her real estate office.

Bryce Davidson was a world-class rodeo cowboy until one split second took everything away. Now injured and retired, he comes back to his hometown of Burnt River to start over, not realizing how that choice would impact so many others' lives.

So much hurt in need of so much healing - and a lesson in relationships to be learned by all.

MY TAKE
I listened to the audiobook and Lili Dubuque did a nice job. This was an interesting take "girls gets rescued" where her memories of the near-rape are tied to the young man who saved her from it. I really enjoyed learning more about Phoebe whom I met in Ashley's book. Bryce is moving back home to retire from being a rodeo cowboy after an injury that nearly killed him.

It's a story of insta-love, especially on Phoebe's part since she didn't have feelings for Bryce back in the old days. These are novellas, so things have to move quickly. The story's so well written that I didn't have to stretch my ability to suspend disbelief too far to accept it. 4 1/2 stars

  • Ashley's Hope

  • Burnt River Contemporary Western Romance, Book 4
  • By: Amelia C. Adams, Burnt River
  • Narrated by: Brittany Danyel
  • Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

At the age of thirty-two, former cheerleader Ashley Jacobson isn't old, but in the modeling world, she might as well have dentures and a wheelchair. Finally realizing that her runway dreams will never come true, she returns to her hometown of Burnt River and the loving arms of her aunt, who has always been there for her. Josh Wright is looking for a fresh start of his own. Widowed at a young age, he's now navigating life alone, in need of a new job and a new place to live. He knocks on Ashley's door early one morning looking for a haircut, and the sparks begin to fly instantly.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • good book!

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-09-18

A Charming Romance

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

Reviewed: 10-30-18

I've listened to other books by Amelia C. Adams, but this was my first one set in Burnt River. What a charming community. Ashley's been struggling with a lot of disappointments and loss. Josh's situation is heartbreaking. He's suffered (and is continuing to suffer) from so much loss. My heart ached for them both, and I loved seeing how they connected and then opened up to each other and then fell in love. *sigh*

Brittany Danyel did a great job with the narration.

  • Beauty and the Billionaire Beast: A Vintage Romance

  • By: Maria Hoagland
  • Narrated by: Vicki Pierce
  • Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

Landscape architect Emma Treager is searching for answers to a family mystery. She stumbles across an important clue at the run-down Indio Pointe Plantation where mystery floats through the air like the ghosts of the former owners. She can’t pass up the job that property owner Theo Lambert offers like an enchanted rose, despite his reputation of being a beast of a boss. As the two of them delve into the secrets of the past, Theo and Emma discover that finding clues is almost as much fun as finding each other. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Glad I Listened!

  • By Stephanie L. Raymond on 08-23-18

Lovely story

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

Reviewed: 08-13-18

This is a short sweet romance. Theo, as the grumpy billionaire with an attitude and a temper, is the perfect compliment to sweet, kind Emma who's visiting his plantation in hopes of fulfilling her grand father's wish for his 100th birthday celebration. Because of the shortness of the story, it's not complicated, but there's a nice twist at the end. The funnest things for me was the way Emma's personality calms the beast.

I listened to the audiobook and Vicki Pierce did a wonderful job.

4 1/2 stars

  • And Something Blue

  • Main Street Merchants Series, Book 1
  • By: Amelia C. Adams, Paige Timothy
  • Narrated by: Loralie Jacqueline
  • Length: 3 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

Laurie Fletcher, bridal consultant, lives in the small Western tourist town of Aspen Ridge, Colorado, and spends all her time helping others prepare for the most special day of their lives. Logan Reese, a lawyer from nearby Denver, is easily the most irritating man on the planet, and for some reason, he's made annoying Laurie his mission in life. Will true love ever come Laurie's way, or is she doomed to watch others get their happily ever after while she sits on the sidelines?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Small town love

  • By Jessica C. on 08-22-18

Glad to see this is Book 1

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

Reviewed: 08-12-18

Talk about a story about enemies to lovers. Laurie and Logan's first meeting is unimpressive as he accompanies his sister to buy her bridal gown (he's opposed to the marriage). It's during the second meeting that sparks fly. He's really arrogant and rude. We find out later what's going on with him, and he must have found Laurie unforgettable because he keeps coming back trying to get her to accept his apology. It's a good thing she'd already found him so physically attractive.

I listened to the audiobook. Loralie Jacqueline's voice was a bit little girlish at first, but it kind of grew on me, and I found it fit. She did great with the voices.

  • Take My Advice

  • By: Tristi Pinkston
  • Narrated by: Amanda McKibbin Ogle
  • Length: 4 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

What if the answers to life aren't always black and white? Jill Reed thinks she knows it all, and as the advice columnist for her high school newspaper, she gets to share her wisdom on a weekly basis. She handles questions about everything from dating to choosing the right nail polish, and with the exception of a few bullies, everyone respects her opinion. But when life throws her some curves she can't handle, she realizes she knows a whole less than she thought she did, and she'll need to ask others for their advice so she can make it through.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A story of seeing the truth we hide from

  • By Kindle Customer on 09-22-18

A fun YA story

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

Reviewed: 08-12-18

This is a really cute YA book. Jill is a fun high school senior with some interesting walls she's built up around her emotions, something that she eventually comes to understand. Her journey is hard in some ways but as she's forced to "practice what she preached" she grows in ways she didn't expect and finds some good friends (and a boyfriend) along the way.

I listened to the audiobook, and Amanda McKibbin Ogle did a great job.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sea of Strangers

  • Nurses of New York, Book 1
  • By: Amelia C. Adams
  • Narrated by: Alexis Rome
  • Length: 1 hr and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

Jeanette Peterson left behind the man who loves her to go to nursing school in New York, promising to come back in six months and marry him. His love is the only thing that sees her through the trials ahead. When the time comes to make the toughest decision of all, will she choose justice or mercy out of many shades of gray? 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great read!

  • By R. Gillespie on 09-29-18

Short but sweet story

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

This is obviously a continuation of a story, almost like an epilogue. Since it's Book 1, it introduces a fascinating array of characters that I'm looking forward to learning more about.

The writing is rich, as always with Adams, and I got into the characters right away which can be harder to do with a shorter tale. I'll now search out the story that came before this one. The narrator was a little stilted, but some of that might have come from the time period. It didn't take away from the story though.

  • Tabitha: Bride of Missouri

  • American Mail-Order Brides Series, Book 24
  • By: Amelia C. Adams, American Mail-Order Brides
  • Narrated by: Meghan Kelly
  • Length: 3 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

An orphan since she was 10, Tabitha Phillips was raised by a cousin who resented her, and she went out on her own as soon as she could. When the factory where she was working burned down, she was forced to return to her childhood home under the scrutiny of her critical relatives. Tabitha: Bride of Missouri is the 24th in the unprecedented 50-book American Mail-Order Brides series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loves me loves me not.

  • By Marla on 07-18-18

Sweet Love Story

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

Reviewed: 07-26-18

WHAT IT'S ABOUT
Tabitha: Bride of Missouri is twenty-forth in the unprecedented fifty-book American Mail-Order Brides Series.

An orphan since she was ten, Tabitha Phillips was raised by a cousin who resented her, and she went out on her own as soon as she could. When the factory where she was working burned down, she was forced to return to her childhood home under the scrutiny of her critical relatives.

As an employee at the post office, Tabitha isn't supposed to become involved in the doings of her customers. But when one young man's heart could be broken by a thoughtless letter, she sees a chance to make a difference . . . for herself as well as for him.

MY TAKE
I've read other books by Amelia Adams, so I knew I was in for a treat. Tabitha has a big heart and a chip on her shoulder she doesn't realize she had. She meets Tom and is immediately attracted to him. Unfortunately, he's engaged. With everyone trying to play matchmaker and her family struggling, Tabitha's life turns complicated. To complicate things, in an attempt to help Tom, she moves down a path that could drive a wedge between their growing friendship.

Lovely ending with an interesting twist.

I listened to the audiobook, and Meghan Kelly did a great job.

  • Kiss of the Spindle

  • The Steampunk Proper Romances, Book 2
  • By: Nancy Campbell Allen
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

Doctor Isla Cooper is cursed. Each night, at the stroke of midnight she falls into a deep sleep from which she cannot be awakened for six hours. To make it worse, the curse has an expiration date - after a year, she will fall asleep forever. And the year is almost up. In a desperate attempt to find Malette - the witch who cursed her - Isla blackmails her way onto Daniel Pickett's private airship bound for the Caribbean, only to discover she's traveling with three illegal shapeshifters and the despicable Nigel Crowe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best!

  • By Unknown on 08-07-18

loved it

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

Reviewed: 07-07-18

I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in the series, and have been looking forward to this one for a while. It did not disappoint. it was fun to get to know Daniel, and Isla is a delight.