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Belle Barrell

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  • Chasing Petalouthes

  • The Gift Saga, Book 3
  • By: Effie Kammenou
  • Narrated by: Emily Lawrence
  • Length: 13 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

Evvie has lived through more tragedy than a young girl should ever endure, having lost both her father and a most beloved grandmother at a young age. Her rebellious ways are her only defense to mask the ever-present pain in her heart. Closing herself off emotionally, Evvie vows to never let anyone into her heart. But will her determination to keep everyone out see her lose the only person who could heal her broken soul? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Saga’s End... Or is it really?

  • By Belle Barrell on 06-19-19

The Saga’s End... Or is it really?

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

Reviewed: 06-19-19

I write the title I did because I’m in denial that this trilogy is over. You can’t live (and die some) with a large Greek family over three books and as many or more generations and not feel like your heart is broken from the loss when it’s over. I know I will be thinking about the characters when I cook supper tonight and will probably still be thinking about them for the next few days. I’ll be thinking about book one and the first two generations and how by book three I felt surrounded and included by this wonderful family, even feeling a bit Greek myself!! I’ll be wondering how the characters are and what the world has in store for the next generation. Effie knows her characters well and allows them to develop in their own “time”. Tragedy and some angst thread through this tale, but love and togetherness prevail. Maybe Effie will write another book in this series, but whatever she writes next, I’m positive that I will buy it!

  • Waiting for Aegina

  • The Gift Saga, Book 2
  • By: Effie Kammenou
  • Narrated by: Emily Lawrence
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10

In 1961, five little girls moved into a suburban neighborhood and became inseparable, lifelong friends. They called themselves the Honey Hill Girls, named after the street on which they lived. As teenagers, they shared one another’s ambitions and dreams, secrets and heartaches. Now, more than 30 years later, they remain devoted and loyal, supporting each other through triumphs and sorrows. In Waiting for Aegina, the saga continues from the perspectives of Sophia and her friends as the story drifts back and forth in time, filling in the gaps as the women grow to adulthood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The story continues!

  • By Susan C-K on 03-06-18

Family, Friends and Foes...and a Mini Series?

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

Reviewed: 06-16-19

Every family has its history, its lifelong relationships whether formed by blood or by time alone. Some family members we couldn’t imagine life without...they are, in southern terms, the meat and potatoes of our clans, while other members are the scraps we know belong in the garbage! Well, Effie has written a saga that not only includes the above described members and their satellite people but she also allows us to get to know them over the span of decades. I experienced a myriad of emotions while being a (mostly) silent observer as I was listening to this book but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I need an author who can make me laugh, cry, become angry, feel frustrated and most of all feel like I’ve become a part of the characters’ inner circle by invitation, not just someone on the outside looking in. I’m really glad I started this series and I’m rushing this review (believe it or not) so I can get on to book three!! And I didn’t even comment on the yummy sounding Greek recipes included within the chapters!! If only I could cook!!!

  • The Mister

  • By: E L James
  • Narrated by: Dominic Thorburn, Jessica O'Hara-Baker
  • Length: 16 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,046
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,850
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,851

London, 2019. Life has been easy for Maxim Trevelyan. With his good looks, aristocratic connections, and money, he’s never had to work, and he’s rarely slept alone. But all that changes when tragedy strikes and Maxim inherits his family’s noble title, wealth, and estates, and all the responsibility that entails. It’s a role he’s not prepared for and one that he struggles to face. But his biggest challenge is fighting his desire for an unexpected, enigmatic young woman who’s recently arrived in England, possessing little more than a dangerous and troublesome past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved this story!!!!

  • By A D Singleton on 04-18-19

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 04-18-19

I’m so very sorry to write this negative review but I can’t encourage anyone to spend their money on it. I adored 50 shades. Even though the sex in those books became boring after the first few times I really fell in love with Ana and Christian. James did a wonderful job of making me understand them and care about them. Not so much in The Mister. I couldn’t bring myself to connect to the characters or really care very much about the predicaments they found themselves in. I actually wanted to skip the last few chapters to get this book over with but I kept hoping for some kind of satisfaction before the end. It never materialized.

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  • Making Faces

  • By: Amy Harmon
  • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,287
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,201
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,199

Ambrose Young was beautiful. He was tall and muscular, with hair that touched his shoulders and eyes that burned right through you. The kind of beautiful that graced the covers of romance novels, and Fern Taylor would know. She'd been reading them since she was 13. But maybe because he was so beautiful he was never someone Fern thought she could have...until he wasn't beautiful anymore.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eye Opener

  • By Kindle Customer on 03-28-14

Amy Harmon at Her Best

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

When is Amy Harmon not at her best?! Do you want a book that makes you feel a full range of emotions? Then this will fill the bill. Amy Harmon is an expert at character development along with showing us the growth of relationships. We understand why people feel the way they do and experience those feelings with them. This book follows three main characters and several others through adolescence and young adulthood. Fern, the female lead goes from ugly duckling to beautiful swan. Ambrose, her childhood friend and heart’s desire, goes from beautiful swan to ugly duckling. And Bailey, their friend who is funny, intelligent, handsome and who has Muscular Dystrophy. The story is really about how they view themselves and each other, love, loss, responsibly to each other and to their community. I promise you will cry...several times, but you will also experience a sweet and happy ending like only Amy Harmon can write. #Relationships #HappyEnding #tagsgiving #sweepstakes