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  • My Fair Lily

  • The Farthingale Series, Book 1
  • By: Meara Platt
  • Narrated by: Hollis McCarthy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

Ewan Cameron, estranged grandson of the Duke of Lotheil, is in London because of a deathbed promise made to his father and has no intention of staying beyond his three month obligation. Nothing can tempt him to remain, not even Lily, the beautiful bluestocking determined not only to restore relations between him and his grandfather, but to turn Ewan into a proper gentleman.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • book is out of order

  • By karen on 07-23-18

Entertaining Regency Romance

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

Reviewed: 02-19-19

My Fair Lily is an adventurous first book in the Farthingale series by Meara Platt. It is pure escapism and I enjoyed it immensely during a long road trip.

The story revolves around the scholarly Lilly Farthingale who comes from a wonderfully open and loving family and who dreams of becoming the first female member of the Royal Society. Lilly meets the very rough-around-the-edges Scotsman, Ewan Cameron, when his dog plows into her and knocks her into the mud. From that day forward Lily vows to make Ewan a gentleman. Little does Lily know Ewan is the estranged grandson of a Duke.

Although the characters may be flawed, they are clever, witty, and charming. After surviving a few shootings, explosions, and an abduction, it is inevitable that the Lily and Ewan fall in love. It was really entertaining watching Ewan’s transformation from hating everything English, to wanting nothing more than to marry a Sassenach.

I listened to the audiobook version of this story narrated by Hollis McCarthy and I was thoroughly entertained by her performance. Her narration flows naturally at an even pace and she was easy to listen to. She has differing voices for all characters, male and female, and young and old. Hollis exhibits the right amount of worry, exasperation, and yearning in all the right places. I can’t wait to start listening to the other Farthingale sister’s books!

  • Shattered Rainbows

  • Fallen Angels, Book 5
  • By: Mary Jo Putney
  • Narrated by: Siobhan Waring
  • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Honed by danger and haunted by the past, Lord Michael Kenyon finds it easy to risk his life for his country’s sake. But in the shadow of Waterloo, he faces a far more dangerous threat - the loss of his heart to the beautiful battlefield nurse who saves his life yet can never be his. Called a saint for her virtue and selfless courage, only Catherine Melbourne knows the tragic flaw at the core of her spirit. Then fate offers Catherine a fortune, a title, a heritage for her daughter - if Michael will impersonate her husband on a visit to a wild Cornish island. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed it but with reservations

  • By Shilo on 12-28-18

Amazing Audio Update to Beloved Historical Romance

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

Reviewed: 01-14-19

Shattered Rainbows is a delightful historical romance set primarily in 1816. Originally written in 1995, Shattered Rainbows received a much needed audiobook update narrated by the highly talented Siobhan Waring. Her narration style is very natural, providing different voices for all the characters. She has a rhythm to her reading that is simply melodic and enchanting.

The story revolves around Lord Michael Kenyon and Catherine Melbourne whose lives keep circling each other over the span of 10 years. We first meet the pair when Catherine is a married battlefield nurse and Michael is brought in as a wounded soldier after being left for dead on the battlefield. Despite not being expected to live, Catherine nurses him back to health as he imagines she is a battlefield angel.

They reunite several years later when Michael rents a room in a shared family house of officers. Michael falls in love with Catherine after spending significant time with her and her daughter. He soon realizes Catherine is a married to a cad who has no discipline and tups anything in a skirt. But despite this, he neither acts on his desires nor does he profess his love or admiration to her.

After her husband is murdered, Catherine is offered a title to an island in Cornwall from a dying uncle on the condition that her uncle deems her husband “worthy”. Catherine asks Michael if he will impersonate her husband under the ruse that he is still in France. Being in such close proximity, compounded by the years of unrequited love on both sides, they soon succumb to their passions. Of course, it’s too good to last long and the pair’s happiness is thwarted by an evil cousin who kidnapped Catherine’s daughter to use as leverage to overtake the estate.

What I loved most about Shattered Rainbows is the character development. Michael is an exemplary hero who is strong like every hero should be, yet he is filled with understanding and compassion. He is also extremely kindhearted and patient. Catherine's character is strong, determined, and at times feisty, and every inch Michael's equal. It was heartwarming listening to them work together to save Catherine’s daughter and defeat the conniving cousin. In short, I highly recommended this audiobook!

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  • Melinda and the Wild West: The Award Winning Original Version

  • A Family Saga in Bear Lake, Idaho Series, Book 1
  • By: Linda Weaver Clarke
  • Narrated by: Carolyn Kashner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Melinda Gamble wants to make a difference in the world. Without hesitation, she accepts a job as a schoolteacher in the small town of Paris, Idaho. She has many challenges such as trying to help a rebellious student, coming face-to-face with a notorious bank robber, a vicious grizzly bear, and finding herself in a terrible blizzard that leaves her clinging to her life. No matter the trial that comes her way, she is ready to fight for what she believes in. But it’s a rugged rancher who challenges Melinda with the one thing for which she was least prepared - love. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Melinda and Gilbert

  • By bluepits73 on 02-03-19

Excellent Updated Narration in Western Romance

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

Reviewed: 01-14-19

Melinda and the Wild West is a very good old fashioned western romance set in Bear Lake, Idaho in 1896. The story begins when Melinda Gamble accepts a job as a schoolteacher in the small town of Paris, Idaho after declining a marriage proposal from the comforts of her parents’ home in Boston. She has an intense desire to make a difference in the world and she doesn’t let anything stand in her way – not even a bank robbery by Butch Cassidy - or an attack by a vicious grizzly bear.

My favorite part of the story is the positive impact that Melinda has on her students. In particular, she takes an unruly young motherless student under her wing who blossoms under her tutelage. But it is in meeting this students’ father that we discover how smart Melinda really is. For example, she talks the busy rancher into accompanying her on a field trip with her students and she learns a thing or two about prejudging people unfairly. The slow developing romance between the pair is truly enjoyable.

This latest audiobook on Audible is a remake of an earlier version and it is an excellent and much needed update. Carolyn Kasher narrated all of the other audiobooks in the Bear Lake, Idaho Family Saga, so it only makes sense that she narrates the first book in the series as well. I enjoyed this remake tremendously, as well as the additional hour plus of content. Carolyn’s narration style is very natural and she is easy to listen to. I highly recommend this audiobook (and all of the other audiobooks in the Bear Lake, Idaho Family saga) to anyone who enjoys clean western romances.
UPDATED RATING ON CURRENT VERSION: 4.5 STARS

  • Dark, Witch & Creamy

  • Bewitched by Chocolate Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: H.Y. Hanna
  • Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194

Caitlyn's world changes when she learns that she was found as an abandoned baby and adopted by her American family. Now, her search for answers takes her to a tiny English village where a man has been murdered - and where a mysterious shop selling enchanted chocolates is home to the "local witch".... Soon Caitlyn finds herself fending off a toothless old vampire, rescuing an adorable kitten and meeting handsome aristocrat Lord James Fitzroy...not to mention discovering that she herself might have magical blood in her veins!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Earns 5/5 Chocolate-Covered Pearls...Excellent!

  • By Kathleen C. on 10-28-18

Enchanted New Cozy Mystery Series

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

Reviewed: 12-31-18

Dark, Witch & Creamy is an extremely entertaining first book in the Bewitched by Chocolate series by H.Y. Hanna. It is simply a fun and lighthearted read, with several laugh-out-loud moments.

The story begins when American Caitlyn Le Fey finds out she is adopted and she goes in search of her birth parents in Tillyhenge, England - a small village in the Cotswolds. After renting a small attic room above the town’s chocolate shop – Bewitched by Chocolate – Caitlyn soon discovers that she has a gift for making chocolates. She also becomes entangled in a recent murder. While unofficially investigating the murder, Caitlyn meets several of the towns quirky yet endearing residents: a cranky old witch who sells enchanted chocolates (who also may be her grandmother), an older than dirt and nearly blind uncle, and an outrageous and faithful cousin who comes to “rescue” her.

The always impressive Pearl Hewitt narrated this audiobook, as she did with H.Y. Hanna’s Oxford Tearoom Mysteries audiobooks. Pearl did an outstanding job providing varying voices for all characters. Pearl’s enthusiasm and excitement in her narrations are much appreciated and her interpretation of Uncle Viktor is especially endearing.

In summary, I highly recommend Dark, Witch & Creamy for all who appreciate cozy mysteries with a dash of the supernatural. I can’t wait to listen to the next audiobook in this enchanting new series!

  • The Corner of Holly and Ivy

  • A Feel-Good Christmas Romance
  • By: Debbie Mason
  • Narrated by: Becket Royce
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

With her dreams of being a wedding dress designer suddenly over, Arianna Bell isn't expecting a holly, jolly Christmas. That is until her high school sweetheart, Connor Gallagher, returns to town and she finds his mere presence still makes her pulse race. But soon he announces he will be her opponent in the upcoming mayoral race.... Hot-shot attorney Connor Gallagher has something to prove. He's tired of playing runner-up to his high-achieving brothers. So when the opportunity to enter the campaign comes up, he takes it. Even if it means running against the only woman he's ever loved.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heart-warming contemporary romance!

  • By LilMissMolly on 12-31-18

Heart-warming contemporary romance!

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

Reviewed: 12-31-18

Corner of Holly and Ivy is a heart-warming romance appropriate for any season of the year. It is the seventh book in the Harmony Harbor series that revolves around the Gallagher family and Greystone manor, a run down old estate that was turned into a destination hotel decades earlier. The premise of this story is a nice one of lost loves and the "one that got away."

This particular story centers on wedding dress designer Arianna Bell who recently lost everything - her marriage, her design studio, and the use of her hands after being injured in a fire that destroyed her business. What she doesn’t need in her life is one-time boyfriend attorney Connor Gallagher who represented her ex-husband in her divorce. Now penniless, Arianna lives with her grandmother and she is truly a sad piece of work (she hadn’t even submitted a claim to the insurance company for the fire in almost one year). Arianna begins to show some life when her grandmother runs for mayor against Connor's uncle. After a few medical issues are experienced by the political rivals, Connor ends up running against Arianna. The rest of the story is how Connor and Arianna overcome their past differences, regrets, and grief.

We’ve seen this second chance at love theme before in other Harmony Harbor books. In truth this one seemed more repetitive than the others, especially when it is revealed that Arianna’s sorrow runs much deeper than the fire that destroyed her studio.

I listened to the Audible version of this audiobook written by Debbie Mason and narrated by Becket Royce. As she did with other audiobooks in this series, Beckett did an outstanding job providing varying voices for all characters. I love Beckett’s style, which is very natural with smooth overtones and subtle character nuances. In summary, I enjoyed listening to this audiobook and all of the other audiobooks in the series.

  • Match Me by Christmas

  • No Match for Love, Book 8
  • By: Lindzee Armstrong
  • Narrated by: Tiffany Williams
  • Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

Find out if a Christmas miracle can help a reporter running from love and a cruise ship director longing for home build a relationship before the ship docks for the last time in this delightful romantic comedy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love boat

  • By Gina Johnson on 12-19-18

Cruiseship romance at Christmastime!

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

Reviewed: 12-30-18

Match Me By Christmas is a nice clean romance set during Christmas time aboard a 5,000 passenger cruise ship. The story revolves around college senior Natalie James who is writing a spec article for her favorite travel magazine hoping to land a full-time journalist gig. She is writing a piece on the matchmaking company Toujour’s first ever singles' cruise. Although Natalie seriously questions whether true love can be found on an 8-day cruise, she will do anything for the opportunity to vacation around the globe writing travel articles.

It doesn’t take long before Natalie literally runs into speciality cruise director Shawn Erickson who has spent the past 10-years working for the cruise line. He’s hoping that he can soon “retire” from cruise ship life so he can move back to Oklahoma, open his own travel agency, and start a family. Despite being a decade older, the attraction between Shawn and Natalie is instantaneous and obvious to everyone who observes them. Even skeptic Natalie starts believing that a person can recognize their soul mate after only one short week given the right circumstances.

I listened to the Audible version of this audiobook written by Lindzee Armstrong and narrated by Tiffany Williams. As she did with other audiobooks in this series, Tiffany did an outstanding job providing varying voices for all characters. I love Tiffany's style, which is very natural with smooth overtones and subtle character nuances. In summary, I really enjoyed listening to this audiobook and all of the other audiobooks in the series.

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  • Elena, Woman of Courage: A Family Saga in Bear Lake, Idaho (Volume 5)

  • By: Linda Weaver Clarke
  • Narrated by: Carolyn Kashner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

When Elena Yeates settles into a small western town as the newest doctor, a few problems arise. The town is not ready for a female doctor, let alone one so strong and independent. She must struggle against the prejudice to establish her new practice. As she fights to prove herself, the town's most eligible bachelor finds it a challenge to see if he can win her heart. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sweet historical

  • By Ginny Aybar-Flores on 11-03-18

Great conclusion to western romance series!

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

Reviewed: 12-30-18

Elena: Woman of Courage is the fifth book in the Bear Lake, Idaho Family Saga. Like the other four books in the series, it is a very good old fashioned western romance. This story is set in the early 1920’s and it begins when doctor Elena Yeates moves into Paris, Idaho as the small town's newest doctor. She has an intense desire to make a difference in the world and she doesn’t let anything stand in her way – not even the strong prejudice against her. In the eyes of the menfolk, she is a weak and feeble brained female. As she struggles to establish her new practice she earns the respect of other strong women in the town, and eventually John (Gilbert and Melinda’s son from the first book in the series).

I especially enjoyed reading about John’s struggle with not wanting to commit or settle down, while at the same time, not wanting to give up the special bond and connection he felt when he was with Elena. I also loved revisiting with old favorite characters from the previous books. This book wrapped up the family saga nicely as it felt like it came full circle.

I listened to the Audible version of this audiobook written by Linda Weaver Clarke and narrated by Carolyn Kashner. As she did with other audiobooks in this series, Carolyn did an admirable job providing varying voices for all characters. She inflected just the right amount of emotion in all the right places. In summary, I really enjoyed listening to this audiobook and all of the other audiobooks in the series.

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  • Kidnapped by a Rogue

  • The Douglas Legacy, Book 3
  • By: Margaret Mallory
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122

After her brother’s dramatic fall from power and banishment for treason, Lady Margaret’s husband threw her out to save himself. Now her ambitious brother is back in Scotland with the support of Henry VIII - and a plan to again marry off his beautiful, compliant sister to forge an alliance. But Margaret refuses to ever wed again, and she’s desperate to escape.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As always an amazing listen

  • By Tanja on 10-31-18

Wonderfully complex female character!

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

Kidnapped by a Rogue is an exciting historical romance set in 1500's Scotland. Like all of Margaret Mallory's novels, it is expertly written with well developed characters. As an added bonus, you get several characters from the history books mixed in with the fictional characters featured in this story.

The third book in the The Douglas Legacy by Margaret Mallory, Kidnapped by a Rogue centers around Lady Margaret Douglas after she's experienced several miscarriages, a failed marriage, and a near death experience. She now fears another arranged marriage to an old man by her infamous and traitorous brothers and she plots a way to escape her brothers' machinations. On the night of her planned escape, Margaret runs into Highlander Finn Sinclair Gordon, not knowing he was tasked with kidnapping her to prove his loyalty between his parents' rival clans. Before Finn knows what happened to him, she's negotiated the terms of her capture and escort to the Highlands.

After spending several nights in each other's company, Finn starts to fall for Margaret, despite being a rogue who usually likes women for little more than bed-sport. Finn is amazed by Margaret's steadfastness, quick thinking, and kind heart. I love reading stories with such a wonderfully complex female character, and the men who love them - just as they are!

I listened to the Audible version of this book narrated by Derek Perkins. He did an outstanding job. He clearly differentiated between male and female voices and changed the tempo in the performance when warranted. His smooth undertones and character nuances made for an extremely enjoyable experience. I highly recommend this audiobook!

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  • Hardly Even Rich

  • A Short Story
  • By: Dennis Canfield
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Three million dollars, illegal drugs, and a woman with a violent history - what could possibly go wrong? Brian Jeffries is a life insurance agent who's willing to cut corners if he must to sell a policy. It's all fine until the death of a client puts everything he values at risk.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WHAT A TANGLED WEB WE WEAVE...

  • By Victoria Haugen on 09-10-18

Exciting Short Story Thriller

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

Hardly Even Rich by Dennis Canfield is an exciting short story that is well written with a few twists at the end of the story. Without giving anything away, our "hero" is a life insurance salesman who bends a few rules to get a commission to help support his stay-at-home wife and a daughter. After he sells insurance to a friend without disclosing that the friend occasionally smokes pot in order to offer him a lower rate, the friend ends up dead only a few months later. When the widow threatens to expose the salesman for knowing about the pot smoking, he jumps through several hoops in an attempt to appease the widow to no avail. The rest of the story focuses on how he can escape the mess he finds himself in.

Although the audiobook was just one hour, it certainly packs an entertaining punch and was a stimulating listen on the morning commute to work. Nick Podehl was an excellent narrator and he had differing voices for both male and female characters. Simply put, I'd listen to anything written by Dennis Canfield.

  • Match Me If You Can

  • No Match for Love, Book 7
  • By: Lindzee Armstrong
  • Narrated by: Tiffany Williams
  • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Football star Wyatt James messed with the wrong quarterback, and now he’s paying the price. After falling for the same girl, Wyatt ends up blamed for a career-ending move that gets him traded from his dream team to the B-list Los Angeles Coyotes. Now he’s starting over in a new state while praying the scandal doesn’t get picked up by the press. With his life in total upheaval, he’s only certain of one thing - he’s never falling in love again. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderfully narrated sweet romance

  • By Eline @ Lovely Audiobooks info on 09-19-18

Modern Day Retelling of Pride and Prejudice

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

Reviewed: 10-09-18

Match Me if You Can is a fun contemporary romance with realistic characters and snappy dialogue. It is the 6th book in the No Match for Love series by Lindzee Armstrong, which follows the employees and clients of the matchmaking company Toujour. Unlike the other books in the series, the couple in Match Me if You Can are not set up on a date through Toujour; rather, Tamera is a past client who was set up on a date in the first book.

Tamera now wants nothing to do with dating after her fiancé dumped her for her sister after she was on a reality TV show. For her sister’s wedding, Tamera invites one of her co-stars to be her “plus one” so she doesn’t have to attend the wedding alone. Besides being one of her former costars, Drew is a quarterback for a professional football team. Tamera wants nothing but friendship with Drew, but he sees Tamera as a challenge. At first I wasn’t sure if Drew was supposed to end up with Tamera, but his character is so much like George Wyckam in Pride and Prejudice - a real charmer at first but such a snake in the grass!

Tamera eventually meets Mr. Darcy, I mean Wyatt, when she is at a party with Drew. However, they really get to know each other in Los Angeles after Wyatt is traded (he’s traded after Drew tells a few untruths that essentially gets Wyatt fired). Tamera and Wyatt thankfully get past each other’s poor first impressions and learn to trust each other after several misunderstandings.

Tiffany Williams did an outstanding job narrating this audiobook like she did with the other books in the No Match for Love series. Tiffany's style is very natural and she is easy to listen to. Brava!