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Evelyn Schumacher

SPRINGFIELD, IL
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  • Where the Forest Meets the Stars

  • By: Glendy Vanderah
  • Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 983
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 862
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 858

After the loss of her mother and her own battle with breast cancer, Joanna Teale returns to her graduate research on nesting birds in rural Illinois, determined to prove that her recent hardships have not broken her. She throws herself into her work from dusk to dawn, until her solitary routine is disrupted by the appearance of a mysterious child who shows up at her cabin barefoot and covered in bruises. The girl calls herself Ursa, and she claims to have been sent from the stars to witness five miracles.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable. Which "story" version is true...

  • By Christina D. on 03-16-19

Intriguing

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-20-19

This was a book that held my interest. It dealth with sensitive family issues very well.

  • True Places

  • By: Sonja Yoerg
  • Narrated by: Lisa Flanagan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 545
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 471
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 470

Suzanne Blakemore hurtles along the Blue Ridge Parkway, away from her overscheduled and completely normal life, and encounters the girl. As Suzanne rushes her to the hospital, she never imagines how the encounter will change her - a change she both fears and desperately needs. Suzanne has the perfect house, a successful husband, and a thriving family. But beneath the veneer of an ideal life, her daughter is rebelling, her son is withdrawing, her husband is oblivious to it all, and Suzanne is increasingly unsure of her place in the world. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thought provoking!

  • By Helga Immerfall on 01-05-19

Charming and unuque

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-14-19

A beautiful story of love, family and belonging. Knowing oneself! I highly recommend this book.

  • The Sugar Men

  • By: Ray Kingfisher
  • Narrated by: Jane Oppenheimer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

Sixty-four years ago, Susannah Morgan managed to flee the horrors of the Holocaust. But the memories of that childhood ordeal have proven impossible to sweep away. For most of her new life spent settled in sleepy North Carolina, the flashbacks have been a lonely obsession - one she has hidden from her family, and about which her heart is torn. Because for all the pain and the cruelty of those terrible years, she harbours sweet memories too, of unexpected friends who risked their own lives in order to save hers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heart stopping, detailed

  • By Evelyn Schumacher on 04-11-19

Heart stopping, detailed

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-11-19

I have read a lot about the holocost, but this book broke my heart for what they had to endure and overrcome. Highly recommended!

  • Hearts of Resistance

  • By: Soraya M. Lane
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 392
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 353
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 353

When Hazel is given the chance to parachute into Nazi-occupied France, she seizes the opportunity to do more for the British war effort than file paperwork. Alongside her childhood friend, French-born Rose, she quickly rises up the ranks of the freedom fighters. For Rose, the Resistance is a link to her late husband, and a way to move forward without him. What starts out as helping downed airmen becomes a bigger cause when they meet Sophia, a German escapee and fierce critic of Hitler who is wanted by the Gestapo.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Grabbed my attention and held it

  • By perrolovr on 04-24-18

Women of great courage

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-08-19

This author revealed the strenght and courage of women in time of war. It is an excellent example of courage under fire. I highly recommend this book.

  • Voyage of the Heart

  • By: Soraya Lane
  • Narrated by: Karen Peakes
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,039
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 925
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 924

1945: Along with hundreds of other war brides, Betty, Madeline, Alice, and June set sail for New York to be with the men they love. In the days they spend at sea, the four young women become firm friends and vow to stay in touch no matter what their new lives bring. Life in a new country comes with many challenges, but Betty, Madeline, Alice, and June didn't move half way across the world to give up without a fight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not just for women

  • By Loren on 08-10-15

Touching, honest

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-06-19

This story allowed me to travel with each character. Deeply feeling what they were experiencing. Excellent book!

  • Loving Liberty Levine

  • By: Colin Falconer
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

In 1913, Sarah Levine leaves her small village and sails to New York to start a promising new life with her husband, Micha. But all Sarah really wants is what has come so easily to her sisters - a family of her own. Finally, in her new home, her dream comes true…but at a terrible cost. She names the baby girl Liberty after the great statue in the harbor that she saw when she first came to America. From struggling to raise Liberty in a Lower East Side tenement to building a fashion empire, the only constants in Sarah’s life are her love for her daughter and the secret she must keep.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved Sara

  • By Kindle Customer on 04-10-19

Love and what we do for those we love

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-31-19

I was touched by the way each character was shown in such human ways. The story is touching. Excellent read!

  • The Spitfire Girls

  • By: Soraya M. Lane
  • Narrated by: Sarah Zimmerman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79

At the height of World War II, the British Air Transport Auxiliary need help. A group of young women volunteer for action, but the perils of their new job don’t end on the tarmac. Things are tough in the air, but on the ground their abilities as pilots are constantly questioned. There is friction from the start between the new recruits. Spirited American Lizzie turns heads with her audacity, but few can deny her flying skills. She couldn’t be more different from shy, petite Ruby, who is far from diminutive in the sky. It falls to pragmatic pilot May to bring the women together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magnificent! The story & the narration!

  • By Diane on 03-22-19

Engaging, informative

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-29-19

I learned so much that I did not know about women pilots. The author mixed facts and fiction beautifully. Excellent read.

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  • What the Wind Knows

  • By: Amy Harmon
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld, Will Damron
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,013
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 914
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 910

Anne Gallagher grew up enchanted by her grandfather’s stories of Ireland. Heartbroken at his death, she travels to his childhood home to spread his ashes. There, overcome with memories of the man she adored and consumed by a history she never knew, she is pulled into another time. The Ireland of 1921, teetering on the edge of war, is a dangerous place in which to awaken. But there Anne finds herself, hurt, disoriented, and under the care of Dr. Thomas Smith, guardian to a young boy who is oddly familiar. Mistaken for the boy’s long-missing mother, Anne adopts her identity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Captivating Historical Romance!

  • By Melanie on 03-04-19

Time travel, believable story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-25-19

The story seemed strange and errie at first. The the well developed characters pulled me into the well written plot. Excellent read

  • The Secrets of the Tea Garden

  • (India Tea, Book 4)
  • By: Janet MacLeod Trotter
  • Narrated by: Sarah Coomes
  • Length: 20 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

After the Second World War, Libby Robson leaves chilly England for India, and the childhood home where she left her heart - and her beloved father, James - fourteen years ago. At first Libby is intoxicated by India’s vibrant beauty: the bustle of Calcutta, the lush tea gardens of Assam. But beneath the surface a rebellion is simmering: India is on the brink of Partition, and the days of British rule are numbered. As the owner of a tea plantation, James embodies the hated colonial regime, and Libby finds herself questioning her idealised memories.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love all of this series! Book 4 was a bit too long

  • By Donna Smith McG on 12-01-18

Touching, descriptive

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-22-19

This book was full of detail about the problems in India. Highlighting the life of one family and everyone their lives touuched. Excellent

  • The Girl from the Tea Garden

  • The India Tea Series, Book 3
  • By: Janet MacLeod Trotter
  • Narrated by: Sarah Coomes
  • Length: 17 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

In the dying days of the Raj, Anglo-Indian schoolgirl Adela Robson dreams of a glamorous career on the stage. When she sneaks away from school in the back of handsome Sam Jackman's car, she knows a new life awaits - but it is not the one she imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Series is a must read!

  • By Deb on 01-31-17

Excellent

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-15-19

Another successful story continuing of the English and Their time in India. I highly recommend!