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Sons of Blackbird Mountain

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

Reviewed: 05-26-19

This is the first story I've heard from this author, and I enjoyed the look at life in the post civil war south. Actually, several years post war.

You have a young Irish woman, who'd been in the workhouse until a man proposes marriage to her to escape her fate. She spends her married life in Norway, her husband's homeland for four years until he is unable to escape the demons of drink and hangs himself. Now she is newly arrived at his family in America's farm to help his aunt raise the three lads.

The three lads turn out to be grown men, the aunt has passed away and the farm is full of beautiful apple orchards used for manufacturing the best liquor around. They employ and house former slaves to work in the orchards to the annoyance of their staunchly southern neighbors that just happen to like white sheets for things other than covering their beds at night.

This story takes and develops many of the relationships of these people. Brother to brother, brothers to widowed cousin, neighbors to employees, and neighbors to neighbors. You also get a peek at the world of the deaf and the ideas of treatments at the time. It is a story about second chances, forgiveness, hope and family relations, and a bit of romance to keep you interested.

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Expect the Sunrise

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

Reviewed: 03-29-19

This is the third book in the series, Team Hope. This time we are about to take off on a flight to Disaster, Alaska, and it lives up to its name.

Our two main characters have a recent shared history that they are unaware of when our flight departs under somewhat dubious weather conditions. This is the undercurrent in the opening chapters, until the weather shifts and leads to a crash.

The survival of the group depends on how well they can work together as a team. Not too difficult you would think, but there is a terrorist among them and the future is uncertain. Injured passengers add to the complications.

Meanwhile back in Disaster, the past has finally caught up with a former FBI agent and it’s clear that there are no coincidences, and seemingly no way out.

I enjoyed the story with its drama and adventure. What I didn’t care for is the reader’s inconsistent attempt at a Scottish accent. I’d much prefer to not hear an accent then have one that grates on you the whole story. Hope you enjoy it!

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  • Folsom Untold: The Strange True Story of Johnny Cash's Greatest Album
  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Danny Robins
  • Narrated by: Danny Robins

Folsom Untold: The Strange True Story of Johnny Cash

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

Reviewed: 03-26-19

Interesting, even intriguing to hear the interviews of people behind the scenes of the story of the album live at Folsom.

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I Hope You Dance: A July Wedding Story

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

Reviewed: 03-14-19

A sweet, short story of two people who aren’t exactly looking for love, who fall in love while preparing for their friends wedding. A quick listen made a great follow up after the previous story, Whenever You Come Around.

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Whenever You Come Around

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

Reviewed: 03-13-19

I enjoyed this story. Bit by bit the reason for our main character's reluctance at returning to her home town after so many years is revealed. Bit by bit she's been coming around to the notion that what she now wants out of life, might be found in the very place she has long avoided. Coming to grips with bad choices of the past and learning how God can change how you make decisions now, keeps our main character moving forward leaving the past where it belongs, in the past, with promise of a better future.

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Escape to Morning

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

Reviewed: 02-16-19

Yes, I enjoyed this story with suspense, intrigue, and even a romance in spite of the two main characters doing their best to not get embroiled in any entanglements. They are solely intent on doing their jobs.

However, as the two get to know each other, they begin to learn to trust each other and work on resolving the ghosts of their pasts and the conflicts and their friendship grows and blossoms.

Facing the dangers hidden in the woods as they strive to find the missing girl and avoid the terrorists keeps you engaged all the way. The final resolutions in the story bring it all to a tidy conclusion.

You might just enjoy this second book in the Team Hope series as you get to know a few of the characters a bit better. I know I did!

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Flee the Night

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

Reviewed: 02-14-19

This thriller from Susan May Warren was a bit of a departure for me. I’ve read many of her early works and enjoyed them, but time and circumstances have kept me way behind keeping up with all she has written.

Yes, I called it a thriller while others will rightly call it a romance. I think it’s both. While the emotional entanglements of past and present keep intertwining with the unfolding layers of drama that accompany the main characters, that ever present element of danger hangs with you through to the final pages.

Susan May Warren’s attention to details are much appreciated. The reader did a splendid job keeping all the characters unique.

If you like a bit of romance with a train wreck, a kidnapping with a ransom for national secrets, and an across mid-America fleeing from both the bad guys and the good...you just might be the person who will enjoy this novel.

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Murder in an Irish Village

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

Reviewed: 02-11-19

Murder, to be sure, is an awful thing, but this story is done with such good humor, excellent timing on the part of the reader., Caroline Lennon, it’s easy to get caught up in the mystery of “who done it”.

While making her suspect list, questioning each one and trying to out do the Guarda that are moving too slow for her own liking, Siobhan keeps you entertained with the thoughts flowing through her head and even enjoying the banter.

I recommend it to all who enjoy a good "who done it", a good reader...well...performer...and a lighter, often humorous tale of murder.

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Love Without End

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

Reviewed: 02-04-19

I have found this Robin Lee Hatcher story set in the beautiful Idaho countryside to be so very enjoyable.

I loved the intertwining of the two stories, one of the past and then the current one. Both stories were about women finding a place they belonged and being content with the lives God has brought them to and embracing them.

The current story also had the characters learning to trust after past hurts from those they loved, learning to be willing to start over. Willing to let go of expectations of what the future was to be and trust it to God.

I recommend this tender romance to all, especially if you like a few cowboys tossed in to the mix!

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The Painter’s Daughter

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

Reviewed: 02-01-19

This is my first Julie Klassen story and so pleased to say it won’t be my last! I thoroughly enjoyed how the story was developed and then eventually resolved.

As each character’s personality, strengths and weaknesses were revealed you couldn’t help but take sides and hope each one would see the truth in time.

I enjoyed the resolve of the younger brother to do what would honor God and family; detested the self-centered older brother who seemingly lacked any sense of responsibility to family, women or God; and then the bravery of a young woman to step out on a path that would lead to who knows where and who eventually comes to a quiet knowledge and faith in God and trusts Him to bring her through all the uncertainties she faces.

I highly recommend this lovely story to all, even if a romance novel is not your usual fair. Enjoy!

Also James Gillies was an excellent reader, I look forward to other stories he has read in the future.