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  • This Daring Journey

  • Heart of the Mountains, Book 6
  • By: Misty M. Beller
  • Narrated by: Leonor A Woodworth
  • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

As a half-Indian raised among her Peigan tribe, Moriah Clark knows better than to trust white people. The tragedy that resulted in her birth is proof enough. But when her trusted grandfather marries her to a white man, she has no choice to but to obey and hope this new life isn’t her downfall. Her white husband turns out to be a decent sort, but his unexpected death left her to birth a newborn baby among hostile mountain men. She wants nothing more than to retreat to the safe haven of her tribal upbringing.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Daring Journey 🌟

  • By 🌸DARA on 04-11-19

Daring Journey 🌟

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

Reviewed: 04-11-19

This is a well written heartfelt story by Misty M. Beller. It's takes you on a realistic journey of life 's determinations and trials during the early settlements of the Midwest USA. I love how the author seamlessly intertwined character struggles and issues of trust with faith to show a poignant outcome. The romance isn't forced, is allowed to progress naturally and grows into a grounded relationship based on the Lord. A must listen for believers. 4.5🌟

Leonor A Woodworth once again delivers a great performance. Her narration is consistently clear and is perfect for this genre.

I would like to thank the author and narrator for the opportunity to review this book. I was given a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. 💕


2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • For the Love of Liberty

  • Timeless Love, Book 4
  • By: Heather Blanton, Timeless Love
  • Narrated by: Leonor A Woodworth
  • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

Novelist Liberty Ridley, participating in a genetic recall study, experiences an ancestor’s memory from the autumn of 1777. Stunned by the detail of the "recollection", she is even more amazed to find she's intensely drawn to Martin Hemsworth - a man who has been dead for two centuries. The feelings must belong to Liberty's ancestor. She couldn't be in love with a ghost, a mere shadow from the past. But what if she is?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Give me Liberty! 4.5 🌟

  • By 🌸DARA on 04-08-19

Give me Liberty! 4.5 🌟

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

Reviewed: 04-08-19

I love sci-fi novels and Christian historical romances but never do the two ever meet.....until this series. Heather Blanton cleverly weaves an interesting journey through time..... all with a Christian perspective. It is a believable story with just enough "what if's" to make you wonder. God is big so nothing is impossible.🌠

Leonor A Woodworth is always a pleasure to listen to. I listen to many audiobooks and she is on my top 10 list of best narrators. She is consistent and I especially appreciate her no nonsense delivery. She doesn't over dramatize a scene but allows the story to come alive organically. A true winner! 👏

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. My thanks to the author and narrator for this opportunity. 😊

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Plain Haven

  • Plainly Maryland, Book 1
  • By: Susan Lantz Simpson
  • Narrated by: Amy Deuchler
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

Lilly Brandt was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Now, she is running for her life - straight into a small, obscure Amish community in Southern Maryland.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Clean Read

  • By 🌸DARA on 03-31-19

Wonderful Clean Read

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

Reviewed: 03-31-19

I was drawn into this story from the start. This well written book grabbed my attention and I immediately became captivated by the characters and the story. It's the kind of book that is wholesome yet still contains adventure, mystery, faith and love. My idea of a lovely story.💕

The narration of Amy Deuchler was spot on. You know when you've found a good narrator when, after a few minutes of listening, you get so absorbed that you forget the story is being read to you. She made a good book even better. 🌸

Yes, I was given a review copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review, but I would have gladly used a credit for this book. My thanks to the author and narrator for the opportunity to review. I am looking forward to more books in this series. 😁

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • A Scandalous Request

  • By: Micki Miller
  • Narrated by: Melanie Fraser
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

London, 1812. After fleeing the clutches of her vile brother-in-law, Rose Evans finds refuge in the home of her dear friend, Lord Ashton Sennett. They come to an agreement, a marriage of friendly convenience. Since another holds claim to Ashton's heart and body, he seeks to see that Rose experiences all life has to offer. And so to Lord Darington he makes a most scandalous request.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thank Goodness For Amber Pigs! 🐷

  • By 🌸DARA on 03-23-19

Thank Goodness For Amber Pigs! 🐷

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

Reviewed: 03-23-19

This story is a delightful jaunt that has romance, mystery and fun. The storyline is unusual (even a bit naughty) and the characters are quirky but overall it is quite entertaining. 😁

Melanie Fraser narrated wonderfully. She read in a regency style voice which added authenticity to the production. 👍

I recommend this book if you enjoy a good fun regency romance with mystery. 🌼

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Hurt Road

  • By: Bruce A. Stewart
  • Narrated by: Cindy Piller
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

When his parents are killed in a car crash, Detroit teen Hank Goodman finds himself in the last place on Earth he ever wanted to be: Crosscut, Louisiana. Quickly tiring of the place and his aging grandparents, all Hank can think about is leaving. Until he meets the beautiful Becky Rayburn. Hank starts to settle in and just when things seem to finally be going his way, he is hit with even more bad news. Devastated, he accepts a visiting uncle's invitation to come and live with him in Colorado.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly Enjoyable Clean Read ;-)

  • By 🌸DARA on 03-07-19

Thoroughly Enjoyable Clean Read ;-)

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

Reviewed: 03-07-19

I took a chance on this one and am so glad I did. To be honest, some clean reads tend to be a bit dull with a lackluster story but not this one. From start to finish I was engaged in the characters and the story. I found myself cheering Hank on during his journey of life, love and faith. Bravo Mr Stewart! I am looking forward to more.

I also have to give credit to the narrator. She was a delight to listen to and gave each character their own special voice. :-)

If you enjoy clean reads don't hesitate on this one!!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • A Bound Heart

  • By: Laura Frantz
  • Narrated by: Aimee Lilly
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

Though Magnus MacLeish and Lark MacDougall grew up on the same castle grounds, Magnus is now laird of the great house and the Isle of Kerrera. Lark is but the keeper of his bees and the woman he is hoping will provide a tincture that might help his ailing wife conceive and bear him an heir. But when his wife dies suddenly, Magnus and Lark find themselves caught up in a whirlwind of accusations, expelled from their beloved island, and sold as indentured servants across the Atlantic. Yet it may be that in this New World, the two of them could make a new beginning - together.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Am I missing chapters??

  • By 🌸DARA on 01-21-19

Am I missing chapters??

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

Reviewed: 01-21-19

Everybody that knows me knows that I love books by Laura Frantz. Her books have a wonderful mix of faith, history with a sweet love story. I especially love listening to her books because she always has wonderful narrators who add dimension to her stories. (Bravo Ms Lilly!) This book, I have to admit, left me baffled. The beginning and middle had me engaged and thoroughly enjoying the story. It weaved a lovely tale filled with Scottish and Virginia history and an endearing love story that was built on faith. 🙏

Sadly, the ending was abrupt. It was the oddest thing! You should have seen me.....I was listening on my Ipod....It ended and I actually went to the download to double check because I thought it was missing chapters. I couldn't believe it. It just ended! (Like someone just thru cold water in my face!). Did you ever have a wonderful dream that took you on a great journey......then you abruptly wake up only to be mad because the dream didn't finish? Well, that is what I felt with this book! 😭

Ms. Frantz, I hope this book is the beginning of a series because you can't leave it like this!! This story deserves more. Your readers deserve more. I need to wake up from my dream satisfied!! Please!! 😃




9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Mistress of Tall Acre

  • A Novel
  • By: Laura Frantz
  • Narrated by: Aimee Lilly
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 28

The American Revolution is finally over, and Sophie Menzies is starved for good news. When her nearest neighbor, General Seamus Ogilvy, finally comes home to Tall Acre, she hopes it is a sign of better days to come. But the general is now a widower with a small daughter in desperate need of a mother. Nearly destitute, Sophie agrees to marry Seamus and become the mistress of Tall Acre in what seems a safe, sensible arrangement. But when a woman from the general's past returns without warning, the ties that bind this fledgling family together will be strained to the utmost. When all is said and done, who will be the rightful mistress of Tall Acre?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another winner!

  • By 🌸DARA on 11-06-18

Another winner!

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

Reviewed: 11-06-18

I love books by Laura Frantz. Her stories are always very well written with characters that are multidimensional. I especially enjoy her audio books. I hope more of her books become available to listen to.

This story grabbed my attention from the very beginning. I appreciate the historical details and loved the emotional story with family and faith values intertwined throughout. It's a winner for everyone who enjoys a well written story where the narrative enhances the experience. Loved it!! I want more!!

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Tall Chimneys

  • One Woman, One House, One Hundred Years
  • By: Allie Cresswell
  • Narrated by: Danielle Cohen
  • Length: 15 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

Considered a troublesome burden, Evelyn Talbot is banished by her family to their remote country house. Tall Chimneys is outmoded and inconvenient, but Evelyn is determined to save it from abandonment or demolition. The woman and the house shore each other up - until love comes calling, threatening to pull them asunder. Her desertion will spell its demise, but saving Tall Chimneys could mean sacrificing her hope for happiness, even sacrificing herself. A century later, a distant relative crosses the globe to find the house of his ancestors. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An incredible journey of life

  • By 🌸DARA on 09-14-18

An incredible journey of life

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

Reviewed: 09-14-18

I received this book a while ago and meant to review sooner but was very ill and am just now recovering.....

This book is a deep journey of life and love. It chronicles the ups and downs of the life of Evelyn who lives at Tall Chimneys for her whole life. It's not a "total feel good" story but rather a true to life tale of a life well lived. It makes you feel the emotions, challenges, and sorrows she felt and leaves you with the feeling that you knew Evelyn and Tall Chimneys. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys deep historical stories with heart.

My thanks to the author for providing me a review copy of this book at my request. I am voluntarily leaving my honest review.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A Mysterious Rogue

  • By: Rosie Wynter
  • Narrated by: Marian Hussey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Peter Farrell is thought to be a rogue with a dark secret, hiding the terrible truth about the origins of his young daughter, Abigail.... He is used to his reputation as a devious villain; but still, he manages to inspire Rosalie’s trust when she comes to live with her well-connected aunt in London after two failed seasons. Yet, he can’t just share his past with her. There’s too much at stake. Rosalie must find a suitable husband, and the answer to her family’s prayers arrives in form of Julian Wareham, the Marquess of Oakham.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating and Lovely Regency 💕

  • By 🌸DARA on 07-13-18

Captivating and Lovely Regency 💕

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

Reviewed: 07-13-18

This is such a delightful journey with added mystery and captivating characters. It's the kind of story that holds your attention from beginning to the end. A must for all Recency lovers who enjoy well written clean romances.



The narrator did an exceptional job with this story. Each character was unique and her tone was smooth and clear. A pleasure to listen to!



I was given a review copy of this book at my request and am leaving this honest review. 😁

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Dreams in Deadwood

  • Seven Brides of South Dakota, Book 1
  • By: Kari Trumbo
  • Narrated by: Meghan Kelly
  • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

Jennie Arnsby wants nothing more than to turn around and go home. Her family is on their way to Deadwood, South Dakota, when Aiden finds his way to their small wagon train. His teasing and banter leave her wanting to toss him out the back and in the dust. When they are separated outside the city, she is left wondering if she'll ever see him again. Aiden Bradly wants to find his gold and return home. Nothing more. He can't afford to get tangled with a woman. He's doing just that until he meets the feisty Jennie.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very Sweet and endearing Western Romance 💟

  • By 🌸DARA on 07-13-18

Very Sweet and endearing Western Romance 💟

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

Reviewed: 07-13-18

This is book one of a series and this first book did not disappoint. The story is engaging with many emotional and endearing moments that is sure to satisfy western and historical romance lovers. Quality narration gave this book an added spark and dimension. Looking forward to more in this series. I received a review copy of this book at my request and left this honest review 😀

6 of 6 people found this review helpful