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  • 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 19
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16

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
  • Very well written

  • By LaGail on 08-12-18

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!!

  • Tall Chimneys

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

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. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A family saga with history in the background...

  • By Lidia Chymkowska on 08-24-18

An incredible journey of life

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

  • A Mysterious Rogue

  • By: Rosie Wynter
  • Narrated by: Marian Hussey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

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
  • Great listen!

  • By Heather North on 07-23-18

Captivating and Lovely Regency 💕

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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. 😁

  • 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 38
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

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
  • Heartwarming Gold Rush Era Romance

  • By LilMissMolly on 06-16-18

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 😀

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Return to the Regency

  • A Regency Time-Travel Romance
  • By: Audrey Harrison
  • Narrated by: Melanie Fraser
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

Catherine wishes the last year never happened. After losing her mother and her marriage in quick succession, each day is a brand new struggle. When her ex-husband drags her kids halfway across the world, she visits the Bath Christmas Market, just hoping to put something good in her life. She never expected find a gateway to the past.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable Time-Travel Romance

  • By CuteAsADaisy on 05-24-18

Fun Regency 😊

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

Reviewed: 06-06-18

This is a fun yet different regency romance. It incorporates time travel with a good story and a splash of adventure. It's a well written tale of second chance love. The narration was spendid. Her pleasant voice made the characters come alive and kept the story fresh and interesting. I recommend to anyone who likes a different regency romance.

I was given a copy of this audio book at my request and a I'm leaving this honest review. 😀

  • The Lady's Arrangement

  • Help Wanted
  • By: Colleen L. Donnelly
  • Narrated by: Leonor A. Woodworth
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

Neither Rex nor Regina wants a spouse, but they do have needs. Ranger Rex Duncan needs a false identity - just long enough to uncover a ring of Kansas ranch thieves. Answering Regina’s ad for a temporary husband, he leaves his beloved red dirt of Oklahoma to assume that disguise. But the most obstinate woman he’s ever known confounds his assignment, and with hair the red color that has always made his heart beat a little faster. Regina Howard needs a new Mrs. in front of her name - just long enough to reclaim her deceased husband’s ranch.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful Arrangement ☺

  • By 🇺🇸🌸DARA on 05-01-18

Delightful Arrangement ☺

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

Reviewed: 05-01-18

After reading the Publisher's summary I wasn't expecting to like this book as much I did. The story is a different western style romance that drew me in and connected me to the characters immediately. This book is a great "feel good" choice to listen to on a rainy, lazy day. Leonor A. Woolworth, as always, adds dimension to the stories she reads. Keep this book in mind if you enjoy western romances with a good story 😉

I was given a review copy of this audiobook at my request and voluntarily left this review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • This Treacherous Journey

  • Heart of the Mountains, Book 1
  • By: Misty M. Beller
  • Narrated by: Leonor A. Woodworth
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 44

Widowed and with child, Emma Malcom is fleeing from the reward offered for her arrest. She’s innocent of the dirty dealings her deceased husband orchestrated, but the angry townspeople didn’t stop to listen to her defense before she narrowly escaped with her life. Now, she and her twin brother, Joseph, must battle the mountain wilderness of the Rockies to reach Canada and the clean start she craves. But when a fall from the rocky cliff leaves Joseph wounded and weak, could the strange mountain man they encounter be God’s gift to see them to safety?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sweet clean delightful romance

  • By Cyn on 07-11-18

Heart Tugging Lovely Story ;-)

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

Reviewed: 04-16-18

This is the kind of story that tugs at the heart right from the beginning and leads you through a journey of life lessons and love. It is a well written tale of love lost then found again. Truly heartwarming! I am looking forward to the next book in this series and hope that Leonor A Woodworth narrates the rest of the series. Her narration is perfect for this type of adventure.

I was given a review copy of this audi obook at my request and voluntarily left this review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Love to Win

  • Fireflies, Book 3
  • By: Lisa Ricard Claro
  • Narrated by: Pam Dougherty
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16

Competitive barista Brenna Kinkaid loves a challenge, and she'll do whatever it takes to win, especially when it comes to her nemesis, Dante Caravicci. But when forced to team up to save their best friends' wedding, Brenna recognizes that Dante might just be her ultimate win. Restaurateur Dante Caravicci won't quit anything until he can claim success. He's bided his time, but he's used to taking big risks and surviving, so he figures he's got nothing to lose by playing for Brenna.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book 3 Fireflies series

  • By PattyH on 07-04-18

Love Wins! 🌼

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

Reviewed: 04-14-18

The Fireflies series is a wonderful love journey that does not disappoint. Each book can stand alone but I recommend starting with the first book so you don't miss some poignant scenes and foundational character development.

This third book features Brenna and Dante. Their love hate relationship and bantering actually begins in book one but blossoms in this book. It is a well written story that is filled with romance, wonderful scenes and delightful characters. There is some swearing (but not a lot) and has non detailed sexual encounters. A winner for adult readers!

Pam Dougherty's narration is a consistently wonderful. She gives each voice a unique quality which adds dimension to the story. A favorite narrator for sure! 🌸

I was given a review copy of this audiobook at my request and voluntarily left this review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Leader of Titans

  • Pirates of Britannia, Book 2
  • By: Kathryn Le Veque
  • Narrated by: Brian J. Gill
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

1444 A.D. - Constantine le Brecque a man of many facets. As the bastard son of Henry V, he was raised in secret to protect him from the king's enemies and lived his life knowing that his royal blood was a curse. He was, however, properly educated and trained as a knight, and one of the very best England has ever seen. But when he falls in love with the wrong woman, the course of his life is irrevocably changed....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining Pirate Adventure ⚓

  • By 🇺🇸🌸DARA on 03-30-18

Entertaining Pirate Adventure ⚓

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

Reviewed: 03-30-18

This is a relatively short book for Kathryn Le Veque standards so I wasn't surprised that, by the end of the book, I truly wished it was longer. I know this Pirate series is written in "tag team" with Eliza Knight but, since the other audio books aren't available at the time I wrote this review, it only leaves me wanting more.

This book has charming Pirates, has a fun storyline, and is very entertaining in a sweet yet predictable way. This is a good series for Pirate enthusiasts ⚓. The narration was wonderful. Brian J Gill has such a perfect voice for Le Veque's books and he never disappoints me.😊 I am anticipating the other audio books in this series. 💕

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Love to Believe

  • Fireflies, Book 2
  • By: Lisa Ricard Claro
  • Narrated by: Pam Dougherty
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

CPA Rebecca Walker wields a hammer and saw with skill, but it's like fighting tooth and nail to prove to her chauvinistic father that she's capable of managing the family construction business. Romance is a luxury Rebecca can't afford. Thanks to his past, romance isn't in Sean Kinkaid's future, so when Rebecca proposes friends with benefits, Sean agrees. It's the perfect scenario until love sneaks in - and Sean's secrets tear them apart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this series 💞

  • By 🇺🇸🌸DARA on 03-27-18

Love this series 💞

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

Reviewed: 03-27-18

I totally enjoyed book 1 in this series so when this book became available I I knew I had to check it out.

Although this is book 2 in the series it is definitely a stand alone book. Each book focuses on different family members so, even though the characters from the previous book are included, you don't lose any story or character development.

This book focuses on Rebecca and Sean. I don't want to give the story away but it's basically a story of two lonely hearts learn their relationship unexpectedly turns to love. It's a charming story that is more adult oriented because it does have some swearing and sexual encounters but they are not detailed. I recommend this series to those who enjoy well written stories with a bit of heat.

Loved the narration of Pam Dougherty. She has the kind of voice that lets you feel transported into the story. A pleasure to listen to! 💟

2 of 2 people found this review helpful