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  • Songs of Willow Frost

  • A Novel
  • By: Jamie Ford
  • Narrated by: Ryan Gesell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 225
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 199
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 201

Twelve-year-old William Eng, a Chinese American boy, has lived at Seattle’s Sacred Heart Orphanage ever since his mother’s listless body was carried away from their small apartment five years ago. On his birthday - or rather, the day the nuns designate as his birthday - William and the other orphans are taken to the historical Moore Theatre, where William glimpses an actress on the silver screen who goes by the name of Willow Frost. Struck by her features, William is convinced that the movie star is his mother, Liu Song. Determined to find Willow and prove that his mother is still alive, William escapes from Sacred Heart with his friend Charlotte.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Chinese Way in the U S of A

  • By Debbie on 11-14-13

Depressing but well-done

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

Reviewed: 01-16-19

Songs of Willow Frost takes us back and forth in time as memories of Willow's earlier years come to surface. The book is extremely well written and the characters are multi-dimensional, but it is sad. Very, very sad. Downright depressing.

The narration was excellent. If you enjoy a book that pulls you in, that clings to your emotions, that makes your heart sink and your tears on the edge of your eyelid waiting to brim over, you will enjoy this book. For me, although it was an excellent thought-provoking novel, it was depressing. It left me sad. Mainly because I know these injustices existed during this time period.

Although as a society we still have a long way to go, this book helps us to realize just how far we have come.

  • Nightchaser

  • By: Amanda Bouchet
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61

Captain Tess Bailey is in deep trouble. She and her crew are on the run, pursued by a tyrant who'll take them dead or alive. Tess's best hope is a tall, dark, and much-too-appealing stranger, Shade Ganavan, who says he can help her. But his motivations are far from clear. With the dreaded Dark Watch closing in, what Tess and Shade don't know about each other might get them killed, unless they can set aside their differences and learn to trust each other before it's too late.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not great

  • By Anna on 03-16-19

Awesome!

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

Reviewed: 01-16-19

This is Book #1 of an anticipated three-book series. If this series is anything like Amanda Bouchet's Kingmaker Chronicles series, I am super excited! As for NIGHTCHASER, this was an awesome start!

I was provided an ARC through NetGalley but didn't have a chance to read it until after the holidays and by that time the book had already been released. I made the mistake of beginning to read this book in the evening. Once I started, I couldn't sleep and I really regretted not reading this book sooner. When I had to go run errands the next morning, I dreaded the thought of not being able to sit and read to find out what happens next. The storyline was so exciting! So I purchased the Audible version of the book. Seriously. Even though I had a free copy of the book, I still purchased the Audible copy. And I'm so glad I did. I listened to the rest of the book while I drove! Great narration! Susan Bennett did an amazing job with the narration, changing her voice for each individual character, and portraying the emotion at each moment throughout the book.

Such awesome characters! And the romance was hot! Tess is a strong, determined lady with a soft side for children and kitty's. Her crew, Big Guy and Shade were all terrific. But who are the good guys and who are the bad guys? You'll have to read this book to find out because I'm not giving away any spoilers! Loved it! Highly recommend for Sci-Fi Romance fans!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Barnstormer

  • By: Jane Lewis
  • Narrated by: Dawson McBride
  • Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

Pilot Frankie Howard can do no wrong when he’s flying and showing off his daredevil aerobatic skills. On the ground, trouble follows him wherever he goes, especially trouble with women. Frankie adores his best friend's sister, Ruth Ann, and endures her come-ons and rejections in an effort to capture her love. When he finds out she has a new beau, he accepts the defeat until fate steps in and changes their lives forever.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Young love....

  • By Martha Dunlap on 12-28-18

Great Historical

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

Reviewed: 01-01-19

Frankie Howard will warm your heart. Such a great character. After being deeply hurt emotionally, the last thing he wants is to be confronted by saucy, spoiled Ruth Ann, his best friends sister. But that attraction between the two of them is not something either can ignore.

Great historical romance set during the late 1930's that will make you feel like you've been transported in time.

I listened to the Audible version of this book and once again I was mesmerized by the voice of Dawson McBride! A complimentary copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.

  • Northern Temptress

  • American Heroes
  • By: Nicole McCaffrey
  • Narrated by: Dawson McBride
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12

When the Civil War arrives on her door step, Gettysburg doctor Alexandra Winters uses her knowledge of medicine to help the wounded. When an uncommonly handsome rebel officer finds her tending the wounded in his battlefield, he takes her for a spy until she confesses her darkest secret: Her brother fights for the South. He vows to find her brother and insists on escorting her home. But Alexa already has enough gossip attached to her name thanks to a scandalous divorce; she doesn't need to be seen keeping company with the enemy at a late hour.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spine-Tingling Historical Romance

  • By The Novel Lady on 10-24-18

Spine-Tingling Historical Romance

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

Reviewed: 10-24-18

Wow! Nicole McCaffrey does it again! This story brings together the horrifying bloodshed of the Civil War, the family struggles for both the North and the South, and the raw emotions brought on by all that surrounds those living during that time period.

Dr. Alexandra Winters looked beyond the color of a uniform and aided whoever needed her help. When a Confederate officer is badly wounded, she does what she can to heal him, even if it means hiding him from the Union soldiers.

Great writing by an amazing author, characters that go straight to your heart, and a narrator who makes you truly "feel" the story. Dawson McBride was fantastic as he read, changing his voice to match the characters, pausing for emphasis when needed, and softening his voice for those romantic scenes. Dang, he's good! And those romantic scenes were tingly and hot!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sweet Tea and Sympathy

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,555
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,106

Margot Cary has spent her life immersed in everything Lake Sackett is not. As an elite event planner, Margot's rubbed elbows with the cream of Chicago society and made elegance and glamour her business. She's riding high until one event goes tragically, spectacularly wrong. Now she's blackballed by the gala set and in dire need of a fresh start - and apparently the McCreadys are in need of an event planner with a tarnished reputation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect Amount of Sweet in the Tea

  • By Juliana on 12-09-17

Four and a half stars

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

Reviewed: 09-28-18

As a southern girl myself, I found SWEET TEA AND SYMPATHY totally delightful. This book will have you smiling and perhaps even laughing out loud.

Margot is a city girl with a problem. When an event she was planning goes totally wrong, she is given the boot and finds herself unemployed and pretty much banned from the industry. When her life is at it's lowest point, she is contacted by a distant relative and offered a job with the family business, the McCready Family Funeral Home and Bait Shop in Lake Sackett, Georgia. With no other options on the table, she accepts the offer, only until she can find another job in the city. Getting accustomed to life in a small town and cousins everywhere she turns, and a father she never really knew, was a lot for Margot to endure. But there is humor in every turn.

Although these characters were not as fully developed as I would have liked, I still have to give this book a good rating, simply because I enjoyed it so much.

The narration was wonderful. The southern accents and appropriate pauses at the right times, and the change in the voices was very well done.

  • Wild Texas Wind

  • By: Nicole McCaffrey
  • Narrated by: Dawson McBride
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Arden O'Hara is desperate to go home. Her fiancé was supposed to ride to her rescue, proving it's her - and not her father's money - he loves. Instead, an arrogant stranger with weapons strapped gunfighter low and a decided lack of sympathy for her situation shows up spouting a ridiculous tale about someone trying to kill her. It's infuriating when Raz Colt's claims prove true after not one but several attempts are made on her life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Humor, Romance, Action and Suspense!

  • By The Novel Lady on 09-23-18

Humor, Romance, Action and Suspense!

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

Reviewed: 09-23-18

Why have I not read anything by Nicole McCaffrey before? I received the Audible version of WILD TEXAS WIND from a friend of the author who knows I love these Western Romance books, with the hope that I might provide a review, whether good, bad or indifferent. First, let me tell you that all thoughts, ratings and opinions are my own. As it is, I absolutely loved it! So much so that I totally ignored my husband all day as I walked around the house with ear buds stuck in my ears because I didn't want to stop listening for even a minute. Fabulous narrator! Dawson McBride has that deep husky voice that is so "wild west", and he even manages to do the female voices with flare.

Those of you who have read my reviews before know that I love romantic tingles. All those sexy tingles that lead up to more. Not the wham-bam stuff. Tingles. Well, this book is loaded with those romantic tingles! Great characters and an action-packed story that never got dull even for a single minute. The sparks that fly between Raz Colt and Arden sizzle and ignite! Great chemistry between these two. And even the secondary characters are fantastic. All of them!

What starts out as a way for Raz, a hired gunslinger, to raise some money to buy some land and get out of the business, turns into a rescue for an heiress who doesn't want to be rescued... until she finally realizes that someone really does want to have her killed.

This story had everything. Humor, action, romance, suspense! I loved it and can't wait to read more from this author.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Keeper of Lost Things

  • A Novel
  • By: Ruth Hogan
  • Narrated by: Jane Collingwood, Sandra Duncan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,016
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,017

Anthony Peardew is the keeper of lost things. Forty years ago he carelessly lost a keepsake from his beloved fiancée, Therese. That very same day, she died unexpectedly. Brokenhearted, Anthony sought consolation in rescuing lost objects - the things others have dropped, misplaced, or accidently left behind - and writing stories about them. Now, in the twilight of his life, Anthony worries that he has not fully discharged his duty to reconcile all the lost things with their owners.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Charming story with great narration

  • By June J on 09-29-17

Delightful!

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

THE KEEPER OF LOST THINGS is a delightful story with even more delightful characters. There are actually two stories being told, side by side, that come together in the end in a way that will leave you shaking your head and grinning from ear to ear. Each character that Ruth Hogan has created is so well developed that they come alive in your mind as you read... or in my case, listen. Yes, I listened to the audio version of this book and I must say that it was extremely well done. One of the better audiobooks I've listened to in a long time.

The blurb about the book pretty much tells you what the book is about, so I won't repeat that here. I'll just give my opinion. And that opinion is a good one. It had everything. And it made me smile.

  • Honey Kisses

  • Romance on the Ranch, Book 2
  • By: Verna Clay
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Jill Araya
  • Length: 4 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

Ann Hackstetter first met Jackson Martinez while vacationing at Lazy M Dude Ranch with her husband and teenage son. Part of the "dude" package was a night of fun at Boot Bustin' Barn. At the time, Ann suspected that Sage Tanner, owner of Lazy M, bribed Jackson to ask her to dance as a way of making her inattentive husband jealous. On a whim, she danced with him. Little did she realize he would awaken emotions long suppressed. Of course, she ignored those emotions. Now, five years later, she's a widow--a destitute widow. Over the years, her son's friendship with Sage's daughter, Julie, has blossomed, and now they're getting married. Wedding responsibilities have temporarily taken Ann's mind off her desperate situation. At the reception, Jackson asks her to dance again--reawakening those emotions. He makes her feel twenty-one, instead of forty-one.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sweet Romance

  • By The Novel Lady on 08-26-18

Sweet Romance

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

Reviewed: 08-26-18

There is so much to love about this book. The romance is sweet. It's the kind of romance that gives you tingles and wanting more. Verna Clay does that. Every. Single. Time.

Ann Hackstetter's louse of a husband dies, leaving her penniless, insurance cancelled and her home heavily mortgaged due to his gambling. This leaves Ann homeless and needing a job but the only thing she thinks she can do is housekeeping. It just so happens, however, that Jackson is in need of a person to run his household on his ranch, and he has had his eye on Ann for a long time... for more than just her cleaning abilities.

SPOILER HERE - Don't read this paragraph if you don't want to know! Things seem to be looking up for Ann until she's confronted by a bad man who claims Ann's husband died without repaying a big debt to him. When Ann explains that she has no money, the man forces her to get the money from her wealthy friend. That's when Ann does the unthinkable. She hacks into Jackson's computer and steals $50,000. Oh my! That's also when I almost stopped listening to the Audible version of the book I was listening to. How could she steal from such a great guy! Jackson is Mr. Perfect! But I'm so glad I didn't give up because things had a way of working out, but not the way you would expect. Ann redeems herself by working with the FBI as an exotic dancer and computer hacker to put the bad guys out of business.

The beginning of the book was a bit slow to start, but when things heated up they heated up fast.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Shameless Little Con (Volume 1)

  • By: Meli Raine
  • Narrated by: Virginia Rose
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

I didn’t do it. I never betrayed my friend. Last year, I was kidnapped along with presidential candidate’s daughter Lindsay Bosworth, forced to help her assailants, my mother implicated in one of the biggest political scandals in American history. I've been cleared of any wrongdoing, but that doesn’t matter. Once you’re tried by the media, you’re guilty as sin. The truth doesn’t get the public’s attention. But shame? Shame sells. And everyone assumes you’re tainted.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Caution... Cliffhanger

  • By The Novel Lady on 08-22-18

Caution... Cliffhanger

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

Reviewed: 08-22-18

Let me start out this review with a bit of a warning. Things are not resolved in this book. If you do not like cliffhangers and do not want to invest the time and energy into reading Books 2 & 3 of this series, walk away. Walk away before you get hooked into this fascinating story with heart-stopping characters, mystery, suspense and intrigue. Another note I want to add is that I think it might be better if you start with the Harmless series before starting this one. I had a bit of trouble filling in the blanks that probably would have flowed naturally had I read that series first.

With all of that being said, let me tell you that I had a hard time putting this book down. When I simply HAD to put it down, I got the Audible copy and listened to that. The narrator was amazing! The relationship between Silas and Jane was deep and heart wrenching, and at times a bit humorous, especially when they went to visit Alice. What a hoot she was!

There was a bombshell dropped at the very end. Half of it I expected but the other half totally threw me!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Wyatt's Bounty

  • The McCades of Cheyenne, Book 2
  • By: Kim Turner
  • Narrated by: Dawson McBride
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

Bounty hunter Wyatt McCade is taking down outlaws one at a time. He's been in love with Tess Sullivan for years, but she refuses to give in to her feelings. Reeling from the rejection of his marriage proposal, he chases bounties with little concern for his own safety. When word reaches him that Tess never left for Boston, he rides for Cheyenne to confront her. Instead, he is ambushed and left for dead. Doctor Tess Sullivan shattered her heart by refusing Wyatt McCade's marriage proposal and making the biggest mistake of her life, by holding onto a secret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't miss this fantastic book

  • By ReadingWench on 05-19-18

Action and romance

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

Reviewed: 01-25-18

Another great western adventure by an author who creates characters who grab your heart and keep it racing. Nice sequel to Sawyers Rose.