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  • Aboard Providence

  • By: Keely Brooke Keith
  • Narrated by: Amy Marie Smith
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

In November 1860, Marian Foster joins a group of Virginia families who are sailing away from America to form a new settlement off the coast of Brazil. As an amateur botanist, Marian eagerly anticipates exploring a new land. She boards Providence confident in the group's plan, but during the voyage, her heart is drawn to Jonah Ashton, the secretive and sullen ship's physician.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sometimes we have to change our view of success

  • By Anne Rightler on 09-20-18

Sometimes we have to change our view of success

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

Reviewed: 09-20-18

Aboard Providence by Keely Brooke Keith is an interesting adventure story. Set in the 1860s eight families have decided to sail to South America to begin a new colony. It is hard to imagine the bravery of folks of that era, entrusting their lives to the ships of that time. The author stirs the reader's imagination and keeps interest high with her descriptions of the journey, broken compass, storms, and babies born at sea. And of course, there is a tension-filled romance too! The author's descriptive writing style is graceful and flows smoothly.  Her characters are well defined and well rounded with attributes and flaws and are realistic in their feelings and reactions. I enjoyed this story and look forward to reading more in this series (Uncharted). I listened to the audiobook version and the narrator, Amy Marie Smith did a great job telling the story, which made for an enjoyable listening experience.
I received a complimentary copy of the audiobook and was not required to write a review. The opinions are my own.

  • Tsunami Crimes

  • Disaster Crimes, Book 3
  • By: Chrys Fey
  • Narrated by: Bill Nevitt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Beth and Donovan have come a long way from Hurricane Sabrina and the San Francisco earthquake. Now they are approaching their wedding day and anxiously waiting to promise each other a lifetime of love. The journey down the aisle isn’t smooth, though, as they receive threats from the followers of the notorious criminal, Jackson Storm. They think they’ll be safe in Hawaii, but distance can’t stop these killers. Not even a tsunami can. This monstrous wave is the most devastating disaster Beth has ever faced.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I love this series!

  • By Roger & Jean Fauble on 10-10-18

Edge of the seat and fast paced action.

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

Reviewed: 09-13-18

Tsunami Crimes by Chrys Fey is a book that grabs the reader right from the start and doesn't let go until the dramatic end. Apparently part of a series, this is the first book that I have read (listened to) by this author and I don't feel like I was lost; the author does a good job of filling in any pertinent past details that the reader may need to know. Lots of action, beautiful descriptions of scenes, strong characters and an exciting plot make for a good book and this has lots of them all. With the descriptions of the beauty of Hawaii, I was really looking forward to my up and coming trip there in a few weeks and then came the tsunami...maybe I'll stay home! So realistic and heartbreaking. Never having been surfing, I enjoyed the scenes where the characters were riding the waves...sounds like fun but I'll probably stick to wading! I listened to a complimentary copy of the audiobook and the narrator, Bill Nevitt, does a great job telling the story, making for an enjoyable listening experience.
And because many of the books I read and review are in the Christian fiction genre, I will just put a disclaimer here that this book is at least a PG-13 rating, due to language and intimacy details

  • You're the Cream in My Coffee

  • By: Jennifer Lamont Leo
  • Narrated by: Nicole Atallah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10

In 1928, Chicago rocks to the rhythm of the Jazz Age, and Prohibition is in full swing. Small-town girl Marjorie Corrigan, visiting the city for the first time, has sworn that coffee's the strongest drink that will pass her lips. But her quiet, orderly life turns topsy-turvy when she spots her high school sweetheart - presumed killed in the Great War - alive and well in a train station. Suddenly everything is up for grabs. Although the stranger insists he's not who she thinks he is, Marjorie becomes obsessed with finding out the truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Clean Roaring Twenties Chicago Adventure-Romance

  • By Aurora Dawn on 09-02-18

Delightful book

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

Reviewed: 08-17-18

I loved this story. The characters are fun, quirky and charming. The story is full of surprises with a sweet sister and friends, a feisty step-mother, a missing-in-action boyfriend, a controlling and insistent fiancé, bootlegging and shenanigans at work, life for Marjorie is quite the ride. Romance and mystery are blended with a message about faith in God, forgiveness, and hope to bring a delightfully endearing book. I am hoping there is a sequel! I was given a complimentary copy of the audiobook and was not required to write a review. The opinions are my own.

  • Saratoga Letters

  • By: Elaine Marie Cooper
  • Narrated by: Joe Mills
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

Two hundred years later, on the anniversary of the Battle of Saratoga, thousands arrive from Europe and the US to celebrate the event, including descendants from the war. One young American, Abby, meets the offspring of a British soldier. When she is threatened, Abby turns to the only person she knows at the event: her British ally. Can she trust him with her life? Or will he betray her in the same way Loyalist spies betrayed her ancestors?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed the Story

  • By Nanc on 10-04-18

Captivating dual time historical romance

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

Reviewed: 08-14-18

I love dual time stories and this one does not disappoint. Two sweet but tension-fraught romances 200 years apart. Strong, relatable characters and good stories. Suspense, faith, and a good love story, what more could a reader ask for! Lots of Revolutionary war history including some from a British point of view. I listened to a complementary audio version of the book and Joe Mills does a great job narrating, making for an enjoyable listening experience.

  • A Season to Dance

  • By: Patricia Beal
  • Narrated by: Maryann Carlson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Ana Brassfield has her path to the stage of the Metropolitan Opera House all figured out until her first love, renowned German dancer Claus Gert, returns to Georgia to win her back. Despite a promising start toward her ballet career and pending marriage to landscape architect Peter Engberg, Ana wonders if her dreams of dancing at the Met are as impossible as her previous romantic relationship with Claus. Then an on-stage kiss between Ana and Claus changes everything. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Journey to Love and Faith

  • By Anne Rightler on 07-14-18

A Journey to Love and Faith

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

Reviewed: 07-14-18

A Season to Dance is a captivating debut novel by Patricia Beal. It is a story of a ballerina who loves and is loved by two men and who finds true love as she finds faith in God. This is an emotional and passionate story that gives insight into the world of ballet as Ana's story is told. The characters are strong and yet are portrayed with their flaws and foibles too. The story draws the reader in and doesn't let go as Ana reaches for her dream and makes choices that reap consequences. I was given a complimentary copy of the audiobook and narrator Maryann Carlson does a wonderful job giving voice to the characters and telling the story, which makes for an enjoyable listening experience. I am looking forward to reading more from this author.

  • The Hidden Treasure of Dutch Buffalo Creek

  • By: Jackson Badgenoone
  • Narrated by: Adam Hanin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2

An eight-year-old boy named James, aka the wannabe Cisco Kid, nearly lost his life as he searched for precious metal in a bone dry southwest Arizona gulley. He retrieved only pyrite before a desert flood swept away his world. Over the course of half a century James acquired several additional nicknames. They were reflections of his multiple personalities. His dad called him Traveler or Trav. Some coworkers referred to him as Point Man. A few colleagues labeled him Knowledge Navigator or Nav.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Short Review of a Great Read

  • By Alberto Perez on 07-29-18

All that glitters may not be gold

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

Reviewed: 06-15-18

The Hidden Treasure of Dutch Buffalo Creek is an unusual look at several generations of a family as seen and documented by individuals who have never been born. The book clearly expresses Christian values as the individual lives are described and followed throughout their life experiences. I noted two key points in the story (and there are others as well) 1) the importance of knowing you are called by name by the Creator God and 2) the importance of legacy--what one's life will mean to those who come in the future. It is definitely a thought-provoking book written in a unique manner. I was given a complimentary copy of the audiobook and was not required to write a review. The opinions are my own.

  • To Cache a Killer

  • The Frannie Shoemaker Campground Mysteries, Book 5
  • By: Karen Musser Nortman
  • Narrated by: Michelle Babb
  • Length: 4 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Geocaching isn't supposed to be about finding dead bodies. But when retiree Frannie Shoemaker goes camping, standard definitions don't apply. A weekend in a beautiful state park in Iowa buzzes with fund-raising events, a search for ninja turtles, a bevy of suspects, and lots of great food. But are the campers in the wrong place at the wrong time once too often?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book 5

  • By med c on 03-30-18

Another cozy camping mystery

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

Reviewed: 03-28-18

To Cache a Killer by Karen Musser Nortman is fifth in the Frannie Shoemaker mysteries. Another campground...another murder. Frannie once again finds herself smack in the middle of a murder investigation. Frannie and her former policeman husband end up being suspects themselves Will they be able to get out of this one? Lots of fun and a good cozy mystery. Geo-caching, retirement scams, old grudges, threats, and shootings--lots to keep the reader's interest.With some twists and turns to the plot, the author keeps you guessing to the end as to the culprit. To Cache a Killer is a fun book to read (or listen to as this reviewer did). The narrator, Michelle Babb, does a nice job of giving characters their unique voice, making for an enjoyable listening experience. I've enjoyed this series and hope there are more books to come.

  • The Ragamuffin Sisters: The Mysterious Mr. Whistler

  • By: Anita Higman, Hillary McMullen
  • Narrated by: Michelle Babb
  • Length: 3 hrs and 31 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

When Jane, Elle, Dakota and Sketti band together to face The Thickheads, they land themselves in the midst of a murder-mystery that none of them is prepared to deal with. And when The Thickheads get involved, lines are drawn and accusations are flung. But when the two opposing groups join forces, they learn that together, they can mend fences and face the giants.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • For the middle schoolers

  • By MEDY L on 12-12-17

Fun Mystery for middle-schoolers

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

Reviewed: 03-21-18

The Mysterious Mr. Whistler by Anita Higman and Hillary McMullen is an enjoyable story that reminded me of the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books of long ago--young teens getting mixed up in mysteries and lots of twists and turns to the plot that keeps a reader's interest. The authors touch on some very real and gritty subjects as they write about bullying, abuse, toxic waste, and murder. There is humor woven into the drama and suspense and the characters, misfit girls and bullying boys, are believable and entertaining. Michelle Babb does a great job with the narration of the story, giving voice to the characters and making an enjoyable listening experience. A delightfully good read. I received a complimentary copy of the book and was not required to write a review. The opinions are my own.

  • The Deadly Art of Love and Murder

  • A Caribou King Mystery, Book 2
  • By: Linda Crowder
  • Narrated by: Michelle Babb
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

Alaskan fine arts dealer Caribou King has closed up shop for the season and is looking forward to a peaceful winter, capped off by the birth of her sister's first child. When she discovers the body of Angela Nash, an elderly woman, in the old Tilamu house, Cara can't help poking her nose into the investigation. When Alex Tilamu shows up at Mrs. Nash's funeral, drunk and ranting about murder, Cara is convinced there is more at stake than a dilapidated house on the edge of the bay.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Deadly Art of Love and Murder

  • By April H. on 02-15-18

Another fun whodunit!

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

Reviewed: 03-01-18

The Deadly Art of Love and Murder by Linda Crowder is a fun and engaging story about a murder that begs to be solved. Cara, having found an elderly woman dead in a cabin, has her nose in the investigation, much to the chagrin of the policeman in charge, who just might be a love interest for Cara. The relationships with her family and her would be suitors, yes suitors as in plural, are interesting and sometimes humorous. The author has crafted a good mystery that keeps the reader in the dark until the end. Twists and turns to the plot, a good concoction of characters, setting, and conflict and Cara's love life are threaded nicely together and lead to a satisfying conclusion. I listened to the audio version of the book and the narrator, Michelle Babb, does a nice job of giving characters their unique voice which made for an enjoyable listening experience. I enjoyed catching up with the characters from the first book in the series (The Deadly Art of Deception) and am hoping there's a third book in the works.
I received a complimentary audible copy of the book and was not required to write a review. The opinions are my own.

  • Swim Season

  • By: Marianne Sciucco
  • Narrated by: Evelyn Eibhlin
  • Length: 14 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Sometimes winning is everything. Champion swimmer Aerin Keane is ready to give up her dreams of college swimming and a shot at the Olympics. As she starts senior year in her third high school, Aerin's determined to leave her family troubles behind and be like all the other girls at Two Rivers. She's got a new image and a new attitude. She doesn't want to win anymore. She's swimming for fun, no longer the freak who wins every race, every title, only to find herself alone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A swimmer's work is never done

  • By Anne Rightler on 11-13-17

A swimmer's work is never done

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

Swim Season, by Marianne Sciucco, is an engaging coming of age story centered around teen girls and their swim team. Lots of tension with wondering how the various swim meets and other situations will turn out. The author does an expert job of writing as she touches on the difficult subjects of bullying, drug abuse and the effects of divorce on children. I listened to the audio version of the book and Evelyn Eibhlin did a great job of narration, giving voice to the characters with good inflection and emotion, which made for an enjoyable listening experience. I was given a complimentary copy of the book with no expectation of a positive review. The opinions are my own.

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