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August

The Year of Discovery
Narrated by: Kelley Hazen
Series: The Year of Discovery, Book 8
Length: 4 hrs and 12 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
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Twelve women connected by the death of another, realizing what they most want from life and reaching for it - this is the year of discovery, the year of new beginnings. 

Angela Grayson ran for the school board when she was a student at UC Berkeley, then she became mayor of her hometown shortly after she graduated. Marrying young, Angela found herself trapped in an abusive marriage where her husband controlled every aspect of her life. Escaping him seemed impossible, but she prevailed and even found herself in a new relationship that was everything her first marriage wasn’t. 

However, the scars were there and Angela swore she would never again feel like she had no control. She decided to run for state senate, but even in today’s world, a woman of color has to fight for the respect she deserves. 

Angela is determined to help other women escape the same nightmare she faced, but when she runs up against a chauvinistic legislature, what will she have to do to make them take her mission seriously?

©2019 M.L. Hamilton (P)2019 M.L. Hamilton

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An Awesome Listen

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the narrator and found it thought provoking. As a Senator, Angela feels she owes her supporter only so much of herself, especially when she is being blackmailed. So much is happening in her life, she's trying to get her first bill passed, her abusive ex-husband shows up and her mother is dying of cancer. With the help of her friends and family, she finds an inner strength she never realized she had. Another inspiring book, the author has such a talent at creating "real" feeling characters and the narrator brings them to life. This series just keeps getting better with each month.

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Great Read

August: The Year of Discovery Book Eight was another great read by M.L. Hamilton. Angela Grayson has always been a driven person and she found herself as the mayor of her small town after graduating college. She married her ex-husband young but found herself in an abusive relationship. She was able to escape him and after sometime found a man who was completely different than her ex. She finds herself determined to help women that find themselves in the same situation she once was. I relaly enjoyed this book and loved how Kelley Hazen brought life to the characters.

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Book 8, but still a stand alone

This is a great addition to the Year Of Discovery book series, but can always read as a stand alone. I really enjoyed Angila Grayson’s character and her relationship with her husband. Great story!

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August

I am loving The Year of Discovery series. In August we have Angela Grayson’s story.

Angela is a strong woman who has picked herself up and taken control of her life. She’s taken on a role where she can make a difference, but when she’s confronted with her past, will it all fall apart?

This is such an inspirational story by M.L. Hamilton. When it’s paired with a phenomenal narration by Kelley Hazen, you get an incredible experience.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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Angela

I’m totally enjoying this Year of Discovery Series and this is book 8. The primary character in this book is Angela Grayson who has overcome an abusive relationship, became Mayor then went on to seek and elected as Senator to help women. Her present husband Antwon is a gem. She is submitting a bill to allow women to who seek in shelter from abuse are allowed to bring children as well as pets with her, Margo and her dog Blue who saved her and Mika from further harm from Dallas is there to testify and support Angela. Enter her ex and is harassed by protestor Stewart Milson and her mother dying. It is a truly inspiring series with great narration cannot wait for next book. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank You!

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  • Norma Miles
  • 09-29-19

To escape dangerous situations.

Angela Grayson had already turned her life around: from an abusive, violent marriage, she'd escaped, found a new life with a gentle, loving man and entered politics to help other women get the desperately need help that could have better helped her. But things take a sinister turn when she is threatened, blackmailed and has to face up to the most difficult loss of her life.

The earlier books in this series have seen the main protagonist actively seeking to improve their life. This story isdifferent, this is a time to face up to life and fully take responsibility. I found the feminist polemic given in the form of an address to the Senate committee annoying, even though I agreed with what was said and grew to increasingly dislike her as the story progressed: she just seemed to be too self pitying, perhaps,when measured against the other stories.
Or perhaps it was because it was too personal to me and she really seemed to be a terrible wooz.

The story was again narrated with emotion by Kelley Hazen who is excellent at supplying different voices for every protagonist but even she was unable to endear the new senator to me. This is an
Interesting series with a new focus every month - I look forward to September.

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  • Mac
  • 09-02-19

Brilliant

I love this series. I highly recommend this book it’s another wonderful story. Great characters and brilliant storyline.
Kelly Hazen is a fabulous narrator.
❤️😍