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How steamy is it? Simmering

Publisher's Summary

Reeling from his failed comeback and ruined marriage, washed-out actor Ian James (née Isaac Janowitz) flees Los Angeles for a two-week respite in Northern California's remote Marble Mountains - Bigfoot country. His time alone in the wilderness begins to peel away the layers of his Hollywood persona. After a fateful meeting with a beguiling woman, Ian begins to question his heart. In a moment of clarity, Isaac ditches his publicist and finds himself in Redding, living with invisibility at the Vagabond Motel.

Professor Ruth Hill is burnt out teaching photography at Redding's Shasta College, eager for her upcoming retirement. But for unexplained reasons, despite weekly therapy sessions, her panic attacks have escalated. Her artistic slump persists. Looking back, she regrets a life without risk; looking forward, she dreads a meaningless future. Going over her proof sheets one morning, she stumbles upon a series of striking thumbnails, reigniting her passion and creativity.

Listeners will root for Isaac and Ruth as they grapple with their chance encounter on the mountain and search for meaning in their repellent, yet intense attraction. Their paths do cross again, but when confronted with the possibility of enduring love, Ruth's cynicism creeps in; Isaac's self-defeating beliefs take hold. For these two damaged souls, it just may be too late.

©2014 Jeanne Miller (P)2017 Jeanne Miller

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  • Kathy
  • Irvine, CA
  • 05-27-17

I was immediately drawn in

...didn't want it to end ☺ I thoroughly enjoyed the story and appreciated the ages of the main characters.

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Great Love Story

Any additional comments?

Ruth is in her 50's, preparing for retirement and disappointed with her mundane life. She meets a younger man named Ian who is in seclusion, needing a respite from his failed marriage and acting career. Their chance encounter is brief but they find themselves attracted to each other, despite the age difference. When they meet again, will they able to overcome their personal issues and find love?

I loved Ruth and Ian's story and it was refreshing to see a mature woman as the love interest! It was wonderfully written with believable and likeable characters and their story was solidly narrated by Gary Galone. Believing in Bigfoot was a pleasure to listen to and I would highly recommend it.

I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator. This review is my honest opinion.

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Older woman, younger man. A beautiful love story

Romance author J C Miller has written the book I didn’t know I wanted.

Each of Miller’s novels are unique, finding no plot template amongst them, but this! Believing in Bigfoot breaks the stereotype of romances by providing a refreshing and rarely found cast of characters in an angst-ridden love story with depth.

Despite the title, Believing in Bigfoot is not about romancing a Sasquatch but about love sparked in the Marble Mountains of Northern California, home of the mythical yeti.
Close friends Ruth and Meg go backpacking for the latter’s 60th birthday. When Meg falls and breaks her leg, she is helped by a grizzly mountain dweller. Ruth, who is in her mid-50s and desperately in need of glasses, initially mistakes the dishevelled beast for Bigfoot until she gets a closer look at the muscular man, Issac, who has come to their aid.

From here, Miller’s story begins a romantic rollercoaster of a younger man and an older woman struggling with issues of loneliness, independence, changes in life and fame. Issac was once a successful actor named Ian James, who revives his failed career when he comes off the mountain. Ruth is a retiring professor and a rising star in photography.

The friendship between Ruth and Meg is at the heart of this story, just as much as Issac and Ruth’s struggle to believe in each other and find their place in a new world. Almost equally so is the changing relationship Ruth has with her son, Sam, who is walking his own path in life. The relationships are beautiful and identifiable. They flesh out the characters and the central romance, adding a complexity and depth to the storytelling that doesn’t seem to be present in most romance novels.

Narrator Gary Galone puts a lot of heart into his storytelling, although it seems an odd choice to have a male narrator when the central characters are female. He does a fine job overall, although the falsetto voice he provides for Ruth is distracting at times, particularly given that he provides such natural voices to other female characters. Don’t let that dissuade you however. Galone is engaging and sweet and makes every character enjoyable. He is particularly good at fleshing out the fabulous plethora of character personalities created by the author.

I’ve enjoyed reviewing two other audiobooks by J C Miller on my audiobook site at SaidNotRead dot wordpress dot com and is this is by far the best. The writing seems more mature and the plot is equally as unique and delightful as the others. Miller is an author to watch out for because the stories are consistently good and each one is so very different from the last.

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Great Storytelling from JC

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

One of the reasons I like this book so much is the extreme places the story takes you to--from the Marble Mountains of Northern California to the slick movie crowd in Malibu. Miller captures both California scenes.

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  • CM
  • 05-07-17

Well Written and Refreshing

Believing in Bigfoot has refreshingly real characters, a well paced story, and solid narration. It's nice to have protagonists who aren't the typical romantic leads while managing to be both human and likable. The novel primarily focuses on Ruth who, in her mid 50s, struggles to come to terms with her life as it is and she finds romance, adventure, and a little bit of fame along the way.

I'd recommend this book to anyone looking for a relaxing, enjoyable story.


I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher..

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Quite a few funny moments

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes, the voices of some of the characters are so funny.

Which character – as performed by Gary Galone – was your favorite?

Conny, he is so old school sounding, hard but funny, blunt and sweet in his own way.

Did Believing in Bigfoot inspire you to do anything?

read it again

Any additional comments?

I received this free book, in return for an unbiased review

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Good Story with humor

If you could sum up Believing in Bigfoot in three words, what would they be?

Humorous, Fun, Unexpecting

Any additional comments?

This review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost."

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A cute campy love story of sorts.. !!

The publisher's summary tells more about Believing in Big Foot so I have little to add except to say the novels is wonderful and well worth the cost and time. The narration is by Gary Stone His voice is perfect to the material he is reading.
Overall a great read ..

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  • Sara Niña
  • 11-16-17

A Mature Love Story

Believing In Bigfoot

This is a family story, one which I unexpectedly warmed up to: Ruth is a formidable woman, with a soft side, in the prime of her life. This is her story, the story of her path of rediscovering her creativity and passion, venturing beyond the limits of her comfort zone and navigating her post retirement life. Most of which is triggered by a recent trip to the mountains. This fictional tale is a love story, at heart, and also explores friendships, grief, loss and motherhood.

It's a tale of endurance and patience in the face of hardship: the best comes to those who wait was the common thread binding the story together. I agreed with the message but was annoyed by Ruth's often passive nature. She wasn't old fashioned to any degree but she frequently became upset that her lover didn't call her as he said he would. For a woman quite confident in her feelings for him, her excessive self pity, and failure to even think to call the man she was so obviously in love with, didn't seem consistent. It seemed too immature on her part, she didn't at any point think to question his welfare after he disappeared from her life and failed to show up for a date they had planned. I guess love always tends to have people behave irrationally, at least in literature... In equal parts unfortunate and annoying- for both the reader and those in love, I imagine.

I did, however, appreciate the writing, the descriptions of the peaceful landscapes of a Californian ranch and the mountains were especially commendable. The narration, as performed by Gary Galone, was at times entertaining but also suitably serious. This was very fitting for the story on the whole, which I enjoyed for the most part. What this book lacks in humour and often maturity, it abundantly makes up for in simplicity, and realism.

I received this book from the author for review consideration.