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Elina

Blaze of Glory Companion Books, Book 1
By: M. Garzon
Narrated by: Heather S. Auden
Length: 4 hrs and 13 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
4.5 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

A mother will always do what's best for her children, even if it means giving up her own chance at happiness.

A decade ago, Elina's life was derailed by a smooth-talking charmer. Since then, she's toiled endlessly to create a better life for her children, putting thoughts of romantic love aside. But when handsome, intimidating Declan wins her over with his timely help and old-fashioned notions of love, Elina has a decision to make.

Her long-awaited financial success requires a move to Montreal, a city too far away to keep new love alive, and Declan runs his family's equestrian business - he can't move. How can Elina find happiness when her heart is pulling her one way and her children's futures are pulling in another?

Discover the story behind the Blaze of Glory trilogy readers have come to love. You don't know everything about a man until you know his history.

©2017 M. Garzon (P)2017 M. Garzon

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Sexy cowboy, yes please!

I love the characters in this book, as someone raised by a single Mum I really felt for Elina, it's a tough thing to do, and with twins, I can't even imagine. I remember begging for riding lessons and getting them, it's only looking back that I realize how hard Mum worked to make that possible. Reading this book was like reading a variation on my Mum's story. Elina's struggles and her triumphs came alive on these pages, I loved hearing her story.

The other characters were also great, those beautiful twins made the story so much fun. As for Declan, who wouldn't want to read about a hot, sexy, and sweet cowboy?

I really enjoyed the balance of emotions in the book and the tension and drama that were involved. It made for a very enjoyable book.

The character voices are well done, and the delivery was smooth and well paced.

I received a free copy of this book from the author and/or narrator and/or publisher and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.

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Fantastic Prequel!

What a great prequel to the Blaze of Glory series! The plot continues to evolve in this story. The author is really great with her development of characters. The narration was great. I previously read the first 2 books in the Blaze of Glory series and loved them as well! I look forward to the next book in this series and have no doubt that the author will deliver the same awesomeness! . I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Elina’s story

Good story. Not a runaway romance. More like a single mom’s struggle. Liked the storyline, not a so much the narrator. Her voice sounded a little older then I thought she she should have been. Thinking her voice is more for the grandmother type.
I want to read this without her voice so I get a better picture.

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Let this blade into your hear

This is a prelude to what will happen for the second part. The author wrote this story full of many twists and turns that will keep you guessing what is going to happen till the very end. This series will grab you and keep you wanting to get the rest of the series. This is where everything starts the listen tells us of the meeting and relationship of Dec and Elina, the mother of Seth and Tealah. It shows love and devotion. You get a better understanding for how the children interacted .

The narrator was good. Her Swedish Accent was right . Her voice was strong, clear and strong

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I just love this author

I did listen to all of the books that this author wrote he or she write the best kind of ya ever I loved every single moment of this book it was charming and very interesting a very very good book

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  • Angela
  • OVERLAND PARK, KS United States
  • 09-21-18

Single mom story with a little love thrown in

Sweet and good story but I wouldn't call it a romance. It was really more of a story about a single mom with a little love thrown in. The only downside was the narrator when performing Elina's character. The voice sounded more like it belonged to a much older woman.

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

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How it all started, the parents love affair

The forerunner of "The Blaze of Glory", this delightful tale tells us of the meeting and relationship of Dec and Elina, the mother of Seth and Tealah. This relationship is what the future books relate to, and gives the reader a better understanding of the love Declan had for his children's mother.
The narrator of this audio rendition, gives a very good impression of Elina's Swedish accent, and adds an interesting aspect to the story.

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Elina Review

I loved learning about the beginning of this wonderful series. It was definitely worth the listen, and it amazes me how it all began. We even get to see how Tea and Jaden first meet.

Elina was most definitely the love of Decks life and we got to see a somewhat softer side of the man he truly is.

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AWESOME PREQUEL!!

I listened to Blaze of Glory (#1) before listening to this, and really loved learning more about the story and characters. I think the writing for these books is amazing, it captures so much emotion, intensity and longing for both love and family. Loved learning more about Elina, and I'm definitely captivated by this entire series. I'll definitely continue reading more in the series, and think anyone would love these books! Definitely recommended :)
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  • Jan M
  • Southwest
  • 08-12-18

Great Story, Great Narration!

I so enjoyed the story of Elina (Tia and Seth's mom) and her relationship with Declan. I have listened to the Blaze of Glory books and wanted her story. The narration on this book is outstanding. I loved the Swedish (although it sounded Russian) accent of single mom Elina. This book is a standalone listen and part of a series. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. The character of Elina showed so much determination and depth. I loved how she put her children first. This was great background for other books by this author. I definitely will listen to more books by this author and narrator.

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  • A D.
  • 07-21-18

Thoroughly enjoyable!!

First of all, Declan is my new book boyfriend. He really has swoon-worthy characteristics. He is firm but fair with kids. He is willing to go the extra mile for Elina. He prioritizes family first and respects Elina's need to put her kids first. In fact, Elina is a single mother and Declan couldn't be more supportive.

That said, M Garzon has really captured the reality of being a single parent. She hasn't softened the edges because parenting is demanding, messy and exhausting. Despite all that it is also fulfilling and incredible.

That said, Elina and her two children really deserve a wonderful man like Declan. After all, who doesn't love a man who works with his hands?

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.