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Shades of Honor (Grayson Brothers, Book 1) Audiobook

Shades of Honor (Grayson Brothers, Book 1)

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Publisher's Summary

From New York Times bestselling author Wendy Lindstrom comes an award-winning, emotionally powerful, heartwarming page-turner.

Evelyn Tucker planned to marry her neighbor and best friend, Kyle Grayson, then his brother returned home and complicated everything.

When Radford Grayson returns home with his young daughter, the wounded man and his withdrawn little girl turn Evelyn’s life upside down. Radford is no longer the familiar neighbor boy who went off to war. He’s a grown man now, a handsome stranger with pain in his eyes and secrets he refuses to share.Forced to work together, Evelyn and Radford struggle with their deepening feelings for one another. To acknowledge their desire is a risk they can’t take without hurting Kyle and tearing their families apart. But Evelyn knows that sharing a passionate love with Radford is within reach, and her choice to marry for love or security will be forever. Can she forsake a once-in-a-lifetime love and her own happiness to protect their families and the two men she loves?

"A perfect ten...one story that should not be missed!" (Romance Reviews Today)

©2002 Wendy Lindstrom (P)2013 Wendy Lindstrom

What the Critics Say

“Awesome underlying emotional power.” (Romantic Times)

“Have a hanky ready. You'll need it more than once!” -Linders

“It grabbed me by the heart and didn't let go.” -RPurvis

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    I like to shop 07-24-16
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    "Pleasant surprise !"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I love that its a book about close family bonds and that the characters will be able to carry on in upcoming books. I am definitely a family person so I really enjoyed that.


    What aspect of Julia Motyka’s performance would you have changed?

    I can imagine how difficult it is to be a narrator and to try to please everyone. We all read, and hear our books, in different voices. The narrators try to find that voice and to make it one everyone can relate to. Julia Motyka wasn't the best narrator I've heard, but she wasn't the worst either. She struggled a little with the variety of voices, but it wasnt anything terrible. The only one that truly bugged me was the voice of William which changed towards the end of the book. She did a great job on his voice when he had a verbal struggle. All in all I'd listen to her again. If I saw she were the narrator I wouldn't turn away, but neither would I seek her out. I do hope to listen to the rest of the series so that ought to say aomething in her favor.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    You know, surprisinly I did!! I got this book for free in exchange for a review. I am not a fan of leaving good reviews for something I dont like, and I really thought I'd be leaving a 'meh' kind of review. Turns out I genuinely liked the book!! I just finished it and I actually spend the last third of it trying to find things to to do around the house just so I could listen! Super glad I took the chance on listening to this one and look forward to the rest of the series!!


    Any additional comments?

    The following is a SPOILER so stop reading if you don't want to know anything.....SPOILER.....Ok so I get that Radford falls in love with his brother Kyles fiancee. Evelyn saw Kyle as more of a best friend and hadn't realized the difference between marrying for that reason, vs actually falling in love. So thats cool, stuff happens. There were TONS of other storyline choices that the author could have taken to make the transition, I have no clue why she opted to take the route of cheating!!!! Why!?! Why why why!?! I ended up honestly kind of disgusted with the behavior. She could have had the Kyle and Evelyn realizing their love was a friend love instead of making her and Radford cheaters!! When they finally got married I kind of tuned it out because I was so turned off by the cheating. Hopefully in the following books she will a) make us feel a bit better about that behavior in Kykes story, and b) Never go the cheating route again!! Authors... Cheating sucks in real life, we don't want it in our romance novels!!!!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    mandymay Newnan G.A 08-15-17
    mandymay Newnan G.A 08-15-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Euphoric and captivating 💏"

    I got this book on sale a while back and thought.. I'll give it a chance.
    After listening I knew I'd found a 💎 in a coal mine.
    I have since bought the entire series.
    Always coming back to these wonderful books every time I want a calm, well written story to fall back on.
    Each book flows perfectly into the next while keeping most of the same well developed characters.
    Each one about a different Grayson boy finding the love of his life.
    The scenes are so vividly descriptive it doesn't take long to get completely engrossed in each mesmerizing story.
    Every book has it's own message about strong family bonds and moral values.
    These book's will have you swooning and sometimes blushing in no time.
    There's nothing instant in this series so be prepared to go on a slow ride to get to the steamy parts.
    Packed with plenty depth... it's easy to stay interested.
    I'm writing one review for the whole series because if you buy this book, there's no way you'll want to miss out on the rest of these book's.
    The narration was also a huge complement to this listening experience.
    I highly recommend giving up a credit for all these book's.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 07-16-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Great book"

    I really enjoyed this book, narrator was great there was romance sadness in there. I don't want to say more because I don't want to give anything away I received this book free from the publisher, narrator and or author via audio book boom

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Tracey R 12-11-13
    Tracey R 12-11-13
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    "WOW!!!! Best stories I have read in 30+ years!!"
    What did you love best about Shades of Honor?

    Everything! At first I wondered if I was just having a mellow and melancholy day when I laughed and cried while listening to this story! Then after listening to the other books of this series I realized that it wasn't just the day I was having, but the story, author and wonderful narrator I was listening to that made me love this series!


    What did you like best about this story?

    How their family values are so much in the fore front of every book in this series. Amazing values, sense of caring and loving. Many family values are that now gone from our society in how to raise and give care to the children we love. This series make me almost jealous of the women in these mens lives, to find such a manly man would be amazing.


    Which character – as performed by Julia Motyka – was your favorite?

    She narrated them all so wonderfully! Men's were a little feminine but with the knowledge that they were loving, caring, giving men it was all good!


    Any additional comments?

    Not any hot and steamy sex scenes (which I don't mind, but) just wonderful stories about passion, life, family and love.
    I am on the 5th book in 3 days, I love Wendy and I have never heard of her before!

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Sandia, TX, United States 11-07-13
    Elizabeth Sandia, TX, United States 11-07-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Romance...Passion...Honor"

    Credit Worthy, Definitely!!

    Fall in love with the Grayson brothers, while traveling back to the post-Civil War era of the late 1800’s.

    How does a family recover and heal from the devastating consequences of surviving a war you may ask…with varying shades of honor. WOW.

    Shades of Honor: Grayson Brothers, Book 1 is a beautifully written, old-fashioned love story. Wendy Lindstrom has gifted her readers with well-developed storyline and characters that are strong, and passionate. They live with a purpose for distinction, and yet they also struggle with this high moral code. Their commitment to family is everything to them, and yet that very commitment is shakable. They are defined by their desire for integrity, uprightness, and, character...

    ...And this...is what our greatest heroes are made of…

    I really enjoyed this listen. You will too.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Jeanne 09-16-16
    Jeanne 09-16-16
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    "Real emotional book this one is great"

    I don't give complete stars very often. If a book makes me feel emotion then it is a good book. This book made me cry and the description of a man from the civil war and PTSD is right on.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jean doe 09-03-16
    jean doe 09-03-16
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    "A Roller Coaster Romance.."
    Any additional comments?


    Wow..

    Evelyn, the female lead, is engaged to be married to Kyle Grayson.

    She is in love alright, just not with Kyle, and this starts the beginning of a Roller Coaster Romance.

    This was an Excellent Story of Brotherly Love and their Ladies.


    Julia Motyka did a really good job with the narration.

    Note:
    "This audio book was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review."



    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Felisha 08-17-16
    Felisha 08-17-16
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    "Sweet and Well Written"

    Wendy Lindstrom has a captivating and eloquent writing style that pulls you into this story with ease. Descriptive and well defined characters paired with a realistic storyline make for a truly enjoyable historical romance.

    Julia Motyka's narration was articulate and alluring. She is one of the better narrators I've listen too who can truly differentiate between her narrator's voice and the characters. She made it an enjoyable listen.

    Overall, a sweet and mild novel I would recommend to lovers of historical romance.

    This audiobook was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lori 08-17-16
    Lori 08-17-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Really Good Historical Romance"
    Any additional comments?

    Really good historical romance. A very enjoyable and entertaining story of honor, forgiveness, romance, love, death, healing, redemption and family.

    The story takes place after the Civil War.

    Radford returns from the war suffering from PTSD, not ready to face his demons yet he decides to leave his home and family. He returns 5 years later with his 4yr old daughter ready to rejoin his family and take his place in the family business. This homecoming does not turn out the way he thinks it will. Just as he has changed so have the people he left behind. Trying to find his place once again within his family is not an easy road. Adding to the complications of family is the fact that he has feelings for his brothers fiance'. Feelings that are growing with each day that passes.

    This is the first Wendy Lindstrom book I have read. I don't know how I missed these books before but I will definitely be continuing with the rest of the series.

    Julia Motyka did an excellent job with the narration. Pleasant voice. Clearly spoken. Smooth even pace. Great character voices. She was able to bring the characters to life as well as convey the emotions of each character. Fantastic job with Grampa and Rebecca. Well done!

    This audiobook was provided by the Author, narrator or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marla 07-29-16
    Marla 07-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great start to a series."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend this audiobook. It tells a lot about PTSD that soldiers had after the civil war. How when they come home not even their family does not understand them.


    What other book might you compare Shades of Honor (Grayson Brothers, Book 1) to and why?

    Can not think of one. This is a great start to a series.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene is where the little girls are having a picnic with bread and jam. It is a cute scene and the girls are so cute in this scene.


    If you could take any character from Shades of Honor (Grayson Brothers, Book 1) out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would have liked to take William out to dinner. He was a kind man with lots of knowledge about the civil war. Plus he was funny and entertaining.


    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook was provided by the author/narrator/publisher free of charge in exchange for an unbiased review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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