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Smoke Audiobook

Smoke

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Publisher's Summary

From the internationally bestselling author Catherine McKenzie comes an evocative tale of two women navigating the secrets and lies at the heart of a wildfire threatening their town.

After a decadelong career combating wildfires, Elizabeth has traded in her former life for a quieter one with her husband. Now she works as the local arson investigator in a beautiful, quaint town in the Rockies. But that tranquil life vanishes when she and her husband agree to divorce and a fire in nearby Cooper Basin begins to spread rapidly. For Elizabeth, containing a raging wildfire is easier than accepting that her marriage has failed.

For Elizabeth's ex-friend Mindy, who feels disconnected from her husband and teenage children, the fire represents a chance to find a new purpose: helping a man who has lost his home to the blaze. But her faith is shattered by a shocking accusation.

As the encroaching inferno threatens the town's residents, Elizabeth and Mindy must discover what will be lost in the fire, and what will be saved.

©2015 Catherine McKenzie (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    "Smoke by Catherine McKenzie"

    This book was realistic, wholesome, and for the most part excellently written. It could be read by a kid with out causing any parent to worry about content. My only complaint would be that it does move a bit slowly in places. I expected a different ending but am not sure if this is good or bad. You figure it out since it is worth hearing.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Texas 11-17-16
    Lisa Texas 11-17-16 Member Since 2011
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    "good story"

    loved how she leaves you hanging as you switch between characters. enjoyed book, recommend to everyone who loves suspense.

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    Kindle Customer 09-02-16

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    "rich lady blah"

    I cannot decide if it was the content or the voices that made me hate the women in the book so much. by chapter 12 I threw in the towel

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    Ashley M. Nelson NASHVILL, TN USA 08-20-16
    Ashley M. Nelson NASHVILL, TN USA 08-20-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Great story"

    I really appreciate the story line. I had a great deal in common with Beth. I couldn't not listen. I had to know how it ended. And a happy ending.

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    Bonny 12-28-15
    Bonny 12-28-15 Member Since 2017

    Mother, knitter, reader, lifelong learner, technical writer, former library assistant & hematologist.

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    "Interesting subject, too much overwritten drama"

    A dear friend who was a fire tower lookout for the U.S. Forest Service passed away recently. He was instrumental in protecting the Lincoln Montana Valley, as he was first to spot and report fires. There was nothing more important to Dan than the safety of the firefighters and his community. I started this book hoping it would help me to remember Dan and his world, but it read like chick-lit (not my favorite). There is some fire information and firefighting, but it was overwhelmed by far too much overwritten drama in my opinion.

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    featherlashes 07-17-17
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    What did you love best about Smoke?

    Smoke is a standalone, women's fiction novel written by Catherine McKenzie. It follows the individual struggles of two women at a time when a wildfire is threatening their small town. For Elizabeth, it's her marriage. For Mindy, it's her family and community. But the approaching fire is not just thrown in for a bit of suspense. It sets the tone, develops the characters, and draws parallels like nobody's business. Passion, teamwork, support, respect, hard work, dedication, integrity, sacrifice... all qualities necessary for fighting fires. No coincidence they are also all the qualities needed for relationships. <br/><br/>In addition to the family drama aspects of this novel, Ms. McKenzie integrated elements of detective fiction and mystery as Elizabeth, an arson investigator, is narrowing down the possibilities of how the current blaze began. Personally, I enjoyed the various relationship/social drama components more than the actual investigation (which was probably intentional), but I think they all married together well in this story and created a well-rounded reading experience. In my opinion, there were equal amounts of surprises and predictability (and a few unanswered questions), but overall I enjoyed Smoke and would recommend it. Check it out.<br/><br/>My favorite quote:<br/>"Life works on easy, smooths it down and wears it away until there’s only the grit left between you."


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    Ericka in America USA 06-30-17
    Ericka in America USA 06-30-17
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    "Great Summer Read"

    What a great story! It's very well written & highly entertaining. Overall, I enjoyed it very much. The audio version was excellent! I highly recommend.

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    D 06-08-17
    D 06-08-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Smoke"

    This was a book that was a builder. Who you thought was guilty was not or was he.

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    Amazon Customer 03-15-17 Member Since 2017
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    not sure why this book was in my suggestion, it was definitely not my style.

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    Judith 03-08-17
    Judith 03-08-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Truth & Love Win"

    It was a believable story of ordinary people dealing with very difficult & realistic life relationships while facing a threat of losing their homes & maybe a whole town. I liked that there was not a lot of cursing but only when the story needed the emphasis. I very much enjoyed the twists & turns that brought the story to a good conclusion.

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