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Publisher's Summary

"Readers' Favorite International Book Award Winner"

Honorable Mention for Romance/Christian.

An award-winning Southern historical romance combining a sweet love story with elements of suspense and an underlying theme about the importance of forgiveness.

Amid the revitalized social scene of a recovering South, Laura has to sacrifice one of her most precious desires in order to protect someone she loves above all else. Can Laura make her enemies become allies as she confronts her secret? Will she find the strength to forgive as well as to love again?

©2014 Ann Mock (P)2015 Ann Mock

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A Story Full of Secrets

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

Yes, I would, because it's a clean romance that can be enjoyed by all ages.

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This was a delightful story full of secrets. When I thought I had discovered the first secret, then another secret came to light. This made the story fun for the reader. I enjoyed the love story and trying to figure out who the bad guy was in the story.<br/><br/>As for the narrator, she did a wonderful job with the voices. She even delighted me with a song toward the end of the book. I smiled as I listened to her sing: “I Dream of Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair.” I remember singing that song when I was a young teenager.<br/>

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What a delighful story with lovely twist

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A lovely sweet clean spiritual historical romance that keeps your interest. Your heart really goes out to Laura who has went through so much losing her husband, his family really adds to her heart break when they dissolve her marriage after his death. Her secret is a big one which she guards with her life, if people found out they might turn the tables on her. She is doing what she feels is best but things get out and if this one does it will change her life forever. <br/><br/>I thought the narrator did a great job she has no trouble switching from women to men or even children voices. At times her voice does sound a little childlike but one becomes so into the story they over look it. I really liked her male voices she has no trouble carrying off the deep rich tones. There are no background noises, no repeating of words or any volume changes throughout the audio. She does give deep rich emotions to her characters. You have no trouble knowing what each is feeling. She carries off the emotion tones of excitement, sadness etc very well. This is the first I have listened to this narrator and I felt she did a great job pulling the listener in.<br/><br/>This was a fun listen with vivid details given to the plot, scenes and the beautiful landscape. The author gives you a wonderful message of starting over, trusting and forgiveness. I enjoyed the buildup of the romance. I did think at one point Bradford overstep his self when I didn’t feel it was in his place. Laura has some major decisions to make that will change her life. She carries so much hurt and anger that it will be hard for her to overlook what she wants and what is right. I really enjoyed the misunderstanding, the drama and suspense. This was truly a lovely story that I feel most will enjoy. <br/><br/>

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Captivating Historical Fiction

What made the experience of listening to The Union of the North and the South the most enjoyable?

The narrator, Kendall Atkins Livick, did a wonderful job of differentiating between the characters.

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Historical fiction is my favorite genres and I was overjoyed when Ann informed me I won the Goodreads drawing. From the start, I was pulled into the time period and vivid scenery. The character development throughout the book is captivating as we watch Laura mature and apply Biblical principles such as kindness and forgiveness. I am anxiously awaiting the sequel!

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Wonderful, Sweet Story

This was a wonderfully sweet story that I didn’t want to end. I so enjoyed the characters as well as the setting and the time period. It sort of reminded me of a Jane Austin book. The book had everything…love, loss, fear, mystery, suspense, as well as an underlying theme of godliness and forgiveness.

I listened to the Audible version which I won via a drawing posted on Goodreads. I loved listening to it! The narrator did an awesome job doing different voices for all of the different characters. It was like listening to a play!

I highly recommend The Union of the North and the South by Ann Mock! If you like sweet love stories with some villains and some twists you will love this book!

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A wonderful historical romance novel of drama and suspense

Ann Mock writes a wonderful historical romance novel of drama and suspense with a theme of forgiveness and letting go of past hurts. In this audiobook, the descriptive and detailed historical events create vivid imagery throughout the story as the narrator does a suburb job narrating. In this intriguing plot, the author and narrator has a unique way of going back and forth from the past to the challenges of the present while portraying the emotional changes of the main character. The author and narrator make it so easy to become immersed in the lives of story characters and feel their every emotion, be it joy, sadness, desperation, resentment, fear, bravery, or love. I highly recommend this book.

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A Classy Southern Romance

Would you listen to The Union of the North and the South again? Why?

Absolutely! This was a beautiful story and very tastefully written. The reader has a soothing voice to listen to.

Which character – as performed by Kendall Atkins Livick – was your favorite?

Jenny

If you could rename The Union of the North and the South, what would you call it?

New Found Love

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This was a beautiful, clean, southern romance and very tastefully written. It was a pleasure to read/listen to it. I thoroughly enjoyed the story line and all the characters. Ms. Mock's book was one of the classiest I have ever read. Thank you!

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A Soothing, But Yet Intriguing Story

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I felt like I was right next to Laura’s side each step of the way. It was easy to feel Laura’s emotions as she experienced her highs and lows, drawing me into the story and compelling me to wish to finish the story all in one sitting. It was a wonderful evening treat as the story’s beautiful descriptions felt soothing, but all at once created a fascination with its interesting turns in the plot. The narrator certainly captures the feel of the historical setting in all of the innocence, deceit, and spirituality that the story portrays. In addition, the story has a wonderful message of forgiveness, which I’m sure would touch anyone who reads the novel.

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  • Misty
  • Clover, SC, United States
  • 07-11-15

Sweet Southern Historical Romance

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

This story is reminiscent of Gone With the Wind, both in the sweet Southern style, the romance, and the importance of the land. I would recommend!

What about Kendall Atkins Livick’s performance did you like?

Kendall's voice was perfect for the story! She sounded exactly the way I would expect Laura, the heroine to sound.

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

I wish I could have!

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A Tale of Love and Forgiveness

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed the themes of forgiveness in this story about overcoming loss and finding love in the process. Recommended for those who enjoy clean historical romance!

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Fun historical read

Where does The Union of the North and the South rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I'm not sure where to place this. I've certainly listened to more fast-paced pager turners, but those were thrillers. I don't think it would be fair to lump this into that. if I were to rank among genres, I would put it high for this genre.

What did you like best about this story?

The author delivered a great message about the importance of forgiveness

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes

Who was the most memorable character of The Union of the North and the South and why?

Laura. I had to admire Laura for her determination to keep her daughter, Jenny safe, even at the expense of her own happiness

Any additional comments?

It was an interesting story and had a great message. The narration at times was a bit childish, aside from the Jenny portions, which would be expected, and I thought the author used too many repeat adverbs. Overall though, I'm glad I listened to the story. I enjoyed it.