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Greenwood Cove

Sunshine Walkingstick, Volume 1
Narrated by: Rebecca Winder
Series: Sunshine Walkingstick, Book 1
Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (56 ratings)

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I had three loves in my life: my daddy, him what my mama killed in cold blood; my son Henry, God rest him; and tall as an oak Riley Treadwell. I lost all of 'em, one way or t'other, 'til Riley showed up on my stoop with a monster problem and tried to wiggle his way back into my life. Only, weren't no monster bothering him; was the one bothering his ex-girlfriend what'd stirred up a hornet's nest out on Lake Burton amongst the muckity mucks. Weren't no never mind to me, see? I was fine letting well enough alone, 'cept curiosity got the best of me, and Riley, well. He weren't above using that silver tongue of his to persuade me 'round to his way of doing things. If I'da listened to my gut, maybe I woulda avoided stepping knee deep into somebody else's trouble. Then again, I ain't never been one to heed a warning when monsters come a-calling.

©2017 C.D. Watson (P)2017 C.D. Watson

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Great start to a series.

My only complaint is that the story was too short. I felt like there wasn't enough to the story and that it was over to quick; however, it does serve as a great introduction of characters and roles for the upcoming volumes.
While the book is fantasy that portion is only a small section of it. And really if you take out a few portions of the story it becomes a regular creature feature story. That being said don't let the classification of the story dissuade you from listening. Although, if you want a truly fantasy story you either need to look elsewhere or hope the next volume picks up more of the fantasy and action.
The story is well written and the dialogue and dialect was top notch. I'm not Southern so I don't know how accurate it is but I enjoyed it. The narrator did a fantastic job setting the tone and I really enjoyed her Sunshine Walkingstick accent. I don't know that the book would have been as good without Rebbeca Winder.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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A perfect union...

i found myself absolutely enjoying the downright homey-ness that comes through every Sunshine Walkingstick story I've read/listened to... it's like wrapping up in a warm comforter. Sure there's mysteries to solve, and a monster sighting in the cove that'll need investigating, but Sunshine's innate goodness, well... It just shines through!
Rebecca Winder's voice performance is the icing on this already perfect cake! A perfect union of writer and voice-actress!


                            A Solid 4. ⭐'s!

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She is my Sunshine

Sunshine Walkingstick is many things to many people, pest, investigator, family, outlaw. But when there is trouble no one else can handle shes the one to call. A fun Rural fantasy, that Mercy Thompson or Harry Dresden will enjoy. I know I did. I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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What a Gem!

Silver to pearls, gotta love a sea god.
Having spent time in the mountains of W.Va. most people assume an accent like Sunny's means their slow or ignorant. It's nice to see that stereotype proven wrong in this story. Now, I'm off to continue this series.
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Fun ride with Sunny!

I must say listening to the dialect from the start put me off for a minute or two, but then I was off to the races! Sunshine is a great character with life problems that turn her into a wonderful person, and it’s great to watch her grow and figure out Who done it! She reminds me of Nell in the Soulwood series by Faith Hunter. Give Sunny a try you won’t be disappointed!

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Story is in need!!!

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The story was very lacking. The author either talks to her audience like their 12 or totally leaves things out, like you should know them but don't figure it out til later. BUT don't give up keep reading because 1 the narrator is fantastic and I did end up going on to book 2 and book 2 it was like our writer found her writer legs. No more talking down to the audience, she reminds you of things in book 1. Even though this book is not the best, read it take a chance because the 2nd one is really good and looking forward to the third.

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Amazing listen

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

Yes, great story and characters.

What did you like best about this story?

It was written and read in dialect which makes this Audi amazing.

Which character – as performed by Rebecca Winder – was your favorite?

Sunshine - she's all around awesome.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I was doubled over laughing several times.

Any additional comments?

This voluntary review is for a free copy of this audio that I requested from the author via Audiobook Boom.

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Good Start To a New Fantasy Series

The narration was very well done although the accent and poor grammar was a bit distracting at times. The narrator did a good job bringing the story to life.

The story was interesting and quite funny at times. The main character was tough but has no clue about men. Riley is a good man and he was Sunshine's friend growing up. There were a few surprises and twists throughout the story. The story kept me engaged and wanting to find out what was happening to the water.

I enjoyed this audiobook and I'm looking forward to the next book in this unique Paranormal/Fantasy series.

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

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pretty good

I quite enjoyed this, both the story and the narration of the Audible. I struggled at first with Rebecca Winder's version of a rural accent. It, combined with Roman's phraseology, came across as artificial at times, more of a stereotypical mountain-speak than anything realistic. But I got used to it eventually.

I generally liked this. I liked the characters, the mystery and the romance. But I struggled at times feeling like the romance overpowered everything else and, well, this really doesn't feel like a first book. The characters have a lot of history and a certain amount of background is left unexplained. I kept feeling like there must be a prequel out there somewhere. (There isn't as far as I know.) Some of this feeling probably would have been ameliorated by fleshing some of the plot points out a bit and bringing her whole paranormal investigation into the open earlier. As it was, I wasn't even sure she'd had paranormal cases, outside of her lost son, before the events of the book, until it was finally mentioned toward the end. It felt like yet one more thing readers were just supposed to know already.

All the same, it was a fun read. There was a certain amount of humor and I'd be open to continuing the series.

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

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  • RJ
  • 12-29-19

Sweet!

It took me a couple of times to get through the first chapter but once I did, got into the story and the dialect, I was hooked. I enjoyed the Appalachian or Blue Ridge Mountain dialect and homespun dialogue. Sunshine appears to be a true sweetheart; strong-willed and resilient, but a sweetheart all the same. The reluctant romance with Ranger Rick and the reminiscing flashbacks to their childhood days was very sweet. Reminded me more of a coming-of-age story if Sunshine weren’t already of age. The paranormal investigator aspect is lightly played but it does add some solidity to the tale. We get around to closing that part of the tale in the last few chapters. An interesting and enjoyable introduction to a new series. I may even delve further. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Amy
  • 06-19-17

Great start to a new Fantasy series

A great story, narrated well and thought out amazingly well. Usually I have a vague idea of where a story is going and there is a bit of a path you can see - this one not at all, could not see where it was going and enjoyed the journey very very much. I see a lot of negative things said about the Southern accent that Rebecca Winder uses but we hear it in the audio sample so if you didn't like that then my personal opinion is that ya shouldda gotten of the train at that point .I found her fantastic.I have always been a sucker for that accent and think she navigated it and pulled it off very well.Kept me entertained and guessing. The characters were very like able and believable, the story and plot were well very thought out and where things were going was never obvious. Easily a sequel and prequel here and I hope maybe there is in future. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.I received this title for free in exchange for an unbiased review.As always this is my honest opinion .


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  • DubaiReader
  • 06-07-17

I recommend the audio version.

This book was a little out of my usual genre, as I don't normally read Paranormal fiction. Although, to be honest, this was only mildly paranormal - most of the story centred around Sunny, a private investigator, and Riley Treadwell, her longtime school-friend and would-be-lover. It very much reminded me of Janet Evanovich's books, although the who-done-it element is not quite as strong.

Sunny, the Sunshine Walkingstick of the title, has a sad history - her mother killed her father and is now in jail, and her young son was taken by pooka (see below for explanation). She seems to have moved on from this awful past and is now a frequent member of her uncle's household and making a new life for herself - will it be with Riley Treadwell?

I liked that the investigation revolved around the topical issue of pollution of the nearby lake by persons unknown and I enjoyed the Appalachian accent (very broad American south) from the narrator, Rebecca Winder. As the book itself is written in this accent, I think I would have struggled to read it myself, given my own Queen's English!
It was also refreshing to read a novel where the female lead didn't jump straight into bed with the sexy male.

It's a short novel, just 178 pages in paperback, and I would have been happy for it to have been longer, but I didn't feel the characters suffered from the lack of length and I'd certainly listen to (if not read) subsequent books in the series.

Pooka: A mythical creature of Irish folklore. There are numerous variations of it in various cultures and traditions. It can be "good" or "bad," depending on the myth. According to various myths, a pooka can be a shape-shifter. Some of the shapes include appearing as a horse, goat, or rabbit.


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