• Lavender Blue

  • Blue Hollow Falls Series, Book 3
  • By: Donna Kauffman
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (425 ratings)

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Lavender Blue

By: Donna Kauffman
Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
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Publisher's summary

In the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains lies a small town with a big heart - and a chance to begin again....

When Hannah Montgomery buys a lavender farm in Blue Hollow Falls with three friends, she's creating a life she never imagined - one she hopes will honor the memory of the sweet young son she tragically lost years ago. Standing on the porch of the sprawling farmhouse, looking out on row upon row of those lush purple plumes, Hannah is ready to embrace this fresh, new start....

Then she meets Wilson McCall. The stonemason hired to fix their crumbling chimneys and leaky roof is quieter than most folks in the Falls. Hannah's not surprised to learn the widower struggles with his own grief. Who could blame her if she finds joy in making Will laugh again, or if she feels a poignant kinship when she sees him with his teenage son? But her deepening friendship with Will reminds Hannah that there's a part of her that still needs to heal - awakening a tender yearning to have a life that isn't just good enough, but lived fully - even if that means taking risks once more....

©2019 Donna Kauffman (P)2019 Tantor

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Beautiful series!

This series is one of my favorites. Often, a romance series starts out strong, but disappoints after the first book. This one just gets better. I hope she continues the series with some of the new, and VERY interesting, characters that were introduced in Lavender Blue.

As for the narration, Amanda Ronconi is amazing, as usual. She and Jim Dale are my favorite narrators. In fact, I only stumbled upon Donna Kauffman's books, because I was searching for books narrated by Amanda and I'm so glad I did.

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This series keeps getting better!

I recently picked up the first Blue Hollow Series audiobook, narrated by Amanda Ronconi, because it was listed under the "More from the same narrator" section. I'm so glad I did! As soon as I finished Blue Hollow Falls, I grabbed Bluestone and Vine so I could find out if the Viking-esque sidekick Seth Brogan gets his own HEA, (Spoiler alert: He did!). So of course I wanted to grab Book 3, Lavender Blue, when I learned it was about the brooding single father/widower Wilson McCall! A whole new group of characters arrives on the scene in this third book, and I'm hoping that means we readers/listeners will get to spend more time in the Blue Hollow Falls!

Another lovely sweet romance with realistic characters dealing with some pretty heavy stuff in remarkably realistic and healthy ways, but with enough quirk and humor and realness to the community and supporting characters to make the book an easy and enjoyable listen. I do think this 3rd book in this series went to another level - it could have felt cliche and formulaic, but Ms. Kauffman added some extra elements that made it feel true to life.

Ms. Kauffman knows how to pen a love story that makes a listener's heart happy, and Ms. Ronconi knows how to narrate a love story - ANY story, in fact - to make a listener's ears happy. She does a great job of distinguishing characters - good male and female and various aged voices!

Sex - some open door
Language - now and then
Violence - none except for references to past experiences
Substance abuse - none except for references to past experiences
Social drinking - some

Looking forward to the next audiobook in the series!

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Best in Class—Writing and Narration

I have listened to all of this series and all the Blueberry Cove series and truly loved them all. They are beautifully written and performed. Ms. Kauffman’s plots are interesting and compelling, with fully developed characters and great dialogue. She does the miraculous by presenting a story that rings true and keeps your interest without all the over the top angst of many romance/chick lit novels. I was truly impressed! The narration is also excellent, enhancing the story and making it come alive. Ms. Ronconi is one of those world class narrators who don’t get in the way of the story, but subtly portrays the characters in such a real way that it’s almost like watching a movie in your head. Thank you both. Hope to hear more from this superior pairing in the future!

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My favorite of the series

I've been struggling with some grief and this book gave me a new perspective to think about. Loved it. Of course, Amanda Ronconi is an amazing narrator, so there's that.

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Excellent Writing & Amanda Ronconi Story Telling!

This book like Donna Kaufman’s other books was absolutely excellent. Additionally Amanda Ronconi is a superb story teller transporting the reader into and through the well written story by Donna Kaufman. I wish this team , of writer and narrator would do more books as they deliver an enjoyable experience to listen to.

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Book 3 disappoints

Books 1 and 2 of this Trilogy were both excellent stories that kept my interest throughout. In fact, I wrote 5 star reviews for both. In Book 3, Donna Kauffman repeats the depressing tragedies suffered by both the main characters to the point of leaving me sad and depressed. The book left a black cloud hovering over me.

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Loved this

I am so waiting for the next book to come out. I want to hear what happens to the rest of the group don’t leave us hanging Donna.

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Sensitivity abounds

I love Amanda Ronconi as the narrator. She’s always good. The story was nice and an easy listen but I’m pretty sure that nowhere in this world exists a perfectly cosmopolitan artsy yet backwoods group of people. They know so much about each other and are in touch with their feelings in addition to the feelings of everyone around them. Almost sickly sweet, if not just hopeful. So many words from each of the characters, even the strong “silent” type.

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it will make you cry

what an emotional journey.
I know thus is book three in the series, but I want to let you all know what a series, and the third book is the best, so emotional.
I like to listen to a lot of stories narratiated by Amanda because she is sooo good, adding a great story as well and we have a five star.

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Loved this book, great series

I have loved this whole series, I wish there were more books! I love the world building and character development. Amanda is one of my favorite narrators and always does a great job. Highly recommend the whole series.

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