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How steamy is it? Simmering

Publisher's Summary

Knox Township, August 1863.

Sentiments are running high following the battle of Gettysburg, and although the draft has not yet come to Knox, "Bloody Knox" will claim lives the next year as citizens attempt to avoid the Union draft. Clara's brother Solomon is missing, and Clara has been left to manage the family's farm, caring for her mother and her younger sister, Cecelia.

Meanwhile, wounded at the battle of Monterey Pass but still able to escape Union forces, Jasper and his friend, Horace, are lost and starving. Jasper wants to find his way back to the Confederacy but feels honor-bound to bring Horace back to his family, though the man seems reluctant.

Note: This is Southern Romance series, book one of three.

©2015 WJ May (P)2015 WJ May

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4 Little Love Affair Stars

Ahh doing this challenge and trying to listen to a book from each category has been difficult but finally, a book that has captured my attention in a category I am not usually a fan of.

Clara is a determined woman who wants to help her family but doesn’t want to settle for someone who she doesn’t love. But family obligation is pushing her in a direction she isn’t sure she wants to go in.

Jasper is a solider and is helping a wounded ally. Jasper comes across Clara and she helps in any way she can. Their connection is started and Clara is conflicted she knows she shouldn’t trust this man because he is working on the other side of the war. But she can’t let him or his friend die.

I really enjoyed this book, and I know there are more to this story that will be filled in with the next two books.

The narration was really good too, Ian brought these characters to life for me.

*You don't have to like my review but its 100% my opinion, and I am allowed to have it.*

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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A Bit Predictable

Narration - Ian Gordon - He has a lovely narration voice with a British accent. Good storyteller, my only question is what accents did "American's" have during the civil war? Did Americans's still speak with their native accents? When did we lose all the British, Irish, Scottish, German etc... and develop the Southern Twang? Just a thought...I honestly am curious.
ANYWAY, back to the review...he's a pretty good narrator. Pretty believable females, nice, smooth narrative style.

The story was a clean romance, with our heroine being left behind to run the farm while her brother goes off to war. There's a wealthy neighbor who could solve all their money problems, but she's just not feeling him.

Along comes Jasper - a soldier who approaches the girls to beg for food, and even though Clara runs him off, she can't stop thinking about him. So, you pretty much know where this is going.

The story was a bit predictable, but the narration is enjoyable enough that it was a nice listen.

I received this audiobook free of charge from audiobookblast in exchange for an unbiased review

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Little Love Affair

I am reading this for a romance challenge and although this is not my typical genre I came in with an open mind. The narration of this book was done quite well and helped keep me interested in the story. I had a real hard time connecting to these characters even though the story had promise. I’m not quite sure what I felt it was missing but just had too hard of a time. That being said I would be willing to try another by this author to see if maybe it was just this book.

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  • Mary
  • Centerville, OH, United States
  • 10-27-15

Cival War Historical Romance

This was a short sweet civil war Romance with surprises although I figured out the major surprise before it was revealed.

A young Pennsylvanian gives aid to a wounded confederate solider and his companion and subsequently falls in love with the rebel

I am looking forward to the rest of the series.


“I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast dot come”

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  • Amy in TX
  • PITTSBURG, TX, United States
  • 10-22-15

SWEET Romance!

If you could sum up Little Love Affair: Civil War Romance in three words, what would they be?

Sweet, intriguing, easy to like.

Which character – as performed by Ian Gordon – was your favorite?

I don't know. I liked his narration, but did they all have British accents during the civil war period? I would say NO, but I wasn't there, so *shrugs* what do I know. Once I got over the idea, I did really enjoy Mr. Gordon's performance.

Any additional comments?

This sweet story is very easy to listen to, and it's intriguing enough to keep you interested. The story wraps up nice and tidy. It wasn't very long, but it doesn't leave you having to purchase the next installment. :) It left me wanting more though, wishing... I could have happily listened to a few more hours with these characters! I received this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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Sweet Love Story

This book ends on a cliff hanger. I have not listened to too much civil war novels. I usually can't bear battle scenes so initially I was a bit wary but I took the plunge. Clara Dalton, her mother and sister lives on a farm trying to make ends meet. They are having a rough time of it. Clara has taken up the most of the responsibility of running the farm. Her bother left for war and promised her the he would come back but at the start of the story he has not yet returned.
 
Jasper Perry is a confederate soldier who has vowed to help a fellow comrade Horace who is badly injured return to his family. He owes Horace for savings his life. He journeys though the woods with a very sick Horace. Both are starving and barely alive when he comes in contact with Clara's sister. He and Clara forms a deep connection. Their worlds come together and it is a beautiful love story. The author draws you in and brilliantly tells a story of love and heartbreak with the backdrop of civil war and two people from different sides with strong personal convictions.
 
I have found myself a new narrator to love! Ian Gordon is one of those narrators with a smooth, silky voice. His does different voices that are pleasant and consistent. I will be disappointed if he does not narrate the future books in this series.
 
I am desperate for more! I hope the book two comes out soon and it will be credit worthy to me.

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com.

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I Was Happy

this was a pretty good book! Narrator did good!! my only complaint is I wish it was longer!

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Cannot wait to read book II

If you could sum up Little Love Affair: Civil War Romance in three words, what would they be?

Love: No Boundaries

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jasper was my favorite character. He like most soldiers that are drafted, are on one side or the other but still sees the value of life.

What does Ian Gordon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Ian Gordon brought feeling to the characters.

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

I cried when Clara hears Horace talking.

Any additional comments?

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

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  • DK
  • United States
  • 09-26-15

Civil War Era Romance, Short But Sweet


Civil War: Clara is left running the family farm as her brother, Solomon is fighting in the War. Clara is also caring for her mother and younger sister Cecilia.

Jasper is a Confederate soldier that has been injured, but not as badly as his friend Horace who is in dire shape. They want to get back to the Confederacy, Jasper anyway. However he feels an obligation to return his injured friend home to Pennsylvania.

As the soldiers are starving and their wounds are festering Jasper sees a farmhouse and throws himself on the mercy of Clara for any food or medical supplies that she can get them. She shuns him and tells him to keep moving, as he is in the land of the Union Army. However, her gentler side keeps 'at her,' so she wraps up some bread and other supplies in a shawl and take them to the little cabin in which they are staying.

Running the farm is hard work and Clara will need to hire a worker to help with the load, if there are any able-bodied men around. She realizes that Jasper is perfectly fit (thanks to the med. supplies) and so she offers him rations for his labors.

Clara has an unwanted suitor, news comes from the area of fighting regarding Clara's brother and a huge twist turns everything many of them knew upside down!

I'm not up to my Civil War history, so I look at this purely as entertainment.

The narration by Ian Gordon is wonderful. I hope this series continues and that he is chosen to narrator for the entire thing.

While *I accepted this book in exchange for my thoughts, opinions and this review, I am thrilled to give it a solid 4*'s. My only wish is that it was a longer book.

Note: This is a very sweet and purely written book. It comes with no warnings.

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great book

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i really enjoyed this book