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As children, Jessica Creswell and Callen Hayes's friendship was an escape from the darkness that surrounded them at home. Then one day, Callen never returned to the secret spot where they'd always met. Jessica, who had no way to find him, was heartbroken. Years later, she's living in Paris and working as a translator of ancient documents, and Callen has found fame and fortune as a musical composer, when their paths collide once again.  

Callen has never forgotten the girl he left behind. Back then, Jessica and music were the only things that brought him any measure of peace. Now, memories of his past make him feel unworthy of any love or affection. But there's something about Jessica. Something that calls to the boy he used to be and the man he could be. With her, Callen sees the chance for a new life. If only he's brave enough to take it.

©2018 Mia Sheridan (P)2018 Hachette Audio

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Hmm.. Pretty good?

It's hard to accurately rate this one because on one hand, I liked it, but on the other hand, I had some issues with it.

Why I liked it:

I love the story line of friends who lost touch and fate brings them back together. I especially liked that it happened in France and not in California where they're originally from. It gives a sort of whimsy to the story that mirrors the letters Jessica is hired to translate.

Despite Callen's ultimate spiral, I actually liked his character more than Jessica. I thought he was caring and compassionate and he wasn't an alpha that couldn't take no for an answer. He respected Jessica and would only go as far as she was comfortable. He had a sweet, boyish, insecure side to him that really spoke to me. I could tell he wanted to be better, but he just didn't know how. I loved how he pulled himself up by his bootstraps and turned his life around.

Jessica was sort of great. I thought she was naive and despite supposedly being "smart" I thought she was...well...kind of an idiot. I think she was one of those people that is very book smart, but lacks all kinds of street smarts. I mean the way Larry tricked her was ridiculous and anyone with a bit of common sense could see what was coming from a mile away. That was the point for me where I had a hard time with her. Aside from that, I liked that her character was very kind and understanding toward Callen. I honestly don't think there is a better person for him than her and vice versa.

I loved the Joan of Arc/Adelaide letters! I thought that was such a unique aspect of this book and I found myself really looking forward to whatt was going to happen to Adelaide and Oliver. I won't spoil anything, but it gave me the warm and fuzzies.

So here's what I didn't like:

Enough with the virgin heroines who wear virginal white nightgowns that cover their entire bodies and who have absolutely zero experience in the bedroom at 24 years old. We need to stop this. I'm not saying that they don't exist, but when you couple it with a man who is a womanizer it becomes a double standard. Why couldn't she have had sexual relationships with any of her past boyfriends? It's not like she scoffed at all relationships and it just never happened. This sends the kind of message that, because you're a woman, you should never have any sexual experiences until you feel you have found *the* one. It's a negative message, in my opinion, and it needs to stop. We need more authors to embrace a woman's sexuality and stop acting like you're so much better off waiting forever and ever. Likewise, we need to stop with the virgin heroines and womanizing men combos. Ugh. I was annoyed by all that, obviously. Anyway...

The middle of the book got a little slow. I was about an hour away from dropping this in my DNF pile because nothing exciting was really happening. I'm ultimately glad I didn't because I liked the ending. I thought it had some grit and interesting moments in it.

As for the narrators...

I love Chelsea Hatfield, but she didn't work for me in this one as much as she has in every other book I've listened to with her. I don't know if it was the monologues with the French accents that did me in or what. She has a sort of choppy cadence to her voice, which normally doesn't bother me, but it felt extra choppy in this one. She also seemed to have a hard time switching her tone from Adelaide back to Jessica and sometimes it took me a minute to realize we were no longer reading the letters. I do love her male voice though and the fluidity in which she narrated Callen in her chapters. Jean Paul Mandrake is someone I've only listened to one other time and I thought he did a good job. His female voice was okay, but I didn't love it. He does a really good job narrating though and I would listen to his other works without any issue.

Overall, out of the three Mia Sheridan books I've read (Savaged, Archer's Voice, and this one) this is probably my second favorite behind Savaged. I liked it, but didn't love it.

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Loved it ❤️

I love Mia Sheridan and the craft of her writing and the way she weaves a story that makes you feel so much. Great character development and wonderful story of love and heartache. Voice performers did a great job too!

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Mia Sheridan writes such sweet romances

This book really hit all my sweet spots. The narrators took this book to the next level. The narrator for Callen had this haunting vibe to his voice that I felt his pain and the narrator for Jessica had this quite hopefulness to her voice. What an Excellent choice and job for this novel.

I was just completely invested from the first paragraph.
Jess and Callen’s bond and friendship made so much sense because they came from a place of comfort for each other. Their family were in turmoil but as little kids, they represented a judgment free zone and they saw the best in each other.
The love also healed those old wounds.

I love Mia Sheridan’s work because she writes these wounded characters that you just want to hug. I feel for them, I empathize and I want to encourage them to fight their circumstances.

I definitely will put this as one of my favorite Mia Sheridan books. It was just emotionally gripping.

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Sweet

A sweet story. The very talented Mia Sheridan always depicts the inner world of her characters so beautifully. It wasn't heart wrenching and profound like Leo, Becoming Calder or Archer's Voice, but still very moving. Narration was great.

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Riveting!

It took me a while to get into this book but once I got the into it, I could not stop listening. This story was real, rocking all emotions and so very poignant at times. I loved the historical story woven into it as well. Excellent narrations.

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Best Love story ever

For the dreamers, those of us who wish for a better world by juxtaposing our struggles and pains with stories from an alternate universe. This is for you. Thank you Mia!

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favorite book ever

I loved this book! I love the references to fate and how the story progresses from childhood. I like how the characters' occupations coincide at the end. wonderful story of love and family!

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Interesting Plot- Liked it a Lot

Plot: A -. Character development:B-. Voice acting:B. Execution: B. Wanted to love it. Liked it.

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Male narrator kills this story, in a bad way

Can’t get into this or get past the male narrators voice. Sorry but he sounds like an bad imitation John Wayne or William Shatner. I either laugh or cringe. Other than the poor fit there the female narrator was great and story pretty good, just can’t finish in audible form

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this story has a bit of angst but

this story really was beautifully written. I enjoyed this book and the narration is stellar.