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Restoration

Narrated by: Sophie King
Series: Golden Beach, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
4.5 out of 5 stars (102 ratings)
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After the tragic death of her fiancé, Grace McConnell turns to the only remaining constant in her life, her work. So when she's offered the lead position for an international restoration project, she jumps at the chance to get away from her small town, full of John's memories.

Drew Tensley has always been a hard worker. Dedicated to his family and community, he put aside his own London career to take over the family business after his mother's terminal diagnosis. Five years later, he's ready to start living for himself when he literally runs into his hometown's newest architect.

Grace quickly discovers that traveling halfway across the world was the best decision she's ever made...until she meets Drew, a man whose personality and lifestyle are the exact opposite of John's, but whose face is the spitting image. Struggling with her own motivations and feelings, research uncovers secrets she isn't ready for; secrets that could ruin her second chance for true love.

©2015 Kim Loraine (P)2015 Kim Loraine

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Not for me

If you read the excerpt you know what the book is about, so I won't repeat it, but....

*********WARNING POSSIBLE SPOILERS********

I will start by saying that I utterly disliked the heroine. I know I will get thumbs down for my less than stellar review but I so hate it when one of the main characters is written to make major decisions because "it's for the best" without taking into consideration the feelings of the other person.

In this story the female lead decides to break the male lead's heart into a million tiny pieces, and then stump on them for good measure because "that's what's best for him." REALLY??? Is it better to make yourself and the person you supposedly love miserable because you think is for the best? NO THANKS!

I do not recommend this book, but this is just my opinion. This book has many positive reviews, so don't pass it up just because it was not for me.

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This is a wonderful book

Grace was devastated when she lost her love of five years. John was a firefighter and lost his life on the job. Their love didn’t dissolve, there was no deceit, no reason for it to not continue on with marriage and children. It was ripped from her, her future with him stolen.

Drew’s life used to be about money and prestige. He was a lawyer in London, working hard and living the life, married to Susan-a gorgeous bombshell. Well, that is until he walked in one day and found her “occupied” with one of his co-workers. That life, along with his marriage ended. That moment not only broke his heart, it destroyed him.

After moving across the globe to head up a restoration project, Grace comes face to face with Drew, a man who looks identical to John. The more time they spend together, the more her suspicions and feelings grow. Does she feel this way because he looks like John? He may look the same, but he is so different. As she uncovers secrets of the past, she is torn on what they will do to their growing relationship. Will he, or even-does she, trust in her feelings.

This is a wonderful book, one that is more than just the typical contemporary romance. This is a book about loss and grief, of truths and acceptance, of letting go and moving forward, of growth and loving again. Kim Loraine does an excellent job giving us an emotion, hopeful, and heartwarming tale. The book is well-written with great character development. The main theme was a little predictable, but there are twists and turns that kept it refreshing and unexpected. There is great detail, without going overboard, that paint a beautiful picture.

I am looking forward to more and can’t wait to get started on the next book, which is Valerie’s story.

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What a wonderful book!

I loved this book! It was written by an author whom was new to me. The descriptions and character development were excellent. One could feel the emotions Grace and Drew felt. I enjoyed the fact that this story was not "insta-love" but developed over time. Yes, there was heartaches, but also happiness. The narrator did a great performance as well. I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, narrator and/or publisher. I cannot wait for the next book in this series.

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Super Sweet Romance

Restoration is about an American woman that goes to England to hide from a broken heart. She not only finds love but a whole bunch of complications. I really enjoyed the narrator Sophie King.

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A Right Restoration!

Truly enjoyed the story. Great characters, emotion. Went right into the next book!

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

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Different kind of love story!

--I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

When first beginning this book, I thought it was going to be a long, boring listen. I was wrong. 15 minutes in, and I was hooked. The storyline was more than real and captivating. Grace McConnell goes to England to try and rebuild her life after losing her longtime boyfriend to tragedy. Little does she know, there is a man in the town she settles that is an exact look alike to him. The attraction is immediate and over time, she overcomes her infatuation with the fact that he looks like her old boyfriend, and Grace falls in love with Drew. There are many complications, real life situations(like Drew's mother's illness) and heartbreaks that keep you enthralled with finding out the result of this relationship. Can they overcome all the problems? You will have to read the book to find out!

Sophie King is an amazing narrator and gives a wonderful performance of this book. I especially loved her voice for Drew...totally fell in love with his character and I can say it was her warmth in his voice that brought it out.

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Fantastic

Love the story. There are a couple of word mishaps that I caught that bothered me aside from that a great listen.

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Interesting story but....

I really liked the unusual storyline and I really fell for Drew/Andrew. I'm just disappointed that two issues took over any believable true bond between the h & H.

Sadly, Grace kept secrets throughout the majority of the story from Drew. Her reasons were lame and the amount of time that passed before the cat was out of the bag just became the overriding point of the story.

Then she cruelly decided to do the right thing by no communication and hurling hurtful statements.

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Eh

No really a well written book. Writing seemed choppy and just not as engaging as it could have been. I didn’t hate it, but it didn’t give me the feels like other romances do.

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Across the Ocean, a Glimpse of one couple’s Story

Grace went to Great Britain to ply her Architect’s plum assignment to restore old homes and hide from the pain of losing her intended only a year before. But, it took only minutes inside Heathrow to spot her John’s identical twin. This well-woven story reveals the tale of love and raw emotion as Grace deals with her loss of before with creating a new life of love and happiness.

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Restoration

Moving on from tragedy is definitely hard and this book you have a twist that is almost unreal! I loved listening to this story of heartache and healing with all the bumps along the road. And that preview to the next book! I need it now!!