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Witt's End is in trouble. The small town of artists is at risk of disappearing from the map if Serenity Makepeace can't expand her small grocery store into a mail order enterprise to sell her neighbors' handcrafted goods. High-priced start-up advisor Caleb Ventress was intrigued by Serenity's impassioned letter. A small town grocer wasn't high profile enough for him, but her request earned her a meeting. And Calebs' attraction to her earned her a few more. But when someone tries to blackmail Serenity, her future, and possibly even her life, is at risk.

©1993 Jayne Krentz (P)2017 Tantor

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What a waste! Extremely poor narration...

First let me say that I absolutely LOVE this story. I own in both in print and ebook versions. I was hoping to add this version to my stockpile. I've been a little disappointed by the narration in a few of the recent JAK audiobook offerings (ex Guinevere Jones series) but I took a risk. This is a story with very rich characters and I could tell from the sample and the first 30 mins that the narrator wasn't going to cut it. Her voice had potential but the delivery was so FLAT that I couldn't listen any longer. It is literally one step above voice read text. I'm so disappointed that this one didnt work out.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Barbara
  • Huntsville, Alabama
  • 07-23-17

JAK at the top of her game, narration ruins it.

I have heard another narrator read this book and I loved it. This narrator makes a smart young woman, strong enough to overcome an unconventional if loving childhood and education to become very successful in the broader world, sound apologetic and childlike. Like the very best of JAK's heroines this young woman is not only unapologetic that she is different but is so cheerfully centered that she feels the rest of the world needs a bit of adjustment. In most cases she is right.

This story was written when Jayne Ann Krentz was at the top of her game. The main character is a bright young woman who was adopted at birth by a whole village. It may not have taken a village to rear her, but she is lucky in the village she has. Each villager taught her their own special subject and her education allowed her to be very successful at University and later when she returned to her home, she is successful in her own specialty grocery. When the book opens she is negotiating with a start-up consultant to begin an online outlet for the crafts and art the people in her village create.

As I said the earlier recording of this book is better. I am sorry I lost that one and I am sorrier that I bought this one.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Wonderful story

A fan of Jayne Ann Krenz for years, and still love all of her books. This one was a true delight. We each carry "bits and pieces" of each person we encounter in life with us.
Truly enjoyed this story. Highly recommend this author and her other books such as the paranormal series by Jayne Castle. And not to forget her mystery romances by Amanda Quick. Love them all. Still waiting for the next book by Jayne Castle. Can't wait for it to be released.
Aloha

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hidden talents

it was an exciting story. loved it and enjoyed it. it is one of my favorites

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Dated

I enjoy Jayne Ann Krentz and I was excited for a new book. After listening to the first chapter I realized that this was a new audio version of an old book. It hasn't aged that well. Some characters are quite hateful but then one has an unrealistic change of heart. A major plot point is the development of a mail order catalog business. There is an unnecessary subplot about an abused woman and her ex. Overall, I wish I'd realized this was a book from 1993 and saved my credit.

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Another fun one from JAK

Quirky characters, an implausible plot, add engaging and humorous repartee laced with mystery and romance with a talented reader...just do it!

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Serenity please!

I really enjoy Jayne Krentz novels but the main character in this book made me want to scream. I know she lived a sheltered life from the modern city but she also didn’t know a thing about personal boundaries. Maybe that was the point of creating such a character. I made it to chapter 10 before I had enough and deleted it.

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Great Story

If you could sum up Hidden Talents in three words, what would they be?

Thrilling, gripping and humor

What was one of the most memorable moments of Hidden Talents?

When she goes home with him and confronts his family and sticks up for him.

Which scene was your favorite?

The very end but don't want to spoil it for others!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When the town voted him mayor

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Bits and pieces

I loved this book. This is the first book in a long time that I didn't want to
end . Jayne Ann Krentz did a wonderful job of writing. I have read or
Listen to all of her books_Amanda Quick, and Jayne Castle.Don't know how
this was missed.
All of the characters were treated with respect and care even though most
were a little different as we all are.They were all kind and loving people
except the villains.The h/h were people you would want to meet and know.
Amy McFadden did a very good narration

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A lot of fun with some great twists and turns.

This was a great story about a mystery of who you are and what makes a person. That all people have a place and that we are made of the people who have touched Our Lives.

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  • Helen
  • 09-23-17

Not worth the credit

Though released in 2017 this was written in 1993 which was not clear when purchased.
It's dated, simplistic and cliched. This author has developed some good worlds and storylines in the past 24 years not reflected here.