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To build a future, sometimes you have to tear down the past... Chicago event planner Libby Hamilton can turn any bland setting into a dramatic venue - but when she abruptly loses her job, and her fair-weather boyfriend moves to another state, Libby suddenly finds herself back in the tiny town she grew up in. Worse than that, her father wants help transforming an old schoolhouse into a vintage ice cream parlor and Libby must trade in her power suits for power tools.

Widowed restoration specialist Tom Murphy can rebuild just about anything - except the shattered relationship he shares with his teenaged daughter. Hired by Libby’s father, Tom isn’t interested in sharing the details of his personal life with the beautiful, spunky Libby. He just wants to get the job done. But she is tenacious - and sexy - and it doesn’t take long before she breaks down his walls, builds up his hope, and gets a hold on his heart that won’t let go.

©2013 Tracy Brogan (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Read don't listen.

I did a combination of reading and listening to this book. the story is a fairly predictable modern romance and worth the fluff ready. The recording was really annoying because of the lilt of the voice. Listen to a sample before purchasing.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Very disappointing

I had to force myself to finish listening to it. I am not sure if it was because I found the narrator very difficult to listen to. I would certainly not buy anything else narrated by Angela Dawe.

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  • Kimberly
  • Indianapolis, IN, United States
  • 12-12-14

Average

Setting: Small town America, contemporary
Genre: Romance
Just when this book was getting good, it was over. Libby is a humiliatingly unemployed event planner newly returned from Chicago to her small town and back in with the parents. Tom is a widowed contractor with a surly teenager. The two meet when Libby's retired father decides to renovate an old building.This book was slow and felt incomplete, as though the author had the bare bones of the premise and was working on filling it in when she hit deadline. Seriously. This could so much have benefitted from a little more to the plot and characters. Where were this woman's beta readers?
Okay, so the premise is a woman moves back home and meets a man who needs to, emotionally, move on. While not terribly original, it has potential. The characters were pretty much one-dimensional, and the story sort of went in fits and starts, going in interesting directions, then petering out. I was left with so many what-ifs, I have decided that I just need a whole 'nother book altogether.
So, what did we get? To me, it felt like an outline that needed to be fleshed out and edited. There were so many ways this book could have gone to take it above more than an average read. But hey, the grammar and spelling were great!
I generally like Angela Dawe as a narrator, but not so much with this performance. It just comes off as amateurish, without much differentiation between characters. I thought maybe this was an early performance, but that isn't the case. Well, I guess everyone's entitled to an off day every once in a while.

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Horrible narration but a good story

The story was a fun and easy story but the narration was horrible. At times it was lifeless and boring and the change of voices was amateur-ish as if it was a young child trying to fool their
parents on the phone.

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No Choice

I would rate it zero. I don't wish to listen, I prefer to read. Since reading alone was not allowed I skipped the whole thing. Too bad since I enjoy the author.


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Easy Read

Light Summer read. Cute, loving, flowy, and an easy read. I like the way you can actually picture what you are reading with T Brogan.

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Nagging, Overdramatic voice ruins the story

Would you consider the audio edition of Hold on My Heart to be better than the print version?

absolutely not!! I could barely handle listening to it. I started the book through the audio version and thought I hated the book, but then I read some and it was much better. I only listed to it for parts when I couldn't read and I really wanted to find out what happened next.

What other book might you compare Hold on My Heart to and why?

I have read and listened to all of Tracy Brogan's books and they are all great on paper. I have hear this voice in one other book (not Tracy Brogan's) and I hated it there too.

Would you be willing to try another one of Angela Dawe’s performances?

No!! I will look for her name and try to avoid the audio version of those books as much as possible!

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Great story , terrible audio

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Fantastic story. Terrible listen. I have a hit or miss relationship with this narrator. Some of her stories are great. Others, like this one, the performance is terrible. Also there are these odd gaps between sentences like she's taking time to think. it makes the listening experience frustrating.

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Strange tone of voice

Difficult to focus, the reader took a strange tone throughout and I couldn't even finish it

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Good but annoying

Enjoyed the story but the narrator's sing song style of telling the story was annoying.

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  • L Hayes
  • 01-25-17

Sadly Disappointing!

I've read several of Tracy Brogan's books, but this one, I felt, was not one of her best. I found the story quaint but terribly predictable.