Escaping home to Oxford, Mississippi, seemed like a good idea. Until it wasn't.
A year after a tragic accident in Los Angeles flipped her world upside down, advertising guru Sarah Beth LeClair is still hiding away in her charming hometown of Oxford, Mississippi. And she may well be stuck there forever. Suffering from panic attacks, she prays for healing. Instead, her answer comes in the form of an arrogant football coach and an ugly puppy.
Former celebrity college quarterback Jess McCoy dreamed of playing pro football. One freak hit destroyed his chances. Although he enjoys his work as the university's offensive coordinator, his aspirations have shifted to coaching at the highest level. His plans of moving up are finally coming together -- until he falls for a woman who won't leave town.
As the deadline for Jess's decision on his dream career looms, the bars around Sarah Beth's heart only grow stronger. But it's time to make a decision about leaving Oxford.
: Janet W. Ferguson
This first book in Southern Hearts Series is a clean Christian romance that shows the listener that real people can and do make mistakes. They can also be forgiven. Sarah Beth has had devastating events in her past that have caused problems that she may not overcome. Several men show an interest but she isn't interested in a relationship..... or is she? Her back story develops slowly, but this allows us to get to know the secondary characters better. This was enjoyable with suspense for those of us that like to guess what's next.
The narration was well done. The characters were well portrayed by Naomi Karez.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
I loved this book. I really liked listening to the trials that Sara Beth went through and how she struggled to be where she was. I liked her strength and seeing that others saw it in her even with her debilitating anxiety. I loved how the author addressed this very real mental health issue. I liked seeing her perspective on christians using medications to deal with the issue. I liked how it was shown that even when we struggle, God can still use us. The narrator did a great job reading this story. I had a hard time focusing on doing anything else while I was listening to this book. I highly recommend this story to anyone looking for romance and seeing how God can use the bad things in life for good.
Leaving Oxford is an excellent production, both in terms of the story and the narration. Engaging and layered, the story held my interest from beginning to end and Naomi Karez's narration was smooth and easy to listen to. With plenty of emotion, romance, and depth present in this beautifully told tale, Karez provides a nuanced and believable narration for both male and female characters, which is no easy feat. I will be seeking out Janet W. Ferguson's backlist and highly anticipate future works from this narrator.
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