Raymond Jackson, Jr., returns to Palm Hills, California, years after a misunderstanding with his father which caused a wedge between his family. His father passed away a year and a half ago, so he feels it's time to make amends.
His brother also suggests Ray makes amends with his father's girlfriend, Cass, as well. He knows it will be a challenge but believes family and friends are worth fighting for.
What Ray didn't expect was to fall for Cass, whom his father had planned to marry before he passed away. He's determined to make her his, but will she see things his way?
**If you plan on reading/listening to THE CAPTAINS HEART – this review contains spoilers**
This is part 2 of the Captain's Heart – though both can be read as standalone stories. There was quite a time period between listening to the 2 books for me, things easily fell into place. I think that the listener would have a great experience if one were able to listen to Captain's Heart and Captain's Son back to back.
Cass meets the estranged son of her deceased lover. Her anger and disappointment at his behavior toward his father immediately put a wall between them. Will she be open to hearing Ray's side of the story?
Without spoiling, this book is a bit over the top – not necessarily in a bad way- one example: Cass' daughter is going to a winter formal. She chooses a dress that is above her budget and Ray and Lucas swoop in with the funds needed plus shoes, jewelry, the works. Similar scenarios happen throughout the book especially when Cass is faced with her ex-husband.
There was an unusual focus on race in this book. While it is important for the author to describe the characters for the reader's imagination initially, there were repeat descriptions of each the nonwhite ones. From hair texture to skin color… there were no situations where race was part of a conflict or the story in any way, so the descriptions throughout the book did not really make sense to me. (I also found it ironic that while a majority of the characters were described as black or mixtures thereof – including the main character, Ray – the book cover features the author's, seemingly, white brother!)
Giselle Lumas also narrates this [her] book. It was lovely, but for the use of the word chaperone. :-) I'm sure it is just a regional difference in pronunciation but I was happy when the discussion of chaperones was over! Other than that , Lumas is not only a talented author but a very good voice performer. 4 stars
Overall I enjoyed the book and it was nice to come full circle with the previous book in this duet. I WOULD choose the 1st book over this one, if forced to pick. A strong 3.75 stars
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I enjoyed this audiobook. There were a few moments that the flow of the storyline was slow, but it had picked up eventually. I liked the different characters, and the narrator was did a good job with distinguishing the differences in voices.
The romance in this story is really beautiful. I found myself laughing and crying as the story developed and the characters moved from grief and hurt to love and forgiveness.
The characters are really nicely done, I felt like they could be real people.
The narration was OK, the character voices were distinct and consistent and the pace and rhythm of the narration was good. But when emotions were high in a scene this was overdone in the narration and sounded a bit forced.
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A year and a half after Firefighter Captain Ray died in the line of duty, Cass finally has the opportunity to move on. Is it right to move on with Ray Jr.? This is a well written, sweet story that brings closure and a fresh beginning for both Cass and Ray Jr.
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I enjoyed this short romance! Well written and good narration!
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This got right to the point. I liked it. It was a feel good story:)
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I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone looking for a good book to read and enjoy
The Captain was a fireman who died in the line of duty. Cassie was his younger girlfriend ( the age of his eldest son); a single mother whose high school sweetheart left her and their 2 children. Captain helped her to believe in love again and then died. The son in the title, Ray Jr, had been separated from his family duty to a perceived betrayal of his father and girlfriend making him distrustful.
Cassie has dreams involving Captain and Ray Jr..who has returned to make amends.
cassie’s children are sweet, her ex is self absorbed but not a bad guy and Rays brother Lucus is fun and smart.
Had to laugh at the dance when Cassie and Ray ‘hit’ the floor.
All in all a nice little story..liked there were multi-ethnic people, nice for a change, but nothing too incredible. It also involves some paranormal theme which adds to the interest.
The narrator grew on me..not great, not bad...the voice didn’t match Cassie but everyone else was fine.
A nice sweet read with one nice intimate scene and HEA.
wow! i don't really know what to think ... from one side the story was nice ..
but I think it should of been a little longer I felt it wasn't enough..
but i do think the story was nice.
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