Devoted mother Cassie Carter is hard working and dedicated to running her small farm in Georgia. She tends to her home and sickly son daily while her truck driver husband is away on long hauls across the country. Her life and values take a sharp turn when a handsome and intelligent construction worker disrupts her daily routine. Her priorities shift and everything she keeps in her comfort zone is threatened.
Damaged romantic Paul Hamilton has a void in his life that leaves him wandering from affair to affair, empty and unfulfilled. He identifies with the haunting poetry of Edgar Allan Poe, yearning to capture an elusive love. One day, in an unexpected place, he discovers the love he is seeking, but she is out of his reach and he runs the risk of irreparably damaging the delicate balance he tries to maintain in his life.
In The Duck Springs Affair, Paul and Cassie’s worlds collide and explode. Will what they offer each other sustain and give them what they need out of life and love? Or, are they doomed to suffer the tragic consequences of their decisions as each searches for the perfect love?
Cassie is a lonely housewife with a good husband, but a marriage that lacks passion. She finds love in the arms of a stranger working near her property named Paul. The intimate scenes are so tastefully done, there's just enough information to convey the passionate need these two forbidden lovers have for each other.
Eventually the hunger they have for one another turns into love. Even though the affair is wrong, I still found myself rooting for Cassie to be with Paul.
I really enjoyed this book! I thought it was going to be pretty predictable after reading the summary but.. Without giving anything away here I will say, I was wrong! After listening to a few short stories by John I find his writing style to be realistically true to life. So I should have known this book would be as unpredictable as life is. To me It had a Bridges Of Madison County feel which I loved.
I was so immersed in this book I found it hard to pause. The Ga setting really appealed to me because I live 30 minutes outside Atlanta. Not much has changed except the artist's at Little 5 have replaced their paint brushes with tattoo guns lol.
Now I have to talk about the narration... when you're from the south listening to a book that requires a southern accent, it's either hit or miss. I was pleasantly pleased that Susan didn't do the extreme country bumpkin voice or a over the top impression of Scarlet O'Hara to portray the southern accents. Because the narration was done so well, I'll be forgiving about her mispronouncing Valdosta and Albany.
I was given this book in exchange for my unbiased review. I recommend spending a credit on this one, but only if you have a box of Kleenex handy while listening.
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I'm all for a good hearty cry when I listen to a book and I don't always have to have an HEA.
This ending ticked me off!! I finished about an hour ago and I'm still fuming!! To the author, WHY???!!!
I really, really, really, really did not see that ending coming. Really. I'm not going to give it away. Just, why...
The narrator was really good and if my mind had not been blown by the ending, I probably would have more to say.
Just be prepared to jolt, scream, stammer or have some outward reaction to this ending.
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John Isaac Jones is an incredible story teller. His characters are well developed and his descriptions are spot on. When I close my eyes and listen, I really feel like right there.
While sitting and feeding the ducks, Cassie is sharing the biggest secret from her past. After 50 years, she feels the need to share her story while she still can. This is her story...
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.
Where does The Duck Springs Affair rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
I love the cover of this novel and the author pulled me in quickly with the characters. I've read other novels by this author that held my attention and kept me listening to the end. If you like Nicholas Spark style of writing I think you will enjoy this novel.
What other book might you compare The Duck Springs Affair to and why?
Can't think of any
What does Susan Marlowe bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
I liked her accent.
My heart. Bittersweet, melancholy, and upsetting, this book asks a lot of us emotionally. Paul and Cassie are a couple who never should have been. Getting what someone thinks they want doesn't always turn out like they might hope. I had a lot of feelings about this book, and such a sense of dread because I was waiting for the other shoe to drop. I highly recommend giving this story a listen. I was so mad in the end, but I don't know if that would be everyone's reaction. There is a lovely way to think about the framing, but right now I'm writing this upset. The writing and plot are excellent, as is the narration. I'm still honored to have been able to listen, and this is my voluntary review of a copy gifted by the author.
This was another excellent story from John Isaac Jones. I was pulled in from the beginning and finished in one sitting. Once again, Mr. Jones surprised me with the ending...I didn't see it coming at all. The narration was okay, but not my favorite; however, I did enjoy that Susan Marlowe sang the song lyrics rather than just reading them, she has a lovely singing voice. Overall, it's another one you don't want to miss from JIJ! I received a review copy at my request and voluntarily reviewed.
Any additional comments?
I was given a copy of this book and voluntarily left this review. I love this book. It was great. Was worried because of the whole affair thing, but it was totally worth it. This book really is emotional and well descriptive.
good book. definitely fast paced , paul and cassie you can feel the chemistry but will cassie take the leap even though shes married to a truck driver and takes care of a sick child? keeps your interest even with all the twists and turns! definitely worth the read! i was given a copy of this audiobook for free by my request and voluntarily left this review!
Duck Springs Affair is set in Georgia around the 1960s. It focuses on Paul Hamilton, a traveling road crew worker, ladies man and Cassie Carter a young and lonely housewife, with responsibilities and a husband who is absent much of the time.
They begin a tumultuous affair that is stymied only by Cassie's commitment to the only life she's ever known – a promise to her husband and her responsibility to their sick son. Is it possible to find what you never knew you wanted in the arms of a stranger? Will they keep the affair as one of 'passion of the flesh' or will it develop into more? What will happen if they are found out?
Susan Marlowe is a good performer.
I have recently discovered John Isaac Jones' and have been entertained by his short stories. I haven't checked the order in which Jones' work has been written but The Duck Springs Affair puts him on an entirely different level. To me, Jones seems to be evolving into a phenomenal writer as is proven with this book. Not only is it lengthier but it is far deeper, thought and emotion provoking. John Isaac Jones hits it out of the park! Well done.
Credit worthy? *I received a review copy of this book in exchange for posting my unbiased review. However, if I were considering the purchase I WOULD use/recommend it worth a credit – even though it is a bit shorter than most "full-length" (7 hours +) novels I usually redeem
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Beautiful romance, gorgeous setting and fantastic writing! Loved this one! Great narration!
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. The fact that I was gifted this book had no influence over my opinion of it