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Publisher's Summary

She let everyone down. He stunned the people of their small town. Can these broken souls heal each other or are some scars too deep to mend?

Josie Michaels has dedicated her entire life to winning an Olympic gold medal. When an injury steals her ability to swim competitively, her entire life crashes down around her.

Alex Biggs is a heartbroken father doing his best to raise a happy, healthy little girl, even though he is in the center of the biggest scandal the seaside Maine town of Brunswick Bay Harbor has ever seen - his wife, Claire, is missing, and almost everyone thinks he's behind her disappearance.

Josie needs a job, and the only one she's qualified for is being a nanny to Alex's adorable daughter, Hannah. Will working for the town's most notorious murder suspect bring Jo the purpose she craves, or will it prove to be a deadly mistake?

Fans of Bella Andre, Marie Force, and Melissa Foster are sure to enjoy this pause-resisting contemporary romance series.

Will Josie and Alex find a way to heal each other and move on from their tragic pasts, or has their path to happiness already been crushed beyond repair? Find out now in Shattered Diamonds.

This exciting romance novel has been known to make listeners desperate to dive into the next book in this binge-worthy series. You've been warned!

©2019 Ann Omasta (P)2019 Ann Omasta

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Josie & Alex!

The perfect mix of romance and mystery, Ann Omasta has woven a story of two people trying to find their new normal. Josie Michaels had her dream of becoming an Olympic swimmer shattered. Coming to work att her aunt's diner, she found her place was better suited working the summer as a nanny for Hannah. Hannah has been having a tough time since her mother went missing. Alex, her father has been accused of her murder, and in this small town, both are treated cruelly. Now with Josie there, a new sense of warmth is being shared, not only with Hannah, but a slow burning passion with Alex. Will these two be able to find love and live in this small town? I love this start to the series. Omasta has delivered a story with broken characters, and I really liked that while a healing has begun, it's a very slow process. There is nothing easy, it feels realistic and at times the brutal honesty is heart wrenching. And the twist is a surprise and leaves me wanting book two! Narrated by the author, Ann Omasta brings the story to life just as she has written it. I enjoyed her voice and found her portrayal a great escape!

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Excellent Story🎧 Entertaining & Engrossing!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it is well written and well told with interesting and original storylines that captivated me from start to end and what an ending it is. This is the first book in the series and yes it ends in a cliffhanger but thankfully the next book is set to release soon. The characters are complex and well developed. Alex’s wife disappeared a year ago and life has not been easy for him in the small town he lives in. While there is no proof or evidence of foul play the people of he town point accusatory fingers at him blaming him for her disappearance. He stays with hopes of his wife’s return and for his daughter. The one person who is kind to him, Mimi, the owner of the local diner has a niece who is in need of a job. Josie Michaels, a competitor swimmer had dreams of competing in the Olympics unfortunately an injury took those dreams away. She did not have much of a life outside of the pool, after a failed attempt at waitressing her Aunt lands her a job as a nanny to Alex’s daughter. Alex is an author who works from home and needs someone to watch his daughter Hannah so he can work. I loved how Josie gave him a chance, also loved how great she was with his daughter. She was also great with Alex and they start to build a nice friendly relationship but they soon start to develop feelings, at first Alex pushes her away but the chemistry between them is undeniable. Anna Omasta did a fantastic job plotting out this story, in the background we wonder what happened to his wife Claire, curious minds want to know. The police were no help, no clues were given, no signs or accusations of foul play. Alex lived a year of heartbreak of not only losing his wife but of being accused by the people in his town of having something to do with her disappearance. My heart went out to him and his daughter. Josie’s dreams fell through but she is picking up the pieces of her life and finding a new way. The bomb dropped at the end is a surprising twist and I can not wait to see what happens next in these great characters story. Anna Omasta, thank you for this great story and the emotional rollercoaster ride.

I listened to the Audible edition, Ann Omasta is an entertaining storyteller, she not only created these characters but she also brought them to life right off the pages. She her characters they own voice and personality, she did a great job projecting the emotions of the characters and the drama of the story into her performance. Thank you for this great listen🎧

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Good Romance with a cliffhanger!

This is book 1 in the series and these books should be read in order. I felt bad for Alex that everyone in town was mean to him and thought he killed his missing wife. I was glad that he finally found some happiness with Josie and him and his daughter were actually laughing again. Jose's BFF Dean seemed to be in love with her but she friend zoned him and I felt bad because he seemed like a great guy and would have been a safer bet. All was going well until the cliffhanger..... Get this Audiobook to see what happens. Narration was good for the female voices but I couldn't real tell the difference when the men were talking. Looking forward to the next book. I would recommend this audiobook.

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Heartbreaking Story

This story in itself is heartbreaking. The characters are well developed and all of them are lovable. Each character has his or her own pain and past that they have to overcome. This story shows how healing love can be, but when the past comes back, can we overcome or do we want to?

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Holy Crap!!

I HATE you Ann Omasta! How could you do this to me?? I need to know what happened, (If you ever need more reviews, sign me up!) But anyways, that is something that I would do. Fall in love with a guy who the entire town thinks is a murderer. That just the kind of things that happen to me. Crap... I guess that was a little bit of a spoiler. Actually most of the notes i've taken are spoiliors so I'm going to stop. All I am going to say is that this is a wonderful book. Ann Omasta is a great author and a great narrator. I love seeing authors do a fabulous job when narrating. She is amazing! I cant wait for the next one!

This book was given to me at my request. I am providing a voluntary and honest review.

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Shattered Diamonds

This Author has brought forth a fantastic read. She is also the Narrator in this story. And has done a fantastic job at bringing it to fruition. This is a real page turner, I like how she has brought the characters storyline out and keeps you guessing, this is a real page turner that is a definite must read. And the book Cover is amazing as well. I definitely recommend.
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Loved it

There were a couple areas where there was to much explaining done. Other than that the story is really good, I couldn't stop listening.

Normally I avoid stories where the author narrates their own books, but Ann Omasta does a really good job. Can't wait for the next book in this series.

I was provided a free copy at my request. I freely post my honest review.

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A Slow Burn Romance & Cliffhanger

This is a wonderful slow burning romance about two broken souls trying to live their lives after tragedy. Ann Omasta writes her characters with heart and very real emotions. There's romance, steam, humor and heartbreak. I really didn't care for how the town inhabitants were so judgmental but that's generally the way it goes. It seems when tragedy strikes the community either bands together to support each other or they turn their backs and judge everything. Ann Omasta wove her words to pull the listener/reader into the story with ease and heart. I also enjoyed her narration. As with her other book she narrated, my only complaint is that she needs to work on her male voices. She does a good job with everything else. I really enjoyed listening to this story and am looking forward to hearing book two...need to know what else happens. :)

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Wow...with a cliffhanger

I wasn't sure what to expect from "Shattered Diamonds". However, it wasn't long before I was drawn into the story. I felt really disgusted by the way the towns people were treating Alex over the disappearance of his wife thinking he murdered her. The story moves along with Josie becoming Hannah's nanny. Soon Alex and Josie develop feelings for each other which turns into so much more. Meanwhile you're left wondering what on earth happen to Alex's wife. Just when you think Josie and Alex are going to get their happy ending....bang...boom....it ends. I honestly didn't realize it would end in a cliffhanger. I was thankful that I'd already received book 2. Which I immediately started listening to. I thought the narrator did a great job of bringing her words to life.

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Forbidden Romance

I really did love this sweet romance about a little coastal main town, an ex-Olympic level competitive swimmer, a shattered writer and the little girl who brings them together. It's charming, funny, romantic and sometimes very hot - one of the most captivating romances I've read in awhile and it's narrated with feeling and empathy by the author herself.
That BUT you're sensing, is that it is part of a series, so it has one ENORMOUS cliff-hanger of an ending. If you're one of those folks who like your heroes to go on for ever, that's probably perfect for you. Personally, I prefer my happily ever afters neatly packaged and tied up with a bow by the end of the book, but this one was so good, I might even forgive Ann Omasta for making me buy another book to find out what happened.

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  • mangankillarney
  • 10-03-21

Diamond

Anna Omasta did a wonderful job of the narration.

A lonely man who is obviously still in love with his missing wife. In the small town in Maine where people believe he murdered his wife. Hated by all apart from one woman. A woman with her own pain.

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  • Christy D
  • 02-07-20

Shattered Diamonds

A man everyone in town is convinced of murder except the sweet lady at the diner. She has never given up on him. Josie had one career in life and when her dreams are shattered she is not sure where to look. And working at the diner is defiantly not working out. Her aunt suggests she work for Alex. And a new friendship is born and the healing starts. Beware of the cliffhanger and be prepared to start book 2! I was a little concerned that Ann Omasta chose to narrate her own book, but she does a fantastic job.

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  • Nina B.
  • 11-17-19

Beautiful

Josie and Alex have both had heartbreak to deal with and still with no closure it feels like their lives might be on hold. I loved this storyline but gosh I have to listen to the next book ASAP. The series is “Brunswick Bay Harbor Gems” There is a cliffhanger after Shattered Diamonds so get yourself ready before you get there. The narration is great and I recommend this book.

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  • Cindy
  • 10-13-19

Josie and Alex

Shattered Diamonds has such a unique and captivating storyline. Poor Alex is heartbroken over the disappearance of his wife and struggling to deal with the whole town thinking he is a murderer. Josie is the very sweet nanny of his daughter, Hannah. I love the whole story, although as I was getting closer and closer to the end, I was wondering how Alex and Josie were going to get their HEA with so many questions still unanswered. I never expected it to end in a cliffhanger. Now I see it looks like a 3-book series. I'm invested in the story now so I can't wait to go on to the next book and see how the story continues.

I was a little hesitant when I saw that the author was also the narrator but I think Ann Omasta did a great job with both writing the story and narrating it. The male voice wasn't very manly but, other than that, it was very well done. I received this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this unbiased review.

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  • SanDra bookjunkee
  • 09-18-19

really good

Josie in need of a job she is hired by Alex who everyone thinks is the town murderer she doesn't want to believe and and gives him a chance great book great narration