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In the rodeo town of Pendleton, Oregon, 17-year-old Maura lives with her sister and single father, Mike. When her father’s diabetes threatens to take his foot, Maura is left to care for her younger sister while Mike spends his final steps hunting in the Blue Mountains.

Meanwhile, Maura's teenage neighbor, Alex, is spending the summer babysitting his alcoholic grandfather and fending off a hardcore crush on her.

Though nothing about their summer has been easy, it becomes far more challenging when Mike’s return date comes and goes with no sign of him. Determined to bring Mike home and win Maura’s heart in the process, Alex takes Maura on a three day expedition into the wilderness.

A sweet romance for fans of Kasie West and Huntley Fitzpatrick.

©2017 Jennifer Costley (P)2018 Jennifer Costley

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Great Read

The Hunter’s Daughter was another great read by M.F. Lorson. Maura lives with her younger sister and single father until her father leaves his kids to fend for themselves. He has diabetes that is threatening to take his foot and wants to take his last steps hunting in the mountains. Maura’s elderly neighbor takes in his grandson, Alex, and Maura starts to fall for him. Maura and Alex decide to venture into the mountains to try and find her father. I enjoyed reading Maura and Alex’s story and can’t wait to read more by M.F. Lorson.

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WELL WRITTEN DEPICTING REAL LIFE SITUATIONS

WELL WRITTEN AND EASY-TO-FOLLOW DEPICTING REAL LIFE SITUATIONS.
ONLY ACCEPTABLE FOR A MORE MATURE AUDIENCE PG-13 ADVISABLE.
DRAMATIC TEEN SITUATIONS DEPICTING ABDUCTIONS, ASSAULT AND SUCH. THE NARRATOR WAS GREAT AND EASY TO FOLLOW.
THE STORY DOES FOLLOW REAL LIFE SCENARIOS BUT STILL HAS FUNNY REAL INTRIGUE AND A THRILL SENSE OF EXPECTATION THAT KEEPS YOU WAITING TILL THE END. STORY DOES FOLLOW THROUGH AND ENDWELL.

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Charming

Charming and engaging story. The characters were well written and had wonderful depth. The narrator was also great.

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Finally a true YA!

It's exciting to finally find a true YA in today's book world.... teens becoming adults while not acting like they have been one for years. Don't get me wrong, the characters face maturing challenges for sure, but in a way that feels authentic & real. It's refreshing!

At first I thought the narration was stilted, very matter-of-fact, but quickly realized the youthful approach really suited the story very well.

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Emotional and Sweet

I didn't like this as much as I was hoping for. It's not a bad story, but I think it's just not for me. I really liked how it started, with the father's diabetes and his struggles with coping. I actually would have liked to see more of the relationship between Maura, her sister, and father. He's referred to as a good dad throughout the story but I didn't see it, especially after he left his 16 and 8 year old kids home alone for so long. The relationship between Maura and Alex was cute and very first boyriendy. Their relationship moved faster than the rest of the plot. The ending is a bit open which was worked for me.

Overall, it's a pretty good read. A little emotional and sweet with different family dynamics.

Jolie Wilder's narration was pretty good, she had a great voice for teenage leads. I couldn't always tell who was speaking or which POV the chapter was in which threw me off a few times. There were a few times where the volume would briefly change.
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so cute and meaningful!

Such a sweet read about first time love and all you will do for family.

I found the beginning to be a little slow and long winded but there is some valuable information in those chapters as well. it's a quick fun read that will leave you in a rollercoaster of emotions and not able to move on right away.

I love the characters all of them really. Alex was such a sweetheart and his nerves make him adorable. Natalie is the perfect little girl with tons of energy and a huge heart. i love her right away. Maura is one of the toughest girls i have come across in a novel and i love no matter what is thrown at her, she finds a way to keep going.

this was such a good book with lots of hidden and unhidden meanings out within the pages. anyone reading this book, get ready for a night with no sleep, you will be hooked until the last page!

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Growing up, fast

Maura has a difficult life, living with Mike, her father, and her little sister. She needed to assume responsibilities beyond her age, but she manages her life and school.
When her father decides to go on a hunting trip, leaving her and her sister under a drunk neighbor's watch, she meets Alex, the neighbor's grandson, and sparks fly.
But life can always get worse,  Mike doesn't come back from his trip, no one can find him, so Maura and Alex decide to go looking for him.
This book is a trip into the characters minds and personalities. You'll feel all kind of emotions as we see them struggle to find their strength and resilience to go on.
I liked Jolie Wilder narration, she makes you feel the emotions the characters are going through, and they are a lot!

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enjoyable teen young love

A beautiful and well written teen romance. It is written with dual POV including suspense, laugh out loud moments, giving a rollercoaster ride of emotions, and including dysfunctional families, romance, and sarcastic teenage wit in a smooth flowing storyline. The characters are realistic,interesting and relatable with a slow built up of friendship, chemistry and their own set of baggage as they journey towards a unexpected twist at the end. The narration is done well giving added life to an enjoyable story.

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Gritty but good

This is a story with some pretty realistic characters from the grimmer side of life - children out of wedlock, abandonment, alcoholism - and yet surprisingly positive within its context.

That said, the characters do talk & think a lot like you might expect in real life (well, actually in real life it would most likely be far worse), so it's definitely PG-13, parents.

Maura and Alex are attracted to each other & become the emotional support for one another that the adults in their lives are failing to provide. They're aware of sex but also aware of its potential consequences.

It's touching to see a secondary character that had effectively given up on life begin changing for the better as he recognizes the kids' need for him.

The ending is a bit abrupt, but after rereading it, I found it satisfying. I believe that it's the best happy ending the author could give (& don't mistake me, it is happy just not traditionally so) without being blatantly dishonest to the story.

*Clean romance level: sweet kisses, fairly frank teen level talk about sex but no details and nothing graphic, secondary character tokenly comes out as gay

*Religion: secular with several unfortunate instances of using God/Lord/Jesus/Christ's Name in vain - realistic perhaps, but not necessary or considerate of readers

*Language: a couple of f-bombs, a handful of d*mns, & several dozen sh*ts & h*lls

*Parents: clearly discretion is advised here, but for your older teens, it's a great opportunity to talk about some major heavy real life issues, material as well as spiritual, within a relatively positive context

[The narrator is well suited to the teenage voices and does a very good job with the story!]

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The Hunter's Daughter

Maura and her younger sister live alone with their diabetic father Mike, whose disease is threatening to take his foot. Rather than take the advice of his physicians, Mike choses to spend his days alone in the woods hunting. Alex, who is sent to spend the summer with his alcoholic grandfather, is drawn by their neighbor Maura. When Mike does not return on his scheduled date, Alex sets out with Maura to search for him.

It was nice to watch Alex and his grandfather grow closer and to witness the budding relationship between Maura and Alex. I did, however, have a hard time understanding Mike's attitude. Knowing that his disease was progressing, he did little to control it. While his diagnosis was unpleasant, it was not as though he was given a short time to live. At a time when most people would want lean on their loved ones for comfort, Mike choses to isolate himself and to leave his minor children home alone with only an alcoholic to check in on them.

I liked the relationships between the characters and their friends, my favorite was the relationship between Alex and his grandfather. Other than my frustration with Mike, I enjoyed the story. Julie Walker did a good job narrating, although there were times that the narration was a little stiff.

I was given this audio book at my request and am voluntarily leaving this review.

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  • Dawn Fuhrman
  • 07-30-20

Intense, captivating, and so heartfelt

I do not even know where to begin. A father's love for his daughters, love for hunting and one last chance at doing what he loves brings so much to this story. It is about a daughter, willing to do anything for her father. It is about a boy who loves a girl so much, he is always there for her.It is about a father, who is trying to accept his fate and trying to live one more time. This story touched my heart. The emotions in this book were real, they were well written and I felt everything the characters did. This was not an easy summer for any of the characters, and it was not an easy read, but I am so glad I did.

Jolie Wilder narrated this story to perfection. She brought each character to life. Through her narration, I felt every raw emotion, every struggle and every heartfelt message. I got lost in her narration and the characters became like friends. Jolie's narration enhanced the experience of this story. Well done!

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  • Vanessa Leighton
  • 05-26-20

Brilliant

I really enjoyed this one. There was such a journey for the main characters between their budding relationship and also their personal journeys it made this a really powerful journey that I felt privileged to have listened to. Definitely a 5 star listen for me

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  • Helen
  • 08-31-19

great book

Though nothing about their summer has been easy, it becomes far more challenging
enjoyed this book very much