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Publisher's Summary

To move forward, she might have to take a step back.

Divorced empty-nester Becky Linden wants a fresh start. After two decades away, she returns to her hometown to find herself. What she discovers instead is the long-abandoned schoolhouse where she had her first kiss as a teenager.

Others might see an eyesore, but Becky sees the neglected building as a charming business opportunity and...her future. However, she can’t do it on her own. The one man who can help her is the last one she ever thought she’d ever ask - her ex-boyfriend.

Zack Durbin works for the school district that owns the run-down building, and he agrees with locals: The schoolhouse is a problem. What’s more? It’s his job to solve the problem. Then, Zack's old high school sweetheart shows up with a dream to open a bookshop and reboot her life. Is Zack willing to sacrifice his career for the only woman he’s ever loved? Or will the past haunt him forever?

The Schoolhouse is a heartwarming, second-chance romance about a determined 40-something, her high school sweetheart, and the abandoned schoolhouse that just might have a little life left. Listen today.

Hickory Grove, Indiana, is an old-fashioned small town full of big-hearted people with quirky stories. Each book is a sweet stand-alone.

  1. The Schoolhouse
  2. The Christmas House
  3. The Farmhouse
©2019 Elizabeth Bromke (P)2020 Elizabeth Bromke

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Narrator was awful

Her accent was offensive and the main characters “high simple” voice was also offensive. Will not listen to any narrated by her again.

Book was ok.

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First in series

This was the second book I've read/listened to by Elizabeth Bromke. I accidentally read the first two in this series out of order. I liked The Christmas House better.

I didn't feel any love between Zack and Becky. It seemed as if Becky only cared for the Schoolhouse. Instead of seeming strong, she seemed spoiled. It was a somber read. Very little made me smile or react in any way but in frustration. I did see how book one and two tie together. They are truly standalone books though. I did love how Ms. Bromke is good at describing the actions of her characters. I could see them in action so easily.

Cecily White did a good job once again. A part of me didn't like Becky's voice, but by the end, I had gotten use to it. She does well with the male voices!

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Small town disappointment

Typically, I love small-town settings, especially because I live in a small town. There's a romance and nostalgia about the setting that I often find enjoyable. And in this story, childhood sweethearts lose their way back to each other as they head off to school. Two decades later bring them both back to town, giving them a second chance at happiness.

Sounds like a good story to me! But this one just didn't carry that off.

The female protagonist, Becky, is self-absorbed, creating friction in many of her friendships over a schoolhouse that was an abandoned building when she loved it as a child and has only continued to deteriorate in the intervening years. So, she puts places over people. Not a good thing. But then to heighten the sense of willfullness, the narrator opted to use a whiney, baby-ish voice for this character. Even before I knew how she would act, I found her grating to listen to because of the voice being used.

As a result, I just didn't enjoy this audiobook.

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I was disappointed.

Becky!!! A whiny heroine who gets an unrealistic, lucky break is how I would categorize this character (she cannot be called a heroine.) Why oh why such an unlovable character? She is a model of the real-world hubris in today’s society, I suppose.
The writer is able to capture a scene beautifully.
The narrator was Awesome!
I received an audio advanced listening copy of this book from Storyorigin, and I’m leaving a voluntary review.

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Becky left town for college many years ago, and since then has been buffeted around by life's unexpected events that cropped up without regard for her plans.

She finally has an opportunity to return to her hometown & reconnect with her family & friends - and ex-boyfriend.

It's a sweet 2nd chance romance. Becky is a bit more passive than I like in a heroine, but it's a tender story about regrounding yourself & searching for a new direction after life takes you on an unexpected journey.

*Clean romance level: sweet kisses, nothing graphic

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Hickory Grove Series

The Schoolhouse is book one in the Hickory Grove series and is a small town romances by author Elizabeth Bromke. High school sweethearts Becky and Zach dream about their future together, but when they attend different colleges after graduation, things start fall apart. Not long after moving to an out of state university, Becky is pregnant and married to someone else. I really wanted to like this book but it just didn't hit the mark for me. I found Becky immature, after leaving for school she never returned to the home and family that she loved so much. I did admire her determination to fix up the old schoolhouse and preserve a historic landmark. I will be reading the second book in the series.

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  • 10-23-20

Brilliant story telling

This was a wonderful tale, at times melancholy with a large dose of nostalgia!
Absolutely loved it!
Superb narration!

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  • 10-13-20

ooooohhhhhhh!!!

Such an interesting second chance romance. It was a sweet story that was a lot of fun to listen to. The characters were pretty interesting and the narration was done well. I loved the hometown feel about the book and am looking forward to more from this author.

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  • 07-21-20

Stand alone story

I would recommend The Schoolhouse to sweet romance listeners who don't mind a lot of miscommunications and like a story that reveals the complete picture through flashbacks throughout the book. I personally found the flashbacks to be distracting and hard to follow, but I know there are people out there that like the slow background reveal. This book is for them. I also think I expected to have more in common with the protagonist and I found myself confused by her actions. There's one point where a character said something like "You need a reality check, Becky". She does. She totally does. I had higher hopes for the results of that conversation.

The narration was good in that there was good inflection and distinct, consistent voices for the different characters. My personal preference would have been to have a lower pitched voice for Becky as she talks a lot.

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  • 07-20-20

Sweet hometown feel

Elizabeth Bromke's The Schoolhouse grabbed me by the title. I saw the picture, and immediately fell for the Little House on the Prairie view! The story features Becky, coming back to her hometown after her son leaves for college. She has always fancied the Schoolhouse and sees herself using it for sharing her love of books. But coming back has other incentives too! Her old high school boyfriend, Zack is back too and their is still that old chemistry. Will this second chance romance get off the ground? Will she achieve her dream with the old Schoolhouse? While there were times I was frustrated with Becky, I could feel the charm of the town and her desire to create the atmosphere she was looking for. The story is sweet, has some good old town politics, busybodies and gossip. It's a fun listen.

Cecily White is wonderful, and she brings the town to life. A beautiful voice, with an ability to change from male to female with ease, she created a hometown feeling.

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  • 07-16-20

Sweet second chance

This is a sweet second chance romance. Nice likeable characters. When your young adult son goes off to college it time to start living your life for you. Excellent narration from Cecily.
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