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Publisher's Summary

While Rose recovers from a broken heart, she finds herself at odds with her sister and business partner, Violet. Rose buries herself in her landscaping work but becomes worried when her employee and friend, Bruce Wayne Decker, goes missing. In the meantime Fenton County Assistant DA Mason Deveraux has been patiently waiting to begin a relationship with Rose, but she realizes she needs to confront the demons of her past before she can embrace a new future. She needs to find out the truth about her birth mother.

But her past isn't her only demon. An undercurrent of tension has been spreading through Henryetta, Arkansas, since drug lord Daniel Crocker's arrest six months ago. Still, she's not prepared for a nightmare come true: Crocker's escape from prison. Crocker carries a grudge, and he's determined to make Rose pay. But he plays a game of cat and mouse, forcing Mason and the Fenton County Sheriff's department to hide Rose on her birth mother's farm. But will it be enough to save her?

©2014 Denise Swank (P)2015 Denise Swank

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Narrator Change

I'm not a fan of the new narrator. The old narrator really brought Rose's character to life.

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  • 05-24-15

Much better than the 3rd book

Things start to heat up, Rose is acting more like a woman than a girl, and I just wish she didn't ramble on so much in her head...but you know what you're getting into after the first book. Glad not to have the smoker voice reading anymore! Rose sounds like a 24-year-old, rather than the 54-year-old, whom was narrating the last three books!

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I liked the original narrator better

I just got used to the narration by Francis Fuller when it changed to Shannon McManus. She did an ok job but I liked Fuller's querks and she got so much better from the first book. The story was great, very exciting.

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A must read!! Love! Read in order!

Love. Love and Love. I don’t know if another series I love more! The Rose Gardner series has been so much fun to read. I just wish there were more!!

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Good but Rose is too emo

In the last part, Rose made me cringe on how useless she is during important events in the story, she is an emotional mule and wish she would just shoot the damn gun.

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Just keeps getting better!

What made the experience of listening to Thirty-One and a Half Regrets the most enjoyable?

I love the new lady doing the reading...Shannon McManus does a great job...she gets all the voices in the right tone and rhythm. Better than reading the book actually...which I have done!

Who was your favorite character and why?

As ever Rose! I feel with her...I cry with her...I want to slap someone for her...I want her for a friend!

What does Shannon McManus bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She does a great job. She brings the right emotions and tones to everyone's voice! You really feel as well as hear all the emotion and energy! I have read the book...and this really was better...and even though I know the story Shannon has me on the emotional edge as though I don't know what will happen.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Oh yes...wish my life was where I could do that!

Any additional comments?

Please keep Shannon doing the audibles for all the Rose and NK books. And please do the whole series on audible....I don't want to have to wait for the audible as I wait for Denise to write the next book.

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Why the new narrator?!

Changing a narrator four books into a series wasn't a good move. Not to mention that this new narrator's "performance" falls flat. The voice doesn't seem to differentiate enough between characters and the tone of the narrator really has an impact on how we perceive the main character. Rose changes as a result of how this narrator reads compared to the first tgree books. Such a disappointment.

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very good read.

I can't put down the series, very addictive, can't wait to see what happens next.

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Sorry it ended

LOVE. Can not wait to listen to the next book...Love Rose and the two men

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just ok

I struggled with this one. enjoyed the three previous but found this one rather contrite. Got really bored with Rose always crying!