Winter Cottage

Narrated by: Kristin Watson Heintz
Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,741 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A gripping novel about family secrets...and coming home for the first time.

Still grieving the loss of her wandering, free-spirited mother, Lucy Kincaid leaves Nashville for the faded town of Cape Hudson, Virginia. She goes to see the house she’s inherited - one she never knew existed, bequeathed to her by a woman she’s never even met. At the heart of this mystery is the hope that maybe - just maybe - this “Winter Cottage” will answer the endless questions about her mother’s past...including the identity of her birth father. 

Rather than the quaint Virginian bungalow Lucy expected, Winter Cottage is a grand old estate of many shadows - big enough to hold a century of secrets, passions, and betrayals. It also comes with a handsome and enigmatic stranger, a man next in line to claim Lucy’s inheritance. 

Now, as Lucy sifts through the past, uncovering the legacy of secrets that Winter Cottage holds, she’ll come to discover as much about her family history as she does about herself. In searching, she could finally find the one thing she’s never really had: a home.

©2018 by Mary Burton. (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Nice story, but the Southern accents are BAD

The narrator has a pleasant *normal* voice, but ALL the dialog is absolutely terrible. She went way overboard with southern accents. Holy hanna, virtually every character has a very pronounced and false-sounding drawl. As a deep south girl myself, I can promise you no town in Virginia has that many varieties of over-the-top cartoony accents. There isn't much consistency either...a character with a Charleston drawl in one scene pops up with a Louisiana twang in another. A 12 year old girl sounds like an old lady from a bad Steel Magnolias parody skit. It was almost un-listenable. The narrator would have been much better off not attempting any character voices at all.

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Slow book

The book was slow but the reader was almost unbearable. I would not recommend this book

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Good, but......

I am a southern girl and the accent by Heinz was soooo over the top...too much!! More of a strong Charleston accent, not Virginia.
Truthfully, I’ve never heard anyone talk like that and the men sounded like women, it was hard for this southern girl to listen to!!

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Great Story Terrible Narration

I like this story. Fortunately I listened to Spring House first. The narration of this book is terrible for two reasons. 1. The WORST FAKE southern accent ever and totally not Virginian. 2. The narrator sounded like she was reading a children’s book. READ this book but do not listen to it. Story = Great but lower score because of narration not writing.

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Horrible narration.

The narrator's southern accident is an insult to those of us who love in the south. Her "male" voices were AWFUL. The story line is good but ruined by the narrator.

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I got involved in the arc of the story

Reasonably written. I got involved in the arc of the story so finished it. I didn't have to listen too closely, because storyline was simple SOI enjoyed listening while working around the house.

Although author could have used more indicators to identify some of the secondary characters, book was simple so if I spaced or dozed off, I knew I would catch up and I appreciate stories on this level to keep me company when a better friend is not around.

Performance was grating about 1/3 of time. Her southern child's voice was really unpleasant to listen to. Maybe it was accurate, but it was vile. Emphasis was frequently given to all the wrong words and phrases.

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Formulaic

I was disappointed. I would have enjoyed following a story line more focused on the house and what one could do with the money to restore it. To many books being written following the same contrived jumping back and forth between multiple eras without developing the story deeply in any of them.

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Beware the narration

I wish I had read reviews before downloading this book. As has been mentioned over and over, the narrator needs to back off the southern accents because she doesn't get any of them right. They are all overdone and keep shifting regional pronunciations. If you can't do an accent, please don't even try. I couldn't listen to more than 15 minutes before I gave up. The story may be fine, but I’ll have to read the Kindle edition to find out.

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Not enjoyable.

One of the worst I've ever heard. Awful performance by the narrator. Story ho hum. Wish I hadn't picked it. A waste of time.

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Make it stop.

The narration was unbearable. Normally I would switch to the Kindle version but nothing in the story has me interested.

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