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Jason Walker is a child star turned teen heartthrob turned reluctant B-movie regular who's sick of his failing career. So he gives up Hollywood for northern Idaho, far away from the press, the drama of LA, and the best friend he's secretly been in love with for years.

There's only one problem with his new life: a strange young man only he can see is haunting his guesthouse. Except Benjamin Ward isn't a ghost. He's a man caught out of time, trapped since the Civil War in a magical prison where he can only watch the lives of those around him. He's also sweet, funny, and cute as hell, with an affinity for cheesy '80s TV shows. And he's thrilled to finally have someone to talk to.

But Jason quickly discovers that spending all his time with a man nobody else can see or hear isn't without its problems - especially when the tabloids find him again and make him front-page news. The local sheriff thinks he's on drugs, and his best friend thinks he's crazy. But Jason knows he hasn't lost his mind. Too bad he can't say the same thing about his heart.

©2015 Marie Sexton (P)2016 Riptide Publishing

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Maybe the best Holiday Audiobook This Year!

When Jason Walker, a B list actor finds himself in a small town “re-thinking his life”, he’s shocked and amazed to find he’s not living alone.

Ben is the boy who “haunts” a snowglobe he finds in the house left by a previous tenant.

Jason, ironically a B list horror film star, is either crazy or Ben is real and a “ghost”.

I don’t want to give away big secrets but I will drop these morsels:
Ben and Jason find a way to “touch” one another
Jason is the only one who can see Ben
Neither knows a way other than death for them to be together in “real life”
This book ends with a delightful HEA

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I think this may be my favorite Marie Sexton book (after her Coda series). Her writing is gorgeous and evocative and really draws the reader in from the first page.

The way she “solves” the main dilemma is both terrifying and wonderful!

I highly recommend this story to fans of the belief that love conquers all, for people who believe that there are Christmas miracles, to believers in magic and to fans of sweet and sappy romances everywhere!

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Audio

Nick J Russo does another amazing job. He’s easy to listen to and really carries the emotion well. My only disappointment was that he didn’t give Ben an “old fashioned” voice or any sort of voice inflection or accent. He sounds just as anyone else would in our day in time and I guess – in a way that makes sense – but I was hoping for something a little different. Just something to remind us that his voice is coming from a music box…

In any case, it was still wonderful and a fantastic way to experience this amazing story!

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If you buy one audio book this year get this one

I don't know if I can relay to you how amazing this story is it has everything from two very strong main characters to a creepy home. This book is on my re-read list. Marie Sexton choose the perfect narrator for this. Nick J. Russo made this come more to life. Fantastic work both the author and the narration.

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Hauntingly romantic

Would you consider the audio edition of Winter Oranges to be better than the print version?

I didn't read the print version, but Nick J Russo brings the story to life so I would imagine that would. The story is so good its a win either way!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ben! He is unusual. Both only 21 around 150 years he is sweet, naive but caring and compassionate. if only we all could see the world through Ben's eyes.

What about Nick J. Russo’s performance did you like?

I love Nick J Russo. I love the way gives each character a personality of its own. I like the soft whispers and the way he projects each character's view into the story.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I had many reactions. I wanted to smack Dylan. I nearly cried when Dylan left the first time to go see a girl, leaving Jason alone. I could feel Jason's heart break. and of course, the end was very emotional.

Any additional comments?

Jason is a b -list actor and ready to retire. or at least take off for a while.He has been in love with his best friend for a long time and needs a break from both work and his emotions. He spots a face in the guest house and eventually investigates.He finally gets over his fears and finds out Ben isn't a ghost but has been sealed n the globe by his sister to prevent him from joining the civil war.

Ben is adorable. He is sweet, naive and still sees the world as an unjaded young man.
The more Jason see Ben the closer they become.

Winter Oranges is amazing! It is a sweet story with intriguing characters.The story is beautifully written. There was so much emotion in the story. I think it's one of the best I have listened to this year. I was pulled n from the beginning and didn't want to stop once I started.

If you like horror actors, a hint of magic, and a very sweet romance this is for you!

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love ,love love it!

very please with this audible .
I adored this storie .
exellent narration. wonderful sweet storie.
I recomend this one if you love the book you will love the narration also.
the main charters were awesome . the storie was great..... loved all of it.🍊

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I loved it, one of my favorites

great storyline , loved the narrator.great ending. can't wait to get another from the same author

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A story that is one of a kind

I have never read, or listened in this case, to another book like this. I'm 31 and have been a readaholic for the better part of 20 years. This book truly is one of a kind. I have always loved snowglobes but have never thought, "Is there something alive in there???" As absurd as it sounds I'm now rethinking All of the snowglobes I've ever come across lol but then it makes me sad that maybe there was a 170 year old spirit trapped in there just wanting to get out and interact with anyone. This is an amazing story and a must read/listen. So many emotions came out of these characters I truly felt like I was in the book with them. Happiness, sadness, doubt, pain, love, fear, hopefulness..... The list is endless. I know most authors are proud of their work or they wouldn't publish them. (At least good authors wouldn't) but Marie Sexton has went above and beyond on this book!!

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Creepy But Romantic

I have enjoyed listening to this book, but I found it very creepy. It's creepy but romantic.

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Perfect Christmas story

What can I say about Winter Oranges? It was sweet, it made me smile and it made me happy, and it Nick J. Russo did a wonderful performance of this book.

Jason Walker, a Hollywood B-movie star who needs to get away from the madness of fame and the paparazzi for a while. Purchasing a house in an Idaho small town, he hopes he find the peace he so desperately seeks. Only the first night there he spots someone watching him from the guesthouse - someone it seems no one else but he can see.

Benjamin Ward is elated when for the first time since the Civil War someone can see him. For more than 150 years he's been trapped in a snow globe watching and waiting as time passed. Without anyone ever knowing he was there. Until Jason. After some trial and error they found a way to communicate.

I loved Jason and Ben together. There was such sweetness and tenderness in their interactions. From the beginning there was this pull between them, an invisible thread that pulled them together. Emotions ran high throughout the story. Not with drama or fights or anything the like. Just emotions in general; the need for companionship, love, falling in love. The desperation and the need to be together, the fear of the unknown. Nick J. Russo portrayed it all, made you feel a part of it. Wish for some way the two really could be together.

I love listening to Russo's narrations. There's never any hesitation picking up one if his books, because I know I'll love his narrations. The voices he has for the different characters nails them in emotion as well as personality. Which is why I was so engrossed in this story that I listened to it straight through, beginning to end - and don't regret a thing.

Winter Oranges was a beautiful love story, it made you appreciate the small things in life; the smell of oranges in winter and the taste of peppermint or cherry. All the things we take for granted but that can have such an impact. Well, that and spelling ;)
This book is perfect to listen to during those cold December nights.

A copy of this book was generously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review for Love Bytes.

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Really enjoyed it

Okay first off, why didn't anyone think to do what they finally did to release Ben? I would have thought about it & at least discussed it with Ben. I loved watching these two slowly fall in love. The only part I did not like what-so-ever was the point where Jason was willing to have sex with Dylan to prove that he was fine. IMO this is cheating, I hated that part & skipped it even though full out sex did not happen, he was going to do it. Other than that part, I loved the story & I even liked Dylan.

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boy do i feel like a pill

This story started off GRRRRREAT! I thought it would be 4 stars, minimum.

It started to lose me when Ben and Jason fell in instalove. Sometimes I can deal with that trope; however, this was not one of those times. I tried to roll with it and there were definitely parts of it that I enjoyed.

Ben in particular. I loved him and his infectious happiness. It was *almost* enough to win me over but the last few chapters took a turn for the serious taking Ben's happy with it which in turn tanked my enjoyment of it.

I did and do continue to think this is a very clever idea. I just wish I had enjoyed it more than I did.

I also continue to be lukewarm regarding Nick J. Russo's narration. I have no rational reason for this other than his narration doesn't inspire any sort of feelings in me whatsoever.

Take with a grain of salt since I'm kind of a scrooge.

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heartbreakingly angsty, I loved it!

This story kept me on the edge of my seat. I adored Ben and Jason. Dylan drove me nuts but redeemed himself. Great narration. ☺

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  • 04-29-17

A beautiful story

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

The story was so endearing, There were some great laugh out loud moments and a few times I had tears of sadness or joy in my eyes

What was one of the most memorable moments of Winter Oranges?

When Ben wanted to know who shot J.R.

Have you listened to any of Nick J. Russo’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I bought the book because Nick J. Russo was the narrator. I've heard a couple of his other performances and I have to say that he is very good. A narrator can bring a book to life in so many ways, but a bad narrator can kill a story. Nick is the former. I'm sure I'd have enjoyed the story if I'd had read it in book form myself, but Nick gave his reading so much gusto I couldn't press stop on the player.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, but I don't want to give any spoilers

Any additional comments?

This was such a great story and so well narrated. As I have said, I was looking for books narrated by Nick J Russo when I found this story. I am now currently listening to Marie Sexton's Trailer Trash and I am sure that I will be checking more of her audio books out in the future.