The beautiful and vivacious daughter of a wealthy landowner, Gemma Adamson has no shortage of suitors. Their appeal, however, is limited, and sister Amanda despairs until a chance meeting between Gemma and David Gray, an attractive if 'unsuitable' bachelor. Because his background does not conform with their ideals, the Adamsons warn Gemma against him, but she refuses to listen, until unpleasant truths from David's past life challenge even her loyalty. And they are only the beginning. A sequence of bewildering and frightening events follow, leading Gemma into the ugly world of drugs. Caught in a nightmare of fear and heartache, she soon discovers that hers is a dangerous love.
©2011 Carol Collins (P)2016 Mary Phillips
It's the only one I've listen to!
The whole storyline was fairly predictable, rich girl meets unacceptable suitor, as far as her upper class parents are concerned & falls in love. The title suggested all would not go smoothly. Nothing surprised me, a predictable ending.
David Gray who wasn't from a privileged background unlike the two sisters. A female voice for this character could have been comical, but it worked.
I felt some sympathy for Gemma when David did his "disappearing act".
Mary Phillips has a very easy & interesting flow to her voice & her plummy accent particularly suited the characters of Gemma & Amanda.
"WOW what a Ride, full of surprises"
When I requested this from audiobook boom I am not sure I was expecting all that came with this story. The cover isn’t what is on my kindle lol which kind of throw me as I started listening and got pulled in. I really like how this started with two meeting along the road when her car broke down. I can even see what she saw in him and why she fell so hard. He is one sexy man who would turn most women’s head. This really is a compelling listen with so much pain there is no winner here for so many have lost so much before the deed is done.
Ms. Phillips has a wonderful accent that I just adored which pulls the reader in getting lost in the story. I loved her many different character voices she puts so much emotion in to each of them. You have no trouble knowing who is talking and just what they are feeling. Her male voices are just as pleasant as her female ones. There is no background noise just a clear, clean and crisp listen that really gives you hours of enjoyment. She puts a lot of emotion into the characters she really hits each emotion right on the money giving the listener the full effect of how serious and important the issue is along with how each character is feeling with their pain, sorrow, loss, helplessness and the smiles you can hear in her voice you can really feel the power of each scene. There are not any places where the volume is higher or slow than any other place in the audio giving the listener a very even tone listen. This really was a very emotion story and the narrator has no trouble pulling it off doing an outstanding job. I had to trouble picturing the scenes in my mind as the narrator unfolds them from the power play of her parents to the addiction it’s self you can really feel the pain each goes through. When the end comes you heart breaks for so many as the narrator gives her all at the heartbreaking scene that really pulls on your soul. This is the first I have listened to this narrator but it won’t be the last. I can hardly wait for the next one I have downloaded.
Since I requested this from audioboom I didn’t go back and reread the entire summary and my cover is a little different the one they show on the sale page. The author throw in a twist I really didn’t see coming but had I reread the summary I would have gotten the full impact of that twist before I listened. At first I thought it was a little out of place but then I was pulled in and got the full impact that really pulled on my heart. I am not sure who my heart went out for the most I am torn between Gemma, David and her family for so many reasons. Drugs seem to touch everyone at some time or other but for Gemma and David it really hits home in the worse way. I understood why Gemma was so upset when she found out about his past but dang the outcome of her blow up really hit me hard. Than when we found out where and what David had been doing all the time he was away really hit me hard. I found myself cheering for them both giving them a mental push but not seeing much good could come out of it. I really can’t go into a lot here or it will give the story away. What I can say is you are in for a treat with a story that is so powerful that it will pull you in making you want to rush through it. The ending will break your heart but at the same time leave you with a smile.
This was a wonderful well written story with so much pain, anger, hurt, and sorrow, misunderstandings, leaving the listen feeling helpless and wanting to help. The characters and supporting characters will really touch your heart. I honestly didn’t see that ending coming. The story is full of twist and turns that will keep the reader/listener highly entertained. I had no trouble picturing the scenes the author wrote. This was well written with no filler each part adds to the story making the reader really understand what is going on. There is danger all around that really grabs you making you wonder if the outcome will be good. There are a few touch and goes where you are afraid they will not make it out alive. This was really a compelling read that I could not put down. I am so looking forward to more reads from this author.
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