Olivia Bennett is on the tenure track at Cornell University, the resident expert on Southern women writers. After moving to upstate New York from Atlanta, she falls in love with and purchases an old, run-down farmhouse. The only catch: she knows nothing about renovating a house, taking care of land, or snow.
Joss Bauer is a New York native who grew up in her family's construction business. She has a soft spot for old houses, but no patience for overpaid debutantes who want to play at country living. When Olivia hires Joss to do the renovations on her new home, the sparks fly, in more ways than one. It turns out both women have a lot to learn about life, love, and the meaning of home. But when a scandal threatens Olivia's professional reputation, it puts her priorities and her new found love on the line.
©2016 Aurora Rey (P)2016 Bold Strokes Books Inc
While the narrator had an easy to listen to voice, I couldn't stand the voice she used for Olivia. It grated on me so much that I was unable to listen to the whole story, and not finishing a book is almost unheard of for me!
I couldn't complete the book due to the awful voice used for Olivia.
The narrator had a pleasant voice and read at a good pace but the voice she used for Olivia made me shudder and meant that I couldn't take to her character at all.
I would love to have heard the whole story but I couldn't endure Olivia's voice, it really didn't match the mental picture I had of her.
"Very nice story"
I liked the narration even if the southern accent sounded fake...the different voices for each character made it more dramatic.
"Couldn't make it past chapter 4"
The narrators vocal choices for the different characters made it hard to listen to. I chose to stop listening around chapter 4 as it seemed like the better option. I rated the story at a two because I wanted to finish the story but couldn't bring myself to do it with that narrator. It is your standard love story so I may some day read the book.
"Such a Romance!!!"
This was a romance of all romances. The story flowed easily and held so much emotion. The characters were lovable (especially Ben), and brought to life by the narrator Gwenn Dawson in such a way that it made you feel as though you were watching the whole thing take place. The details of every aspect of this story brought the reader that much closer to the characters. The emotions that this story ignited was palpable, taking you on a ride that you will not forgot.
I totally recommend this book to anyone who loves a great love story, filled with tons of romance.
Five Stars Aurora, you really outdid yourself!!!
"It did not completely suck"
Narration was not that great. Not her voice but the accents and male voices. The story was not that interesting but ok.
"Built to last"
Wonderfully written! I had no trouble Invisioning myself within the happenings of the story. Love Audible! I began reading the book then decided to try Audible. Just as I would watch a movie, the narration was so well done, I could see the story unfolding in my mind. The other reason I tried Audible is because I read slow. I finished the book sooner, which means I can start another! I like the option of being able to transition between listening and reading if I'm in a public situation. Thanks again for a wonderful story!
The "Southern" accent made this hard to listen to at times. Grating on the ears.
Pleasant listen, sweet story. A good relisten. I will look for more by Me. Rey.
I haven't laughed so hard in a while. Olivia's southern accent was great. Romance was wonderful and plentiful. Highly recommend reading this book.
"Overall decent book."
The book was decent but not my favorite. The characters annoyed me at times. There were some undeveloped details that may have made them better understood. Typical uhaul theme and butch/fem cliches for the story line, but it never gets old for me tho. The narrator did well with distinguishing characters, although pitch and tone could be improved. Overall, it was a decent book, I will try others from this author.
"Narrator is Terrible"
I have an idea, if you can't do an accent just don't attempt it. This narrator ends up making one of the protagonists sound like Great Aunt Beula from Swampy Rock, Alabama. God Lord! The other protag sounded like a 13 year old girl even though she's supposed to be this tough butch contractor.
The book was decent but the narration really took away from it. Audible really has to find better narrators for their lesbian romances.
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