Voted Most Likely to Succeed, Melanie Bartlett ended up anything but. The down-on-her-luck single mom wants a complete do-over - is that too much to ask? With her family long gone from River Bend, strong, independent Mel is as surprised as anyone to end up in the quaint small town she once called home. But with her friends, Jo and Zoe, by her side, and a comfortable room at Miss Gina's quirky bed-and-breakfast, she just might have turned the corner on a new life.
Wyatt Gibson never liked the big city. River Bend suits the ruggedly handsome builder just fine. Wyatt knows he's home, even if that means being charmed by the appearance of Melanie and her spunky, adorable daughter. Is Wyatt's calm devotion - even amid a coming storm - enough to convince Mel she may have found a home to call her own, a family that never leaves, and a true love to last a lifetime?
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"Exceptional - Tough Plot Line"
This is the first book in the 'Most Likely to' series. As with a first series books, you have to establish the cast of characters. You know who the follow-on books will be about, you just don't know the order or plots. The great news about this first one is, you will like the entire cast. Melanie and Wyatt are the stars. Melanie is a single mom with a broken-down car who comes home. She was voted most likely to succeed in high-school, but her life has been anything but. Now she comes home and ... (no spoilers). Bybee did an outstanding job of characterizing her seven-year-old daughter Hope who you will instantly like.
Another great pair will be Zoe and Luke. The drama has already been setup in this novel for a later novel. I can't wait to listen to how she will disentangle that mess, let alone figure out how Jo will get her happily-ever-after and solve her father's murder -- that will be a doozy.
Bybee has a great track record in series having penned the 'Weekly Brides' series which is fabulous and a must listen. This book has suspense and some pretty tough times that you may find hard to get by. This is not a feel-good-all-the-way-though novel -- it has grit. I give it a big thumbs up.
great listening. great
ending. I really enjoyed this story
it was just like I was living the life.
This is a book with great depth of characters as well as story line that will keep you listening to very end and waiting for next book in the series.
"An Enjoyable book."
Good reading it was an interesting story And. Was fast moving. I recommend it to others.
A sweet love story with a bit of a thriller twist. Good story to listen too. Ms. Panfilio did a great job or narrating.
"Review of doing it over"
I wish the narrators would just read in a normal voice ,otherwise a good story,
Great story. Action, adventure and romance abound in this beautiful and heartwarming story. After years of being away from home and struggling Melanie decides to return to her small hometown for her high school reunion accompanied by her smart and sassy little girl. This new beginning starts out well but for Melanie but quickly her past begins to catch up with her. Secrets and a man from her path with dark and dangerous intentions show up and things get very scary and interesting. Melanie may have found a man to be there for her and her little girl after being on their own for years but will love overcome or will the people out to destroy them win. I couldn't stop reading and can't wait until the next book in this series. I love small town stories and the characters and community that comes with them and this book went above and beyond my expectations. The narrator did an amazing job with this story and I hope she continues to narrate this series.!
"loved it, downloading more from this author!"
I can get board, but I found myself sneaking away to hear the next part. A few lunch hours, and everywhere I drove it was on. I'm excited to find an author who develops characters and has a few spins up their sleeve!
"another one for young adults..."
I wish they'd put some general age group recomendations on these books. This seemed like it was written for 21 year olds, and narrated by a 21 year old. Really young writing, not mature enough for me.
Loved this storyline and the narrator.
Unusually for me I really liked the character of the little girl. She was one tough little thing.
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