The emotional story of a young woman's journey as she leaves behind all the things she thought she wanted, only to discover who she really is. Number-one New York Times best-selling author Robyn Carr explores the challenges facing women today as they are valued for what's on the outside rather than the inside.
Jennifer Chaise is proud of her life. Coming from nothing, she's used her beauty to her advantage and is swept up in a glamorous world of wealth and privilege as the mistress of a high-flying businessman. But when she walks in on a violent scene in their Las Vegas hotel room, Jennifer knows she can no longer ignore the truth about her boyfriend, and she flees. Desperate to escape the men searching for her, she invents a whole new persona - with a new look and a new name - as she hides out in a small Nevada town.
Working as a waitress in the local diner, she finds a mentor in Louise, a retired professor who takes her in. As Jennifer begins to embrace a new life, she realizes how much was missing from her old one: a sense of community and purpose. But it's not easy to simply disappear. Her neighbor, Alex, is a cop, and while he's friendly enough, he may also suspect that Jennifer is not what she seems.
Although she is under constant threat of being discovered, Jennifer is surprised to realize that for the first time, she's genuinely happy. Suddenly this real world is all she wants. But will it be enough when her past catches up with her?
©2005 Robyn Carr (P)2016 Recorded Books
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"Rerelease of printed book does not hurt audiobook"
I was reluctant to start Swept Away because of the overall low review scores, but on reading the comments I found that most criticism is because it is a rerelease of an earlier work, Runaway Mistress. As a rule I avoid books that are renamed to generate new sales, but since I had not read it under the previous name and this was the first offering of the story as an audiobook, I decided to spend a credit.
I did enjoy this story. First, I have to give credit to Therese Plummer. I have come to enjoy her as the voice of Virgin River and Thunder Point, so her narration truly sets the stage for a good story. I listen to every Robyn Carr audiobook released and this one did not disappoint. The main character, Jennifer, is a strong woman who undergoes growth and development through her struggles. She discovers kindness in a caring community, and the character traits and themes I love so much in Virgin River and Thunder Point are also found in this Nevada town. The male lead, Alex, is a strong, responsible man with a solid moral compass. The supporting characters are well developed and interesting. Although I thought Jennifer's underlying story and motivational premise are a bit weak, these books usually require some suspension of disbelief. Overall, this is a solid Robyn Carr romance and worth the credit.
"LOVED THE STORY!"
I pre-ordered this book and was thrilled when it arrived. I was terribly disappointed in the very first reviews that were left. I was prepared to not like it at all. HOWEVER, I truly enjoyed every minute of it and hated to see it come to a close. Therese Plummer's delivery of the story filled a longing that I've had for more Virgin River and Thunderpoint stories. This felt like going home in so many ways.
It is my understanding from the reviews through Amazon, that this book is a reprint of "Runaway Mistress" under a different title. Since neither title have been available through Audible until this one was released, I don't have an opinion on the subject. I can, however, understand why readers of "Runaway Mistress" that purchased this book as well would be upset. Regardless, Robyn Carr didn't disappoint in this novel. Therese...you're still my favorite narrator of ALL TIMES!!!!
If you haven't read "Runaway Mistress", this is a highly recommend listen! Very much worth the credit. Just don't buy both! ;)
"Moving story with depth!"
This book certainly kept my attention . Good character development . You felt they were real people and not cookie cutters! Some very moving parts😭. Happy😀. Thought provoking👏
"I hope this becomes a new series"
I was so happy when my pre-order came through and I could listen while painting and driving, and on the treadmill... I couldn't leave it, usually I like to savor Robyn Carrs books and listen an hour at a time but ... sigh... so I will wait patiently for her next novel.
This is not an edge of your seat mystery or an all out love story that leaves you breathless but its an enchanting story of community and acceptance and understanding.
Oh and I now look for books read by Therese Plumber, she's that good.
"Loved it! "
I read the original book under Runaway Mistress some years ago but loved how Therese Plummer brought it to life with her narration. Love Robyn's writing!
"Love these books!"
Robyn and Therese make an awesome team. I have enjoyed every book to date, they draw you in as though you're part of the story.
The suspense, the romance, the bike.
She's the best in my opinion.
The bike, the sheep, the prom, all the things that bring you back to reality and remind you of what is really important in life.
Keep the stories coming! I love the series stories...Virgin River, Grace Valley etc.
Really enjoyed the story and the narrator. I have always enjoyed Robyn Carr and Therese Plummer together, it's as though they go together like bread and butter.
This story touches your heart in many ways, it may also touch some lives as it crosses many paths.
I enjoyed the humanity in this story and the writer as well as the narrator were able to bring it to life
This book was amazing.....the depth of the characters and the storyline kept me entertained.....I felt like I was right there with them.....
"Robyn Never Disappoints Me"
Characters, Characters, Characters!!!!! I want to know every single one of them. Loved the setting and the story. What's next????
"Thrown off Course"
Talk about misunderstandings and rash decisions,Jennifer had"The Life".Beauty,wealth,travel...but then one day,came apon a scene that had changed the course of her life for ever.Frantically running away,instead of standing out,she changes her appearance to blend in,finds a small town with kindly people who took her in,gave her a job and a purpose.Jennifer,fell in love with the town,the people and it's beauty and wildlife.There she found the family and love she never had,never thought was possible.As time wore on,the mystery of what Jennifer thought she had seen that fateful day,slowly unfolded,turning out not being as bad as she thought but still dangerous,Jennifer had the decision to make to stay or to go back to her old life again to only have that decision taken from her.Fortunately,that small,quiet town she fell in love with came with it's own white knight who came to her rescue and brought her back home...Home to the people who became her family and her life.Great story,I fell in love with the characters and the description of the town myself.The narrator was so good,she really drew you into the story.I highly recommend listening to this book.
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