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  • I Am Me

  • By: Kai Strand
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rich
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

Despite - or perhaps because of - her fancy car, private school education, and life of privilege, Lola Renaldi has become a volunteer junkie. Feeding the hungry, clothing the poor, visiting the elderly - if it's a good cause, she's done it. Lola's favorite stint, building affordable houses, puts her directly in the path of Rodney. He refuses to discuss why he's doing community service, but it's clear he's hiding something dark about his past. As their friendship grows, Lola begins to question the true reasons for her obsessive volunteerism. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I Am Me

  • By Emma Hughes on 23-03-19

I Am Me

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-03-19

Although I am a not the target audience for this story, I did enjoy it. It's sweet and enjoyable coming of age story, without being overly simple. I must admit that I didn't like the character of Lola much at first but I definitely warmed to her throughout the novel. Rod and Lola's relationship was lovely and I really loved the ending.

This book was given to me free of charge in exchange for a review.

  • Loss in A Major

  • A Backroads Duet, Book 2
  • By: Mindy Michele, Michele G. Miller, Mindy Hayes
  • Narrated by: Starla Huchton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

The co-writing duo of Mindy Michele brings you the much-anticipated conclusion of Ridley and Reagan’s story. A tale of music, forgiveness, and second chances. In each other they found a connection stronger than they could have imagined, but one night of devastation alters everyone they love. Sometimes we have to walk away. Sometimes we have to trust, and occasionally our biggest regrets carry us back for redemption. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Loss in A Major

  • By Emma Hughes on 10-02-19

Loss in A Major

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-02-19

I was so excited to listen to the finale of Reagan and Ridley’s story and this book didn't disappoint. I was initially quite surprised by where we start but I enjoyed the different perspectives and the flashbacks and thought they added to the story. Reagan's character development was good too. My one criticism of this book is that I thought the ending was a bit of a cliche and would have preferred something more original. However, I really did enjoy this story and would highly recommend the duo!

This book was given to me free of charge in exchange for a review.

  • Stray Magic

  • By: Jackie Bouchard
  • Narrated by: Aisling Gray
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Cara Snow is newly divorced, stuck working for a jerky boss at a pet boutique, and dreading her soon-to-be-empty nest with only her beloved corgi for company. Worse still, her ex just got engaged. Doesn’t she deserve some romance, too? Or, at least a date for the Fur Ball. She’s always enjoyed the annual pet rescue gala, but this year her ex will be there with his fiancée. Meanwhile, Cara hasn’t met anyone — other than the irresistible dogs at the boutique’s adoption events. Cara is shocked when her wish to fall for a man as easily as she does for those mutts summons Vincent. His velour track suit, paunchy belly, and tough-guy accent don't exactly fit her childhood image of a fairy godfather. Not exactly on top of his game, he admits to being twenty-five years late.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun and Sweet!

  • By Jan M on 23-04-18

Stray Magic

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-02-19

This is the second book that I've read from the team of Jackie Bouchard and Aisling Gray and definitely my favourite of the two! The story was like a warm hug with likeable characters and lovable dogs. I was apprehensive at first that the fantasy element might override the story but it was perfect; not too subtle but also it in no way overwhelmed the story. The narration was brilliant and really bought the story to life. I'm so pleased I listened to this book and will be looking out for any future releases!

This book was given to me free of charge in exchange for a review.

  • Love in C Minor

  • A Backroads Duet, Book 1
  • By: Mindy Michele, Michele G. Miller, Mindy Hayes
  • Narrated by: Starla Huchton
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

Seventeen-year-old Reagan seems like the perfect small-town girl. Dubbed a saint by her older brother, Lincoln, she serves the community, makes straight A’s, attends church, spends her summers working with special needs children, and is a piano-playing prodigy. When you’re the daughter of the mayor and the police chief in a sleepy Kansas town, toeing the line is easier than the alternative. That is, until her brother’s best friend changes the rules.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really enjoyed it

  • By Natalie on 27-02-19

Love in C Minor

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-01-19

I love, love, loved this book! The love story was sweet and refreshing and I love Raegan and Ridley's relationship. It did take me a little bit of time to get into the story but once I was into it, I was hooked. I can't believe the ending, it can't end like that! I'm really looking forward to listening to the next instalment and can't wait to find out what happens next!

This book was given to me free of charge in exchange for a review.

  • Go On, Girl

  • By: Hilary Grossman
  • Narrated by: Lindsey Dorcus
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

Executive, wife, and mother of an outgoing first-grader, Sydney Clayton crushes her day-to-day obligations at work but flounders in the cutthroat world of parental politics. She manages to avoid the local drama until she’s faced with an ultimatum: join the Forest River PTA or risk her daughter becoming a social outcast. Sydney reluctantly becomes treasurer and takes the recently vacated position of the president’s sidekick. If that isn’t complicated enough, Sydney and her husband receive an unexpected offer for their house they don’t think they can refuse.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Go On, Girl

  • By Emma Hughes on 22-01-19

Go On, Girl

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-01-19

Although I did enjoy this book, it wasn't the most gripping and definitely lacked plot at certain points. It was, however, a very sweet, family story with very likeable characters. The narration for this audiobook was really enjoyable, the soft voice fit the story perfectly.

This book was given to me free of charge in exchange for a review.

  • What the Dog Ate

  • By: Jackie Bouchard
  • Narrated by: Aisling Gray
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

Maggie Baxter, a practical, rule-following accountant, discovers that her husband of 17 years is cheating on her. All her meticulous life plans are crushed. When he leaves her for the other woman, Maggie and her the-world-is-my-smorgasbord chocolate lab, Kona, are left to put their lives back together. As Maggie begins to develop a Plan B for her life, she decides to be more like Kona. No, she's not going to sniff crotches and eat everything that isn't nailed down; rather she'll try to approach life with more ball-chasing abandon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Loved It!

  • By A D. on 19-02-19

What the Dog Ate

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-01-19

This is a light-hearted story about love (and the lack of it) which I absolutely adored. Even if it is, at heart, an easy read, this book still tackles difficult subjects and is definitely not all just fluff. As a dog person myself, I really loved that they played such a large role in the story. The characters seemed very real and I'm so happy with the way it worked out! Also, I would quite love to meet Kona, and give him a smoothie!

This book was given to me free of charge in exchange for a review.

  • The Partridge and the Pelican

  • By: Rachel Crowther
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Reed
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

When two girls find a baby abandoned in a phone box, the event casts a long shadow over their lives. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Partridge and the Pelican

  • By Emma Hughes on 12-01-19

The Partridge and the Pelican

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-01-19

I really enjoyed this story, especially the focus on female friendship. It was, at times, a little slow but this was made up for by the beautiful writing. It was also pleasing how well the story's strands came together at the end. I do wish we'd heard more about Georgie though! The narration was okay, neither exceptional nor flawed.

This book was given to me free of charge in exchange for a review.