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  • Backwards to Oregon

  • By: Jae
  • Narrated by: Hayden Bishop
  • Length: 15 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 27

“Luke” Hamilton has always been sure she’d never marry. She accepted that she would spend her life alone when she chose to live her life disguised as a man. After working in a brothel for three years, Nora Macauley has lost all illusions about love. She no longer hopes for a man who will sweep her off her feet and take her away to begin a new, respectable life. But now, they find themselves married and on the way to Oregon in a covered wagon, with 2,000 miles ahead of them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved it

  • By f15hy jo on 14-05-19

Wonderful!

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

Reviewed: 26-04-19

This is a compelling story which draws you into another world. I’m only sorry that I’ve finished it. Jae’s character development is always excellent and her longer novels show this even more. The narration does the story justice. Don’t miss out!

  • A Tale of Two Sisters

  • By: Jane Retzig
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

Summer 2018. Britain is basking in a rare heatwave. And Hazel and Dorothy Wilding are working together to clear their family farm high on the North Yorkshire moors. The sisters have been estranged for 42 years. And they’re not happy to be forced together now. Dorothy has always been a dutiful daughter. She’s a regular chapel-goer. She never married. And she’s stayed on the farm all her life, working in the family B & B. Hazel, is lesbian. She lives in London, where she runs her own business in partnership with her gay best friend Vinny.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Wonderful Listen!

  • By C.J. on 13-04-19

A Wonderful Listen!

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

Reviewed: 13-04-19

This book is a little different from Jane’s other books and my new favourite. As always the characters and setting are fully developed and draw you into the book. The emotions portrayed cover the full range of those we all experience at some point in our lives from rejection and distress to hope and optimism. I particularly enjoyed the contrast of life in 1976 to 2018. For me that brought back many memories, but for those who didn’t live through 1976 it will show just how significant the changes have been since then.
The narration is excellent and brings these characters to life.

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  • A Perfect Storm

  • A Lesbian Mystery Romance (The Wrong Woman Quartet, Book 4)
  • By: Jane Retzig
  • Narrated by: Anne Browne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Six months have passed since the events of A Betrayal. Tracey and Mik's big society wedding is just ten days away. Dani is banned from attending...Kate is dreading the hen party...and Jaiden is terrified that Saskia will be whisked away by persistent millionaire suitor Davros Pentacosta. Meanwhile, Jamila and the National Crime Agency are closing in on Tony and Maria.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful reunion with much loved characters

  • By C.J. on 18-02-19

A wonderful reunion with much loved characters

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

Reviewed: 18-02-19

This has been a wonderful series and I’ve been eagerly awaiting the next book. The characters are diverse and totally believable with the strengths and weaknesses of real people. The Audible version is particularly enjoyable because Anne Browne brings each character to life. In fact, when I read the books I hear Anne’s character voices in my head.
The storyline is, as always, intriguing and this novel ties up many of the plot lines from earlier in the series.
If you’ve read or heard the earlier books in the series this is a ‘must have’. If you haven’t why not start at the beginning with “The Wrong Woman”.

  • A Betrayal

  • A Lesbian Mystery Romance
  • By: Jane Retzig
  • Narrated by: Anne Browne
  • Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

Kate and Naz are struggling. Jamila is avoiding Peter. Saskia is surprising everyone by making a success of Waltham Lodge.And Jaiden is on the trail of a stolen Art Deco figurine. Her search will lead her through the streets of London. Into the dark secrets of suburbia. Beyond the night time city and the people who inhabit it. And to the limits of her own capacity to forgive. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Niki Lorna on 14-04-18

The next installment in an excellent series

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

Reviewed: 19-12-17

What made the experience of listening to A Betrayal the most enjoyable?

The characters in this series feel real and familiar. It’s like catching up with old friends. At the same time the plot twists constantly take you by surprise and keep you listening.

What did you like best about this story?

The writing is wonderful. The characters are varied and and absolutely convincing, with believable strengths and flaws. The settings are well drawn and help you to envisage the action.

What about Anne Browne’s performance did you like?

This is a very accomplished performance. Anne brings the voices of the various characters to life so effectively that you think you’re in the room with them.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely. On two occasions I was listening in the car and sat in the car park at my destination to get to the end of the chapter.

Any additional comments?

I can’t wait for the next installment. There were signs at the end of much more intrigue to follow.

  • A Question of Trust

  • A Lesbian Mystery Romance
  • By: Jane Retzig
  • Narrated by: Anne Day-Jones
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

Three months have passed since the events of The Wrong Woman. Saskia is now working part-time with Jaiden, who is struggling to hide her feelings for her new friend and coworker. Saskia thought Jaiden was flirting with her when she invited her to work "undercover", and she's frustrated that their private investigations have never wandered even remotely close to the erotic. Neither Jaiden nor Saskia have had much luck with love. But when they finally kiss, it feels different...passionate...and unconditional.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You'll find it hard to stop listening!

  • By C.J. on 13-01-17

You'll find it hard to stop listening!

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

Reviewed: 13-01-17

If you could sum up A Question of Trust in three words, what would they be?

Convincing. Enthralling. Romantic.

Who was your favorite character and why?

It would have to be the charismatic Jaiden because she is strong and brave but also remains vulnerable. Saskia is a very close second.

Have you listened to any of Anne Day-Jones’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yes, I loved her narration of "The Wrong Woman" in which we first meet these characters. She adds to the story by differentiating between the characters so clearly and making each one believable.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The ending - I'll say no more!

Any additional comments?

I received a copy of the book from the author with no strings attached - lucky me!

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  • The Retreat

  • A Kind of Lesbian Romance
  • By: Jane Retzig
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Jo and Ed are unlikely best friends. He is the only son of wealthy parents. She was born on 'the wrong side of the tracks'. He loves sport, messing around with cars, and drinking. She's ambitious and hardworking. They are, in fact, a perfect team. They've stood by each other for almost 30 years. They've built a successful business together. There's just one problem. Jo is having an affair with Ed's wife. And now someone knows their secret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another beautiful book by Jane Retzig

  • By Avid Reader on 18-06-17

An absorbing story which will keep you listening

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

Reviewed: 02-08-16

What made the experience of listening to The Retreat the most enjoyable?

The setting and characters are so convincing that I found I cared what happened to them from very early in the story. There are many twists and turns and I was never sure what would happen next. It kept me guessing right to the end.

Who was your favorite character and why?

It has to be Jo. She is complex and 'real' and I felt I knew her. I desperately wanted her to find what she was looking for.

What about Jan Cramer’s performance did you like?

The greatest compliment I can give her is that I forgot that the story was being narrated and thought I was listening to the characters. Her voice was perfect for this book.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Can there be a happy ending?

Any additional comments?

This is Jane's best novel to date. I hope there will be many more.

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  • Boundaries: A Lesbian Romance

  • By: Jane Retzig
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

Northern England 1979 - Social worker Elizabeth has finally plucked up the courage to end 14 years of unhappy marriage. Lost and lonely, she buries herself in work to keep her emptiness at bay. Then an unexpected phone call brings troubled teenager Jan to her door and Elizabeth shocks her friends and family by taking the traumatized young woman into her home as a lodger.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very unusual love story.

  • By Hildur on 27-07-16

A Gripping Read!

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

Reviewed: 13-04-16

What did you like most about Boundaries: A Lesbian Romance?

The story starts in 1979 and the following period is captured wonderfully. If you lived through it it will ring true and if you didn't it will give you a glimpse into the very different atmosphere of our recent history. The storyline is gripping. It has plenty of tension and some challenging dilemmas, but also a sense of hope for the future.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I can't decide between Jan and Elizabeth. The story is told from alternate points of view and this is really effective. Their thought processes are utterly believable, even when you're frustrated with their actions at times.

Have you listened to any of Jan Cramer’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I haven't listened to this narrator before, but I'll pay her the highest compliment I can. I forgot it was a narration and listened to the characters in my head.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes, it has the emotional range of real life. At different times I felt tense, sad, frustrated, amused and happy, but mostly I shared the longing of Jan and Elizabeth.

Any additional comments?

I received a gift copy from the author with no strings attached. What a treat!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Photograph

  • A Lesbian Mystery Romance
  • By: Jane Retzig
  • Narrated by: Danielle O'Farrell
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

When she hears Niamh busking in the center of town, Becky is stunned by the intensity of her attraction to the itinerant young musician. The feeling is mutual. For Niamh, Becky has a familiar feel that reminds her of the home and family she has lost, and she quickly finds herself looking for ways to meet this intriguing young woman again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This would make a beautiful film.

  • By Frankimunk on 19-03-16

A gripping listen!

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

Reviewed: 18-01-16

Would you listen to The Photograph: A Lesbian Mystery Romance again? Why?

Yes. The storyline moved quickly and I had to know what would happen next. I'm sure, therefore, that I missed some of the subtleties which I'd catch on a second listen.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I believed in both the lead characters, Becky and Niamh, and I really liked the way the storytelling alternated between them.

What does Danielle O'Farrell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Danielle's narration was varied and she voiced the different characters effectively. Her reading was clear and she maintained the pace of the story and kept me listening.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I know that this is a book that will stay with me and I found the ending very moving.

Any additional comments?

I received a free copy of this book from the author with no strings attached. I'm really grateful because I wouldn't have wanted to miss it.

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  • The Wrong Woman

  • A Lesbian Mystery Romance
  • By: Jane Retzig
  • Narrated by: Anne Day-Jones
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

Kate is a rapidly rising star of the trauma therapy world - London based, shy, uptight, and with an air of aloofness that masks a deep sense of insecurity. When she has to relocate her "Traumatology for the 21st Century" conference to Horton Hill "Deluxe" Hotel and Conference Centre in the heart of industrial West Yorkshire, she is understandably horrified by the state of the place.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I expected

  • By Alice on 02-08-15

Complex murder mystery

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

Reviewed: 21-06-15

What did you like most about The Wrong Woman?

This book has good pace, an intricate plot with unexpected twists, and an appealing romance.

Who was your favorite character and why?

It has to be Kate because she's intriguing and fully-rounded and you get to know her as the book progresses.

Which character – as performed by Anne Day-Jones – was your favourite?

I really enjoyed this narrator. She used her voice well to distinguish the characters. I particularly enjoyed Saskia and Naz.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Will her past destroy her future?

Any additional comments?

This book kept me guessing.

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  • The Full Legacy: A Lesbian Mystery Romance

  • By: Jane Retzig
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Shelley
  • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

London 1993 - Gill is wary of love. Since the death of her partner, Corinne, she has put all her energy into building up her photography business, being a good and reliable friend, and avoiding relationships at all costs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing Lesbian Romance

  • By C.J. on 02-06-15

Intriguing Lesbian Romance

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

Reviewed: 02-06-15

If you could sum up The Full Legacy in three words, what would they be?

Atmospheric. Absorbing. Convincing.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I'm torn between Gill because she's so real and Turner because she's so cryptic.

Which character – as performed by Elizabeth Shelley – was your favourite?

Gill because it's impossible not to identify with her.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Do you dare to trust?

Any additional comments?

I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. The quality of the writing is excellent and the narrator does it justice.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful