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Really Great Entertainment

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

Reviewed: 12-10-19

I have listened to the first three stand-alone books in the first Boxset of this series somewhat out of order and that made absolutely no difference at all. I've loved every one of them and can honestly recommend them.
Here are my voluntary and unbiased reviews of the promotional copies of the audiobooks which I listened to.
1. Mistletoe Mayhem
Sawyer and Devon should have married before he enlisted to fight in the war but she didn't want to be left at home while he was away in the army.
He comes home injured and she realizes she made the biggest mistake of her life by not marrying him so just how is she going to make this happen now?
Linda Bridey will tell you how in this beautifully crafted tale which had me captivated and entranced. I must confess that I seem to be a bit addicted to these stories and am always happy to gorge myself on them.
Mary Ann Weathers does a good job with her competent narration.
2. After the Storm
This time we read/listen to the romantic story of Tim and Renee and how they try desperately to keep their love for each other and life itself alive while life and various horrid men try their damnedest to prevent that from happening.
Thank goodness for the happily-ever-after or I would have been a wreck!
Tim and Renee come across as strong, yet caring people and I loved that about them. I was also highly amused by the antics of Skippy - he is just so cute!
Linda Bridey has again managed to capture the essence of life and love in this spellbinding story and Mary Ann Weathers has read it very pleasingly.
3. Spirit Journey
This audiobook had two interlinked books in it, both about members of the Lakota tribe. In these stories the author never shies away from life or living. She tells it "like it is" and at the same time makes it interesting and un-put-down able. Both are emotion evoking in that one seems to personally go through the exact emotion that is appropriate for the character at that moment. That is brilliant writing!
The first story, Spirit Journey, told about the tribe's spiritual journey which was amazingly captivating and also tells of the blossoming love between
Skippy and Peanut and her daughter, Annie. He is shy and she is cute but strong and she knows a good man when she finally finds him.
The second story, Gossamer Threads, is about Joey and his deep and all-consuming love for his wife, Snow Song. It also tells about Runner and his relationship with the tribe and the community and touches on the budding relationship between Jaylin and Eric and of the relationship between Rory and Kyle.
There are a few surprises in this story and they teach us that although we can't control what other people do, we can take responsibility for our own actions.
I found both tales interesting and quite educational while being wonderfully entertained.
The narration was good with interesting voice-acting by Mary Ann Weathers.

Wooing Julia!

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

Reviewed: 06-10-19

After wooing Julia for ages, Charles eventually resorts to challenging her to spend 'Twelve Nights as his Mistress'....... which was probably the cleverest thing that he could do.
This story was full of the love of two people for each other, who had both been married before and who just couldn't seem to successfully land up together on a permanent basis ... until that ultimatum.
As for the characters, you have just got to love Julia and Charles and of course one has to hate the conniving actions of his mother.
Julia has some nervous quirks which turn out to be quite sweet while one has to admire the persistence of Charles.
The the characters are a delight, the story is quite novel and very nicely written and easy to follow but I did have a small problem with some of the pronunciation of some of the words by the narrator, Mary Sarah, (e.g 'back' became 'baak') and I wasn't sure if it was just her accent or misreading of the words and found this was a bit annoying because I had to keep on going back in the audio to try and work out what was being said. But other than the pronunciation problem, the rest of her narration was quite pleasant.
Would I recommend the story? A definite 'yes'!

A Story about a Story!

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

Reviewed: 07-09-19

Frances and Clive meet when she brings her book to his place of work so that it can be published.
Their relationship becomes one of mentor and pupil as he feels that she lacks the real life experience of romance and love in her writings.
Their feelings grow for each other but neither will admit to this and things get more and more complicated until the climax of the story.
Frances is a sweet and innocent young lady. Clive thinks he is making the right decisions for her to gain experience in life but soon realizes that he has made a big mistake.
Of course there is also one of Frances' friends who doesn't have to do much to make her feel jealous about her relationship with Clive and the Englishman who is supposed to take her out, but enough said about him!
The story is well written and moves along quite quickly but I felt a bit of disappointment when it did end as I would have loved for it to carry on and on. Such was my total involvement in the lives of these two characters.
Of course, Meghan Kelly has once again done a phenomenal narration that uplifts the story even more.
I just loved all of it and will happily recommend it to you.
Having listened to the audiobook version, my unbiased and voluntary review is recorded above.

Eva and George!

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

Reviewed: 01-09-19

Lead is a town near to where the family have settled and this is where Eva (the other twin sister) and a ranger by the name of George Roth slowly fall in love.
Theirs is a very strained love story with George believing that Eva is being treasonous and betraying her country.
The story itself is well written and kept me listening long past my bedtime. I just love it when that happens!
The main characters are quite believable and very endearing even though the both have faults, but these are forgivable as the story progresses.
The narration is what I have come to expect of Meghan Kelly. She is really a pleasure to listen to with her very good and recognizable voices (even the male ones), clear diction and emotions that come through in her speech.
I am very happy to recommend this third book/audiobook in the series and hope you enjoy it as much as I have.
I requested and listened to an audiobook and my voluntary review above is unbiased.

Hattie's Rescue!

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

Reviewed: 26-08-19

This is Hattie's story and she has gotten herself into a disastrous situation. She is a drunk and a whore being beaten up on a regular basis.
Hugh has been deputized to find her and has been searching for almost s year. He is one of the most compassionate, understanding and honorable men that I have read about in a fiction story and what a pleasure he is.
I totally love his ethical behavior!
The romancing is sweet and the acknowledgement of the love that these two characters eventually own up to is cute!
In general, a lovely, easy to read story which has been narrated by Meghan Kelly and what a fine job she does with this too. These two make a great team!
I requested and listened to an audiobook and my voluntary review is unbiased.

There is Always Hope!

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

Reviewed: 21-08-19

This is a really great love story, beautifully written by Kari Trumbo as a stand-alone with wonderful and very believable characters and of course, a happily ever-after.
In addition, J. Scott Bennett has narrated the audiobook and he makes each character come alive with his interesting voices which make the book a pleasure to listen to.
I requested a copy and listened to the audio version and my voluntary and unbiased review is above.

Suspense and Murder!

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

Reviewed: 10-08-19

Having just finished listening to this audiobook, it seems to me that the underlying theme in this series is kidnapping and in this particular story there is a buildup of various murders which are being committed and just who this murderer is is a total shock! I certainly never saw it coming!
The suspense is very strong and the way in which Claudia and her beau, Dawson deal with this makes this story into a interesting 'page-turner' which I really enjoyed and can recommend.
There are moments of great joy and some of real sadness and these emotions help make this a tale one can relate to.
Megan Lott narrated both the first and this second story and did a good job with both of them.
I requested and listened to an audiobook version and my voluntary review above is unbiased.

Aiden and Jennie

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

Reviewed: 25-07-19

This is a really sweet story about a family of sisters, one of whom is married and her husband is responsible for all of their well being. They travel to Deadwood and try to settle there.
One of them falls in love with a guy who is a miner and the story plays itself out showing the blossoming love between them and their denials and eventual acceptance of this relationship.
Many things happen to make their lives interesting and exciting and it is all brought together nicely by Kari Trumbo in a satisfying climatic ending.
Meghan Kelly has done a remarkable narration and I was once again happily entertained by her talent and this made the story even more enjoyable for me.
I listened to an audiobook version and my unbiased review is given voluntarily.

Clean Hope!

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

Reviewed: 23-07-19

I really enjoyed this easy to read, interesting story in the form of an audiobook and was able to listen to it in a few hours.
It is well written, flows nicely from scene to scene, has a pair of really nice main characters who bravely face the hardships that life dishes up and do something with their lives that impact on their relationship and improve it.
This is the type of story that could rekindle hope and trust in one's life and that could possibly help a lot of people.
I enjoyed the narration by Jessica Caruso which was easy to listen to and I found it a pleasure to listen to.
My voluntary review above is unbiased and written after listening to an ARC copy of the audiobook.

I Loved This Story!

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

Reviewed: 15-07-19

The more I read of historical novels the more I am convinced and of the opinion that even though the Earls, Dukes, etc needed someone to inherit from them and that they should be all that more keen to get married and have a family, that they seem to need a good old kick in the butt and then perhaps the little lightbulb would go off or the penny would drop.
This was a really great story. I loved that fact that Helena gave Pierre her trust (on a misunderstanding) and that his intentions were not to marry her, but it turned into a lovely second chances story which was really good.
Emily Murdoch's story telling has improved with each book in this series and I am totally happy to recommend this one.
I originally read an Advance Reader's Copy of the ebook and have now also listened to the Audiobook which is equally as good and beautifully read by Verity Burns.
The above is my voluntary and unbiased review