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Enjoyable!

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

Reviewed: 08-02-20

Another enjoyable story from Amanda Mariel in which the heroine is compelled to leave the love of her life and wed another. Thank goodness there are second chances for without them many a romance would have died a quick death.
Lewis and Grace are nicely suited and when they meet again, many, many years later, sparks fly and life takes a turn for the better.
I did enjoy this story but was not too happy with one thing in the narration which kept drawing me out of the story itself and that was Barbara Rich's male voice for Lewis. It was really not to my liking and made him sound like a 'bad' guy with a rather strange voice, which I really did not like. Besides that the rest of the narration seemed ok.
I listened to the audiobook version and my review above is voluntary and unbiased.

An Absolute Pleasure!

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

Reviewed: 03-02-20

What I love about Victoria Vale's stories is that besides the heat level there is always a fascinating and really interesting story with amazing characters.
Aubrey and Lucy could have a most remarkable permanent relationship and after almost losing each other a few times I began to wonder if this would n fact happen. The story is full of romancing and angst as the two of them fight the demons of their pasts and blossoming love for each other.
It flows from scene to scene, getting more and more interesting as each scene unfolds and eventually reaches its wonderful climax (pun intended!).
I just loved Darcy Stark's narration of this audiobook and he made listening to it an absolute pleasure. His voice is perfectly suited for Aubrey and the others are a good match too.
This is definitely a book/audiobook that I am recommending!
I listened to a copy of the audio version and my voluntary review above is unbiased.

Great Entertainment!

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

Reviewed: 28-01-20

Written as only Melissa Foster can write to take you on an emotional rollercoaster of note.
I simply loved everything about this story and its wonderful characters and one special one that I just have to mention is Hal, Josie's son - he is just such a cutie!
And then there were the two talented narrators, Devra Woodward and Jacob Morgan who have done a remarkable job with their telling of Melissa's story.
Thanks to all three of you for the delightful entertainment!
My voluntary review above has been written after listening to the audiobook version.

Delightful

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

Reviewed: 19-01-20

This is a beautiful love story where two people who have known each other fall in love.
I loved how Luther persisted in his courtship of Diana and the dramatic climax of the story.
Price Waldman has a voice I could listen to forever and his narration together with the imaginative writings of Dawn Brower in this book go hand in hand to make this a recommendable success.

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.