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Publisher's Summary

Olivia Bennett is on the tenure track at Cornell University, the resident expert on Southern women writers. After moving to upstate New York from Atlanta, she falls in love with and purchases an old, run-down farmhouse. The only catch: she knows nothing about renovating a house, taking care of land, or snow.

Joss Bauer is a New York native who grew up in her family's construction business. She has a soft spot for old houses, but no patience for overpaid debutantes who want to play at country living. When Olivia hires Joss to do the renovations on her new home, the sparks fly, in more ways than one. It turns out both women have a lot to learn about life, love, and the meaning of home. But when a scandal threatens Olivia's professional reputation, it puts her priorities and her new found love on the line.

©2016 Aurora Rey (P)2016 Bold Strokes Books Inc

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    Naomi 19/08/2016
    Naomi 19/08/2016
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    "Unable to finish!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    While the narrator had an easy to listen to voice, I couldn't stand the voice she used for Olivia. It grated on me so much that I was unable to listen to the whole story, and not finishing a book is almost unheard of for me!


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I couldn't complete the book due to the awful voice used for Olivia.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator had a pleasant voice and read at a good pace but the voice she used for Olivia made me shudder and meant that I couldn't take to her character at all.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I would love to have heard the whole story but I couldn't endure Olivia's voice, it really didn't match the mental picture I had of her.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Santiago
    Lexington SC
    04/07/17
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    "You will love this love story."

    Only issue I found was the Narrator had issues with the male voices, it was kinda funny to hear. she did however, an amazing job with everything else. Including her character with the southern accent.
    This story was based around a farm house and it's renovations. The contractor that was hired turned out to be more than the owner had in mind.
    This is definitely a laugh out loud book. But omg there's one point where the Author just had to create some drama that seriously made me cry at work.... Yup the kinda sadness that cause people to look at me like I was crazy... but in the same sense I was laughed quite loudly as well.
    I love this book for those moments. The story was really easy to follow, fun and likeable characters that you can connect to, and, In the end, you will be rooting for them.
    This is my first time Reading from this Author, and I have to say I am very impressed. And, I will be reading the rest of her works. She's quit amazing.
    So, I feel you shouldn't take my word for it but it's really a must read.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • D'Andre
    02/12/16
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    "Such a Romance!!!"

    This was a romance of all romances. The story flowed easily and held so much emotion. The characters were lovable (especially Ben), and brought to life by the narrator Gwenn Dawson in such a way that it made you feel as though you were watching the whole thing take place. The details of every aspect of this story brought the reader that much closer to the characters. The emotions that this story ignited was palpable, taking you on a ride that you will not forgot.
    I totally recommend this book to anyone who loves a great love story, filled with tons of romance.
    Five Stars Aurora, you really outdid yourself!!!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • KK
    07/02/18
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    "May not finish...not bad story though"

    I hate not finishing a book. I’m at chapter 17 and figured it was near a sweet happy ending. Was a real surprise to see I was only halfway through. The story for me, though a good premise, is starting to drag a bit. The characters are ok but I’m not invested as I have been with other reads.
    The narration could’ve been better. The Southern bell sounded like the love child of Blanche Devereaux and Julia Sugarbaker, and not in a good way. ( if you don’t know who they are, google to see what I mean).
    The men sounded...well, could’ve been better.
    If I get to the end, I’ll update my review.....we’ll see.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Deb Fischer
    Southern California
    15/10/17
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    "Good story"

    Good story, good characters however the voices were off. The women sounded like little kids, the men sounded like they had marbles in their mouths and anyone over 50 sounded like a 2pack a day smoker. I stuck it out because I liked the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    20/01/17
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    "Couldn't make it past chapter 4"

    The narrators vocal choices for the different characters made it hard to listen to. I chose to stop listening around chapter 4 as it seemed like the better option. I rated the story at a two because I wanted to finish the story but couldn't bring myself to do it with that narrator. It is your standard love story so I may some day read the book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Rebecca B Preston
    12/02/17
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    "Very nice story"

    I liked the narration even if the southern accent sounded fake...the different voices for each character made it more dramatic.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Liane
    Elk Grove, CA
    26/02/18
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    "Loved it!"

    I'm not sure what I expected, but this book was truly wonderful, narration and all. It was a sweet, very believable story and I found myself wishing I could be there - in the book and with the characters.

    The characters were easy to love, which means that this is one of those books that leaves you just a little bit sad & missing them (despite the good ending).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • PCNPCGRL
    Houston, TX United States
    21/02/18
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    "Awful narrator "

    I'm usually not bothered by the voices used by the narrator but these were AWFUL. Distracting and horrible accents used. It REALLY distracted me from story. Yikes!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    14/02/18
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    "Accent ruined whole thing"

    the story was okay but the southern accent was absolutely intolerable. I found myself actually cringing on several occasions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Patti Bales
    12/02/18
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    "Don’t do it"

    I can’t get passed the first chapter. It’s like being read a book from an elementary school teacher trying to keep 5year olds entertained. I also think it needs to be clear on what this book is really about. Not what I read at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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