Monday, August 6, 2018

Broken Branches

Broken Branches
By: Brenda M. Spalding
Narrated by: Eliza Wethers
Length: 5 hrs and 13 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 03-23-18
Language: English
Publisher: Brenda M. Spalding


I totally fell in love with this book and the characters that are between the pages. The start is sad and brings a tear to your eye, it doesn’t take long for the danger to come with noises in the dark, accidents that happen it makes you start to believe in ghost. There is rumor of a treasure to be found inside the walls of this old house. It seems someone is willing to kill to get it. As the author took me on a journey of danger I found myself holding my breath and at one time my phone rang I about jumped out of my skin. The plot thickens more characters are added to it making you wonder who could be behind it all. I kept guessing what the treasure was but I couldn’t have been more wrong. It is a delightful listen that held my attention and captive me from the start.

I have not listened to anything by this narrator I thought she did a great job, loved her character voices and the emotion she gives them. Her normal voice is pleasant as well as each character she brings to life. She truly made me believe in the danger, excitement, and even gave me a few chills. The audio was clear, no background noises, there were two places words were repeated, I think that is when she took a break. It did not take away from the audio at all, and she had no trouble pulling me back in. There was one male character I wasn’t too crazy about his voice but I did grow to love it as the story went long. The rest of them I loved from the start, she really put emoition into the characters, pausing when she needed to. Her tones were right even her old voices were delightful. I had no trouble believing what I was listening to. I thought her performance was outstanding.

I loved the twists and turns the author gives us, she had me fooled almost until the end. There were things I didn’t see coming and a lot of surprises that were exciting, thrilling and dangerous. In all honesty the author had me in the palm of her hand almost from the first page. I loved how she captive my attention and held it. I really didn’t want the story to end. A very believable and honest story that pulls you in making you believe what you are listening to. I just could not put it down and listened to this almost at one setting. I loved the characters and the romance between the two main ones. The cat is adorable and I do feel it is there for a reason. The mystery grabs you and keep a hold of you throughout the story. It truly was a delightful listen I can’t wait to listen to more of this author work.

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The death of her grandmother brings artist and gallery owner Megan Calloway to Salem. She is rescued by a tall, dark stranger from a careless driver. Was it an accident, or something more sinister? After another death, Megan and her rescuer, Jake, investigate the strange occurrences in her grandmother's house. Everything revolves around a ring she inherited and riddles she must solve. Visions of the past lead Megan to find her future and a treasure lost in time.

Tabitha: Bride of Missouri

Tabitha: Bride of Missouri
American Mail-Order Brides Series, Book 24
By: Amelia C. Adams, American Mail-Order Brides
Narrated by: Meghan Kelly
Series: American Mail-Order Brides, Book 24
Length: 3 hrs and 49 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 07-10-18


A story of starting all over where you started after trying to move ahead and losing everything you have worked for. Now Tabitha has to move back in with her cousin who isn’t always nice. It seems there are a few in her family that will have to learn a few lesson on life, love and happiness. It is a different kind of mail order bride story, one that is heartbreaking in so many ways. Here two people will meet one will fall helplessly in love the other already has a bride on the way. When things get a little complicated when one steps over the line and comes up with egg on her face. Her heart was in the right place, but she did the wrong thing. As the plot thickens how it can get any worse. I am so glad you asked because it does in more ways than one. I loved every word of this story from start to finish it truly was a great listen.

The narrator did a lovely job of narration, she really brings the story to life making you see a side of the story that you would not have seen reading the book. Her character voices are great, she puts a lot of power behind each emotion truly giving you a listen you get lost in. There was one place where wording was repeated but in no way does it take away from the story. Besides that if any breaks were taken I could not tell. It is a very clear and clean audio that gives vivid details you almost feel like you are there with the characters. Her performance was great, she pauses when she needs you, gives emotions that you can hear in her voice. The narrator pulled me in taking me away on a delightful journey I got lost in.

I really enjoyed the twists and turns the plot took, I also enjoyed how it was a mail-order bride story but with a twist that makes it a unique story. I didn’t really care for Tabitha cousin, but she has a lot to learn and learn she does the hard way. By the end my heart really went out to her. Tabitha tries her best to be a true friend to Thomas but gets herself in a mess of trouble. She is a very strong person and is way ahead of her time, trying to make her own way without a man. When she is pushed into a relationship she pushes back. Thomas is just a sweet heart to kind and good for his own good. He wants a bride and has picked her but there are a few issues that most likely will not only hurt him but his pride.

The author gives you a believable story that pulls you in taking you away to another time and place when things were not so easy and times were hard. People got married to people they didn’t love and sometimes didn’t even like. You will find a story inside a story here where a couple has to face some facts there just aren’t ready for. It broke my heart to watch them. I loved this story from start to finish and didn’t want it to end. From the narration to the author it was a story I couldn’t put down with a powerful message between the pages. I laughed, thought at times it was very funny and truly enjoyed watching the drama and messes these to make of their life. I am looking forward to listening more of the author and narrators work.

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Summary
Tabitha: Bride of Missouri is twenty-forth in the unprecedented fifty-book American Mail-Order Brides Series.

An orphan since she was ten, Tabitha Phillips was raised by a cousin who resented her, and she went out on her own as soon as she could. When the factory where she was working burned down, she was forced to return to her childhood home under the scrutiny of her critical relatives.

As an employee at the post office, Tabitha isn't supposed to become involved in the doings of her customers. But when one young man's heart could be broken by a thoughtless letter, she sees a chance to make a difference . . . for herself as well as for him.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

The Rainmaker

The Rainmaker (The Family Creed #2)
by Shauna Allen


It is sad, emotional, fun, loving read, filled with normal day to day life of losing one you love and trying to move on. The not knowing is killing this family but somehow someway they find the strength to move on never forgetting The Dove that touched them so deep in her short life. They spend years wondering, looking for answers but never getting them. Each family member is going through their own hell but still moves on with their day to day life. Here you will read Levi’s story he has had his own pain and loss besides losing his baby sister he lost his one true love, marrying another only to lose his son, with nothing there to hold the marriage together he lost his wife. Now years later his past meets his future bring back the one woman he truly loved. His past has changed him into a man so far from the easy going lucky man he used to be. What you see now is a man driven to make money, a mover, shaker in the business world, never looking back the pain is still too real. With Harper back in his life he is going to have to face the demons from his past.

What a great addition to this series, the author had me in her palm with the first book and this one was no different. Clair is never far away as we get closer to the truth of what happened to her it becomes very emotional and heartbreaking leaving us with more questions and few answers. I and the family feel that she is dead but there is still hope that she may be alive out there in this crazy world. The author gives us drama that held my attention, making me want to read The Dove waiting to know what happened, but this is Levi’s story which holds its own interest and entertainment. Here we see a broken man watching one of his brothers finding true happiness and another family member having a child which brings back memories he has been trying to outrun. At the same time he must face how things ended with Harper and bring closure to that part of his life.

Levi is strong, but weak, he is man with dreams but has lost so many. He is a ticking time bomb ready to blow his top, he has so much pain pinned up inside which shows just how strong he really is that he hasn’t let go. Harper is a caring loving woman who knows what she wants but knows how to give the space Levi needs. As their past come to light your heart breaks for each of them. There are some very emotional scenes that will bring tears to your eyes. I wanted so bad to give them both support, grabbing them holding them tight. It isn’t all sad the author gives you lots of laughs in a story that is very entertaining and holds your attention from start to finish. I just love the energy Harper has she is so full of life making those around her smile and laugh. She has known true pain and sorrow but has grown to be an amazing woman. Between these pages you will find a family filled with love, and pain that supports the other but gives them space as well as they go through what no family should.

Bottom line this is a series you don’t want to miss filled with so much it will break your heart, but they will make you laugh, chuckle and want to cry for all they have gone through. They are strong, demanding but gentle and caring. It is a story that will stay with you as you live their journey seeking answers to the unknown and finding a reason to live a life without their dearly beloved sister. It is a story filled with hot steamy passion, the love scenes are wonderful. You are going to need to things why reading this book tissues and a fan. This will be a series I will read again and again filled with wonderful characters and a plot that will pull you in.

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Summary
~ Five brothers, one family tragedy, untold heartache. ~

The world callously moved on when my sister disappeared without a trace ten years ago.
My life—my family’s lives—froze in grief that torturous summer day.
My soul crumbled completely, a few years later, when I buried my son.
I survive the agony by hiding it neatly beneath my businessman fa├žade and all the accolades that money can buy.
But Harper Devlin is my Achilles heel. The one who got away . . . with my broken heart.
Now she’s back and as irresistible as ever.
I shouldn’t want her. I can’t have her. But I need her.
And she needs me. I may have to conceal all my wounds just to survive being around her again, but I’m willing to do it to help her build her dreams and her business. It’s what I do. It’s what I know. I’m damn good at it.
My name is Levi Creed.
I am the Rainmaker.

***Reader note: This is the second of a 6-part emotional family saga series. Each story is 100% male first-person point-of-view, and while each full-length novel is guaranteed to have a complete HEA romance, their family mystery remains unsolved until the end of the series.
***Due to profanity and very strong sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Montana Mail Order Bride Box Set



Montana Mail Order Bride Box Set
Westward Series, Books 1-3
By: Linda Bridey
Narrated by: J. Scott Bennett
Series: Montana Mail Order Brides, Book 1-3
Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 07-18-16


Westward Winds
Tessa wants more out of life than to be someone’s wife who is there to make her husband look good, never having a mind of her own, living with a boring man who is just out to make a name for his self living it up with party after party. She wants a man who truly is a man one that doesn’t mind a women being a women with a mind. She has gone through all the men in her town and fines them lacking, she sees an ad for a mail order bride which seem exciting. When Deans brother tells him about the mail order bride program Dean laughs and said sure why not. His brother write for him, when a letter comes back they are both shocked to get a reply. Dean wasn’t even serious but his brother was. Dean is great at a lot of things but writing and telling about his feelings has never been one of his strong points. He agrees to let his brother write back to Tessa, of course he reads her replies and tells his brother what to write with his brother adding more in detail of things a woman might like to hear which will cause trouble down the road. Dean likes what he sees when he meets Tessa as times goes on he finds he is very attracted to her never guessing he would feel this way about another women. They write back and forward getting to know each other and agree to meet.


They have their ups and downs as they learn to talk, and deal with day to day issues. Most day’s things are more down than up leaving Dean confused as to just what Tessa wants or expects. She sure does know how to beat a dead horse.

Westward Dance
My heart really went out to both Madelyn and Seth both are about as broken as a person can get. Maddy is attacked by a trusted friend and Seth fell and broke his leg as it turns from bad to worse not knowing if he will even be able to keep it much less walk or ride again. The family set about match making getting these two together both writing back and forth they get to know each other. Things really takes off when Seth goes and stays with Maddy’s family why he gets his leg taken care of. The story doesn’t end there, their love grows but things get in their way and it is a pretty rocky road for a time. It is a story of pain, sorrow, love, needs, wants, and compassion.


Westward Bound
I am not sure I would call this was a mail order bride story since the two met once at the sisters wedding and wrote to each other keeping in touch. They kept me smiling and laughing at these two get on each other’s nerves trying to get the best of the other. With the conflict between daughter and father Claire decides to move out west with her sister.  She is tried of not being good enough like a son would be. Things happen that will help them both if they marry. Claire has always loved Marcus, but he isn’t too crazy about her. Their back and forwards mail is truly entertaining and will have you laughing. 


J. Scott Bennett did a wonderful job of narration he put feeling into the audio. His voice is very powerful, clear and pleasant to listen to. There are no background noises or any volume changes His tones are very even he never leaves you guessing how the character feels. He gives you a very clear rich audio that you do not want to put down. The male voices are as pleasant as his female voices. You never have any trouble knowing who is talking or just what is on their mind. He uses the correct tones with each character just as I pictured them to be. He chuckles when he needs to or shows sorrow through his voice. I really enjoyed his voice and could listen to it all day with no problem. Mr. Bennett has become one of my favorite narrators I know when I see his name I am going to be taken away and truly enjoy the listen.

The author gives you a delightful set of stories that keeps your attention why she pulls you in with a few shocks along the way. The plot is great as the author brings the west of long ago to life giving you a story of so much pain, misunderstanding, sorrow and so much love. I loved the twist and turns she brings keeping you guessing at some things and other times you know just where she is going. It is a believable story that I bought into from the start. The characters are great, fun, caring and loving. I am really enjoying this series each one better than the last as I get to know each character better. All the ones you loved in the first books are back in this set, it was great to see them again, seeing how they have grown and the changes they have made. I can’t wait to see what the next story holds for me.


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The first three novels in the series that critics describe as "a wonderful blend of hope, passion, romance, and humor."
Westward Winds
Tessa O'Connor lives in a world of privilege and excess. Her doting parents want her to make a good match with a worthy gentleman and live a respectable life. She is beautiful and intelligent and she comes with a hefty dowry. There is no reason that she shouldn't be able to find an eligible man and settle down.
Tessa gets married to Dean and they struggle to find common ground and make their marriage work. Will they each take the risk and open their hearts to one another? Can their marriage survive, and will they find love and contentment in each other?
Westward Dance
Madelyn O'Connor is beautiful, popular, and comfortable with her opulent life. That is until she is brutally attacked by the son of one of the wealthiest families in Pittsburgh. Her parents are ready to fight the case out in the courts, but Madelyn doesn't want any publicity about it. She wants to forget that it ever happened, but can't.
Seth Samuels, Tessa's brother-in-law, becomes injured when he and his men are attacked by wild dogs on a cattle drive. He's morose and anxious over the prospect of not being able to participate in drives any longer. Tessa sees two people she loves hurting and thinks that maybe they can help each other when no one else can. She appeals to Seth to help convince Madelyn to come west. Seth refuses at first, but then figures that since he can't do much else, he might as well try to help.
Westward Bound
Claire O'Connor is the youngest of the three O'Connor sisters. Unlike her older siblings, Claire doesn't have great skills in social niceties. Even though she tries to fit in, Claire will never be popular in the elite world in which she was born. Claire would much rather be in school or learning business strategy from her father than do anything else. When she travels to Montana for her sister Maddie's wedding to Seth Samuels, she meets the youngest Samuels brother, Marcus.
She's attracted to his dark good looks and flashing gray eyes, but knows he thinks of her as an annoying kid who happens to be extremely intelligent. During the time she spends in Montana, she and Marcus develop an antagonistic relationship, which Claire purposely fosters to hide her crush on him. She dreams of snaring Marcus' heart one day, and begins her secret mission as soon as she arrives back in Pittsburgh.