(This is a review of the audiobook.) Okay, I've never heard this narrator, Alan Smyth, before and I won't be searching him out again. He. Pauses. Way★★★★✩ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Okay, I've never heard this narrator, Alan Smyth, before and I won't be searching him out again. He. Pauses. Way. Too. Often. And the accent didn't sound right. I would have switched to the Kindle to read; however, I decided to speed it up - way up! - as I had a due date to finish it by for a challenge. (Plus, I was driving on holiday.) This helped some, but not enough. Disappointing, as I loved the narrator in the first book in the series, Katherine Kellgren; she was exceptional. And I know Susan Ericksen (who does the In Death series so wonderfully) is doing the next, so I powered through.
Still, I'm enjoying this enchanting series. Roberts does a nice job with the "time travel" or reincarnation aspect - if you can call it either of those. Usually, I don't like long prologues, but with this series you get an update on Sorcha’s three children set in Medieval times, from whom these present-day cousins are descended. They are a delight. In addition, the solidification of the idea that joining of these six friends is what will ultimately win the day is what shines as this series progresses.
This is a "friends to lover" story for Connor and Meara, nicely done. I also like that Conner, who, although he deals with the darkness of the sorcery of Cabhan, is himself cheerful and pleasant. If you're looking for a dark and brooding alpha male, you won't find him here. Nice change of pace, that....more
Audiobook has excellent narration, if a bit dramatic at times with the spells. Really enjoyed the book. A perfect March read. Lyrical and descriptive★★★★½ Audiobook has excellent narration, if a bit dramatic at times with the spells. Really enjoyed the book. A perfect March read. Lyrical and descriptive; made me wish I was in Ireland. ...more
(This is a review of the audiobook.) Harmony, Texas is a joy to revisit, savor and treasure. I loved listening to Cord McDowell and Nevada Britain’s★★★★★ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Harmony, Texas is a joy to revisit, savor and treasure. I loved listening to Cord McDowell and Nevada Britain’s love story, as read by Julia Gibson, who seems to enjoy the return visits as much as I do. It comes across in her soft, steady voice, imbued with gentleness. As perfect for these two opposites as they are for each other.
The relationship of Ronny Logan and Marty Winston is the secondary story here, and there are plenty of tears this go round; however, they were the quite ones, the ones that roll gently down my cheeks. Ms. Gibson updates us on Ms. Thomas’ star-crossed couple with compassion and tenderness. I knew the sadness was coming since the last book, so I assumed I wouldn't cry. Sometimes I’m so naive.
Ms. Thomas has a Master’s degree in Family Studies, and it comes through in the dynamics between her beloved characters, always pulling me into their lives as if they were flesh, blood, and heart. Very real.
We get a bit more of Martha Q in #6 and she always brings a smile. Also, the Biggs brothers, Beau Yates, and Tyler Wright (who has a perfect line, at the perfect time, delivered to the far from perfect Dallas, Ronnie’s mother). Sheriff Alex makes a few short appearances, which is too little of her, but I know I can always reread her story in Somewhere Along The Way, if I want more of her. As much as I’m eager to go on to the next book in the series, past Harmony books are worth visiting again and again, too....more
(This is a review of the audiobook.) Julia Gibson narrates Ms. Thomas' next installment of this charming series, as she does the rest, and I've gotte★★★★½ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Julia Gibson narrates Ms. Thomas' next installment of this charming series, as she does the rest, and I've gotten quite used to her. While she doesn't have a wide range in voice differentiation, she does have subtle tone changes that make the characters work. In addition, she has a calm soothing voice, which is perfect for this series. Although, there is a bit of excitement in Chance of a Lifetime; someone is out to kill hunky Rick Matheson, the town lawyer!
I love returning to Harmony, as it is one of my top five favorite fantasy towns to which I'd move to in a heartbeat. There are a few new story-lines, and a few that move right along: Rick Matheson (Hank's cousin) and a woman riding in on a bike named Trace Adams; shy Emily Tomlinson & workaholic Tannon Parker; and stuttering country singer Beau Yates and a new, Mustang driving, mystery woman. Ronnie Logan pops up every now and then, just enough to pique my interest in what she's up to. Sure, it goes without saying, I missed Reagan Truman and Noah McAllen, the mainstays of the series; but, I trust Ms. Thomas will get back to them in the future.
I always experience the wide range of emotions when reading about small town Harmony, sharing the residents' smiles, laughter, tears, poignant moments, regrets, loneliness, joys, comforts and cozy feelings. Someone's story always gets continued in the next book, but there's always satisfaction for the main-liners of the current book....more