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Soul of the Storm

4.53  ·  Rating details ·  43 ratings  ·  39 reviews
Will love help her summit one more peak?

Charlotte MacGregor lost the thrill of conquering mountains five years ago when her sister disappeared on a hiking adventure without her. Still guilt-ridden, Charlotte heads for a vacation to rustic Vermont with a friend—where she's surrounded by reminders of her devastating loss and plagued with unanswered questions.

Matiu Christians
Kindle Edition, 1st, 170 pages
Published March 20th 2019 by The Wild Rose Press
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N.N. Light
Another wonderful installment in the Deerbourne Inn series. Here we find Charlotte, who is the definition of a troubled soul. Since the disappearance of her sister and the ending of what has to be described as a useless marriage, she’s stuck at a crossroads. Unable to move forward, ensnared in one place physically and emotionally. Being almost dragged out of her personal prison by her best friend, she finds herself spending a week at this wonderful inn.

The story is superbly paced, well written,
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Soul of the Storm is the first book I have read by Jean M Grant and it will not be the last. I enjoyed Charlotte and Maitiu’s story. I was fascinating from the start and could not put it down until the end. It is not a long read and I had no problem finishing it in a few hours.
Soul of the Storm gets four and a half stars from me. I look forward more by Jean M Grant in the future. I recommend this one.
I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
Dec 01, 2020 rated it liked it
My first read form the Deerbourne Inn series, this is book is about Charlotte who find herself "stuck" and unable to move on from her sister's disappearance. A wonderful read that is well written and easy to get lost in. ...more
Nov 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Charlotte lost her love of live when she lost her sister. Matiu is doing everything he can for family. They meet and find a bond. Love blossoms. He encorages her to move forward in live despite her past. Through everything they find peace and love
InD'tale Magazine

Heatin’ up the mud in the mountains!

Read full review in the 2019 May issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Gabbi Grey
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kiwi Maori Guy + Boston Gal = True Love? (an audio review)

Let me start by saying I enjoyed this book. I feel like I need to first explain the narration. Picking a narrator is tricky business and many decisions aren’t easy to make. In this book, the hero is a Maori from New Zealand. The heroine is from Massachusetts. Finding a narrator who can do both voices would have been a challenge. In the end, the author opted for a narrator with a New Zealand accent. The book is narrated that way with only
Peggy Jaeger
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The latest Deerbourn Inn addition, SOUL OF THE STORM by Author Jean Grant is a lovely story about loss, learning to trust again, and moving on.

When Charlotte MacGregor’s sister, Julie, disappeared 5 years ago during a hiking trip in South America, Charlotte’s life came to a standstill. She would have been with her sister if not for her husband’s selfish edict she remain home with him. Now, five years later and with her husband no longer a factor in her life, Charlotte still hasn’t forgiven herse
Amber Daulton
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In book 6 in the Deerbourne Inn series, high school teacher Charlotte MacGregor is in Willow Springs, Vermont for spring break. She used to be adventurous, but now she’s withdrawn after the disappearance of her beloved sister, Julie.
New Zealander Matiu Christiansen has been living in the US for several years, but he’s ready to go home and be with his family. Then he meets Charlotte, and she’s different from most of the tourists he deals with everyday.
Charlotte and Matiu are interesting, wonder
Christine Grabowski
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a story about a woman who goes to Vermont for spring break at the insistence of her friends. Charlotte has been in a depression for the past five years since her younger sister was lost while hiking and is presumed dead. She blames herself for her sister's death since she was supposed to go on the hike with her. Since then, she has pulled away from her friends and has avoided serious relationships. But in Vermont she meets Matiu who pushes Charlotte to forgive herself and reopen herself ...more
Robyn Washington
Dec 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Charlotte MacGregor has been grieving for sister for five years. Throwing herself into work, she finds satisfaction trying to forget what happened and the pain she feels. For spring break Charlette goes to Willow Springs for vacation to escape her depression with her best friend and her husband. She brings work thinking she may be busy, but she meets Mathiu who is a sports enthusiast. Mathiu feels connected to her and tries to get her to go hiking. He is confused when she pushes back, but eventu ...more
Tena Stetler
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Soul of the Storm, another Deerbourne Inn book I simply adored. The chemistry of the characters and the depth of the setting and emotion made for an enjoyable trek through Vermont. Ms. Grant did her homework for the speech and customs of the New Zealand Maori as well as the procedures of search and rescue (SAR). Her descriptions of the Vermont Mountains made you feel like you were right there with Matiu and Charlotte.
Matiu Christiansen is a free spirit, never really settling down. Charlotte had
Shelly Wygant
Nov 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Charlotte is on a trip with her best friend. She is unable to get past a tragedy in her past. She stays to herself only venturing out in the small town to get some coffee and visit the local book store. When She meets Matiu she comes out of her shell slowly. As they become friends they share their love of the outdoors. Matiu is only buying time until he moves back home but when he meets Charlotte he feels drawn to her. When they are forced together for a rescue can Charlotte overcome her fears. ...more
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Part of the Deerbourne Inn series a short well written story that held my interest throughout. This is Charlotte MacGregor who lost her sister when she went hiking five years ago Charlotte has been looking for closure for that long. Matiu Christiansen of Maori ancestory is an outdoors buff who meets Charlotte and they form a bond. Now they must try and save a couple lost in a late-season snowstorm. Can Charlotte overcome her fear to climb again? Read this book to find out. This is the first book ...more
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
A true love story; a real feel good kind of story. Almost everyone has been hurt or has lost someone special to them and almost all of us have sworn we’d never get close enough to be hurt again. Such is the case of Charlotte and her Kiwi.

This is a sweet read. Quick and enjoyable yet with some depth. I always say romance is not my favorite genre, but this was a book of characters you could feel and even be friends with. It’s setting is in New England so if you have any knowledge at all of New Ha
Donna Simonetta
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed Soul of the Storm by Jean M. Grant. It is a touching story of grief and finding your way back to love and life after suffering an unimaginable loss.
The search and rescue aspect was interesting, and impeccably researched, and added an exciting twist to the story.
I loved the New England setting, and fell a little in love with Matiu and his dog, Reka, from the first time we saw them. I didn’t feel as instantly drawn to Charlotte, but I warmed to her as the story progressed, and by
Trisha c
Apr 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Charlotte has been grieving for 5 years, because of her younger sister's dissapperance. Her friends invite her to come along with them to Dearborn Inn Vermont. They try to help get her out of her depression. There she met Matui? from New Zealand. He pushes her to extend herself past her own boundaries. Her resolve is tested when a crisis comes up. This is a story of trust, forgiving, rediscovering, friendship.and love.
The story is set in the US. The narrator had an accent. That confused me. But
Bridget Hickey
Oct 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Charlotte goes on vaction with her best friend and her husband to Vermont.Charlotte is stuck in a place with guilt and self pity.She is recently divorced after finding g her controlling husband has cneated.She had a passion at one time for travel and climbing until a moutain accident claimed her sisters life or disappearance . She was suppose to go with her sister and is guilt ridden she didn’t . On this trip she meets Matiu and he brings her out of her she'll then she learns he is returning to ...more
Karen Whalen
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Charlotte, a teacher with a survivor’s guilt complex, stays at the Deerbourne Inn in Vermont during spring break in April. Spring break is called mud season when the winter snow thaws and mixes with the Vermont soil. She meets Matiu from New Zealand, a volunteer with Vermont Search and Rescue, and his trained dog Reka. If you like the outdoors, beautiful places like Vermont and New Zealand, and a sweet love story with a bit of suspense, you’ll like this book. I’m definitely reading more from thi ...more
Janet Graham
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Romance, Healing and Mountain Adventure
This is a touching romance. It has a fairly graphic lovemaking scene that can be skipped over without issue. The story itself is very touching. The end leaves the reader to fill in the blanks as to the couple's future. That is a nice change from so many authors that want to control all the details of a book. I really enjoyed the realism of the story, especially in the healing of the heart aspects. I would like to read more of this author's work. I received
Dec 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I thought this was a sweet book. First of all, I loved getting a bit of Matiu's Kiwi slang. I loved Matiu's character. I loved how he got Charlotte to slowly come out of her grief and to live again. She also has a free and giving spirit that I envy. I think Matiu was my kind of man: hardworking, family oriented, can cook, sweet with just a little push to go with his supportive nature. His plans to help support his family were admirable. I loved getting to know a little about his culture, especia ...more
Peggy Chambers
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Five years ago Charlotte’s baby sister disappeared on a hiking trip – Charlotte blamed herself because she didn’t go with her. This week she is on spring break with her best friend to try to get away from the memory that always sends her spiraling into depression. And she meets Matiu, a transplanted Kiwi from New Zealand. They should have nothing in common. But they do, and the attraction is undeniable.
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I've read/listened to by Jean M. Grant. It was a nice, quick story that didn't feel rushed, though there weren't many details about characters other than the main two.

I listened to the Audible version. Rebecca McKernan had a solid performance with her narration. I didn't mind her accent, but because of the accent, I did wonder if the setting would remain in the United States throughout the book.

Samantha Waldow
Dec 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Its been 5 years and Charlotte still feels guilt about her sister disappearance. If she didn't listen to her now ex husband, julie would still be alive. Its close to the 5 year anniversary of Julies disappearance and she just wants to left at home. Her friend Veronica talks her into a mini vacation. She goes and all she wants to do is stay in her room. Matiu works at the inn and gets Charlotte to go outside and explore. Great read. ...more
L. Storms
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Of all of Jean Grant's books, this novella is one of my favorites so far! I love her contemporary work and Matiu and Charlotte hit me in all the feels. Plus, I'm a sucker for any hero with a dog, so cue heart eyes for me! Loved. It's a great, quick read that leaves you sighing with hope for the future of the characters, and maybe even for yourself. ;-) ...more
Carol Fosdick
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Spot on research and great dialog--two things I always look for in every book I read So many miss the mark with one or the other. This one doesn't. Ms Grant is an author you can trust and learn from as you enjoy the story. I look forward to reading more authors in The Deerbourne Inn Series if Soul of the Storm is an example! ...more
Julie Howard
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love this gentle story of a woman with a broken heart finding love in a small mountain town. The characters are beautifully drawn and the love interest is a New Zealander, with his own inner struggles in play. I found myself cheering for both characters, neither of whom want the complications a relationship will bring. Highly recommend!
Kristal Harris
May 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sweet story of hope!

Charlotte and Matiu's story is one full of loss, heartache, and the longing to be with family. I enjoyed the author's descriptive writing style on topics I knew nothing about, in an area foreign to me. I also liked the "building blocks," of their relationship. It's a good read romance fans looking for a deeper connection will enjoy.
Lori Caprio Tate
Oct 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ok I admit at first I was hesitant about reading this book but when i started it i couldn't put it down. Charolettes pain and loss was at the forefront of this book and Matus energy was just what she needed. They were the perfect compliment to each other and this book was such an easy read. Loved the chemistry and the unknown as I read this book. ...more
Jill Bailey
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved his fun yet deep novella by burgeoning author Jean Grant! Using my phone to put my review in was disappointing at first because it didn’t let me put in all the stars but I assure you that it’s a great quick read.
Apr 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
**Audiobook Review** I was given a copy of this audio book for an honest review. I really enjoyed listening to this book. It is well written by Jean Grant & narrated beautifully by Rebecca McKernan. This was such a deep and beautiful story! It’s a wonderful story full of healing & finding love.
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