Return to Hidden Mountain....
Lorelei Stewart has always accepted her role as the town tramp's daughter and has earned her fast and loose reputation. She's a hard woman who pays her way and asks for nothing, but times change. Pregnant and overburdened with responsibility, she's given up on men and has a plan to provide her baby with what she never had as a child; a decent home and a loving mother. The old bootlegger, Rollie Roper, needs a caretaker and has room for Lorelei and her coming child; a fair exchange.
Everything's almost perfect until Rollie's long lost nephew, Cob Thornton, turns up with money and plans of his own and those plans don't include the woman living in his house, yet something about Lorelei fascinates him. He begins to see past the cold armor she wears to protect herself from pain and finds a vulnerable and loving woman within. Now all he has to do, with a little help from old and new friends, is convince the pessimistic Lorelei that sometimes, changing times can be a blessing in disguise.
©2014 Jacqueline Rhoades (P)2015 Jacqueline Rhoades
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"Strong Can Also Be Sweet"
I really enjoyed listening to this book. Jacqueline Rhoades is a new author to me and I am so happy I was able to have this experience. I only wish I listened to book 1 in this series first because I would have had a deeper understanding of the relationships some the characters shared in this story. Ms. Rhoades did a great job of including details that kept me from feeling lost at any time.
The story of Lorelei and Cob seemed like a continuous push and pull until Cob was able to convince Lorelei that he's not there to take what he can get and move on. I loved the interaction between the two very strong personalities as well as the attraction and sensual tension surrounding them. The integrity of the characters remained throughout the book and that was great to see even as they gave in to one another.
Leah Frederick did a great job pulling the characters off of the pages and giving them voices that I could relate to. I think she did a stellar job.
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This is a good novel. I see there is another book in the series that started it. I want to see where things all began.
"A wonderful southern novel"
Hope changes all
When Loreli first encounters Cob.
She brings comfort, warmth, and happiness to her performance. She does such a great job I found myself crawling inside this book as if I was a part of the story.
No it's too long.
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"Enjoyed Listening to!"
I think that Frederick brought the characters to life better than I could have if I had read the print version of the book.
Frederick brings out each character's personality in such an interesting way.
I received this book free from the author, for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book.
"Can't wait to listen to more!"
I was given a complimentary copy of this audiobook by the narrator in exchange for a review. I enjoyed the animation given to each character in this book. Definitely worth a credit! I can't wait to listen to more by this author.
I really like the plot. You can't let things in the past hinder the future. It is probably the hardest thing especially if we believe we deserve it. A wonderful story on learning how to believe we are worthy of the good things in life. Love comes in all shapes and from different places!
"Book two...as amazing as book 1!"
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Jacqueline Rhoades continues to bring a wonderful story as the next chapter in this series. Her descriptions of Preston's Mills and Hidden Mountain are beautiful, you can actual see it. But that does not distract from the incredible cast of characters she brings to life in this series. Lorelei is the main character of this story. We met her in the first book, and she becomes the heroine saving Meg and TJ at the end of the book. Now we see her living with Rollie, 8 months pregnant and still stubborn as all get out. She meets Rollie's nephew Cob, and while she doesn't want to give in to his charm, is taken in with his loving ways. We get to live through her life trials with her mother, hang out with the unofficial girls' club, meet her new boss Olivia and enjoy her daughter Abigail. And oh the secrets we learn!!!
Leah Frederick again brings this story to us, with the same voices she uses in the previous story. There is nothing better than putting in your earbuds and recognizing your characters that become your family when you are listening. She is amazing.
"great reading book 1 and 2"
Loved it, kept my interest. would like to read book three if there is one. please let me know if there is one or will be one soon.
"An excellent listen"
A most refreshing love story. Lorelei came from an unsavory past and so the story unfolds, with ups and downs galore.
This has been an easy to read and interesting book and I had one of those "oh no, it's finished" experiences when it ended. That doesn't happen too often!
Do yourself a favor - if you like love stories, read this one.
"Wonderful Medley of Characters From Small Town...."
The push and pull between Lorelei and Cob. The banter, love and mutual respect between Lorelei & old Rollie Roper.
The constant misunderstanding could drive someone crazy, but to me it added so many dimensions: the town and disbelief about Lorelei, the town and its belief about Rollie, the town and its belief about Cob. Everyone has an opinion about whether Lorelei is a pregnant tramp, like her mother? Or why Cob would be interested in her? Wouldn't he be grateful to have a woman like Lorelei. There is also the speculation about Lorelei pregnancy. Who is the child's father, why would anyone want to hang around with that baggage, as Lorelei herself doesn't understand!
It is absolutely a delight to listen to, in part because of the narration by Leah Frederick. What a handful of characters to navigate and she does it with ease.
Anyone who would like the feel of hometown USA, the rumor mills as well as all of the good things like country picnics, church on Sunday the old ladies gossiping – the men even more so; will enjoy this smart, dramatic, and a bit of fun!
It has a throw back feel of the 1950's, complete with diner that seems to be the heartbeat of the town - with the complications and responsibilities of now & then.
I loved this book and was surprised to find it was 2nd in a series. It certainly stands alone!
Notes: Some risque scenes, strong language
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