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Your Wife Was Right!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-06-2020

I wanted to read this book because I listened to the Ted Talk given by Jason B Rosenthal at a time when I was searching for some understanding of grief and how to survive it. I wondered if my own pathetic story had any right to be put in the same category as this story. At the same time, there is no more useless exercise than comparing pain, so I stopped, and listened and learned. But, this story is so much more than one of loss, regret and pain, it's a story of hope. It's a story of generosity, of a woman so in tune with herself and the world that she was a giver, who gave something to everyone, not just her husband and family. Google Amy Krouse Rosenthal and discover her for yourself. I was compelled to, after listening to Jason's story. In doing so I found one of her many picture books for children, "I wish you more." Then I found her Ted Talks. One of them, "7 Notes On Life," had a huge impact on me and still influences my thoughts and choices, positively. The story of "The Beckoning of Lovely," is powerful story and the theme through it all is, to make the most of our time here, creating something, which is exactly what Amy did. It is something I've begun to do, inspired by Jason and Amy's story, I'm beginning to create. It's small and it's out of my comfort zone, but the positive energy is empowering. Jason leaves us with the thought, What will you do with your blank space? It's worth thinking about. I found the narration easy to listen to and the pauses appropriate and natural.

Aussie Surprise!

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-2019

I enjoy the K-9 Rescue series by DD Ayres, and admire the people who work with these intelligent animals. This book amused me a little, from an Aussie perspective. Surprisingly, words like jumbuck and even jackaroo are not part of our everyday vocabulary, and the school of the air operates in our outback - based in Alice Springs, which is not in our capital territory - Canberra. Apart from this, the book contained interesting characters, ones who struggled with aspects of their life, found ways to be successful with determination and supportive friends and featured our four legged friends, the furry heroes of this series.

Start of another great KA Series

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-01-2018

What is it about Kristen Ashley’s writing that has us waiting impatiently for the next story?
The characters are flawed, thank goodness. This helps to keep them real. But they’re not so real that they fall into the ordinary. They swear, frequently, and do things that make us, the readers cringe. But the characters are never boring and we fall a little in love with them ourselves.
KA impresses me every time with her clever use of literary devices; personification, rhythm, illiteration and the way she can make a sigh, grunt or look add nuance to an already poignant scene.
Admittedly some of her stories have been confronting, in fact I don’t know any of her stories that don’t confront or challenge my expectations and certainly experience. If they didn’t confront or challenge a little of my beliefs, I would stick to reading a predictable author, who sanitised scenes and characters.
Fortunately for us, KA gives us authentic.
As for the narrators, I admire their skill and enjoy their craft.

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Real, Entertaining and Heartwarming

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-04-2017

There's something about the way Robyn Carr writes that makes me smile. Her characters are believable, funny and flawed. I love the flaws, they are the part that makes the characters authentic. Sully is becoming one of my favourite characters. Robyn Carr has a way of writing about horrendous experiences without making me cringe with repetitive recounts of ghastly moments. Instead I find myself smiling at characters who choose to make each moment count rather than focusing on an ugly past. I like the subtle complexities of her characters, but best of all I like a story that takes me away from my own story and makes me smile.

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The first of a great series.

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-04-2017

Danielle Stewart impressed me with her style and interesting plot. Sometimes a love interest can overwhelm a story, and it is refreshing to hear such a well balanced novel. The directional change between now and then was interesting and built an understanding of the complex character that is Reid. Tara is not so complicated. I like a person who refuses to be a victim, and enjoy authors who write about strong women.
I'm looking forward to the next novel in this series.

Non-Earth Warrior Claims 21st Century Earth-Woman

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-08-2016

This story is intwined in two languages and lives cultural diversity. If you appreciate the drama you anticipate finding in the clash of worlds and cultures, let alone the male and female component, and you can accept that there will be scenes that a Western 21st Century Woman would never tolerate. The two main characters, Circe and Lahn connect, disconnect and proceed to build an impossible life together.

For people who love language, the ultimate power of words, in any language, then the language differences and challenges in this story will particularly intrigue and appeal to you.
This novel has heart and humor as well as tragedy and triumph and that is what makes it a journey to enjoy.

If you don't approve of people writing about real wrongs, or talking about the shocking and confronting, then you won't like this story at all. But if you can handle real; true to time and context, no matter how unpleasant, you will appreciate that real can sometimes be wonderful too, even in fantasyland.

This story has something for a wide range of audiences. If you like to critique an author and find things to be appalled at, you will definitely find it in this novel. However, if you have enjoyed Kristen Ashley's writing, then you will find the same patterns in this text, raw honesty, so honest it hurts, so confronting it could slam into some of your own bias and this also makes it so very believable. And then there is humor, unexpected and wonderful and woven strongly to a context that is passionately raw, and so very typical of Kristen Ashley's writing.

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Attitude, Humor and Heart

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-08-2016

I wondered if the grit, heart and humor that is Kristen Ashley's writing would translate into fantasy land, or get lost in bizarre. It does translate and it doesn't get lost. I liked the contrast between worlds, it makes for tension and humor and Kristen Ashley does both of these superbly.

Not easy to hear - Impossible to turn off!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-06-2016

I don't usually like books that alternate between now and then windows, but I loved this story. The story of two children who survive life crushing events and are marked by adults who should never have been parents, is intertwined with the story of their adult lives now. Amongst all the drama is laughter and normal, with the balance that Kristen Ashley brings to her novels. If you liked her novels about badass men and kick ass women, then you will llike this one.

Ivy, Grayson, Mustang and Family

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-06-2016

This story is a little like February and Colt, characters from Kristen Ashley's The Burg Series. Two people who should always have been together but are torn apart. The reasons for the tearing apart create an interesting tension all through the book. I love Kristen Ashley's humour. The balance of tears, troubles, passion and laughter are just right and there is always something unexpected, that makes her writing so very enjoyable.
The narration of this performance is impressive.

Strong Deck Meets Determined Emme

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-06-2016

Each book in this series gives me more than an Alpha male or two and the counterpoint of strong, opinionated, gorgeous women. I love the conflict, the point of impasse, the surprise as the story builds and the tension of an unexpected threat or set-back. I love the hard and tenderness and that with each book I get a little more of the characters which have become my friends. Through it all is the thread of courage, of taking a bite out of life, not timidly, but with determination and I find that extremely important in the characters I spend so much time considering. I'm intrigued by the mountains, and should I ever place my toes on USA soil I will be visiting Colarado. Give me more of your Denver and your Indiana too Kristen Ashleigh, and the characters with enough bad to make them thoroughly interesting.

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