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Publisher's Summary

The last thing Sara Flannigan needs is a man in her life. When she returns to her hometown, she vows to create a happy life for her son and to rebuild her life after a painful divorce. Yet when she meets her son’s new doctor, she can’t deny the spark of attraction that heats between them.  

The problem? He’s Harrison Thornton, the oldest son of the illustrious Thornton family. His family would never accept a woman like Sara, a woman who grew up on the wrong side of the tracks. She tries to ignore the whispers of her past, but she soon realizes secrets can never stay hidden for long. Especially from the man claiming her wounded heart.  

Growing up in the rich and powerful Thornton family, Harrison has lived a charmed life. A renowned physician, the last thing he expects is to desire the mother of one of his patients. Sara is beautiful and intelligent, and she’s completely devoted to her son, something that only deepens his attraction to her. He doesn't want a single night of passion, though: He wants forever. Yet there are forces at work and people determined to tear them apart. Even Sara turns from him, certain she's unworthy. 

Harrison refuses to let Sara slip away, and soon, he’s fighting the greatest battle of all: the battle to win the heart of the woman he loves.

©2017 Iris Morland (P)2019 Iris Morland

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  • Danielle
  • 04-03-2020

Sweet but cliched

Sweet but pretty stereotypical & cliched story. Still enjoyable, but nothing really out of the ordinary.

I should mention, I was disappointed with the narration. It was pretty stilted and detracted from the book overall.

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  • Ap2514
  • 05-01-2020

Wonderful

This is the first book that I have listen to from this author and the first time I’ve listened to these narrators and I throughly enjoyed all of it.
I was a little worried in the beginning that this book was going to be sad and emotional (you’ll understand why after the first few chapters) but that’s not the direction the story went. I love watching the relationship between the characters grow and I’m interested to see what will happen in the next book.

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  • Jennifer D. Gillman
  • 02-06-2021

Errrr!

Secrets, lies and excuses instead of defending herself. So frustrating to listen to. Such a waste of a good hero.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 29-12-2020

Enjoyed

I have been following Iris Morland since she started writing and own most of her ebooks. I remember that this series and the Younger series were my favorites of her books. I love it when we get to read about family members each getting their happily ever afters. I was excited to be able to request a code and was not disappointed! Well done.

I didn't remember a couple of things being unresolved, so we may see those issues being tied up in future books. There was a sweet HEA and a teaser for the next book. I loved the characters and look forward to rereading the entire series. I just smiled big at the end.

Heather Costa and Jeffrey Kafer are excellent narrators. This was my first time hearing them and I hope it's not my last!! Great performances!

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  • Trisha C.
  • 09-03-2020

good story

Sara Flanders recently divorced, returns home but her rumors from high school, continue to haunt her. Growing up on the wrong side of the tracks. Her son seen by the local pediatric oncologist, the single, handsome, rich Dr. Harrison Thornton. Will her insecurities keep her from happiness?
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  • Ashley Hedden
  • 28-01-2020

Great Read

The Nearness of You: The Thorntons, Book One was a great read by Iris Moreland. Sara has returned to her hometown to create a happy life for her and her son. Now that she is rebuilding after her divorce, she isn't looking for the comfort of a man. She can't deny that she is attracted to her son's doctor, Harrison. But she knows that his family will never accept her. I absolutely loved reading Sara and Harrison's story. Heather Costa and Jeffrey Kafer did a great job of narrating the characters. I can't wait to read more by Iris Morland.

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  • MissdiPM
  • 24-01-2020

Sweet Steamy Story

Story about a single mom who meets a rich doctor. Good story with lots of drama, funny banter and sex.
Good narrators.
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  • Tammy B Oakley
  • 14-01-2020

Great story!💜

This was a great story with wonderful characters. There were a lot of avenues this story could have taken and didn’t but perhaps they will appear in the next book in this series. Lots of charm, romance mixed with a touch of drama. The narration was very good with the exception of a couple of areas I enjoyed this book very much.

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  • Heather Swan
  • 17-12-2019

Loved

Oh my gosh I loved this book so much. Finished in one sitting. I couldn't step away from it. It was full of emotion and I absolutely love that! The narrators were amazing. Iris Morland is new to me and I can't wait to poke into her other books!

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  • Krystyn - AudiobookObsession
  • 22-11-2019

Amazing listen!

This story is filled with so many emotions that drag you in and keep you hooked until the very end! Once I started this book, I could not stop listening. I spent so much time ignoring everything around me just so I could get more time to listen. Iris Morland did an amazing job developing this story and all of the characters. I am excited to continue the rest of the series!

The narration was beyond amazing! Jeffrey Kafer is definitely a rock star narrator in my book and I will listen to anything by him! This was the first book I have listened to with Heather Costa and she quickly became a favorite for me! I will definitely be buying everything I can that she narrates!

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  • Dektolia
  • 23-12-2020

Stand alone story

The Nearness of You is a stand alone story, though the epilogue does set up for more to come in the series. I thought the story was interesting and I would listen to more by the author.

The narrators did well and I would listen to both of them again. I always appreciate dual narration.

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  • Jaime Reynolds
  • 02-06-2020

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Superb storytelling by the author and narrators. Heart wrenching and wonderful story that you feel through it’s words. Loved everything about this story and would highly recommend.

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  • Demetra Toula Iliopoulos
  • 29-01-2020

Another great story

The Nearness of You is another good story from Iris Morland. The author wrote a strong story that shows what is important in the characters life . What the heroine has to do to survive. Iris Moreland writes what the human body goes through and survives .

Hero is Harrison . Heroine is Sara .
Sara returns home trying to patch things up with her sister and her mother . She tries to put her life back together in her small hometown but something happy to terrify Sara . Sara finds her son sick , his glads are swollen irregular. When she takes her son James, to the hospital she meets Dr. Harrison is the top oncologist. When Harrison sees Sara he doesn’t see a broken , unworthy woman, but someone strong with a head on her shoulders. Harrison decides to get to know both Sara and her son better.

Jeffrey Kafter and Heather Costa performance was fantastic. They are perfect together. Their voices are strong, smooth and they did the characters great
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  • krystal marin
  • 15-11-2019

The Nearness of you

I enjoyed reading about the trials and struggle that Sara and Harrison went through. They may be from the same town but are worlds apart. It was a serious battle of the heart verses the world, type of story. 🎧Audiobookobsession

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  • 🎧Mandy🎧 Sawyer 🎧Audiobook 🎧Obsession🎧 Reviewer🎧
  • 11-10-2019

Emotional storyline

This is a heartfelt love story. Great characters with an emotional storyline. Fantastic performance from both narrators.

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  • Janet V.
  • 15-09-2019

Decent listen

This one hits me in the heart because I have a daughter and I cannot imagine watching her deal with cancer.

Iris Morland wrote a lovely story about a single mom who falls for her child’s dr.

Heather and Jeffery both did a good job narrating.

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  • Cheshire
  • 12-09-2019

Okay but too rushed

I'm not sure how I feel about this book, it confused me a lot. The plot was good, but it wasn't really executed particularly well. It seemed rushed to me. It was pretty much insta love, which is fine if there is huge chemistry between the H & H, but I didn't get that with Harrison and Sara. There were also parts of the story that were glossed over and we never saw a conclusion to - the bitter ex, the high school bully and the vitriolic mother. The narrators were okay, although I thought the male sounded too old for the part and too Mills and Boon for me. Not sure I'd bother listen to any of the rest of the series

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  • Lovingbooks1
  • 02-09-2019

Beautiful story but.....

The story is beautiful and filled with emotions. The only thing making this a downturn for me was the female voice; I couldn’t get used to it and in the end I was happy when I’ve finished the book. If it wasn’t for the great male voice I probably wouldn’t have finished.
Anyway, the storyline is good and it progresses nicely to a happy ending.
No unnecessary descriptions of surroundings
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The chemistry between the main characters is building steadily and there’s some hot love scenes.

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As mentioned I’m not fully satisfied with the female voice and it’s not because of anything other than the quality of her voice. Otherwise it’s read with feelings and has good pronunciation.
The male voice is great in every way.

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  • Sara
  • 01-09-2019

Could have been a home run, fell a bit short

This is a typical storyline with one of the main characters being a pampered silver spoon in his/her mouth and the other character is from the “other side of the tracks”. In comes snooty family with their self-righteous ways and over indulgent personalities. So, Sara is the one from the other side of the track. She’s a single mom that loves and lives for her son. Harrison is the man with the silver spoon, still held by his over-bearing mother.

So, I struggle a bit with the story. I felt like it lost that empathy feel we have for Sara with her situation with her son. It went a little more heavily on the romance, sexual side of the story. I think it was a bit missed opportunity to be a really great book. All the elements were there. It just fell a bit short for me. The narration done by Heather Costa and Jeffrey Kafer was done very well. Really I didn’t have an issue with the narration. I liked them as the characters fairly well.

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  • Nat (🎧AudiobookObsession)
  • 26-08-2019

The Nearness of You

Sara was raised in the wrong art of town,and didnt have a great upbringing with everyone from town knowing her moms business. Harrison on the other hand was from the golden family of the town and had a completely different life. Now Sara is divorced with a son that may have cancer again, and Harrison is the Dr. she takes her son to. You will feel all of the emotions from this book. The narration from Heather Costa and Jeffrey Kafer was so very smooth and well done.

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