Narrator: Christina Traister
Series: Chesapeake Shores #12
Published by Brilliance Audio, Mira on December 30, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Length: 10 hours 48 minutes
I really enjoyed Dogwood Hill and, even though its book #12 in the series, it worked well as a standalone. I loved the small town charm and the characters were really enjoyable.
When former pro football quarterback Aidan Mitchell comes to Chesapeake Shores to take a high school coaching job, he's embraced by the town—especially the O'Briens. But Aidan has a secret that could alter all their lives.
For wounded Liz March, who's trying for a fresh start after a devastating betrayal, taking a chance on Aidan may be more than she can handle. Her heart, however, refuses to listen to her head. But just when forever seems within reach, Aidan's secret threatens to change everything.
Does this tempting stranger who's made her feel alive have the power to convince her to look beyond the past and reach for the future?
So why 3 stars? The plot. It’s a straightforward enough romance and that, in of itself, is fine. But the whole plot revolves around the keeping of secrets and the consequences – and I’m never a fan of unnecessary secret keeping just for a plot device. Now, I won’t say that these were entirely unnecessary – but they did drag on beyond necessary limits and had reactions that just felt too over done to me.
But that wasn’t enough to take away my enjoyment – I just did some eye rolling and muttering under my breath. Mostly I just enjoyed being inserted into this small, close knit town. I enjoyed the family interactions and the inevitable well-intentioned busy bodies.
The audio was also pretty good – Christina Traister has a pretty good range of voices and even some accents. My one complaint was that Aiden (the male MC) often sounded very monotone. Which, I suppose could be a personality trait – but how boring! And I didn’t think it fit. It was weird, since she had really good inflection for pretty much everyone else (and it wasn’t all the time).
If you’re looking for a quick, sweet small-town romance, I think you’d enjoy this, as long as you have tolerance for weaker plot devices.
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