54542002The Lost and Found Bookshop by Susan Wiggs
Published July 7th 2020 by HarperAudio, William Morrow

4.5 Stars:Β 

I really enjoyed this uplifting story dealing with books, a bookstore, family issues, new beginnings and a touch of romance. I listened to this book narrated by Emily Rankin. When Natalie’s mother and boyfriend die in a plane crash, she heads home to The Lost and Found Bookshop. She finds her beloved grandfather dealing with health issues, dementia and the building in disrepair. When she finds out that she can not sell anything because they are in her grandfather’s name, she quits her job and moves back home to try and make a go of the business.

Although Natalie was the main character in the story, I think Grandy and Dorothy stole the show. He has his moments that are so profound, you can’t help but love him. Dorothy is the daughter of single dad and handyman, Peach, and wants nothing more than to save the shop. Throw in some great store staff, a little bit of luck, some history, a famous author and two handsome men, and you have a very interesting story. I loved the references to books and authors throughout the story. There were times I was very sad, especially with Grandy’s health going downhill and Natalie’s bad luck, but the next few pages had me smiling and cheering. This is a very heartwarming story that I think any book lover would enjoy. The narration was well done. It was well-paced, had great voices and expression that kept me listening well past the time I should have been in bed. I have listened to other books narrated by Emily Rankin and she always puts forth a great performance. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.

54456048. sx318 Someone’s Listening byΒ Seraphina Nova Glass
Published July 28th 2020 by Harlequin Audio, Graydon House

4 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The book opens with an accident. Faith is found driving her car and seriously injured. Liam, her husband is not in the car. She is sure that he was driving when they left the party to launch her new book. Where is Liam? What can’t she remember? Faith Finley is a loving wife, a psychologist, the host of a popular call-in radio show and author of a just published self-help novel. Her life is now a mess due to one of her teenage patients publicly accusing her of having a sexual relationship with him. Faith’s husband, Liam, supports Faith through the fallout, until the night he goes missing. The evidence points to him wanting to disappear, to get away from the notoriety, but Faith is sure something happened to him.

This was an entertaining read. The story is told from Faith’s perspective and she is a wonderful, well-developed character. Her inner dialogue is so well written. There is a dual-timeline, but Ms. Glass did a great job with the flow between the now and then. The plot was well-developed and the pacing was great. I thought I had it all figured out, but I was not correct. I loved the twists and the finale was fantastic. A fun ride from start to finish. I recommend this one to those who enjoy psychological suspense and thriller stories. The narration by Amy McFadden was well done. She used her tone to add expression and suspense to the story. The pacing was great and I believe her narration added to my enjoyment of this story. A narrator I won’t hesitate to listen to again. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.