Lost and Found Family and It Happened One Summer are both romances, but oh so different. The first is a sweet romance with a widow and her children, the second is a hot and sexy rom-com involving an influencer that ends up in a small fishing town and falls in love with a local fisherman and boat captain. Both enjoyable, but one had me smiling, while the other had my ears burning. Both audiobooks were provided to me by the publisher upon my request. The rating and opinions shared are my own.
Lost and Found Family by Jennifer Ryan, Teri Schnaubelt (Narrator)
Published July 6th 2021 by HarperAudio
4 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
This is the first book I have read by Jennifer Ryan, but I know it won’t be my last. I really enjoyed this story of a dysfunctional family, a woman trying to make a living for her children while still making time for them, a woman keeping secrets and someone who is trying to reconcile with her dead husband’s family for the sake of her children. All this was wrapped up in a well-written story.
Sarah Anderson is a widow, whose husband was a cheat and a liar. His mother worshipped the ground he walked on and had a strong and bitter hatred towards Sarah. She blames her for everything, including keeping her grandchildren from her. After getting a letter from attorney Luke Thompson, she has agreed to a six week visit at her mother-in-law’s home with her two boys. She knows she needs to tell her the truth about her son, but doesn’t know if or how she will do it. When she arrives, her MIL is miserable towards her, but sweet and loving to the boys. She vows she will make this visit enjoyable for her children, but it is easier than she expected when she meets attorney and neighbour Luke.
I really enjoyed this story. The relationships between the characters makes this story. Margaret is a sad and bitter woman, who lives alone in her large home that is showing neglect. Her daughter and granddaughter are often around as her marriage has just fallen apart. She is a bitter woman who drove me crazy. I would have left her too. Through it all, Sarah keeps her cool and refused to take the bait from either of the women. She is burning the candle at both ends trying to be a mother and a business owner and some of the fallout of that is a bit humorous and scary at the same time. Luke is almost perfect. He is a successful lawyer, a kind and generous man, owns a horse ranch, is wonderful with children and falls for Sarah. I enjoyed watching their romance blossom, although considering she was only there for six weeks, it was relatively quick. Overall, this is a sweet romance. I loved the addition of the boys to the story, as it always makes it seem more realistic to me. As Margaret thaws towards Sarah, and her romance with Luke grows, I felt the smile on my face getting wider. The audiobook was narrated by Teri Schnaubelt, who always delivers a strong performance. I enjoyed her voices, expression and emotions that made listening to this book a pleasant experience. If you enjoy a contemporary romance then pick this one up. The publisher provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating and opinions shared are my own.
It Happened One Summer (It Happened One Summer #1) by Tessa Bailey, Charlotte North (Narrator)
Published July 13th 2021 by HarperAudio
4 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
As the description states, this is a Schitt’s Creek inspired story. LA ‘s fashionable influencer, Piper Bellinger makes a huge mistake that costs her dearly. Her stepfather has had enough and sends her off to live in her father’s hometown, open up and run her late father’s bar and show Daniel (her stepfather) that she can be responsible. Piper, her mother and sister Hannah, have not been back to Westport since her father died and the girls have no recollection of the place at all. Hannah decides to go with Piper to help her out and when they arrive in Westport, things are not at all what they expected. The bar is falling apart, the apartment above it is filthy and small and the townsfolk don’t want any changes to the bar that they have taken ownership of (at least in their minds). Piper and local sea captain, Brendan, get off on the wrong foot, but can that animal attraction be held in check?
This was a great story and I enjoyed it quite a bit. Brendan and Piper are like oil and water, but they say opposites attract. I liked both Brendan and Piper for different reasons. Piper has quite the veneer of the reckless, party girl, but she is a sweetheart underneath it all. People just “like her” as she genuinely shows how much she cares. She is also extremely vulnerable and is easily hurt. She has been made to feel that she is nothing beyond the façade she had developed. Brendan sees beyond that Piper, to the one he falls in love with. Brendan is a salty, sea captain that is set in his ways. He lost his wife several years earlier and has been living a solitary life that he thought he was okay with, until Piper walks into it. The build up to the romance was fun, and I very much enjoyed it. The first half of the book was rated “F”, but once they get together, boy oh boy, do things heat up. There are several graphic romantic encounters with racey conversation. I was able to fast forward through most of that, but if you are offended by these scenes, then I would recommend you skip this one. The romance is hot, hot, hot, but I enjoyed the story behind it all. Charlotte North narrated this story and does a good job with the voices, emotions and expression. I enjoyed the audiobook or this story and recommend it to those who enjoy a sexy, rom-com. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating and opinions shared are my own.