Today I have an AudioBook review from Donna Fasano, and a cute little story. This is the first book that Donna ever wrote under the Donna Clayton name. The book received a ton of accolades and was up for an RWA award. While it didn’t win, this was the book that started her writing career, and was the first book published for her under the Harlequin imprint! For those of you more familiar with this blog, you will know that I have reviewed several of Donna’s books, in print and audio, and that she is one of my ‘always put a smile on your face’ go-to authors. Sweet romance, well written with characters that you absolutely need to have as friends,
This is a slightly reworked version of the debut offering from Donna Fasano, with some language choices changed to reflect the new millennium. But, what hasn’t changed in the years since this book was written to now is the author’s characteristic and omnipresent positive and hopeful stories with characters to enjoy. Laurel is the older sister to Ginny, a bit of a handful high school girl with a devil-may-care attitude. Laurel is serious, far more than she should be, and somewhere along the line her fun gene went poof.
Deciding that a change of scenery will help her reconnect with Ginny and get her back on the right path, a summer in a remote rural area may just be the key. So off they go, and the story is started.
From the mishaps to miscommunication, and one seriously sexy man, Laurel has her hands full dealing with culture shock, a bored teen and her tendency to over-think and over-analyze everything, we see a huge growth in Laurel and Ginny and their relationship. Additionally, Michael and his attempts to ‘make nice’ when he is constantly worried about the misinterpretations from Laurel and Ginny’s striving for attention is completely real and he is easy to visualize with a confused look on his face. Laurel’s lack of confidence yet determination to see Ginny have what she couldn’t is more telling of the quality of woman she is, and with the right key, will become all the time.
Narration for this story is provided by Nicole Colburn: slight modulation adjustments in tone, delivery speed and pitch accompany the story without providing a great distraction. A few small enunciation errors provide minor hiccups in what is ultimately a fun and sweetly romantic story.
If you are a fan of sweeter romance, and appreciate characters that feel as if they could be you or your friends, this is the book for you. Romance fans who want their happy ever after, and find themselves occasionally wishing they were in the pages of a romance story will never go wrong with a story written by Donna Fasano.
I received an audiobook copy via AudioBook Jukebox for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Title: Mountain Laurel
Author: Donna Fasano
Narrator: Nicole Colburn
Format: Paperback, eBook and AudioBook
Publisher: Donna Fasano
Audio Producer: Donna Fasano
Length: 5 Hours: 21 minutes
Source: AudioBook Jukebox
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Stars: Overall: 4 Narration: 3 Story: 4
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So what if Laurel Morgan hadn’t had a date since the senior prom? If all it would take to convince her teenage sister to consider college was to go on a few dates and have some fun, it was a bet she could beat. And before she could change her mind, sexy forest ranger Michael Walker agreed to play the part of her ardent admirer!
Laurel never expected Michael’s acting abilities to be quite so convincing. Whenever her sister was watching, Laurel found herself wrapped in a heady embrace with a passionate kiss on the way. Her captivating cohort promised a performance that would win her the wager, but when the curtain closed, would she lose the only man she would ever love?
This updated and expanded version of Mountain Laurel is the first title from Donna Clayton’s backlist to be made available. More of her romance novels will be coming soon!