Back again (and out of order) with another title from Emilie Richards. I’ve had this audiobook review marinating for a while now, as there is so much going on in the story, and I’m still not completely settled on all of the elements.
Most certainly, this story focuses on relationships and the extent to which one will go to adjust, support, learn and grow simply by being present, or being put into a situation that shakes your own self-perception. While this story is presumably about Charlotte and her struggles, we get to meet several other women who are important to this and future stories, and we see their interactions and supportive friendships that highlight the tone and message of this series.
Charlotte is obsessed with control: being afraid and not being able to choose her own destiny as a child, her coping mechanism has been to control everything, at the loss of friendships and a relationship with her husband and daughter. She and her daughter Taylor are so very much alike that they are constantly at odds, and when Charlotte is diagnosed with a terminal illness, she has a revelation. In fact, they both do: there are things that one cannot control, and they have to learn to adjust to this new dynamic and learn to relate from a place of love.
Added to this mix are the people who have determined, for one reason or another, to build a supportive community led by the Reverend Ana who steps up and out to practice what she preaches, and gathers those who are in need of support, succor, and friendship in. From Harmony, recovering from a series of bad decisions that have led to bad relationships to Charlotte and Taylor and the young Maddie, Ana brings them all to a place where they can start to understand what needs to be done to best provide the environment needed for their healing and growth. Particularly interesting is the return of Charlotte’s ex-husband Ethan as he learns to put aside his own resentment and hurt feelings as they relate to Charlotte.
Narration is provided by Karen White who has fast become one of my favorite narrators. Poised and polished, she uses her tone, pacing and slight changes in delivery to add to the written words, enhancing the emotional context without over-reach, and giving readers those moments so necessary after an emotional reveal to stop, breathe and move forward with new information and approach.
Emilie Richards brings a story of friendship, loss and growth where the importance of honest and real friendships based on caring and acceptance is always at the forefront. These are women you hope to emulate in your own friendships, we can all learn from the gentle wisdom that is shown and presented for our enjoyment.
Stars: Overall: 4 Narration: 5 Story: 4
Title: One Mountain Away
Author: Emilie Richards
Narrator: Karen White
Published by: Blackstone Audio
Source: AudioBook Jukebox
Audio Length: 14 Hours: 46 minutes
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With nothing but brains, ambition, and sheer nerve, Charlotte Hale built a career as a tough, do-anything-to-succeed real estate developer. She's at the top of that mountain - but her life is empty. Her friends are as grasping and insincere as she has become. Far worse, she's alienated her family so completely that she's totally lost touch with her only daughter.
One terrifying day, facing her own mortality, she realizes that her ambition has almost destroyed her chance at happiness. So Charlotte vows to make amends, not simply with her considerable wealth but by offering a hand instead of a handout, putting in hours and energy instead of putting in an appearance, opening her home and heart instead of her wallet.
With each wrenching, exhilarating decision, Charlotte finds that climbing a new mountain - one built on friendship, love, and forgiveness - will teach her what it truly means to build a legacy.
A copy of this title was provided via AudioBook Jukebox for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.