I love revisiting stories that I read more than 2 years ago, and seeing if they hold up in audio, some 2 years and 800 ish (plus or minus) later. The second in the Clover Park series from Kylie Gilmore, narrated by Charles Lawrence is up today, please read on for y audiobook review of
Daisy Does It All
Adding a touch of fantasy, or wishful thinking, to a rather mundane and settled life is what’s expected from Daisy, the younger now reformed wild child of the family. She’s made huge changes in her life, now a single mother she is dedicated to her little boy, and only wants to make his life secure. When her blog about family, relationships and her ‘perfect’ life takes off, and she’s fielding inquiries from a television show, it’s time to face the realities. An absent bad-boy fathered Bryce, and he had shown no interest in a relationship, let alone a family. But, things change, and Travis has grown up: or has the opportunity to be on television provided the needed life change, for now.
Gilmore manages to use the deepest desires of Daisy’s heart to make the story take flight. Imagining what could be, if detailing them as what is, hurts no one, really. But, while she’s not looking, those things start to fall into place. Travis wants another chance: he’s good with Bryce (if more than occasionally overwhelmed), he seems to be committed to doing the right thing, and ….he’s there right in front of her.
I loved the progression of their relationship, the obvious affection showed by Travis to both his son and Daisy, and the ‘all in’ approach that is shown by both Daisy and Travis to the whole topsy-turvy world of parenthood and family. No one is ever quite prepared, and the ability to be honest in the confusion allows them both to reveal their own feelings as they relate to the future, their future and intentions. Great growth in both characters, some funny family dynamics and, of course, the whole façade that brought Travis back into Daisy’s life.
Narration for this title, like the first, is provided by Charles Lawrence. The continuity between the two books using the same narrator is a highlight: voices established in The Opposite of Wild continue here, with new moments and development that allows a seamless listen through the books. Never over-acting for female voices (a HUGE pet peeve), Lawrence manages to balance the more feminine delivery and speech patterns while still not imitating, and the perspective from the men is clear and distinct.
A wonderful series full of moments of heart, heat and smiles: sure to please romance readers looking for a story that combines family and romance to come out on top.
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Title: Daisy Does It All
Author: Kylie Gilmore
Series: Clover Park #2
Also in this series: The Opposite of Wild, Daisy Does it All, The Opposite of Wild
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Narrator: Charles Lawrence
Published by: Extra Fancy Books, Self-Produced
Published on: 14 July, 2016
Audio Length: 7 Hours: 21 minutes
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Reality is overrated... Exhausted single mom Daisy Garner is shocked when her blog about life with Darling Husband and Baby Delight in their charming Victorian home brings a national talk show to her door.
Amazing! Except she made the whole thing up.
Panic! Now she needs to borrow a Victorian house and find a man to play her fake husband on TV.
Travis O'Hare steps up for the role, as long as she'll marry him for real. He wants their son to have the stable home life Travis never had.
But before the wedding can happen, Travis and Daisy have to get through the interview with a ratings hungry host and a slick producer with ties to Daisy's troubled past. When a winter storm traps them all, it begs the question: can two people pretending at love finally discover the real thing?
A copy of this title was provided via Author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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