Courtney Holloman is a woman at the top of her game. She's successful, wealthy, and a highly sought after Washington lobbyist. At first glance, one might think that she has it all. She doesn't. Not even close. She lives life in the fast lane without a moment to spare. She leaves no time to smell the roses. She's consumed by work in a world of politics and power brokers. She has money, her job, booze, and nothing else. In quiet moments, against her will, her mind drifts back to her days in high school and to all that she gave up.
Jack Camdon is a complex woman, and yet not at all. She earns her living as an entomologist, has a passion for bees, and the environment. She's an Ojibwe healer and someone who has a good grasp on the things that are most important. Jack is also a woman who has never moved beyond the sudden and unexplained departure of her high school sweetheart, her lover, and her soul mate.
When circumstances bring Courtney back to town two decades later, their paths will cross. Can high school sweethearts, apart for the entirety of their adult life, rekindle their flame that still burns hot? Or, will hurt feelings, shattered trust, and conflicting priorities destroy their second chance at love?
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This is such a poorly written story. What was missing for me was any sort of build up of characters, or emotions that I would expect to feel with the characters. Listening to it was like watching a really bad teen movie.
I *might* give KA Moll another chance, just to make sure this book isn't an unfortunate accident. Otherwise, it's back to my favorites - Radclyffe, Georgia Beers, Julie Blair, Melissa Brayden, Kim Baldwin, Julie Cannon, Jae, Gerri Hill, Erin Dutton...and several others.
I thought the narrator did a good job with the reading. Every character has their own distinct voice. In some places, there was no delay where I feel like there should have been - between scenes, if you will. I'm not sure if that's an issue with the narrator or editor, though.
Annoyance, and lots of eye rolling when things seemed to happen randomly without any background, or when people were single-mindedly stereotypical. Characters weren't well-rounded and scenes skipped ahead, leaving out important information.
I don't recommend this book. Too many other good lesfic books out there on audible. But if you do start it, you probably will listen to the end. Just like you'll watch until the end of that teen movie...
- Liane Carmi
A detailed character study
KA Moll has once again delivered a detailed character study of women who are struggling with their past to make a future for themselves. Change of Heart carries less burden than the backstories of her characters from "Haunting Love" but still deals with issues of alcoholism, desertion, family and rejection. On the surface, it’s hard to believe it’s a love story.
Narrator Michele Musso seems unphased by the complexity of KA Moll’s well-defined characters, delivering an emotionally complex reading that breathes life into the tumultuous worlds of Jack and Courtney. From their controlled political engagements to their heartfelt trials and tribulations, Musso helps the listener experience the emotion, making for a highly engaging production. Her depictions of supporting characters gives each a unique vibe, with particular excellence in her representation of Jack and Courtney’s parents.
You can read my full review on glamadelaide dot com dot au under the Entertainment section, where I've also reviewed some of her other books and had the good fortune of interviewing her.