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Publisher's Summary

The deep undercurrents of life in a small Southern town burst to the surface in this suspenseful tale of passion and prophecy. Sixteen-year-old Mattie comes to Jexville as a mail-order bride, and finds a quiet, deeply religious community so cautious that even dancing is frowned upon. Soon Mattie finds herself playing a part in a long-awaited, stunningly executed plan of revenge.
©1996 Carolyn Haines (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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By Janice on 07-18-13

Potentially good story rendered unlistenable . . .

I don't usually write reviews on stories that I choose not to finish, but in this case, it's not the story but the narration that has caused me to throw in the towel. I could forgive (maybe) the failure to find a southern reader for a story infused with rural southern sensibilities, but failure to find someone who can read a story competently is a disservice to both the listener and the author. Casey Holloway reads like a kindergarten teacher working harder at pronouncing the words correctly than conveying the meaning and expression of the words. She fills her sentences with inappropriate pauses as if there were random periods breaking up every thought. Connecting with the characters is impossible with no expression to lend emotional context. Reviews on Amazon from those who read the book in print are generally favorable, suggesting a better reading than listening experience for this book. Shame on me for not checking out the sample.

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By Amazon Customer on 12-30-16

Not my favorite

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No and because it seemed the book just dragged and finally ended strangely.

Would you ever listen to anything by Carolyn Haines again?

Most definitely. I have listened to all of the Sarah Booth Delaney mysteries and loved them including the short stories. Can't wait for more.

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