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Paradise, Idaho, may not be the largest town, but for newly minted professor Zoe Santangelo, it's the first step on the path to her big break. After teaching in a small Idaho school, her next stop is the Ivy League, and no one is going to stand in her way. She'll do what it takes to move up, to protect her students from a creepy campus stalker - and to protect her heart from Cal Jackson, the hot, hunky cowboy who keeps coming to her rescue.
After a career-ending injury, Cal has left professional football behind and come home to work the family farm. He's determined not to get mixed up with any more city girls who don't want to settle down with a country boy. But after he rescues sassy geologist Zoe from a snowy ditch, he can't stop thinking about her. Can Cal keep Zoe safe from whoever is targeting her - and can he show her that having ambition doesn't mean she has to sacrifice love?
©2015 Rosalind James (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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5 out of 5 stars
By C. Harrison on 06-19-15

Reminds me of Linda Howard

The suspends and humor are reminiscent of early Linda Howard novels. I enjoy it immensely and hope to listen to more by this author

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3 out of 5 stars
By Catherine on 01-01-16

Not up to the standard of the New Zealand series

I really expected/wanted Rosalind James' "Paradise, Idaho" series to be as well written and entertaining as her "Escape to New Zealand" series, but I was sadly disappointed. The effort to interject a suspenseful, life and death drama into the novel may have been the element that resulted in characters with less richness and complexity, but I am afraid that the narration is what made the listening experience disappointing.

The characters in the NZ novels where deep, rich and compelling. The listener learned about each person's values and motivations. They became able to anticipate each character's reaction to each new element of the story. Several characters in each novel were self-possessed enough to speak directly and to be up front with their feelings. The novels were refreshing in that they did not rely on game playing and emotional dishonesty to sabotage romantic relationships and create drama. That in itself kept the stories moving and allowed the author to get to what really mattered.

In Paradise, Idaho - Zoe is anything but emotionally honest. Her urban habit of seeing danger in every stranger keeps her from opening herself up to any new friendships or human connections. And her habitat of guarding her true feelings from her parents foreshadows her inclination to withhold her real self and keeps her from being truly honest or up front with anyone, even with herself.

Now to narration. It is not fair to compare Natalie Ross to Clair Bocking because Clair Bocking has no equal. It is not only that Bocking can create a complete ensemble of distinctly different character voices of all ages and all genders, she also reads the story as if they are her words coming spontaneously out of her mouth in the moment that the action and/or conversation is taking place. Natalie Ross' narration is less "in the moment." Somehow she is not as engaged in the story - so it is hard for the listener to care as much about the outcomes.

Phil Gigante, however, is successful with the male characters. Cal is quite compelling and Luke seems quite fun. Gigante's reading is "in the moment" and draws the listener in, but that is unfortunately not enough to save the production.

I will listen to the second book, because I am really interested in Luke and I want to change my opinion about this series.

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5 out of 5 stars
By KathyW, UK on 12-15-17

Thoroughly recommend

I didn't think I'd like the story with 2 narrators, but it was great. As expected in this author's books, the storyline was good. I really prefer her NZ stories but am coming to enjoy the Paradise one as well. A thoroughly enjoyable experience.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Read4Fun on 11-16-16

Perfect

Where does Carry Me Home rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is one of the best audio books I've listened to. The combined male and female narration worked perfectly. Excellent!

What did you like best about this story?

A great story well told.

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