As owner and manager of the Hardman bank, Luke Granger is a man of responsibility and integrity in the small 1890s Eastern Oregon town. Calling in a long overdue loan, Luke finds himself reluctantly accepting a bargain in lieu of payment from the shiftless farmer who barters his daughter to settle his debt.
Philamena Booth is both mortified and relieved when her father sends her off with the banker as payment of his debt. Held captive on the farm by her father since the death of her mother more than a decade earlier, Philamena is grateful to leave. If only it had been someone other than the handsome and charismatic Luke Granger riding in to rescue her. Ready to uphold her end of the bargain as Luke's cook and housekeeper, Philamena is prepared for the hard work ahead. What she isn't prepared for is being forced to marry Luke as part of this crazy Christmas bargain.
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Sweet Romance, Perfect Year Round
I loved the audio version of this book! I thought that the narrator really brought the characters to life and it was so neat how he was able to give a completely different voice to each of the characters.
Just as the story was written, Philly was my favorite. I loved "seeing" her blossom into a beautiful woman and it was very clear that her ability to come out of her shell was because of the safety, security and love of Luke. A good man will do that for a woman (not saying she necessarily "needs" that, but we're not going there for this review).
My favorite character as performed by Mr. Canaan was definitely Luke. His smooth, deep voice really brought Luke Granger to life and enabled me to really get a sense that he was a true gentleman, something that is lacking in so many romance novels these days.
Love Overcomes All. Shanna Hatfield did a wonderful job writing this book and I enjoy completing the remainder of the series as soon as it is available! Thank the Lord for audio books, I just don't have time to sit down and actually read anymore!
I was reading through some of the other reviews and noticed one written by a particularly harsh critic who actually said she deducted a star because a dog died in this book. She also spoke very negatively of the narrator, citing his inability to do a female voice "at all" she said. I have to completely disagree with this. First, it's really quite silly to take off the rating because a fictional dog died. I can understand loving animals, but I've listened to books in the past where far worse have happened to humans, and I didn't deduct from the rating because of that. This was not a true story and if it were, it's not the authors fault that the dog died.
As for the narration job done by Mr. Michael Canaan, I can't for a moment fathom what it takes to do this sort of thing for a living. I have total respect for anyone who does narration and voice-over work. One of my all time favorites ever was the late Robin Williams. Have you ever noticed that even his female voices weren't believable? A man is simply not built to pass as a believable woman and a woman is not built to pass as a believable man! When these people read audio books for us, the goal is for them to do the best job that they can, so that we are able to distinguish whether it's a male or female character, and not be offensive or off-putting at the same time. You get someone like Mr. Canaan who has such a smooth deep voice, and to think that he's going to come out sounding like Julia Roberts is just absurd! I think that it's sad that this book's reviews have been negatively affected by this. I've listened to nearly a month of time collectively in audio books, so I feel like I have a really good idea of what a good narrator sounds like, and Mr. Canaan is an excellent storyteller and narrator!
- Dorothy Dooley