• The House on the Shore

  • By: Victoria Howard
  • Narrated by: Ruth Urquhart
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 08-25-14
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Jeanette Woodall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.4 (47 ratings)

Regular price: $19.95

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Publisher's Summary

Terror haunts a remote Scottish Glen. Heartbroken Anna MacDonald leaves Edinburgh to find peace at the edge of a Scottish loch. Safely ensconced in her late grandmother's cottage, she can finally heal her heart and write the novel that has burned inside her for years.
Her peace is short-lived. When debonair artist Luke Tallantyre's yacht gets stranded in the loch, he seeks help at the nearest residence - Anna's croft. She finds him annoying. He instantly dislikes the stunning, but cranky hermit.
But there's indisputable evidence that a hit man is on the prowl in the village. Is he after Anna? And what is Luke keeping from her that could deepen the danger? Against their wills, they join forces and embark on an adventure neither ever imagined... including a chance at true love.
The House on the Shore is written in British English, using standard British spelling and grammar.
©2009 Jeanette Woodall (P)2014 Jeanette Woodall
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5 out of 5 stars
By med c on 12-27-14

The house on the shore

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A wonderful read! The characters were wonderfully loveable. The descriptions of the house and town were so rich that I was able to quickly picture of the setting in my mind. Effortlessly heartwarming and compellingly mysterious, The House on the Shore is one audiobook I recommend.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Cyn on 09-11-16

Mystery, passion, romance and excitment

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This was a story full of mystery, a little action, lies, starting over, betrayal, learning to trust and giving of one’s self. Since this story takes place in Scotland I found the narration and the use of their wording made this a more believable story. There is nothing worse than loving someone and having that someone betray you taking on another lover. In Anna’s case not only was she betrayed by her boyfriend with another woman but in her job when he gives it to his new lover. In return she leaves her job runs home to the croft to get over her pain and start a new career. It isn’t long before a yacht shows up putting Anna on the edge with all the weird things happening this just adds to it. They do not hit if off so well from the start with Anna being a little smart mouth, she does give in and give the man a helping hand. They are unsure of what to think of the other but it doesn’t take long for them to agree there is a strong attraction between them.

I thought the narrator did a wonderful job going back and forward from the British accent to an American with no trouble at all. She gives the listen an even flow that draws the reader in with her great character voices. She has delightful voices for each character with wonderful strong males voices and soft simmering ones for the females. Her accent brings so much to this listen as you are pulled in from the chemistry to the mystery. Her tones are nice and even smooth all the way through with no places being louder or softer than the other. Which means you could not tell if any breaks were taken. She is very easy to listen to with her very sweet voices. I was very impressed with her many different voices she has no trouble switching from one to the other as well as one accent to the other. You have no trouble understanding what each character is feeling from pain to laughter she does it very well. You can tell this is one narrator that really put some thought into each character voice. I thought she gave a very delightful strong performance that you can get lost in.

With things going on around Anna that just do not add up she if left guessing what in the world is going on as a stranger turn up, bullets fly by her, break-ins’ and so much more. Before this book is through lives will be held in the balance, people could die all for what? This story is about Anna, her heart, her live and her land but so many more lives are at risk. What is up with the next door neighbor wanting to get all buddy, buddy. Yes they had a friendship when they were younger but nothing more. This just doesn’t feel right something is so wrong with the world around her.

Luke stole my heart for the start he even had me laughing as he takes on the women whose door he knocks on for help. He does have a few things he is hiding which will come between these two. I loved the supporting characters from the town’s people to her friends. There is nothing like living in a small town where everyone helps everyone. The down fall is everyone is also in everyone’s business. I loved how the mystery of long ago played into the story. Did I see something move, was that a ghost or is someone out there really watching. The story has the just the right amount of mystery to pull the reader in giving you a very entertaining read with a lovely romance. You have no doubt there is a powerful pull between Luke and Anna as well as the mistrust that goes with it. Both of these people have a hurtful past one is trying to deal with and the other is running away from. Can these two make a relationship work with both living a world apart as they work on the mystery of what is going on around them? I really enjoyed this audio as I am sure you will also. You do have to remember this is written with British slang which might throw you if you do not know what something is called. The author does a wonderful job telling you what it is as she weaves it around her story. I thought this was well written with a wonderful plot that most will find delight in the at times humorous listen.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Frances on 05-13-15

mysterious highland romance

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I really enjoyed this audiobook version , it is lovely romantic story filled with suspence and mystery.
The author writing draws you into the true feel of the remote part of the Scottish highlands in which the story is set.
I like the characters good and bad and the fact that you where never quite sure who the "bad guys" where until much later in the plot.
To my non scottish ears, Ruth Urquhart did a good job of the narration and scottish words, bringing authenticity to the book.
thumbs up from me .

I was given this audiobook in return for an unbiased reveiw.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Ailhlin on 03-09-15

Great story, wonderfully narrated

If you could sum up The House on the Shore in three words, what would they be?

Interesting and enjoyable

Who was your favorite character and why?

Anna, she doesn't give up even when things aren't going her way

What about Ruth Urquhart’s performance did you like?

Her narration was really good and she made a really good jobof the Scottishisms

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I found myself really rooting for Anna and Luke

Any additional comments?

I was lucky enough to recieve a copy of this from the author and I thoroughly enjoyed it and am very grateful to the author. I would say that there were the occasional word which seemed incongruous in a book about Scotland (e.g. tailgate, sidewalk) which I associate with American fiction, and the narration seemed a little slow in places but all in all it's a great book and I would definitely recommend it.

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