Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Review: The Wedding Tree by Robin Wells (audio)

Title: The Wedding Tree
Author: Robin Wells 
Series: The Wedding Tree, #1
Narrator: Cris Dukehart, Hillary Huber, Eric Michael Summerer
Published: February 2017, Tantor Audio / December 2015, Berkley
Length: 14 hours 18 minutes / E-book 424 pages
Source: Personal copy via Audible / Netgalley
National bestselling author Robin Wells weaves a moving epic that stretches from modern-day Louisiana to World War II-era New Orleans and back again in this multigenerational tale of love, loss and redemption.

Hope Stevens thinks Wedding Tree, Louisiana, will be the perfect place to sort out her life and all the mistakes she’s made. Plus, it will give her the chance to help her free-spirited grandmother, Adelaide, sort through her things before moving into assisted living.

Spending the summer in the quaint town, Hope begins to discover that Adelaide has made some mistakes of her own. And as they go through her belongings, her grandmother recalls the wartime romance that left her torn between two men and haunted by a bone-chilling secret. Now she wants Hope’s help in uncovering the truth before it’s too late.

Filled with colorful characters, The Wedding Tree is an emotionally riveting story about passion, shattered dreams, unexpected renewal and forgiveness—not only for others, but for ourselves.

My thoughts: This is the first book I've read by Robin Wells and I really enjoyed it. I am now anxious to continue on with the series...you all know how much I love my series!!!

This was such a captivating tale - one of love and loss, forgiveness and healing, and learning to move on from the past. It moves back and forth in time and is easy to get lost in both time periods and easy to keep track of which time period you are in. Of course, I loved both time lines and hated when it came time to switch back to the other one - though I know it is necessary!

I loved the characters in this book - they are so fascinating, especially Adelaide. Her story is what makes this book! She has kept part of her life a secret for her whole life and now as she is packing up her home at the end of the life, the memories come flooding back and she has a need to share them. But, Hope and Matt each have a story to tell in the present as well, one that is just as bogged down with memories - though not as distant. Each of these three main characters are at a cross-roads in their lives, and are desperate to figure out what to do next.

This story kept me engaged and entranced from start to finish. I will certainly be continuing on with this series...I am quite anxious to see how it plays out.

Audio thoughts: I enjoyed this audio production...I liked that there were multiple narrators for the different sections of this book. It really helped make those sections stand apart - the three narrators each telling their parts of this story. Each of the three narrators were new to me but I enjoyed their performances. I liked their cadences and felt that they did a great job with the voices for their sections. I will be checking out what other audio books each of them have narrated. This was definitely an enjoyable audio book!

Books in this series:
  1. The Wedding Tree
  2. The French War Bride

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