The village of Stamford, the quintessential chocolate-box English scene, seemed an impossible dream for foster kid Toby Prentiss. Now he's found a home among the haystacks and village fairs as the general manager for the Duck and Drake Hotel. With the fears and demons from his youth hidden away in this bucolic oasis, he's very protective of who he lets in. Until he stumbles across shirtless carpenter Rain Engel building the hotel's new custom-designed bar.
Working in the countryside, Rain prepared to face his biggest fear: sheep. He didn't expect to deal with his second biggest fear: commitment. Toby's controlled tough-guy façade coupled with his "find happiness where you can" optimism calls to Rain like nothing before. While Rain may be an exhibitionist, his romantic history forces him to hold his emotions close. As their relationship develops, secrets from their pasts drive a wedge between them: the ex-boyfriend who tore apart Rain's trust and Toby's history with the law. But can the secrets hiding among the quirky villagers bring them together? With missing sheep, pole dancing at the winter festival, and a crippling drought, everyone is waiting for Rain.
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Gave up listening :(
I have tried three times to listen to this book as I love Susan MacNicol's work but the narration of Rain put me off every time. I have read the book and loved it but the accent for Rain is just so weird it put me off. I've listened to this narrator on other books and he's been fine. I just don't think this book was right for him.
However, I will persevere and give it another try at some time but doubt I will be any happier with it.
Lovely story but ..... oh dear
This story is great if you are in the mood for a sweet romance. It has it all - two cute guys, slightly angsty pasts, great best friends, laughs, highs, lows, POLE DANCING and sheep jokes :-) Its a story that I will happily read again. READ.
I loved Toby, he had been through so much and really made something of himself. His past is heartbreaking (the cat bit really chocked me up) and I just want him to be happy forever!
Ah now the performance, this bit is hard. I have already said I liked the story. Also I have listened to other books narrated by Matthew Lloyd Davis and loved them. He has great characterisation and is very pleasant to listen to.
Until we come to Rain. Rain is from South Africa. The book states he has a SLIGHT South African accent. Sadly this somehow got recorded as full on Afrikaans. In fact it took me a while to work out what that accent was. And the narrator nails every other one. It is such a shame as it kind of ruined the listen for me. Either the accent should have been slight or only used when he was speaking allowed not for the full chapters he was narrating.
I am actually really upset about this as I don't want this review to upset the author or the narrator but I have to say it as I am always honest
I now eye haystacks in a different way!
Please Dreamspinner, get this re-recorded and do justice to the book, the author and the narrator!
- Kindle Customer