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More Fact than Fiction

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-10-05

Unlike many of the books out these days about this couple, Lady Colin Campbell delivers the goods! While she is obviously not a fan of the couple, she provides a relatively balanced, nuanced view of a romance with a nation that soured almost from the start. She gives the benefit of the doubt to the American Royal, perhaps even more that she gives to the man born into his role. But there are no "paint-dipped tails" or "peeing in the jungle" tales in this book. There are just whispers of the people around them and the warnings of what is to come, some of which are still playing out before our eyes.

I got the Audible version when it became available and found the narrator to be excellent. At times, Lady Colin seems to wander or repeat. Having heard her speak on occasion, she writes the way she talks and likely dictates her stories. Better editing would have resolved this, but that was the only thing that kept this from being a five across the board. If you want a trashy romance novel, read the other book. But if you want the "real story", then this is the book for you.

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Two roads diverged in a yellow wood...

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-09-14

Given what I knew of Michael Hollister from the first book in this series, I wasn't sure I could enjoy this book as much. As a member of a family who was touched by the same evil as what destroyed Michael in his first life, I found it unsettling to say the least to see what had become of him in his first life. And redemption doesn't begin to cover the change in Michael, when the roads of his life diverged... Remarkable. Touching. Just wow! I couldn't stop listening...

I am about to start Book 3, and still amazed by each of the books in this series so far. Simple remarkable storytelling, and great narration too!

I am Hooked!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-09-12

While this is the first book in the series, it is the second book of Middle Falls Time Travel Series I have read. I started with the fifth book in the series and loved it so much that I thought I would try another. I didn't realize that I would enjoy this book even more! Shawn Inmon has a wonderful style, reminiscent of Stephen King in 22/11/63. The details are well-written and I found I was drawn into the story and hated to stop listening. The narration has been excellent and the story captures the imagination! It was a single story of redemption, of being able to travel the road not taken and finding a better way. And, I might add, as someone who was a teen in the late 1970s, he captures the era perfectly. (I particularly enjoyed the description of Thomas' car near the end of the story. I think I may have just ridden in a car like that, back in high school!) I have recently discovered that there are currently nine books in this series. I guess I know what my next seven Audible purchases will be! Amazing author! Amazing books! Keep them coming, Mr. Inmon! Some day, maybe I will read my own "road not travelled"....

A Must-Read

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-09-01

Avoiding spoilers while writing a review is difficult. The narrator is excellent and the story even more so. All I can say is that, at the end of the story, I could feel a tear in my eye and yet was totally satisfied with the ending as written. And this, coming from a woman who has often wondered what it would be like if one could go back, Quantam Leap style, to "set right what once went wrong". Veronica McAllister...I wasn't all that crazy about the sad woman at the start of the book, but loved the woman at the end of the book and I am sorry to say goodbye to her. I didn't realize it was part of the series, but I will be going back to read more of this author's stories...I hope they are as good as this one.

It has a lot of five star reviews. And here is another one!

Read it. You won't regret it.

Well done

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-07-30

Thoughtful, non-exploitive book that speaks to the person that was JFK Jr. Narration was as if the author was telling the story himself. The last paragraph of the story was oddly dissatisfying, as if the author needed to remind us, and himself, that his friend was just a man and not an icon, his life falling short of all the hopes that the public held for him. Then his last sentence brings you back to the personal loss, and you understand that it is the friend’s voice trying to retain his historian’s perspective and momentarily overstating the truth...that the shortened life of America’s son will always seem unfinished, it’s promise incomplete. And he is missed.

Even better than the first time!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-07-24

I read this book on release and loved it. Seven years later, I enjoyed it even more listening to it. Narrator is very good...story brought tears to my eyes at the end...and the afterwards by Mr. King himself was a bonus. Don’t miss this!