What I’m Reading: That Night


I just finished up the audio book, That Night: A Novel by Chevy Stevens.  This was a new author to me and I just grabbed the audio book real quick one day as knew I’d be out the door soon and wanted to have time to download it while I was still close to WiFi.  I didn’t read the description.  I just knew it was a mystery.

I was very pleasantly surprised.  The book was very good.  It’s told in first person and I always love that.  It’s my favorite format.

I have to say I also am in love with this narrator.  When listening to an audio book a great reader really has the power to take a good book and make it better.  The narrator is Jorjeana Marie.  I liked her so much that I went on Audible to see if she had narrated others and happily she has…one by the same author so I think I am going to use up an Audible credit and purchase it.

The narrator really brings the book to life and makes it seem like it truly could have happened.

Here’s what Amazon had to say, “As a teenager, Toni Murphy had a life full of typical adolescent complications: a boyfriend she adored, a younger sister she couldn’t relate to, a strained relationship with her parents, and classmates who seemed hell-bent on making her life miserable. Things weren’t easy, but Toni could never have predicted how horrific they would become until her younger sister was brutally murdered one summer night.

Toni and her boyfriend, Ryan, were convicted of the murder and sent to prison.


Now thirty-four, Toni, is out on parole and back in her hometown, struggling to adjust to a new life on the outside. Prison changed her, hardened her, and she’s doing everything in her power to avoid violating her parole and going back. This means having absolutely no contact with Ryan, avoiding fellow parolees looking to pick fights, and steering clear of trouble in all its forms. But nothing is making that easy–not Ryan, who is convinced he can figure out the truth; not her mother, who doubts Toni’s innocence; and certainly not the group of women who made Toni’s life hell in high school and may have darker secrets than anyone realizes. No matter how hard she tries, ignoring her old life to start a new one is impossible. Before Toni can truly move on, she must risk everything to find out what really happened that night.  But in That Night by Chevy Stevens, the truth might be the most terrifying thing of all.”

Amazon readers give the book 4.2 stars.  I’d likely agree.  I am going to check out the author’s other books.  Now the narrator performance…I’d give that a five!!

What I’ve been Reading: The Good Father


I just finished listening to the audio book  The Good Father by Diane Chamberlain.  I had found myself on my on line lending library looking for a book when I remembered have liked all Diane Chamberlain books so far so I should just check to see if they had any others in audio form available and they did.  I was so happy.  Reading a favorite author is like catching up with an old friend.

I really liked this book.  It’s one audio book that I found myself purposely doing things that allowed me to listen longer.  Ruby even got an extra long walk so I could listen longer.

One of the things I really like about her books is that she tells the story from several different people…typically three different people.  It really makes a story seem more complete to me.  What’s amazing is that Chamberlain does such a wonderful catching me and making me feel empathy for each of the characters.  The other thing I love is that she makes flawed characters that are still lovable.

Here’s what Amazon had to say about it, “Four years ago, nineteen-year-old Travis Brown made a choice: to raise his newborn daughter on his own. While most of his friends were out partying and meeting girls, Travis was at home, changing diapers and worrying about keeping food on the table. But he’s never regretted his decision. Bella is the light of his life. The reason behind every move he makes. And so far, she is fed. Cared for. Safe.  But when Travis loses his construction job and his home, the security he’s worked so hard to create for Bella begins to crumble….

Then a miracle. A job in Raleigh has the power to turn their fortunes around. It has to. But when Travis arrives in Raleigh, there is no job, only an offer to participate in a onetime criminal act that promises quick money and no repercussions.  With nowhere else to turn, Travis must make another choice for his daughter’s sake.  Even if it means he might lose her.”

Amazon readers give the book 4.5 stars.  I’d agree.

With that, I’m off to see if my lending library has any more Diane Chamberlain books…I just love them.  Try a Diane Chamberlain book if you haven’t yet.

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