Author: Isabelle Rowan
Narrator: Brad Walton
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Run Time: 9 hours and 32 minutes
At a Glance: Isabelle Rowan’s wonderful shined through this narration.
Reviewed By: Amy
Blurb: We all find ways to run away. Some do it in seclusion, others in the arms of lovers.
Since the death of his long-time partner, Caleb Maguire lives a quiet life in Australia’s Victorian high country with only his dog and horses for company. Each day is the same. There are no surprises—good or bad—until a major snowstorm hits his mountain and Caleb is called out to rescue a stranded tourist. The late night snow brings with it a lost soul who forces Caleb to reassess his solitary life.
Paul Turner is a barista in the trendy Melbourne suburb of Carlton. He lives life totally in the moment, but a life of no commitments is about to change for this city boy. Three days is all it takes for Paul to fall hard for Caleb, and Paul returns to the city with a promise he’ll be back after turning his life around… but only when all the roads are clear…
Review: Isabelle Rowan is an amazing writer. This story is fabulous. I love the lonely suffer-in-silence man, and Caleb embodies that. All he wants is love and healing. He misses his partner and is simply broken inside. A chance meeting after saving a city stranger gives him a glimmer of hope…
Paul is a party boy and the last thing he thinks he needs is a fuddy-duddy like Caleb, until he realized that Caleb is exactly what he needs. But he doesn’t want to admit it…or is scared of it.
The love story that grows between these two characters is amazing. I loved it from the beginning until the end. I think when a long distance relationship is done well in a book, it can really develop the characters and their relationship well. I also like that the love Paul brings to Caleb doesn’t fix his broken—Caleb has to do that. Paul was so uncertain if he could love it where Caleb was, but when Caleb goes missing in the fires, I think it made Paul relized how much he loved him.
Narration: Snowman is the case of a narrator making the story worse. Brad Walton has a very sexy, accented voice; however, that is where the good things stop. Narrators are supposed to narrate. Walton simply reads the book out loud, and there is no inflection in his voice.
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