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  • Sunshine Walkingstick, Volume 1
  • By: Celia Roman
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Winder
  • Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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Greenwood Cove

By: Celia Roman
Narrated by: Rebecca Winder
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Summary

I had three loves in my life: my daddy, him what my mama killed in cold blood; my son Henry, God rest him; and tall as an oak Riley Treadwell. I lost all of 'em, one way or t'other, 'til Riley showed up on my stoop with a monster problem and tried to wiggle his way back into my life. Only, weren't no monster bothering him; was the one bothering his ex-girlfriend what'd stirred up a hornet's nest out on Lake Burton amongst the muckity mucks. Weren't no never mind to me, see? I was fine letting well enough alone, 'cept curiosity got the best of me, and Riley, well. He weren't above using that silver tongue of his to persuade me 'round to his way of doing things. If I'da listened to my gut, maybe I woulda avoided stepping knee deep into somebody else's trouble. Then again, I ain't never been one to heed a warning when monsters come a-calling.

©2017 C.D. Watson (P)2017 C.D. Watson

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Great start to a PNR series

The narrator does a great job with the different characters and the regional language of the main characters.
I'm a huge PNR fan and this is a great start to a fun series.

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Slightly paranormal romance

A fairly interesting story with a few interesting characters. A little slow for my liking as prefer lots of action rather than loads of introspection and I'm not a fan of first person characters who constantly whine on about not being good enough, nobody being interested in them etc.

I'd say this is a paranormal romance, heavy on the romance, very light on the paranormal while my preference would be the other way round. Still it wasn't bad.

The narrator does a good job and fits to story nicely.

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Great start to a new Fantasy series

A great story, narrated well and thought out amazingly well. Usually I have a vague idea of where a story is going and there is a bit of a path you can see - this one not at all, could not see where it was going and enjoyed the journey very very much. I see a lot of negative things said about the Southern accent that Rebecca Winder uses but we hear it in the audio sample so if you didn't like that then my personal opinion is that ya shouldda gotten of the train at that point .I found her fantastic.I have always been a sucker for that accent and think she navigated it and pulled it off very well.Kept me entertained and guessing. The characters were very like able and believable, the story and plot were well very thought out and where things were going was never obvious. Easily a sequel and prequel here and I hope maybe there is in future. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.I received this title for free in exchange for an unbiased review.As always this is my honest opinion .


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I recommend the audio version.

This book was a little out of my usual genre, as I don't normally read Paranormal fiction. Although, to be honest, this was only mildly paranormal - most of the story centred around Sunny, a private investigator, and Riley Treadwell, her longtime school-friend and would-be-lover. It very much reminded me of Janet Evanovich's books, although the who-done-it element is not quite as strong.

Sunny, the Sunshine Walkingstick of the title, has a sad history - her mother killed her father and is now in jail, and her young son was taken by pooka (see below for explanation). She seems to have moved on from this awful past and is now a frequent member of her uncle's household and making a new life for herself - will it be with Riley Treadwell?

I liked that the investigation revolved around the topical issue of pollution of the nearby lake by persons unknown and I enjoyed the Appalachian accent (very broad American south) from the narrator, Rebecca Winder. As the book itself is written in this accent, I think I would have struggled to read it myself, given my own Queen's English!
It was also refreshing to read a novel where the female lead didn't jump straight into bed with the sexy male.

It's a short novel, just 178 pages in paperback, and I would have been happy for it to have been longer, but I didn't feel the characters suffered from the lack of length and I'd certainly listen to (if not read) subsequent books in the series.

Pooka: A mythical creature of Irish folklore. There are numerous variations of it in various cultures and traditions. It can be "good" or "bad," depending on the myth. According to various myths, a pooka can be a shape-shifter. Some of the shapes include appearing as a horse, goat, or rabbit.


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