🎧 The Summer Escape by Jill Shalvis @JillShalvis @andi_arndt @WmMorrowBooks @avonbooks ‏ @HarperAudio #LOVEAUDIOBOOKS #JIAM

Posted June 9, 2024 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review, JIAM / 10 Comments

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🎧 The Summer Escape by Jill Shalvis @JillShalvis @andi_arndt @WmMorrowBooks @avonbooks ‏ @HarperAudio #LOVEAUDIOBOOKS #JIAMThe Summer Escape by Jill Shalvis
Narrator: Andi Arndt
Series: Sunrise Cove #6
Published by Avon, HarperAudio on June 11, 2024
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Life Fiction
Pages: 336
Length: 8 hours, 45 minutes
Format: Audiobook, eARC
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
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Anna Moore didn’t just wake up one day and decide to go on a wild quest — especially since her life no longer lends itself to wild anything — so how in the world does she end up racing against the clock with Owen Harris, a sexy, enigmatic adventurist, to prove her beloved dad innocent of stealing a million-dollar necklace?

It’s all Wendy’s fault. Her older, bossy sister, who’s seven months pregnant and on bed rest in their small Lake Tahoe hometown, is desperate to clear their dad’s name. Owen though is convinced she’s guilty as hell and wants to return the jewelry back to its rightful owner—his elderly great aunt. Together they go on a scavenger hunt for clues to the past (with Wendy remotely along for the ride via an ear bud, supplying a running wry commentary to boot).

Sunrise Cove series books are completely standalones, so you could read them in any order.  The beautiful setting is the only thing in common.  I don’t think the town is too big so I don’t know why none of these folks know each other.  lol

Anna and Owen, like many others in the series, have horrible family backgrounds or at least difficult times in their history.  But Anna loved her father and Owen loves his aunt.  Anna finds a coin in an old box which came from a collection stolen from Owen’s aunt.  Anna’s older sister, Wendy thought she should research the history, that it might be valuable. But that brought a whole can of worms including Owen, who wants her to hand over the goods stolen.

Owen and Anna team up to find the truth learning much about their family history and each other.  I didn’t care for Wendy and her shenanigans; she was over the top for me. The possible baby names were hilarious though.  Anna worked hard and Wendy only added stress.

I enjoyed Anna and Owen’s journey in the investigation, following clues to find the collection. But they encountered some danger from others wanting the treasure.  But their personal journey of getting to know one another as they worked together was heartwarming.  I wouldn’t call it enemies to lovers, or only a very mild version, as they honestly worked to find the truth. While they may not have liked or trusted one another initially, they weren’t hostile or dishonest either.

I always enjoy the personal growth and the support circle built in the books, but The Summer Escape had more mystery and action to it.  I enjoy and always recommend Jill Shalvis books.

 Narration:

Andi Arndt is a favorite narrator and this is her first series with this author.  I enjoyed her performance and the voices for the characters were appropriate and comfortable.  The emotional tones enhanced my reading experience.  I was able to listen at my normal  1.5x speed.

Listen to a clip:  HERE

About Andi Arndt

Andi’s relatively neutral US English accent is a product of a Minnesota childhood, New Jersey high school years, and Maryland/DC/Virginia adulthood. Firm grounding in both theatre and broadcasting led to full-time work in voice over.

About Jill Shalvis

New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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Posted June 9, 2024 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review, JIAM / 10 Comments


10 responses to “🎧 The Summer Escape by Jill Shalvis

  1. I’m behind in this series. I haven’t read the last one and now this one, but I love Jill Shalvis. I just don’t request Harper/Avon anymore since I usually get rejected. I’ll request through the library, but if it’s not an ARC I’m not on a deadline to read it, so it usually takes me longer to get to it. I like that the town is so much like Truckee, the town that Shalvis lives in. It’s about an hour away from my house. It’s a really cute, old-fashioned town. I like that this has a bit more mystery included!

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