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  • Writer's pictureMichelle Grey

Thank You For Listening, Julia Whelan

Story Blurb

For Sewanee Chester, being an audiobook narrator is a long way from her old dreams, but the days of being a star on film sets are long behind her. She’s found success and satisfaction from the inside of a sound booth and it allows her to care for her beloved, ailing grandmother. When she arrives in Las Vegas last-minute for a book convention, Sewanee unexpectedly spends a whirlwind night with a charming stranger.

On her return home, Sewanee discovers one of the world’s most beloved romance novelists wanted her to perform her last book—with Brock McNight, the industry’s hottest, most secretive voice. Sewanee doesn’t buy what romance novels are selling—not after her own dreams were tragically cut short—and she stopped narrating them years ago. But her admiration of the late author, and the opportunity to get her grandmother more help, makes her decision for her.

As Sewanee begins work on the book, resurrecting her old romance pseudonym, she and Brock forge a real connection, hidden behind the comfort of anonymity. Soon, she is dreaming again, but secrets are revealed, and the realities of life come crashing down around her once more.

My Thoughts/Opinion

Oh, my gosh. This book was sooo good!! To be clear, I listened to the audiobook of this novel (for obvious reasons) and would highly recommend that experience. Sewanee and her hero both have a LOT of backstory trauma to work through but the author did such an amazing job of weaving it into the story I was enthralled all the way through. Great, realistic (and fantastical) love story. And Julia Whelan...oh my gosh...her voice and narration abilities. I've heard her before on other high profile audiobooks, but it was really good to hear her voice her own novel.

Favorite Quote/Scene: “To live HEA is to say from today onward life will be happy. I mean, how can you know that? Shit happens. Over and over...I don't think you can know if you lived happily ever after until your life's over...Maybe that's why your whole life flashes before your eyes when you die. So you can see the movie from beginning to end, and know.”

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