Sunday, June 10, 2018

GULL HARBOR by Kathryn Knight


Title:  GULL HARBOR
Series:  N/A
Author:  Kathryn Knight
Narrator:  Kristin James
Length:  7 hours, 46 minutes
Publish Date:   02.22.2013
Audible Release Date:  02.14.2018
Publisher:  The Wilde Rose Press
Category /Genre:  Suspense Romance, Paranormal
Recommended for:  18+ due to sexual content
Listenability:  OK  or  NSFW
Received from:  Kathryn Knight (as an Audible gifted copy)
Goodreads link: Gull Harbor
Date completed: 06.06.2018

Description from the publisher:
When Claire Linden’s job sends her to the sleepy town of Gull Harbor, she never expects to encounter her ex-boyfriend. As a medium, the prospect of tackling a haunted house is less daunting than seeing Max Baron again. Throughout their passionate college relationship, he promised to love her forever. Then, without explanation, he abandoned her on graduation day.

Max never intended to break Claire's heart—a cruel ultimatum forced him to disappear from her life. While he's shocked to find her in Gull Harbor, he isn't surprised by the bitter resentment she feels for him...or the fiery attraction that remains between them.

Claire is determined to rid her temporary home of its aggressive ghost, but Max soon realizes she's facing a danger beyond the paranormal. When Claire risks everything to help a desperate spirit, Max must race to save her—before another tragedy tears them apart forever.

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GULL HARBOR is a stand-alone contemporary romance with suspense and paranormal elements.

I was actually kind of sad when I got to the end of this story.  Not because it doesn’t have a HEA.  It does.  The story is more than wonderful.  I just didn’t want to leave this world, this town, and these people.

So let me tell you about my friends.  Besides what you learned in the blurb, you have to know that Claire and Max have never stopped loving each other.  They both just kept moving on, thinking that’s what they had to do, for different reasons.  I loved that they started communicating.  Talking and listening.  Both are needed to make a relationship truly work.  I love Max’s patience and understanding.  Instead of getting defensive about his past actions, he explained and then allowed Claire time and space to understand and either accept or…. Well, he wasn’t taking any other option, but he gave her time and space to get there!

Dan is another friend.  He is always available with an ear, a cup of coffee, or a shoulder for both of them.  Don’t we all need a friend like that? 

Finally, there is Maria.  She certainly doesn’t start as a friend.  The first time she sees Claire, she throws a rock at her!  She’s afraid and she just wants to be left alone… until she realizes that Claire can understand her and wants to help.  Ghosts can be like that, you know!

Narration:  I would give the narrator a B.  I honestly love her delivery style for the most part, but she does have a tendency to swallow some words.  For example, in the opening when describing Claire’s hair color as a rich auburn, I never could understand the word rich.  I assume that’s what she was saying.  What else could it be?

Other than a few swallowed words, she has the ability to present the story in what my boyfriend (who teaches voice acting) calls “theater of the mind.”  This is a wonderful gift!  I had to remind myself that I was driving as well as being immersed in this powerful experience.

***** You can enjoy a sample here.*****

After listening to this story, I would love to listen to more stories from this author.  I truly enjoyed it!

Note:  while I was given this book as a gifted audiobook copy, my opinions are my own and are given freely.

Also from Author:
·         Dangerous Currents
·         Divine Fall
·         Gull Harbor
·         Haunted Souls
·         Silver Lake

 










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