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Number of Pages: 266
Vendor: Southern Sun Press LLC
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.51 X 0.60 (inches)|
Series: Southern Hearts
No one told him he had a son.
Actor Dylan Conner is furious. Not only has he been left out of his child's life, the baby boy has been given another man's last name. Determined to be a better father than the sorry guy who'd left him and his mother, Dylan fights to ensure a significant place in his son's life. Unfortunately, his bad-boy reputation overshadows his good intentions. Only one woman in this small town sees beyond his Hollywood image. And he's falling for her. Too bad she's the custody mediator.
After her scandalous divorce in the small town of Oxford, Mississippi, attorney Cassie Brooks has no intentions of practicing law again. The humiliating experience left a bitter taste for love, marriage, and her profession.
Now friends need Cassie's help in a custody negotiation, and her role demands she remain objective. She never expected to be drawn to Dylan Conner--the actor who everyone warns is bad news. Not only is the mediation at stake, but so is her heart.
Just Commonly4 Stars Out Of 5Eye-opening Read - Not afraid to touch the hard stuff!March 22, 2018Just CommonlyQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0(This review is for the audiobook version.)
"No one told him he had a son. . ."
The people of Oxford, Mississippi in Janet W. Ferguson's Southern Hearts series have been on my mind since I read book 1, Leaving Oxford. It took me a while to get back into this series, no fault to the author or the writing, but simply me. And when the opportunity to listen to the second book of the series, Going Up South, I jumped on it and boy was it a bumpy ride - for our characters.
Going Up South reminded me all the reasons why I fell in love with Leaving Oxford and why it was one of my favorite debuts of 2016. The author is not afraid to touch on the hard issues or what scares people when it comes to Christian fiction - when there is a strong emphasis on Christianity and faith. Yet, it was done so tastefully, and without bias, it presented Christians in a realistic light. That light being we are ALL flawed, despite being Christians, and we ALL make mistakes. It is with faith and trust in our Lord that hope exists.
As to the audio version, I particularly like the narrator's portrayal and felt that it brought Cassie to life. It also gave readers/listeners a personal connection to the characters, particularly Cassie and Dylan with the emotions we can hear, and in turn feel. It was definitely done well, including all those real-life awkward moments, and makes me want to continue this series in audio format rather than reading!
In all, Going Up South will make you want to meet the whole gang in Oxford. With themes of forgiveness, truth and finding a path, I think it makes for one very eye-opening read (or listen).
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary audiobook from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.
BrendaLeeAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5A Good Audiobook!March 14, 2018BrendaLeeAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 5This is my first book by this author and the second one in a series. I didnt read book number one before it, even though this is a series. I didnt have a hard time reading this one first and was not lost by reading it first. I really enjoyed the audio. The narrator was excellent and the story was engaging. There were twist and turns that made you want to keep listening. Each character had their own problems just like in real life and had to work through them like we all do. A powerful love story with a theme of forgiveness that you will enjoy if you like inspirational fiction.
I won this Audible audio book from Janet Ferguson in a contest I entered on a blog by the name of Britt Reads Fiction. I was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.
Britt98Grand Prairie, TXAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Couldn't Get Enough of This Book!February 28, 2018Britt98Grand Prairie, TXAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Going Up South is such an excellent addition to the Southern Hearts series. This set of books is fast becoming a favorite series of mine! Going Up South is book two in the series, however, I believe that readers could enjoy this story even if they haven't read book one. Of course, I definintely recommend reading each book in the series for full enjoyment!
This story really tugged at my heart. The author did a great job of creating characters that I connected with. I felt frustrated on Dylan's behalf with the way Nick and Jess treated him. I felt his sorrow as he realized that he desperately wanted to be in his son's life and had already missed some of it. It was so sweet to see him learning to be a father. I loved the romantic tension that developed between Cassie and Dylan and I could feel the anguish that each of them experienced at different times as they attempted to navigate through their feelings. I loved this story from start to finish!
I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.