Thank You for Listening: A Novel by Julia Whelan
Publisher: Avon and Harper Voyager
Genre: General Fiction (Adult), Romance, Women's Fiction
No. of Pages: 423
Date of US Publication: 2 August, 2022
My Rating: 5 Stars
What a fantastic read! From the laugh out loud joke just waiting in the first pages, to the build up between the main characters, to the relationship Sewanee has with her grandmother, this grabbed my attention and heart immediately and held onto it all through the story.
I absolutely loved this novel and wholeheartedly recommend it. I read an e-copy of this, but I think it goes without saying that this is one you’ll definitely want to listen to if you're hearing abled.
eARC kindly provided by Avon and Harper Voyager and NetGalley. Opinions shared are my own.
From the author of My Oxford Year, Julia Whelan’s uplifting novel tells the story of a former actress turned successful audiobook narrator—who has lost sight of her dreams after a tragic accident—and her journey of self-discovery, love, and acceptance when she agrees to narrate one last romance novel.
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.
If she can learn to risk everything for desires she has long buried, she will discover a world of intimacy and acceptance she never believed would be hers.
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