Audiobook Review: Iris in Bloom

Author: Nancy Warren

Narrator: Teri Schnaubelt

Length: 4 hours 54 minutes

Publisher: Ambleside Publishing⎮2015

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Series: Take A Chance, Book 2

Release date: Mar. 26, 2015

Iris Chance is turning 33. She’s an independent woman, the owner of the Sunflower Coffee and Tea Company in Hidden Falls, Oregon. Hidden Falls boasts clean air, natural beauty, good neighbors. The only problem is that there are zero interesting single men and Iris wants a baby. She’d love the whole package – the love story, the sexy romance with a hero who will sweep her off her feet – but she doesn’t have time to wait for Mr. Right. He may lose his way and never show up. She decides to start a family with the help of a sperm bank, knowing she’ll have her large family to support and encourage her as a single mom. When the new High School English teacher, Geoff McLeod, walks into her cafe and into her life he seems perfect. There’s only one problem.

Geoff McLeod never imagined his wife would end their six-year marriage with a text message. Reeling from her betrayal, he moves to Hidden Falls to teach English and Creative Writing. He’s got zero interest in women or dating until he meets Iris Chance, the intriguing woman who bakes the best Morning Glory muffins he’s ever tasted. He can’t imagine starting his day without stopping in on his way to work for coffee and a muffin and to see the sexiest woman who ever donned an apron.

Iris is the oldest girl in a family of 11 kids. She’s always been the stand-in mother to her younger siblings. She’s got so used to looking out for other people and listening to their problems that she’s become the confidante and unofficial therapist of half the town. She can see that the new English teacher has some emotional baggage dragging along behind him. He looks like he can use a friend and Iris has never been able to turn away from someone in pain. She’s prepared to be his friend, but she would never get involved with someone who is still officially married.

But love has a funny way of messing up the best-laid plans.

 

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Narrator Bio

Teri Schnaubelt is an award-winning audiobook narrator and actor who has voiced nearly 200 audiobooks as well as many commercials and corporate videos. She mainly works from her home studio in the north Chicago suburbs and keeps in touch with the rest of the world via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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This sweet and beautiful story between a woman who knows exactly what she wants in life and a man who has just ended a marriage. Both have heart issues to deal with. But friendship and life in general push them together. For some reason, this book was more to my heart than the previous one, though I liked “Kiss a Girl in the Rain” quite a lot!

Iris is one of the eldest Chance siblings. Her story is one that melted my heart, having been abandoned by her birth parents and given the love she deserves in the Chance family. She knows what is like to have a family and she wants a child of her own. She is independent, she doesn’t need complications. She doesn’t take advices, just offers them. She is a strong woman and she is brave and has so many qualities I wish I had. Geoff is starting over in a small town, he’s the new professor. He wants to fit in, he needs a solid reputation, but he also needs friends and people he can rely on. Iris is such a person and when he realizes there can be something more behind his friendship, he tries to convince her of his honesty. Problem is he still has a wife. I loved them both as a couple. I think they are mature and with their head in the game.

Something else that touched my heart was how the relationship between teachers and students is presented and how important is to mentor the young generations, to dig for that good in every lost case. I still believe in the best anyone has to offer and Iris does the same. She mentors the students and the local high school and challenges them to overcome their fears.

Narration was beautiful. I felt the rush of emotions, I felt the pace increase if the characters had a spike of anger or a moment of hypersensitivity. Same as for the other books, Teri Schnaubelt did a great job with the narration!

So I hope you’ll give the series a try. By far, I am more than happy with what I’ve listened to and I can’t wait to see whose story we get next (I have not checked the blurbs for all books, I’m waiting to be surprised). Happy Listening 🙂

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Nancy Warren. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

 

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