Stacy Gonzalez's fierce narration of Lopez's second-chance romance is a stormy yet satisfying listen. Fleeing an emotionally abusive ex, Gillian Armstead-Bancroft returns to her hometown of Freedom, Kansas, where she has an awkward reunion with her first lover, Nicky Mendoza. They then spend the summer working together on a downtown mural project. Gonzalez flexes her narrative power as the story moves from soft, revelatory passages to scenes of their shared past and the visceral punch of trauma and loss. She teases out Gillian's connection to Latin American folk magic in a gentle, compelling fashion. Gonzalez tracks the rising tension with Gillian's Mexican American family and impeccably delivers the dialogue between the couple. Gonzalez's boundless sensitivity to the longings of the heart completely transforms the story through her audio performance. C.A. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2023, Portland, Maine [Published: OCTOBER 2023]
Trade Ed. Harlequin Audio 2023
DD ISBN 9781488229138 $27.99
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