3 out of 4 stars
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The Whisper of Time by Ute Carbone is a fictional romance story. This published novella (along with many other titles by this author) is a love story about correcting destiny. Sometimes we make the wrong choices and fate will lend a hand in getting us back on track. When Gwynn Powell leaves the city and her gambling husband behind for a farmhouse in Vermont, new opportunities and a chance at true love might be in her future.
Have you ever felt something so strong that you knew it was meant to be? Have you ever felt the shadow of another person, another time? Gwynn has. She has always loved the idea of living on a large estate-type property, so when the chance of a lifetime came along, it was too good to pass up. She bought a farm, sight unseen. Unknowingly to her, some extra livestock came with it and a handsome goatherd, named Slate. (Yes, that is the correct word for a person who herds goats. It's like a shepherd, only with goats instead of sheep.) When Gwynn's gambling husband, Kyle, gets in too deep she fears for her safety and escapes to the farmhouse, leaving a note for Kyle to find. If she thought not having a GPS signal was bad, she learns quickly there isn't any WiFi, cable, or cell phone services either. Strange occurances start to unravel around both her and Slate, and perhaps reveal a different destiny for the two of them.
I was moving along through the story, enjoying the easy flow, when things started to not make sense to me, like Slate Peck's Grandmother's age—and Slate's age at that same time. I started jotting down all kinds of questions before realizing this was a plot twist (and completely designed to throw the reader). I thought it was clever. All of the answers were revealed to me by the ending. I enjoyed the twist very much once I understood the direction of the story. Also, the scenery was just the right amount of descriptive for this fast paced book, not weighing it down with indulgent dialogue. An image of a Vermont farmhouse with acres of greenery and a swimming hole was easily pictured in my minds eye.
Knowing Gwynn is still married to Kyle, I felt a little rushed into Gwynn and Slate coming together as lovers. Almost as if she forgot she was married, adultery didn't seem to cross her mind, and in reality it would be a likely consideration. I did find a missing word in a couple of sentences, but no major issues.
Overall, I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. I found it to be a delightful, light read. It was better than okay, but I reserve that extra star for the most exceptional stories. I recommend “The Whisper of Time” to all romance readers, especially those who have just a little time to spend on reading. You could finish it in one sitting!
Side note: I am curious if the author is also a fan, like myself, of the “Outlander” series since there was a certain Fraser's Ridge mentioned in your book (and some other similarities *wink).
The Whisper of Time
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