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Review: Bridge Ices Before Road (Audio)

Author Sienna Rose / Narrator Jeanne Whitehouse / 16 hours / 395 Pages

Reviewed by Felita Daniels

Audible CoverThis story is all heart with a few nail-biting moments. There are so many things packed into this story of a Catholic family in Boston, set in the 1970’s. Frances Orillio and Maddy Malone meet when they are about eleven and this work takes you through their lives to high school days. Some of the themes explored are the relationships between mothers and daughters, bullying, family secrets, bigotry and roles of men and women in that era. There were rich descriptions and the characters were fully developed. I worried for many of them as danger and heartache came into their lives. I laughed in certain circumstances and teared up in others.

If you liked movies such as The Man in the Moon, or Steel Magnolias I believe you would enjoy this book also. They are not exact matches, but the mix of coming of age, endearment and also tragedy and drama is a pretty good approximation.

Because I have reviewed the audio version I want to share with you my opinions about the narrator also. Jeanne Whitehouse did a wonderful job. She utilized accents for the voices in just the right way, from the mother’s Boston accent, to Maddy’s tomboyish way, from young to old- Annie, the small child to the grandmother, and men such as the brothers and fathers. Her reading also conveyed the heart of the characters. This was a wonderful listen.


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I couldn’t help myself!

Vintage find at used book store

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October 16, 2014 · 9:22 pm

Purple Rain Blog Tour

September 12th – 18th

Author  TJ West

Hosted By: Author Sandra Love

Sandy Brooks was a single mom who was raising a young boy with High Functioning Autism. She left her home state, Seattle, Washington and moved to sunny San Diego, California to start a new life for her and her son, Joey. She was determined to make it on her own with the goal of keeping her son happy and well cared for. She may have dated a few men in her days, but wasn’t out to have a man take over her life. She couldn’t trust her relationships to last, because Joey’s feelings were at stake. No one would hurt him. He was her life and was the most important person in it – Until the day she met Quinn Baker – the man who would rock her world. 

Quinn Baker was a quiet, maddening loner. Having a past that has haunted him for 17 years he was in no shape to take over his Father’s restaurant, Reds. So much pain and anger was still implanted inside
his heart, he wasn’t sure coming back to San Diego would make things better. Not feeling love or compassion for many years he never would have thought Sandy would be the one who would take over his mind, body and soul. Along with Sandy would be her son, Joey – a boy who would give him a reason to love again



About the Author!

It’s very simple: I’m a Stay at home Mom of two awesome kids. My son is in High School and my daughter is in Middle School – Been married for 15 yrs …I’m a very involved parent who has been on the schools PTA’s, PTSA’s for many many years and have always enjoyed being their advocate!Reading is my ULTIMATE favorite thing to do and writing has always been a secret passion of mine. Until recently I’ve been able to reach for the stars and write a simple story and make it into something I never thought I could ever do.

I love TV – lots and lots of TV! I watch many shows! I love movies, hanging with my awesome friends – bookclubs, cocktail nights…And I love being with my sister and family..

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First Book in the Series!


Marty Mayfield fell in love at the tender age of 16 to Matt Cooper. He was her world until the day he left to go into the Air Force. From many letters she had written and mailed, responses from Matt never came. Her world felt destroyed and lonely. After graduating high school she moved to Paris and lived there for 12 years. During her years of living there she met the man she thought could replace Matt. Turned out her years in Paris brought nothing but pain, loss and suffering.

Making a fresh start from her wounded past she makes her way to San Diego, California where she ends up finding the one person who had always made her feel whole. Will she be able to get past her scars and give Matt her whole heart again? Will she be able to forgive him for leaving her hopeless? Denying her love for him will be a struggle, sexually and emotionally.


Matt Cooper was the black sheep of his family. He wanted nothing more than to play music and live outside his father’s influence within the Air Force. Having no other choice, he took that road and left the one girl who loved him unconditionally. Regretting his decision for not writing Marty back, he continued to serve his country. Years later, after retiring, he started living his dream in San Diego, but the loneliness was always there. His heart had always been with Marty. He couldn’t get past the thought of ever living without her. Feeling like he came out of years of a coma she enters his life again. He felt his love for her immediately and more stronger than ever. Getting her to trust him again will be a battle, but he was never going to give up. He was determined to keep her in his life forever.





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