Thank You for Listening by Julia Whelan

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

I absolutely love Julia Whelan’s narration. I will enjoy any book she ever reads to me. When I discovered that she had a book coming out that she WROTE and she was NARRATING the audio, holy cow, I was excited! And guess what…I wasn’t let down!

Sewanee is the main character in this story. She’s an audiobook narrator but has a history in the movies too. At an audio convention, she has quite a connection and a nice little romp in the hay with a mysterious man. After heading home, she is asked to narrate a romance novel, which she refuses to narrate after her own tragic story. But with some life pressures breathing down her neck, she agrees to do it, and finds that she’s narrating with Brock McNight, a sexy voice and incredibly popular narrator. As they work long distance to narrate, they find quite a connection, but Sewanee has a lot of baggage she has to work through to really give herself over to another person.

This was a wonderful story filled with emotional moments, beautiful character growth, and heartwarming romance. Sewanee had an accident that could have ended her life, and the aftermath of that changed how she views herself, and how others view her. The story really allowed Sewanee to find herself, and I really appreciated watching her grow. This part of the story was beautiful, and I loved the emotions it created while reading.

The romance is a bit steamy at times, and I loved watching Brock and Sewanee learn about each other and discover things about themselves as well. There are some moments that make your heart swoon and some that make you sweat, and they are all great!

I would highly recommend this to readers who enjoy strong character growth and self-discovery as well as some solid romance! And obviously, I highly recommend the audio of this one!

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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.

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.

Just the Facts:

Thank You for Listening by Julia Whelan
Genre: Women’s Fiction / Romance
Publisher: Avon Books
Pub Date: August 2, 2022

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I was provided a gifted copy of this book for free. I am leaving my honest review voluntarily.

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