Audio Review: Dane’s Storm by Mia Sheridan

Posted April 12, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Audio Book, Reviews / 24 Comments

I received this book for free from Audible in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Audio Review: Dane’s Storm by Mia Sheridan
Dane's Storm

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Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Audible Studios
Released on March 9, 2018
Format: Audiobook
Source: Audible

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The Delight

This story… this story broke my heart and put it back together again.  My first time with the author’s writing so I didn’t know what I was in for- maybe it was the topic, maybe it was out of character for her, but I hope not.  Dane’s Storm was an accurate title for this book in more ways than one and the new to me narrators did it justice.

Review

A standalone work, Dane’s Storm is told from Audra and Dane’s point of views in both the past and the present.  In the present, they are both limping along in their separate lives trying to get over the loss of their stillborn child, the break up of their marriage, but the end of a love affair.

My feelings were all over the place.  I’ve been a caseworker for years so I knew better than to start taking sides when this started out all from Audra’s perspective.  The funny part is that it wasn’t Audra I was siding with.  No, I wanted to give her a kick in the pants and frog-march her toward the nearest grief counselor.  It is obvious she is broken and refusing to cope with her grief and anger and guilt.  She blames Dane, his family, but also herself and she does self-flagellation rather well.  Of course, I knew there were several factors in the demise of her past love with Dane- and a ton of it can be chalked up to the pair of them being very young and coping alone without the support of older and wiser people for various reasons.

Fortunately, a vicious act of cruelty from Dane’s grandmother is the catalyst to bring Audra and Dane into confrontation after years apart.  Dane’s grandmother is laying claim to the ownership of Audra’s building where she houses her floral design business and rents to other wedding/event style businesses all because of a pre-nuptial Audra signed.

At this point, the story goes from typical contemporary romance settings to an amazing life-threatening survival situation and setting in the high mountains.  I. Was. Riveted.  Here it was.  Isolation, danger, and maybe, a chance to do better than come out alive.

Dane’s Storm explores how a marriage can break up because of the loss of a child.  I thought the author did a fabulous job of showing how men and women- or just people- can grieve differently and it can be easy to get judgy and resentful when communication is not there.  And, because its grief, people pull back and isolate themselves so that- yep, that communication isn’t there.  With this story, tack on the fact that the pair of them were young.  Audra wasn’t even twenty and Dane wasn’t much older.  The reasons, seasons of grief, and the after effect of non-healing and poorly coping was handled respectfully, but honestly.  This was a tough one for me, emotionally, though it wasn’t undue.

As to the narrative work, Lance Greenfield and Erin Mallon were new voices for me.  Oh, update, not brand new.  Just realized I loved their work in one other book.  I liked what both brought to this story.  They both leaned on the emotive side, but it worked with this writing.  They had me seeing both Audra and Dane so well in my mind that I easily lost myself in the story.  I thought they excelled when things got truly dire in the survival situation.

All in all, this new to me book was an all around win.  I will not hesitate to pick up another book by the author or the narrators.  I think this is best recommended toward those who want a hard-fought romance, difficult elements for the conflict, and a passionate love.

My thanks to Audible.com for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange for an honest review.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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  • Debbie Haupt

    Oh wow quite the read Sophia Rose, I love how you put your knowledge as a counselor to work on the read too. I think this will go on my everlovinglongasamilelist 😉 LOL

    ps I like the new Delighted Reader look

    • Yes, my training was kicking in when I first started listening and I wanted to reach into the story and help that woman. 🙂

      Oh, I have one of those thingymabobit lists, too. 😉

  • oh it looks quite well done! I have the Archer’s voice by this same author but I haven’t tried it yet

    • Yes, I was so impressed with how much emotion she drew out of me with her writing and how exciting she made things get.

  • Gosh, that does sound really good. I haven’t read this author so I’ll have to check this out.

    • My first time, too, but I definitely want more.

  • This sounds fabulous! I really like that this book deals with a stillborn and end of a marriage. I will have to look for this one. Great review!

    • Yes, it was a different beginning for a romance. It gave it such substance and the author was very respectful. I loved it. 🙂

  • Wonderful review, and I like that you get both sides and it shows how an event such as this can destroy a young marriage.

    • It was definitely a story that needed both sides of the equation for the reader to truly know the characters, their thoughts, and their feelings. I thought the author did a fab job tackling such a tender subject and making romantic in spite of the pain.

  • Romance Reader

    Wonderful review and the story sounds heartwrenching. I love audio stories. Feels like we are living it.

    • Yes, audio books call on my emotions more, too.

  • This sounds gripping and heartrending. Great review.

    • It really was, Nadene. I felt so much pain for these two.

  • shootingstarsmag

    Fantastic review. This sounds like a really beautifully written book. Grief is definitely different for all people, so I can imagine how it could tear a couple apart.

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.net

    • Yes, for sure. They misunderstood each other and suffered alone and in silence as a result. My heart broke for them.

  • This sounds like a hot read. I like that it was a well written book. After so many horrible written ones, it would be nice to read one that is great! Great review!

    Mary

    • I was nervous when I discovered the content of the plot b/c its tough to get it right, but she did a great job, Mary. 🙂

  • Whew that sounds like a rough one. What a topic! I’ve not tried narrators or author before but I’ve seen hers floating around. I’ll have to work one in at some point 🙂

    • Oh yeah, I almost chickened out, but I’m glad I bucked up and gave it a listen. I cried, but I loved it to death, too.

      Good narration team and I’m picky about duo narration. Hope you get the chance to try the narrators and/or the author. 🙂

  • I have this one to listen to. Now I am wondering if I want to or not. Not sure. Have you read Archer’s Voice by her? I read it this past month and it’s amazing.

    • It definitely needs to be when you’re ready for those sorts of feels. No… I haven’t, but I’ll have to check it out after reading this one. 🙂

  • This sounds intense… I probably couldn’t do it because of the subject matter but I have enjoyed a couple of the authors other books in the past. 🙂

    • I hesitated when I learned what I was dealing with, but went ahead. It sure jerked the tears out of me. I will be looking for more of her books.