Audiobook Review: Green Card by Elizabeth Adams

Posted August 19, 2020 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 12 Comments

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

Audiobook Review: Green Card by Elizabeth Adams
Green Card
Narrated by Elizabeth Grace

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Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on June 29, 2020
Format: Audiobook
Source: Author
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The Delight

After relishing the author’s Ship to Shore earlier this year, I was determined to continue with her backlist and new releases.  I had my eye on this particular one since I spotted the title.  I’ve seen romcom movies with this theme and thoroughly enjoyed them so I was eager to dive into Green Card.  The author slowly builds from fake to real in a relationship full of friendship and heartwarming feelings, a conflict that was low angst, but still added tension to the plot, and an entertaining plot and engaging cast of characters.


Review

Green Card opens with wealthy business mogul, William Harper, in a tough spot after a spiteful ex sets immigration on him.  The only way to keep from being deported is to get his green card through marrying an American.  William enjoys New York and hesitates only for a moment before letting his best friend and lawyer, Jamie, talk him into making his pitch to Jamie’s girlfriend’s sister, Elizabeth Barrett.  They are a pair of opposites and first encounter and subsequent encounters start out rough, but slowly he finds an unexpected friend and their fake marriage- two year agreement suddenly starts to feel pretty real.

Elizabeth Barrett has a lot of brands in the fire all to live away from her family home and finish her education.  Her flaky roommate ditched her leaving her with all the rent and it’s one set back too many.  Starched up William Harper isn’t her idea of husband material, but the contract can relieve her struggles tremendously and it’s not like any of it’s real, right?  But, getting to know each other and seeing behind the facade to the real person makes her want things she can’t have.  Or can she?

I do love when opposites meet and the sparks start to fly.  Then, there is the strangers getting married and forced into proximity to add a few more pinches of spice.   And, the humor moments were off the hook at times (sending your sorta friends- sorta not real hubby to the drug store for some girly stuff said how real it was, but also had me rolling at the real life. It was a set up to a story that I was bound to love- and I did.  Granted, the story took it’s time and the relationship built brick by brick.  There were times of conflict because of course the pair of them had some marital spats, but the angst stayed relatively low all things considered.

His family and her family moments had me sitting up for both the modern-day class differences and because I got to see them really come together as a couple and have each other’s backs.  William’s struggles are most deeply with a parent who has passed on and Liz’s are with a live parent who doesn’t like her.  My heart went out to them both.

The book covers the whole two-year time span with time skips from event to event with the real life and dialogues playing a large role.  Many people might find this pace a tad slow, but for the most part, I didn’t mind.  I liked being with this pair in their world.

As to narrator, Elizabeth Grace, I enjoyed my first encounter with her work.  She voiced William and Liz so perfectly.  I could see the characters and the whole story so well in my mind’s eye.  She did male and female, age, class, and emotions spot on.  I look forward to listening to more of her work.

In summary, I ask myself why I waited so long.  This was delightful through and through.  So easy and entertaining, swoony, and heartwarming.  I do believe I need to get going on that backlist for more.  For those who like slow build, easy reading contemporary romance for a marriage of convenience plot, here’s one to tickle your fancy.

My thanks to the author for providing a copy of this book to listen to in exchange of an honest review.


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New Release #113
Audio #64
Romanceopoly #63 New View

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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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sherry fundin
3 months ago

i love that once you read one book you had to have the others. sounds like a good one and i hope you enjoy the next one just as much
sherry @ <a href=”http://www.fundinmental.com/”> fundinmental</a>

Sophia Rose
3 months ago
Reply to  sherry fundin

I loved the first book I read and I had good intentions of jumping right into another book by her, but procrastinated and got distracted. Happens a lot. LOL This one was proof that I was missing out. I think her other backlist titles are historicals so that will be fun, too.

Lover of Romance
3 months ago

That is what is so great about audiobooks is being able to see the characters in your mind’s eye, its a different perspective from physically reading a book.

Glad you enjoyed this one.

Great review.

Sophia Rose
3 months ago

I agree. I think it gives that extra oomph to an already good book when the right narrator is matched up. 🙂

Melliane
3 months ago

It’s not a book I would have gone to but it looks good! So why not!

Sophia Rose
3 months ago
Reply to  Melliane

It’s fun when a book defies expectation and turns into a wonderful surprise. 🙂 Hope you get the chance, Melliane.

Anne - Books of My Heart

I’m glad you enjoyed this. It seems rather timely in today’s world. Fake relationship is my favorite!

Sophia Rose
3 months ago

It’s funny you mentioned timely. I forgot to say that this one references pop culture from the recent past so it was fun, but yes, I get what you mean. Love the fake to real!

Carole Rae
3 months ago

yayy. I’m glad the new narrator worked for these characters!

Sophia Rose
3 months ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

She is a great match, Carole! 🙂

Rachel
3 months ago

I love the marriage for convenience plot, and this one sounds really good! I’ll look into the audio. 🙂

Sophia Rose
3 months ago
Reply to  Rachel

Same here. I feel like they are forced to get to know each other and communicate plus it’s hilarious sometimes when they get into difficulties.