ONE MOUNTAIN AWAY by Emilie Richards
“With nothing but brains, ambition, and sheer nerve, Charlotte Hale built a career as a tough, do-anything-to-succeed real estate developer. She’s at the top of that mountain—but her life is empty. Her friends are as grasping and insincere as she has become. Far worse, she’s alienated her family so completely that she’s totally lost touch with her only daughter.
One terrifying day, facing her own mortality, she realizes that her ambition has almost destroyed her chance at happiness. So Charlotte vows to make amends, not simply with her considerable wealth but by offering a hand instead of a handout, putting in hours and energy instead of putting in an appearance, opening her home and heart instead of her wallet.
With each wrenching, exhilarating decision, Charlotte finds that climbing a new mountain—one built on friendship, love, and forgiveness—will teach her what it truly means to build a legacy.”
From the review at I Am, Indeed:
“Narration is provided by Karen White who has fast become one of my favorite narrators. Poised and polished, she uses her tone, pacing and slight changes in delivery to add to the written words, enhancing the emotional context without over-reach, and giving readers those moments so necessary after an emotional reveal to stop, breathe and move forward with new information and approach.”
My recording experience:
Charlotte Hale is one of those characters that has just the right balance of human failings and strengths. Richards also does a wonderful job of slowly peeling away her layers over the course of this book. As a reader, you move through her journey of self-discovery with her: she learns lessons from the challenges and opportunities put in her path in the present, but she also delves into her past to re-visit how she got to this point. Both made me fall in love with her and I loved wrestling with her demons, taking emotional chances and falling in love all over again with her. (Though I’ll admit the latter part of the book had me making a big dent in the box of tissues in my booth.) I also love the concept of this series – women helping women – and it’s gorgeous setting, almost a character unto itself, Asheville, NC (just a few hours away from my home). It’s also been a treat to be able to record the first three books of the Goddesses Anonymous series in rapid succession because I’ve felt so immersed in this lovely little community and it’s women, each of whom has her own challenges and own difficult path to rise above them. Look out for books #2 and 3 which will be available soon: Somewhere Between Luck and Trust and No River Too Wide.
Listen to a sample here: