Review of ‘Dawn of change’ by Gerri Hill,
Audiobook narrated by Abby Craden
When Susan Sterling discovers her husband cheating, she flees San Francisco to her family’s secluded cabin in Kings Canyon National Park. There she meets Shawn Weber who is an out lesbian and they start a friendship with a very strong connection. But somewhere along the way, Susan realises that her feelings for Shawn are deeper than a friendship. Will they take the leap and act on their feelings and risk to destroy their bond?
‘Dawn of change’ is another very good book by Gerri Hill in which her usual themes of romance and nature are mixed. This is such a character-driven story, not only considering the leads but also the secondary characters. Both mains are well written and their relationship is very well developed from a chance encounter to a strong bond. As usual, Ms. Hill knows how to heat things up in the chemistry department and the evolution of the characters’ relationship seems natural and realistic. The secondary characters are very important to the plot, especially Ruth, Susan’s sister and Lisa, her only daughter. Both are multilayered with distinctive personalities that add richness to the story.
I’ve read this book a few years ago and liked it but I have to admit that the audiobook is so much better. Abby Craden’s narration brings the story to life with such strong emotions and feelings that it’s a joy to listen. As I said before, there are a few important characters and Ms. Craden’s voices are all distinctive and recognisable. It’s something that I appreciate in this narrator. Her interpretation of the feelings that permeate this story is intense and spot-on and her performance of the well-written and naturally sounding dialogues are, as usual, perfect. Available with a Scribd subscription you get more than 6 hours’ length of enjoyment.
Overall, a very good lesbian coming out romance audiobook, 4.5 stars for the story, 5 stars for the narration. Rounded up to 5 stars.