Hello, fellow audiobookworms. Today, I’m sharing my thoughts about Don’t Stop Believing written by Eve Langlais and read by Nicole Poole. The third book in Eve’s paranormal women’s fiction series, Midlife Mulligan. My thanks to the publisher, Tantor Audio, for the free audiobook in exchange for my candid review.
What’s Don’t Stop Believing About?
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Title: Don't Stop Believing by Eve Langlais
Series: Midlife Mulligan #3
Published by Self-Published, Tantor Audio on 28th January 2021, 8th June 2021
Genres: Cozy, Fantasy, Fiction, Later in Life, Mystery & Detective, Paranormal, Paranormal Women’s Fiction (PWF), Romance, Romantic, Supernatural, Thrillers, Urban
Narrator: Nicole Poole
Length: 6 hours 44 minutes
No. of Pages: 318
The weirdest thing about my life isn't the fact my cat started talking to me.
I had it all. Awesome, blossoming business. A cute boyfriend who gave me butterflies. My kids living at home and reconnecting with me. Plus, I was a witch. There, I said it out loud. I'm a sorceress who can do magic.
Not bad for a woman my age. I should have known better to get so cocky. The other shoe dropped, bounced, and hit me in the face, then bounced again and whacked me in the shin. It proceeded to ricochet once more and -
What should have been the most amazing night turns into a disaster. I'm crushed, in more ways than one. When I recover, it's to find my reality has shifted. My cat can speak. Some of the townsfolk appear to be possessed by demons, and I'm supposed to be sacrificed to free magic.
Seriously? I just wanted my damned happily-ever-after.
And I will fight to get it.
Contains mature themes.
©2020, 2021 Eve Langlais (P)2021 Tantor
I received this ARC for free in exchange for an honest review. This doesn't affect my opinion of the book or influence the content of my review.Review Format: Audiobook, eBook
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Listened To: 7th – 11th June 2021
What is Paranormal Women’s Fiction?
13 amazing paranormal romance, urban fantasy and paranormal cozy mystery authors teamed up in 2020 to write books where the protagonists are women in their 40s or older. Paranormal Women’s Fiction (PWF) was born! Since then more authors are adding their books to the PWF genre. As a menopausal woman within spitting distance of the big 5-0, I’m overjoyed that this new genre is gaining momentum.
Now, on to my review…
What did I think?
A Great Conclusion To This Mysterious Adventure
I’ve really enjoyed the Midlife Mulligan books. I loved the premise and found the stories very easy to get into. The plots in all three have had enough mystery to keep my Sherlock Holmes tendencies occupied. We’re introduced to a range of wonderful characters, the diversity is fantastic! There are personalities that made me melt, while others set off all of my alarm bells. But best of all is that we’re kept guessing whether the strange things happening to and around Naomi were caused by something supernatural or human.
Don’t Stop Believing is marketed as a PWF.
That’s not to say women who haven’t reached their 40s won’t enjoy the stories or connect to them. After all, being single again after a long-term relationship ends is tricky for all of us, no matter what our age. As is recovering from a toxic relationship and finding yourself again. However, as a menopausal woman in my late 40s, I love how true-to-life Naomi’s age-related issues are in this series.
Nicole Poole is a fabulous narrator.
I love the pace she reads the book and her skill at drawing out the appropriate emotions for each scene. Nicole has a good variety of voices and accents that she can apply to the different characters. I was never confused about who was speaking during scenes with conversations between any number of characters.
I could connect with our protagonist, Naomi, and felt her situation to my core.
Although Naomi didn’t start off as a traditional badass heroine, Don’t Stop Believing has seen her grow both in confidence and her magical abilities. At times, Naomi’s thoughts, stubbornness and actions have frustrated me. However, I’ve learned that these traits are very common in women who’ve been in long term toxic situations like Naomi’s. She’s come out the other end stronger. Revelations in this book brought out some secrets that shed further light on Naomi’s past. Revelations that forced me to rethink my assumptions – I love it when an author can pull the rug from beneath my feet! Naomi has grown into the type of protagonist I love – she’s a realistic badass who exhibits all the traits I look for.
Don’t Stop Believing is another well-balanced story.
There’s some dry humour, lots of mysteries, a thriller feel as well as relationship threads woven throughout. The story is paranormal but with a second-chance women’s fiction message. Don’t Stop Believing ties up all of the main story threads of the Midlife Mulligan series. However, there is a wonderful epilogue that hopefully means that Eve plans to write more stories in this magical universe. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.
Keep reading to find out more about this series and its author.
Midlife Mulligan by Eve Langlais
A Paranormal Women’s Fiction novel for anyone who thought adventure and magic stopped at forty. Guess again, it’s just the beginning.
Books in the Series
- Halfway There (Midlife Mulligan #1) (2020)
- On My Way (Midlife Mulligan #2) (2020)
- Don’t Stop Believing (Midlife Mulligan #3) (2021)
Buy any of the MIDLIFE MULLIGAN series in print, audio and ebook formats through the usual sources, including:
As promised, here’s Eve’s bio.
And because I love Nicole’s performance so much, here’s her bio too.
Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read my thoughts about Don’t Stop Believing. I really appreciate it. I hope I’ve sparked enough interest that you’ll check it out for yourself. 😉 Have you got any titles by Eve Langlais on your shelf? Drop me a comment below so that we can chat books. 🙂
Bye for now,