Hello, fellow bookworms and audio addicts. Today, I’m sharing my thoughts about Fate Actually written by Elizabeth Hunter and read by Ava Lucas. The second audiobook in her paranormal series, Moonstone Cove.
What’s Fate Actually about?
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Title: Fate Actually by Elizabeth Hunter
Series: Moonstone Cove #2
on 10 November, 2021
Genres: Amateur Sleuth, Later in Life, Mystery, Paranormal Women’s Fiction (PWF)
Narrator: Ava Lucas
Length: 8 hours 20 minutes
It’s paranormal women’s fiction for lovers of magic, mayhem, and a solid afternoon nap (when they can squeeze one in.)
Toni Dusi grew up knowing everyone’s business and everyone knowing hers, because in Moonstone Cove, you can’t pass a restaurant, farm, or winery that doesn’t have at least one Dusi involved. Despite that, Toni has managed to carve out a private niche for herself. She has a car shop she loves, a country cottage all to herself, and has carefully avoided any long-term romantic commitments.
Then fate handed Toni a shot of supernatural empathy that threw all that out the window of her prized vintage Ford.
Now she’s feeling the mood swings of everyone from her parts guy to her reluctant crush to her second cousin going through a messy divorce. She’s losing her temper; she’s crying a river; and she’s definitely giving in to temptation.
For a woman who prides herself on always being prepared, Toni has no idea how to handle a supernatural storm of emotion.
Which is not to say empathy doesn’t have its advantages. When the body of a long-time family rival turns up on a back acre of her cousin’s winery, Toni realizes that her inconvenient feelings magic has turned her into one heck of a lie detector. Along with her new friends, Katherine and Megan, she might be the only one who can clear her cousin’s name.
When fate throws a final curveball in Toni’s direction, will she drop everything with disastrous consequences? Or can a forty-one-year-old empath learn enough new tricks to keep the life she’s built without sacrificing her happiness?
Fate Actually is a paranormal women’s fiction novel and the second book in the Moonstone Cove series by USA Today bestselling author Elizabeth Hunter.
©2020 Recurve Press, LLC (P)2021 Recurve Press, LLC
Review Format: Audiobook
Purchase Links: Amazon* ¦ Audible*
Listened To: 4th – 8th January 2022
Fate Actually is also another title in the new reading genre – Paranormal Women’s Fiction or PWF for short.
13 paranormal romance, urban fantasy and paranormal cosy mystery authors have teamed up to write books where the female protagonists are +40s. As a menopausal woman now in my fifties, I’m overjoyed at this new genre. I can’t wait to fill my shelves with them all!
What did I think about it?
Espionage, Murder, and Wine – an Intoxicating Combination!
I’m already a big fan of Elizabeth Hunter’s paranormal stories and love her writing style. Her books tick all the boxes for me. An intelligent writing style that’s easy to read. Protagonists with personality traits that feel credible. A range of supporting characters that earn their place in the story. Plots and settings that feel believable – even when based in a paranormal world. And finally, a balanced mix of relationship, tension, action, humour and mystery in the plotline.
Ava Lucas is a great narrator and fast becoming one of my favourites.
Ava has narrated many of Elizabeth Hunter’s books including her other PWF series, Glimmer Lake. She manages to personify each and every character by adjusting her voice accordingly. Ava’s performance always seems to enhance my enjoyment of a story rather than detract from it. The pace at which she reads the narrative is great, adding just the right amount of emotion to her performance to transport me into each scene. The different voices Ava created for each character in this series added another level of credibility to the dialogue and also ensured that I never got lost during the many conversations.
I love the different relationships featured in this story.
The evolving friendships between Toni, Katherine, and Megan is building on the foundations laid in the previous book. I’m especially pleased to see Toni and Megan getting on better in this story. I also love how Baxter, Katherine’s “unicorn” husband, continues to support Katherine and the team. We should all have a Baxter in our lives. 🥰Toni’s family is HUGE! The scenes where they all get together for the weekly family meal was wonderfully described and felt busy, fun, and completely believable.
I’d recommend Fate Actually to anyone who enjoys stories about the value of strong, healthy friendships.
As a menopausal woman, I love that the Moonstone Cove series has older protagonists and supporting characters. About bloody time! Woohoo! However, I think that any adult reader can connect to the varied range of characters in this book.
Those readers who enjoy thrillers with danger, twists and unexpected surprises. But who also crave second coming-of-age adventures for older, independent, capable women. And appreciate a generous helping of banter, humour and realistic issues for the over 40s within a paranormal mystery.
We’re treated to the first chapter of the next story in the Moonstone Cove at the end of this audiobook. I want to listen to Fate Interrupted – now!! Lol!
Keep reading to find out more about this series and its author.
Moonstone Cove series by Elizabeth Hunter
“For lovers of magic, mayhem, and a solid afternoon nap (when they can squeeze one in).”
Moonstone Cove is a paranormal fiction series about a small group of women living in a beautiful seaside town in California. Katherine, Megan and Toni become friends after a life-altering incident. There’s a different mystery to solve in each woman’s book, while things continue to evolve in the background and their friendship grows.
Books in the Series
- Runaway Fate (Moonstone Cove #1) (2020)
- Fate Actually (Moonstone Cove #2) (2020)
- Fate Interrupted (Moonstone Cove #3) (2021)
The Moonstone Cove series can be bought in eBook, audiobook and print formats.
Amazon* ¦ Audible* ¦ Book Depository*
Or, read for free using your Kindle Unlimited subscription! 💜 🥳 💜
And finally, as promised here’s what you need to know about Elizabeth Hunter.
And as this is a review for an audiobook, here’s Ava’s bio.
Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read my thoughts about Fate Actually. I hope I’ve sparked your interest and that you add all the audios in this series to your groaning TBR piles. 😘 Have you read it or any of Elizabeth’s books? Do you have any audiobooks narrated by Ava Lucas? I’d love to chat about your thoughts. Drop me a comment below.
Elizabeth Hunter has written lots of books that I’ve loved. So of course, you can find her on my Favourite Authors page. Before you leave, check out which amazing authors I’ve mentioned as my favourites.
Bye for now,