It’s been awhile since I have read a book written by Deveraux and 📚🎧Chance of a Lifetime reminded me of the reason I enjoyed her books. Narrated by Susan Bennett 📚🎧Chance of a Lifetime is the first book in the Providence Falls series which tells the story of Liam, a rogue, thief and a charmer who faced the challenge of righting a wrong which occurred almost two centuries ago.Title: Chance of a Lifetime
Author(s): Jude Deveraux, Tara Sheets
Series: Providence Falls #1
Narrator(s): Susan Bennett
Published by Harlequin Audio on September 15, 2020
Length: 10hrs 11mins
Genre(s): Historical Romance, Time Travel Romance
Source: Any Play, Netgalley
Format: Audiobook, eArc
In one century she loved him madly, and in another she wants nothing to do with him
In 1844 Ireland, Liam O’Connor, a rogue and a thief, fell madly in love with a squire’s daughter and unwittingly altered the future. Shy and naive Cora McLeod thought Liam was the answer to her prayers. But the angels disagreed and they’ve been waiting for the right moment in time to step in.
Now Liam finds himself reunited with his beloved Cora in Providence Falls, North Carolina. The angels have given Liam a task. He must make sure Cora falls in love with another man—the one she was supposed to marry before Liam interfered. But this Cora is very different from the innocent girl who fell for Liam in the past. She’s a cop and has a confidence and independence he wasn’t expecting. She doesn’t remember Liam or their past lives, nor is she impressed with his attempts to guide her in any way.
Liam wants Cora for himself, but with his soul hanging in the balance, he must choose between a stolen moment in time or an eternity of damnation.
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Its 1844 in Ireland and Liam O’Connor’s focus is on robbing the wealthy and charming his way into the ladies’ beds. But then he met the squire’s daughter, Cora McLeod, a meeting which would change the course of both their destinies. Cora was engaged to Finn Walsh and falling in love with Liam led to a broken engagement. This went against the plans the angels of destiny had for the world and, since that time, things have never been the same. Cora’s life ended in tragedy in each of her lifetimes, and Liam’s soul hangs in the balance.
Fast forward almost two hundred years later, to Providence, North Carolina. Liam got a second chance by the angels to get Cora to fall in love with Finn. A task which would prove a challenge as Liam’s love for Cora did not fade with time. However, failure to complete his task placed his soul at risk of eternal damnation.
📚🎧Chance of a Lifetime was told in two timelines, with the majority of the story occurring in the present. I enjoyed both timelines. Liam possesses the same personality in both timelines, but Cora was different. She was no longer the demure young lady Liam knew from his years in Ireland. Now she was a no nonsense police officer who do not wish to have her decisions influenced by anyone.
I had fun watching Liam trying to navigate the modern world where he was a police officer and Cora’s partner. Liam’s friends and acquaintances from the past are present in the current timeline. He remembers each and everyone of them, but they have no recollection of him. They played different roles in both timelines. The ever present angels monitor his every move to ensure he sticks to the plan.
We also got a murder to solve. I am not sure how what connection it has to the story overall. Hopefully, the book two would provide further details in this regard. Not everyone will be pleased with the ending, which left the overall story arc unresolved. Again, hopefully, the second book will provide the answers.
This was my first experience with Susan Bennett, and she did a wonderful job with the narration. She pulled me into the story with how she brought the characters to life. She captured their emotions, and I loved the authenticity of her Irish accent.
Overall, I found 📚🎧Chance of a Lifetime to be a wonderful introduction to the Providence Fall series. A fun read which will keep you entertained.
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