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Beautiful Beginnings

By: Catherine Cowles
Narrated by: Maxine Mitchell,Aaron Shedlock
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Beautifully Broken Pieces: Taylor is looking for peace and quiet away from the memories of all she's lost. A small mountain town where no one knows her seems like the perfect escape. Walker loves his life—his town, his family, his brothers in blue. When Taylor's solitude is interrupted by the rugged cop, they find that the very thing they were avoiding might be just what they both need. As their iron wills clash and passion flares . . . a killer lurks.

Beautifully Broken Life: Tessa has finally found a safe haven, hiding in plain sight—as long as no one asks too many questions. Liam knows better than anyone how one wrong word, a single whisper can ruin a life. After seeing the darker side of fame, he's desperate to retreat and find his voice again. Two people from opposite worlds, brought together by an unexpected connection. But the forces they're running from still lurk in the shadows.

Beautifully Broken Spirit: Jensen has shared a special bond with Tuck for as long as she can remember—he's always been her protector. As his best friend's little sister, he's tried to keep her firmly in the friend category. All it takes is one moment of weakness to send Tuck's fiercely guarded walls crumbling to the ground. As a new fire burns between them, someone watches. Someone who doesn't like the new life Jensen's building for herself.

©2018, 2019 Catherine Cowles and The PageSmithLLC (P)2022 Tantor

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3 captivating and phenomenal books with incredible narration in 1 set

This box set is the first 3 books in Catherine Cowles Sutter Lake series. They were my first Catherine Cowles books AND the books that got me hooked on romance novels! Catherine knows exactly how to make you enjoy the mix of romance and suspense with her remarkable writing!

Beautifully Broken Pieces:
My first Catherine Cowles book AND the book that got me hooked on romance novels! It’s a slow burn romance, a suspenseful mystery and has a fantastic development of the plot that will have you hooked! I have never read a book with murders before and did not think I’d like it BUT Catherine knows exactly how to make you enjoy the mix of romance and murder. Remarkable writing!

Beautifully Broken Life:
Another remarkable book by Catherine in the Sutter Lake series! We first heard of Tessa and Liam in the first book and I was instantly intrigued by Tessa after her interaction with Taylor. This book is about Tessa, who works at the tea shop and Liam, who is one of Taylor’s friends from LA. Tessa and Liam are two people who have escaped to Sutter Lake and away from their lives for totally different reasons.

Beautifully Broken Spirit:
An OUTSTANDING story that lived up to every expectation after we met Jensen and Tucker in book 1, “Beautifully Broken Pieces.” They were both on different paths back then as Jensen was in a relationship and Tucker was a one night stand kind of guy. Little clues had me hoping they’d finally get together and Catherine didn’t let me down with their phenomenal story! It’s the book that made me fall in love with the brother’s best friend/friends troupes as the friendship between them from the start was so deep and developed beautifully throughout the story. You will quickly become enamored with Tucker, Jensen and also her son Noah!

An outstanding narration by Maxine and Aaron for this series! Their voices drew me right into the plot of these stories as they conveyed the emotions and suspense of the stories so perfectly. I especially love Maxine’s raspy male voice for the men!

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A beautiful set!

I absolutely love all of Catherine Cowles’ works. In Beautiful Beginnings we have the first three books in her Sutter Lake series: Beautifully Broken Pieces, Beautifully Broken Life, & Beautifully Broken Spirit. Each book is titled perfectly for the book’s heroine: Taylor, Tessa, & Jensen. I enjoyed the performance by Maxine Mitchell and Aaron Shedlock through each book. They did an good job portraying each character.

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Such a great set of books!

I loved all of them! And three books for the price of one audiobook is such a great deal. Catherine Cowles is a favorite author of mine and these books did not disappoint. I highly recommend!

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One word ruined the male character

In Beautifully Broken Life, the male main character was supposed to be from a small town in Georgia, but he pronounced pecan as “pee-can.” That ain’t how we say it… it’s “puh-kahn.”

In Beautifully Broken Spirit, the male main character pronounced Oregon as “or-gone” instead of “or-gen” and that bothered me.

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Tuck and Jensen. childhood friends who discover as adults they need each other as more.


In book 3 of the Sutter Lake series, Forrest Officer, Tracker, and womanizer, Tuck, discovers romantic feelings for his best friend’s little sister he has known all his life. Never believing he was good enough for “Little J” due to his father’s lifestyle and verbal abuse, he stays in the friend zone with Jensen. Until he can’t any longer.

This is another beautifully written and narrated story, a friends to lovers, single mother, with suspense included as in the other Sutter Lake Series books. Tuck not thinking himself worthy after his father’s years of verbal assaults in spite of all the good he does every day, including being a great role model to little Noah, is heartbreaking. Jensen not thinking she could ever trust her emotions after two disastrous relationships, working herself to death to hide her loneliness, is emotionally heart wrenching. They are exactly what the other needs. They just need to recognize that.

It all makes for an absolute must listen.

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Incredible series!

Such a great series. Great romantic suspense with just the right amount of spice. Worth the credit!
Loved all her series so far.

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Sutter Lake is Flawless

These first 3 books of the Sutter Lake series are written and performed to perfection.

I listened to this whole thing in a few day because I didn't want to listen to anything else.

Catherine swept me away. I cried. She writes romantic suspense with a whole lot of heart and a touch of spice perfectly.

She is my new favorite!

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LOVED!!

I am a pretty new reader/listener to Catherine Cowles - thanks to my bookclub picking Beautifully Broken Pieces last month. I just could not stop at book one though. Seriously, this series has been amazing and I have enjoyed all 3 listens. Great small-town charm, wonderful characters, a little mystery/suspense/kidnappings, and beautifully written stories. I can't wait to read more of her series soon, I have already started book 4 of this series! This author has joined my one-click list and is one I will highly recommend to others. This is also a great value - getting 3 books for 1 credit,
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Maxine Mitchell and Aaron Shedlock are amazing narrators and they did such a great job bringing the characters to life and making me feel the emotions of the stories. I felt like I was there in Sutter Lake.

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foul language and serial content

I thought this was a Christian writer that I had listened to previously. I was so wrong I barely got 20 minutes into the first book and couldn't listen any more. I want my credit back