A Different Blue by Amy Harmon (Tantor)

When we are first introduced to Blue, she’s nineteen, a senior in high school, and a waitress at a local diner. She is a very talented artist, and she’s managed to save some money by selling some of her pieces. Still, Blue doesn’t know what her future will hold. She wants to get out on her own, but, beyond that, it’s a blank slate. Twenty-two-year-old Darcy Wilson is Blue’s history teacher. He has come to Nevada from England, intent on pursuing his dream to be a teacher, rather than the doctor his father always wanted him to be. When he meets Blue, Darcy is intrigued, if a little put off by this worldly-wise, smart-mouthed young woman. He wants to reach out to her, but doesn’t really know how. When I think of Blue Echohawk, it’s narrator Tavia Gilbert’s voice I hear in my head. Gilbert was the perfect Blue. She gave the character the right mix of cynicism and naiveté. Through her narration, the listener comes to realize that Blue is a very complex character, one with more questions than answers, a woman who wants to lead a meaningful life, even if she’s not exactly sure how to pull it off. I applaud Gilbert for her ability to voice several British characters, both male and female. Each spoke with the appropriate accent, never sounding fake. Gilbert also managed to make it amazingly easy to tell each character apart. I especially enjoyed her depiction of Darcy, who prefers to be called Wilson. He’s a young man with big dreams and a lot of guilt to carry around. He has a big heart, one he wants to open to Blue. Gilbert allows the listener to hear his confidence and his insecurities. He’s a character full of contradictions, something that made him particularly likable to me. Gilbert’s skilled narration brought him to life. All About Romance