I loved the captivating story of Velva Jean. I empathized with her all along the way, having lost my mother and having gone through many difficult circumstances in my own life.
Jenna Lamia is very talented and did a wonderful job of bringing the characters in this book to life.
I highly recommend this book.
I bought this book because Jenna Lamia is one of my favorite narrators. I am glad I got it because of her performance. The story was just ok.
Yes, I enjoyed the story and always enjoy Jenna Lamia as narrator.
She has a great voice and really gets into the character.
I love any book that Jenna Lamia narrates. She was perfect for this book. It makes walking my dog so much more fun!!!
If you enjoy nostalgia and reminiscing, this is a book for you. Great ups and downs as she grows up into a woman and finds herself. I loved the book and Jenna Lamia has the perfect accent and pace in her reading for Velva Jean. I had read Becoming Clementine before I saw this one and I went back for background and I'm glad I did.
While listening to Velva Jean you see things in a child's eyes from the beginning, as she loses her mother and is then raised by her sister. Through it all she is trying to come to terms with the fact that her father left during the time she lost her mother, so to her he was at fault and didn't love them. Then experiencing life through her eyes as you are there all over again back in a more comfortable time in life as well, with family close helping everyone grow-up.
I like historical, southern books - southern accents, antiques - The Ole' West, Ghost Towns, Victorian Era, Southern Humor!!
Always like to listen to Jenia Lemia, awesome narrator. Velva Jean learns to drive is a down home book. Makes you feel like you are living back in the early 1900s. Life was harder, yet people found a way to entertain themselves and care for their families. They went through many of the same trials and tribulations that we do today. I love to listen to these old stories and how people dealt with their lives, friends, and families. Loved it!!
I'm going from chapter to chapter in life. Some are definitely better than others!
It's probably one of those 6 in one hand, half dozen in the other hand type of decisions. The story remains the same either way.
The humor throughout the story was the best feature.
There were a few "laugh out loud" moments.
I found the story a bit drug out. The basic premise, the storyline so to speak, was good. However it did feel to me that filler was added to increase the page count.
Oh how I loved this book and loved getting to know Velva Jean. The narration is superb and I felt connected right away. It's just darling. Definitely add this to your list. :)
I didn't hate the book but I certainly didn't love it. The narrator, Jenna Lamia, was the reason I purchased it.
The story was a huge disappointment, set during the great depression it didn't seem so great, no one in the book really suffered from lack of food and always seemed to have what they needed. There was too much religion references also. The 1st part of the book moved at an appropriate pace, the middle was drawn out and I lost most of my interest in the characters, then the author wraps up the whole story in the last 30 min. I really didn't like it :(