This sounded good from the reviews, but it failed to capture my attention. The story is long and involved and the characters go through so much life... I was looking for a more immediate experience or a slice of life. For example, the main character has a baby but the having of it is omitted from the story. She's pregnant, and then the next chapter she just happens to have a little girl named Annie. It's like small talk at a party - all the significant stuff is left out. It is probably a wonderful saga for those who enjoy this style. I am not a good judge of the genre, especially since I didn't finish it.
This book described everyone in such detail I felt I knew the characters. The story is totally real life believeable. I hated to see the end nearing and wish there were more just like it. Awesome book.
Finished the book yesterday. No one could talk to me until I finished it. Wonderfully told, totally engaging characters. Still thinking about them today and want to know more about how things turned out. How about an Encore?
I was looking for a good story to get into, and decided to give one of Oprah's picks a chance (listed on her website) I was pleasantly surprised and entertained by this story. I am a woman who is not a fan of drama, but enjoyed this book immensely. Hated for it to be over.
I listened to this in the car on some long trips... it was great. Complex character development with realistic challenges that many of us can relate to. Interplayed with light-hearted humor. Tear jerking stories and read by an amazing woman who either has a perfect Irish accent or is Irish herself. Highly recommended
The more I read, the more I fell in love with this book. It's hard to put into words other than to say it was a real "comfortable" read. It made me wish I was there.
Well narrated, but the book is a glorified soap opera. I suppose if you like the work of this author you will be very pleased. I was dissapointed and should have investigated a little more carefully.