It was my first SEP Novel and my first experience with Kate Flemming, (Anna fields)
This book got me hooked and Anything Susan Elizabeth Phillips. I cared about not only the main character but everyone else. Kate made each character believable and you could tell the difference between each one.
I was looking forward to listening to this as I've read the book but it is ruined by Colin's appalling voice and accent. The narrator makes him sound like he's an 80 year old chinless aristocrat rather than a sexy man. Is this what Americans think the British sound like?
I have a problem with the beginnings of this author's books. This one, specifically, requires one to have forgiven everything and everyone in one's life, including oneself. I am not that evolved and spent the first half of the book edgy and unhappy. Granted she pulls it all out at the end, but by that time I am so into reality and life's lack of happy endings that it seems, oh yes, FICTIONAL (couldn't immerse myself in the book). So, while I bought it and listened to it, once is enough and I'd rather something softer/kinder/gentler. Although the author has a great sense of humor. And I love the narrator although why this southern belle didn't have a southern accent, I don't know.
This story was one of the best love stories I’ve heard in a while. I'm not the mushy type so the sarcasm of SugerBeth was definitely my language. I would love to see a part 2 to this story because I can't seem to let the characters go. If you’re looking for a good way to spend your money, I think you've found it.
This is an above average Chick-lit book. From the first it grabs you and pulls you into the story. A good way to spend the afternoon. The author has done a very good job of capturing life in a small town and the narrator doesn't let the characters down--she gets an A+! Overall it is satisfying and is a very good purchase !
I just loved this book. A slight departure from some of the other SEP books I have "read" but really, really, good. Really deep and honest characters that make you feel like you personall know them. This one is so heartfelt and I of course love the strong and cocky characters. I laughed and got a little teary eyed with this one.
You know what you're buying when it says S.E.P. on the cover and this book is another proof of this: lively characters, wonderful settings and a kitschy love-story!
The often criticised accents are a bit surprising at times but no more exaggerated than the plot of this romantic novel itself. It's fun!
I really enjoyed listening to this book EXCEPT when the men talked. I had a hard time even thinking the male lead could be considered sexy b/c of the readers slaughtering of male voices. I know it's hard, and she did a nice job differentiating between Suger Beth and Winnie but she kinda ruined the image of the lead for me. Still worth the buy, though.
Her best novel yet. Complex, interesting characters. Involved plot with lots of overtones. I wouldn't mind a revisit in a future novel, though how she'd turn this into a series like the Chicago Stars, I don't know. Despite some nasty actions by some characters at times, you never really dislike any of the major protagonists. You really feel high when they do and low when they're low. I didn't want it to end.
I admit it. I chose this book solely to be entertained, and didn't expect much substance. I also didn't expect the storyline to have any relationship to reality. And this book delivers on both counts.
The "mystery" of the missing painting is easily solved, and with that out of the way, I looked forward to some hot romance. Unfortunately, every time I heard Colin's voice, the picture of an older, gay gentlemen came into my mind. Never ONCE could I picture him as someone most of the town's women had a crush on at one time or another, let alone the love interest of someone like Sugar Beth.
Sorry, I expect men to sound like men, and my favorite narrator failed on this one. It was totally distracting every time Colin spoke. Maybe it was a cover; Colin was really in love with Sugar Beth's sister's husband? Do you think?
Story is amusing enough and worth a listen. But be prepared to laugh at the ridiculous voice given to Colin.