It's a lighthearted and very enjoyable book. I'd almost call it lovely. Everything about it reminds you of lazy summer afternoons in England, which could be because that's the setting, but also because, well, it's very well set, but you know what I mean. And it's predictable, that is true, but only because you always know how things ought to be, and here they are well sorted out. My point is, I find it notable indeed when an author is able to make something meaningful but cheerful at the same time. And that's that.
This book was sooo funny in spots, but you had to wade through the monotone fog of the narrator’s voice to get to it. Because of the narrators drab dead-pan reading of the characters voices (with the one exception of Mirabelle Moncur- she nailed that one) the book did not grab me at first. However, after a good hour or so I was able to get into it. I became captured by the story and was able to listen past the narrator’s voice and really enjoyed the book.
This 12 hour book kept me entertained the entire time. I think most women can directly identify with the main character. The writing was excellent and the narrator was one of the best I have heard. I highly recommend for a fun listen.
Great fun the 1st time through. The characters are strong and well drawn, the scene charmingly set and the story predictably escapist. The 2nd time through I began to see holes in the narrative. It is generally a literary "fox pause" to have a character make an appointment with an employer for the next afternoon, leave on a spontaneous romantic get-away for two days, and have the appointment roll around without comment from the other characters. The story has all of the elements of a good "chic flick" but beware if you wish to re-listen.