This is a great listen. Something about this author's style is really appealing for me. I borrowed 'the peach keeper' from the library audio, that is a later book for her. So I was glad to find others by her on audible. At first it didn't seem like anything special, but I was drawn in and soon the plot twists kept me engrossed. This is not an overtly exciting or suspenseful story, just describes real people in a very believable way. I think that's why her characters appeal to me, so many of their thoughts and emotions are very real things that all of us experience. The narrator does a good job. Highly recommend this book.
I could close my eyes and see the book come alive in my imagination.
any and all book written by Sarah Addison Allen
Fan of philisophical fantasy, historic fiction, Victorian gothic, books that make you think!
I've only listened to 3 so far, and this would rank as #2.
Most interesting- the emotions tied up in why people in Blad Slope act as they do. The psychology behind Margaret's actions is particularly interesting, and made her a more likable character. Least interesting might be Josie herself- she seemed more of a slate for the story to run itself on, rather than a focal point sometimes.
Brilliant narration! She gives the characters believable voices, doesn't over-act. Perfect, really.
When Margaret's former lover finally spoke to her again.
Something was lacking in this one for me. I adored Garden Spells, and wanted more of that magic. I found myself irritated with most of the characters in this book, especially the situation with Chloe. I didn't think there needed to be so much pressure for her to forgive a man who cheated on her- I think it was a poor message to see her give this person another chance. The characters were a bit weak in spirit and seemingly naive to life. I would have liked to see more of the tension unfold with the issue of Josie's fathers' affairs and his offspring from that, but the book ignores this issue quite a bit.
Overall, still a good story with an interesting twist near the end, but I don't think any of it was very unexpected. It's worth a listen, but take it as light entertainment.
I am quickly becoming a Sarah Addison Allen fan. I really enjoy the easy tone to her novels and find myself craving my commute time and breaks from work so I can spend time with her characters again. She has a talent for writing endearing, easily likeable characters - characters that just about anyone can easily identify with.
This story was darling. Josey is a sweet girl with whom you fall in love instantly. Throughout the pages, you find yourself excited for her new friendship, hoping that she finds love, and develops enough courage to branch out and begin her own life. What I liked about this read, was the slight twist centered on Della toward the end - I didnt see it coming, which is so rare anymore. Originality in fiction is difficult to master. I was completely tickled as the twist unfolded and I realized that I hadnt caught on earlier. Cheers!!
Yes, I love the wonderful candy analogies. It's a wonderful story and a slow build to a great resolution
Other books by Allen as well as some by Practical Magic author Alica Hoffman. These are much more of a feel good experience
Interested in scifi, fantasy, media, games.
I liked the magical realism, and the use the main character makes of candy.
The romance was unconvincing. The main character seemed too weak-willed to be convincing. I really liked the use of candy. ;-)
I felt like her interpretation of the story was different than what I would have thought about the novel. That was interesting.
I loved Garden Spells, which is why I bought this one.