The narration was flat, and the writing juvenile. The story had so much potential, but the writing and narration just didn't pull it together.
Using the same formula that worked so deftly for The Peach Keeper, Sarah Addison Allen again tells the story of two women and two men. There is a small town mystery and events are magical. Still, not as good as Garden Spells or The Peach Keeper.
Now, I am not a big fan of reviews with spoilers, after all they are reviews, not book reports. With that said I have to admit that when I first heard about this book, I was a little skeptical. I was looking for something different, something to pull me out of the murder, crime and paranormal romance books that I’ve been reading for years. So when a friend of mine suggested I read this book I made the leap and purchased the audio book. WOW is all I have to say. The story line is simple and beautiful; there is magic, love, loss and oh yeah …. FOOD, OMG I think I gained 5 lbs while listening to this book! I would go home everyday craving BBQ sandwiches and I even logged on line to find some of the cake recipes mentioned in the book, which author’s website so graciously provides! With excellent attention to detail and description the end of the book left me feeling satisfied and very food passionate.
I enjoyed this book. It starts slow so be patient. I really liked another book by the author so I decided to try this story out and enjoyed it as well. A good and engaging listen.
This was a really nice story - not twisted plots but great characters. One reviewer wrote if you like fairy tales you would like this story and this is very accurate. Well spent credit about life in a little NC town, complete with southern drawl. Sweet!
I love to walk and run listening to audiobooks
Quirky coming of age novel (of sorts) that takes place in N. Carolina. Emily moves back to live with her grandfather after her mother dies¸though Emily never knew she had a grandfather, and knows nothing about her mother’s life in this small town. The loneliness and sadness in this town is balanced by quirky oddness and hope. The book is entertaining but lite. What else to expect from a bestseller recommended as a summer beach read. Keep those expectations and it is entertaining.
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Enjoyed this book so much, in great part because of Rebecca Lowman's amazing narration. Her voice draws you in to begin with, but her ability to do distinctive voices really shines in this. I highly recommend it. Sweet story! I'll definitely listen again in a few months.
the story itself is no big deal, but it is certainly entertaining , as i said sweet and with strokes of little magic(not the paranormal kind) it reminds me of some of A. Hoffman's novels,the magic I mean. Anyway, the book is light in a good way, like a glass of cool spring water. What I did not like was the ending: too abrupt unless there is a sequel.
i liked the performance. It was very good. all in all, I think it's worthwhile.
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What a special gift this story is...so southern, magical. The narrator is perfection. She gives this story such life. The author weaves the fabric of this story in the way the best storytellers do....thank you.
This audiobook definitely caught me by surprise! It was a delightful story and the narrator was absolutely fantastic. After this book I bought all the other books by this author and though they are all noteworthy this book is my absolute favorite Sarah Addison Allen book!