Lauren is great
The characters just meshed. Love the interactions between them.
Will read her other books.
To relax I listen to my books. It's like yoga but better, you don't have to bend your body!!
Humor, Drama and Love
When Joe cried when she had left him for the second time.
Yes this rates up there with all the others.
Say something about yourself!
I love this family. They make me laugh alot. The couple were definitely the center of attention but the family makes the story. I recommend this book. Thank you Shannon Stacey for this family of books I have thoroughly enjoyed.
Second listen to this author. She carries a similar conceptual theme to the first book but buries it deep within a completely different storyline. Love her ability to wind family into her storys so that you can see yourself playing a part also. Narrator does a great job of keeping to the emotions which make for a great listening experience.
While I'm finding myself enjoying Shannon Stacey books and loving the Kolwaski family the plots are ok. But it's the characters that you fall in love with. How Ms. Stacey covers every aspect of an "Utterly Ideal Family". And I thinks it's beautiful how they sick together. And to see how the outsider, here it's Kerri, is slowly but surely turned in to a Kolwaski. And they all love every minute of it. Fun and enjoyable.
I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
This was a very good story. I liked the characters and the story was fun and interesting. It's the first story I've read by this author and based on this I'm sure I'll try more of her work in the future.
Keri is a writer for a magazine in LA. She's worked hard to get all the way to an editorial position when her upcoming promotion to that position is put on hold by her boss because her past relationship with Joe (who's now a famous writer) in high school had come to light. Her boos is pissed she kept it a secret and threatens her job unless she goes and gets an interview from him. Keri's not happy about this. She loved Joe but left to build her career and a life she could be proud of and now this one thing stands in her way. She doesn't want to bother Joe (or have to deal with him again after the heartache of their split up) but goes because she feels she has little choice.
Joe is a writer but he likes his privacy. He can't understand why fans are so hot to know all sorts of stuff about him and just wants to write his book and answer fan mail and not bother with interviews and the media. He loves his family and spends a lot of time with them. He's getting supplies for a 2 week family getaway when he hears that Keri is back in town looking for him. He ends up proposing a deal where she comes on the family outing with him and she'll get answers to interview questions. He also feels the old attraction to her still as strong as ever and wants to explore possibilities...
When Joe proposes that Keri comes along on their outing, he isn't very clear on what she's getting in to. She certainly isn't ready for a 2 week trip to the wilderness (well a campsite with no cell reception) with Joe's whole family (including a niece and 4 nephews). Things are rather bumpy starting out. Joe's family knows he was heartbroken when they split up before and have varied reactions to Keri being on the trip, the worst of these is Joe's twin Terrie (who also used to be Keri's friend) who goes out of her way to make things difficult on Keri for a while. Joe and Keri have difficulties themselves as Joe tries to get close to Keri again and she tries (rather unsuccessfully) to stay professional. It's hard though because the longer she's there, the more Keri realizes just how much she missed Joe and wondered if she'd made the wrong decision all those years ago. Although she's confused, she still makes it very clear to Joe that she's only in town for the interview and is going back to her career after the 2 weeks are done.
There are a lot of emotions in the story, not only between Keri and Joe but also in two other couples in the family having their own issues and trying to work through them. This is counteracted by fun/humorous times dealing with the family interactions and family outings (with Keri thrown in to the mix of course). As time progresses, Joe and Keri end up in a fling which Keri is sure will end (even though she's not sure if that's the right move any more) and Joe doesn't want to end, hoping it'll turn in to more. In the end, although they want to be together, they can't agree on things and Keri goes back to her job. Unfortunately, her boss isn't pleased with the lack of drama/scandal in the interview she wrote and Keri has some very hard decisions to make. Luckily for us, Keri's a good person and makes the decisions that lead us to a very nice HEA for Keri and Joe.
I really liked this story. It has a very good mix of the emotions and fun as the story progresses which makes it a good, engaging read. I enjoyed the story and the characters in it (even the secondary characters) and will probably read the next book in the series. I'd recommend this book. Thumbs up. :D
To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.
The Kowalski family was a typical big family group. Loved the way they resolved their issues. Shows that marriage can be forever if you work at it, and talk to each other, be tolerant of others views. Kari got a big dose of it, after some soul searching and listening to her heart she admitted she still loved Joe and let him in.
Happily ever after :)
New Narrator for me, she did a very good job. No real complaints.
I'm a busy mom who loves to listen to books. Mostly I listen on my way to and from work.
Joe was my favorite. An easy going, fun loving, and humble guy.
There was a scene with mud and four wheelers that made me laugh.
This would be a lifetime film.
I enjoyed this book more than i thought I would. The story of two old lovers coming back together is always sweet, but combine that with being forced out in the wilderness (camping) with a ruckus family and you have a hoot of a story and a sweet loving reunion