I have enjoyed so many SEP books, especially It Had To Be You, Heaven Texas and Natural Born Charmer -- they are full of wonderful characters, crazy situations and the funniest one-liners ever! I laugh just thinking about them.
What I did for Love and Glitter Baby weren't even in the same league.
Still, like Charlie Brown, I fell for the trick again hoping the last two were just aberrations. I???m just so sad. I don???t have anything good to say about this book,,,, not the characters, not the story, nada.
It???s a third strike, though
I loved the book, and the narrator did a great job. It is a real pleasure to have a new SEP book. I will listen to it several more times.
Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.
Horrible reader. I am surprised at reading other comments, that those listeners like the reader. I could have gotten through the story,but this reader just plain killed the story!
I own all of SEP recorded stories. Yes the late ms Fields dd such a woderful job.but Natalie Ross or Gabra Zackman could help fill Ms. Fields shoes.
Ms SEP is relying on her best sellers to pull her fans back in.
Lucy story is read by this same reader, I will have to read it!
I have all the SEP books and this one had no depth. She really doesn't develop the characters well. It's as if she assumes you've read all her other books and remember all the players. Not at all worth the wait.
I was worried about whether I would like the new reader who replaces the late Anna Fields. Anna/Kate had such a remarkable voice and had read so many of Ms. Phillips books. I wasn't sure I would adjust to a new voice.
I needn't have been concerned. Shannon Cochran is excellent and remarkable in her own way. I'm glad her voice is low pitched as Anna's was. I don't think I could stand hearing a high-pitched voice for these books. Ms Cochran is amazing with her range of voices & accents. She nails the Texas twang pretty darned good if this old Texan may say so.
And the story itself is fine as wine. It took me a bit to get past how everyone was so mean to Meg and what a pity party she had going. However, it was fun to watch her come out it and grow into the woman she needed to be. I was more iffy about Ted Beaudine. He comes across as a cruel person for awhile. But all is well at the end. I thought this book was better than "Natural Born Charmer". I just didn't care for Blue Baily there. To each his/her own, I guess.
Where SEP comes up with her ideas for a story line are beyond me and that is why I personally LOVE THEM. And the author's tongue-in-cheek runs satisfyingly high in this novel. Expect to laugh, snicker, guffaw, and even cackle through out the listen. The romance builds up in a unique and satisfying development. The heroine is spunky but not smug. No excuses are made for her flaws; real life flaws that we can all relate to --- so you can't help but champion the heroine's endeavor to overcome.
Adding her own distinct mark, Shannon Cochran fills in beautifully for the dearly missed Anna Fields. In my humble opinion, should now and forever be THE voice of an SEP audio production. Her voice is natural and she is very adept of giving each character their own unique tone. She conveys ALL the emotions, especially humor with excellent timing.
It was a great story that kept me entertained through the whole book, Just never new what to expect. I could not turn off my ipod , Loved how the woman in the story was consistently unsettling the man and vice versa. I would recommend it to anyone!!!
I have read/listened to ALL of SEP's books. And like most authors some of her books I liked better than others. This book has a great story with good, strong characters! I love that this story follows up on characters from some of her other books. It's like an epiloge within the main story. I liked the narrator and Anna Fields is a tough act to follow. If you like SEP I wouldn't miss this book.
A new story line and not constant references to previous novels which basically have the same theme - main characters hate and torment each other but apparently have no problem spending hours having sex.
Most if not all of the technical jargon - who finds solar panels, etc. interesting in what was essentially billed as a romantic novel ??
What planet does this author live on where men are physically capable of performing sex hours and hours and hours ?? There is no mention of Viagra - please give your readers some credit Ms. Phillips !!!