I was a Reading Specialist by trade , but mostly I'm a wife, mother, stepmother, grandmother, and servant to four cats.
Yes,there were enough clever plot twists to really hold your interest.
Jennifer. Although I thought she was rather spineless at times, she did what she thought was right, especially for the times she lived in. She always kept her dignity.
True love never dies.
Jojo Moyes tells such good stories! This story has unexpected twists and two stories that gently wind around each other. True love never dies!
author of books for teens and children
One of the best novels I've listened to in a long time. It's beautifully written, suspenseful and very romantic, featuring star-crossed lovers in the 1960s and in the early 21st century.
Someone with more patience than me.
I love books - reading and listening to books. It is rare that I do not finish a book, but I could not finish this one. The storyline was not only boring, but predictable and sooo drawn out! I kept thinking it would eventually go somewhere but it did not! I did not care what happened 40 years later so deleted the book.
Susan Lyons is always a good narrator. Her voice was the only thing pleasant about the book.
Just the narrator
I kept thinking this book would get better and wasted a lot of time listening in hopes that it would. This is my first review - I just felt compelled to give my opinion because it is the opposite of the positive reviews I read before buying this book.
Kept listening because I wanted it to end a certain way and hoped it would! Narrator did a fantastic job.
Close to the top - this was a great story and well told.
It was not predictable - many surprises and all good!
It took me so long to get through this book compared to her others. The beginning of the story verged on confusing and boring. It was difficult to follow. The real story didn't pick up until part three and even that was predictable.
Its an weird thing but my favourite genre to read is murder/mystery books but when it comes to audio books, I love ChicLit! Odd I know!
As always with Jojo Moyes, this was a great story. No need for a synopsis just to say highly recommended from a reader who found this author purely based on other reviews which were all correct. She has a way of writing which is so engrossing but still an easy enjoyable read.
Yes, it is so moving, the characters are so real, the plot so well developed.
When I learned that Boot was the librarian.
Jennifer. So much more time is spent with her. And she drove me mad with how she treated Boot. I wanted to shake her.
The book got off to such a slow start, with no action for so long, that I got bored and nearly put it down for good. But boy am I glad I didn't! It ranks as one of the more memorable books I have ever read.
A heart-warming story about love lost and found. Great present story with strong ties to the past.
This was the most recent book club selection - and the first time that I listened to one rather than read it. And I think this will probably be the last time that I chose to listen to our selection rather than read it. It took me forever to plod through this one. I regret voting for this one, that’s for sure! The performer who narrates this does a good job, but her careful speaking and precise accent adds to slowing down the already glacial pacing. And the alternating time periods would most likely be a lot easier to follow in a printed version. Not to mention that the redundancy of the letters themselves would be a lot easier to skim over on the physical page.
I also think that all of the adultery and sex would be more palatable in print than listening to it in the car (or heavens forbid, at work!). These are the first “love” scenes that I have encountered in an audiobook and I do hope that they are the last - it’s not pleasant to listen to.
As for the story itself, it’s rather underwhelming. The modern angle of the story came as an abrupt shift and quite frankly just takes too long to connect back with the main story between Jennifer and “Boot”. Part of my dislike for this aspect of the plot lies with Ellie herself - she is unlikable and completely unsympathetic. And her romantic entanglements are melodramatic and just too soap-operatic for them to be interesting. Not that the other characters are all that much better - I did not identify or particularly like any of them. And the plot - even with its ridiculous “twists” is actually quite predictable overall.
Perhaps if Ellie’s section had been removed entirely, I would have enjoyed this more, but since it greatly bogs down the book, it really slowed down my ability to muster up the energy or desire to listen to any of it. Frankly, I am surprised that I made it through all 15+ hours. I think I would have stomached the book a bit better in print, but even then, I don’t think it would have redeemed the characters or the plot.