I am a book junkie...I read and enjoy a variety of stories, so please don't "define me" by one book or review! :)
I really enjoyed this book. Ms. Roberts is a gifted story-teller, and this type of romantic drama is certainly her element. The story is well paced, expertly plotted and laid out...an entertaining mix of suspenseful and romantic moments. I enjoyed the ending. Roberts' writing always contains at least some degree of romance and sentimentality (i.e. describing the character's families and their thoughts about them), and any of us who read her books know that by now. This is an example of her style at it's very best. She truly evoked the color and flavor of the small town of Bickford, AR, and all the relavant environment throughout the story. I truly liked the characters. In fact I came to care about them and "love" them through the course of the story. Brooks, Liz/Abigail, Brooks' family, and even all the others made for a very compelling story. When you care about the characters, and get mad at the wrongdoers (villians) you know the author has done her "job" and drawn you in. The narration by Ms. Whelan served only to enhance and bring this story to life. She does a pretty nice job portraying the male characters, also. I highly recommend this engrossing story!
I wanted to like this book. Really tried. The writing is strong and fluid with a good mix of dialog and narrative. But the story and the characters were just...boring. No spark, no surprise, no conflict. Even the threat from the bad guys was ho-hum. You could see from the beginning how the book would end. Predictable. I give it 2.5 stars and have to round up.
It was difficult to put down from the beginning. The story unfolds wonderfully, answering lingering questions as it progresses. There is a twist at the end that makes you catch your breath and breaks your heart for an instant... but then it picks you up and you will give a sigh of relief. Love the narration and character portrayal through the performances. Heard the book in its entirety twice and thoroughly enjoyed it both times.
I forgot I was listening to someone reading their lines, the narration was so seamless; right down to the male characters.
I enjoyed the story very much, although the utter human perfection surrounding the protagonist was a bit annoying and felt a bit over-the-top at times. Overall, it was one of the best audios I've purchased thus far, and I believe it's largely due to the narrator. Excellent read!
I am beginning to wonder if NR had any original ideas left. The lead characters demeanor and dialog could have been lifted directly from Emily Deschanel in the first season of Bones. It made for boring and pedantic story telling.
Surprisingly funny, well thought out with a little suspense throughout. The character development was so good and the main character, Elizabeth/Liz/Abigail was so intriguing and fun to follow